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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 15:17

Never heard of them before or since the Bataclan shooting, but my first impression on seeing that first photo was that he looks like an alcoholic backwoods red neck who couldn't spell his own name without help. After reading his posts (and seeing that he retweeted that photoshopped picture of Emma with the Constitution instead of the target it actually was) I hope to never hear of him again. Total waste.


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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by party animal - not! on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 15:41

He doesn't look well, does he?...................

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Post by annemarie on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 16:59

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5549753/China-warns-Britain-abandon-confrontation-Cold-War-era-thinking.html

[size=34]China warns Britain and US to 'abandon confrontation and Cold War era thinking' as Beijing sides with Putin after Russian spies are expelled around the world[/size]

  • Over 20 countries have joined UK in expelling Russian diplomats after poisoning 

  • China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying refused to attack Russia

  • She mimicked Russia's emphasis on a need for evidence and called for dialogue


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By IAIN BURNS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 10:48 EDT, 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 EDT, 27 March 2018

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China appears to have backed its neighbour amid a worldwide condemnation of Russia over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy in Britain. 
Over 20 countries have joined the UK in expelling Russian diplomats after the attempt to murder double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.    
Moscow vehemently denies responsibility, and has vowed a 'tough response' to the expulsions.
China's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying, however, said the case 'should be properly handled through dialogue between the UK and Russia on the basis of clarifying the facts', mimicking Russian emphasis on requiring evidence.

She added: 'The countries concerned should earnestly abide by the basic norms of international law and international relations and avoid taking any measures that intensify contradictions. 


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China's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the case 'should be properly handled through dialogue between the UK and Russia on the basis of clarifying the facts', mimicking Russian emphasis on requiring evidence


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Over 20 countries have joined the UK in expelling Russian diplomats after the attempt to murder ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (pictured) in Salisbury


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A swathe of countries across the world have expelled Russian diplomats in response to the outrage in Salisbury 


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Nato chief Jen Stoltenberg announced that seven staff were being kicked out of Russia's mission to the military alliance


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A man rides a bicycle in front of the Russian embassy building in Warsaw, Poland, where four diplomats were ordered to leave


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President Putin is set to 'respond to every country' in kind after EU states, the Ukraine, the US  and Canada announced the expulsion of more than 130 diplomats


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This image shows the Russian Embassy in Paris, France, from where four diplomats have been ejected


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Denmark's Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen addresses the press after announcing his nation would join a coordinated expulsion effort against Russia


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A policeman stands in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin after Germany's foreign minister said Berlin had ordered the expulsion of four Russian diplomats
'With the current international community facing many challenges, all countries should abandon the Cold War mentality, give up confrontation, work together to safeguard world peace, stability and tranquillity, and work together to build a new type of international relations that is mutual respect, fairness, justice, and win-win cooperation.' 
Chunying also said that China 'firmly opposes any use of chemical weapons' while expressing that her party is 'highly concerned about the current state of affairs' precipitated by Russia.                  
It comes as Australia and Ireland joined more than 20 other nations in expelling over 130 Russian diplomats, including 60 kicked out by the United States.
Today Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his country was expelling two Russian diplomats whom he described as undeclared intelligence officers. They have been given seven days to leave Australia. 


  • Turnbull slammed Russia for 'reckless and deliberate' conduct that harms global security and violates rules against the use of chemical weapons.


[size=34]The Russian Embassy in Canberra said the decision was regrettable and jeopardized bilateral relationships.
'It is astonishing how easily the allies of Great Britain follow it blindly contrary to the norms of civilized bilateral dialogue and international relations, and against ... common sense,' it said.
Ireland also announced it was ordering one Russian diplomat to leave. Foreign Minister Simon Coveney called the nerve-agent attack on Skripal and his daughter a 'shocking and abhorrent' use of chemical weapons.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg also said the military alliance will expel seven staffers from the Russian mission due to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.

Germany's foreign minister said Berlin had ordered the expulsion of four Russian diplomats from its Berlin embassy, pictured, over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal
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Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis announced the country is expelling three staffers from the Russian embassy as part of a coordinated European effort
He said NATO will also deny the pending accreditation request of three other workers at the Russian mission.
Bulgaria said it recalled its ambassador from Russia on Tuesday to discuss the nerve agent attack in Britain which London blames on Moscow.
The announcment marked a toughening in the former communist country's position, four days after Prime Minister Boyko Borissov had said he had no plans to recall the envoy.
Bulgaria, which holds the rotating EU presidency, has not gone as far as Britain and other countries in the bloc which have directly accused Russia of carrying out the attack and have expelled Russian diplomats.
Borissov had said on Friday that while there was 'high probability' that Russia was behind the attack, he needed more hard evidence and was worried that the recall of EU ambassadors would further damage relations with Russia. 



The Skripals remain hospitalized in critical condition after they were found unconscious on March 4 in the English city of Salisbury, where the former spy lived. Britain says they were poisoned with a Soviet-made military-grade nerve agent known as Novichok.
Official in Moscow on Tuesday condemned the expulsions but have not yet announced steps of retaliation yet.
Speaking at a conference in Uzbekistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters that a reaction will follow because Russia 'will not tolerate such rude behavior.' Lavrov also speculated that the United States might have coerced some of the European countries into expelling Russian diplomats.
Earlier on Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow was working on a 'tough response' to the expulsions.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 17:21

Expelling Russian diplomats was the right thing to do but not enough.  The U.S. should have doubled down and imposed even harsher penalties  against Russia like further sanctioning Russian banks and its oligarchs.  That would have been more consequential  than expulsion....
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Post by annemarie on Wed 28 Mar 2018, 00:59

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5548157/California-sues-Trump-administration-reinstating-citizenship-census-question.html

[size=34]Trump administration will ask everyone if they are a citizen in 2020 U.S. Census - in move which brings fury from Democrats[/size]

  • Commerce Department said on Monday next census will ask about citizenship

  • Administration says the additional data will help enforce the Voting Rights Act

  • Citizenship question was asked on the decennial census from 1820 to 1950

  • Democrats fear non-citizens will be afraid to answer census, lowering numbers

  • Census population figures dictate Congressional seat apportionment and funds

  • California attorney general immediately announced lawsuit over the change 


By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 02:02 EDT, 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:50 EDT, 27 March 2018

    


California has sued the administration of President Donald Trump over a move to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census, citing fears the state will loose Congressional seats and federal funding.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the return of the citizenship question on Monday evening, saying the additional data was needed in order to enforce the Voting Rights Act.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra immediately announced he would sue over the change. 
Decennial censuses asked about citizenship from 1820 to 1950, and annual sample surveys continue to ask the question. 


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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (center) announced the return of the citizenship question on Monday, saying the additional data was needed in order to enforce the Voting Rights Act


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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra immediately said he would sue over the change





The decennial census, which is mandated in the Constitution, is relied upon for a myriad of important government decisions, including apportionment of Congressional seats and allocation of federal funds. 
Some in states with high numbers of non-citizens - California has an estimated non-citizen population of 5.2million - fear that people who are living in the country illegally will be afraid to respond to the census.
Lowered response rates could reduce a state's representation in Congress and its allocation of federal funds.
On the other side, there are those who argue that Congressional representation should be determined by the citizen population alone. Only citizens are allowed to vote in US federal elections.

[size=18]Trump administration adds citizenship question to 2020 Census



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This map shows the population numbers of non-citizens by state. California has an estimated non-citizen population of 5.2million
In a memo announcing the change, Ross wrote that 'neither the Census Bureau nor the concerned stakeholders could document that the response rate would in fact decline materially' if a citizenship question were added.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra wasted no time challenging the change, however, calling the citizenship question 'truly insidious' in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed.
'It would discourage noncitizens and their citizen family members from responding to the census, resulting in a less accurate population count,' Becerra wrote.
Becerra said in a statement that he filing a federal lawsuit over the citizenship question, calling it 'illegal' to add to the 2020 Census.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 28 Mar 2018, 19:05

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5554923/Trump-obsessed-going-Amazon-friends-say-destroying-businesses.html

[size=34]Trump is 'obsessed' with going after Amazon because wealthy friends say it is destroying their businesses - and revelation he wants anti-trust move costs Jeff Bezos $8.5 billion as share price plunges[/size]

  • Trump is looking for ways to knock Internet retail giant Amazon down a few pegs, with a source saying he's 'obsessed' with the company 

  • Report had the value of Amazon stock plunging by more than $53 billion 

  • Both Amazon and The Washington Post are owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos

  • On and off the campaign trail, Trump has attacked the newspaper and the retail giant, nicknaming them the 'AmazonWashingtonPost'


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:54 EDT, 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:23 EDT, 28 March 2018

    


President Donald Trump is looking for ways to knock Internet retail giant Amazon down a few pegs, with a source saying he's 'obsessed' with the company owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos.
An Axios report on Wednesday revealing Trump's plot to put strict new regulations on the company may have already had the intended effect, with Amazon stock plunging by more than $53 billion in value.
Bezos takes a personal hit of more than $8.5 billion from the market dip for the e-commerce behemoth.


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President Donald Trump is looking for ways to knock Internet retail giant Amazon down a few pegs, with a source saying he's 'obsessed' with the company owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos (seen at right at the White House in June)


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Bezos takes a personal hit of more than $8.5 billion from the market dip for the e-commerce behemoth


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Report revealing Trump's plot to put strict new regulations on the company may have already had the intended effect, with Amazon stock plunging by nearly $53 billion in value today
Axios drove the market down with a report based on the word of five sources who said that Trump was pondering ways to 'go after' Amazon. 

'He’s obsessed with Amazon,' a source said told the news website. 'Obsessed.'
Trump's desire to further regulate Amazon has been inflamed by his wealthy friends' complaints that lax Internet commerce rules are killing their businesses, Axios reported.
The president also believes that Amazon's thriving business model is hurting mom and pop stores that are owned by people who voted for him. 
A source told Axios that Trump has also blamed Amazon for losses suffered by the U.S. Post Office.
'The whole post office thing, that's very much a perception he has,' the source said. 'It's been explained to him in multiple meetings that his perception is inaccurate and that the post office actually makes a ton of money from Amazon.' 





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Friendship didn't last:  Trump shook hands with Jeff Bezos at the White House in June last year - but has become increasingly hostile to Amazon


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If you want a friend in Washington...: Bezos took a robotic dog for a walk around a secretive conference in California earlier this month 
Still, Trump is said to be actively seeking to come after Amazon using anti-trust or competition law, another source told Axios.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told the House of Representatives' tax-writing committee in February that the administration 'feels strongly' that Internet sales should be taxed.
At a July appearance before the U.S. Senate where he was asked about the Internet sales tax, Mnuchin singled out Amazon.
'I am encouraged that Amazon is now charging tax, I believe, on their own sales but not the marketplace,' he said. 'I'm not sure I understand the consistency on that, but I respect the states' ability that there's an awful lot of money that's not being collected.'
Amazon's stock share fell by as much as 7.4 percent on Wednesday, Reuters said, after the damaging Axios report ran. That's more than $53 billion in losses for the company in one day.
Bezos is also the owner of The Washington Post, which Trump has labeled 'fake news' because of the stories it has done on him that he says are false representations.



Trump's desire to further regulate Amazon has been inflamed by his wealthy friends' complaints that lax Internet commerce rules are killing their businesses, Axios reported.



Bezos is also the owner of The Washington Post, which Trump has labeled 'fake news' because of the stories it has done on him that he says are false representations
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A June 28, 2017 tweet dubbed the two companies - which have totally separate leadership structures  - the 'AmazonWashingtonPost' and described the newspaper as the 'guardian' of the retail division and the reason that Amazon does not have to pay an Internet sales tax. 
'Which they should,' he stated.
An August 16, 2017 tweet claimed 'Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers.
'Towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!' he said.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump made similar assaults on The Post, Amazon and Bezos, who attended a meeting last June for the tech industry at the White House.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed 28 Mar 2018, 22:38

tRump doesn't give a shit about mom-and-pop retailers, or anybody else, whether they voted for him or not. He's jealous because Bezos is the richest man in the world, and got that way because he's smart and hardworking and a visionary. And tRump couldn't give a flip about monopolies, either. Does anybody believe tRump wouldn't jump at the chance to dominate the hotel industry, and have so much money he could by a food store chain and a newspaper empire out of his monthly pocket money?

His obsession with Bezos is just like it is with President Obama: personal and petty.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 28 Mar 2018, 23:08

A few years a go Native Americans wanted to open a casino, Trump didn't want that to happen. He did everything he could to stop it. He failed , he simply only thinks of himself, and it is obvious he is just a spoiled jealous child.

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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 28 Mar 2018, 23:54

I was going to say the same thing.  He is jealous and envious of anyone who is wealthier or more successful than he is ... which would be lots and lots of business people.  Yes, I agree.  Trump would sacrifice just about anything (maybe not his precious Ivanka ... yuk)  to be the richest man in the world.   Just got to wonder what his tax returns reveal about his mediocre wealth?
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Post by annemarie on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 00:01

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5556023/Trump-FIRES-scandal-hit-Veterans-Affairs-secretary-hires-doctor-replacement.html

[size=34]Trump FIRES scandal-hit Veterans Affairs secretary by Twitter - and appoints the doctor who said president had 'incredible genes' as replacement[/size]

  • Trump used Twitter late Wednesday afternoon to ax David Shulkin, the Veterans Affairs secretary who had been hit by scandals over his lavish travel spending 

  • He nominated Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, his personal physician, to take over the agency

  • Jackson gave the president a glowing bill of health in January, saying he had 'incredible genes'  and was in 'very, very good health'

  • Latest firing is his second use of Twitter to dismiss a cabinet member, coming in the wake of Rex Tillerson being fired as secretary of state


By NIKKI SCHWAB U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 17:42 EDT, 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:47 EDT, 28 March 2018

    



President Trump announced in a tweet Wednesday that his Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was out, and being replaced by his White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson.
'I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs,' Trump tweeted Wednesday evening. 'In the interim, Hon. Robert Wilkie of DOD will serve as Acting Secretary. I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!'
Jackson is the White House physician who gave Trump a clean bill of health in January, declaring he had 'incredible genes'. 
For days Shulkin looked to be on the chopping block as the president viewed the controversies surrounding the VA secretary, a holdover from the Obama administration, as a distraction.

