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    Sarah Sanders and Raj Shah leaving WH staff.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sarah-s...e-white-house/

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    Wow, I guess lying for a scumbag takes it toll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Wow, I guess lying for a scumbag takes it toll.
    I had a feeling the woman wouldn't last. There's been more and more faint gives in her stoic facials lately, showing her to be increasingly frustrated and maybe even ashamed deep down.
    Credit where credit is due, she did what she was paid to do, and did it quite well.
    Glad she's gone.
    Kellyanne on the other hand is pure teflon evil and will endure.

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    Maybe cut a deal with Jenny Craig

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    Workers’ wages fall after passage of GOP tax cuts

    The federal government just admitted that workers are earning lower wages since the passage of the GOP tax cuts.

    When President Donald Trump was pushing Congress to pass his tax plan last year, which focused on lowering corporate rates and the income taxes of high earners, he pulled out a handy statistic: according to the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, the average family would make $4,000 more under the new plan.

    Trump repeatedly used this figure to argue for the bill prior to its passage in December 2017, as well as directly after. During a February 2018 speech in Ohio, he claimed “economists estimate that our business tax cut will raise the income of a typical family by an average of $4,000.” Vice President Mike Pence has repeated that talking point, as have others in the White House.

    On Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a new release detailing the “real earnings summary” through May 2018.

    The true revelation was tucked away at the bottom of the release, in the “Production and nonsupervisory employees” section: “From May 2017 to May 2018, real average hourly earnings decreased 0.1 percent, seasonally adjusted,” it read.

    In today’s dollars, that’s a change from making an average of $22.62 per hour last May to making $22.59 per hour this May.

    The report continued, “The decrease in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.6-percent increase in the average workweek resulted in a 0.5-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.” In other words, people are working a few more hours a week, so they’re taking home more pay, but only marginally.
    I mean, just look at this economy in overdrive.



    — Alex Rowell (@AlexRowell) June 12, 2018

    The entire rationale behind the tax cut was to boost Americans’ wages. But the BLS numbers prove that workers who are not bosses and who produce things are in fact making less for their time than they did last year.

    Center for American Progress policy analyst Alex Rowell constructed a chart based on the BLS data, showing the steep decline since 2015 in year-over-year annual hourly wage earnings for production and non-supervisory employees. (ThinkProgress is an editorially independent newsroom housed within the Center for American Progress.) Production and nonsupervisory employees make up 80 percent of private employment, according to Rowell.

    Averages tell only part of the story. The raises that high earners receive could represent a huge portion of any average wage growth increase, while low-income earners pull in less than they did before. Median earnings data would give a better picture of what most people are experiencing.

    Taking into account all employees — including bosses and non-production employees — the year-to-year change in real wages was flat from May 2017 to May 2018. Real average hourly earnings for both groups increased 0.1 percent from April 2018 to May 2018.
    In real terms, the average worker made $10.75 per hour in May and $10.74 per hour in April.

    According to Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, since Trump took office, the “real hourly pay of mid-class workers” is only up 0.4 percent, which amounts to “an extra dime an hour.”
    “At this rate, that tax-cut induced $4,000 in your paycheck will take 28 years,” Bernstein wrote.

    According to BLS release this AM, real hourly pay of mid-class workers up 0.4% since Trump took office, and extra dime an hour. At this rate, that tax-cut induced $4,000 in your paycheck will take 28 years.



    — Jared Bernstein (@econjared) June 12, 2018
    Part of the reason wages are not rising is that inflation has now hit a six-year high, which eats into what workers earn.

    However, the main problem is that the largest focus of the tax cut plan was targeted at corporations and the wealthiest Americans. The people who run companies like AT&T, Wells Fargo, and Comcast began a public push, helped along by the White House and Republicans in Congress, to hype up the bonuses they were awarding to their workers — the clearest demonstration of “trickle-down” economics available. However, the total of those announced bonuses totaled roughly $981 million, while the cost of the tax bill was actually $1.4 trillion, meaning workers got only 0.9 percent, according to analysis by ThinkProgress.

    Many of those business, including Walmart, touted the bonuses they were giving just as they were using their tax savings to offer stock buybacks to shareholders and to offset the cost of closing stores where thousands of people worked. In a USA Today op-ed titled, “That $4,000 raise Donald Trump and Paul Ryan promised you was a trickle-down lie,” venture capitalist and entrepreneur Nick Hanauer explained, “Businesses don’t give raises just because they got a tax cut.”

