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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 5:21 am 
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Trump gives $62 million to corrupt Brazilian brothers who are criminals.

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 9:18 am 
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But they're fine people, and they did a plea deal, so why the hairfire?

JBS Owner Joesley Batista Arrested Again in Corruption Probe

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Joesley Batista, the meat tycoon at the center of a scandal that almost toppled the Brazilian government last year, was detained by police amid a probe linked to the sprawling Carwash investigation.

Police were serving 18 arrest warrants and another 56 search and seizures on an illegal campaign financing scheme and corruption of high-ranking members of the Agriculture Ministry between 2014 and 2015, according to a statement from Brazil’s tax agency. The probe is centered in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, but warrants are also being carried out in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paraiba and Mato Grosso states.

J&F Investimentos Former President And CEO Joesley Batista Testifies At A Congressional Inquiry Committee Hearing
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Joesley Batista was released from jail in March, weeks after his older brother Wesley Batista, the former chief executive officer of JBS SA. The brothers, who control the meatpacking giant, had been in jail for about six months as they battled insider-trading accusations and, in Joesley’s case, allegedly concealing information during plea bargain negotiations. The brothers became the center of a scandal that rocked Brazil in 2017 after they reached an agreement with authorities to testify about a long-running scheme to bribe politicians including President Michel Temer. Prosecutors later asked for the plea deals signed by both brothers to be revoked.

Joesley has cooperated with the judiciary and the order for his temporary arrest is “strange,” his lawyer Andre Callegari said in a message sent by a press official for the family’s holding company, J&F Investimentos. He added that Joesley has testified and given several documents in the case, and said he will give “all the clarifications needed.”

JBS fell as much as 5.2 percent in early trading in Sao Paulo, erasing this month’s gains. It was down 0.9 percent as of 10:38 a.m. local time.

The news of the brothers’ plea deal and later arrest sent markets plunging, and caused JBS to temporarily abandon plans to sell shares in New York. The company appointed their father, 84-year-old Jose Batista Sobrinho, as CEO. The meatpacker’s shares and bonds eventually rebounded as it renegotiated its debt with banks and quickly sold assets. Meat operations in the U.S., which account for more than two-thirds of JBS’s revenues, have benefited from rising demand both at home and abroad.

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 10:34 am 
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Another temper tantrum. Trump can’t do what is needed for the nation if he’s angry about something.

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President Trump abruptly ended a meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday, saying he was unable to work with them on legislation following comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that he was “engaged in a coverup.”

Trump made an unscheduled appearance in the Rose Garden shortly afterward and in a meandering 10-minute address said he had left the meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) at which they were supposed to talk about working together on a $2 billion infrastructure plan.

“Instead of walking in happily to a meeting, I walk in to look at people who said I was doing a coverup,” Trump said, adding that he can’t work on infrastructure “under these circumstances.”

Pelosi made her comments earlier Wednesday morning after a closed-door meeting with House Democrats called to discuss ongoing investigations of Trump and his administration. Despite her accusation of a coverup, Pelosi and all but one of her six committee chairmen with investigative powers tamped down talk of impeachment proceedings during the meeting.

Speaking to reporters shortly after Trump’s appearance in the Rose Garden, Pelosi and Schumer said they were taken aback by Trump’s behavior.

“To watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop,” Schumer said.

Pelosi said Democrats had been prepared to deliver a signature accomplishment to Trump at a time when the nation’s roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure are ailing.

“He just took a pass, and it just makes me wonder why he did,” Pelosi said. “In any event, I pray for the president of the United States, and I pray for the United States of America.”


I’m sure that three or four dozen tweets will now follow, so that the Prez can distract his Base.


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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 12:46 pm 
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Another temper tantrum. Trump can’t do what is needed for the nation if he’s angry about something.


Yes. Like go to work. He's now refusing to do his job.

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 1:28 pm 
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Another temper tantrum. Trump can’t do what is needed for the nation if he’s angry about something.


