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Reince Priebus: Take Trump’s Claim That The Press Is The ‘Enemy Of The State’ Seriously

Enemy of the People

Steve Bannon

Reince Priebus: Take Trump’s Claim That The Press Is The ‘Enemy Of The State’ Seriously

Only trust Trump and maybe Faux News Channel.

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Meet Gene Huber, Trump Supporter

Gene Huber

Via Raw Story:

…Trump attacked the press and invented a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened on Saturday at his rally in Melbourne, Florida, but some people will remember the rally for one reason only: Trump supporter Gene Huber.

“A star is born,” said Pres. Trump on Saturday after he invited ardent supporter Gene Huber on to the stage to address the audience.

Huber is a longtime Trump booster who followed the campaign from rally to rally in 2016.

He told CNN after the rally, “I got a six-foot cardboard box of Pres. Trump in my house and I salute that every single day.”

Huber continued, “And I pray. I tell him, ‘Mr. President, I pray for your safety today. And I’m not lying. I do that every day.”

Huber was first in line for the rally at 4:00 am (i.e. 14 hours before it started). While waiting, he was interviewed by cable news reporters. Trump was watching TV of course, and later when he recognized Huber from the stage he invited him to come up and speak.

Maybe he can replace Sean Spicer.

More info:
Fact Check: What Trump Got Wrong at His Rally (Really, at this point why bother?)

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Flynn Needs A Special Prosecutor

It took less than three weeks for the Trump administration to produce its first blockbuster criminal scandal. Gotta be some kind of a record.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz acted with his usual alacrity and immediately added General Mike Flynn to his list of Trump scandals he will never, ever investigate. Senator Rand Paul ruled out the very idea of “having Republicans investigate Republicans.”

“I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party. We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do, like repealing Obamacare, if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense.”

So the answer is simple. Appoint an independent Special Prosecutor. Do it now.

Note: General Flynn was touted as an intelligence expert. He didn’t think that his phone calls were being monitored? Of course, it’s just WaPo anonymous sources again. All the more reason to launch an independent investigation.

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Robert Reich: ACA Repeal Is A Tax Cut For The Rich

Via Alternet:

Trump supporters have to go to bed face-down because of all the knives sticking in their backs, and that’s an alt-fact!

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Trump Ready To Support ‘Entitlement Reform’ And You Know What THAT Means

Liar

The Hill reports:

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said Democratic efforts to tie Trump to campaign comments about preserving entitlement programs miss the mark, and that his talks with Trump show the president is prepared to back entitlement reform so long as current beneficiaries don’t see their benefits cut.

…“Some people are taking his comments to say he doesn’t want to look at anything on entitlement reform,” said Meadows. “In my conversations with him, that was not the case. It was more about the benefits that seniors have earned currently.”

As a candidate, Trump promised to “save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts.”

This is a huge broken promise by Trump, since he campaigned as being the only TeaGOPer who promised never to touch social safety net programs.

More info:
Trump: I’ll protect Social Security. Trump’s budget director: Maybe not.
Trump Breaks Promise To Reduce Drug Prices

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Unpresidented – Trump Cannot Make SCOTUS Appointment In His Last Year


Video from Washington Post.

The Tea-GOP stole a Supreme Court nomination away from President Obama. Trump should not be allowed to benefit from that theft. Dems need to shut it down. “Nuclear” option? Sure, fine, there is nothing to lose now! Trump won’t last a year, and the new rule is no SCOTUS appointments with less than a year to go.

Do not legitimize Trump. Today, the Tea-GOP senators had to break Senate rules to vote on Trump’s nominees in committee with no Dems present. Munchkin lied about robo-signing, he disqualified himself.

Bonus: Senator Orrin Hatch is going around complaining about too much partisanship in the Senate!