    And because the bonuses only happen once, workers won’t get more unless yearly wages rise — which they haven’t been, according to the federal government’s own data.

    https://thinkprogress.org/wages-down...-dae56113144b/
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    ^they broke the law, lock them up

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    The fat orange ignoramus has done it again; Lying as he always does with vague unprovable claims ("many people have said/have told me..." etc), but this time the dumbfvck made a claim which was patently obviously a lie.
    He claimed that thousands of people had asked him to get the remains of Korean war dead home. He said it was the parents of the dead soldiers that had asked him.
    Thousands of parents of soldiers that died in 1950 are still alive and well? A quick conservative guesstimate; soldier is 20 in 1950, ie born 1930. Say parents were 20 when he was born, makes parents 108 now.


    http://washingtonpress.com/2018/06/1...-war-families/

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    A short drive through Dallas is needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle junior View Post
    A short drive through Dallas is needed
    Nobody is sayng there are no parents of Korean war dead still alive.
    It's highly unlikely that "thousands" are alive, let alone all spoke to him...and called him "Mr President" while he was still campaigning.

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    North Korean media certainly liked the summit....

    https://www.nbcnews.com/video/north-...-1255732291966

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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer View Post
    North Korean media certainly liked the summit....

    https://www.nbcnews.com/video/north-...-1255732291966
    Haha, near the end, Trump tries his "I'm an alpha male" dominant pull-in handshake with Un...and fails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer View Post
    North Korean media certainly liked the summit....

    https://www.nbcnews.com/video/north-...-1255732291966
    Disgraceful.

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    More Trump fiddling.


    Attorney General Underwood Announces Lawsuit Against Donald J. Trump Foundation And Its Board Of Directors For Extensive And Persistent Violations Of State And Federal Law

    Lawsuit Seeks Restitution of $2.8 Million Plus Penalties

    AG’s Office Sends Referral Letters to Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission for Further Investigation and Legal Action

    In Light Of Misconduct And Total Lack of Oversight, Lawsuit Seeks To Dissolve Donald J. Trump Foundation and Bar Donald J. Trump And Members Of Trump Foundation’s Board Of Directors From Serving On Board Of Any Other New York Charity

    NEW YORK - Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, and its directors, Donald J. Trump (“Mr. Trump”), Donald J. Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump. The petition filed today alleges a pattern of persistent illegal conduct, occurring over more than a decade, that includes extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr. Trump’s personal and business interests, and violations of basic legal obligations for non-profit foundations. The Attorney General initiated a special proceeding to dissolve the Trump Foundation under court supervision and obtain restitution of $2.8 million and additional penalties.

    The AG’s lawsuit also seeks a ban from future service as a director of a New York not-for-profit of 10 years for Mr. Trump and one year for each of the Foundation’s other board members, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump. The Attorney General also sent referral letters today to the
    Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission, identifying possible violations of federal law for further investigation and legal action by those federal agencies.

    As alleged in the petition, Mr. Trump used the Trump Foundation’s charitable assets to pay off his legal obligations, to promote Trump hotels and other businesses, and to purchase personal items. In addition, at Mr. Trump’s behest, the Trump Foundation illegally provided extensive support to his 2016 presidential campaign by using the Trump Foundation’s name and funds it raised from the public to promote his campaign for presidency, including in the days before the Iowa nominating caucuses.

    “As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” said Attorney General Underwood. “This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”

    The Attorney General’s investigation found that Trump Foundation raised in excess of $2.8 million in a manner designed to influence the 2016 presidential election at the direction and under the control of senior leadership of the Trump presidential campaign. The Foundation raised the funds from the public at the nationally televised fundraiser Mr. Trump held in lieu of participating in the presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 28, 2016. In violation of state and federal law, senior Trump campaign staff, including Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski, dictated the timing, amounts, and recipients of grants by the Foundation to non-profits, as evidenced by communications between Campaign staff and Foundation representatives:






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    Trump just exploited dead American soldiers with a preposterous lie about Korean War

    In his attempt to paint his meeting with the dictator of North Korea as a triumph, despite the complete lack of concrete pledges from Kim Jong-un, President Trump cited an agreement for the return of the remains of American dead from the Korean War.

    He said he was fulfilling requests made to him during the 2016 campaign by people who apparently were already calling him Mr. President.

    “The soldiers that died in Korea, their remains are going to be coming back home,” he told Fox News during an interview aboard Air Force One on his return from Singapore.

    “And we have thousands of people that have asked for that, thousands and thousands of people. So many people asked when I was on the campaign, I’d say ‘Wait a minute, I don’t have any relationship…’, but they said, ‘When you can President, we’d love our son to be brought back home’. You know the remains.”