Yes. Like go to work. He's now refusing to do his job.

Maybe he just needs to get out for a game of golf.

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Trump promised never to golf. Instead, he’s spent more than twice as many days golfing as Obama at the same point, costing taxpayers over three times as much.

Donald Trump’s golf habit has already cost taxpayers at least $102 million in extra travel and security expenses, and next month will achieve a new milestone: a seven-figure presidential visit to another country so he can play at his own course.

U.S. taxpayers have spent $81 million for the president’s two dozen trips to Florida, according to a HuffPost analysis. They spent $17 million for his 15 trips to New Jersey, another $1 million so he could visit his resort in Los Angeles and at least $3 million for his two days in Scotland last summer ― $1.3 million of which went just for rental cars for the massive entourage that accompanies a president abroad.

And, notwithstanding Trump’s campaign promise that if elected he would not play golf at all, the White House has done preliminary work for Trump’s visit to his resort on the west coast of Ireland next month, according to Irish media and government sources, even though no official meeting with Irish leaders is planned in the capital, Dublin.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the White House announced that Trump would meet with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Shannon, just 30 miles by air from Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg. It will be the first time Trump will visit a foreign country — with the staggering footprint of personnel and equipment that entails — for the main purpose of playing golf, though an official purpose was layered on after the fact.

“It’s obviously an incredible waste of money,” said Robert Weissman, president of the group Public Citizen. He then quipped: “Of course, the more time he spends golfing, the less time he spends governing, the better.”

The $102 million total to date spent on Trump’s presidential golfing represents 255 times the annual presidential salary he volunteered not to take. It is more than three times the cost of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that Trump continually complains about. It would fund for six years the Special Olympics program that Trump’s proposed budget had originally cut to save money.


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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 6:48 pm 
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Jesus Christ does it get any swampier than this? Why does a self professed BILLIONAIRE need to constantly get loans of just a few million?

Banker Charged With Trying to Trade Loans to Paul Manafort for List of Jobs in Trump Administration

CEO of small Florida bank loaned Trump millions in 2018, then got Federal Reserve post

Trump’s latest personal financial disclosure released on Thursday shows that he borrowed between $5 million and $25 million from Professional Bank, a small Florida bank that deals mainly with construction and real estate loans, Mother Jones reported.

Trump borrowed the money through a limited liability company and used it to purchase a mansion owned by his sister next door to his Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump’s sister, Maryanne Barry, retired as a federal judge earlier this year amid an investigation into alleged tax fraud by her family.

In 2018, the Palm Beach Daily News reported that Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump had purchased the mansion for $18.5 million, but their father's new financial disclosure makes clear that he controlled the LLC that made the purchase. The home is currently available to rent for $81,250 per month on the Trump International Realty website, after being marked down from $100,000 per month.

According to land records, the value of Trump’s loan from the bank to finance the purchase of the mansion was $11.2 million, Mother Jones reported. The loan had an annual interest rate of 4.5 percent.

The loan alone concerned ethics experts. Barack Obama famously refused to refinance his home as president despite the possibility of massive financial savings because he was concerned about appearances.

“The concern is that the president would be treated differently by the bank,” Washington University law professor Kathleen Clark told Mother Jones. “There’s actually a record of banks having a VIP program and treating politically powerful people differently than everyone else. So this is a concern that is well grounded in past practice.”

Shortly after the loan, Professional Bank CEO and president Abel Iglesias landed an appointment to the board of directors of the Miami branch of the Atlanta Federal Reserve, the agency announced in a January press release.

Atlanta Fed spokeswoman Jean Tate told Mother Jones that the regional bank’s board of directors appointed Iglesias. When asked if the administration was involved in the appointment, Tate would only say that “we are independent.”

Trump’s financial disclosure also showed that he made at least $434 million in revenue last year, a slight drop from the $452 million he reported in 2017. Revenues also dropped at Mar-a-Lago by about 10 percent, down to $22.69 million. His Doral golf resort in Florida and his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, saw slight revenue increases, as did his hotel in Washington, which is the subject of multiple lawsuits accusing him of illegally profiting from the presidency.

