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Government Watchdog: Separated Migrant Children Suffer Severe Trauma

September 6, 2019

Government Watchdog: Separated Migrant Children Suffer Severe Trauma

Many migrant children separated from their parents by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy experienced severe mental trauma, according to a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General. Separated children “exhibited more fear, feelings of abandonment, and post-traumatic stress” than children who were not separated.

The Trump Administration continues to separate migrant children from their families at the southern border, claims the ACLU, despite a year-old court order forbidding the practice. There is an exception when parents pose a risk to their children, and Customs and Border Protection has abused that carve-out, separating nearly 1000 children from families over petty offenses or subjective and contrived reasons, says the ACLU in court filings. After CBP separates families, the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement becomes responsible for child welfare, hence the IG report.

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“‘Can’t feel my heart:’ IG says separated kids traumatized,” Colleen Long, Martha Mendoza, and Garance Burke, Associated Press

“Government watchdog details severe trauma suffered by separated children,” Nathaniel Weixel, The Hill

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Trump Uses Pro Wrestling’s Playbook

August 28, 2019

The New York Post‘s Miranda Devine is the latest to observe that “Donald Trump has modeled his presidential persona on WWE pro wrestling.”

“The banter, the jokes, the trash-talking, the catchphrases, the crowd manipulation, the belligerent patriotism, the villain-slamming: It’s all straight out of a preordained WWE storyline.”

“His Twitter feed, with its outlandish, self-aggrandizing dramas, is an extension of the WWE theme.”

“Is Trump a good guy or a bad guy?

‘He’s a heel to some. He’s a babyface to others,’ says ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, once the greatest wrestler in WWE history, who now hosts a podcast drawing 2 million downloads and a USA show, ‘Straight Up Steve Austin.’

Trump seems to have modeled himself on Austin, who was an anti-authoritarian, blue-collar, cussing heel who didn’t care how he was perceived and was so admired by audiences that he ‘turned face.’

Like Austin, Trump’s persona is champion of the underdog, ‘the People’s Billionaire,’ the ‘heel’ who picks fights and always prevails.

‘The crowd know it’s fake but they believe, just like if you went to a movie.’”

— “Trump took a page out of the WWE’s playbook,” Miranda Devine, New York Post

Before his casino bankruptcies, Donald Trump sponsored two WWE WrestleMania extranaganzas in Atlantic City, and took an active part in the promotional hijinks. His efforts earned him a place in pro wrestling’s Hall of Fame before he jumped into the political arena.

Pro wrestling’s actual playbook can be found in the tricks & tips for players of WWE videogames: “Anyone who has watched even 10 minutes of WWE programming knows that talking and charisma are just as important as in-ring skills.”

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Trump: 12,019 Lies in 928 days

August 13, 2019

Trump: 12,019 Lies in 928 days

“President Trump’s proclivity for spouting exaggerated numbers, unwarranted boasts and outright falsehoods has continued at a remarkable pace. As of Aug. 5, his 928th day in office, he had made 12,019 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement the president has uttered.”

— “President Trump has made 12,019 false or misleading claims over 928 days,” Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly, Washington Post

Updates:

“‘I don’t think this president has lied’: Trump aide denies he’s ever misled the public,” Timothy Bella, Washington Post

“Trump spokeswoman: ‘I don’t think the president has lied,'” Justin Wise, The Hill

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Trump May Pardon Rod Blagojevich

August 9, 2019

Trump May Pardon Rod Blagojevich

President Donald Trump is again considering  commuting the prison sentence of one-time Celebrity Apprentice contestant and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the incarcerated Chicago Democrat who tried to sell Barack Obama’s vacant senate seat after the 2004 election. “Blago,” a devoted Elvis fan, is probably all shook up. He’s serving a 14-year sentence and is scheduled to do the Jailhouse Rock until May 2024.

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“After Strongly Suggesting He May Commute Blagojevich’s Sentence, Trump Says Matter Is Under Review,” Maggie Haberman, New York Times

“Trump, getting facts wrong, says he may free Blagojevich,” Michael Tarm, Associated Press

“Jared Kushner urged Trump to pardon disgraced Illinois governor to appeal to Democrats: report,” Travis Gettys, Salon

 

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The G7 Summit May Meet at Trump’s Doral Golf Club

August 8, 2019

The G7 Summit May Meet at Trump's Doral Golf Club

President Trump wants the 2020 G7 meeting to take place at the Trump National Doral resort in Florida. He might think the “G” stands for “golf,” but it’s the Group of Seven finance summit. Speaking of finance, the Doral could use the money. During the Trump presidency its net operating income fell 69%. And the Doral’s debts are international, since it was financed through loans from Deutsche Bank. Note to finance ministers: the swimming pools haven’t been inspected in the past year.

