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[size=34]Trump slams the 'pathetic' border control laws that allowed immigrant, 24, to 'murder' Mollie Tibbetts - despite her family's plea for her death NOT to be political - as the suspect appears in court[/size]


  • Cristhian Rivera, 24, appeared in Poweshiek County Courthouse on Wednesday 

  • He required two translators and was silent apart from answering yes and no in Spanish when prompted 

  • In the public gallery were the mother of his daughter and their three-year-old

  • Rivera's privately retained attorney Allan Richards asked for the hearing to be made private and to exclude the media 

  • He has claimed that Rivera lives in the US legally despite police's characterization of him as an illegal alien 

  • Rivera's preliminary hearing will be held on August 31

  • President Trump has since jumped at the opportunity to use Rivera as an example why the US needs a border wall and stricter immigration policies

  • 'We have the worst laws anywhere in the world. Nobody has laws like the US. They are strictly pathetic,' he said, calling for more funding for his border wall

  • But Mollie's family have asked that her death is not used politically

  • 'Please remember, Evil comes in EVERY color,' her aunt wrote on Facebook


By HANNAH PARRY  and JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:01 EDT, 22 August 2018 UPDATED: 21:38 EDT, 22 August 2018



     

     

     

     
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President Trump renewed his calls for the border wall today because he claims that America's 'pathetic' immigration laws had allowed an illegal immigrant to allegedly  murder Mollie Tibbetts - as her family plead for her death not to become a political tool.
Trump posted the clip of him demanding tougher immigration rules just hours after Cristian Rivera, the 24-year-old suspected illegal immigrant charged with Mollie's murder, appeared in court for the first time since leading police to her body. 
Rivera is the subject of an ICE detainer and his legal status has been seized on by Republican critics since he was arrested. Police described him on Tuesday as an 'illegal alien' despite his employer insisting that they had verified his legal status when employing him four years ago.
President Trump has since jumped at the opportunity to use Rivera as an example why the US needs a border wall and stricter immigration policies - branding the current ones 'pathetic'.

In a video he posted on Twitter on Tuesday, filmed on the White House lawn, he said that Mollie 'an incredible young woman' had been killed by someone who 'came in from Mexico illegally.'
'We need the wall, we need our immigration laws changed, we need our border laws changed,' he said. 'We need Republicans to do it because Democrats aren't going to do it.


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Cristhian Rivera, 24, appears in Poweshiek County Courthouse on Wednesday for an initial appearance after admitting to murdering Mollie Tibbetts in a police interview 
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'This is one instance of many. We have tremendous crime trying to come though the borders.
'We have the worst laws anywhere in the world. Nobody has laws like the United States. They are strictly pathetic.'
He added that, while the wall is 'being built' he needed more funding to continue.
He also had a message for the family of Mollie Tibbets; 'All I can say is god bless you, god bless you.'
It's unlikely the family will have welcomed the appeal in Mollie's name as several family members have been outspoken in their calls for her death not to be used as a political pawn. 
'Please remember, Evil comes in EVERY color,' her aunt Billie Jo Calderwood wrote on Facebook Tuesday color'; her cousin attacked conservative activist Candace Owens


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On Tuesday, Rivera led police to Mollie Tibbetts' body. She had been missing since July 18 
While her cousin, Samantha Lucas, attacked the conservative right for 'generaliz(ing) a whole population based on some bad individuals.'  
'Stop... using my cousins death as political propaganda. Take her name out of your mouth.' 
On Wednesday, Rivera made his first appearance at the Poweshiek County Courthouse flanked by sheriffs' deputies at 1pm.
He remained in the same black and white striped jumpsuit he was photographed in on Tuesday and required the services of two translators throughout the hearing.  
Among those in the public gallery were the mother of his child and his three-year-old daughter.
At the beginning of the hearing, Rivera's attorney Allan Richards argued to ban the  media from the trial and asked that it become private.  He also submitted court records claiming Rivera was in the country legally and had been since he was a minor. 
On Wednesday, Rivera's employer walked back that claim and said they used the wrong system to check his eligibility to work in the US. Rivera, they said, provided them with a different name and someone else's social security number which is what they ran through government checks.
Nonetheless, Rivera's lawyer cautioned against a desire to portray him as 'something that he is not' during Wednesday's hearing. 
Despite his efforts, the judge denied his requests and increased Rivera's bond from $1million to $5million cash. Rivera said nothing other than answering yes and no to his interpreter when prompted. 
If convicted, Rivera could face deportation or life imprisonment without parole. The judge on Thursday said he may also have to register as a sex offender.  
He did not understand his right to waive his preliminary hearing and conferred with his attorney for a brief moment.   
His privately retained lawyer said that he came to the US as a 'minor' and had been living quietly and respectably for the last several years working for a 'respectably' member of the community - the brother of a prominent Iowa GOP member.  

[size=18]Donald Trump says Mollie Tibbetts' murder proves need for wall




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President Trump has since jumped at the opportunity to use Rivera as an example why the US needs a border wall and stricter immigration policies - branding the current ones 'pathetic'


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Several family members of Mollie have been outspoken in their calls for her death not to be used as a political pawn


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Samantha Lucas, attacked the conservative right for 'generaliz(ing) a whole population based on some bad individuals' 
Rivera was caught after police traced his vehicle which had been filmed on surveillance cameras following Mollie as she jogged in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18. 
He attacked her when she refused to talk to him and threatened to call the police. 
Prosecutors argued for his bond to be increased for the safety of the community. 
'We think it is appropriate given the severity of the charge, what his immigration status as it's been described and the fact that what he is accused of is obviously a very heinous crime the safety of the community should be at the forefront of the court's mind,' Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown said.  
Judge Johnson agreed with the prosecution at every turn. 
She allowed the media to remain in the room and refused Rivera's attorney's request to make the hearing private. 
In asking that bail be set at a 'reasonable' amount, Rivera's attorney said: 'Cristhian is a young man. 
'He's been working for a number of years for a respectable person in this community, he has no prior history, he sits here presumed evidence and so far no evidence has been submitted. 

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'When he came to this country as a minor, he had the mental capacity of an eighth grader.' 
After the hearing, Yarrabee Farms, where he had worked, held a press conference to say they could no longer be sure, as they once had been, that he in fact was in the country legally. 
While Rivera passed their E-verification check with the information he gave them, the company now says he provided a different name.  The next time he will return to court is on August 31 at 2pm. 


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Rivera had two interpreters - one provided by the court and one retained by his attorney 


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Rivera's three-year-old daughter was in the public gallery along with her 25-year-old mother


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One of his relatives cried as she watched him be led away by deputies at the end of the hearing 


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Richards also said Rivera had been treated unfairly since he was arrested and claimed the characterization of him by police in Iowa and by ICE that he is an 'illegal alien' is inaccurate and politically motivated.
'In this case, the coverage that's out there is leaning all one way and the fact the government has weighed in at the highest levels... there's a predisposition that this young man, Cristhian, is guilty. 
 In this case, the coverage that's out there is leaning all one way and the fact the government has weighed in at the highest levels
'In our system he is entitled to a presumption of innocence,' he said. 
He then addressed this 'politically controversy' of 'portraying Cristhian as something that he isn't.' 
'It's a political payback for what's swirling around and the media is feeding in to it,' he went on. 
On Tuesday, Rivera's employer said they verified his legal status when they employed him four years ago. 
At the end of the 40-minute session on Thursday. The man's 25-year-old ex-girlfriend was wrought with anxiety. She held their daughter on her lap throughout. 
Other people in the court were visibly emotional as he was led away.   
Minutes before Rivera entered the court, they broke their silence with a statement which read: 'On behalf of Mollie's entire family, we thank all of those from around the world who have sent their thoughts and prayers for our girl.
'We know that many of you will join us as we continue to carry Mollie in our hearts forever. 
'At this time, our family asks that we be allowed the time to process our devastating loss and share our grief in private.


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Rivera is shown leaving court on Wednesday in a prison jumpsuit. He appeared to be wearing a protective vest beneath it 

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Iris is pictured leaving the court on Wednesday carrying their three-year-old daughter 

[size=34]MOLLIE TIBBETTS FAMILY STATEMENT ON HER MURDER [/size]

Our hearts are broken. On behalf of Mollie's entire family, we thank all of those from around the world who have sent their thoughts and prayers for our girl.
We know that many of you will join us as we continue to carry Mollie in our hearts forever.
At this time, our family asks that we be allowed the time to process our devastating loss and share our grief in private.
Again, thank you for the outpouring of love and support that has been shared in Mollie's name.



'Again, thank you for the outpouring of love and support that has been shared in Mollie's name.' 
Within minutes of the court hearing finishing on Wednesday, Rivera's employers at Yarrabee Farms said he had not, as they thought, passed an immigration background check. 
 What we learned in the last 24 hours is that or employee was not who he said he was.
'First when anyone applies, they must provide required government identification. In this case, the individual provided a state issued photo ID and a social security card. 
They are required for us to complete an i9. Our practice is to take a second enhanced step to verify.
'We ran that information through the verification process and the information came back verified.
'That means the exact name, birth day and social security number were all cross referenced. 
'What we learned in the last 24 hours is that or employee was not who he said he was. 
'And just within the last four hours, we have come to learn the SSN verification service is not the same as E-verify.
'They are not the same systems and we apologize for any confusion this caused with our earlier statements,' Dane Lang said.
A Department of Homeland Security official also confirmed that there was no record of Rivera applying for legal status or being given it.  

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[size=34]POLITICIANS CALL FOR TIGHTER IMMIGRATION LAWS AFTER MOLLIE TIBBETTS' MURDER[/size]

President Donald Trump was among the first to turn talk about the tragedy of Mollie Tibbetts' murder to calls for tighter immigration laws on Tuesday after it was revealed the 20-year-old Iowa student was murdered by a suspected illegal alien. 
According to police, Mexican national Cristhian Rivera, 24, has been living in Iowa and working illegally for anywhere between four and seven years. His attorney Allan M. Richards stated in a court document filed Wednesday that an employer has said Rivera was in the U.S. legally.  

At a rally in West Virginia on Tuesday night, Trump said the 'incredible, beautiful' young woman's death should never have happened.
'You heard about today with the illegal alien coming in very sadly from Mexico and you saw what happened to that incredible, beautiful young woman. 
'Should have never happened. Illegally in our country. We've had a huge impact but the laws are so bad.

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Iowa's Governor Kim Reynolds said she and the rest of the state were 'heartbroken' by the discovery of Mollie's body. 
She blamed the young woman's death on the country's 'broken' immigration system, tweeting: 'As Iowans, we are heartbroken and we are angry. 
.We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator to live in our community and we will do all we can to bring justice to Mollie's killer. 
'Over the past month, thousands of Iowans searched and prayed for Mollie's safe return. 
'Now, we are called to come together to lift up a grieving family. The search for Mollie is over, but the demand for justice has just begun.' 


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Former congressman Joe Walsh said: 'Mollie Tinnetts would be alive today if this nation enforced its immigration laws. 
'A 20-year-old American girl was murdered by a damn illegal. A person who shouldn't have ever been in this country! 
Mollie Tibbetts had her whole life ahead of her. But because of an illegal, she'll never get to live it. 
'First, Kate Steinle. Now, Mollie Tibbetts. Unacceptable.' 
Gov. Mike Huckabee said he was 'sick to his stomach'. 
'Suspect is illegal immigrant. If found guilty he will be reminder why sanctuary cities and open borders are as stupid as the politicians who promote them.'   

U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst vowed: 'We cannot allow these tragedies to continue.'


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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Thu 23 Aug 2018, 16:33

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6091071/Michael-Cohen-turned-Holocaust-survivor-father-said-didnt-want-sullied-Trump.html

[size=34]Michael Cohen flipped after his Holocaust survivor father told him not to protect Trump because he hadn't survived the Nazis to have his name 'sullied' by the president - and prosecutors looked at charging his wife[/size]


  • Cohen swore during his guilty plea that he was 'directed' to violate campaign finance laws with porn star and Playboy model payments

  • He was under tremendous pressure after the FBI raided his home and office and uncovered texts and documents related to his business

  • His wife had co-signed tax documents prosecutors found deprived taxpayers of $1.4 million in revenue

  • A 'turning point' was his conversation with his father, who survived the Holocaust 

  •  He said he didn't make it through to see his name sullied by Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported

  • Cohen invoked his father's past when he bashed Trump's family separation policy 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:17 EDT, 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 EDT, 23 August 2018

    



Longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was facing enormous pressure before he decided to plead guilty to eight criminal counts – including from his Holocaust-surviving father.
Cohen was up against a wealth of evidence in the form of tax filings, bank loan applications, paperwork to set up corporations, and his own notes and tapes after the FBI raided his home and office in April.
Cohen also reportedly felt slighted after suffering years-old indignities at the hands of Trump, who neglected to bring him to Washington after his election win.


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Michael Cohen's Holocaust-surviving father told him not to 'sully' his name by defending Trump, according to an account of why he 'flipped'
His own father, who survived the Holocuast and emigrated from Poland, ultimately weighed in, the Wall Street Journal reported.  

The role of his father, Maurice Cohen, was a 'turning point,' the Wall Street Journal reported.  
The elder Cohen urged his son, who had said publicly that he was determined to put his family first, not to protect the president. 
He said he didn't 'survive the Holocaust to have his name sullied by Mr. Trump,' a person familiar with the conversation told the paper.



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Cohen was facing tremendous pressure after the FBI raided his home and office


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HOME FRONT: Michael Cohen's wife, Laura, had co-signed tax documents, giving her criminal exposure her husband was anxious to avoid


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Cohen is pictured with his Ukraine-born wife, Laura


Cohen invoked his father in June, during his transformation from loyal Trump 'fixer' who once said he would take a bullet for his longtime client, to someone willing to make public criticism. 
He tweeted June 20: 'As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, the images and sounds of this family separation policy [are] heart wrenching.” It then got deleted.
“While I strongly support measures that will secure our porous borders, children should never be used as bargaining chips,' he wrote in a letter stepping down from the post of deputy finance chair at the RNC.   
Cohen also invoked his father in an August 2017 tweet.   
'As the son of a holocaust survivor, I have no tolerance for #racism. Just because I support @POTUS @RealDonaldTrump doesn't make me a racist,' Cohen wrote.
The tweet included multiple photos of Cohen and African Americans, including Omarosa Manigault Newman, who is now trashing the Trump presidency in a new book.


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Trump alluded to Maurice Cohen, who survived the Holocuast, as he pushed back against charges that Trump was a racist in 2017. Pictured with Cohen is Omarosa Manigault Newman, who calls Trump 'racist' in a new book
As the Journal previously reported, Trump attended the bar mitzvah of Cohen's son in 2012, only to arrive late and give a speech about getting nagged to attend.
He told guests 'he hadn’t planned to come, but he relented after Mr. Cohen had repeatedly called him, his secretary and his children begging him to appear. The guests laughed because ‘everyone knew it was very realistic-sounding,' according to the account.
Adding to the family pressure was Cohen's Ukrainian-born wife.  She had co-signed tax documents prosecutors found deprived taxpayers of $1.4 million in revenue – meaning the feds could prosecute her for some of the same tax evasion and banking crimes that Cohen was facing charges for.

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Post by annemarie on Thu 23 Aug 2018, 16:35

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6090533/Trump-says-Cohen-lies-him.html

[size=34]Trump says that Cohen made up 'lies' about him to get a better deal and tears into Attorney General Jeff Sessions who he says 'never took control' in new rant against the Justice Department[/size]


  • Donald Trump launched a tirade against Attorney General Jeff Sessions

  • Claims he failed to 'take control' of the Justice Department and claims the 'only reason' he got the gig is because Trump felt he owed him

  • Trump accusing his former attorney, Michael Cohen, of 'lying' to reduce his sentence after admitting to eight federal crimes 

  • President claims Cohen 'flipped' and wants the Justice Department to make the practice 'illegal'

  • Sidestepped a question about a pardon for Paul Manafort and claimed that Cohen was not his fixer or a major player in the Trump Organization

  • Claimed that Democrats are being treated more favorably by Justice than his associates because they are 'very strong in the Justice Department'

  • Said he doesn't understand how Democrats could impeach him considering the fact that  he's 'done a great job' and gave himself an 'A+' 


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT
PUBLISHED: 07:45 EDT, 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:46 EDT, 23 August 2018

    


President Donald Trump laced into his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and former attorney, Michael Cohen, in a rant against the Justice Department a day after two of his former associates went down on charges on fraud.  
Trump claimed in a taped interview with 'Fox & Friends' that Sessions 'never took control' of the Justice Department, and Cohen told 'lies' to get a better deal. 
He also claimed that the market would crash if Congress were to impeach him, although he said he could not understand how Democrats could move to expel 'somebody who's done a great job'.
The president said that a hush-money payoff to porn actress Stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged affair that Cohen orchestrated was not crime. Trump said it couldn't be a campaign finance violation, because the payment wasn't related to his presidential bid.

'In all fairness to him, most people are going to do that, and I've seen it many times,' Trump said. 'They make up lies...They make up things and now they go from 10 years to they're a national hero. They have a statue erected in their honor. It's not a fair thing, but that's why he did it.'