More info:
Democrats block confirmation votes for Sessions, Price and Mnuchin
GOP won’t rule out killing the filibuster for Supreme Court pick (Great, average Americans hate the filibuster)

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Trump Approval = 36 Percent

America wants you here

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, 44 percent of respondents disapproved of Trump’s handling of his job as President thus far, while 36 percent approved. Nineteen percent of respondents were undecided.

Trump started out as the least-popular ever, and he is down 8 points in his first week. And that was before the sudden implementation of his idiotic and unconstitutional Muslim ban caused chaos at airports across the country. We now have a full-blown constitutional crisis because some federal employees – apparently on orders from the White House – are refusing to abide by a court order halting the Muslim ban.

As the rule of law crumbles, Reince Priebus told Chuck Todd “We apologize for nothing.” Trump himself said that his Muslim ban was “working out very nicely.”

So far the Dems are not putting up enough opposition to Trump, but the way things are going the Tea-GOP Congress is going to have to stop him or face losing the next election.

More info:
Spontaneous Protests Hit Airports Across America Following Trump’s Executive Order
WATCH: Protesters cheer and sing as detainees are released at airports across US

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#Alternativefacts is Now A Hashtag on Twitter

Paging George Orwell…

“Meet The Press” this morning:

Chuck Todd: You did not answer the question of why the President asked the White House Press Secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood. Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House Press Office on day one.

Kellyanne Conway: No, it doesn’t. Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that, but the point…

Chuck Todd: Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts. Four of the five things he uttered. The one thing he got right was Zeke Miller. Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Look. Alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.

In no time at all, #alternativefacts was on Twitter. This is happening.

More info:
Kellyanne Conway: WH Spokesman Gave ‘Alternative Facts’ on Inauguration Crowd
‘Alternative Facts Are Not Facts, They’re Falsehoods!: Chuck Todd Battles Kellyanne Conway
Chuck Todd Obliterates Kellyanne Conway For Claiming White House Lies Are “Alternative Facts”

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Never Give Up! Millions March Against Trump

Pussy hats
Washington, DC

The dismal Trump inauguration has been eclipsed by today’s demonstrations against Trump. The crowd was estimated at 500,000 in Washington DC, while a total of 5 million came out in hundreds of marches in cities in all 50 states and around the world on all continents, including Antarctica. A record-setting example of People Power. Chelsea Handler led a march with 8,000 people in Park City.

I am encouraged because the spirit of the demonstrations has been festive and optimistic. Our Democracy isn’t finished yet! What a contrast to Trump’s dark and menacing “American carnage” speech yesterday.

As Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) said at the Atlanta rally, “Never give up! Never lose hope!”

HuffPo: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Protesters Welcome Donald Trump To Washington

At Today’s Women’s March, Watch For The PussyHats!
Celebrities Join Women’s Marches Around The World In Solidarity

Get LOUD #WOMENSMARCH #MARCHONMAIN

A photo posted by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on

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Is This Really Happening?

Via Raw Story:

Scotland’s The Sunday Herald struck a chord this week with a hilarious and chilling preview of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.

In its Sunday TV guide section, the paper characterizes Trump’s swearing in as a return of The Twilight Zone…

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Evil Russkie Conspiracy Theory Report: High Confidence But No New Evidence

Vladimir Putin

Sam Biddle, writing on The Intercept:

After President Obama and Donald Trump were briefed on a classified report explaining the United States Intelligence Community’s belief that Russia hacked the Democratic Party, the public has received its own, declassified version. Unfortunately for us, it appears virtually anything new and interesting was removed in the redaction process, leaving us without the conclusive, technical evidence we were hoping for — and that the American people are owed….

The immensely confident report, based on the combined findings of the NSA, CIA, and FBI, includes virtually no new details about why the nation’s intelligence agencies attributed the attacks to the Russian government (and in some cases, directly to Vladimir Putin)…

Last night, Rachel Maddow was waving around this redacted nothingburger and shouting as if it were proof positive of the Evil Russkie Conspiracy Theory. But there is no supporting evidence in it unless you count already-debunked stuff about “Guccifer 2.0.” Repeating a baseless allegation in an official report does not convince anybody.