Since taking office, Trump’s name has been removed from many properties to which he had licensed the brand, including hotels in New York, Toronto and Panama.

Earlier this year, Trump’s sons scrapped plans to develop two mid-priced hotel brands targeting areas with high Trump support, citing the political climate.


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 4:49 am 
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Sounds legit, lol.

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President Donald Trump has "aggressively" pushed for the Army Corps of Engineers to award a contract to a North Dakota-based construction company to build sections of his proposed wall along the southern US border, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Citing conversations with multiple unnamed administration officials, the paper said the President has been pushing Department of Homeland Security leaders and Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers, to award a contract potentially worth billions of dollars to Fisher Industries, "whose top executive is a GOP donor and frequent guest on Fox News."

The Post said Trump's push for the contract with Fisher, which is suing the federal government over its solicitation process for border wall contracts, "has alarmed military commanders and DHS officials."

The President, who has "repeatedly" lobbied on behalf of the company to officials, again brought it up on Thursday during an Oval Office meeting about the border wall that included Gen. Mark Milley, the commander of the Army, and other Pentagon officials, the paper said. Trump, according to officials the Post spoke to, "immediately brought up Fisher" during the meeting.


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Now we’ll get to watch Republicans and ‘conservatives’ fall all over themselves defending the idea that a President should be able to unilaterally approve arms sales for ‘emergency’ reasons where no such emergency actually exists...

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President Donald Trump was set to activate an emergency loophole that would allow him to bypass Congress in selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Lawmakers, some of whom had previously hinted that the move was coming, officially found out Friday when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed them Trump would invoke a clause in the 1976 Arms Export Control Act, which gives oversight of the president's weapons sales authority unless an "emergency exists which requires such sale in the national security interests of the United States."

Support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has proven controversial among members of Congress.

The two Arab monarchies have been accused of war crimes in their conflict against Yemen's Zaidi ____ Muslim rebel group Ansar Allah, or the Houthis, which they—along with the U.S.—accused of receiving direct support from Iran. The latest sale came at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran, which the Trump administration has accused of plotting to attack U.S. interests in the region, a charge it denied.

Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey who sat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and sponsored the 2019 Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act that attempted to block U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia was among those to criticize the White House's decision. In a statement, he said he was "disappointed, but not surprised, that the Trump Administration has failed once again to prioritize our long term national security interests or stand up for human rights, and instead is granting favors to authoritarian countries like Saudi Arabia."

"In trying to explain this move, the Administration failed to even identify which legal mechanism it thinks it is using, described years of malign Iranian behavior but failed to identify what actually constitutes an emergency today, and critically, failed to explain how these systems, many of which will take years to come online, would immediately benefit either the United States or our allies and thus merit such hasty action," Menendez added, calling on both parties to come together in opposition to the move as "the lives of millions of people depend on it."


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 11:33 am 
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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has retained shares in a construction-materials company more than a year after the date she promised to relinquish them, federal disclosure forms show.

Shares of the company, Vulcan Materials Co., the country’s largest supplier of the crushed stone, sand and gravel used in road-paving and building, have risen nearly 13% since April 2018, the month in which Ms. Chao said she would be cashed out of the stock, netting her a more than $40,000 gain, corporate and government filings show.

The shares, now worth nearly $400,000, were paid out to Ms. Chao in April 2018, as deferred compensation for the roughly two years she served on Vulcan’s board of directors before being confirmed as secretary of transportation, the company said.

Ms. Chao’s 2017 ethics agreement, which she signed before her confirmation, said she would receive a cash payout in April 2018 in exchange for the deferred share units she earned while serving on the board, effectively severing her financial ties to the company.

Until that payout, the agreement says, Ms. Chao “will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter that to my knowledge has a direct and predictable effect on the financial interests of Vulcan Materials.”