Jackson wasn't even being mentioned as a possible replacement, though played a memorable role in the administration when he came into the briefing room January and gushed about the president's health on the heels of completing Trump's first-in-office physical.
'He has a lot of energy and a lot of stamina,' Jackson said at one point. 'He's very sharp. He's very articulate when he speaks to me,' the Navy doctor said at another.


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Hired: The doctor who gave Trump a clean bill of health, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, will take over Veterans Affairs


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Twitter move: Trump used his favorite medium to dispense with David Shulkin, making him the second cabinet secretary got rid of in a tweet


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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin (pictured) wasbooted from his job after travel controversies put him in the cross-hairs of Trump, who viewed his scandals as a distraction






His only gripe was that the president was slightly overweight.
Meanwhile, Shulkin has been a headache for the president as of late.
In February the VA's internal watchdog issued a report that found that Shulkin had improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets.
Additionally, the probe found that Shulkin's staff had doctored emails to justify the secretary's wife traveling with him to Europe on the taxpayer dime.
The VA's inspector general was also looking into a complaint that Shulkin asked his security detail to come along with him to Home Depot, and cart around furniture items.
Administration officials who talked to the Associated Press last weekend, while Trump was spending time at Mar-a-Lago, said an announcement on Shulkin could come this week, with one giving it a '50-50' chance he would be ousted in the next day or two.
Instead he lasted almost through the end of the business day on Wednesday. 
In a longer statement Trump said of Shulkin, 'I appreciate the work I appreciate the work of Dr. David Shulkin and the many great things we did together at Veterans Affairs, including the VA Accountability Act that he was helpful in getting passed.' 
'He has been a great supporter of veterans across the country and I am grateful for his service,' Trump added.  



Over the weekend, a source told the AP that the White House was looking at a half-dozen candidates to fill Shulkin's job. 
Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Pete Hegseth looked on deck to get the job, as the president has been keen to hire television personalities of late.
He brought Larry Kudlow on to be his chief economic adviser, while announcing last Thursday, again via Twitter, that Fox News contributor John Bolton would be taking over for National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. 

The president decided to put Robert Wilkie (pictured), the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, in place as acting VA secretary, instead of briefly promoting deputy VA secretary Tom Bowman 
Jackson's move to the helm of Veterans Affairs isn't entirely unexpected, however, as the president has tended to promote from within. 
For instance, when Trump decided to boot Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier this month, he announced he wanted to put current CIA Director Mike Pompeo in Tillerson's place.  
Wednesday's announcement also included the president's decision to make Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, the acting VA secretary, instead of briefly promoting deputy VA secretary Tom Bowman.
Bowman had also come under criticism at the White House for being too moderate to push Trump's agenda of fixing veterans' care.
During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged to fix the VA by expanding access to private doctors and firing bad employees, criticizing the department as 'the most corrupt.' 
Last year, Trump promised to triple the number of veterans 'seeing the doctor of their choice.'

[size=34]WHO IS DR. RONNY JACKSON?[/size]


Dr. Ronny Jackson is currently a physician to the president for President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Trump nominated him to run Veterans Affairs.
A Texas native, Jackson attended Texas A&M for undergraduate, and received his medical degree from the University of Texas' Medical Branch, graduating in 1995. 
That same year, Jackson began his active duty Naval service in Portsmouth, Virginia. He completed a number of medical internships and became the honor graduate of the Navy’s Undersea Medical Officer Program, before completing his residency at the top of his class in 2004. 
The next year, he became part of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an emergency medicine physician in charge of resuscitative medicine.
Jackson was promoted to a White House physician while still deployed in Iraq in 2006. He's served in three administrations - those of Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump - and held a variety of positions, including the physician supervisor for Camp David, before being promoted to physician to the president under Obama in 2013. 
Jackson has three children and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.  




But a Trump administration plan to expand the Veterans Choice program remains in limbo after lawmakers declined last week to include it in a massive spending bill.
In response to the ethics issues, Shulkin has denied wrongdoing and complained about internal drama at the agency that has made it difficult for him to push through VA improvements, citing a half dozen or so political appointees there who were rebelling against him.
But Kelly, the White House chief of staff, recently made it clear to Shulkin that he had become weary of the VA secretary's tendency to run to the media to voice complaints and claim a White House mandate that he did not fully have, according to a person familiar with the conversations who wasn't authorized to discuss them publicly and insisted on anonymity.
The department provides medical care and other benefits to 9 million military veterans in more than 1,700 health facilities around the U.S.

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Post by annemarie on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 10:06

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5557119/Donald-Trump-calls-Roseanne-Barr-congratulate-ratings.html


[size=34]President Trump personally phoned Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on stunning ratings for comedy reboot as it's revealed majority of the 18MILLION who watched were from Trumpland[/size]

  • He also thanked Barr for making her show's main character a Trump supporter 

  • The new version of Roseanne premiered on Tuesday to 18.2 million viewers  

  • Show did best in Middle America states where Trump easily won the vote in 2016

  • Meanwhile, show did not appear in the top 20 at all for New York or Los Angeles  


By ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES  and BOBBIE WHITEMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 01:17 EDT, 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 04:49 EDT, 29 March 2018

    


Donald Trump has always cared about television ratings, and this week he definitely noticed when Roseanne Barr's show pulled in huge numbers. 
Trump personally called Barr to offer his congratulations after her eponymous family sitcom pulled in a whopping 18.2 million viewers on Tuesday night.
The president spoke to the comedian about the premiere's 'huge' ratings, and thanked Barr for her continued public support, according to the New York Times.
He also reportedly thanked Barr, 65, for making her character in the show a passionate Trump supporter.


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Donald Trump personally called Roseanne Barr to offer his congratulations after the revival of family sitcom pulled in a whopping 18.2 million viewers on Tuesday night


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Trump also reportedly thanked Barr for making her character in the show (pictured with John Goodman) a passionate Trump supporter
The call was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

It is hardly a surprise that Roseanne, which follows blue-collar family the Connors and stars the comedian as a Trump fan, hit big with Middle America.
The show performed best in states that Trump easily won in 2016, while Americans in the left-leaning coastal states hardly tuned in at all. 
Roseanne's highest ratings were in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which Trump won easily in 2016 with 65.3 percent of the vote, according to Deadline
Rounding out the top three were Cincinnati, Ohio and Kansas City, Missouri. 


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The show performed best in states that Trump easily won in 2016, while Americans in the left-leaning coastal states hardly tuned in at all. Roseanne is pictured here on Wednesday  


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While New York and Los Angeles are the top two television markets, respectively, Roseanne did not appear in either state's Top 20
Chicago, which came in at number five, was the only blue state to appear in the top 10 for the show's ratings.  
But this could also be due to the fact that the show, which first premiered in 1988 and ran for 10 seasons, has always taken place in Illinois. 
ABC also took efforts to promote the show in the city, even airing a preview of the premiere at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival. 
While New York and Los Angeles are the top two television markets, respectively, Roseanne did not appear in either state's Top 20. 
But Roseanne nabbed the highest demo rating since the fall 2014 premiere of The Big Bang Theory, scoring a 5.1 rating in the all important adults 18-49 category.


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Roseanne's ratings have baffled media analysts, who note that much of Tuesday's audience came from viewers who weren't even born when the first show ran 






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The revival's premiere also drew in 10 percent more viewers than the original series' finale in 1997. 
Roseanne's ratings have baffled media analysts, who note that much of Tuesday's audience came from viewers who weren't even born when the first show ran.



But ABC was sure to push the revival hard, launching a pop-up of the Connors' kitchen as well as the iconic Lanford Lunch Box at SXSW earlier this month as well as a tie-in with NASCAR. 
Barr, who has been on the promotional circuit, has also not shied away from expressing her support for Trump.


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The revival's premiere (pictured) also drew in 10 percent more viewers than the original series' finale in 1997 
Before the 2016 election, the comedian made headlines when she said: 'I think we would be so lucky if Trump won. Because then it wouldn't be Hillary.' 
And Barr expressed her disdain for the former Democratic presidential nominee again earlier this week, flipping off Jimmy Kimmel when he noted she once called Clinton a 'murderer'. 
'I deleted it, so f**k you,' she told Kimmel while flipping the bird. 'I had some disagreements with her foreign policy.' 
'A lot of us, no matter who we voted for, we don't want to see our president fail,' Barr added as Kimmel asked about her support for Trump. 
'Because we don't want Pence! Are you f*****g kidding me? You want Pence? You want Pence for the freaking president? Well then, zip that f*****g line!'   

[size=18]Roseanne Barr talks how quickly the cast signed on for revival



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Culture war: The modern American political debate was well-reflected with Roseanne as a Trump supporter, and her sister Jackie leaning toward the left 
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Post by annemarie on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 16:15

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5556745/Right-wing-pundit-Ann-Coulter-doubles-attacks-Trump.html

[size=34]'Now all he wants is for Goldman Sachs to like him': Former Trump supporter Ann Coulter launches series of attacks on 'shallow, lazy, ignoramus' president[/size]

  • Right-wing pundit Coulter, 56, appeared on 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' on Wednesday

  • She said she was disappointed on how much Trump changed as a candidate

  • This was the latest of the conservative commentators attack on Trump

  • On Tuesday, she gave a talk to College Republicans at Columbia University

  • 'I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn't care,' she told the group


By MARY KEKATOS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 23:16 EDT, 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 01:39 EDT, 29 March 2018

    


Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, once a staunch President Trump supporter, doubled down in her attacks on The Donald this week.
The conservative commentator who called Trump an 'ignoramus' appeared on 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' on Fox Business Network on Wednesday and said she was disappointed how much Trump had changed from when he was a candidate.  
'A switch changed with him. An elegant person wouldn't have said the things he was saying,' Coulter, 56, said.
'It was precisely that he was so coarse that allowed him to say these incredibly courageous things. He didn't care what Manhattan elites thought of him.

'Now all he wants is for Goldman Sachs to like him. don't know what happened. But that's a different president. I haven't changed. He has.'


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Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, once a staunch President Trump supporter, doubled down in her attacks on The Donald this week when she appeard on 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' on Wednesday


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'Now all he wants is for Goldman Sachs to like him. don't know what happened. But that's a different president. I haven't changed. He has,' the commentator, 56, said


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Coulter was just doubling down on her attacks that she delivered against Trump when she visited Columbia University on Tuesday night
These are not the first attacks that Coulter has thrown at the commander-in-chief.
To a group largely composed of College Republicans at Columbia University on Tuesday night, Coulter revealed that she was blinded in her view of Trump, reported The Daily Beast.
'I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn't care,' she admitted to the audience at Columbia's Roone Arledge Cinema. 



During the debate between Coulter and neoliberal blogger Mickey Kaus, the conservative commentator said she was 'heartbroken' by Trump seeming to have changed since being elected.
'It kind of breaks my heart,' Coulter said, in reference to Trump's weak follow-through on his highly-touted immigration policy. 'He's not giving us what he promised at every single campaign stop.'


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To a group largely composed of College Republicans, Coulter (pictured, July 2017) admitted: 'I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn't care'


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Coulter (pictured, August 2017) also said she was 'heartbroken' by Trump seeming to have changed since being elected


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However, despite her qualms, she said that Trump's campaign was preferable to his rivals back in 2016 (Pictured, Trump on Friday)



Four days before the event at Columbia, Coulter ripped Trump on Twitter after he signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill


However, despite her qualms, she said that Trump's campaign was preferable to his rivals back in 2016. 
'We had 16 lunatics being chased by men with nets running for president—and Trump,' Coulter explained.
'So of course I had to be pedal-to-the-metal for Donald Trump. I'd been waiting 30 years for someone to say all these things,' she added, referring to his pledge to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. 
Just four days before the Columbia event, Coulter slammed Trump on Twitter after he signed the $1.3trillion omnibus spending bill Friday.
She claimed the bill favored too much funding for Democratic programs but none for GOP pledges such as the border wall. 
After the signing, Trump said: 'There are a lot of things that I'm unhappy about in this bill...I say to Congress that I will never sign another bill like this again.' 
Coulter mocked Trump on Friday, tweeting: '"I will never sign another bill like this again". Yeah, because you'll be impeached.'

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Post by annemarie on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 17:04

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5558971/Trump-aides-baffled-White-House-doctor-charge-VA.html

[size=34]Even Trump's closest aides are baffled he put his own doctor in charge of the VA despite having virtually zero management experience - and now fear a bloody confirmation battle[/size]

  • Close aides to the president were baffled at President Trump's choice to lead Veterans Affairs, that of his personal physician Dr. Ronny Jackson 

  • Jackson's promotion was announced in a tweet Wednesday evening, as the president dismissed his first VA Secretary David Shulkin 

  • Now allies are concerned that Jackson, who has been in the military and served a tour in Iraq, will face a tough confirmation battle in the Senate  


By NIKKI SCHWAB, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 11:03 EDT, 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 EDT, 29 March 2018


        

Close aides to President Trump were baffled at his selection of Dr. Ronny Jackson, his personal physician, to lead the Veterans Administration, according to reporting from Axios
Nobody at the White House that the publication spoke with was able to answer how Jackson – known for the glowing review he gave in January of the president's health – is qualified to lead the federal government's No. 2 agency in size, as some allies are already fretting a tough confirmation fight.  
'Harriet Miers,' one longtime Republican lobbyist uttered to Axios, name-dropping the White House counsel President George W. Bush nominated to the Supreme Court in 2005, whose name was withdrawn when Democrats and Republicans complained she wasn't qualified. 