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Donald Trump claimed Michael Cohen 'lied' about him in an attempt to get a better deal 
The president said that 'flipping,' on an associate to broker a better deal, like he claimed Cohen did to him, is 'not a fair thing, but that's what he did it,' and the Justice Department should consider making the process illegal. 
Fox taped its interview with Trump on Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after Cohen pleaded guilty to fraud charges and campaign finance violations. The very same hour, a jury convicted the president's ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort, on eight of 18 counts of fraud in a financial crimes case.
The president adamantly claimed in the interview that he is innocent of the crimes that Cohen said in a guilty plea that he committed at the 'direction' of an unnamed presidential candidate.
'He made the deals,' said Trump of payments to two women, Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. 'Later on I knew.'
He noted that he wasn't personally 'charged with anything' even though Cohen all but named him as a conspirator.'
 Trump argued in the interview that justice has not been served appropriately and that friends of his are being chased and hit with punishments that are more severe than they would receive if they were Democrats.
'If you look at Hillary Clinton's person, you take a look at the people that work for Hillary Clinton, and look at the crimes that Clinton did with the emails and she deletes 33,000 emails after she gets a subpoena from Congress, and this Justice Department does nothing about it and all of the other crimes that they've done,' Trump accused.
Referring to Democratic powerbroker Tony Podesta, who closed up shop after the special counsel launched a review of his foreign lobbying work in conjunction with its investigation into Manafort, Trump said, 'Podesta was supposed to be Manafort on steroids. They made him close up his firm. 
'He was going to be indicted the next day we heard. Never happened,' Trump said. 'Instead they go after Manafort. '
Trump also brought up the case of Imran Awan, an IT tech for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other Democrats, who received a light sentence on Tuesday of three months supervision after lying to federal investigators in a bank fraud case.


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Trump also claimed the attorney general has failed to 'take control' of the Justice Department
'He went to jail holding the hands of the Justice Department and the FBI. They sat there together, they were smiling and laughing, and he got nothing,' Trump said, 'and he stole money, and he had more information on the corruption of the Democrats than anybody, and they don't even have his computers and his servers.'
Interviewer Ainsley Earhardt asked Trump if he believes a 'double standard' is at work.
Trump recoiled and said: 'Double standard? I mean he was worse than anybody, in my opinion.'
The president claimed that Awan was not hit with more charges or served up more jail time, 'because the Dems are very strong in the Justice Department.'
Most of Justice's rank and file are career officials, who stay on from administration to administration, regardless of which political party holds the Oval Office. 
The president has the power to hand-pick departmental leaders, like the attorney general and deputy attorney general, and nominated both Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein to hold the top spots in the federal law enforcement division.


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Trump called for 'flipping' to be made illegal and said Cohen was unfair to have done it in court
Trump stopped short of saying he wants to fire Sessions while making no attempt to hide his disdain for the way the Cabinet secretary has handled himself since accepting the DOJ appointment. The president told Earhardt he gave Sessions the position out 'loyalty,' because he was with the campaign, and that's 'the only reason' he tapped the Republican with a checkered political past. 
'I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department, Jeff Sessions,' Trump said of the Cabinet official he's bemoaned for more than a year at one point in his remarks. 'Never took control of the Justice Department.' 
Trump said he could insert himself into DOJ's investigation, 'But I will stay uninvolved and maybe that's the best thing to do.'
'There's such corruption. Before I got here, it's from before I got here. It's the Obama administration. And you look at what happened. They surveilled my campaign, it's very simple.'
He hinted that he could declassify documents used to obtain the warrant to spy on Carter Page, a one-time adviser to his campaign, at some point, going further than the redacted version that has been released by the FISA court. 
The president pointed to the sagas involving fired FBI Director James Comey, ex-FBI attorney Lisa Page, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and special counsel Robert Mueller, whom he elevated to 'Comey's best friend' and claimed he had 'a really nasty business transaction with,' despite his consideration of the ex-FBI director to do the job again.
'He wanted the FBI job that Christopher Wray has,' the president said in a nod to the interview Mueller had at the White House for the position just before he accepted the special counsel appointment. 'Now Christopher Wray was recommended by Rosenstein.'


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Attorney general Jeff Sessions who has been accused by Trump of failing to handle the Justice Department
Trump has made no secret of his frustration with Sessions since the former Alabama senator recused himself the department's Russia probe. 
'It's a very, very sad day. Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn't have done. Or he should have told me,' Trump on Wednesday said. 'Even my enemies say that Jeff Sessions should have told you that he was going to recuse himself and then you wouldn't have put him in. He took the job and then he said I'm going to recuse myself. I said what kind of a man is this?'
The recusal ultimately led Rosenstein to appoint Mueller special counsel and spawned investigations into two of the president's associates, Manafort and Cohen. 
Both men went down on Tuesday on eight counts in unrelated cases of fraud. Manafort by a jury after a high-profile trial. Cohen copped to his crimes in a plea agreement.
Trump praised Manafort for holding strong and declining to rely on their relationship to get a better outcome in his case. The president sidestepped a question from Earhardt about the possibility of a pardon.
'I have great respect for what he's done in terms of what he's going through,' Trump said, launching into diatribe about Clinton and Podesta. 'Some of the charges they threw against him, every consultant, every lobbyist in Washington probably does,' he said of Manafort.
Of Cohen, a former lawyer for the Trump Organization, the president on Wednesday claimed that he was a bit player. Cohen worked for the president's family business for a decade, Trump admitted, yet claimed they rarely interacted.
'Not somebody that was with me that much. You know, they make it sound like I didn't live with, without him,' Trump said. 'I understood Michael Cohen very well. 'He, well, it turned out he wasn't a very good lawyer, frankly. But he was somebody that was probably with me for about 10 years and I would see him sometimes.'
The president said he had many lawyers working for him inside and outside his business, in addition to Cohen, whom, 'I always found him to be a nice guy,' and that Cohen was someone who really only worked for him part time.
'In all fairness to him they raid his office at six o'clock in the morning,' Trump said. 'And how about with Manafort, they raid his home at like five in the morning. I think on a weekend and his wife is in bed. And they go in with guns. This isn't Al Capone.'
Trump said that Cohen 'made a very good deal' for himself with prosecutors, 'a great deal,' in fact in order to escape greater charges.
'Because he was in another business, totally unrelated to me, where I guess there was fraud involved and loans and taxi cabs and all sorts of things. Nothing to do with me,' Trump said. 'Michael Cohen had I guess a taxi business and somebody reported him for some things in his taxi business and that's how this started.'
Trump said he learned from watching television that two of the 'crimes' that Cohen says he committed are 'not even crimes.'


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Trump claims some of Cohen's actions were 'not even crimes' but condemned him for 'flipping' on him as an associate in court
The president said that campaign finance violations that Cohen says they committed together couldn't have been crimes, because they 'weren't even campaign related,' and Cohen only said they were 'because he makes a better deal when he uses me, like everybody else.'
Trump said Cohen made a deal with the government to wiggle out of the other, unrelated charges, that were tied to his personal business dealings.
'People make up stories,' he said, in order to shave time off their sentences. 'It's called flipping, and it almost ought to be illegal.'
Trump said the practice 'almost ought to be outlawed' because 'it's not fair' and encourages people to 'make up stories' to shave time off their prospective sentences.
The president told Earhardt that he did not know about the payoff to Daniels at the time. The claim lines up with statements he made in the past on Air Force One and tweets he sent about the hush-money scandal. The president and his attorneys have said that Trump was not aware of the payment to Daniels until after and reimbursed Cohen for the gesture much later.
He'll have more trouble getting himself out of a claim that he wasn't aware of of the 'deal' that Cohen was trying to negotiate with regards to McDougal. Trump is on tape discussing an attempt to purchase the rights to her story for $150,000 from AMI chief David Pecker.
In his interview with Fox, the president seemed to misunderstand campaign finance rules, mistakenly claiming that the payoff couldn't be a crime because he used personal and not campaign dollars — which would have been 'a little dicey' he says —  to pay the women off.
If Trump had paid the women directly, himself, without a middle man, he would be correct. There are no limits on self-funding in American politics. At issue is the fact that Cohen paid Daniels to stay silent, for the stated purpose of influencing the election. He exceeded the maximum contribution to a candidate when he completed the transaction.
Cohen claimed later that money Trump paid him as a reimbursement was a retainer for work that he did in 2017, which he now admits was a lie.









Legal experts are conflicted as to whether the president is also guilty of crimes as a result of the way the payment was handled. Attorneys for Cohen and Daniels claim that Trump is a felon. 
Trump insisted Wednesday that he'd done nothing wrong. Even if he and Cohen had violated campaign fiance laws, he said it wouldn't make them true criminals.
'You know, campaign violations are considered not a bit deal, frankly,' Trump told 'Fox & Friends' on Wednesday. 'But if somebody defrauded a bank and he's going to get 10 years in jail or 20 years in jail but if you can say something bad about Donald Trump and you'll go down to two years or three years, which is the deal he made.'
A legal debate has also ensued since the Daniels payment was revealed about whether a president can be charged with crimes while in office. 
Trump's legal team says that a sitting executive cannot be indicted. The Constitution is very clear about how a president must be removed early from office.
For Trump to be booted, the House of Representatives would have have to introduce articles of impeachment. The U.S. Senate would deliver the verdict.
Democrats could take the extraordinary step if they pick up enough seats to take back the majority in November.
Trump said he doesn't see it happening, though, telling Fox, 'I don't know how you can impeach somebody who's done a great job. 
'if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash, I think everybody would be very poor, because without this thinking, you would see — you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe in reverse. If Hillary Clinton got elected instead of 4.1 up and each point is $3.5 trillion and 10 million jobs. '
The president with an average approval rate of 39 percent across his term, according to Gallup, gave himself the highest marks for his accomplishments in office — an A+

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Post by annemarie on Thu 23 Aug 2018, 23:40

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6091811/Sessions-slaps-Trump-warning-fired-midterms.html

[size=34]Sessions slaps back: Attorney General says he will not be 'improperly influenced by political considerations' after senator close to the president says Trump might FIRE him after the midterms[/size]


  • Donald Trump launched a tirade against Attorney General Jeff Sessions

  • Claimed he failed to 'take control' of the Justice Department and claims the 'only reason' he got the gig is because Trump felt he owed him   

  • Claimed that Democrats are being treated more favorably by Justice than his associates because they are 'very strong in the Justice Department' 

  • A senator who is close to Trump set off panic when he said Sessions could be fired after the midterms by the president

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham said : 'I think there will come a time sooner rather than later where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice' at DOJ

  • Sessions slapped back at Trump and Graham in a statement just before he arrived for a preplanned meeting at the White House

  • 'I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in,' he said, and promised his DOJ ;will not be improperly influenced by political considerations'


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:57 EDT, 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:41 EDT, 23 August 2018

    



Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a rare reproval of the president on Thursday after Donald Trump claimed the law enforcement official 'never took control' of the Department of Justice. 
'I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda,' he asserted. 'While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.' 
A senator who is close to Trump set off panic when he said Sessions could be fired after the midterms by the president, who has been vocal in his disappointment with the former Republican lawmaker. 
The attorney general responded with a statement, and was seen at the White House shortly after it went out. A DOJ spokesperson told DailyMail.com he was participating in a meeting on 'criminal justice reform' that was already on his schedule.

Trump was not due to attend the gathering that appeared to go on for roughly an hour, according to public guidance.


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Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a rare reproof of the president on Thursday after Donald Trump claimed he 'never took control' of the Department of Justice
Sessions has been a top booster of Trump's and has faithfully backed the president's push for law and order, particularly when it comes to illegal immigration along the southern border. But his recusal early in his tenure from DOJ's investigation into Russian election meddling has provoked the president. 
Sen. Lindsay Graham signaled Thursday morning that Trump wants to shake-up the Department of Justice. He suggested that Sessions' days as attorney general are numbered.
Spit-balling, or an educated guess, Graham's claims prompted an unusual and sharply-worded reproach from Sessions of Trump.
'While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action. However, no nation has a more talented, more dedicated group of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors than the United States,' Sessions said.
A former federal prosecutor and attorney general from Alabama, Sessions statement read, 'I am proud to serve with them and proud of the work we have done in successfully advancing the rule of law.'


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Sen. Lindsay Graham signaled Thursday morning that Sessions' days as attorney general are numbered
Lawmakers on the Senate's Judiciary panel have said that they would not be willing to confirm a new attorney general if Trump canned Sessions. They're working already to confirm a Supreme Court nominee and a backlog of appointees to the bench.
Graham told reporters on Thursday that after the midterms, Sessions' time may finally come.
'The president's entitled to having an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that is qualified for the job and I think there will come a time sooner rather than later where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice,' the GOP senator said. 'Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the President.'
The South Carolina lawmaker has an on-again, off-again relationship with the president but golfs with him routinely and visited Trump's vacation property in New Jersey earlier this month.
His comments indicated that Trump is looking to drum up support in the Senate for Sessions' removal - a feat that will be hard to justify so long as he and his associates are being probed by the special counsel. 
'That's an important office in the country and after the election, I think there will be some serious discussions about a new attorney general,' he said.
The president's press staff has said that the president has confidence in his entire Cabinet, and when he doesn't, those officials and reporters will certainly find out about it.
He has suggested on numerous occasions, that when it comes to Sessions that his confidence has its limits. 
In an interview on Thursday morning, Trump laced into his attorney general and the Justice Department for taking down two of his former associates with charges of fraud.
Trump claimed in a taped interview with 'Fox & Friends' that Sessions 'never took control' of the Justice Department.
'He took the job and then he said I'm going to recuse myself. I said what kind of a man is this?' Trump told host Ainsley Earhardt after she asked about the status of Sessions' employment. 'You know the only reason I gave him the job. Because I felt loyalty, he was an original supporter,' Trump said.


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In an interview on Thursday morning, Trump laced into his attorney general and the Justice Department for taking down two of his former associates with charges of fraud 
The president said in the interview that he felt the Department of Justice was unnecessarily going after his associates while giving Democrats a pass.
Trump had tough words for his former attorney Michael Cohen, yet said he understands why someone in Cohen's position would want to flip: 'In all fairness to him, most people are going to do that, and I've seen it many times.
'They make up lies,' he said. 'They make up things and now they go from 10 years to they're a national hero. They have a statue erected in their honor. It's not a fair thing, but that's why he did it.'
The president said that 'flipping' on an associate to broker a better deal, like he claimed Cohen did to him, is 'not a fair thing, but that's what he did it,' and the Justice Department should consider making the process illegal. 
Fox taped its interview with Trump on Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after Cohen pleaded guilty to fraud charges and campaign finance violations. The very same hour, a jury convicted the president's ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort, on eight of 18 counts of fraud in a financial crimes case.
The president adamantly claimed in the interview that he is innocent of the crimes that Cohen said in a guilty plea that he committed at the 'direction' of an unnamed presidential candidate.
'He made the deals,' said Trump of payments to two women, Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. 'Later on I knew.'
He noted that he wasn't personally 'charged with anything' even though Cohen all but named him as a conspirator.'


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'Liar': Michael Cohen was seen near his New York apartment on Thursday after Trump suggested he had made up elements of his guilty plea

Trump argued in the interview that justice has not been served appropriately and that friends of his are being chased and hit with punishments that are more severe than they would receive if they were Democrats.
'If you look at Hillary Clinton's person, you take a look at the people that work for Hillary Clinton, and look at the crimes that Clinton did with the emails and she deletes 33,000 emails after she gets a subpoena from Congress, and this Justice Department does nothing about it and all of the other crimes that they've done,' Trump accused.
Referring to Democratic powerbroker Tony Podesta, who closed up shop after the special counsel launched a review of his foreign lobbying work in conjunction with its investigation into Manafort, Trump said, 'Podesta was supposed to be Manafort on steroids. They made him close up his firm. 
'He was going to be indicted the next day we heard. Never happened,' Trump said. 'Instead they go after Manafort. '
Trump also brought up the case of Imran Awan, an IT tech for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other Democrats, who received a light sentence on Tuesday of three months supervision after lying to federal investigators in a bank fraud case.
'He went to jail holding the hands of the Justice Department and the FBI. They sat there together, they were smiling and laughing, and he got nothing,' Trump said, 'and he stole money, and he had more information on the corruption of the Democrats than anybody, and they don't even have his computers and his servers.'


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Trump also claimed the attorney general has failed to 'take control' of the Justice Department
Interviewer Ainsley Earhardt asked Trump if he believes a 'double standard' is at work.
Trump recoiled and said: 'Double standard? I mean he was worse than anybody, in my opinion.'
The president claimed that Awan was not hit with more charges or served up more jail time, 'because the Dems are very strong in the Justice Department.'
Most of Justice's rank and file are career officials, who stay on from administration to administration, regardless of which political party holds the Oval Office. 
The president has the power to hand-pick departmental leaders, like the attorney general and deputy attorney general, and nominated both Sessions and Rod Rosenstein to hold the top spots in the federal law enforcement division.
Trump stopped short of saying he wants to fire Sessions while making no attempt to hide his disdain for the way the Cabinet secretary has handled himself since accepting the DOJ appointment. The president told Earhardt he gave Sessions the position out of 'loyalty,' because he was with the campaign, and that's 'the only reason' he tapped the Republican with a checkered political past. 
'I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department, Jeff Sessions,' Trump said of the Cabinet official he's bemoaned for more than a year at one point in his remarks. 'Never took control of the Justice Department.' 


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Trump called for 'flipping' to be made illegal and said Cohen was unfair to have done it in court
Trump said he could insert himself into DOJ's investigation, 'But I will stay uninvolved and maybe that's the best thing to do.'
'There's such corruption. Before I got here, it's from before I got here. It's the Obama administration. And you look at what happened. They surveilled my campaign, it's very simple.'
He hinted that he could declassify documents used to obtain the warrant to spy on Carter Page, a one-time adviser to his campaign, at some point, going further than the redacted version that has been released by the FISA court. 
The president pointed to the sagas involving fired FBI Director James Comey, ex-FBI attorney Lisa Page, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and special counsel Robert Mueller, whom he elevated to 'Comey's best friend' and claimed he had 'a really nasty business transaction with,' despite his consideration of the ex-FBI director to do the job again.
'He wanted the FBI job that Christopher Wray has,' the president said in a nod to the interview Mueller had at the White House for the position just before he accepted the special counsel appointment. 'Now Christopher Wray was recommended by Rosenstein.'
Trump has made no secret of his frustration with Sessions since the former Alabama senator recused himself the department's Russia probe. 
'It's a very, very sad day. Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn't have done. Or he should have told me,' Trump on Wednesday said. 'Even my enemies say that Jeff Sessions should have told you that he was going to recuse himself and then you wouldn't have put him in.'
The recusal ultimately led Rosenstein to appoint Mueller special counsel and spawned investigations into two of the president's associates, Manafort and Cohen. 
Both men went down on Tuesday on eight counts in unrelated cases of fraud. Manafort by a jury after a high-profile trial. Cohen copped to his crimes in a plea agreement. 