A Department of Transportation spokesman said the ethics agreement was flawed, because Vulcan’s policy calls for directors’ deferred share units to be paid out in shares of company stock. A Vulcan spokesman confirmed the shares were paid to Ms. Chao last year.

The DOT’s top ethics official has determined that owning the shares doesn’t present a conflict of interest for Ms. Chao, who has disqualified herself from participating in matters involving Vulcan and will continue to do so, the DOT spokesman said. The spokesman said the language of the 2017 ethics agreement “is being clarified to avoid confusion.”

Ms. Chao is married to Sic et Non. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), the Senate majority leader. Details of Ms. Chao’s holdings come from her own financial disclosures as well as from Senate disclosures filed by Mr. McConnell.

Ms. Chao’s decision to retain the shares and recuse herself from matters that might affect Vulcan stands in contrast to the way previous transportation secretaries have handled potential conflicts of interest


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The Swamp’s gotta protect itself and it’s tender opinions on things ...

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White House officials barred a State Department intelligence staffer from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change could be “possibly catastrophic” after State officials refused to excise the document’s references to the scientific consensus on climate change.

The effort to edit, and ultimately suppress, the written testimony of a senior analyst at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research comes as the Trump administtion is debating how best to challenge the idea that the burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet and could pose serious risks unless the world makes deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Senior military and intelligence officials have continued to warn climate change could undermine America’s national security, a position President Trump rejects.

Officials from the White House’s Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Management and Budget and National Security Council all raised objections to parts of the testimony that Rod Schoonover, who works in the office of geography and global affairs, prepared to present on the bureau’s behalf for a hearing Wednesday.

According to several senior administration officials, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk about internal deliberations, Trump officials sought to cut several pages of the document on the grounds that its description of climate science did not mesh with the administration’s official stance.


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Company part-owned by Jared Kushner got $90m from unknown offshore investors since 2017

A real estate company part-owned by Jared Kushner has received $90m in foreign funding from an opaque offshore vehicle since he entered the White House as a senior adviser to his father-in-law Donald Trump.

Investment has flowed from overseas to the company, Cadre, while Kushner works as an international envoy for the US, according to corporate filings and interviews. The money came through a vehicle run by Goldman Sachs in the Cayman Islands, a tax haven that guarantees corporate secrecy.

Kushner, who is married to Trump’s elder daughter Ivanka, kept a stake in Cadre after joining the administration, while selling other assets. His holding is now valued at up to $50m, according to his financial disclosure documents.

Cadre’s foreign funding could create hidden conflicts of interest for Kushner as he performs his work for the US government, according to some ethics experts, who raised concerns over the lack of transparency around the investments.

“It will cause people to wonder whether he is being improperly influenced,” said Jessica Tillipman, a lecturer at George Washington University law school, who teaches government ethics and anti-corruption laws.

Kushner resigned from Cadre’s board and reduced his ownership stake to less than 25% after he joined the White House, according to his attorneys. He failed to list Cadre on his first ethics disclosure, later adding the company and saying the omission was inadvertent. Cadre says he is not actively involved in the company’s operations.

The names of the foreigners investing in Cadre via Goldman Sachs are not disclosed by the companies, which are not required to make the information public. Two sources familiar with the firm said much of the money came to the Cayman Islands vehicle from a second offshore tax haven, while some came from Saudi Arabia.

Kushner was initially denied a security clearance by career officials when he joined Trump’s administration. A whistleblower has told Congress it was blocked due to concerns about Kushner’s outside business interests and “foreign influence”. Kushner was later granted a clearance, allegedly after a Trump appointee intervened.

The White House and Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Kushner, did not respond to questions about the foreign investors and Kushner’s stake in Cadre.

A spokesman for Cadre declined to comment on the record. A spokesman for Goldman Sachs, Patrick Scanlan, said: “Cadre does not have access to any information about the Goldman Sachs clients who have invested in these vehicles.”

Cadre was founded in 2014 by Kushner, his brother Joshua and their friend Ryan Williams, who previously worked for Goldman Sachs. The company operates from a building in Manhattan owned by the Kushner family’s real estate corporation.