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White House staffers aren't able to answer how Dr. Ronny Jackson (pictured), who's supposed to be the new Veterans Affairs secretary, is qualified to lead the government's second biggest agency 


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Twitter move: Trump used his favorite medium to dispense with David Shulkin, making him the second cabinet secretary got rid of in a tweet
President Trump announced his decision to hire Jackson via Twitter Wednesday evening, notifying the country that David Shulkin, his first Veterans Affairs secretary, was out.  

'I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs,' Trump tweeted Wednesday evening. 'In the interim, Hon. Robert Wilkie of DOD will serve as Acting Secretary. I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!'
Jackson is the White House physician who gave Trump a clean bill of health in January, declaring he had 'incredible genes'. 
For days Shulkin looked to be on the chopping block as the president viewed the controversies surrounding the VA secretary, a holdover from the Obama administration, as a distraction.
Jackson wasn't even being mentioned as a possible replacement, though played a memorable role in the administration when he came into the briefing room January and gushed about the president's health on the heels of completing Trump's first-in-office physical.
'He has a lot of energy and a lot of stamina,' Jackson said at one point. 'He's very sharp. He's very articulate when he speaks to me,' the Navy doctor said at another. 


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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin (pictured) was booted from his job after travel controversies put him in the cross-hairs of Trump, who viewed his scandals as a distraction






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Meanwhile, Shulkin has been a headache for the president as of late.
In February the VA's internal watchdog issued a report that found that Shulkin had improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets.
Additionally, the probe found that Shulkin's staff had doctored emails to justify the secretary's wife traveling with him to Europe on the taxpayer dime.
The VA's inspector general was also looking into a complaint that Shulkin asked his security detail to come along with him to Home Depot, and cart around furniture items.
Administration officials who talked to the Associated Press last weekend, while Trump was spending time at Mar-a-Lago, said an announcement on Shulkin could come this week, with one giving it a '50-50' chance he would be ousted in the next day or two.
Instead he lasted almost through the end of the business day on Wednesday. 
In a longer statement Trump said of Shulkin, 'I appreciate the work I appreciate the work of Dr. David Shulkin and the many great things we did together at Veterans Affairs, including the VA Accountability Act that he was helpful in getting passed.' 
'He has been a great supporter of veterans across the country and I am grateful for his service,' Trump added. 
In an op-ed for the New York Times published Wednesday, Shulkin defended his service.  
'I am proud of my record and know that I acted with the utmost integrity,' Shulkin said. 'Unfortunately, none of that mattered. As I prepare to leave government, I am struck by a recurring thought: It should not be this hard to serve your country.' 
He also noted that the 'environment in Washington has turned so toxic, chaotic, disrespectful and subversive that it became impossible for me to accomplish the important work that our veterans need and deserve.'   



Over the weekend, a source told the AP that the White House was looking at a half-dozen candidates to fill Shulkin's job. 

The president decided to put Robert Wilkie (pictured), the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, in place as acting VA secretary, instead of briefly promoting deputy VA secretary Tom Bowman 
Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Pete Hegseth looked on deck to get the job, as the president has been keen to hire television personalities of late.
He brought Larry Kudlow on to be his chief economic adviser, while announcing last Thursday, again via Twitter, that Fox News contributor John Bolton would be taking over for National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. 
Jackson's move to the helm of Veterans Affairs isn't entirely unexpected, however, as the president has tended to promote from within. 
For instance, when Trump decided to boot Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier this month, he announced he wanted to put current CIA Director Mike Pompeo in Tillerson's place.  
Wednesday's announcement also included the president's decision to make Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, the acting VA secretary, instead of briefly promoting deputy VA secretary Tom Bowman.

[size=34]WHO IS DR. RONNY JACKSON?[/size]


Dr. Ronny Jackson is currently a physician to the president for President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Trump nominated him to run Veterans Affairs.
A Texas native, Jackson attended Texas A&M for undergraduate, and received his medical degree from the University of Texas' Medical Branch, graduating in 1995. 
That same year, Jackson began his active duty Naval service in Portsmouth, Virginia. He completed a number of medical internships and became the honor graduate of the Navy’s Undersea Medical Officer Program, before completing his residency at the top of his class in 2004. 
The next year, he became part of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an emergency medicine physician in charge of resuscitative medicine.
Jackson was promoted to a White House physician while still deployed in Iraq in 2006. He's served in three administrations - those of Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump - and held a variety of positions, including the physician supervisor for Camp David, before being promoted to physician to the president under Obama in 2013. 
Jackson has three children and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.  




Bowman had also come under criticism at the White House for being too moderate to push Trump's agenda of fixing veterans' care.
During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged to fix the VA by expanding access to private doctors and firing bad employees, criticizing the department as 'the most corrupt.' 
Last year, Trump promised to triple the number of veterans 'seeing the doctor of their choice.'
But a Trump administration plan to expand the Veterans Choice program remains in limbo after lawmakers declined last week to include it in a massive spending bill.
In response to the ethics issues, Shulkin has denied wrongdoing and complained about internal drama at the agency that has made it difficult for him to push through VA improvements, citing a half dozen or so political appointees there who were rebelling against him.
But Kelly, the White House chief of staff, recently made it clear to Shulkin that he had become weary of the VA secretary's tendency to run to the media to voice complaints and claim a White House mandate that he did not fully have, according to a person familiar with the conversations who wasn't authorized to discuss them publicly and insisted on anonymity.
The department provides medical care and other benefits to 9 million military veterans in more than 1,700 health facilities around the U.S.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 17:07

Ann Coulter is an idiot. Trump hasn't changed a bit. He's exactly the low-life ignoramus she thought he was but was willing to vote into office because she didn't like his opponents. The fact that he was a despicable excuse for a human being and completely unqualified didn't matter to her. Tough nuts to her if he turned out to be exactly what she knew he was - an egotistical, self-promoting waste of skin.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 18:25

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5556913/Malala-Yousafzai-Pakistan-1st-time-shot.html

[size=34]'It's the happiest day of my life': Malala breaks down in tears during first return to Pakistan since she was shot in the head by the Taliban[/size]

  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan today

  • First visit to home country since she was shot in 2012 by Taliban militants

  • She has met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad

  • She has however been denied security clearance to return to Swat valley


By SARA MALM and JOSEPH CURTIS FOR MAILONLINE and ASSOCIATED PRESS and AFP
PUBLISHED: 23:26 EDT, 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:44 EDT, 29 March 2018

    


Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai broke down in tears during an emotional first return to her native Pakistan on Thursday, six years after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for advocating greater education of girls.
Ms Yousafzai, travelling with her father and younger brother, met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the capital, Islamabad, before giving a brief speech on national television. 
Through the tears, the 20-year-old, who is now studying at Oxford University, said she would 'never have left Pakistan had it been up to her'. 
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Patriot: Malala Yousafzai broke down in tears as she gave a speech in her native Pakistan, after returning to her home country for the first time in six years

[size=10][size=18]Malala in tears over emotional return back to Islamabad



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'For last five years I have dreamed that I can set foot in my country,' she said, wiping away tears
'It's the happiest day of my life. I still can't believe it's happening,' added Yousafzai, clad in a traditional shalwar khameez outfit with her head covered with a red and blue duppata scarf.



'I don't normally cry ... I'm still 20 years old but I've seen so many things in life,' she said.
The schedule for Ms Yousafzai's four-day trip is being closely guarded for security reasons, but it has been reported that she will not be returning to the home town in the Swat valley in the northeast.


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Emotional: The 20-year-old, who is now studying at Oxford University, said she would 'never have left Pakistan had it been up to her'.


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Risky visit: Ms Yousafzai, seen  breaking down in tears on national television, has been denied a request to visit her home town in Swat


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Big day: Ms Yoysafzai meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, left, in Islamabad earlier today


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Pride of the nation: Ms Yousafzai and Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, third from left, pose for a photo after their meeting
Ms Yousafzai was just 14 when narrowly escaped the Taliban assassination attempt, and officials reportedly fear that a return to the area could pose a security risk and refused the family's request to visit Swat. 
'It's been long-held desire of Malala Yousafzai and her parents to visit Swat and see her relatives and friends,' one relative, who declined to be identified, said.
'But she was not given permission due to security concerns.'
Today, as she was taken to meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, they travelled in a convoy of nearly 15 vehicles, many of them occupied by heavily armed police.
Ms Yousafzai, known around the world by her first name, met with the the Prime Minister at his office in Islamabad, as well as several female Pakistani ministers, local news report.





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The car carrying Malala Yousafza and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai leaves for Prime Minister House ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad


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Malala's father Ziauddin Yousafzai is pictured in their car as they drive through the city
During the 2012 attack, the Taliban gunman boarded the school van and demanded to know 'who is Malala?' before shooting her in the head.
Two of her classmates were also injured. In critical condition, Ms Yousafzai was flown to the garrison city of Rawalpindi before being airlifted to Birmingham in Britain for emergency treatment.
She spent weeks at Queen Elizabeth Hospital but made a full recovery, with her family relocating to the area. 
Since then she has spoken at the United Nations and continued her advocacy for universal female education by setting up the Malala Fund charity and releasing a book. 
She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2014, along with Indian child-rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, and said on the day she collected it said that 'education is one of the blessings of life, and one of its necessities.'


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Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala pictured giving a talk at a conference in London in 2012
But at home in Pakistan, she has been condemned by some as a 'Western mouthpiece' with some even suggesting on social media that the shooting was staged.  
Previously when speaking in public she has championed her home country and spoken in her native Pashto language, always promising to return to her home.
On March 23 when Pakistan celebrated Pakistan Day, Ms Yousafzai tweeted, 'I cherish fond memories of home, of playing cricket on rooftops and singing the national anthem in school. Happy Pakistan Day!'
Local television channels have been showing her return to Pakistan with some replaying the horror of her shooting and the rush to get her treatment.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 19:13

Malala is such an honorable and brave young woman. Ann Coulter is a disgrace.  Dr. Ronny Jackson may be a great doctor and super nice person but I don’t think he is qualified to be head of Veteran Affairs.  Roseanne Barr says that no one wants to see this President fail.  I beg to differ.


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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 21:02

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5558765/Delta-Airline-CEO-says-youve-got-stand-believe-in.html


[size=34]'We support the second amendment but also the first': Delta Air Lines CEO says 'you've got to stand up for what you believe in' after stopping NRA member discounts and getting a backlash from Georgia legislators[/size]

  • Ed Bastian said 'we're not going to let the state decide how we run our business'

  • The CEO made the remarks Wednesday at Hope Global Forum meeting in Atlanta

  • Georgia legislators decided to halt plans for a $50million exemption on fuel tax

  • Was perceived as way to punish Delta after their decision to scrap NRA discounts


By PHOEBE SOUTHWORTH FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 11:07 EDT, 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:42 EDT, 29 March 2018

    



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Ed Bastian defended his decision to end discounts for NRA members, saying he won't let the state interfere in his business
The CEO of Delta Air Lines has hit back at politicians for their response to the company's decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association, saying 'we're not going to let the state decide how we run our business'.
Ed Bastian spoke out Wednesday about the airline's scrapping of discounts for NRA members amid a backlash against the organisation after Nikolas Cruz shot dead 17 people at a Florida school in February.
He made the remarks at a Hope Global Forum annual meeting at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, insisting that Delta supports the first and second amendments.

'You've got to stand up for what you believe in, and people want to hear what your company is in today's society more than ever,' he said. 
He added: 'We're not going to let the state decide how we run our business'.
Last month Delta was among numerous businesses to cut ties with the NRA as the long-standing debate on gun control intensified amid the Florida school shooting. 
Nikolas Cruz, 19, stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland armed with an assault rifle and shot dead 17 students and staff.



The website ThinkProgress published a list of companies that partner with the NRA and the hashtag #BoycottNRA appeared on Twitter.
As pressure mounted on businesses to take action, United Airlines quickly followed Delta's lead by withdrawing special deals for NRA members. 
Cheaper rates had been set up by the airlines ahead of the NRA's annual convention in May, offering discounts of up to 10 per cent off flights to Dallas.
'We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website,' Delta said in a statement after scrapping the plan on February 24.


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Delta Air Lines previously offered cheaper rates through their group travel program, but have now scrapped the deals for NRA members


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Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking in Atlanta in 2015. He raged over Delta's decision on NRA discounts, saying 'corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back'
But Bastian's decision provoked fierce backlash from Georgia legislators. 
In a move seen as a way of punishing Delta, they halted plans for a $50million jet fuel tax exemption which would have benefited the company.

Companies which cut ties with the NRA 


Hertz
Chubb 
Met Life
Symantec
Teladoc
Simplisafe
Best Western
Wyndham Hotels
Alamo Rent A Car
National Rent A Car
Enterprise Rent A Car
First National Bank of Omaha
Delta Airlines
United Airlines 




Earlier this month, the Republican-controlled House voted 135-24 in favour of the move, prompting experts to raise First Amendment concerns. 
Some businesses also criticised the airline, saying that, as NRA members, they will never fly Delta again. 
Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tweeted that he would 'kill any tax legislation that benefits Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with the NRA.'
The Republican and staunch NRA ally added: 'Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.'
Some states took advantage of the dispute between Georgia and Delta by urging the airline to relocate, with governors from Connecticut, New York and Virginia stepping forward to make pitches.
A congressman from Ohio and the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, also reached out to Delta. 