'In all fairness to him they raid his office at six o'clock in the morning,' Trump said. 'And how about with Manafort, they raid his home at like five in the morning. I think on a weekend and his wife is in bed. And they go in with guns. This isn't Al Capone.'
Trump said that Cohen 'made a very good deal' for himself with prosecutors, 'a great deal,' in fact in order to escape greater charges.
'Because he was in another business, totally unrelated to me, where I guess there was fraud involved and loans and taxi cabs and all sorts of things. Nothing to do with me,' Trump said. 'Michael Cohen had I guess a taxi business and somebody reported him for some things in his taxi business and that's how this started.' 
He claimed Cohen made a deal with the government to wiggle out of the other, unrelated charges.
'People make up stories,' he said, in order to shave time off their sentences. 'It's called flipping, and it almost ought to be illegal.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 14:02

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6093293/Manhattan-DA-pursue-criminal-charges-against-Trump-Organization.html

[size=34]Manhattan DA is considering criminal charges against the Trump Organization and two of its senior officials over $130,000 'hush money' payment to Stormy Daniels[/size]


  • The Manhattan district attorney's office is considering criminal charges

  • New York district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr may go after Trump Organization and two senior company officials over $130,000 payment to porn star

  • Two officials say that potential charges are still in its 'earliest stages' 

  • Prosecutors are reviewing court papers regarding payments to Cohen to see if they were falsified by two Trump executives who handled the reimbursement

  • Cohen was reimbursed a total of $420,000 from the Trump Organization recorded as legal fees


By MARLENE LENTHANG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 23:13 EDT, 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 04:34 EDT, 24 August 2018

    


The Manhattan district attorney's office may pursue criminal charges against the Trump Organization in regards to Michael Cohen's payment to an adult film actress. 
On Tuesday Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in a bombshell confession to campaign finance violations linked to paying off porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump.
New York district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr may now go after the Trump Organization and two senior company officials for how that payment was handled, according to the New York Times.  


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The Manhattan district attorney's office is considering criminal charges against the Trump Organization in regards to the $130,000 payment to an adult film actress


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New York district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr, above, may seek charges in regards to how two Trump Organization executives handled Daniels' payment, recording it as 'legal fees'
The state investigation would look into the $130,000 payment made to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in exchange for her silence on the alleged affair.

However two officials that broke the news say that the charges are in its 'earliest stages' and prosecutors have not decided if they will proceed.   
The Trump Organization reimbursed Cohen for paying off Daniels, saying that it was a 'legal expense'. 
Cohen confessed in a stunning statement that he paid off an adult film actress 'in order to influence the 2016 presidential election'. 
Federal prosecutors said the reimbursement payments were for sham legal invoices.


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Following Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's confession to campaign finance violations linked to Stormy Daniels on Tuesday, the DA may seek charges against the Trump Organization's handling of that payment


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Prosecutors have reviewed court papers regarding payments to Cohen to see if they were falsified by two Trump executives who handled the reimbursement, Cohen pictured leaving federal court Tuesday after making a plea deal 

Cohen received $420,000 from the Trump Organization, said to reimburse him for the Stormy Daniels payment as well as taxes, a bonus, and other campaign expenses reimbursements. 
Cohen also issued monthly invoices for $35,000 to the Trump Organization as 'pursuant to retainer agreement'.  
According to the Times, prosecutors have reviewed court papers regarding the campaign finance charges Cohen pleaded guilty to on Tuesday. Those documents provide detail about how two Trump executives handled the reimbursement and recorded them as legal fees.
The focus will be on whether the records were falsified. If they were, it could result in a low-level felony or misdemeanor. 
But it could evolve into a felony if the records are found to have been falsified to conceal another crime. 




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Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims she had an affair with Trump. Among the charges Cohen will plead guilty to are campaign finance violations in connection to a $130,000 payment he made to Daniels




Although Trump has talked about pardoning his aides who face federal charges, he would be helpless and unable to pardon those convicted of state crimes.
'On its face, it certainly would be problematic,' one of the officials familiar with the district attorney’s office review said.  
The Trump Organization is yet to comment on the potential charges.
The New York State attorney general's office is also considering a criminal investigation into Cohen over whether he violated state tax law, violations unrelated to the tax evasion he pleaded guilty to on Tuesday.  
The DA's move to pursue criminal charges could become complicated as the president is already being investigated for Russian interference in the 2016 election and his charity the Trump Foundation faces a lawsuit by the state attorney general.  
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 17:08

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6095227/John-McCain-81-stopping-medical-treatment-aggressive-terminal-brain-cancer.html

[size=34]BREAKING NEWS - John McCain, 81, is stopping treatment for his aggressive terminal brain cancer: Senator's daughter Meghan thanks supporters for their prayers as family announces he is no longer seeking medical care[/size]


  • McCain's daughter Meghan and wife Cindy posted a statement on Twitter Friday

  • The 81-year-old was diagnosed with aggressive glioblastoma last summer 

  • The family stated McCain has 'surpassed expectations for survival,' but the 'progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict'

  • McCain been fighting the brain cancer with radiation and chemotherapy treatment for the past 10 months while still performing his senatorial duties

  • The average life expectancy post glioblastoma diagnosis is 12 to 14 months 


By MEGAN SHEETS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 11:17 EDT, 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:58 EDT, 24 August 2018

    


Senator John McCain is discontinuing treatment for his aggressive terminal brain cancer, his family revealed Friday morning.
The 81-year-old's daughter Meghan McCain posted a statement on Twitter revealing her father's decision to stop treatment for the glioblastoma he has been fighting for a year. 
The full statement reads: 'Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. 
'In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment. 

'Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.' 


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Senator John McCain is discontinuing treatment for his aggressive terminal brain cancer, the 81-year-old's family revealed in a statement Friday morning


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The Arizona Republican was diagnosed with aggressive glioblastoma last summer
'My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year,' Meghan in the tweet with the statement.
'Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. We could not have made it this far without you - you've given us strength to carry on.' 
McCain's wife Cindy also tweeted the statement minutes after her daughter, writing: 'I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey.' 





McCain's daughter Meghan posted the family's statement to Twitter on Friday morning


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Meghan, pictured above with with her father, tweeted: 'My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year' 
 In July 2017, McCain revealed that he had undergone a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.
After testing the removed tissue, it was determined that McCain had glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. 
The average life expectancy post glioblastoma diagnosis is 14-16 months, and McCain has been fighting the cancer for 10 months. 
The senator has undergone radiation and chemotherapy treatment, while still performing his senatorial duties.
He has been recovering at his home since late 2017 and, according to his office, he has been enjoying 'frequent visits from his family, friends, staff and Senate colleagues'.


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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed sadness at the McCain family's news
Earlier this year the Arizona Republican revealed in his memoir The Restless Wave that he expected his current term in office to be his last due to the aggressiveness of the cancer. 
McCain has served alongside six US presidents during his 36 years in the Senate after being elected in 1986. 
His relationship with the current president has been strained for years, going back to when Donald Trump attacked McCain over his service in Vietnam, where he was held as a prisoner of war, by saying: 'I like people that weren't captured.'
That relationship took another hit in May of this year when White House communications aide Kelly Sadler suggested during a staff meeting that the senator's vote didn't matter because he's dying soon anyway. 
Earlier this month at a Pennsylvania rally, Trump appeared to mock the cancer-stricken senator over his 2017 vote against repealing Obamacare.
'I had Obamacare done except one guy at two o'clock in the morning. Went in and said. He went, thumbs down,' Trump told the crown in Wilkes-Barre while making an exaggerated thumbs-down gesture and grimacing.
The President did not explicitly name McCain but the reference was clear as he was the sole GOP no vote.  
As of noon eastern time on Friday Trump has not publicly reacted to news that McCain is ceasing treatment. 
Several other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed sadness following the news. 


[size=34]WHAT IS A GLIOBLASTOMA AND JUST HOW DEADLY IS IT? THE AGGRESSIVE BRAIN TUMOR SUFFERED BY JOHN MCCAIN[/size]





Senator John McCain was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in July 2017

Glioblastoma is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain. Senator John McCain was diagnosed with one in July 2017.
Patients have a 10 percent chance of surviving five years after their diagnosis, according to figures. The average lifespan is between 14 and 16 months.
Three adults per every 100,000 will be struck down with a glioblastoma, says The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
It is most commonly found in men aged 50 to 60, and there is no link between developing glioblastoma and having a previous history with other cancers.
WHAT IS THE TUMOR MADE OF? 
The tumor is made up of a mass of cells growing quickly in the brain, and in most cases patients have no family history of the disease.
It won't spread to other organs, however, once it is diagnosed, it is nearly impossible to target, surgeons claim.
Unlike other types of brain cancer which are more specifically located, glioblastoma can occur in any part of the brain. 
WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE? 
Because the tumor likely already spread deep into the brain by the time it is diagnosed, the cancerous tissue is incredibly difficult to remove. 
Surgeon will only ever remove the tumor, or part of the tumor, if it won't do any damage to the surrounding brain tissue.
Dr Babcar Cisse, a neurosurgeon at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, told Daily Mail Online in July 2017: 'By the time a glioblastoma is diagnosed, microfibers can spread to the rest of the brain which an MRI would not spot.
'So even if the main tumor is removed and the patient receives radiation and chemotherapy, it will come back.' 
GRADING A GLIOBLASTOMA
Brain tumors are graded from between one to four, depending on how fast they grow and how aggressive they are.
Malignant tumors are either given a high-grade three or four, while benign ones are given a lower grade one or two. 
Glioblastoma is often referred to as a grade four astrocytoma - another form of brain tumor, says the AANS.
SYMPTOMS
Patients typically complain of symptoms such as confused vision, trouble with memory, dizziness and headaches.
The symptoms are somewhat nonspecific, and vary from person to person, and may not persist. 
The disease is therefore impossible to diagnose based on symptoms alone.

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 18:09

This is so sad. I suppose Sen. McCain has reached a point where the treatment is worse than the disease. If he has chosen to spend whatever time he has left with his family and friends, without constant trips to the hospital for treatments that are useless and uncomfortable at best, who can blame him?

I wish him comfort and peace. He is a good man who didn't deserve this.
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Post by annemarie on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 20:20

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6094873/Mike-Pence-patiently-waiting-Trump-impeached-new-book-reveals.html

[size=34]EXCLUSIVE: How egomaniac Mike Pence demanded custom clothes embroidered with his governor title, has a creepy habit of rubbing people's shoulders and is lying in wait to take Trump's place to make country 'more pleasing to his god'[/size]


  • Bombshell new books reveals Vice President Mike Pence is waiting to see the hand of God at work in his elevation to the White House should Trump be impeached

  • The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence, tells how the VP even considered trying to replace Trump on the ballot after the 'p***y-gate' scandal

  • After the tapes were released, Karen Pence viewed Trump as 'reprehensible — just totally vile' and the Pences reportedly refused to take his phone calls

  • The book also reveals how Karen Pence underwent a fertility treatment called GIFT, not accepted by many Catholic authorities 

  • As a congressman, he was not personally popular and members of his own party kept him at arm's length 

  • Pence was five-term member of the House 'who never chaired a major committee or authored a single successful piece of legislation' the book says


By CAROLINE HOWE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:05 EDT, 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:07 EDT, 24 August 2018

    


As President Trump faces increasingly intense scrutiny and calls for his impeachment, one man is patiently waiting in the wings to take over: Vice President Pence.
The presidency is a dream Mike Pence has embraced since high school and he's been willing to wait and see the hand of God at work in his elevation to the White House should Trump be impeached.
Pence came to believe that the way to his lifelong goal of the Oval Office was to tie his fate to Donald Trump even though he represented everything Christianity abhorred.
During Pence's first year as vice president, he had one public assignment: admiring Donald Trump.

'He performed this duty consistently despite the fact that the bellicose and chaotic Trump – he of the infamous 'grab 'em by the p*ssy' videotape – was so personally objectionable that Pence had considered trying to replace him at the top of the ticket as the 2016 election neared', write Michael D'Antonio and Peter Eisner, authors of The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence, published by Thomas Dunne Books, 28 August.


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Vice President Mike Pence believed he could get himself into the Oval Office by tying his fate to Trump, a new book has revealed 
But Pence endured the embarrassment with a laser-focus on assuming the office of presidency one day.
While waiting for Trump to fall, 'humble superiority has been Pence's default setting during his twelve years in Congress and four as Indiana's governor', write the authors.
And if there's much to criticize about Trump, Pence has his own serious shortcomings besides blind ambition, the authors contend.
In the House, he was not personally popular and members of his own party kept him at arm's length.
No one knew who the real Mike Pence was.
'Pence was five-term member of the House who had focused on climbing the ladder of party leadership but never chaired a major committee or authored a single successful piece of legislation,' write D'Antonio and Fraser.


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The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence, published by Thomas Dunne Books will hit stands on August 28 
Pence has denied climate change and questioned the established fact that smoking causes cancer because he has connected with wealthy donors – warriors of the Christian right – the billionaire DeVos and Koch families who deny science behind environmental protection, demanded tax cuts for themselves as well as insisting on massive reductions in programs serving anyone who wasn't rich.
Their ideology is Christian supremacy and predatory Capitalism.
Pence got in bed with them and needed their money in his race for governor in Indiana.
Pence also needed money from assorted drug companies – even ones that had been maligned for price gouging.
He got funding from one health care firm– that sold products like an ointment called Boudroux's Butt Paste and Encare, a spermicidal suppository.
Money was money to Pence and led to 'some questionable financial arrangements – and one of his biggest mistakes in the 1990 election rematch with Phil Sharp', for the governor's race in Indiana, according to the authors.
His error was setting up a business to take out loans and make personal payments for his own use -- paying off personal credit card bills, his mortgage, the loan on his wife's car, groceries, parking tickets and golf outings.
Pence's response: 'I need to make a living'.
Supremely ambitious, he used dirty tricks as a campaigner – including racist advertisements and fake community organizations to smear his opponents.


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During his first year as vice president, Pence had one public assignment: admiring Donald Trump - a duty he performed consistently even though he went against his Christian values 
Now his hair started to turn gray and he took to wearing glasses.
His first campaign efforts had been riding a bicycle around town and shaking hands while using a counter to keep track of the number of handshakes.
When Pence lost that race for the second time, he had no profession to return to and wasn't qualified to work in government, so he started a radio broadcasting career in 1994 with The Mike Pence Show.
Radio Mike broadcast his views, read the Bible, and did impressions of Bill Clinton.
That progressed to a television show and he segued into making contact with top political figures and wealthy potential campaign donors of like-mind – extremely conservative.
When he was elected governor in 2013, Pence kept banker's hours. To other governors, it was a twenty-four-hours-a-day job.
'My impression of Mike is that he does not like to work very hard, and he's not that intellectually curious,' state Ann DeLaney, once head of the Democratic Party in the state.


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When he was finally elected governor, Pence began wearing custom-embroidered clothes – dress shorts, polo shirts, and vest and jackets – all decorated with his name and the words Governor of Indiana
She saw traits in Pence that made him 'ill-suited to the executive branch of government. I mean the bible is nice. I'm happy for him that he reads the bible. But he needs to read other things besides that. It's my impression that he doesn't'.
But he wasn't indifferent to wardrobe when finally elected governor.
He ordered custom-embroidered clothes – dress shorts, polo shirts, and vest and jackets – all decorated with his name and the words Governor of Indiana.
Some of the wardrobe had the state symbol – a gold torch and nineteen stars.
This was a first for an Indiana governor ordering official wardrobe.
His ambitions were obvious. In the spring of 2013, he was viewed as a top ten contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 -- despite starting behind other hopefuls when he was a first-term governor of a Midwestern state.
He had already consulted with national pollster Kellyanne Conway and was still a favorite of the Koch brothers who had donated $200,000 to his campaign.
One repulsive habit he had was that he was into rubbing shoulders.
He would suddenly come up behind someone and start massaging their shoulders.
He often did it to members of the Indiana press corps.
'Grabbing, a real quick grasping thing', according to John Krull, who had been with The Indianapolis News.
'That's not something I would do with someone else without an engraved invitation', Krull said.
This physical greeting communicated volumes – a bonding move and aggression. Older politicians shake hands, touch shoulders, lean into each other – 'and viewed as great ape dominance behavior indulged by men in suits and ties', write the authors.
But he wasn't rubbing shoulders with the poor, underprivileged or drug addicted who needed his help back in Indiana.