The company styles itself as an online marketplace where investors can come together to buy property. But it has also built a real estate investment fund, now worth more than half a billion dollars, that is used to buy properties across the US. The fund’s value has risen fivefold since 2017, when Kushner was appointed a White House adviser, following earlier slower growth.

The offshore Goldman Sachs vehicle began collecting funds for Cadre in August 2017, according to a securities filing. The bank announced in January last year that it had struck a deal for clients to invest up to $250m in total with Cadre.

The vehicle is managed by accountants in the Cayman Islands and is owned by another offshore Goldman Sachs entity. The arrangement is legal. Offshore jurisdictions have come under increased scrutiny in recent years from international authorities concerned about their secrecy.

Funding from the Cayman Islands vehicle goes into Cadre’s real estate purchases in the US, according to sources familiar with the company’s work. Cadre charges an annual fee and takes a cut of profits made from the properties.

This funding is separate from ownership stakes in Cadre itself bought by venture capitalists in Silicon Valley and foreign billionaires, including the Chinese technology tycoon Jack Ma and the Russian investor Yuri Milner. Cadre last year held talks with a fund backed by money from the Saudi Arabian government, but no deal was done.

Trump and several members of his administration, including Kushner, have bucked precedent by retaining business interests after entering the government. George W Bush and Bill Clinton moved their wealth into “blind trusts”, while Barack Obama had few assets beyond savings accounts and investments in index funds.

Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer in Bush’s administration who ran for the Democratic US Senate nomination in Minnesota last year, said he was troubled by the lack of disclosure around some of Cadre’s funding.

“The problem with Kushner – and with Trump – is that we have all these corporate entities, and often nobody knows who is invested in them and where those investors borrowed their money. We simply have no idea,” said Painter.

Government officials are barred by law from being involved “personally and substantially” in actions that benefit them financially, and are obliged to ensure they do not create an appearance of bias.

Kushner says he has excluded himself from government policy on real estate. A footnote to his financial disclosure form said he was recused from “particular matters in the broker-dealer, real estate, and online financial services sectors to the extent they would have a direct and predictable effect on Cadre”.

The conflict of interest law treats spouses’ financial interests as combined. Ivanka Trump has been credited by Trump with advocating for an administration policy that promises to be lucrative for real estate developers and investors. She denies any impropriety.

Kushner’s own recusal on real estate matters in front of the government would not in itself prevent him from taking actions in other policy areas that could entice foreign investors to Cadre.

In all, Cadre’s investment arm manages more than $522m in assets, according to its latest filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which was submitted at the end of March.

Kushner has had financial ties to several different countries. His family’s single most expensive purchase, a skyscraper on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, was last year refinanced by a fund backed by the Qatari government. In an article for the Washington Post defending the family’s businesses, Kushner’s father, Charles, said foreign investments were “a legal and appropriate stream of funding”.

As Trump’s special representative in the Middle East, Kushner has developed a close relationship with Saudi Arabian officials, particularly the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Cadre says it does not have any sovereign wealth funds among its investors.

Sources familiar with Cadre’s setup said a small amount of money in the Goldman-Cadre vehicle, estimated at about $1m, came from Saudi Arabia. Other funding arrived through vehicles based in the British Virgin Islands, adding another layer of offshore secrecy to its origins.

Virginia Canter, the chief ethics counsel at the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said the opaque investments in Cadre would continue raising concerns as Kushner carried out his government duties.

“It was one of the only assets that Kushner retained and it continues to collect foreign investors without transparency,” said Canter, a former White House attorney for Obama and Clinton.

Kushner owns a stake worth between $25m and $50m in a “holding company for” Cadre, according to his most recent financial disclosure form, which he filed in May 2018. Kushner and his wife estimate their total wealth at between $235m and $812m.

Cadre was one of dozens of holdings added to a revised version of Kushner’s 2017 financial disclosure form that corrected his original filing.