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Florida shooter Nicholas Cruz is led into court this month. He shot dead 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Delta is Georgia's largest private employer, with 33,000 workers statewide. 
The NRA is America's longest standing civil rights organisation and campaigns to defend Second Amendment rights which allow citizens to keep and bear arms.

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Post by annemarie on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 21:58

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5559673/Parkland-shooter-Nikolas-Cruz-receiving-fan-mail-love-letters-country.html

[size=34]'The freckles on your face make you so handsome': Fans send LOVE LETTERS to school shooter Nikolas Cruz and donate $800 to his commissary fund[/size]

  • The South Florida Sun Sentinel has obtained copies of some of the fan mail sent to the gunman since he killed 17 at his former high school in Parkland last month

  • Public defender Howard Finkelstein said he's worried 'every day' boys and girls are starting to view Cruz in 'an elevated way'

  • In one letter, a girl who says she's 18 describes her body to Nikolas Cruz, 19, and tells him she finds him attractive

  • Supporters of the killer have also donated hundreds to his commissary account 

  • Cruz' brother Zachary had allegedly been telling the shooter about his newfound popularity before he was arrested for trespassing at the scene of the tragedy

  • The killer has not seen any of his fan mail because he is on suicide watch 


By GERMANIA RODRIGUEZ FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 14:34 EDT, 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:46 EDT, 29 March 2018



        







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School shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, has built up a fan base since he killed 17 at his former Parkland high school last month
Nikolas Cruz has been receiving fan mail and love letters from all over the country since he killed 17 people at his former high school in Parkland last month.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel has obtained copies of some of the letters addressed to the gunman, which show just how much admiration and devotion he has inspired in men, women, and particularly in young girls.
Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein told the local paper there's 'piles of letters' for Cruz, 19, and he worries that 'every day boys and girls are starting to view him in an elevated way, looking up to his fame and notoriety.'

He added the letters 'shake him up' because they are mostly written by regular, 'everyday teenage girls.' 
On March 15, a Texas girl wrote: 'I'm 18-years-old. I'm a senior in high school. When I saw your picture on the television, something attracted me to you.' 
'Your eyes are beautiful and the freckles on your face make you so handsome,' she said before describing herself as white with big, brown eyes. 
'I'm really skinny and have 34C sized breasts,' she added inside the envelope covered with hand-drawn hearts and happy faces.    


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The gunman's public defender said said he's worried 'every day' boys and girls are starting to view Cruz in 'an elevated way' (Cruz is pictured during a court appearance)
But that's just one of the many letters Cruz has received since he's been held at the Fort Lauderdale jail.

In one of the letters sent to Cruz, a young girl who claims she's 18 describes her physical appearance and says she finds the killer 'handsome'
'In my 40 years as public defender, I've never seen this many letters to a defendant. Everyone now and then gets a few, but nothing like this,' said Finkelstein. 
'I reserve the right to care about you, Nikolas!' read a letter from a Texas woman sent six days after the mass murder that shocked the nation.
The note was written on a 'kiddie-like greeting card showing a furry bunny holding binoculars looking out at the ocean,' according to the local paper.
Inside, the sender wrote:  'Out of sight, but never out of mind.'
And it's not just young girls who have reached out to the killer: The Sun Sentinel also reviewed mail from a New York man who enclosed a photo of himself sporting a gray mustache in his white 1992 Nissan convertible.
The troubled young man, however, has not seen any of his fan mail because he is on suicide watch. 


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Cruz' brother Zachary had allegedly been telling the gunman about his newfound popularity before he was arrested for trespassing at the scene of the tragedy


His public defender Finkelstein said they have read a few letters with religious content to Cruz but will not read him fan letters or show him photos of 'scantily-clad teenage girls'. 
Cruz has also been receiving donations to his commissary account which inmates use to buy things such as food and personal hygiene products.
According to Finkelstein, Cruz currently has $800 in his account, all of which was donated by fans. 
As previously reported, Cruz' younger half-brother Zachary had been telling the killer about his newfound fame before he himself was arrested for trespassing at Marjory Stone Douglas high school.
'Probably most concerning is his contact that he has had with his brother in the jail since his incarceration,' Assistant State Attorney Sarahnell Murphy said during Zachary's first hearing.
'He has been heard and observed discussing how popular his brother is now, that his face is everywhere and his name is national.
'There is discussion of starting some sort of pen pal or fan club and how many girls he is capable of attracting, referring to his brother Nikolas.'


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Prosecutors in the case have stated they will ask for the death penalty (pictured is a parent outside the school on the day of the tragedy)
Indeed, Cruz, who was known as a loner before the shooting, has earned a substantial amount of support from people who see him as a victim of the system, as groups that have popped up in social media show.
One of them, the now-private Facebook group 'Nikolas Cruz – the First Victim' gathered 300 members who argued against the death penalty in the case and considered the effect bullying had in the killings.
Its description says the group is in complete support of Nikolas Cruz, who was 'failed' and deserves a fair trial 'whether or not' he committed the murders. 
'I want him to see how many people love and care for him and all the beautiful faces,' a woman posted in the group as she asked people to send her photos for a collage for the killer.
Another commentator claimed Cruz was conscious of the page's support. 
'Keep the letters coming because he can't wait to finally get them,' a woman wrote on March 16. 'Hate mail is filtered out so no one can upset our boy!!! Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate.' 




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A purple bracelet with the words 'Justice for Nik' is for sale on eBay for $2. Funds from the sale of the product allegedly go towards Cruz' commissary fund


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'This is in support of Nikolas Cruz to have a fair trial. In hopes of life instead of death,' reads the product's description
A public Facebook group, 'Nikolas Cruz for Punishment or Apologize', has four members who say they are committed to preventing future shootings. 
'If you see someone, your friends the stranger get bully please stand up,' the group's description reads.
As these online communities of Cruz fans have appeared, so has merchandise in support of the killer.
A purple bracelet with the words 'Justice for Nik' is for sale on eBay for $2. Funds from the sell of the product allegedly go towards Cruz' commissary fund. 
Shirts that read 'I stand with Nikolas Cruz' and 'stop bullying' also are on sale online.
'This is in support of Nikolas Cruz to have a fair trial. In hopes of life instead of death,' reads the product's description. 
Prosecutors in the case have stated they will ask for the death penalty.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5560033/Trump-says-probably-hold-South-Koreas-trade-deal-hostage-North-Korea-talks.html
[size=34]Trump says he will 'probably' hold South Korea's trade deal hostage until nuclear talks with North Korea are finished[/size]

  • President Trump has secured his first major trade deal with South Korea after the two countries agreed to revise a six-year-old trade pact 

  • Officials said the revised deal widened US access to South Korea's car market while providing American manufacturers protection from South Korean imports

  • Trump had previously called the original South Korea pact a job killer

  • New deal doubles - to 50,000 - the cars each US automaker can export annually to South Korea 

  • It also reduces bureaucratic barriers to American products and extends a 25 percent US tariff on South Korean pickup trucks until 2041 


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM andREUTERS
PUBLISHED: 16:00 EDT, 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 EDT, 29 March 2018

    



No sooner than President Trump had secured his first major trade deal, the U.S. leader said he could hold it up for awhile.
Trump told a crowd Thursday that he may wait to move ahead on a deal his administration inked with South Korea until planned nuclear talks with North Korea have concluded.
'South Korea has been wonderful,' he said, 'but we'll probably hold that deal up for a little while, see how that deal plays out.'
Trump said his thinking had shifted on the matter because the trade deal is a 'very strong card' and he wants to make sure that 'everyone is treated fairly' in the process. 


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No sooner than President Trump had secured his first major trade deal, the U.S. leader said he could hold it up for awhile
It was a surprise development after the Trump administration said Tuesday that the United States and South Korea had agreed on revisions to their six-year-old trade pact.

Officials said the revised deal widened US access to South Korea's car market while providing American manufacturers protection from South Korean imports. 
Trump had previously called the original South Korea pact a job killer.
The new deal doubles - to 50,000 - the cars each US automaker can export annually to South Korea, reduces bureaucratic barriers to American products and extends a 25 percent US tariff on South Korean pickup trucks until 2041.
South Korea escapes the new 25 percent tariff on imported steel but must accept quotas on steel shipments to the United States.  
The agreement, cobbled together quickly with only a few rounds of negotiations under Trump's threat of withdrawal, was to include a side-letter that requires South Korea to provide increased transparency of its foreign exchange interventions, with commitments to avoid won devaluations for competitive purposes. 
The currency deal, final details of which are still being negotiated between the U.S. Treasury and South Korea's Ministry of Strategy and Finance, is considered a 'side letter' that will not be enforceable with trade sanctions.
Addressing the deal on Thursday at an infrastructure event in Ohio, Trump said, 'Just this week we secured a wonderful deal with South Korea. 
'We're in a deal that was a horror show. It was gonna produce 200,000 jobs. And it did -- for them,' he stated. 'That was a Hillary Clinton special, I hate to say.'
Clinton was a U.S. Secretary of State under the last president. She helped to promote the final version of the agreement before she resigned to run for president opposite of Trump.
Trump said Thursday that the newly-negotiated deal would 'level the playing field for steel, and cars and trucks coming into this country.'
'And I may hold it up until after a deal is made with North Korea,' he said in a surprise twist. 'You know why? Because it's a very strong card, and I want to make sure everyone is treated fairly, and we're moving along very nicely with North Korea.'
President Trump is due to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un at some point in the next two months after accepting an invitation to negotiate from the hermit leader.
'We'll see what happens. Certainly, the rhetoric has calmed down just a little bit, would you say, would you say, and we'll see how it all turns out,' Trump told his audience on Thursday. 'Maybe it will be good, and maybe it won't, and if its no good, we're walking, and if it's good, we'll embrace it.' 


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The new deal doubles - to 50,000 - the cars each US automaker can export annually to South Korea. Pictured above is a crane transporting vehicles to a container ship in Oakland


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A worker works at an assembly line of Hyundai Motor's plant in Asan, South Korea on Tuesday
Many U.S. lawmakers, particularly Democrats, had opposed the 2015 Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal because it had a similar currency manipulation side-agreement that could not be enforced.
Nonetheless, the revised US-South Korean Free Trade Agreement, known as KORUS, would be the first US trade deal in force with a currency side-deal, and would not need congressional approval, the officials said. 
Asked whether the forex agreement would ensure that South Korea is not declared a manipulator in the US Treasury's next currency report due on April 15, the officials declined to comment, saying such assessments would be made in accordance with Treasury's normal procedures.
South Korea has been kept on a Treasury currency 'monitoring list' due to its large global current account surplus and US trade surplus. The Treasury's October report urged Korea to 'to enhance the transparency of its exchange rate intervention.'  



The officials confirmed that South Korea agreed to cut its steel exports to the United States by about 30 percent in exchange for the rest being excluded from steel tariffs. Korean aluminum producers would still be subject to Trump's 10 percent tariff on aluminum.
Other countries also must agree to similar quotas to escape tariffs, but the size of the limits would vary. The United States is negotiating with Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the European Union, Australia and Argentina.
One official said it was 'not a one-size fits all kind of thing' and added that the South Korean quota was agreed due to its 'unique' position in steel exports. South Korea imports and processes significant amounts of Chinese-made steel, much of which is under anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs.


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South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong listens to a reporter's question during a briefing at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea regarding the deal 


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The announcement of the agreement came as Beijing confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had visited China to hold talks with President Xi Jinping, in his first foreign visit since taking power 


'What will be the same for any country that is out from under the 232 tariff, like with Korea, there will be a hard quota,' the official added.
South Korea also agreed to amend a government health program that pays premium prices to domestic drug companies in order to ensure a level playing field for US pharmaceuticals producers, the US officials said.
In addition to the increased access for American vehicles that meet US but not necessarily South Korean safety standards, the US officials also said they won reductions in non-tariff barriers to US vehicle sales, including elimination of duplicate environmental testing requirements and recognition of US replacement parts standards.
Extension of the phase-out period for US pickup truck tariffs to 2041 would ensure that US pickup truck production would not migrate to South Korea as some production moved to Mexico after the North American Free Trade Agreement eliminated the tariff, the officials said. 
The announcement of the agreement came as Beijing confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had visited China to hold talks with President Xi Jinping, in his first foreign visit since taking power.
During the meeting, Kim committed to denuclearisation in Korea if the United States and the South showed 'goodwill', it was reported, with China agreeing to support its neighbor if nuclear tensions could be eased.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Admin on Fri 30 Mar 2018, 04:53

Donnamarie wrote:  Roseanne Barr says that no one wants to see this President fail.  I beg to differ.
 I think what she meant is that people don't want a president (any president) to actually fail because of the implications of what that means to the country.  

I can kind of see what she means.  Go back in time a little to when Obama was president. There were many who wanted to see him fail, but if you were an Obama supporter, you could make the exact same argument: "It doesn't matter that this isn't the president you voted for.  The fact is he's president now.  To want Obama to fail means wishing for your own country to fail."