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Future president and first lady?  Mike and Karen Pence married in 1985. The book has revealed how the second lady found Trump 'reprehensible — just totally vile' after the tapes emerged 
His usual retort: 'It's under consideration'.
When a black man Keith Cooper was erroneous convicted of a robbery and shooting that got him a forty-year sentence, it later came out that witnesses had suppressed DNA evidence at the time of the trial.
The Indiana Court of Appeals ordered Cooper's release in 2006 but the felony charge remained on the books coming up every time he applied for a job.
An attorney asked the Parole Board to approve a pardon and unanimously recommended that Gov. Pence grant that request. Pence mad no decision on the Cooper Case and never explained his inaction after three years.
His inaction was viewed as cruel and thoughtless as a powerful official showing that he was tough on crime. But Cooper had committed no crime.
As Governor, he treated a lead poisoning disaster in East Chicago, Indiana with benign neglect. He refused to declare a state of emergency requested by the city's mayor and never visited the site.
He ignored the fact that children were exposed to toxins at fifty times the accepted level.
Pence was chastised for his inaction but his commitment to his Christian beliefs reverberated on a national stage.
It is his idea to return to saying 'Merry Christmas' – that Trump has been verbalizing while out stumping for the 2018 elections of governors.
Saying Happy Holidays rather than Merry Christmas was prosecuting a war on Christmas, according to Pence.
The politics Pence practices reflect his 'evangelical Catholic' faith that believes the bible is literal truth handed down by God and free of error.
Those beliefs include' Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the Church, his body and is himself its Savior'.
When Pence moved to Indianapolis and failed the admissions test for law school before taking it a second time and finally passing, he attended the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church where he met karen Sue Batten Whitaker who often played guitar at mass.
He fell in love.
She was two years older and a second-grade teacher previously married.
She had been a better student in high school than Pence while he only had a B average.
She married her first husband, who was studying medicine and who became a drug company executive reponsible for the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis.
Expecting she would marry Pence, she bought a small gold cross and had it engraved with the word 'Yes'.
She carried it in her purse.
He bought a ring and hid it inside a loaf of bread he would carry on walks together to feed ducks.
The big moment arrived. He pulled out the ring and she gave him the cross.
They tied the knot in June 1985.
He returned to law school and Karen went back to teaching second graders at an elementary school in southeast Indianapolis.
When he graduated law school in 1986, she was ready to help him make his big move into politics.
For Mike and Karen Pence who were married in 1985, her second marriage, this strict preaching gave them boundaries that make their life seem more ordered – as well as supporting preexisting beliefs such as homosexuality as a sinful state.
When Karen couldn't conceive for six years, she experienced a crisis of faith.
They tried a treatment called GIFT, not accepted by many Catholic authorities that viewed it as defying conception.


GIFT, famete intrafallopian transfer, involves fertilizing the eggs outside of the body, collecting semen in a condom.
When they stopped the process, she became pregnant at 34 and they had a son, Michael Jr., born in 1991 and then two daughters, Audrey and Charlotte.
Pence was now the sole wage earner after Karen had given up teaching and he started making more money when Radio Mike progressed to TV Mike.
They fervently believe that some people are held closer to God than others – and that includes Mike Pence, say the authors.
'It is this favored position, preordained by God, that explains their world success', they write – and Pence believes he 'was ranked closer to god than most other mortals' -- but not without thanks to his corporate sponsors all locked in on anti-gay, pro-gun, anti-abortion, and pro big-business issues.
He named her as the state's bicentennial ambassador when Indiana approached the bicentennial of its statehood and she traveled the state promoting Indiana history in 2016.
When the 'p*ssy tape emerged, Karen viewed Trump as 'reprehensible — just totally vile' and one news report stated that the Pences refused to take Trumps phone calls. They were going to assess whether Mike was going to remain on the ticket.
Pence stated he was 'offended' by the tape. 'I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them', he said.  
The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence, is available on Amazon

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 21:16

Annemarie - No time to read the whole article, but can say that Pence becoming president is a major argument against impeaching Drumpf. If Pence takes office and has time to entrench himself he'll be that much harder to unseat in 2020. Better wait and defeat Drumpf in an open election.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by party animal - not! on Sat 25 Aug 2018, 00:08

A story about hope

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/24/50-miles-more-march-massachusetts-smith-and-wesson

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Sat 25 Aug 2018, 00:27

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/24/50-miles-more-march-massachusetts-smith-and-wesson



This isn't just Parkland': student activists march to confront Smith & Wesson

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Activists across Massachusetts came together for the local chapter of 50 Miles More to challenge the arms manufacturer at its Springfield headquarters

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 Activsts walk during the 50 Miles More march in Worcester, Massachusetts, on 23 August. Photograph: Scott Eisen/Getty Images
[size=89]Student activists continued to make progress on Friday on a 50-mile march that will bring them to the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend.


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Launched on Wednesday, the local chapter of the 50 Miles More campaign, part of a national effort to confront gun violence in America, saw some 40 students setting off from Worcester. They trekked through the hills of central Massachusetts, across farm country, down streets lined with American flags.
At midday on Friday, the group wound their way into the town square of bucolic Warren, trailed by a military-style Hummer police vehicle. They were met by a support group of adults with bagged lunches, and a handful of counter-protesters.
The latter group were eager for a glimpse of David Hogg, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and a leader of the March for Our Lives campaign.
“We’ve gotten a lot of great support along the march,” Jack Torres, a junior at Somerville high school, explained along the way. “People coming off the road, giving us donations, encouraging us, people coming out of their houses clapping. That’s what keeps us going.”
 
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People giving us donations, encouraging us, coming out of their houses clapping. That keeps us going
Jack Torres


Classmate Felix Brody added: “I think the people are inspiring us and we’re inspiring them.”
They had received a particularly meaningful message of support earlier that morning, from the spouse of someone who marched from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, the civil rights action on which 50 Miles More is based.
Katie Eder, leader of the 50 Miles More national campaign, is a recent high school graduate from Wisconsin, where the group marched to the home of House speaker Paul Ryan earlier this year. She said they simply want to hear something back from Smith & Wesson. Its weapons have been used in mass shootings throughout the US, she pointed out, from Parkland to Aurora to San Bernardino.
The group has two messages it hopes to deliver to Smith & Wesson. First is a request that the company cease the manufacture of weapons outlawed under the 2004 Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban.
“Smith & Wesson produces weapons that are illegal in Massachusetts then ships them throughout the country, and those [guns] take peoples lives,” Eder said. “That needs to stop.”
The group would also like to see the company donate $5m to research violence involving its weapons.
“Gun violence is an epidemic and it deserves to be researched and looked at like any other epidemic would,” Eder said.



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“That was nothing,” Hogg said, after a discussion with a woman who was waving an oversized Donald Trump flag under a monument dedicated to locals killed in the civil war.

The woman, he said, wanted to know why Hogg refused to meet the president shortly after the shooting in which 17 of his classmates and school staff were murdered. The woman, who declined to provide her name, walked off, seemingly placated. A second counter-protester argued heatedly with adult supervisors.
“People think we’ve gotten a little hate here, but if this was in Texas we’d be flanked by people open-carrying AR-15s on the side of the road,” Hogg said, as the march continued north towards Springfield.
“I hope Smith & Wesson realize they can become a responsible gun manufacturer. They could start making guns with finger print [technology] again, for example.”
He and the group have no problem with the second amendment, they all agreed. They simply take issue with how it’s regulated.
“We don’t have universal background checks; we need to invest in violence intervention programs,” Hogg said. “These shootings don’t just happen in high schools, they happen every day. We need people like the president to realize this is not just Parkland, this is Boston, this is all the different cities that we’re with.”


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Asked what he wanted Smith & Wesson to hear when the group arrives on Sunday, Brody said it was “OK to be a gun manufacturer and be against gun violence.
“You can be a part of the solution. If you’re truly who you say you are, you haven’t acted like it. It’s time to step up and be the first gun manufacturer to say you’re against gun violence, and mean it and show it.”
The sun beat down, and the students seemed tired. But they trudged on with purpose, Torres said.
“There’s times where we’ve thought this is too tiring,” he said. “We’ve all got sore feet. But we keep reminding each other that if we walk, if we stay strong, if we keep sending our message, we won’t know who or where or when, but we might save a life. That’s enough to keep us going.”

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Sat 25 Aug 2018, 10:34

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6096585/Trump-claims-people-afraid-visit-New-York-case-sued.html

[size=34]Trump says people are 'afraid to visit New York' as he doubles down on attack on Andrew Cuomo[/size]


  • Speaking at the Ohio Republican Party annual dinner on Friday, the president went on a rant about the New York governor 

  • President said Cuomo used to be a fan but 'hated' him after he ran for office

  • Trump, who was notorious for suing people while he was a businessman, also claimed that the governor was extremely litigious

  • 'Gov. Cuomo, sues everybody, you know you go into that state and you get sued,' he said. 'That's why people don't want to move in'

  • 'But if you go to New York, you get sued. And people are afraid to go to New York, they want to go'

  • Cuomo has ramped up his attacks on Trump in recent weeks branding him racist and un-American

  • Trump also launched a lengthy attack on Democrats, calling them 'left-wing haters and radicals' who are trying to 'tear down our institutions'


By HANNAH PARRY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 20:43 EDT, 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 01:36 EDT, 25 August 2018

    



Donald Trump has claimed that people are afraid to visit New York because they fear getting sued as he doubled down attack on his attack on Gov Andrew Cuomo during a GOP fundraiser.
Speaking at the Ohio Republican Party annual dinner on Friday, the president went on a rant about the New York governor who has ramped up his attacks on Trump in recent weeks branding him racist and un-American.
The president told the crowd that Cuomo used to be a fan of his but 'hated' him after he ran for office.
Trump, who was notorious for suing people while he was a businessman, also claimed that the governor was extremely litigious and that rampant lawsuits in his state of New York left some people terrified to come to the city.


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Donald Trump has claimed that people are afraid to visit New York because they fear getting sued as he doubled down attack on his attack on Gov Andrew Cuomo during a GOP fundraiser
'We have in New York, a governor, Gov. Cuomo, sues everybody, you know you go into that state and you get sued,' he said. 

'That's why people don't want to move in. For that and the fact that it's the highest taxes.
'But if you go to New York, you get sued. And people are afraid to go to New York, they want to go.
'He recently stated that the new slogan was, 'America was never great.' Now, he was so angry at me, you know he hates me, truly hates me. He used to like me, but then I decided to run for office, and he doesn't like me too much.
'Hey, Schumer used to love me. Hard to believe, isn't it? But Cuomo, came out with that by mistake.'


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Cuomo has ramped up his attacks on Trump in recent weeks branding him racist and un-American

Mocking him, Trump said: 'He was so angered, because 'Make America Great Again.' And he just said, 'America's never gonna be great again.' And that was it. He walks off.'
'And he was talking socialists, and they were going 'woah.'… He was - that's not a good one. I said, that's job-threatening. Now he's gonna beat the person that's running – an actress, you know - but she could get a lot of votes. But he's gonna win.'
'How would that look on a hat? 'America was never great!' Doesn't work….Cuomo's comments are really an insult to generations of American heroes whose blood and sweat and tears built the greatest country the world has ever known. And we are better now than ever before.'
Trump also launched a lengthy attack on Democrats, calling them 'left-wing haters and radicals' who are trying to 'tear down our institutions.' 
'Today's Democrats are not just extreme, they're really not in a position to govern. They're just not in a position to govern, when you look at what they are and what they're doing. Open borders and crime. It's open borders and crime.'
He also said they're 'nasty.'
Trump unleashed the string of insults in a speech Friday at the Ohio Republican Party fundraising dinner in Columbus. The speech was meant to help unite fractious state Republicans heading into the November midterm elections.


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Speaking at the Ohio Republican Party annual dinner on Friday, the president went on a rant about the New York governor


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President Donald Trump told the crowd that Cuomo used to be a fan of his but 'hated' him after he ran for office
Trump says that with Democrats, 'it's always negative, nasty, the way they come after me.'
Polls show that large majorities of Democrats disapprove of Trump's performance in office, but he says they need to get over it and accept that he's president.
'We won the election. We're going to win again in 2020. ... These are nasty people.'
Trump also mentioned Elizabeth Warren, once again calling her Pocahontas - a reference to the claims she used her Native American heritage to advance her career. Warren is 1/32 Native American.
And bashed ESPN over played kneeling during the national anthem.
Trump also talked about his most famous supporter, Kanye West, during the address - but completely failed to mention Gov. John Kasich, one of the president's 2016 primary opponents and sharpest critics, who skipped the fundraising dinner.
Trump previously attacked Kasich for hindering Troy Balderson's bid for the state's 12th District House seat.


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President Donald Trump speaks during the Ohio Republican Party State Dinner, Friday 
On Tuesday, Kasich made his feelings clear about the president, saying 'I don't like his leadership style. That's pretty darn clear and I speak out because I think it's really important we become a nation of uniters.'
Trump also discussed the Iowa college student was found slain about a month after she disappeared.
Trump raised the case in a speech Friday at an Ohio Republican dinner. The family of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts has asked that her death not be politicized.
Authorities have charged Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a Mexico native suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, with first-degree murder in Tibbetts' death.
Trump raised Tibbetts' case as justification for his attempts to crack down on illegal immigration to the U.S.
He refers to Rivera as 'this horrible illegal immigrant' and claims erroneously that journalists didn't want to cover the story after questions were raised about Rivera's status.
Trump says 'what happened to Mollie is a disgrace.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Sat 25 Aug 2018, 14:27

At this point stories about his speeches are a waste of space. Why can't they just say "He spouted a load of bullshit  at his base," and leave it at that?
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Sun 26 Aug 2018, 03:14

https://people.com/politics/john-mccain-dies/

[size=40]Sen. John McCain, Maverick Politician and Decorated War Veteran, Dies at 81

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August 25, 2018 08:27 PM

Sen. John McCain, the former POW and outspoken Republican politician nicknamed The Maverick for being unafraid to disagree with fellow members of his party, has died. He was 81.
“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018,” his family said in a statement Saturday, according to NBC News.
On Friday, his family announced that McCain, “with his usual strength of will,” decided to stop treatment for the stage-four brain cancer he had been battling since its diagnosis last summer.
RELATED: President Trump Sends ‘Deepest Sympathies and Respect’ to McCain Family After Senator’s Death
“In the year since,” the McCain family said, “John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.”

My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. We could not have made it this far without you – you've given us strength to carry on. pic.twitter.com/KuAQSASoa7
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 24, 2018
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In July 2017, McCain revealed that he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, just days after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye.
RELATED: From POW to Political Powerhouse: Sen. John McCain’s Life Through the Years 
McCain later revealed during a September 2017 interview with 60 Minutesthat he asked doctors to be forthright about his health.
“Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent. You know it’s — it’s a very poor prognosis,” he said. “So I just said, ‘I understand. Now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can, and at the same time celebrate with gratitude a life well lived.’ ”

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Months later, as McCain continued his battle against brain cancer, his daughter Meghan paid tribute to her father and his “Viking” fighting spirit in a touching Instagram post in May.
“My Mother calls me ‘John McCain in a dress’ – my relationship with my father has always been magic – we are fiercely and protectively forever on each other’s team,” Meghan captioned a smiling photo with her father. “Love with your complete and whole heart in this life. We keep fighting because we are all McCains, we are a family of a long lineage of Vikings – fighting is what we have always done, and what we will always do.”
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Born in August 1936 at the U.S. air base in Panama, McCain was the son and grandson of two four-star U.S. Navy admirals. He ultimately followed in their footsteps, enrolling at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1954.
As a naval pilot, he was deployed on the USS Forrestal to the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam, where he was ultimately taken as a prisoner of war in October 1967. McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese after his plane was shot down by a missile. According to McCain, the plane entered an “inverted, almost straight-down spin,” and he ejected, breaking both his arms and his leg in the process.

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The McCain family
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While held captive at Hanoi’s Hoa Lo prison, McCain was denied medical attention and repeatedly tortured by his captors. “They left me on the floor of a cell for four days, during which time I lapsed in and out of consciousness,” McCain told PEOPLE back in 1992. “Their policy was that they wouldn’t provide any medical treatment unless you gave them military information. I would only give them my name, rank, serial number and date of birth. And so, after about four days on the floor of the cell, they got nothing out of me because I kept passing out.”

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McCain refused to cooperate, and remained at the prison for more than five years – spending much of that time in solitary confinement.
He recalled to PEOPLE, “they treated me pretty badly,” revealing further that he was suffering from dysentery and was being beaten every two hours in order to get him to sign confessions and make audio recordings trashing America.
He was released in March of 1973, but still bore some of the injuries from his harrowing ordeal.
“Unlike some, I was fortunate that I was able to put it all behind me when I came home,” he said. “People ask me how long did it take to readjust? It took me about 45 minutes. I never had a nightmare or a flashback or anything like that. I know a lot of my friends were not so fortunate, who never fully came back from that experience. But I did.”

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McCain (right) with his mother (center)
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McCain returning from Hanoi in 1973
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After returning home, McCain regained his naval flight status and was named the naval liaison to the U.S. Senate in 1977 before ultimately retiring from duty in 1981. During his service, McCain was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross, among other honors, according to his website.
McCain was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona in 1982, serving two terms before being elected as state senator in 1986.

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After more than a decade in the Senate, McCain ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000 but lost to primary opponent George W. Bush.

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McCain went on to become the 2008 Republican nominee for president alongside running mate Sarah Palin; he lost to Barack Obama. While McCain continued to defend Palin’s performance in a new book and documentary set to be released in May, he also said he regretted not picking former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman as his running mate in 2008, according to The New York Times. McCain said “my gut told me” to choose Lieberman instead of Palin and “I wish I had.”

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Leading up to his death, McCain served as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
In July, McCain underwent surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye.
The surgery went well but had massive reverberations in Washington, forcing GOP Senators to postpone a vote on the controversial Republican bill to replace Obamacare until McCain could return.

