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  • Stormy Daniels: Trump 'is a man who has gotten in over his head'

    08/20/2018 2:27:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 20, 2018 | Alastair Jamieson
    The porn star also said she hopes "that one day it becomes known that I am not a liar." President Donald Trump is “a man who has gotten in over his head,” Stormy Daniels said as she explained her decision to pull out of a British TV reality show. The adult movie actress also revealed that she often feared for her personal safety, carried a gun and was escorted by armed bodyguards. Daniels, 39, who claims she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago and is suing him, did not appear as planned on “Celebrity Big Brother”...
  • Trump Could Deport Melania if She Divorced or Left Him During His Presidency, Omarosa Speculates

    08/17/2018 7:03:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 17, 2018 | Jessica Kwong
    <p>“Trumpworld intimates” have often questioned how Melania Trump, who worked as a model but was by far among the most famous, was able to gain residency in the U.S. with an “Einstein” EB-1 visa reserved for people with “extraordinary ability,” Manigault Newman wrote in Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.</p>
  • Republican strategist eviscerates US president in new book, Everything Trump Touches Dies

    08/17/2018 12:03:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | August 9, 2018 | Tribune News Service
    Rick Wilson is a long-time Republican strategist and the architect of all manner of knives-out campaign ads, including one particularly vicious spot from the 2008 presidential campaign that hammered Barack Obama’s connection to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright with the tag: “Barack Obama: Too Radical, Too Risky.” He helped start the Never Trump movement. It cost him friends and all manner of potential political work. It subjected him to the threats and fury of Trump’s troll army. He was labelled a Rino (Republican in name only) and a party traitor. And he didn’t care. Right is right, and Trump was clearly,...
  • Report: A Tape Of Donald Trump Saying The N-Word Would Make His Supporters Like Him Even More...

    08/16/2018 6:18:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Brinkwire ^ | August 16, 2018 | Staff
    Omarosa has renewed rumors that there is a tape of Trump using the N-word while he was on ‘The Apprentice.’ There have long been rumors of a tape showing Donald Trump saying the N-word, but one New York Times columnist thinks this could actually be a boost for Trump among his supporters if it did exist and were to be released. This week, ousted White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman has been sharing all manner of dirt from her time in the Trump administration, including repeating claims that Trump is on tape using racist language while he was on The...
  • Donald Trump Is a Dangerous Demagogue. It’s Time for a Crusading Press to Fight Back (One of 350?)

    08/16/2018 5:21:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Intercept ^ | August 16, 2018 | James Risen
    When Adolf Hitler came to power, after the Nazis had shut down all of GermanyÂ’s independent newspapers and magazines and ended press freedom in the country, Hermann Ullstein, a member of a highly regarded German publishing family, fled to New York and wrote a penetrating memoir of the rise and fall of his familyÂ’s media empire. His father, Leopold Ullstein, a Jewish newspaper dealer, had founded Ullstein Verlag, the family publishing house, which at its pre-Nazi peak owned some of GermanyÂ’s most important publications, including the Vossische Zeitung newspaper. But when Hitler stole their press holdings, Hermann Ullstein and other...
  • Trump's Aretha Franklin 'Tribute' Makes Me Want to Break Things (Making it political within an hour)

    08/16/2018 11:35:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    Splinter ^ | August 16, 2018 | Jack Mirkinson
    <p>Aretha Franklin, a genius, a legend, the greatest of all time, is dead. This is bad enough. But what’s even worse is that she had to die while Donald f*cking Trump is the president of the United States.</p> <p>Trump offered his warmest best wishes [ed. note: WTF?] and sympathies to the family of Aretha Franklin. He described her as a person he knew well and who worked for him [ed. note: are you f*cking kidding me???]. Trump also said her legacy will thrive and inspire many generations.</p>
  • Trump and the N-word: His fans wouldn’t mind if he said it

    08/15/2018 12:56:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 15, 2018 | S.E. Cupp
    Omarosa Manigault-Newman should never have been allowed to breathe Situation Room air, and that she did, while jeopardizing national security, is a sad and frightening testament to the Trump administration’s utter lack of seriousness from its conception. And now, the President is paying the price for hiring some of the worst people to work for him: An unqualified, backbiting and dishonest former employee is waging a public relations war. I have no idea if what Manigault-Newman is alleging Trump did or said is true. It’s all plausible — would anyone be shocked to learn a man who has openly, publicly...
  • America's hottest export? Sperm