    While it may sound plausible and has been faithfully reported by many news outlets as a fact, there is considerable skepticism about Trump’s claims which appear to be another addition to his long list of exaggerations, lies and fake news claims.

    One of the skeptics is journalist Aaron Rupar of ThinkProgress.

    Trump claims, preposterously, that parents of Korean War veterans came up to him during the 2016 campaign and said, "when you can, we'd love our son to be brought back home — you know, the remains."
    The Korean War ended in 1953. pic.twitter.com/f4HEHZ22YM
    — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 13, 2018

    Rupar crunched the numbers which show Trump’s claim about parents of Korean vets coming to him by the “thousands” has to be an exaggeration if not another outright lie.

    “Let’s do the math,” writes Rupar. “Say an American soldier was 18 when he was sent to North Korea in the war’s final year, 1953 – he would have been 80 in 2015; if his parents had given birth to him when they were 18, they would have been 98 in 2015.”

    “More realistically,” he adds, “the parents would have been well over 100.”

    “While almost all parents of fallen Korean War veterans would’ve been much older than that in 2016, it’s not inconceivable that a 99-year-old parent of a fallen Korean War veteran might have approached Trump during the campaign,” writes Rupar on ThinkProgress.

    “But note that Trump claimed multiple parents approached him to say, ‘we’d love our son to be brought back home,” adds Rupar’ “That seems exceedingly unlikely, at best.”

    At best, but like his other claims that many people have said to him (fill in the blank) there is no way to confirm this, and it fails the common sense test, so that means one thing.

    That is not to say there are not those that want the remains returned of an estimated 5,300 believed to have fallen or been captured in North Korea who have not been accounted for despite some previous agreements.

    “All of our members have served in combat and we understand the importance of bring our war dead home to bring closure to families,” Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Keith Harman told NPR.

    But once again Trump is grasping for anything that makes him look like a hero.

    After agreeing to the summit with the petty dictator of a small country, Trump promised he would demand complete denuclearization, but that is not what he got, so he continues to exaggerate even small points like this to feed his base more nonsense.

    It is unfair to those brave soldiers who died in the Korean War, to their parents who are now almost all surely dead themselves, and to the American people who want to trust their president.

    It is exactly the kind of fake news that has the country divided between those who want facts, truth and the rule of law, and those who believe whatever Trump claims no matter how preposterous – which is the case with this claim.

    https://washingtonpress.com/2018/06/...-war-families/

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    Good news is people go to jail for charities fraud.

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    finally some good news for our Trump fans

    New York sues Trump Foundation, alleging 'extensive' lawbreaking

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44486250

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    finally some good news for our Trump fans

    New York sues Trump Foundation, alleging 'extensive' lawbreaking

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44486250
    Been posted twice already.....still reads the same

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    From the CNN article...

    Quote Originally Posted by CNN
    "This is a straightforward case of violation of the laws governing charitable foundations and nonprofit corporations in New York," she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
    In addition to filing the suit, Underwood sent letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission asking those agencies to investigate possible violations of federal law.
    I wonder if Trump has the record for being investigated by the most government agencies while in office.....

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    A good article about the Trump Foundation’s malfeasance.

    The Disastrous Legal Implications of the Trump Foundation’s Activities

    The New York attorney general’s complaint tells the tale of a charity that flouted in every conceivable way the legal prohibition on 501(c)(3) campaign activity.

    The law governing the activity of charitable organizations can be complex, but on the question of whether 501(c)(3) charities can engage in political activity, it could not be more straightforward. They cannot. The IRS enforces an “absolute” prohibition on any intervention in political campaigns.



    Whether such an intervention has occurred depends on the facts and circumstances, and sometimes there are close calls. None of those close calls are reflected in the New York attorney general's complaint against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which tells the tale of a relationship between a charity and a political campaign that flouts in every conceivable way the legal prohibition on 501(c)(3) campaign activity.



    Enforcement action at the state level, including this action to dissolve the Foundation, is likely to be followed by repercussions from federal law enforcement. The charity is subject to inquiry, and to the payment of sizeable penalties, for failing by virtue of its political activity to comply with the terms of its exemption. The Federal Election Commission will have little choice but to initiate its own investigation into the illegal corporate contributions from the Trump Foundation to President Donald Trump’s campaign. The New York attorney general has specifically “referred” these matters to the FEC, the Department of Justice, and the IRS for their review.