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The senator revealed his diagnosis in July, and one day after doing so he returned to Twitter and promised he’d be back on the Senate floor.
“I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!” He said. Just five days later, he kept his promise and returned to thunders applause from people in both parties.
While he was welcomed back, he proved to still by The Maverick when he refused to support the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act in September, which drew sharp criticism from President Donald Trumpas others hailed him a hero.
After the vote, McCain went back to receiving chemotherapy treatments in Phoenix, Arizona, to slow the progression of the disease. He completed his first round of radiation in August 2017.
In December, McCain was hospitalized for “normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy,” his office said. But to the excitement of his family, he was able to come home to Arizona for Christmas.
In February, Meghan said that her father had a “crazy amazing recovery.”
“He is in Sedona, Arizona, right now at our ranch doing physical therapy and he has amazing doctors and he’s doing really well,” she said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “He had a sort of rough time at Christmas and he’s made this crazy amazing recovery which I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at, he is so resilient in so many different ways. He’s a tough bastard.”
He continued physical therapy at home in Arizona for the next few months, until he had to return to the Mayo Clinic in April for an emergency surgery.

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John McCain and Cindy McCain on daughter Meghan's wedding day
“On Sunday, Senator McCain was admitted to Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and underwent surgery to treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis,” his office said. Meghan added that he was in “stable” condition.
Later that month, McCain shared an excerpt from his new book, in which he admitted that his brain cancer diagnosis gave him an “ungentle persuasion” to realize that his current term in office would be his last, and pushed him to change the way he votes.
“I’m freer than colleagues who will face the voters again. I can speak my mind without fearing the consequences much. And I can vote my conscience without worry,” McCain said. “I don’t think I’m free to disregard my constituents’ wishes, far from it. I don’t feel excused from keeping pledges I made. Nor do I wish to harm my party’s prospects. But I do feel a pressing responsibility to give Americans my best judgment.”
Before his death, McCain enjoyed spending time on the deck at his Arizona ranch, visiting with a constant flow of friends, including former Vice President Joe Biden, The New York Times reported in May. Biden said the two reminisced about the “crazy senators” they had served with, the overseas trips they took together, and the friendship between McCain and Biden’s two sons. Biden’s son Beau died of glioblastoma, the same rare brain cancer McCain had, in May 2015.


Biden also said that, even as McCain battled brain cancer and the debilitating side effects of his treatment, the senator was still worried about the state of the nation under President Trump’s administration.
“Here John knows he’s in a very, very, very precarious situation, and yet he’s still concerned about the state of the country,” Biden said in an interview with the Times. “We talked about how our international reputation is being damaged and we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out.”


According to the same Times report, people close to McCain allegedly told the White House “that their current plan” was to invite Vice President Mike Pence to the funeral service, but not Trump, citing the pair’s “rocky relationship.”
During the visits, friends told McCain they loved him and how much he’d meant to them but didn’t explicitly say goodbye. The senator “doesn’t like overt sentimentality,” his friend, the former chief of staff Grant Woods, said. Nevertheless, the visits often ended with McCain saying, “I love you,” the Times reported.
McCain also enjoyed quiet moments sitting out on his deck with his wife, listening to the hummingbirds and the burbling stream that runs through their 15-acre ranch.


“He finds real solace there,” Biden said.
McCain is survived by wife Cindy McCain, and his children: Douglas, 57, Andrew, 55, and Sidney, 50 (all with first wife Carol McCain) and Meghan McCain, 32, Jack, 31, James, 29, and Bridget, 25, with Cindy.
Just days before Thanksgiving, McCain gave away daughter Meghan, a co-host on The View, at her wedding to conservative pundit Ben Domenech at the family’s ranch in Sedona, Arizona.
Opening up to PEOPLE about the wedding and his legacy, McCain said in late November, “I have been so fortunate to have the life that I have had, full of time and adventure and excitement.
“I’ve been a small bit of American history, so I think if there’s something on my tombstone, it’ll be ‘He served his country,’ and hopefully you add one word, ‘honorably,’ ” he also said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve lost races. I’ve caved in to what seems to be the easy way out and wasn’t. There’s nothing to be sorry for. I have nothing but gratitude for a life fully lived, and you can’t ask for anything more than that. And you can’t deny that I am the luckiest person that you will ever talk to.”[/size]

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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 26 Aug 2018, 04:44

John McCain led an honorable life.  He was a man of integrity who could admit his mistakes and had the courage to stand by what he believed.  I did not support a number of his policies nor did I appreciate his hawkish approach to foreign policy.  But I think I appreciate him more now than ever for a man of courage who was willing to speak up and speak out.  I can’t think of any Republican in Congress who I’d consider a profile in courage in a way that McCain will be remembered for ...
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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 26 Aug 2018, 10:00

So true, Donnamarie, and this short BBC film shows it in a nutshell - watch hum defend Obama -

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-45300971/john-mccain-us-war-hero-maverick-and-political-titan

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 26 Aug 2018, 14:05

I can't think of anyone in our government who has the bipartisan respect that John McCain had. I was going to say he will be very hard to replace but, in truth, it will be impossible to find anyone of his caliber to fill his shoes. We are a lesser nation for his passing.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Sun 26 Aug 2018, 22:40

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6100355/Four-dead-10-injured-mass-shooting-Florida-Madden-online-gaming-tournament.html

[size=34]Video gamer murders rivals in mass shooting after losing: 'Four dead and 11 injured' at Florida tournament captured by harrowing audio livestream before the lone white male gunman 'kills himself'[/size]


  • Four people are dead and 11 have been injured in a mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday afternoon

  • Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed the white male gunman was among those killed

  • Shooting broke out during the Madden NFL online gaming tournament

  • Witnesses say the shooter was a pro-game who had just lost in the tournament

  • Horrifying livestream audio from the tournament captured the screams of players as the gunfire erupted 

  • The shooter allegedly had a laser sight on his gun and fired at multiple people before taking his own life  


By EMILY CRANE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:31 EDT, 26 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:34 EDT, 26 August 2018

    


A white male gunman is among the 'multiple fatalities' after a mass shooting broke out at an online gaming tournament in Florida that was partially captured on a horrifying livestream.
Local media are reporting that four people are dead and 11 have been injured in the shooting at the Jacksonville Landing complex in Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon.
The Jax Sheriff's Office confirmed there were multiple fatalities and injuries and said one suspect was dead at the scene.
The shooting broke out during the Madden NFL online gaming tournament, which was being hosted in a game room inside the Chicago Pizza restaurant.

Witnesses have said the shooter was a player who had just lost in the tournament. 
One witness told CNN he saw the gunman shoot multiple people before killing himself and that it appeared he had a laser sight on the gun to help him target victims.
Authorities would not reveal details about the shooter's death and only confirmed that he was a white male.

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Horrifying livestream audio from the Madden NFL online gaming tournament captured the screams of players as the gunfire erupted at the Jacksonville Landing in Florida on Sunday afternoon


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The shooting broke out during the Madden football online gaming tournament at Florida 's Jacksonville Landing (above) on Sunday afternoon
The Jax Sheriff's Office said they were finding people hiding in the area and urged people to remain calm, as they warned others to stay far away from the Jacksonville Landing.
Many hid in bathrooms of the Jacksonville Landing complex, trying to escape the carnage. 
'We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing,' they tweeted. 
'We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding. SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing. 
'We will get to you. Please don't come running out.'
Horrifying livestream audio from the tournament captured the screams of players as the gunfire erupted while two young men were playing in the championship series. 
The commentators could be heard going silent as the first gunshots were fired and people began screaming. 
The stream then cut out and a message appeared saying 'controller disconnected'. 


















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A livestream from the gaming tournament captured the moment the gunfire broke out before it cut out and displayed a 'controller disconnected' message


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The shooting broke out during the Madden NFL online gaming tournament, which was being hosted at the Chicago Pizza restaurant at the Jackson Landing entertainment complex (above)


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Police barricade a street near Jacksonville Landing after the mass shooting broke out
One of the gamers, Drini Gjoka, revealed his horror after he was shot in the hand and ran for his life.
'The tourney just got shot up. I'm leaving and never coming back. I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb. Worst day of my life,' he tweeted.  
'I will never take anything for granted ever again. Life can be cut short in a second.'
One gamer, Larry Legend, was shot three times in his chest and hand. His mother tweeted: 'My son was shot 3 times please keep him in your prayers'. 
'@oLARRY2K was shot in chest and hand I was with him. I have his bag and phone. Plz retweet this to notify 2k community. He is at Florida Shands hospital. didn't look life threatening to me but injured bad. I love you bro,' fellow gamer BUCTILLIDIE tweeted.  
Another witness, Ryan Alemon, told CNN he hid in the bathroom for about 10 minutes before fleeing the bar when he was certain the shooting was over.
'Everyone was running, they were dropping because they were getting shot. I heard yelling, I heard 'Help me, I'm shot',' he said. 
'As I was going in the restroom, I stayed in there, and I just heard - there was just so many gunshots, at least 20 of them at the most.' 


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One of the gamers, Drini Gjoka, revealed his horror after he was shot in the hand and ran for his life








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The shooting broke out during the Madden NFL online gaming tournament
Multiple emergency crews were spotted on the scene and police barricaded a three-block radius around the mall.
The Jacksonville Landing is an entertainment complex along the St Johns River, which includes restaurants and an indoor shopping mall.
It was the site of a Donald Trump rally in October 2015 early in his campaign for the White House.
White House officials said the President had been briefed about the shooting. 
Florida Governor Rick Scott said he had spoke to the sheriff's office and the Mayor to offer state support and resources.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6102327/Flag-staff-White-House-Trump-BANNED-McCain-attending-funeral.html

[size=34]Trump REFUSES to answer questions on McCain as the flag is back at full staff at White House and president is banned by late senator from attending his funeral[/size]


  • President Donald Trump declined to answer reporters questions on the late Senator John McCain at the White House on Monday 

  • The flag at the White House is back to full staff at the White House

  • Flags are typically kept at half staff until the honoree is buried

  • The flag at the U.S. Capitol remains at half staff

  • The late Senator John McCain is set to buried on Sunday 

  • Before he died, the senator banned President Donald Trump from his funeral 

  • Trump vetoed a White House statement that paid tribute to McCain

  • Trump left White House team to send their own personal messages about McCain who passed away Saturday  

  • POTUS was spotted playing golf Sunday afternoon as social media followers waited for a more meaningful statement from the president 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER and LEAH SIMPSON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 07:50 EDT, 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:52 EDT, 27 August 2018

    


President Donald Trump is refusing to speak about the John McCain, declining to answer reporters' questions on the late senator Monday at the White House.
The president was touting a new trade deal between the United States and Mexico in the Oval Office when he was asked about the late senator's legacy. 
He did not answer any questions.  
And the American flag is flying full staff at the White House on Monday - one day after it was lowered in tribute to the late Senator John McCain.

Flags are still flying at half staff at the U.S. Capitol building, where McCain served as a Republican senator from Arizona for over 30 years.
The White House has not responded to the DailyMail.com's inquiry on why the flag is no longer flying at half staff.
Trump notably did not issue a proclamation when McCain died on Saturday, which usually calls for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment.
That would be Sunday - the day the late senator is scheduled to be buried at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Washington D.C.


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The flag remains at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol building
It's traditional for presidents to issue proclamations upon the deaths of notable American citizens.
Trump issued such proclamations for others. The flag flew at half staff for four days  in April for former first lady Barbara Bush.
When Sen. Daniel Inouye died in 2012, President Barack Obama offered a proclamation ordering staff flown at half-staff 'until sunset on the day of his interment.'
But Trump vetoed a White House statement that paid tribute to McCain's achievements, according to The Washington Post.
His move comes after the late senator banned the president from his funeral, telling his friends before he died that he didn't want Trump there but he did want Vice President Mike Pence invited.
The New York Times reported in May that McCain was making plans for his burial, speaking to visiting friends and well wishers, and expressing his wishes on how he would be memorialized.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama will give eulogies on Saturday at McCain's funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. 


Both men share the distinction of keeping McCain from the White House: Bush beat him for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination and Obama defeated him in he 2008 presidential election.
Trump, meanwhile, has avoided a public tribute to the late senator other than a tweet that offered prayers for McCain's family.
The Post reported Sunday that the president didn't want to send out a message that called the man who fought in the Vietnam war a 'hero.'
Trump spent most of Sunday at his golf course in Sterling, Virginia and offered a few tweets on how well the economy was doing and touting his high approval rating among Republicans. 
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other staff had drafted a statement on McCain before he passed, sources told the Post, but the final version was never approved.
Former Trump legal team spokesperson Mark Corallo, acknowledged that Trump's reaction was 'atrocious.'


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President Donald Trump (pictured August 23, 2018) vetoed a statement from the White House that paid tribute to late Senator John McCain's achievements, according to a report


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John McCain (pictured December 2017) passed away after a battle with brain cancer this weekend and Trump, 72, left White House officials to post their own personal tributes
He told the publication 'at a time like this, you would expect more of an American president when you're talking about the passing of a true American hero'.
McCain passed away after a battle with brain cancer this weekend and Trump, 72, left White House officials to post their own personal tributes.
It comes after POTUS was spotted playing golf Sunday afternoon as social media followers waited for a more meaningful statement from the president, whose daughter Ivanka Trump, had expressed condolences.
Trump had seemingly spent the whole day pointed ignoring either the death of McCain or the mass shooting in Florida. 
By Sunday evening he was posting about his approval rate, despite followers earlier expressing their disgust for him ignoring the weekend's two major events.


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Trump continued to offend people by bragging about himself on Twitter Sunday evening



The president tweeted his condolences to the grieving McCain family on Saturday evening, but failed to acknowledge the impact the senator has had on American political life, and his record as one of the nation's most celebrated war heroes

'Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall,' he wrote. 'This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!'
Many notable names in politics, including Obama and Britain's Prime Minister Teresa May, had publicly honored the senator on a personal level.    
A group of both supporters and protesters gathered outside the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, as the president arrived, holding Make America Great Again signs as well as others that say 'FAKE PRESIDENT' and 'RESIGN NOW'. 
Trump and McCain's bad blood stems back to June 2015 when Trump announced he was running for president and called Mexican immigrants 'rapists' and drug runners during a speech.  
McCain distanced himself from the future-president saying in an interview that he disagreed with Trump's comment. Trump fired back by calling McCain 'incompetent' during a July 2015 rally at the Phoenix Convention Center. 
When Trump visited Iowa in July 2015, as part of the Republican presidential primary campaign, he told the Family Leadership Summit that McCain was not a war hero because he 'was captured.'
'He's not a war hero,' said Trump. 'He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured.' 
McCain, a former Navy pilot, spent roughly five-and-half years of the Vietnam War in a notorious North Vietnamese prison known as the 'Hanoi Hilton,' where he was repeatedly tortured. He spent two of those years in solitary confinement. 


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John McCain emerged as one of Trump's sharpest critics
The two men also feuded during the campaign, when McCain criticized Trump's comments on a Gold Star Family that spoke during the Democratic National Convention
Khizr Muazzam Khan, a Pakistani American, spoke about the death of his son in Iraq. He was accompanied by his wife Ghazala, who stood next to him while he spoke.
Khan was critical of Trump, who later defended his work for veterans and then remarked on Ghazala's presence on stage, implying a connection between her silence and gender roles in Islam: 'If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably - maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.'
Officials from both parties criticized his remarks but the harshest came from McCain who issued a statement calling the incident his 'most severe disagreement' with Trump, saying 'While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.'
The two men sniped back-and-forth at each during Trump's time in the White House with McCain emerging as one of the president's sharpest critics.  
In July, McCain lashed out at the president after Trump said during a meeting in Helsinki with Russian president Vladimir Putin that he accepted Russia's claim that that they did not meddle in the U.S. presidential election.
McCain said of Trump's comments: 'No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant'.
This past year, when the president has spoken of the senator, it's often in reference to his thumb's down gesture that accompanied his dramatic return to the Senate on July 27, 2017 after being diagnosed with brain cancer, to vote on a hastily assembled GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
He walked on to the Senate floor to a standing ovation from lawmakers and gave a dramatic thumbs down to signal his 'no' vote on the legislation, killing Republican plans to remove the Affordable Care Act.
Additionally, a little over a week ago, Trump failed to recognize McCain during a signing of the John S McCain National Defense Authorization Act, which lawmakers implemented to honor McCain's leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee and his years of service in the Senate.

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 27 Aug 2018, 18:32

How many ways can this "man" be disgusting? I wish one of the security team on the White House roof had the cojpnes to lower the flag to half-mast. I don't know what branch of the service they're from, but they should be ashamed to stand there next to a deliberate sign of disrespect to McCain, a fellow service member.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 27 Aug 2018, 21:14

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6102237/EU-security-no-longer-depend-US-says-Macron.html

[size=34]'Europe can no longer rely on the US for security': Emmanuel Macron pushes for greater integration between EU armies after Trump fell out with NATO[/size]


  • Macron returned from his summer break with plans for fresh EU integration

  • French President said greater cooperation was needed on defence because Europe 'can no longer rely on the US for security' 

  • It comes after Germany called for a joint 'European response force' last year

  • Also comes after Trump repeatedly distanced himself from the NATO alliance


By AFP and CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 07:17 EDT, 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:45 EDT, 27 August 2018

    



France's Emmanuel Macron has called for greater integration between EU armies after President Trump repeatedly distanced himself from NATO. 
The French President told diplomats that 'Europe can no longer rely on the United States for its security' as he returned from his summer break on Monday.
'It is up to us to guarantee European security, Macron added.


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Emmanuel Macron has called for greater integration of Europe's defence forces because 'we can no longer rely on the US for security'


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Mr Macron said making Europe self-reliant would put it on a footing with China and the US, who 'do not think of Europe as a power with similar independence to their own'
In the coming months, Macron said he will put forward new proposals for the EU to boost defence cooperation, as well as talks with Russia on their security relationship - an issue of concern for countries on Europe's eastern edge.