Admitting that a president is an ignorant, psychopathic incompetent (which I believe describes Trump to a t) is a short, slippery step away from admitting that democracy has failed.  Which then opens the door to 'if not democracy, then what?' argument.  And that's not a can of worms I'd want to see opening in the US.
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Post by it's me on Fri 30 Mar 2018, 09:05

The whole issue is too big and complicated to make a good comment in a few lines

Bec it's also all interconnected

We can't talk about him without talking about other Countries


But the more alarming thing I think is the incompetence and the childish behavior


Put it together with the revolving door swirling .....
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Fri 30 Mar 2018, 12:31

Katie - Roseanne said in an interview that she doesn't want Trump to fail because then we'd be stuck with Pence for President and would anybody really want that?! Sadly, she's got a very valid point. Not only is Pence a political reactionary but he's smart, too - which Trump is not. If we can make it to the end of Trump's term we have at least a chance of getting back on the right track.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 30 Mar 2018, 12:42

Roseanne is a Trump supporter she has said so many times.  Here is why she voted for Trump.

I voted Trump 2 shake up the status quo & the staid establishment," Barr tweeted in December.


so knowing he is unqualified and an idiot she voted for him.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Fri 30 Mar 2018, 18:10

Katie, I normally would agree that we don’t want a President to fail in leading our country.  I knew exactly what I was saying when I disagreed with Roseanne’s comment.  This is an exception IMO. I think if Trump doesn’t fail it gives him license to win the argument that a government in chaos and abuse of political power succeeds.  I think American citizens need to know that there are consequences to Trump's unacceptable behavior and his abuse of the rule of law. There seems to be some in our country who appreciate authoritarian rule if it gets them what they want.  We are a democracy and we shouldn’t reward those who attempt to abuse their power and circumvent our way of governing.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by party animal - not! on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 01:02

I'm just going to leave this here...........

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/30/politics/donald-trump-national-sexual-assault-awareness-month/index.html

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Post by annemarie on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 01:46

I have no words.

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Post by annemarie on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 07:09

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5564201/Trump-freed-children-held-bondage-pimps-Roseanne-posts-bizarre-message.html

[size=34]'Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps': Roseanne posts bizarre message seemingly linked to conspiracy theory alleging high-ranking Democrats are involved in satanic child sex abuse[/size]

  • Roseanne Barr praised Trump on Friday for freeing kids from 'bondage'

  • Followed up with link to White House brief on human trafficking crackdown

  • But some connected Barr's tweet to her prior references to the 'QAnon' theory  

  • Barr apologized a few hours later, writing 'Sorry to have mentioned it here'

  • Message comes on the heels of Barr's wildly successful sitcom reboot


By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 00:40 EDT, 31 March 2018 | UPDATED: 01:50 EDT, 31 March 2018






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TV star Roseanne Barr posted an unusual Twitter message on Friday night
Television star Roseanne Barr has posted an unusual message praising President Donald Trump for freeing 'children held in bondage', in an apparent reference to a conspiracy theory about satanic child sex abuse at the highest levels of government.
'President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere,' Barr tweeted on Friday.
'I disagree on some things, but give him benefit of doubt-4 now,' she continued.

After initial confusion, Barr retweeted several links reporting recent law enforcement initiatives against human trafficking, including a March 13 White House statement announcing that DHS had made 1,602 arrests and 578 convictions in trafficking cases in 2017. 
But for many, Barr's cryptic message, which came on the heels of her wildly successful sitcom reboot, appeared to be a callback to earlier mentions she has made of the 'QAnon' conspiracy theory.
In response to the storm of speculation, Barr posted again a few hours after the initial tweet: 'I have worked with victims of trafficking for decades & supported the fight against it. Sorry to have mentioned it here. It's not the place.'



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Also known as 'The Storm', the QAnon theory is based on a series of anonymous and highly cryptic posts on the message board 4Chan, which purport to be written by a high-level insider at the Trump White House.
Q is a reference to 'Q-clearance', the Department of Energy security classification that offers the broadest level of access to Top Secret and Secret Restricted Data granted by the US government.
Though Q's posts are sometimes cryptic to the point of nonsense, in broad strokes the theory maintains that Trump is locked in a secret battle with 'evil' elements at the highest level of government.
The theory references earlier conspiracy theories such as Pizzagate, purporting that top-level Democrats are engaged in satanic child sex abuse and child sex trafficking.
One of Q's only specific predictions, that Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta would be arrested on November 3, did not come to pass.
Nevertheless, the theory fired the imaginations of many who envision The Storm as an imminent domestic military crackdown and purge targeting the Trump Administration's foes.


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Q posted this fan-created graphic on March 4. It purports to show that Q predicted the contents of a DoD tweet in advance, about a documentary containing a mug with the letter 'Q'









Barr has previously dabbled in the conspiracy. On November 17, she posted two tweets saying 'Who is Q?' and 'Tell Qanon to DM me in the nexxt 24 hours'.
Shortly after Barr sent the messages, her Twitter account went offline, stoking rumors of a vast conspiracy.
Her account came back online a few hours later, with around 200,000 followers removed.
She issued a message saying 'I am OK and back. explanation later on'.
So far, she has not issued any explanation of the incident.
Barr's Tuesday premier of the Roseanne reboot drew some 18million viewers, making it a smashing success. 
Trump even called to congratulate Barr, a Trump supporter herself whose sitcom aims to portray the real-life concerns of his working-class base.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by carolhathaway on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 08:59

What the f* is Roseanne talking about?  No

I really understand that George didn't want to join her on the show reunion...
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 11:38

She is into conspiracy theories.  I think she is as crazy as Trump, his followers are just like him.

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Post by annemarie on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 11:42

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5564385/Houston-teenager-gets-offers-20-colleges-U-S.html

[size=34]Houston senior, 17, who applied to the top 20 U.S. colleges gets offers from ALL of them along with $260,000 in additional scholarship offers[/size]

  • Micheael Brown opened first letter at a friend's to relieve pressure from family

  • Filmed wildly celebrating on March 28 when he opened last four to finish streak

  • His proud mom, a chemical dependency counselor, took the day off to join him  

  • Mirabeau B. Lamar High School student said he is glad his work has now 'paid off'


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PUBLISHED: 02:10 EDT, 31 March 2018 | UPDATED: 03:32 EDT, 31 March 2018

    


A Houston teenager who applied to all of the top 20 colleges in the U.S. won offers from all of them with a full ride along with $260,000 in additional scholarship offers.
Micheael Brown, a 17-year-old senior at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School, opened his first acceptance letter in December at his friend's house to relieve the pressure of doing it before his family. 
Three months later, on March 28, he revealed the last four admissions, this time accompanied by his mom, who took the day off her two jobs as a chemical dependency counselor to be with him.


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Micheael Brown, a 17-year-old senior at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School, is pictured looking online to check his final four acceptance letters (left) on March 28 to complete a 20-college streak which he celebrates with friends (right) 
'It's something I'm proud of because I see my hard work paying off, determination paying off, sacrifices paying off,' Micheal told CNN. 

His mother, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, filmed as her delighted son completed his astonishing streak before celebrating with friends.



Michael now has the enviable task of choosing between his top eight choices: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Georgetown and Vanderbilt.
Rutledge-Brown lost three babies before she gave birth to Michael, so poured all her energy into helping him with his studies.  


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Michael, far right, stands with friends Eric Muthondu and Sammantha Garcia during the Subiendo Academy at University of Texas, Austin
 'After sixth grade, Mike was in control of his education,' she said. 'He was focused, he knew what he wanted and he made his own decisions.'
Micheal - who has only ever received one B grade - plans to major in political sciences with a possible second degree in economics. 
His involvement with programmes that match students from low-income communities like his with higher education institutions means he has at least one friend at every Ivy League school. 
He will spend a month looking round different schools before making his final choice on May 1. 


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Harvard (pictured in a file photo) is one of the elite institutions on Michael's final list, which he will whittle down to just one on May 1


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Micheal, who went to Mirabeau B. Lamar High School, (seen in an undated file photo) plans to major in political sciences with a possible second degree in economics
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 13:25

WOW! What an amazing kid! Acceptance to all the schools he applied to - and full scholarships?! Maybe there's hope for the future after all. Very Happy
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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 13:34

Incredible. The world is his oyster - and he's only just begun. Hope he enjoys the university of life!!

From another perspective, saw David Rubenstein, Carlyle Group and philanthropist say on one of the major morning shows that 14% of Americans are illiterate!? Couldn't quite believe it.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 14:13

PAN - Believe it! For more reasons than I can go into here many Americans are functionally, if not totally, illiterate. It's one of the reasons Trump was able to get as far as he did - not because these people are stupid, but because being unable to read they have to get their information from visual media, "talk" radio and word of mouth. It makes them less able to fact check on their own and more likely to accept the media's view of things - usually the conservative media (again for too many reasons to go into).
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Post by it's me on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 15:06

Amazing...
But in Italy too
There are many

Sadly
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Post by annemarie on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 19:06

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5565027/President-Trump-freezes-200million-Syria-funds.html




[size=34]President Trump 'freezes' $200million earmarked for Syria by fired Tillerson as he continues to push to remove U.S. involvement in rebuilding the war-torn country
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  • The frozen money was meant for recovery efforts such as removing unexploded weapons and restoring water, power and electricity

  • Now-fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced $200million would be added to recovery efforts during a trip to Kuwait in February  

  • He has repeatedly expressed a desire for the U.S. to get out war-torn Syria

  • The State Department has not confirmed the reports, published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday



By GERMANIA RODRIGUEZ FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 10:39 EDT, 31 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:09 EDT, 31 March 2018


    



President Donald Trump has put on hold $200million meant for recovery efforts in Syria, according to a new report.
The White House has ordered the State Department to freeze the funds as the Trump administration reassesses American involvement in the warn-torn nation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. 
The president allegedly reached the decision after reading a news report that said his administration had recently added $200million to stabilizing efforts - a move announced by now-fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Kuwait last month.


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President Trump has often expressed a desire for U.S. troops to leave Syria. During a Thursday speech in Ohio (pictured), he said: 'Very soon, very soon, we're coming out'
The frozen money was meant for recovery efforts such as removing unexploded weapons and restoring water, power and electricity. 

The president has often expressed his desire for U.S. troops to leave Syria and for regional allies such as Saudi Arabia to take on more of the burden in the nation currently dealing with both a civil war and ISIS.
'Very soon, very soon, we're coming out,' he said during a speech in Ohio on Thursday. 'We're going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be.'  
The State Department, however, has not confirmed reports of the freeze. 
'In line with the president's request to review all international assistance, we continually reevaluate appropriate assistance levels and how best they might be utilized, which we do on an ongoing basis,' the spokesperson told The Hill. 
As the Journal points out, reduced American presence in Syria could open the way for Iran and Russia to become the leading foreign powers in the troubled and geopolitically important nation. 


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Now-fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced $200million would be added to Syria recovery funds in a meeting with regional leaders in Kuwait in February (pictured)
It could also offer a lifeline to to ISIS, which has lost much of the power it once held in the region but still holds on to some land.   
The president's move comes as the fight against ISIS in Syria has stalled - although the U.S.-lead coalition has taken back most of the territory once controlled by the militant group, efforts to take the land ISIS still holds have flat-lined.
On Thursday, two coalition personnel, including an American, and five were wounded by a roadside bomb in Syria, in a rare attack since the U.S.-led coalition sent troops into the country. 
Trump's view on Syria does not really match that of his administration. Just hours before his statements on Thursday, a Pentagon spokesperson suggested the military was in Syria for the long-run.



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Two coalition personnel were killed and five others wounded on Thursday night by a roadside bomb in Syria. U.S. troop's Humvee is pictured passing vehicles of fighters from the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council


Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said :'Our commitment to win must outlast the so-called physical caliphate, and the warped ideas that guide the calculated cruelty of ISIS.'
And Trump's new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a known political hawk, is likely to take a stand similar to Tillerson's when it comes to Syria, having expressed in the past it is in American interest to depose of dictator Bashar al-Assad.
'It is difficult to imagine a stable Syria that still has Assad in power. He is a puppet of the Iranians and therefore it seems an unlikely situation where Assad will be sitting on the throne and America's interests will be well served,' the former CIA director said in July 2017.

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Post by annemarie on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 18:02

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5567253/Trump-warns-migrant-caravans-coming-U-S-advantage-lax-immigration-laws.html

[size=34]Trump says he's done negotiating the fate of 'Dreamers' - warning that caravans of migrants are heading to the U.S. ready to take advantage of lax immigration laws[/size]

  • In a series of immigration-related tweets, President Trump warned of the 'caravans' of migrants in Mexico heading toward the U.S. border 

  • 'Getting more dangerous,' he warned, adding he was no longer interested in working with Democrats on getting a DACA deal 

  • Instead he suggested that Senate Republicans kill the 60-vote filibuster rule, and pass stricter immigration laws 

  • Trump suggested the migrants would try to use DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, to stay in the United States

  • DACA's fate is still held up in court, as lawmakers were never able to come up with a deal to give the so-called 'Dreamers' status 

  • Trump also slammed Mexico for allowing the migrant caravan to pass through undeterred, suggesting that fact should come up in NAFTA re-negotiations 


By NIKKI SCHWAB, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:34 EDT, 1 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:29 EDT, 1 April 2018

    



In a series of Sunday tweets, President Trump suggested he was done negotiating with the Democrats over the fate of the so-called 'Dreamers.
He warned that 'caravans' of migrants were headed over the southern border to take advantage of the Obama-era law that allowed them to stay in the United States. 
While slamming the Mexican government for its role in allowing the migrants to pass through undeterred, Trump urged Senate Republicans to change the rules of the body so tougher immigration laws could get passed. 
'Mexico has got to help us at the border. If they're not going to help us at the border it's a very sad thing,' the president said as he walked into Easter Sunday church services, holding first lady Melania Trump's hand. 

'And a lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA,' Trump charged.  