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“Trump resort in mix to host G7,” Jonathan Swan, Axios

“Trump’s prized Doral resort is in steep decline, according to company documents, showing his business problems are mounting,” David A. Fahrenthold and Jonathan O’Connell, Washington Post

Updates:

“Trump sings the praises of his resort in Florida as possible G-7 host for 2020,” Josh Dawsey and David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post

“Trump Has Just the Place for the Next G7 Meeting: His Own Golf Resort,” Patricia Mazzei, Michael D. Shear and Eric Lipton, New York Times

“Donald Trump pitches his own Miami resort as next G7 venue – video,” The Guardian

“Trump Plan To Host G7 At Own Property Raises ‘Monumental’ Emoluments Issues,” Josh Kovensky, TPM Muckraker

“Trump Pitches Luxury Miami Property for Next G-7: His Own,” Jennifer Jacobs, Josh Wingrove, and Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

“‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Love The Idea Of Trump Hosting G7 At His Golf Resort,” Summer Concepcion, Talkin, gPointsMemo

“Trump’s push to hold the G7 at a resort he still owns and profits from, explained,” Aaron Rupar, Vox

“Trump says ‘no bedbugs’ at his Doral resort. But inspectors have found a host of other problems.” Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post

“Trump’s ‘perfectly located’ Doral resort sees value decline again, Miami-Dade says,” Douglas Hanks and Taylor Dolven, Miami Herald

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Guy In Charge of Fixing Cities Admits He Hasn’t

August 2, 2019

Guy In Charge of Fixing Cities Admits He Hasn't

Retired neurosurgeon and noted pyramid expert Ben Carson, President Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has a perfect record at HUD — he’s done absolutely nothing. HUD is also charged with enforcing the Fair Housing Act, which Dr. Carson has diagnosed as “communist.”

Ben Carson MD once worked for a living at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, so he could authoritatively echo President Trump’s description of that ivy-infested hellhole. Of course, he commuted to Hopkins from his palatial home in leafy Upperco, Maryland. As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Carson has felt duty-bound to increase his own supply of housing, and has acquired additional estates in Vienna, Virginia and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

In a move reminiscent of his own gaffe-prone 2016 campaign, Dr. Carson showed up unannounced for a press event at a Baltimore church and was miffed to be shunted into an alley. Guess that physician “God Complex” survived retirement. In any case, the Trump Administration’s dubious claims about investing in Baltimore rest on the so-called Opportunity Zone scheme, tax incentive payoffs to the developers gentrifying Charm City.

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“Ben Carson says as a pediatric neurosurgeon, he hesitated to send children back to ‘infested’ homes in Baltimore,” John Wagner, Washington Post

“Baltimore Church Gives Ben Carson the Boot As He Scrambles to Demonstrate What He’s Done for That City Lately,” Dara Sharif, The Root

“Ben Carson defends Trump, compares Baltimore to cancer patient,” Katy O’Donnell, Politico

“‘Not my Baltimore’: In Cummings’s district, a rich tapestry of problems and gems,” Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post

“Why your city should imitate Baltimore. (Yes, we said Baltimore.),” Philip Bane, Smart Cities Council

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Family Separations Continue

August 1, 2019

Family Separations Continue

The Trump Administration continues to separate migrant children from their families at the southern border, claims the ACLU, despite a year-old court order forbidding the practice. There is an exception when parents with criminal histories or communicable diseases pose a risk to their children, and Customs and Border Protection has abused that carve-out, separating nearly 1000 children from families over petty offenses or subjective and contrived reasons, says the ACLU in court filings.

More:

“ACLU: U.S. has taken nearly 1,000 child migrants from their parents since judge ordered stop to border separations,”Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post

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Epstein: ‘many of them are on the young side’

July 19, 2019

“Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” — Donald Trump, on sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, 2002.

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“Trump called Epstein a ‘terrific guy’ who enjoyed ‘younger’ women before denying relationship with him,” David A. Fahrenthold, Beth Reinhard and Kimberly Kindy, Washington Post

“Epstein Arrest Is a Worry for Donald Trump,” Timothy L. O’Brien, Bloomberg

“Watch: Donald Trump parties in 1992 with now-accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, pats woman’s rear end,” Dan Mangan, CNBC

“Behind the scenes the night Trump partied at Mar-a-Lago with Jeffrey Epstein and NFL cheerleaders,” By Rosalind S. Helderman and, Washington Post

“Jeffrey Epstein Was a Sex Offender. The Powerful Welcomed Him Anyway.” David A. Fahrenthold, Beth Reinhard and Kimberly Kindy, New York Times

“The pressure on a prosecutor: How Epstein’s wealth and power steered Acosta toward lenient deal,” Marc Fisher, Devlin Barrett and Kimberly Kindy, Washington Post

“Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained,” Jane Coaston and Anna North, Vox

“Jeffrey Epstein: how US media – with one star exception – whitewashed the story,”Ed Pilkington, Guardian

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Trump Re-Election Campaign Begins

July 18, 2019

Trump Re-Election Campaign Begins

President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign held its first rally in Greenville, NC on Wednesday, but the campaign actually started on Twitter the previous weekend. Mr. Trump is campaigning against four young congresswomen of color, none of whom are actually 2020 presidential candidates. At the rally he specifically singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who came to the U.S. from war-torn Somalia as a child refugee. “Send her back,” responded the red-hatted crowd.

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“At North Carolina Rally, Trump Bets on Divisive Attacks as Way to Bolster Re-election Bid,” Michael Crowley, New York Times

“Trump slams ‘squad’ during North Carolina rally as crowd chants ‘send her back,'” John Fritze, USA Today

“Trump Goads Crowd Into Urging Deportation of Congressional Democrat,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Trump refers to Ocasio-Cortez as just ‘Cortez’ because it ‘takes too much time’ to say full name,” Arris Folley, The Hill

“A new poll shows why Trump attacked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar — and why it could get even uglier,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Trump’s premeditated racism is central to his 2020 strategy,” Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, Axios

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The Mueller Report in Under 6 Minutes

July 17, 2019

The 448-page Mueller Report, explained by Rob Reiner, Sophia Bush, Stephen King, Jonathan Van Ness, Robert De Niro, Laurence Fishburne, Kendrick Sampson, Chrsitine Lahti, Martin Sheen, Rosie Perez, and George Takei.

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