    08/15/2018 11:33:57 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 15 replies
    https://www.theguardian.com ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | Soo Youn
    Ella Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hysterectomy. After several years, the nudges took hold. Because she wasn’t a good candidate to freeze only her eggs, she was advised to undergo IVF and freeze fertilized embryos. (Snip) "Her doctor made a recommendation: go American."
  • PRESS RELEASE GOWDY AND CUMMINGS ISSUE STATEMENT ON FEMA INVESTIGATION

    08/15/2018 12:30:42 AM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    FEMA allegations of sexual harassment against the former Chief Component Human Capital Officer. //snipp// House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Trey Gowdy and Elijah E. Cummings rail; We are outraged and appalled by the allegations… We intended to convene a hearing a hearing (and) plan to understand and pledge our boilerplate support. Following the scripted conclusion’ our Committee will assuring this never happens again.”
  • UN human rights chief: Trump's attacks on press 'close to incitement of violence'

    08/12/2018 10:30:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 13, 2018 | Julian Borger in New York
    Donald Trump’s anti-press rhetoric is “very close to incitement to violence” that would lead to journalists censoring themselves or being attacked, the outgoing UN human rights commissioner has said. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince and diplomat, is stepping down this month as UN high commissioner for human rights after deciding not to stand for a second four-year term, in the face of a waning commitment among world powers to fighting abuses. Zeid said the Trump administration’s lack of concern about human rights marked a distinct break with previous administrations, and that Trump’s own rhetoric aimed at minorities and at...
  • Art exhibit features photo of Stormy Daniels as the Virgin Mary

    08/11/2018 8:48:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New York Post's Page Six ^ | August 8, 2018 | Richard Johnson
    Stormy Daniels as the Virgin Mary? “Virgin,” a show of photographs by Nika Nesgoda, opens Thursday at the Spur, the Southampton co-working space and social club. Inspired by Caravaggio, who used a prostitute model for “Death of the Virgin” in 1606, Nesgoda had adult-film actresses Stormy, Tera Patrick (who has since retired from the industry) and other porn stars pose as the Virgin Mother in 2002. “Stormy doesn’t care what other people think of her. She’s a free spirit,” Nesgoda told The Post. “My show’s a playful look at art history. Pornography is art that we deem excessive in a...
  • Bill Maher Says ‘QAnon’ Shows That Trump Supporters Will Believe Anything

    08/11/2018 11:09:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Decider ^ | August 11, 2018 | Michael Haskoor
    Last night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host laced into Trump supporters for getting behind the conspiracy movement QAnon, claiming that their blind support shows that they will truly believe anything. “I am Q,” Maher revealed during his New Rules segment of the show, under the guise of the newly-popular anonymous conspiracy theorist. The host went on the defensive, frustratingly demanding: “If Trump supporters don’t want us to call them stupid they have to stop coming up with things like Q.” “Just a few months ago…I was talking about how Republicans are now the Conspiracy Party and...
  • AWAN WALKS

    08/11/2018 2:24:32 AM PDT · by Rabin · 34 replies
    power line ^ | JULY 3, 2018 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    Debbys’ Awan, & Robs’ magnificent nine. Free… snipp HTTP://DAILYCALLER.COM/2018/06/04/WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ-AWAN-ISLAMOPHOBE/ WASSERMAN SCHULTZ SCREAMED AT HOUSE OFFICIALS TO KILL HACKING PROBE, INTERVENED IN PAKISTANI CRIMINAL MATTER // snipp // https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cyber/iranian-mabna-hackers On February 7, 2018, a grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, indicted nine (non DWS) Iranian nationals for their alleged involvement in computer intrusion, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft offenses. //snipp// State-Sponsored Cyber Theft Nine (non DWS)Iranians Charged in Massive Hacking Campaign on Behalf of Iran Government https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/nine-iranians-charged-in-hacking-scheme-032318
  • Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Trailer Aims To Expose Trump’s ‘Evil Genius’