Here is what we know. A DNC staffer delivered the DNC e-mails on a disk to Craig Murray, a former British ambassador who now works for WikiLeaks. John Podesta’s e-mails became public after he fell for a simple phishing scam.

Unlike the U.S. intelligence agencies, WikiLeaks has never been found to have disseminated false information to the public. Certainly every DNC and Hillary campaign e-mail was genuine, because the authors of the e-mails never disavowed what they wrote.

Last Thursday, I watched James Clapper’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Remember that Clapper has lied to Congress previously, which makes his credibility very low indeed. At the hearing, Clapper was challenged on the issue of nonexistent Iraq WMDs. He acknowledged that he was partly responsible for the lies that the Bush administration used to launch the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, but claimed that mistakes were made and lessons were learned – things are different now!

So far I believe WikiLeaks over James Clapper. No doubt there will be further investigations, but at this point it looks like nobody can prove anything.

UPDATE:
Josh Marshall: Mind-Boggling

[J]ust two weeks before a new President is sworn into office, the country’s intelligence agencies are publicly releasing a report claiming that the United States’ great 20th century rival, Russia, conspired to assist in that new President’s election. Step back and just absorb that. That is simply mind-boggling.

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President Obama Proclaims Bears Ears National Monument

Arch Canyon
Arch Canyon, Bears Ears NM / Manti-La Sal NF

Today President Obama proclaimed a 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument, which is just two-thirds the area proposed by the Bears Ears Coalition. Instead of sticking the right-wing with what they deserve, Obama fell short, in his usual “well, it’s better than nothing” style. The smaller-than-expected boundary is close to what Rep. Rob Bishop proposed in his Public Lands Initiative bill.

Of course the Tea-GOP is exploding with rage anyway despite Obama’s futile attempt to make them feel listened to. Via the Salt Lake Tribune:

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch on Wednesday issued a scathing indictment calling Obama’s action an “attack on an entire way of life” and an “astonishing and egregious abuse of executive power” that far exceeds the intent of the Antiquities Act.

“In the next Congress under President [Donald] Trump, I will do everything in my power to reverse this travesty,” Hatch said.

…Gov. Gary Herbert said he was “deeply disturbed” by the designation, by which he said the president “misused his authority” and “violated assurances made by his Interior Secretary [Sally Jewell] to take into account local concerns.”

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said he is working with Herbert, the state’s congressional delegation and lawmakers on a lawsuit, “and we are confident in our chances of success.”

Comment in an e-mail from USA-ALL (right-wing anti-wilderness group):

We called this early in 2016. This is one we hate to be right about. There is much we could say about this…like how it will undermine the possibility of collaborative planning and compromises over disputed areas, like how shady and dishonest groups like SUWA are, or how naive and foolish native american tribes are for buying into the lies of enviros, and how the Obama administration cares little about REAL local input and doing the right thing for the land and the people…we could go on.

USA-ALL will make it our mission, in 2017, to convince the Trump administration to undo in entirety or part this latest assault.

UPDATE:
As much as I dislike SUWA, they have the right idea here:
TELL THE UTAH DELEGATION: HANDS OFF BEARS EARS!

More info:
Statement by the President on the Designation of Bears Ears National Monument…
Department of the Interior press release
Beauty of Bears Ears on Vimeo
BLM website: Bears Ears National Monument
Forest Service website: Bears Ears National Monument
Barack Obama Names Two New National Monuments Important To Native Americans Before His Term Ends
Chaffetz Outraged by Obama Decision to Impose Unwanted Midnight Monument in Utah (Note: This is on Rep. Chaffetz’ website, and you can leave a comment!)
Utah Attorney General Vows To Sue Obama Over New National Monument

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