Williams, Cadre’s chief executive, has said the firm is “democratizing” real estate investment. The small print of its website says its offerings are intended only for people who earn at least $200,000 a year or have a net worth of $1m excluding the value of their home. The company requires a minimum investment of $50,000.

Cadre recently announced plans to raise multimillion-dollar funds to invest in real estate developments in parts of the US covered by the Trump administration’s “opportunity zones” program, which offers valuable tax breaks to developers and investors.

The program was championed by Ivanka Trump, according to her father, who said at the White House that Ivanka had been “pushing this very hard”. The remarks raised allegations that policy she worked on could benefit her husband financially. She has denied any impropriety.


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Guess which side has the lobbyists?

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed delaying and rescinding an Obama-era regulation that would require payday lenders to determine whether a borrower has the ability to repay the loan. That regulation, which the Trump administration has delayed until next year, was intended to prevent low-income borrowers from becoming saddled with ballooning debt because payday loans can carry annual interest rates of 300% or more. Consumer advocates say low-income individuals often have to take out new payday loans to pay off earlier ones.

The Trump administration argues that rescinding the Obama-era rule will encourage more competition in the industry and provide more options for borrowers. The public comment period on the proposed change closed May 15. It is unclear when a final rule will be issued.

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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Streamlined Federal Grants For Husband Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Swamp Gets Smell of Poop and Turtle Soup Mixture -

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Kellyanne Conway Should Be Removed From Federal Office, Ethics Agency Says


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Now we hear that Ms. Sanders is leaving.

Could be that even she has her limits ... or that Fox News has a sweet deal waiting in the wings. Then, she can help the Fox team shape their daily messaging for the President to repeat.


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Now we hear that Ms. Sanders is leaving.

Could be that even she has her limits ... or that Fox News has a sweet deal waiting in the wings. Then, she can help the Fox team shape their daily messaging for the President to repeat.

I have to give her credit, she was very good at what she did. Somewhere between Ron Ziegler and Tokyo Rose.

I would expect a Randy Rainbow Tribute video in the next week or two.

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Surely It's a Coincidence That a Firm Tied to a Russian Oligarch Is Pouring Millions Into Kentucky


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McConnell's wife Chao sells off stock as attention on corruption allegations grows


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Supreme Court told the Trump no citizenship question on the census. Trump said he was going to put one in anyway. Buncha people sued. Court said no citizenship question. DOJ lawyer told court they were not going to add a citizenship question. Trump tweets that he’s absolutely adding a citizenship question. Court asks DOJ lawyer what’s up. DOJ lawyer says he has no idea.

This is what happens when you put corrupt rapist who can barely read in charge of the government.

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Trump plans to divert $2.5 million from national parks to fund his ‘Salute to America’ — featuring himself.

Trump will address the crowd at some point in the evening. The event is free to the public, though the section closest to the Lincoln Memorial is reserved with tickets being doled out by the Republican National Committee and Trump’s reelection campaign.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2019/07/03/president-trump-plans/

Making the 4th of July Celebration into a partisan campaign event to raise money is a new low for any American President. One that should get Trump tossed from office if his party had any integrity.

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The popular snack Cheetos will look different starting tomorrow after Frito-Lay decided to change the color from its traditional bright orange.

“Cheetos are now fluorescent green, though with the same great cheesy taste you know and love.”

The move is being made in response to consumers associating the product with President Trump.

“People who love Cheetos suddenly reported feeling sick after eating them, and we finally realized it’s because they reminded them who the leader of the country was.”

Focus testing suggested the new look was a vast improvement, with the product now being associated with aliens, radioactivity, and the Grinch instead of the current White House incumbent.

Orange growers will be closely watching Frito-Lay’s balance sheet, as they decide whether to genetically modify their product to be more purple.

Sadly, one victim of the Trump era appears to be the mushroom business, where sales have been steadily falling over the past year.

“People just can’t bring themselves to put a mushroom in their mouth anymore for some reason.”

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