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President Trump, walking into Easter Sunday services, briefly talked about the three tweets he sent out earlier in the morning on immigration issues


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President Trump is seen getting out of his motorcade Sunday to attend Easter Sunday church services at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida. Earlier in the morning he went on an immigration rant 


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President Trump briefly speaks to reporters on his way into Easter Sunday services. He was asked about three tweets he dashed off on immigration 


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Daughter Tiffany Trump (left) joins President Trump (center) and first lady Melania Trump (right) at Easter Sunday services at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea church in Palm Beach. The Trumps are spending a long, holiday weekend at the Mar-a-Lago estate 


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President Trump said he was done negotiating the fate of the 'Dreamers,' immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and could stay in the country legally under DACA. Instead Trump wanted Republicans to change Senate rules to get tougher immigration laws passed


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In a second tweet on the subject of immigration, the president blasted Mexico for allowing a huge caravan of migrants pass through the country undeterred, suggesting that fact should play a role in NAFTA negotiations, which are ongoing 
 



The president said the migrants heading to the U.S. were doing so to take advantage of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was set to expire in March, but its fate is now tied up in court. Immigrants who just arrived would likely be ineligible for DACA
In his first immigration-related tweet of the day Trump wrote: 'Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. "Caravans" coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!'' 
BuzzFeed News reported Saturday on the migrant caravan, which is made up of more than 1,200 people, mostly from Honduras, and is making its way through Mexico, with many of the men and women hoping to get into the U.S.
Trump used the news of the caravan to sound the alarm, hoping Republicans in the Senate would 'go Nuclear,' which means killing off the rule that 60 votes are needed to close debate. 
Currently, there are 51 Republicans in the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence available to make a tie-breaking vote in the GOP's favor.  
Previously, Democrats, and then Republicans, changed the rules so a simple majority closes debate on judicial nominations, cabinet appointees, and also for Supreme Court justices.But under Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, the legislative filibuster, as it's called, has stayed intact. 


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President Trump briefly answered questions about his immigration-themed tweets as he walked into Easter Sunday services in Florida with first lady Melania Trump 


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In his tweets, President Trump referenced a caravan of migrants - some 1,200 people - coming up through Mexico, with many hoping to gain entry into the United States 


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The president suggested that the migrants might try to use DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, to stay in the country. It's unlikely people new to the U.S. would be able to use the Obama-era program 


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A child takes a ride on a man's shoulder as around 1,200 migrants make their way through Mexico, with many hoping to cross the southern border into the United States 
Trump has blamed the rule for his inability to get legislation on a variety of topics passed through the Senate. 
He's also blamed Democrats for Congress' inability to get something done on DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 
'They had a great chance, the Democrats blew it. They had a great, great chance,' Trump told reporters as he entered the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday.  
Trump attended church services with both the first lady and daughter Tiffany Trump. 
In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the termination of the Obama-era program that allowed immigrants who came to the United States as children, so-called 'Dreamers' to stay in the country. 
Congress was then given six months to figure it out. 
Lawmakers did no such thing, but DACA didn't end because the legality of the program is being argued in court. 



In another tweet Sunday morning, the president suggested that the migrants coming up through Mexico were going to try to use DACA as a means to stay. 
'These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!' the president charged. 
Trump also blasted Mexico for not doing enough to stop the migrants.   
'Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S.,' he wrote. 
'They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!' Trump continued. 
NAFTA negotiations are ongoing, but have become increasingly contentious.  
In BuzzFeed's piece about the migrant caravan the reporter watches a Mexican immigration agent go into a restaurant and have a 'relaxing Coke' while the huge group of people pass.   
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Post by annemarie on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 20:37

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5567577/I-did-not-resign-says-axed-Veterans-Affairs-Secretary-David-Shulkin.html

[size=34]'I did not resign' says axed Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin after White House releases a statement saying that he quit[/size]

  • Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin clarified on Sunday that he did not resign from his position 

  • 'There would be no reason for me to resign,' he told NBC's Chuck Todd on Meet the Press 

  • On Saturday, the White House issued a statement to Politico that said 'Secretary Shulkin resigned from his position' 

  • Since Shulkin was fired, there are legal issues surrounding whether President Trump can handpick a temporary replacement  


By NIKKI SCHWAB, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:53 EDT, 1 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:31 EDT, 1 April 2018

    




Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin pushed back on a White House statement that said he 'resigned' from his job last week. 
'I did not resign,' Shulkin said on CNN Sunday morning, to State of the Union host Jake Tapper's question about whether President Trump's VA secretary had been fired. 
On Meet the Press Shulkin added, 'There would be no reason for me to resign. I made a commitment. I took an oath. And I was here to fight for our veterans.' 


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Ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Meet the Press, and on State of the Union, that he did not 'resign' from his post leading the agency, as the White House claimed on Saturday 


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'I did not resign,' fired VA Secretary David Shulkin (left) told CNN's Jake Tapper (right) on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday 


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Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin (left) told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that he had spoken with President Trump several hours before the president sent out his tweet announcing Shulkin was gone, and had no inkling he was about to be fired 
On Wednesday, President Trump alerted the world that he was replacing Shulkin with his personal physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, using Twitter. 

'I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs,' Trump said. 'In the interim, Hon. Robert Wilkie of DOD will serve as Acting Secretary. I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!'
Shulkin described the announcement that he was out as 'somewhat of a surprise. 
'General Kelly gave me a call very shortly before the tweet came out,' he told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, explaining that he had spoken with the president earlier in the day. 'And we talked a lot about issues at VA that were important and how we could continue to make progress on policy issues.' 
Walking away from his conversation with Trump, Shulkin said he didn't expect to be axed. 



'In fact, we had set up a meeting for the very next day where I was going to meet with him at 11 in the morning,' Shulkin said. 
When Chief of Staff John Kelly called 'he just simply said the president had decided that he needed to make a change,' Shulkin said.  
The ex-VA secretary also said he wasn't asked to write a letter of resignation. 
Shulkin's firing, versus a resignation, matters as Trump decided to appoint an interim secretary instead of promoting Shulkin's deputy. 
Politico pointed out Saturday that the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, which gives the president the authority to temporarily fill a vacancy, only does so when the current office holder 'dies, resigns, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office.' 
When the publication sought comment on the potential legal issues involved in replacing Shulkin in such a way, White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters stated, 'Secretary Shulkin resigned from his position as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.'  
On Meet the Press, Shulkin – the one Obama cabinet secretary that Trump retained – said that he and the president always had a 'good relationship.'
But Shulkin had created some bad buzz for the administration, already plagued by scandals involving cabinet secretaries abusing government funds. 
In February, the VA's internal watchdog issued a report that found that Shulkin had improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets.   
Additionally, the probe found that Shulkin's staff had doctored emails to justify the secretary's wife traveling with him to Europe on the taxpayer dime.
'I will tell you I do not believe that there was any misuse of government funds,' Shulkin told Todd. 'And, unfortunately, after the inspector general report came out I was prohibited from giving my point of view on this. I had prepared a statement. It was removed from the V.A. website. I was told that I was not allowed to go out and talk to the press about this.' 
'Look, I went to a conference in Europe that the U.S. has attended for 43 years all about veterans' issues,' Shulkin said, adding that he attended 40 hours of meetings while there. 
Todd pointed out that Shulkin had attended Wimbledon. 
'I went to Wimbledon on a Saturday. I went to see some sites in the evenings. After. We didn't miss a single minute of conference,' he argued. 
'Everybody, every American has their weekends,' Shulkin said.    
The ex-Veterans Affairs secretary was also asked about a Washington Post reportthat said he had stationed an armed guard outside his office to keep certain political appointees – who were encouraging Trump to fire Shulkin – away.  
Shulkin denied making changes to his security.
'I always have my security detail on my floor outside my office. There was no change in protocol there,' he said. 
But he did admit to not allowing certain people to have access.  
'Well, when the political appointees decided that they were no longer going to participate as an effective member of my team, when they had memos showing that they wanted to have me removed, my deputy secretary removed, my chief of staff removed, of course I limited access to those people,' Shulkin said. 
'They no longer were willing to be working effectively with us in, in a way to improve care for veterans,' he added. 
Shulkin took a diplomatic approach when asked about his potential successor, the doctor most known for getting behind the White House podium and complimenting the president for his 'good genes.' 
Jackson, a Navy doctor who served in Iraq, doesn't have traditional management experience on his resume.  
'Look, I think Dr. Jackson is a good man. And I think that he should continue to have the veterans' interest at heart,' Shulkin said. 'This is a very tough job.'
When asked by Todd if Jackson was qualified for the position, Shulkin wouldn't say.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Mon 02 Apr 2018, 11:14

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5568069/Eagles-Death-Metals-Jesse-Hughes-apologizes-calling-Parkland-massacre-students-vile.html

[size=34]Eagles of Death Metal's frontman and Bataclan attack survivor Jesse Hughes says SORRY for calling Parkland students 'vile' and the March for Our Lives 'pathetic'[/size]

  • Hughes, 45, apologized for the comments that he made about the March For Our Lives protesters on Saturday

  • Previously, he posted to Instagram suggesting Florida school shooting survivors were capitalizing on the deaths of their classmates by staging protest walkouts

  • The Eagles of Death Metal frontman has since deleted five Instagram posts

  • In his apology video, he stated that he 'should have handled this a lot more maturely and responsibly'

  • Hughes survived the Paris terror attacks in November 2015 when jihadists stormed the Bataclan while he was performing on stage


By MARY KEKATOS and EMILY CRANE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 18:30 EDT, 1 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:23 EDT, 1 April 2018

    



Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has apologized for comments he made about student-led gun protests.
The apology comes five days after he labeled the surviving students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting 'disgusting vile abusers of the dead.' 
Hughes took to Instagram on Saturday and posted a one-minute video in which he admitted he should have 'handled this a lot more maturely'.





Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has apologized for comments he made about student-led gun protests. Hughes took to Instagram on Saturday (left and right) and posted a one-minute video in which he admitted he should have 'handled this a lot more maturely'


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Hughes shared a Photoshopped image of student activist Emma Gonzalez (above) appearing to rip up a copy of the US Constitution, saying she was 'the awful face of treason'
'Recently I made some posts on my Instagram that did not communicate how I feel about a variety of topics,' Hughes said in the video.

'What I'd intended to be a statement about the hijacking by any side of the aisle of the beautiful agenda of a movement of our nation's youth came off seeming like a mean-spirited, personal attack and slight of the youth themselves and even a personal attack of its leadership.'
Hughes, 45, is a survivor of a mass shooting after ISIS militants stormed the Bataclan in Paris while he was performing with his band in November 2015, shooting and killing 89 people and injuring dozens more. 


  • The singer posted five times about the gun control protests, including once when he wrote student survivors were capitalizing on the deaths of their classmates by staging protest walkouts. 


He shared an illustration of a woman telling a man: 'I turned in my gun to do my part in ending violence', before he replies: 'I chopped off my own d**k to stop rape'.
In a caption accompanying the post, Hughes accused the teen Parkland shooting survivors of exploiting the death of their classmates and teachers for a 'few Facebook likes and some media attention'.


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Eagles of Death Metal were performing on stage in Paris when a group of men armed with assault rifles stormed into the venue and opened fire. The band is pictured above moments before the deadly attack


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Rescue workers help a woman after a shooting, outside the Bataclan theater in Paris on November 12, 2015
'The Whitney Houston song about letting the children lead the way wasn't actually had operating paradigm for life.....And when the truth don't line up with your bulls**t narrative just hold your breath and stamp your feet and refused to except it....' he wrote.
'Then take multiple days off of school playing hooky at the expense of 16 of your classmates blood....!.... it might be funny if it wasn't so pathetic and disgusting......' 
'As the survivor of a mass shooting I can tell you from first-hand experience that all of you protesting and taking days off from school insult the memory of those who were killed and abuse and insult me and every other lover of liberty by your every action.' 


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He posted five times about the gun control protests, including once (above) when he wrote student survivors were capitalizing on the deaths of their classmates by staging walkouts


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Hughes, who survived the 2015 Paris terror attacks, also posted this illustration in response to the gun control protests over last weekend


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Hundreds of thousands of people filled Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC on March 24 for the March For Our Lives against gun violence


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Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal of the event organizers, made a stirring appearance on stage after she remained silent in front of the crowd for 6 minutes and 20 seconds - the amount of time it took gunman Nikolas Cruz to murder 17 people at her high school
He also shared a Photoshopped image of student activist Emma Gonzalez appearing to rip up a copy of the US Constitution, saying she was 'the awful face of treason' and a 'survivor of nothing'.
Hughes, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, has been known to make offensive remarks following the 2015 Paris terror attacks.
He once suggested that the security guards at the Bataclan had been in on the attacks and claimed that Muslims were celebrating outside when the shooting unfolded.  
His latest comments about gun control sparked backlash on Twitter.
Some outraged fans called for his music to be boycotted with one in particular describing him as 'a deluded redneck' who 'should not, under any circumstances, be taken seriously.'  
However, Hughes changed his tune on Saturday in the video, saying: 'As someone who's watched their friends shot in front of their eyes and seen people killed that they love, I should have handled this a lot more maturely and responsibly, and I did not do that and I messed up. 
'And I hope that you're able to forgive me but please know that I did not mean to do what it seems like it was I was doing.'
The main March for Our Lives event was held in Washington DC where survivors from Stoneman Douglas High School gave passionate speeches calling for gun reform. 
Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal of the event organizers, made a stirring appearance on stage after she remained silent in front of the crowd for 6 minutes and 20 seconds - the amount of time it took gunman Nikolas Cruz to murder 17 people at her high school.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Mon 02 Apr 2018, 19:48

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5570141/White-House-admits-Trump-invited-Putin-Washington-arms-summit-Kremlin-announces-it.html


[size=34]White House admits Trump invited Putin to Washington for arms summit AFTER Kremlin announces it – despite Russia's role in nerve-gas poisoning of former spy in Britain[/size]

  • Kremlin said Monday that Trump has invited Putin to the White House 

  • Trump administration confirmed the offer but only after Moscow forced its hand 

  • U.S. expelled 60 Russian diplomats following the poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain, and Russia followed suit in tit-for-tat

  • Trump said following March 20 Putin phone call that the pair would meet in the 'not-too-distant future' but never suggested the White House could be the venue


By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR  and GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:45 EDT, 2 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:57 EDT, 2 April 2018

    


President Donald Trump invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to the White House for a summit when they spoke on the phone last month, the administration conformed Monday. 
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that Trump had announced following their telephone conversation that a bilateral meeting could happen.
'As the President himself confirmed on March 20, hours after his last call with President Putin, the two had discussed a bilateral meeting in the "not-too-distant future" at a number of potential venues, including the White House,' she said.
Both Trump and the Kremlin did acknowledge at the time that there had been a discussion about a meeting to address the U.S.-Russia arms race. But Trump never said it could happen at the White House. 