    08/09/2018 7:02:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 9, 2018 | Matthew Jacobs
    “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore’s polemic about George W. Bush and the War on Terror, remains the highest-grossing documentary of all time. If the national mood was splintered when that movie opened in 2004, it’s nothing compared to what it is now, almost two years into Donald Trump’s presidency. So, naturally, Moore is channeling his most famous film to explore that exact subject: “Fahrenheit 11/9” seeks to “bring Trump down” before November’s midterm elections. HuffPost has an exclusive look at the first trailer for “Fahrenheit 11/9,” a reference to the day Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 election. It...
  • ‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Justin Roiland Posted Nude Drawing of Barron Trump

    08/07/2018 11:00:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 26, 2018 | Ben Kew
    A nude drawing of President Donald Trump’s 12-year-old son Barron posted by the creator of Rick and Morty Justin Roiland has resurfaced, days after his co-creator Dan Harmon apologized for a fake baby rape video he filmed in 2009. In the drawing posted by Justin Roiland in April 2017, Barron Trump is seen wearing a pair of virtual reality goggles and a t-shirt but is naked from the waist down. President Trump and cartoon characters Homer Simpson and Family Guy’s Peter Griffin are also seen in the background of the image. “Donald trump forcing baron to play VR, while homer...
  • Willfully thick stand by Trump

    08/05/2018 12:19:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | August 5, 2018 | Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post
    It’s a given that political candidates will target each other with as much oppositional propaganda as they can get away with. But with the Kremlin now playing a third-party shadow role in U.S. elections, the usual game seems to be shifting from blood sport to cold war. Given Russia’s well-established preference for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016, it’s possible, if not likely, that the next round of election meddling will be geared toward keeping the Republican majorities in the House and Senate. For Democrats, this added pressure from Russia could begin to feel like a threat. Imagine believing...
  • Getting the GOP Rats to Go Down With the Sinking Trump Ship

    08/04/2018 12:25:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Blue Virginia ^ | August 3, 2018 | Andy Schmookler
    Part I of this series, with the subtitle Terrible, Yes. But Compared to What?, argued that the disaster of Trump’s being elected should be compared with the alternative, i.e. Hillary’s having won. And that alternative was dark and troubling in its own way– not because Hillary wouldn’t have worked in competent and constructive ways, but because the signs were already clear that today’s destructive Republican Party would likely have continued its long-standing record of acting like a wrecking ball upon America. And Hillary was likely not going to be equipped to take that Party on and defeat it. All of...
  • The cost of xenophobia in Trump's America

    08/03/2018 10:38:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | August 3, 2018 | Professor Khaled Beydoun, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and UC-Berkeley
    Donald Trump's onslaught on immigrants continue. This time, however, he is targeting skilled workers at the top instead of the "huddled masses" at the margins. His administration plans to rescind the policy that allows the spouses (and children) of graduate-level workers to work legally while in the United States. This policy, signed by President Barack Obama in 2015, aimed to create additional incentives for high-skilled workers (H-1B visas) to immigrate to the United States to strengthen American economic and industrial interests. Trump's slated elimination of it is fuelled by the very same brazen xenophobia that galvanised support for the Mexico...
  • Trump’s border policies undermine our democracy

    08/02/2018 10:47:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Gainseville Sun ^ | August 3, 2018 | Jim Hightower
    In early June, I traveled to “The Valley,” as the McAllen-Brownsville area of Texas is called, down where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico. This river, one of the longest in the U.S., forms the entire Texas-Mexico border, meandering south and east 1,250 miles from our far-west desert city of El Paso to the semi-tropical tip of my state. Its cartographic function aside, the narrow and shallow Rio Grande has historically been viewed by families in the region as more a connector than a divider, and it has long fostered a rich, cross-fertilized culture along its length,...
  • Wanna Beat Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee? Focus on Marijuana

    08/01/2018 8:21:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 30, 2018 | Jeff Hauser
    What if I were to tell you that there is a political issue that galvanizes young voters? An issue that unites libertarians, independents, and African-Americans? An issue with bipartisan power, that works not only in cities, but has demonstrated strength in red states like Kentucky and West Virginia? It’s an issue likely to generate cases to be heard by the Supreme Court in the next decade and one on which the Trump administration’s leading law enforcement official—Attorney General Jeff Sessions—is already on the losing side politically. Given all that, you would think this issue would be a central part of...