Trump has previously branded NATO 'obsolete', toyed with the idea of failing to ratify the mutual defence pledge which says an attack on one ally is an attack on all, and lambasted member states for failing to pay their way. 
The alliance has underpinned European security since the end of the Second World War, and is seen as key to guarding Europe against an increasingly bullish Russia. 


Macron's comments are likely to find support in Germany after Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made a similar call for boosted military cooperation last week.
Writing in the Handelsblatt newspaper, Maas called for Europe to 'take an equal share of the responsibility' and 'form a counterweight' to Washington as Europe-US relations cool.
France and Germany have both backed the idea of a small joint European response force over the last year, and have announced plans to develop a fighter jet together.
Macron came to power last year vowing to overhaul the EU and has pushed for deep political reforms - including a separate budget for the eurozone - which have so far met with lukewarm support.



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Trump has branded NATO 'obsolete', toyed with the idea of abandoning the mutual defence pledge, and lambasted other leaders for failing to pay their way


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British, French and Danish artillery troops take part in joint training for NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force
His agenda has been hit in particular by the rise of a new eurosceptic and nationalist government in Italy, as well as resistance from leaders in Poland and Hungary.
He admitted that 'France seems sometimes to be on a solitary path'.
But Macron lashed out at the rising tide of nationalism and called for countries to heal divisions which have widened over how to tackle the ongoing influx of migrants in particular.
'France wants a Europe which protects, even as extremism has grown stronger and nationalism has awoken,' he said.
'Divisions between north and south over economics, between east and west on migration, too often fracture our European Union,' he added, urging a 'humanist' approach to the changes brought by globalisation.
As for the solution, he insisted his approach would be to 'give up nothing of the ambitions set out a year ago' when he came to office, which would mean creating a more integrated European Union with greater strategic autonomy.
'Do China and the United States think of Europe as a power with similar independence to their own? It is not the case,' he said.
He also took at a swipe at ruling populists in Hungary and Italy, drily noting that their anti-EU rhetoric seemed to vanish when it came to accepting economic development aid from the EU.
'There is a clear approach of European opportunism while claiming to be nationalist,' he said, calling out Hungary's Viktor Orban by name.
He did, however, acknowledge that a lack of European solidarity had played a role in prompting bitter disputes in recent months with Italy over migration.
'But does that excuse xenophobic comments?' he added in what appeared to be a veiled jab at Italy's far-right League.
'I don't think so, and I think these xenophobes bring no solutions to the problem they complain of.'
In a typically expansive overview of his foreign policy, Macron called for Europe to build 'strategic partnerships' with neighbours Turkey and Russia despite their differences.
Britain will also be in line for a 'strategic partnership' after its departure from the EU scheduled next year -- but Macron warned that Brexit must not come at the cost of the unity of the rest of the EU.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Mon 27 Aug 2018, 21:18

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6102971/NRA-spokeswoman-Dana-Loesch-blames-gun-free-zones-Jacksonville-shooting-killed-three.html

[size=34]NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch blames gun free zones for Jacksonville shooting which killed three[/size]


  • Loesch tweeted on Sunday that the government should 'end gun free zones' 

  • She went on to say that if they wouldn't, they should 'at least' put armed security in areas where citizens cannot carry weapons

  • The shooting on Sunday happened in a sports bar in Jacksonville, Florida 

  • There were around 60 people inside for the Madden 19 qualifier event 

  • Gunman David Katz returned to the bar with a handgun after being knocked out

  • The 24-year-old shot two rivals then killed himself as others ran for their lives  


By JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:03 EDT, 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:54 EDT, 27 August 2018

    









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Dana Loesch said on Monday that gun free zones were to blame for the shooting on Sunday 
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch has placed blame for the Jacksonville shooting at a gaming tournament on the fact it happened in a gun free zone. 
Tweeting on Sunday within hours the incident, she said: 'A horrible tragedy. End gun free zones or have the security in place to keep people safe in them.' 
The shooting occurred at a pizza restaurant at the Jacksonville Landing where around 60 people had gathered for a Madden 19 NFL tournament qualifier. 

David Katz, a 24-year-old contestant, opened fire after losing one of his games.
He killed two people - Eli Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 27, - before shooting himself with a handgun. It remains unclear if it was legally owned or not. 
Loesch argued that had it not been a gun free zone, others would have been able to protect themselves. 
In its rules, Jacksonville landing specifies that 'possession of a weapon, even if legally carried (except by law enforcement officers) is absolutely prohibited.' 



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She was inundated with criticism but argued back repeatedly. 






Loesch made the remarks on Twitter and was inundated with criticism 
Since Sunday's shooting, the gaming world has called out for more security at competitive events. 


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Gunman David Katz used a handgun to carry out the shooting. It is not yet known if it was legally owned or not 
Joey Cuellar, the tournament director for the Evolution Championship Series, an esports event that focuses on fighting games, led calls for more security.
'It's very clear that we need to be more proactive for 2019 and beyond,' he tweeted. 
Sunday's event in Jacksonville was the first of small, four regional qualifier events which will take place before the Madden Classic in Las Vegas in October. 
The championship draws crowds of up to 15,000 and there have been shooting threats there in the past. 
Cueller hinted that there had been undercover armed police at the past events.
Katz's motive remains unclear. He had just been knocked out when he returned to the tournament on Sunday with a handgun. 
The 24-year-old is thought to have lived in Baltimore with his father.



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Victims Eli Clayton, 22, (left) and 27-year-old father Taylor Robertson (right) 


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This was the scene at the GLHF bar on Monday a day after the deadly shooting 

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 27 Aug 2018, 22:18

If their policy is absolutely no guns on the premises, I would think they would have some means of insuring no guns came in. Was there a lapse in their security that let the guy get back in with a gun? I see lawsuits on the horizon. Also, had others been armed I think a lot more people would have gotten shot.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6102327/Flag-staff-White-House-Trump-BANNED-McCain-attending-funeral.html

[size=34]Trump FINALLY orders the White House flag to fly half staff until John McCain's burial, saying: 'Despite our differences, I respect his service to our country'[/size]


  • President Trump issued a statement and official proclamation on Sen. McCain 

  • He is sending John Kelly, James Mattis, and John Bolton - all veterans - to the late senator's funeral on Sunday

  • White House flag  spent much of the day at full staff but was lowered an hour after a public statement from the American Legion's commander

  • Denie Rohan said McCain was 'an American hero' who deserved 'an appropriate presidential proclamation' for his 'legacy of service to our nation'

  • President Donald Trump declined to answer reporters questions on the late Senator John McCain at the White House twice on Monday 

  • Flags are typically kept at half staff until the honoree is buried

  • The flag at the U.S. Capitol remains at half staff

  • Before he died, the senator banned President Donald Trump from his funeral 

  • Trump originally vetoed a White House statement that paid tribute to McCain

  • Trump left White House team to send their own personal messages about McCain who passed away Saturday  

  • POTUS was spotted playing golf Sunday afternoon as social media followers waited for a more meaningful statement from the president 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER and LEAH SIMPSON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 07:50 EDT, 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:38 EDT, 27 August 2018

    


President Donald Trump has issued an official proclamation to honor the late Senator John McCain, coming 48 hours after the Republican lawmaker's death, and ordering all American flags on public buildings to be lowered to half staff until McCain is buried on Sunday.
'Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment,' Trump said in the statement. 
Trump will not be attending the senator's funeral on Saturday as McCain banned his attendance before his death.
Instead, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (a retired Army general), Defense Secretary James Mattis (retired Marine Corps General, and National Security Adviser John Bolton (National Guard) will represent the Trump administration.


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Down on president's orders: The flag above the residence in the White House was lowered Monday after criticism that John McCain was not being honored


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The flag will be at half staff until Senator McCain is buried on Sunday


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A black cloth and white roses were placed on John McCain's Senate desk - a tradition for senators who die while in office 


Vice President Mike Pence will speak at a ceremony for McCain on Friday at the U.S. Capitol. 
Trump also authorized full military honors for McCain when he is buried on Sunday on Hospital Hill at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

President Trump's statement on McCain 


Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.
I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.
At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.
Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.



He said that 'at the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.'
The White House flag was lowered Monday afternoon to half staff to honor McCain - after public rebuke by the American Legion to Trump for failing to commemorate the passing of 'an American hero'.
The flag above the White House residence was lowered an hour after the commander of the veterans' organization wrote publicly to Trump accusing him of failing to follow 'long-established protocol following the death of prominent government officials' by not making a proclamation in his honor and ordering all flags flown at half staff.
The Stars and Strips were flown at full staff until just before 4pm Monday, having been lowered for less than a day and a half after McCain's death Saturday.
Denise Rohan, the organization's national commander, wrote the letter calling McCain 'an American hero' as Trump refused to offer public tribute to him, despite being asked repeatedly by reporters Monday to comment on his passing.
Trump also ordered American flags at all public buildings to be flow at half staff until McCain is interned, which is on Sunday.

Official Proclamation on John McCain 


As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.
 Donald J. Trump




'As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment,' he said in the statement. 
'I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations,' he said.
Trump's silence on the late senator was deafening on Monday as he bypassed two opportunities to talk about McCain.
The president was touting a new trade deal between the United States and Mexico in the Oval Office when he was first asked about the late senator's legacy. He did not answer any questions. 
He repeated the refusal at a brief photo opportunity Monday afternoon.


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President Trump is not answering questions on the late Sen. John McCain 


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The flag flew at full staff at the White House earlier in the day on Monday


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Tributes poured in for Sen. McCain, including at the U.S. Capitol where Ashley Harper and Michael Harper, former campaign staffers for the senator, pay respects with their children Culhane (R) and Fincher outside McCain's office at Russell Senate Office Building




McCain's final words included a rebuke to Trump.
The late senator's last words were revealed on Monday in Arizona, when his longtime aide Rick Davis read a statement McCain dictated in his final days of life.
'We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe,' McCain's statement read. 'We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.'
Trump wants to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. 


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The flag was lowed on Sunday 


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The flag remains at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol building



Critic: John Kasich, the Republican Ohio governor who has been outspoken against Trump, criticized the flag being at full staff
Flags are still flying at half staff at the U.S. Capitol building, where McCain served as a Republican senator from Arizona for over 30 years. 
John Kasich, the Ohio governor who is a vocal Republican critic of Trump and possible 2020 opponent, called the failure to lower the flag 'shameful'.

VETS' GROUP TO TRUMP: LOWER THE FLAG FOR A HERO 


Dear President Trump,
The American Legion urges the White House to follow long-established protocol following the death of prominent government officials.
Mr. President, just this year, you released presidential proclamations noting the deaths of Barbara Bush and Billy Graham. Senator John McCain was an American hero and cherished member of The American Legion. As I'm certain you are aware, he served five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain. He then served in the U.S. Congress for more than three decades.

Message: Denise Rohan, the Legion's national commander
On the behalf of The American Legion's two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain's death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation's flag be half-staffed through his interment.
I look forward to your response.
Denise Rohan
National Commander
The American Legion 



Trump notably did not issue a proclamation when McCain died on Saturday, which usually calls for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment.
That would be Sunday, when the day the late senator is scheduled to be buried at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland, as he requested.
It's traditional for presidents to issue proclamations upon the deaths of notable American citizens - which was what the American Legion demanded Monday afternoon.
Rohan wrote that: 'Senator John McCain was an American hero and cherished member of The American Legion. 
'On the behalf of The American Legion's two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain's death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation's flag be half-staffed through his interment.'
Trump issued such proclamations for others. The flag flew at half staff for four days in April for former first lady Barbara Bush.
When Sen. Daniel Inouye died in 2012, President Barack Obama offered a proclamation ordering staff flown at half-staff 'until sunset on the day of his interment.'
But Trump had vetoed a White House statement that paid tribute to McCain's achievements in the hours after his death, according to The Washington Post.
His move comes after the late senator banned the president from his funeral, telling his friends before he died that he didn't want Trump there but he did want Vice President Mike Pence invited.
The New York Times reported in May that McCain was making plans for his burial, speaking to visiting friends and well wishers, and expressing his wishes on how he would be memorialized.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama will give eulogies on Saturday at McCain's funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. 


Both men share the distinction of keeping McCain from the White House: Bush beat him for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination and Obama defeated him in he 2008 presidential election.
Trump, meanwhile, has avoided a public tribute to the late senator other than a tweet that offered prayers for McCain's family.
The Post reported Sunday that the president didn't want to send out a message that called the man who fought in the Vietnam war a 'hero.'
Trump spent most of Sunday at his golf course in Sterling, Virginia and offered a few tweets on how well the economy was doing and touting his high approval rating among Republicans. 
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other staff had drafted a statement on McCain before he passed, sources told the Post, but the final version was never approved.
Former Trump legal team spokesperson Mark Corallo, acknowledged that Trump's reaction was 'atrocious.'


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President Donald Trump (pictured August 23, 2018) vetoed a statement from the White House that paid tribute to late Senator John McCain's achievements, according to a report


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John McCain (pictured December 2017) passed away after a battle with brain cancer this weekend and Trump, 72, left White House officials to post their own personal tributes
He told the publication 'at a time like this, you would expect more of an American president when you're talking about the passing of a true American hero'.
McCain passed away after a battle with brain cancer this weekend and Trump, 72, left White House officials to post their own personal tributes.
It comes after POTUS was spotted playing golf Sunday afternoon as social media followers waited for a more meaningful statement from the president, whose daughter Ivanka Trump, had expressed condolences.
Trump had seemingly spent the whole day pointed ignoring either the death of McCain or the mass shooting in Florida. 
By Sunday evening he was posting about his approval rate, despite followers earlier expressing their disgust for him ignoring the weekend's two major events.


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Trump continued to offend people by bragging about himself on Twitter Sunday evening



The president tweeted his condolences to the grieving McCain family on Saturday evening, but failed to acknowledge the impact the senator has had on American political life, and his record as one of the nation's most celebrated war heroes


'Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall,' he wrote. 'This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!'
Many notable names in politics, including Obama and Britain's Prime Minister Teresa May, had publicly honored the senator on a personal level.    
A group of both supporters and protesters gathered outside the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, as the president arrived, holding Make America Great Again signs as well as others that say 'FAKE PRESIDENT' and 'RESIGN NOW'. 
Trump and McCain's bad blood stems back to June 2015 when Trump announced he was running for president and called Mexican immigrants 'rapists' and drug runners during a speech.  
McCain distanced himself from the future-president saying in an interview that he disagreed with Trump's comment. Trump fired back by calling McCain 'incompetent' during a July 2015 rally at the Phoenix Convention Center. 
When Trump visited Iowa in July 2015, as part of the Republican presidential primary campaign, he told the Family Leadership Summit that McCain was not a war hero because he 'was captured.'
'He's not a war hero,' said Trump. 'He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured.' 
McCain, a former Navy pilot, spent roughly five-and-half years of the Vietnam War in a notorious North Vietnamese prison known as the 'Hanoi Hilton,' where he was repeatedly tortured. He spent two of those years in solitary confinement. 


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Flags are typically lowered to half staff until the honoree is buried


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President Trump and John McCain's feuding goes back to the campaign


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John McCain emerged as one of Trump's sharpest critics
The two men also feuded during the campaign, when McCain criticized Trump's comments on a Gold Star Family that spoke during the Democratic National Convention
Khizr Muazzam Khan, a Pakistani American, spoke about the death of his son in Iraq. He was accompanied by his wife Ghazala, who stood next to him while he spoke.
Khan was critical of Trump, who later defended his work for veterans and then remarked on Ghazala's presence on stage, implying a connection between her silence and gender roles in Islam: 'If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably - maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.'
Officials from both parties criticized his remarks but the harshest came from McCain who issued a statement calling the incident his 'most severe disagreement' with Trump, saying 'While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.'
The two men sniped back-and-forth at each during Trump's time in the White House with McCain emerging as one of the president's sharpest critics.  
In July, McCain lashed out at the president after Trump said during a meeting in Helsinki with Russian president Vladimir Putin that he accepted Russia's claim that that they did not meddle in the U.S. presidential election.
McCain said of Trump's comments: 'No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant'.
This past year, when the president has spoken of the senator, it's often in reference to his thumb's down gesture that accompanied his dramatic return to the Senate on July 27, 2017 after being diagnosed with brain cancer, to vote on a hastily assembled GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
He walked on to the Senate floor to a standing ovation from lawmakers and gave a dramatic thumbs down to signal his 'no' vote on the legislation, killing Republican plans to remove the Affordable Care Act.
Additionally, a little over a week ago, Trump failed to recognize McCain during a signing of the John S McCain National Defense Authorization Act, which lawmakers implemented to honor McCain's leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee and his years of service in the Senate.

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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 00:24

Such a small, spiteful and horrible man.
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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 00:41

LizzyNY wrote:If their policy is absolutely no guns on the premises, I would think they would have some means of insuring no guns came in. Was there a lapse in their security that let the guy get back in with a gun? I see lawsuits on the horizon. Also, had others been armed I think a lot more people would have gotten shot.

I think the safest bet is to install metal detectors at all entrances to public facilities to cut down on this type of violence.  I agree - if everyone is ’packing’ and someone starts shooting more people are going to end up wounded ... or worse.  But I still think if someone wants to cause harm using a weapon that they will find a way.  Too many guns in circulation and too many unstable and angry people in our country is a deadly mix.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 01:33

I agree totally, Donnamarie. I can't imagine that there wasn't some kind of screening system like metal detectors in place. Declaring a place a no-gun zone means you are aware guns could be a problem. They had to have some means of keeping the guns out.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by carolhathaway on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 05:48

LizzyNY wrote:I agree totally, Donnamarie. I can't imagine that there wasn't some kind of screening system like metal detectors in place. Declaring a place a no-gun zone means you are aware guns could be a problem. They had to have some means of keeping the guns out.
... which leads us to the problem of guns made from a 3 D-printer...
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by carolhathaway on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 06:20

In Chemnitz, a city in the east of Germany, during a city festival over the weekend, two groups of young men attacked each other, several were injured and one man died later, stabbed to death. Unfortunately, the presumed offenders were from Iraq and Syria, which immediately led to demonstrations and attacks to people in the city who didn't look 'blond and blue-eyed', several were injured as well. Right-wing politicians talk about self-justice and spill hate...