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Russian President Vladimir Putin could get the red-carpet treatment at the White House because President Donald Trump invited him during a March 20 phone call


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Trump, shown at Monday's White House Easter Egg Roll, would be in for a different kind of circus because the U.S. has accused Moscow of a nerve-agent assassination attempt against a former Russian spy in Great Britain
'I suspect that we'll probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future to discuss the arms race,' he said at the time.

Putin aide Yuri Ushakov said Monday that Trump had specifically invited the Russian leader to the White House, but the two countries haven't started any preparations for such a visit.
'If everything goes well, I hope that the American side would not refuse its proposal to discuss the possibility of organizing the summit talks,' Ushakov told journalists, according to the state-owned TASS news service.


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Trump's March 20 call to Moscow became the subject of intense controversy after it leaked that he had congratulated Putin on winning re-election two days earlier.
That election was considered a farce by some international observers and much of the American press.
The Washington Post reported that security aides presented Trump with briefing materials before the call warning him: 'DO NOT CONGRATULATE.' 
Ushakov added Monday that Washington and Moscow hadn't had time to arrange an in-person meeting before the United States joined the UK and more than two dozen other allies in sanctioning Russia over the nerve-agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.
The more recent consequences from that tussle have seen the U.S. and Russia expel 60 of each other's diplomats. 


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Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal (right, pictured with his Daughter) was the subject of a nerve-agent assassination attempt for which Western nations including the U.S. consider Russia responsible


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Russia closed America's consulate in St. Petersburg last week and kicked out five dozen U.S. diplomats in retaliation for the Trump administration's decision to take that step first








That has made it 'difficult to discuss a summit,' Ushakov said, but 'we would like to believe that preparations for such a meeting will begin.'
'We would also like to hope that there would be an end to the steps the Americans have taken based on groundless allegations.'
Word of the overture comes as Trump's administration is still the subject of unproven allegations of election-year collusion with Russia.
Trump's congratulation call to Putin had drawn an immediate rebuke from Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain – even before the offer of a White House visit was revealed.
'An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election,' McCain said last month in a statement.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Mon 02 Apr 2018, 23:52

The incredulous look on the Easter Bunny kind of says it all.
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Post by annemarie on Tue 03 Apr 2018, 00:10

Lol , Donnamarie your right I hadn't noticed that.

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Post by annemarie on Tue 03 Apr 2018, 00:35

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5570685/Trump-congratulates-Egypts-Sisi-dubious-vote.html

[size=34]Trump signals approval for ANOTHER sham 'election' as he congratulates Egypt's al-Sisi on 97 per cent landslide – after doing the same for Putin[/size]

  • Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was re-elected as Egypt's president with 97% of the vote

  • Donald Trump congratulated him despite the appearance of a non-democratic farce at the polls

  • Trump also congratulated Russia's Vladimir Putin following his 77% win in March

  • President was criticized then for appearing to approve of the Russian election despite his predecessor Barack Obama's habit of doing the same 


By AFP and DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 14:47 EDT, 2 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:04 EDT, 2 April 2018

    


President Donald Trump congratulated Egyptian former general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on securing another four years as president, hailing the 'strategic partnership' between the two countries Monday.
The White House said Trump and the Egyptian president spoke by phone after the Egyptian won 97 percent of the vote against a man who was, until recently, his campaign manager.   
'President Trump congratulated President Al Sisi on his reelection,' the White House said in a statement.


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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi officially won last week's re-election by a ssupicious-sounding 97 per cent of the vote


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The White House said in a statement Monday that Trump 'congratulated' Sisi 'on his reelection'
'The two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and noted that they look forward to advancing this partnership and addressing common challenges.'

Trump was criticized last month for congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin after he won re-election with nearly 77 per cent of the vote. That result, like the one in Egypt, drew howls of protest from pro-democracy groups and election monitors.
The White House quietly reminded reporters in March, however, that President Barack Obama congratulated Putin following his previous re-election in 2012. 
Sisi is a former defense minister and commander-in-chief of Egypt's military. He ousted President Mohamed Morsi in a 2013 military coup and formally assumed power following an equally unlikely 96 per cent showing in a 2014 election.
Trump has repeatedly bucked Washington norms since coming to office, congratulating foreign leaders on elections that his own officials say were dubious, unfair or rigged.
The United States and Egypt have long-standing security ties, but those ties have been tested in recent years as Sisi has moved to shut down political debate.
Sisi, who as army chief ousted Egypt's first freely elected president Islamist Mohamed Morsi after mass street protests in 2013, won his first term in 2014 with 96.9 percent of valid votes.


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Trump drew eye-rolls last month when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin after his government declared that he had won nearly 77 per cent of the vote in his re-election bid


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Trump and Sisi got together in the Oval Office nearly a year ago to the day for a bilateral meeting

Sisi's serious rivals this time round had withdrawn from the race, been sidelined or detained.
The State Department earlier noted 'reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the elections.'
Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the United States would 'encourage respect for and protection of basic rights and freedoms.'
'We will continue to encourage a broadening of opportunities for political participation for Egyptians, and emphasize the importance of the protection of human rights and the vital role of civil society in Egypt.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 03 Apr 2018, 15:12

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5571375/Ted-Nugent-Florida-school-shooting-survivor-brainwashed.html




[size=34]Ted Nugent doubles down on David Hogg attacks: NRA board member calls Parkland shooting survivor 'brainwashed' for his gun control views
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  • Ted Nugent reiterated his criticism of Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg

  • Longtime NRA board member, said Hogg is 'so brainwashed' be can't 'be fixed'

  • Hogg is among several Parkland survivors who have become gun control activists in the wake of the February 14 shooting that left 17 dead 

  • Nugent earlier called Parkland teens 'mushy brained children' with 'no souls'



By ASSOCIATED PRESS and ASHLEY COLLMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 19:31 EDT, 2 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:44 EDT, 3 April 2018


    



Rocker Ted Nugent doubled down on his attacks against Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg on Monday - calling the teen 'so brainwashed' he can't 'be fixed'. 
Nugent, a gun rights activist and a longtime National Rifle Association board member, made the comments in an interview on WABC's Curtis and Cosby show. 
The interview came three days after Nugent first attacked Hogg and other Parkland survivors who have started advocating for increased gun control, calling them 'mushy brained children' who have 'no souls'. 
In his latest interview, Nugent focused his attacks at Hogg, one of the most outspoken of the Parkland survivors. 

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Ted Nugent (left) has doubled down on his attacks on Parkland survivor David Hogg (right)

'(David Hogg) has been brainwashed, it's tragic,' Nugent said. 'I don't think the guy can be fixed. ... This guy is a lost cause. He is consumed with hate. He is part of the problem, not the solution.'
(David Hogg) has been brainwashed, it's tragic. I don't think the guy can be fixed. ... This guy is a lost cause. He is consumed with hate. He is part of the problem, not the solution.
Ted Nugent 
He said Hogg and the other survivors who have become gun control activists are 'not very educated' and 'wouldn't know an AR-15 from a pterodactyl'. 
Nugent isn't the only one to criticize Hogg. Fox News' Laura Ingraham called Hogg out on Twitter last week when the teen complained about being denied by four of the colleges he had applied to. 
That tweet landed Ingraham in hot water, with more than a dozen companies pulling their advertisements from her show. 
She eventually apologized for her remarks, but Hogg has refused to accept her apology. 
On Friday, Ingraham announced that she was going on vacation for the week of Easter, throwing her place on the network into question. 


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Nugent (pictured at a Trump rally in 2016), a longtime National Rifle Association board member, says Hogg and the other Parkland survivors are 'not very educated' and wouldn't be able to tell an 'AR-15 from a pterodactyl'


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The rocker also expressed support for Laura Ingraham (pictured), who has lost more than a dozen advertisers after speaking out against Hogg last week 
Nugent stood by Ingraham in his interview on Monday, saying he thought her comments were 'in line'.
'I think Laura Ingraham is a great person,' Nugent said. 'This Hogg guy had gone off the rails, and spewing the hate, and missing the whole point on how to make schools safe. So I think Laura was in line.'
Nugent said he didn't care if he got hate for supporting Ingraham. 
'I don't have a worry in my brain,' he said. 'I'll let the dominoes fall where they may.'
I think Laura Ingraham is a great person. This Hogg guy had gone off the rails, and spewing the hate, and missing the whole point on how to make schools safe. So I think Laura was in line.
Ted Nugent 
Hogg has yet to respond to Nugent's latest comments. But after Nugent's first interview on Friday, some Parkland students spoke out against the rocker, saying he hasn't seen 'the tears' they've shed and they want an apology. 
In his first interview about the Parkland students, on the Joe Pags Show on Friday, Nugent said the Parkland survivors were wrong to blame the NRA for mass shootings citing that most members come from good American families.
The rocker specifically called out Hogg and fellow survivor Emma Gonzalez for spreading '100 per cent lies and falsehoods' about the NRA.
He went on to say that 'the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul'.
'They are actually committing spiritual suicide because everything they recommend will cause more death and mayhem, guaranteed,' Nugent said during the interview.



He blamed the students education as well as the mainstream media for the ideas they have spread about the NRA.
'The dumbing down of America is manifested in the cultural deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies,' he said.
'I really feel sorry for them because it's not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it's also soulless.'

His main critique was against recent interviews Gonzalez and Hogg have done since the shooting on February 14.
Joe Pags played a CNN interview with Gonzalez and Hogg for Nugent so he could hear their responses to questions about guns.
Gonzalez said the NRA was giving out 'blood money' to politicians to promote their agenda and Hogg said people in the organization were 'child killers'.
Nugent responded: 'Well that is sad the level of ignorance just goes against the level of stupidity.'
The teen activists have drawn critics from the far-right because of their blatant criticism on anyone who supports the NRA or refuses to consider gun-control laws.
These critiques come after Nikolas Cruz opened fire on their school in Florida and killed 17 teachers and classmates.
Nugent defended his stance with the NRA and gun laws because he considers the organization to represent the 'the good law-abiding families of America.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Tue 03 Apr 2018, 15:47

Anyone who claims these students are ignorant and soulless needs to have their heads examined.  Nugent has made some pretty ugly comments before.  His twisted mind can’t see that the soulless one is living in the White House.
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 03 Apr 2018, 16:05

Brilliantly put, Donnamarie.

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Post by it's me on Tue 03 Apr 2018, 23:50

I heard about you tube gun shots

And I found that


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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 04 Apr 2018, 09:47

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5575703/Roseanne-laughs-President-Donald-Trump-claiming-credit-shows-massive-ratings.html

[size=34]Roseanne laughs off President Donald Trump claiming credit for her show's massive ratings[/size]
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PUBLISHED: 20:49 EDT, 3 April 2018 | UPDATED: 20:53 EDT, 3 April 2018

    


Roseanne and President Donald Trump seem to be on the same page about a lot of issues - but not when it comes to her ratings.
The TV superstar, 65, blew off the commander-in-chief's assertion that it was he who galvanized his base to bring the veteran comic an astounding 25 million viewers in her return to TV last month.
'It's all me,' Roseanne told a TMZ photographer at LAX on Monday evening. 'I love my fans.'


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Credit where it's due? Roseanne, 65, blew off President Donald Trump's assertion that it was he who galvanized his base to bring the veteran comic an astounding 25 million viewers in her return to TV last month
The ratings-driven president, who phoned Roseanne last week to compliment her on the banner numbers, declared at a rally in Ohio last week that his base was the key in Roseanne's ratings bonanza, as her character is an avowed Trump supporter on the show, in contrast to her liberal sister Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf.

'Look at her ratings,' he said. 'They were unbelievable, over 18 million people and it was about us. The fake news hasn’t figured it out yet and when they do, they’ll become much less fake. It may take a while, but it’s happening.'

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While she might be able to deny him a hand in the ratings win, Roseanne's return to prominence has given Trump an unusual boost from a relevant celebrity square in the limelight, as his support in show business circles has generally been limited to stars who are years past their signature projects, such as Scott Baio, James Woods and Stephen Baldwin. 
On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter shared that the premiere episode of the series now has a total of 25 million viewers.