    The complaint draws on the public record, witness testimony and email traffic to draw an unambiguous picture of the charity’s illegal involvement in the Trump campaign. Trump decided to withdraw from a debate in Iowa and substitute in its place a fundraising event for veterans’ organizations. For this purpose, he put the Trump Foundation at the service of his campaign organization, which “planned, organized, financed and directed” the event held January 28, 2016. The complaint relates how:


    At the televised fundraising event, the podium was decorated with a sign that borrowed the Trump campaign’s themes and slogans. The [event] website address was displayed with a blue placard with a red border and star pattern that was identical to the design of campaign signs and billboards, with Mr. Trump's name in capital letters and the campaign's trademark slogan, Make America Great Again.

    Following the event, the campaign officials continued to run the show. They provided the list of charities to be supported, directed Trump Organization personnel to draw the checks as needed, and announced charitable grants at campaign rallies in Iowa immediately before the February 1 caucuses. The rallies typically featured an enlarged presentation check that displayed the committed contribution but also carried the distinctive colors and, again, the campaign slogan: Make America Great Again!



    There was nothing subtle about any of this. The campaign took full credit for the veterans fundraising program even after the Iowa caucuses. The candidate understood, as did the press, that this entire Iowa fundraising enterprise, which Trump launched in place of his participation at a campaign debate, was a campaign project. And Trump accounted for it in just those terms. The campaign at one point posted on its website a chart identifying the recipient of the charitable grants and “uploaded a news report under the headline, Lewandowski: Trump Campaign Gave between $5.5–$6 Million to Veterans Groups.”


    Campaign-finance laws prohibit corporate contributions and expenditures, other than truly independent expenditures made without candidate involvement, to influence a federal election. The facts of the Iowa veterans fundraising program leave no doubt about this purpose. It's hard to imagine more of a slam-dunk violation.


    Most ominous for Trump is the attorney general’s conclusion that "Mr. Trump’s wrongful use of the Foundation to benefit his Campaign was willful and knowing.” It is ironic, and highly damaging to Trump, that he made an issue in his campaign about the federal prohibition on tax-exempt involvement in campaigns. He committed that he would act, if elected, to repeal it. It appears that he and his campaign neglected to await repeal and simply declined to comply with it. In any event, his stated awareness of the law, together with his repeated execution of tax forms for the Foundation “in which he attested that the Foundation … did not carry out political activity,” puts him at severe risk of “willful and knowing” liability. As “foundation managers” under the law, Trump and his children are exposed to personal liability if they gave knowing and willful consent to the charity’s illegal expenditures. They could face similar consequences—that is, personal liability—in the event, however unlikely, that the FEC takes meaningful enforcement action.



    There is no mention in the complaint about the involvement of any lawyer in any phase of this venture. It's not surprising: No counsel would have advised the Trump campaign and the charity that these Iowa fundraising events and the rallies were lawful. What emerges from the New York complaint’s account is something that has become increasingly familiar. Trump does what he wishes, acting all too often on impulse and without regard to rules or norms, and those around him are expected to do as he says. The result in this instance was, from a legal perspective, disastrous. And that is putting the matter charitably.





    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...vities/562895/

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    Trump to all investigation officers : "pardon me" but I can do everything I want

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    That’s right!

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    he held an impromptu press conference today....and it was just as devoid of facts and chaotic as you would imagine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    he held an impromptu press conference today.
    thought it was impressive: would you ever see dubya or obama step up to the press in their garden (outside the white house) and talk to them for an hour?

    obama could do it, but was too cool as the press asked him how cool he was.
    dubya would have lasted 3 minutes.
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    You fucking losers. I make my living off video games and the community around them.
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    You knuckle draggers ever hear of twitch.com?

    No wonder I drive a tesla and the house I bought ten years ago is worth over a million bucks.

    You clowns are lost. Hahaha

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    Paul Manafort jailed by US judge over alleged witness tampering charges, pending trial


    As the man with the placard urges ... they did indeed "Lock him up"

    A US federal judge has sent Paul Manafort to jail pending trial after he was charged with witness tampering in the latest episode in a
    slow fall from grace for a man who was President Donald Trump's campaign chairman in 2016.


    Key points:
    • US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson revokes Paul Manafort's bail
    • Mr Manafort was charged in a new indictment with witness tampering last week
    • The former Trump campaign chief has pleaded not guilty to all charges


    Mr Manafort, a longtime political operator and businessman, has been a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in
    the 2016 US presidential election.

    Mr Manafort has been indicted in both Washington and Virginia on a series of mostly financial-related charges, including conspiring to launder money
    and defraud the United States.

    He had been on home confinement in Alexandria, Virginia, and had been required to wear an electronic monitoring device.
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