Killing other people is the worst of all crimes, the suspects were imprisoned, and it's the justice's job to convict the offenders. Self-justice and attacking people who don't 'look German' (however typical Germans look like) doesn't help at all. But this area in Germany has had a problem with neo-nazis for a long time, refugees and others who don't look 'typical German' (to stereotype once more) were attacked and several were killed, and the police was quite lazy in investigating. Judges often dismissed actions, so higher courts had to take these cases. 

And medias were accused for not having reported about it soon enough. The problem with their cretibility is that this would mean to report about every murder and manslaughter happening in Germany which are several each day. And every fatal accident as well since sometimes an accident actually is a murder. And when the medias do report about it,  should the nationality / heritage / skin color be added in these reports? Does it make a difference? Many people seem to think so, and if the medias don't report in the way they want it, they're 'spreading fake news' or 'play down the danger'. And the criminal statistics of course are bogus since they say that crimes haven't raised since many refugees came to Germany. It's a strange world we live in...
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Post by annemarie on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 10:22

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6104019/Inspector-general-report-Trump-involved-FBI-HQ-decision.html

[size=34]Donald Trump WAS personally involved in plan to build a new FBI headquarters beside his Washington D.C. hotel, inspector general finds[/size]


  • General Services Administration inspector general says Trump was involved in two White house meetings about the future of the FBI building

  • Brutalist office complex is across road from his Washington D.C. hotel and he has reportedly called existing building one of the ugliest in the city'

  • But he also reportedly spoke against previous plans to move FBI HQ out of D.C.

  • Report from IG says staff at the meeting with Trump were forbidden from telling what president had said

  • Virginia rep Gerry Connolly said claims Trump was involved had been dismissed as a 'conspiracy theory' but were now confirmed as true


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PUBLISHED: 17:43 EDT, 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:36 EDT, 27 August 2018


        
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President Donald Trump was directly involved in meetings where officials decided to move forward with a controversial plan to build a new FBI headquarters in the nation's capital, according to a government report issued Monday.
The report from the General Services Administration inspector general cites two White House meetings in January and June of this year in which Trump participated.
In the first of those meetings, participants agreed to move forward on a proposal to demolish the existing J. Edgar Hoover building in downtown Washington and build a new headquarters in the same spot.
While there is widespread agreement that the Hoover Building - a crumbling, sprawling piece of Brutalist architecture built in 1974 - does not meet the FBI's needs, the plan to keep the FBI in Washington scraps a long held plan to move the FBI to the Maryland or Virginia suburbs.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, a northern Virginia Democrat who supports moving the FBI to the suburbs, called for additional congressional hearings to uncover the extent of Trump's involvement. 


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Donald Trump was directly involved in meetings where officials decided to move forward with a controversial plan to build a new FBI headquarters in the nation's capital, according to a government report


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He said the project is rife with conflicts of interest for Trump, whose Trump International Hotel is essentially across the street from the FBI headquarters.
'When we began this investigation, the prospect that President Trump was personally involved in the government-led redevelopment of a property in close proximity to the Trump Hotel was dismissed as a conspiracy theory,' Connolly said.
Axios reported that Trump had ranted 'even the building is terrible', 'one of the ugliest buildings in the city', while it also reported that he was opposed to the Bureau leaving the Pennsylvania Avenue site, which he called 'prime real estate'.
The building is diagonally opposite the Trump International Washington D.C. hotel. 
The extent of Trump's involvement in the decision is unclear. The report indicates that while GSA employees confirmed the White House meetings with Trump, they received instructions not to divulge any statements Trump made at those meetings.
The first meeting in which Trump's participation was documented, according to the IG report, came in January 2018.
That was before the GSA proposed a plan to raze the Hoover building and build a new headquarters in its place, but after the GSA announced in 2017 that it was scrapping its plans for a move to the suburbs.
The IG report also concludes that officials are greatly underestimating the cost of keeping the headquarters in Washington. In particular, the report concludes that GSA is not taking into account the money that could be realized by selling the land under the Hoover building to private developers.
The GSA issued a statement in response to the IG report saying its estimates 'are accurate, transparent, and more representative of the full costs of the project than the analysis put forth in the IG review.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 15:01

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6103977/Law-firm-criticizes-ICE-toddlers-death-release.html

[size=34]Toddler girl dies after catching a lung infection while held by ICE in Texas detention center alongside her mother[/size]


  • Mariee was 21 months old when she died in May, weeks after she was released

  • She developed a cough and a 104 F fever while at the Dilley detention center 

  • The child lost 2 pounds - nearly eight percent of her body weight - there as well

  • Day after release she went to the ER and suffered irreversible brain damage

  • Law firm accuses ICE of releasing Mariee without medical treatment, guidance


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 17:26 EDT, 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:55 EDT, 28 August 2018

    


A one-year-old girl died after she caught a lung infection while being held at an immigration detention facility in Texas with her mother, it has been revealed. 
Mariee was 21 months old when she died in May, just weeks after she was released from the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley with mother Yazmin Juarez.
The toddler was in perfect health when she and Juarez, 20, arrived at the center in March. 
Juarez had crossed the border with her young daughter searching for a better life than the one that was plagued with violence in their native Guatemala.  

But when Juarez and Mariee arrived at the Dilley center they were put in cages for three days in a 'very cold room', with only space blankets to give them warmth. 
After three days they were moved into a cell with six beds for six mothers and their children. Four days later, Marie had a fever of 104 degrees F. 


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One-year-old Mariee died after she caught a lung infection while being held at an immigration detention facility in Dilley, Texas with her mother Yazmin Juarez (pictured together) 
The toddler also had a cough, diarrhea, and a rapid heart rate, according to medical records obtained by VICE News. 
She was diagnosed with bronchiolitis and an ear infection and treated with Tylenol, Pedialyte, and the antiobiotic Augmentin. 
At one point it appeared Mariee was getting better, but soon her health took a turn for the worse. 
Juarez took her to get treatment at the center for the third time, once again waiting all day in a cold room with 200 other detainees before she was seen.
Mariee had since lost two pounds, nearly eight percent of her body weight. She was still coughing and her nose was running as well. 
A physician assistant's once again treated the child with Tylenol, Augmentin, and Pedialyte, this time throwing in a probiotic as well. 
The next day, Mariee couldn't keep the Augmentin down and her fever once again spiked to 103.3. Now her lungs were wheezing as well. 
A pediatrician treated the child with Vicks Vaporub and the allergy medicine Zyrtec. 
Juarez was becoming so desperate to get Mariee to a hospital that she begged the center to let her return to Guatemala. 


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The toddler and Juarez were detained in March and held for weeks when Mariee began to develop a cough. She then developed a fever that reached 104 degrees F 
She even sneaked out salt from the cafeteria, hoping she could help her daughter by rubbing it on her belly. 
Juarez finally got the news she passed her credible fear interview and was released on March 25. Mariee was deemed healthy enough to travel. 
Two days later, after flying to New Jersey to stay with Juarez's mother, she was back in the ER. 
She was diagnosed with pneumonia and transferred to the ICU, where she was put in a medically included coma and given a breathing tube. 
Mariee was eventually transferred to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and, on May 10, suffered a hemorrhage that led to irreversible brain and organ damage.
'She couldn't wake up,' Juarez told Vice. 'I couldn't touch her, because I could damage her with the tubes she had.' 
'She had like 20 little bags injected into her. She was in really bad shape.' 
Juarez watched her baby girl's skin turn from purple to black. Doctors asked if they could take Mariee off the ventilator. 
'It was the most difficult decision of my life,' Juarez said. 
Mariee died shortly afterward of viral pneumonitis, an inflammation of lung tissue.
The law firm Arnold & Porter is now blaming US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for detaining Mariee and her mother in a facility 'with unsafe conditions.'


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 Law firm Arnold & Porter blames US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for detaining Mariee and her mother in a facility 'with unsafe conditions. Pictured is the Dilley center
It is accusing ICE of releasing a 'gravely ill' child 'without medical treatment or guidance,' and said it was considering a lawsuit.
 'Instead of offering safe harbor from the life-threatening violence they were fleeing, ICE detained Yazmin and her baby in a place with unsafe conditions, neglectful medical care, and inadequate supervision,' said partner R. Stanton Jones. 
'While there, Mariee contracted a respiratory infection that went woefully undertreated for nearly a month. After it became clear that Mariee was gravely ill, ICE simply discharged mother and daughter. Yazmin immediately sought medical care for her baby, but it was too late.'
Advocates for immigrants have long complained about problems with accessing medical care in immigration facilities like the one at Dilley, one of two family detention centers in Texas.
But five pediatricians who reviewed details of Mariee's care say that after contracting the illness, she received treatment that was consistent with what they would have done.
All five doctors believed Mariee's 'recommended course of treatment would have been the same had she not been in ICE custody.'
'It's reasonable care,' said Dr Ewen Wang, associate director of pediatric emergency medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. 


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Advocates for immigrants have long complained about problems with accessing medical care in immigration facilities like the one at Dilley (pictured) 
'It didn't sound like she was in the best of health, but not something you anticipate dying from.'
But in July, two doctors who were contracted by the Department of Homeland Security found that Dilley and detention centers like it were an 'assault on the dignity and health of children and families'. 
And a review by the DHS also found that ICE did not properly address the required treatment for sick children. 
'Parents and children should not have to wait 24 hours for treatment and should not have to wait for their healthcare needs to become urgent to receive quicker attention and treatment,' the report stated.    


Juarez decided to have Mariee buried in their native Guatemala. Her asylum case is pending.
'I had the illusion of making a new life with her, because my life in Guatemala was unbearable,' she said. 
'I wanted to happily with her, to go to the park with her and to work hard for her. She was everything to me, but unfortunately that didn't happen.'   
Texas child welfare officials have opened an investigation into the death.
ICE said in a statement that it 'takes very seriously the health, safety and welfare of those in our care.'
'Comprehensive medical care is provided to all individuals in ICE custody,' the agency said.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 15:04

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6105795/Trump-accuses-Google-RIGGING-search-results-fake-news.html

[size=34]Trump accuses Google of RIGGING search results to only show 'fake news' that makes him look 'bad' as he threatens to prosecute the tech giant[/size]


  • Trump has attacked Google for displaying too many negative stories about him

  • President accused firm of rigging search results to show 'almost all bad' stories

  • Trump pledged to 'address' the 'very serious situation', though it is not clear how

  • Google uses a complex algorithm to decide what a user sees in their search results, though its exact workings are a corporate secret


By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 06:47 EDT, 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:32 EDT, 28 August 2018

    



Donald Trump has accused Google of rigging its search results to show only bad news stories about him.
The President unloaded on the tech firm in a pair of tweets on Tuesday morning which promised to 'address' the 'very serious situation'.
Trump wrote: 'Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. 


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Donald Trump launched into an attack on Google on Tuesday morning, accusing the web giant of rigging its search results to make him look bad


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Trump threatened to address what he called 'a very serious situation', though it is not clear how he intends to do this
'In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. 

'Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. 


'Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. 
'This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!'
Google uses a complex algorithm to decide what results users are presented with, though its exact workings remain a closely guarded corporate secret.


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Google uses a complex algorithm to decide which search results a user is presented with, though its exact workings are a closely guarded secret


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Trump's tweets come after Alex Jones urged the President to weigh in on censorship after he was booted off Facebook, YouTube and Spotify for 'hate speech'
We do know that a user's search history will affect the results, so it is possible that Trump's focus on negative stories about himself skewed his search.
However, other right-wing figures have been arguing for months that their voices are being silenced online by the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube.
Conservative bloggers Diamond and Silk accused Facebook of censoring their message after noticing dwindling audience figures earlier this year.
Since then there have been two Congressional hearings about the issue, with tech companies repeatedly denying that they promote or demote content based on its political content. 
Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress over election meddling was also peppered with questions about the suppression of conservative voices. 
Earlier this month Alex Jones's Infowars program was removed from all platforms with the exception of Twitter for promoting hate speech and conspiracy theories.


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During his own testimony before Congress, Mark Zuckerberg faced repeated questions about censorship of conservative voices, which he denied


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In recent weeks Trump has stepped up his attacks on censorship, telling a rally in West Virginia that it is worse than his old foe 'fake news media'

Jones, an avid Trump supporter, appealed directly to the President to put an end to 'censorship' after his content was pulled.
Since then, Trump has tweeted multiple times about the issue, including on August 18 when he accused social media of 'totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices', vowing: 'We won’t let that happen.' 
On Friday last week he renewed his attack, accusing the same networks of 'silencing millions of people'.
And at a rally in West Virginia earlier in the week, the President even suggested that censorship was worse than his old foe, the 'fake news media'.
Trump said 'social media censorship' is 'the new thing' but he'd rather have 'fake news' over people being 'stopped and censored.'
'So we'll live with fake news. I mean, I hate to say it,' he said, 'Because that's by far the better alternative.'
It is not the first time that Trump has attacked tech giants, though on that occasion he accused the firms of suppressing bad news about others.
In October 2016, Trump accused Google, Facebook and Twitter of burying the news that Hillary Clinton was being investigated by the FBI over her emails - branding them 'very dishonest media'. 






Trump clashed with social media firms over censorship earlier this month when he accused companies of 'discriminating' against Republicans and Conservatives

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 16:09

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6106565/Trump-demands-Stormy-Danielss-defamation-suit-tossed-citing-free-speech.html

[size=34]EXCLUSIVE: Trump demands court DISMISS Stormy Daniels's defamation lawsuit against him saying First Amendment lets him call her a liar - and he's made her RICHER[/size]


  • Court documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com reveal Trump has filed a motion to dismiss Stormy Daniels's defamation suit against him 

  • The porn star sued the president in April after he branded her a liar after she claimed she was threatened by a man on his behalf, for trying to sell her story 

  • Attorneys for Trump have argued that the president is protected by free speech and that as a politician, he often refers to his opponents by 'colorful names'

  • Trump responded to the claims tweeting: 'A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)! 


By KAREN RUIZ FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:49 EDT, 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:02 EDT, 28 August 2018

    


President Trump is demanding a judge toss out Stormy Daniels's defamation suit against him claiming he is protected by free speech, DailyMail.com can reveal.
In a motion to dismiss filed on Monday, the president argues that his April 2018 tweet in which he branded Daniels a liar after she alleged she was threatened by man on his behalf, is his 'protected opinion.'
'Politicians, in the course of public debate, are entitled to enter the debate and express their beliefs, including their disbeliefs, of the claims of their adversaries,' the suit states. 
The motion goes on to say that Trump's comments about Daniels are no different to when he has 'expressed his opinions regarding multiple adversaries, sometimes referring to his opponents by colorful names such as "Lyin' Ted" and "Crooked Hillary."'


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Court documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com reveal Trump has filed a motion to dismiss Stormy Daniels's defamation suit against him
'A defamation standard that turns typical political rhetoric into actionable defamation would chill expression that is central to the First Amendment and political speech,' the suit states.    

Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, filed the suit in April, claiming the president tried to tarnish her reputation and credibility after he dismissed her allegations as a 'total con job.'
The lawsuit is only a small part of the ongoing saga between Trump and Daniels, who claimed she was paid $135,000 in hush money by attorney Michael Cohen before the election to stop her airing her claims of sex with the then presidential candidate in 2006. 
Daniels later appeared on an episode of The View to show the sketch of a man she says threatened her in 2011 to stay silent for trying to sell her story then.
Trump later weighed in on the claims on Twitter, mocking the courtroom artist's sketch and saying: 'A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!'


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The porn star sued the president in April after he branded her a liar after she claimed she was threatened by a man on his behalf, for trying to sell her story
The president retweeted a side-by-side comparison of the pencil sketch with a photo of Daniels' husband Glendon Crain, a fellow adult film star who had the porn name Brendon Miller, and a former heavy metal drummer.


In the new court filing, Trump attorney Charles J Harder also argued that Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti have 'publicly attacked' the president in more than 140 television news appearances in the past five months.     
He also claims Daniels is unable to prove that she suffered any damages as a result of the tweet and argues that the porn star has actually 'capitalized on her dispute with the President, embarking on a nationwide tour of adult live entertainment venues (a.k.a., strip clubs) for which she admittedly is being paid at least four times her normal appearance fee because of her public controversy with the President.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 17:31

Re: Google - Hasn't it occurred to Drumpf that there are so many more negative posts because so many more people hate him? He needs to crawl back under his rock.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 28 Aug 2018, 18:00

Lizzy, you know everyone loves him who could possible hate him . He is great best we have ever had. At least in his own mind. 

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Post by annemarie on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 10:44

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6107783/Trump-vows-border-wall-paid-Mexico-prompting-immediate-denial-them.html

[size=34]Trump vows his border wall WILL be paid for by Mexico, prompting immediate denial from them that 'we will NEVER pay for a wall'[/size]


  •  'The wall will be paid for very easily, by Mexico,' President Trump said

  • He made his declaration one day after he signed a trade deal with Mexico 

  • But Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs tweeted an almost immediate denial 

  • 'We will NEVER pay for a wall,'  Luis Videgaray Caso wrote

  • Trump's border wall is estimated to cost $25 billion  


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 16:33 EDT, 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:11 EDT, 28 August 2018

    


President Donald Trump is again vowing his border wall will be paid for by Mexico, one day after announcing a major trade deal with that country, and his tough words brought an almost immediate denial from that country that such a move would happen.
'Yeah, the wall will be paid for very easily, by Mexico. It will ultimately be paid for by Mexico,' Trump said Tuesday to reporters in the Oval Office.
But Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso promptly denied that his country would do so.