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Top show: The Roseanne reboot sure is a winner in the ratings. On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter shared that the premiere episode of the series - which stars Roseanne Barr and John Goodman - now has a total of 25 million viewers 


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Warm thoughts: The Reporter explained there are a few ways that number has gone up. Viewers have DVR'd the show and watched it later. They also have been streaming the show on Hulu and ABC Streaming 

That's very far up from the 19 million viewers the network originally thought the debut of the sitcom had.
The Reporter explained there are a few ways that number has gone up: Viewers have DVR'd the show and watched it later, and also have been streaming the show on Hulu and ABC Streaming.
People are likely catching up on the show after it's received buzz for its timely jokes that touch on the current polarized political climate. And the buzz on the series is so big that less than 72 hours after the show's first episode in almost 11 years, the family sitcom has already been picked up for another season. 
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said about the amazing support the show received, 'We're thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes. 
'The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. 
'We can't wait to see what the Roseanne team has in store for next year.'
The television network president wasn't the only one impressed with the show's ratings.


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Bring it back: Roseanne has been renewed for an 11th season, it was revealed last week

Trump personally called Barr to offer his congratulations after her eponymous family sitcom's impressive debut.
The president spoke to the comedian about the premiere's 'huge' ratings, and thanked Barr for her continued public support, according to The New York Times.
He also reportedly thanked Barr, 65, for making her character in the show a passionate Trump supporter.
On Thursday Barr tweeted: 'It was a thrill to get a congratulatory phone call from The President of The United States of America. POTUS is the Fifth President I have received support from! what a life!'
She also tweeted: '#RoseanneBarr when i think of all the Presidents that I have gotten to meet and talk with, it really makes me feel so humbled! A poor Jewish kid from Utah! Bush Carter Bush Clinton and now @realDonaldTrump.'
Barr told GMA she thought it was 'very, very sweet of him to congratulate us.






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America's favorite: People are likely catching up on the show after it's received buzz for its timely jokes that touch on the current polarized political climate


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The good old days: The first Roseanne aired from 1988 until 1997

'We just had a private conversation. We talked about a lot of things. He's just happy for me. I've known him for many years. He's done a lot of nice things for me over the years. It was just a friendly conversation about working and television and ratings. He really understands ratings and how they measure things.'
The call was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
It is hardly a surprise that Roseanne, which follows blue-collar family the Connors and stars the comedian as a Trump fan, hit big with Middle America.
The show performed best in states that Trump easily won in 2016, while Americans in the left-leaning coastal states hardly tuned in at all.
Roseanne's highest ratings were in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which Trump won easily in 2016 with 65.3 percent of the vote, according to Deadline.
Rounding out the top three were Cincinnati, Ohio and Kansas City, Missouri.
Last month, Roseanne faced off with one of Trump's peskiest celebrity detractors in Jimmy Kimmel, emphasizing her support for Trump amid an extreme shift from the Democratic party. 
She said: 'I’m still the same: You all moved! You all went so f*****g far out you lost everybody! I mean, seriously ... a lot of us, no matter who we voted for, we don’t want to see our president fail.'
She asked Kimmel if he would prefer if Trump's Vice President Mike Pence take over for The Celebrity Apprentice host. 
She said, 'We don’t want [Mike] Pence! Are you f*****g kidding me? You want Pence? You want Pence for the freaking president? Well then, zip that f*****g lip!' 
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Post by annemarie on Wed 04 Apr 2018, 09:52

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5576085/Mueller-says-President-Trump-not-criminal-target-Russia-probe.html




[size=34]Mueller has told Trump's lawyers the president is not 'a criminal target' in his Russia investigation but 'is STILL under investigation'[/size]

  • Robert Mueller told Trump's attorney's he would continue investigating him 

  • Mueller said however he would not consider him a criminal target in the Russia probe 'at this point'

  • In private negotiations about possible presidential interview, Mueller described Trump as a subject in the investigation

  • Mueller is also investigating potential collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia

  • Trump denied collusion with Russia and called Mueller investigation a witch hunt


By REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 22:46 EDT, 3 April 2018 | UPDATED: 00:00 EDT, 4 April 2018

    

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller told President Donald Trump's attorneys last month he was continuing to investigate the president but did not consider him a criminal target in the Russia probe 'at this point,' the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
Mueller, in private negotiations in early March about a possible presidential interview, described Trump as a subject of his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said the Post, which cited three unnamed people familiar with the discussions.
Trump attorney Jay Sekulow and his former attorney John Dowd did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


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FBI Director Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference at the FBI headquarters June 25, 2008 in Washington, DC.


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U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC.
The Post said Mueller also told Trump's lawyers that he was preparing a report about the Republican president's actions while in office and potential obstruction of justice.

'Mueller reiterated the need to interview Trump — both to understand whether he had any corrupt intent to thwart the Russia investigation and to complete this portion of his probe,' the newspaper said.



It said Trump and some in his inner circle interpreted Mueller's words as assurance that his risk of criminal jeopardy was low, while other advisers cautioned that Mueller was baiting Trump into an interview that could put him in greater legal danger.
Mueller is also investigating potential collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia as well as whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice by trying to thwart the Russia probe.
Trump has denied any collusion with Russia and has called the Mueller investigation a witch hunt.




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Mueller (R) departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. Mueller said last month he would not consider Trump a criminal target in the Russia probe 'at this point'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 04 Apr 2018, 11:56

http://people.com/politics/planned-parenthood-ceo-says-jared-kushner-and-ivanka-trump-offered-bribe-to-stop-abortions/

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In a riveting passage from Cecile Richards’ new memoir, the Planned Parenthood chief says Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were, during Donald Trump’s 2016 transition as president-elect, so eager to be recognized as shrewd political dealmakers that the soon-to-be first daughter and her husband made an offer that felt like a “bribe”: an increase in federal funding for Planned Parenthood in exchange for its agreement to stop providing abortions. 
Richards, in Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead, out Tuesday, says she was leery of taking the meeting in January 2017, but, after the defeat of Planned Parenthood’s champion, Hillary Clinton, she was open to finding possible new allies in the president-elect’s more moderate-leaning daughter and son-in-law.
The organization, after all, was a favorite target of Trump and the GOP. Shortly after the election, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced his intentions to defund Planned Parenthood and get rid of Obamacare. While he hasn’t succeeded, Planned Parenthood and its services continues to be a lightning rod for the right.

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“Everyone at Planned Parenthood was hoping for the best but preparing for the worst,” Richards, 60, writes about Ryan’s announcement. “We brainstormed, planned, and made lists of anyone who might be a potential ally in the administration.”
Richards — who is the daughter of feminist icon Ann Richards and passionately campaigned for Hillary Clinton — was urged by a “friendly acquaintance in the fashion industry” to reach out to President Trump’s daughter Ivanka for a meeting.
“Even if there was only a sliver of a chance of changing anyone’s mind, I owed it to Planned Parenthood patients to at least take the meeting,” Richards explains.
While she was confident about her talking points, she writes that she “begged” her husband, Kirk Adams, to join her after she learned that Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, would also be in attendance.
“If nothing else, I felt I needed a witness,” she writes.

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Once in the clubhouse, the couples chatted about their families before getting down to business. According to a statement from Planned Parenthood given to Time.com, the purpose of the meeting “was to make sure that Ivanka Trump fully understood the important role Planned Parenthood plays in providing health care to millions of people and why it would be a disastrous idea to block people from accessing care at Planned Parenthood.”
After Richards explained this, she writes that Kushner told her Planned Parenthood “had made a big mistake by becoming ‘political.’ ”
“The main issue, he explained, was abortion,” Richards writes. “If Planned Parenthood wanted to keep our federal funding, we would have to stop providing abortions. He described his ideal outcome: a national headline reading ‘Planned Parenthood Discontinues Abortion Services.'”
According to Make Trouble, Kushner said that if Richards agreed to the plan then funding could increase, but he urged them to “move fast.”

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“If it wasn’t crystal clear before, it was now. Jared and Ivanka were there for one reason: to deliver a political win,” she writes. “In their eyes, if they could stop Planned Parenthood from providing abortions, it would confirm their reputation as savvy dealmakers. It was surreal, essentially being asked to barter away women’s rights for more money. It takes a lot to get Kirk mad, but it looked like his head was about to explode.”
Richards explained that there was “no way” Kushner’s proposal would work and that they’d continue to fight for funding.
“‘Our mission is to care for women who need us, and that means caring for all of their reproductive needs — including safe and legal abortion,'” she recalls saying. The meeting eventually ended. As they were leaving, she writes that Kushner “reminded us that things were moving ‘really fast.’ ” A deal had to be made quickly.
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Later, Richards filled in Planned Parenthood’s executive vice president Dawn Laguens.
“Honestly, it felt almost like a bribe,” Richards remembers telling her, “I know there are people who will disagree with me, and maybe I shouldn’t have just shut down the conversation, but I did what I thought was best.”
Since the meeting, Richards and Ivanka Trump have clashed publicly — mainly because of Ivanka Trump’s decision to remain silent about Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.
While Ivanka Trump’s team has yet to respond to PEOPLE’s request for a comment, she did defend her decision to remain quiet after a bill passed last year that permits states to refuse funding to organizations that provide abortions. 
“I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence,” she told Gayle King during an interview with CBS News, according to Time.com. “Where I disagree with my father, he knows it. And I express myself with total candor.”
Cecile Richards isn’t having it.
“At the time, [Ivanka] sounded like she was sympathetic, but I will tell you this White House has been worse for women than any administration I’ve seen in my lifetime,” Richards told PEOPLE in July 2017 about her meeting with Ivanka Trump. “It’s been very, very disappointing.”
Make Trouble is out now. 

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Post by annemarie on Wed 04 Apr 2018, 19:10

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5578523/White-House-mission-crush-ISIS-Syria-coming-rapid-end-no-troops-withdrawal-plan.html

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[size=34]White House declares mission to crush ISIS in Syria is 'coming to a rapid end' but WON'T say when the 2,000 U.S. troops there will come home

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  • Statement from the White House says America's military mission to crush ISIS in Syria 'is coming to a rapid end'

  • Donald Trump said Tuesday that 'we were very successful against ISIS ... but sometimes it is time to come back home'

  • While he was delivering that message at the White House, his top Army general was saying blocks away that the U.S. would still be needed on the ground in Syria

  • 'Of course there is a military role in this – certainly in the [post-ISIS] stabilization phase,' said Joe Votel, a four-star general who leads U.S. Central Command



By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 12:42 EDT, 4 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:35 EDT, 4 April 2018


    

The White House said Wednesday that America's military mission to crush ISIS in Syria 'is coming to a rapid end,' but it's unclear when – or if – the Trump administration will withdraw the roughly 2,000 troops stationed there.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement that said the Islamist terror army has been 'almost completely destroyed' but offered on final decision on a pull-out.
'The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated. We will continue to consult with our allies and friends regarding future plans,' said Sanders.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday at the White House that the primary U.S. mission in Syria 'was getting rid of ISIS. We've almost completed that task. And we'll be making a decision very quickly, in coordination with others in the area, as to what we'll do.'


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The White House said Wednesday that America's military mission to crush ISIS in Syria 'is coming to a rapid end' following Donald Trump's statement Tuesday (pictured) that while the U.S. has succeeded, 'sometimes it is time to come back home'


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Neither the president nor his press team, however, will say when or if the roughly 2,000 troops stationed in Syria might be sent home


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ISIS, a murderous jihadi group known for torture, beheadings and other grisly violence,  has steadily lost territory it claims for its 'caliphate' in the year since Donald Trump took office


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Four-star General Joe Votel, who leads U.S. Central Command, said Tuesday that American troops shouldn't plan on returning stateside anytime soon: 'Of course there is a military role in this – certainly in the [post-ISIS] stabilization phase'
The mission is 'very costly for our country,' he said, 'and it helps other countries a hell of a lot more than it helps us.' 

But Trump stopped short of saying flat-out that he was pulling troops out of harm's way and sending them back to the United States. 
During a speech last Thursday in Ohio, the president claimed U.S. forces were 'knocking the hell out of ISIS' but would be 'coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now.'
During Tuesday's joint press conference with three Baltic leaders, he said: 'I want to get out [of Syria]. I want to bring our troops back home. I want to start rebuilding our nation.'
'We were very successful against ISIS. We'll be successful against anybody militarily,' Trump added. 'But sometimes it is time to come back home.' 


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Trump said Tuesday that he had told Saudi Arabia's king he might have to 'pay' to keep American troops around while Syria is stabilized in the wake of ISIS's defeat



But while Trump was delivering that message, the top American commander in the fight against ISIS offered a different opinion a few blocks away.
Joe Votel, a four-star general who leads United States Central Command, suggested at the U.S. Institute of Peace that Americans should play a long-term role in securing regions of Syria that have been freed from ISIS occupation.
'The hard part, I think, is in front of us. And that is stabilizing these areas, consolidating our gains, getting people back into their homes, addressing the long-term issues of reconstruction and other things that will have to be done,' Gen. Votel said.
'Of course there is a military role in this – certainly in the stabilization phase,' he explained.


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An ISIS member waved the group's flag in its former Syrian stronghold of Raqqa in June 2014


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Separate from the defeat of ISIS, much of Syria will have to be rebuilt following years of civil war, including this rebel-held area of the southern Syrian city of Daraa


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Trump discussed Syria in a meeting with his national security team on Tuesday, and told military leaders there to prepare for a troop pullout.
Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told reporters Wednesday at the Pentagon to expect a Syria announcement 'relatively soon,' but didn't tip the president's hand.
He described Tuesday's national security meeting as an 'all hands on deck' event.
Hours later at an East Room podium, the president said he had told Saudi Arabian King Salman that there were circumstances under which American fighting men and women might remain in Syria.
'I said, "Well, you know, you want us to stay, maybe you’re going to have to pay",' Trump recalled.
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