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President Trump vowed again on Tuesday that Mexico will pay for his border wall


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Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso promptly denied his county would pay for a border wall


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Caso used Trump's favorite medium, Twitter, to write Mexico will never pay for the border wall
Caso used Trump's favorite medium, Twitter, to write Mexico will never pay for the border wall, which is estimated to cost $25 billion.

'We just reached a trade understanding with the US, and the outlook for the relationship between our two countries is very positive. We will NEVER pay for a wall, however. That has been absolutely clear from the very beginning,' Caso tweeted.
Trump has insisted Mexico will pay for his wall since he started touting the idea of a border block during his presidential campaign.
Mexican officials, however, have consistently said they will not and it is difficult to see how Trump would get the funds out of them.


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President Donald Trump said Monday that a trade deal had been reached with Mexico in an Oval Office announcement


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Trump's border wall is estimated to cost $25 billion


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President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office in August as Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray
Trump said the North American Free Trade Agreement was a 'rip-off' for the U.S. and the new pact, which he called United States-Mexico Trade Agreement, will be 'incredible' for both countries.
Trump's long-awaited trade announcement, which the White House added to his schedule suddenly on Monday, was in disarray from the moment he appeared on camera, however. Not only was a formal accord still being hammered out, how exactly the deal would be married with existing U.S. trade law had not been laid out.
In a horrifying moment, Trump struggled to get Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on the phone to congratulate him on achieving a deal.
'Hello?' the U.S. president said repeatedly on camera, before the outgoing leader, whose term ends at the beginning of December, joined the line. 'It's a big thing. A lot of people waiting. Hello?' Trump again said.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by ladybugcngc on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 17:21

DeSantis: Don't 'Monkey This Up' By Electing Gillum


©️ AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, right, speaks to supporters with his wife Casey at an election party after winning the Republican primary Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Orlando, Fla.
Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, warned voters in a Fox News interview not to "monkey this up" and elect Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum. Tuesday night, Gillum made history by becoming the first African-American gubernatorial candidate to secure a nomination in Florida. 

DeSantis, currently a representative in Florida, made a pitch to voters on Fox News, saying he would continue the legacy of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who just won a Republican primary in a Senate race in the state. He also went on the offensive against his opponent Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida. 

DeSantis said, via videos posted online. 



"Florida elections are always competitive. And [Gillum] is a guy who, although he is much too liberal for Florida, I think he's got huge problems with how he's governed Tallahassee. He is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views and he's a charismatic candidate. And I watched those Democrat debates, none of that was my cup of tea but, I mean, he performed better than the other people there. So, we've got to work hard to make sure that we continue, Florida, going in a good direction. Let's build off the success of we've had [under] Governor Scott. The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state. That is not going to work. That's not gonna be good for Florida. 



Democratic leadership was quick to respond to the comments from DeSantis. "It's disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles," Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said, according to Tallahassee.com.

The race between DeSantis and Gillum has already been billed as a referendum of sorts. DeSantis has been proudly backed and supported by President Donald Trump while Gillum, a progressive, has been endorsed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. 

DeSantis's campaign responded to the comments made on Fox News.

"DeSantis' [spokesperson] tells me this is something the congressman says 'frequently' to express something that was messed up or not done right," tweeted NBC reporter Ali Vitali. "[The spokesperson] says it 'had nothing to do with race or anything like that' but just talking about the situation in Florida."

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 18:54

Yeah o.k , what an idiot.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by ladybugcngc on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 23:45

annemarie wrote:Yeah o.k , what an idiot.
Unreal, they hide in plain sight.  The good news is:  the real person will eventually show through the façade.

This is a Governor's race everyone will be watching.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Thu 30 Aug 2018, 18:10

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6114877/California-man-arrested-threatening-bomb-shoot-staff-Boston-Globe.html

[size=34]California man, 68, is arrested for threatening to bomb and shoot staff at The Boston Globe because he 'was angry about their Trump editorials'[/size]


  • Robert Chain was arrested in Encino on Thursday over the apparent threats

  • He is said to have called the newspaper after it published a scathing anti-Trump editorial on August 16

  • Chain called the newspaper the true 'enemy of the people', borrowing from Trump's description of the press

  • He will appear in court on Thursday afternoon then will be extradited to Massachusetts 

  • Chain owns multiple weapons including a 9mm carbine rifle he bought in May 


By JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:40 EDT, 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:54 EDT, 30 August 2018

    


A California man has been arrested  after allegedly threatening to bomb and shoot staff of The Boston Globe in retaliation for the newspaper's critical editorials about President Trump. 
Robert Chain, 68, was arrested in Encino on Thursday after making the threats in phone calls to the Massachusetts newspaper which he described as 'the enemy of the people', borrowing from Trump's unflattering descriptions of the press. 
According to prosecutors, he called the newspaper after it made a rally cry to other outlets on August 10 to publish editorials on August 16 about Trump's combative relationship with what he calls the 'mainstream media'.
Over the course of a week, Chain called employees 14 times threatening to kill them, the US Attorney's Office said. 

Chain owns multiple weapons including a 9mm carbine rifle he bought in May.


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Robert Chain made the threats towards The Boston Globe in multiple phone calls over the course of a week after it called on other newspapers to publish coordinate anti-Trump editorials on August 16. Theirs is pictured 
On August 16, when the newspaper published its scathing editorial of Trump as promised, Chain called up again and threatened to be at the office to shoot employees at 4pm. 


In that call, he said: 'You're the f****** enemy of the people and we're going to kill every f****** one of you. 
'Hey, why don't you call the F, why don't you call Mueller, maybe he can help you out buddy. Still there f****t? Alright, why, you going to trace my call? 
 'You're the f****** enemy of the people and we're going to kill every f****** one of you. I'm going to shoot you in the f****** head later today. 4 o'clock. Goodbye, 
'What are you going to do motherf*****? You ain't going to do s***. I'm going to shoot you in the f****** head later today. 4 o'clock. Goodbye,' he said.   
In another call, he said: 'Hey, how's your p***y smell today? Nice and fresh? We are going to shoot you motherf****** in the head, you Boston Globe c******ers. Shoot every f****** one of you.' 
The specific threat prompted police in Boston to stand guard outside the office for the afternoon. The Globe also hired its own security when the threatening calls began.  
On August 22, he called from a different number and said he wanted to get in touch 'because you are the enemy of the people and I want you to go f*** yourself.' 
'As long as you keep attacking the President, the duly elected President of the United States, in the continuation of your treasonous and seditious acts, I will continue to threat, harass and annoy the Boston Globe, owned by the New York Times, the other fake news,' he said. 
The FBI were able to trace him through 12 of the calls, made between August 10 and 17, after contacting Verizon, the phone provider for the newspaper. It was able to trace his number despite it coming up as 'blocked' whenever he called the office.


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Chain was arrested at home in Encino, California. His home, where he lives with his wife, is pictured 
The FBI then traced the number through Charter Communications to his home in Califa, Calfornia.  
Chain is scheduled to appear in court in Encino on Thursday afternoon before being extradited to Boston to face charges. 
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said on Thursday: 'Anyone – regardless of political affiliation – who puts others in fear for their lives will be prosecuted by this office. 
'In a time of increasing political polarization, and amid the increasing incidence of mass shootings, members of the public must police their own political rhetoric.  Or we will.' 
Chain has no prior criminal history. Records indicate that he owns two businesses - one is an investments company. 
It is not clear if either is functional or successful. He and his wife Betty have filed for bankruptcy twice in the past. 
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Post by annemarie on Thu 30 Aug 2018, 23:56

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6115669/Trump-cancels-pay-raise-federal-workers-January.html

[size=34]Donald Trump CANCELS January pay raises for 2.1million federal employees claiming the increase would be 'inappropriate'[/size]


  • Trump announced he's canceling January 2019 pay raises for federal employees

  • He announced pay freeze in letter to Congress sent on Thursday 

  • He says the 2.1 per cent across-the-board increase would add billions to deficit

  • He added locality pay raises would already add $25billion to federal deficit

  • He cited Title 5 of the US Code of Laws which allows such decisions in 'national emergency or serious economic conditions' that affect 'the general welfare'

  • Under the Trump administration the federal deficit has skyrocketed and is expected to reach $1trillion by next year as a result of his mammoth tax breaks


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PUBLISHED: 13:49 EDT, 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:04 EDT, 30 August 2018

    


President Donald Trump is canceling a scheduled pay raise for federal workers due in January, saying the nation's budget can't support it.
Trump broke the news in a letter to Congress sent on Thursday.
In the letter he states that the 2.1 per cent across-the-board increase scheduled to kick in come January would add billions to the federal deficit and that's on top of a $25billion locality pay raise.
'We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases. I view the increases that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate,' the President wrote. 

He added that 'both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero.'


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Trump announced he's canceling January 2019 pay raises for federal employees on Thursday


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The president sent a letter to Congress on Thursday revealing that the across-the-board increases and locality raises would add more than $25billion to federal deficit - a move that he deems 'inappropriate'
The decision will affect nearly 2.1million federal employees across the nation. About 1.7million of those live in areas outside the DC area, according to The Hill. 
However the president added that cancelling the pay raise wouldn't affect the federal government's quality of workers. 
He wrote that the government would place a focus on 'recruiting, retaining and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets'. 
He cited Title 5 of the US Code of Laws in his decision which allows such financial decisions in 'national emergency or serious economic conditions' that affect 'the general welfare'. 
Nine months ago Trump signed his $1.5trillion tax cut bill into law. Five months afterwards he signed a massive $1.3trillion spending bill. 
Both bills stirred backlash, as critics said that the cuts only benefited corporations and wealthy Americans, but not the every day citizen. 
Despite the cancelled pay raise, military members will still see their raise checks roll through with a 2.6 percent pay increase in the new year. 
Trump's pay freeze has sparked outrage online. 





The news broke on Twitter leading to outrage by politicians and federal employees alike


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California Rep Norma Torres said Trump caused the federal deficit to skyrocket and is making federal workers pay for it by losing their raises


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California Rep Eric Swalwell said: 'To the hard-working federal employees Trump just screwed by cutting pay - YOU MATTER'
'To the hard-working federal employees Trump just screwed by cutting pay — the folks who run our parks, protect our communities, & serve our veterans: YOU MATTER. If billionaires can get tax cuts, you should get a [cost of living adjustment]. You work hard for America & that should add up to something,' Rep Eric Walwell of California tweeted Thursday.  
'Step 1: Blow a $2 trillion hole in the deficit to give tax cuts to the very wealthy. Step 2: Start a trade war requiring billion dollar bailouts. Step 3: Pretend federal workers are the problem,' Rep Norma Jones of California said.
'For President Trump, the federal workforce is just a punching bag,' Rep Gerry Connolly of Virginia said.
The American Federation of Government Employees has urged Congress to override the president's decision. 
'President Trump’s plan to freeze wages for these patriotic workers next year ignores the fact that they are worse off today financially than they were at the start of the decade,' AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr said. 
'Federal employees have had their pay and benefits cut by over $200 billion since 2011, and they are earning nearly 5 percent less today than they did at the start of the decade,' he added. 
Under the Trump administration the federal deficit has skyrocketed as a result of his mammoth tax breaks that's expected to reach $1trillion by next year and could grow to $1.5trillion by 2028, according to NBC.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Fri 31 Aug 2018, 00:43

Screwing over the little guys that do all the work - as usual. And also, as usual, not taking any blame for the situation he created.
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Post by carolhathaway on Fri 31 Aug 2018, 12:07

LizzyNY wrote:Screwing over the little guys that do all the work - as usual. And also, as usual, not taking any blame for the situation he created.

... which would require a little knowledge about economic connections PLUS the ability and will to care about those with low incomes.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Fri 31 Aug 2018, 13:26

Carolhathaway - Not only doesn't he care about people with low incomes, he doesn't care about people with lots of money, either. He only cares about himself. - and the people who can do things for him - for as long as they can do things for him. Anyone who thinks or acts independently, who doesn't toe the Trump line and live to make him "greater" gets demonized, slandered and is punished as much as he can punish them.

If karma is real, he's in for a hell of a future life.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 31 Aug 2018, 15:05

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6116475/Trump-calls-Mueller-investigation-illegal.html

[size=34]Trump calls Mueller investigation 'illegal' as the probe continues to close in on those closest to the president[/size]


  • Trump said Thursday that Mueller's appointment to the Russia probe was wrong

  • The president said there 'never should have been a special counsel' 

  • Despite the president's feelings, Trump's own Justice Department says it is legal


By AFP
PUBLISHED: 18:52 EDT, 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 22:58 EDT, 30 August 2018

    


President Donald Trump on Thursday said the Russia collusion investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is 'illegal' as the probe continues to hone in on his inner circle.
Trump told Bloomberg News in an interview that Mueller's appointment last year to investigate his 2016 election campaign for possible collusion with Russia was wrong.
'I view it differently. I view it as an illegal investigation,' he told Bloomberg.
He cited unnamed 'great scholars' who say that 'there never should have been a special counsel,' according to the news agency.


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US President Donald Trump says he believes the Russia collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is 'illegal'
Some legal experts have questioned the Justice Department's naming of Mueller, a former FBI director, to handle the probe in the absence of a specific law governing special prosecutors.

But Trump's own Justice Department says it is legal.
Earlier this month Andrew Miller, a one-time aide to former Trump political consultant Roger Stone, challenged the legality of Mueller's appointment in appeals court.
Miller is battling a subpoena to testify on Stone in front of a Mueller-commissioned grand jury.


Miller's case, supported by the conservative legal group the National Legal and Policy Center, argues that Mueller's appointment on May 17, 2017 violated the constitution because it was done by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and not by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
In fact, Sessions, who served on Trump's election campaign, had already recused himself from the Russia investigation, leaving Rosenstein empowered to act as the attorney general in the case.
Meanwhile a legal challenge to Mueller's broad mandate to chase down any lead, even if only obliquely related to Russia collusion, has also been rejected in court.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Fri 31 Aug 2018, 15:36

Trump is reacting like a desperate cornered rat. Mueller must be getting very close to things Trump doesn't want to have publicly known.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Sat 01 Sep 2018, 00:19

Agree Lizzy.  Trump’s rhetoric over the last couple of months has clearly sounded more desperate and unhinged.  His lies are blatant and are only meant to satisfy his supportive (and twisted) base.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by party animal - not! on Sat 01 Sep 2018, 01:19

It's erratic stuff isn't it?

And now he's not paying federal workers their annual increase of 2plus%. How does that play well?

Sam Patton has flipped too - and that could be very interesting..........

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Sat 01 Sep 2018, 02:44

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6120221/Trumps-disapproval-ratings-hit-new-high-voters-say-DID-commit-crime-directed-Cohen.html

[size=34]Trump's disapproval ratings hit a new high as voters say he DID commit a crime if he directed Cohen to pay women and two-thirds say DON'T pardon Manafort[/size]


  • A new Washington Post / ABC poll gives Trump a 60 per cent disapproval rating

  • 61 per cent of voters saying Trump committed a crime if he directed Cohen to make payments 

  •  As Trump has vented about the prosecution of former campaign chair Paul Manafort, sonly 17 per cent said his prosecution is unjustified

  • A majority of 64 per cent said Trump should not fire attorney general Jeff Sessions, who Trump complains lost control of the Justice Department. 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:41 EDT, 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 21:18 EDT, 31 August 2018

    



A new poll shows an increase in President Donald Trump disapproval rating – and outlines public opposition to pardoning Paul Manafort or firing attorney general Jeff Sessions.
Among those surveyed in the new Washington Post / ABC News poll, a majority of 63 per cent backs special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, which Trump brands a 'witch hunt.'
This includes a 52 per cent majority who 'strongly' back an inquiry Trump has spent months trying to expose as a partisan exercise.
Only 29 per cent say they are opposed to the probe, which Trump on Thursday said was 'illegal.'

The poll gives Trump a 60 per cent disapproval rating, an uptick since before former campaign chair Paul Manafort's conviction in a Virginia trial.


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A new poll gives Trump a 60 per cent disapproval rating
The poll was taken after longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's guilty plea on eight counts. According to the poll, 61 per cent of voters say Trump committed a crime if he directed Cohen to make payments.
Prosecutors laid out a scheme where Cohen paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump, then got reimbursement. Cohen said in court he was directed to violate campaign finance laws by an individual who charging documents revealed to be Trump. 
Only 31 per cent said he didn't commit a crime.
A tape secretly recorded by Cohen also has Trump discussing a $150,000 payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. 
A majority of 64 per cent said Trump should not fire attorney general Jeff Sessions, who Trump complains lost control of the Justice Department.  




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A majority of respondents were against firing attorney general Jeff Sessions


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61 per cent of voters saying Trump committed a crime if he directed longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to make payments to two women


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Among those surveyed in the new Washington Post / ABC News poll, a majority of 63 per cent backs special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, which Trump brands a 'witch hunt' 
 Trump gets 78 per cent job approval from Republicans, but an overwhelming 93 per cent disapproval rating from Democrats and a politically perilous 59 per cent disapproval from independents. 
As Trump has vented about the prosecution of former campaign chair Paul Manafort, saying he was treated 'very badly,' only 17 per cent said his prosecution is unjustified
 Sixty-seven percent of Americans says they think the case against him was justified. A Virginia jury agreed, convicting him unanimously on eight counts, though according to reports a single juror kept the panel from agreeing to ten other counts.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Sat 01 Sep 2018, 14:40

78% approval rate from Republicans. That says it all. It will take decades to undo the damage he's done.
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