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Trump Throws Junior Under the Bus

August 9, 2018

Trump Throws Junior Under the Bus

Too impatient to read all the way through the story of Issac in Mike Pence’s Bible, President Donald Trump sacrificed eldest son Donald Trump Jr. to the Mueller investigation last Sunday.

That’s right. The president threw his firstborn under the bus, but claims he himself is innocent. Daddy Trump is implicating his own son in a conspiracy violation of federal election law, and also making false statements to Congress about Russian campaign involvement. No wonder President Trump’s allies have urged him to stop tweeting about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

More:

“President Admits Trump Tower Meeting Was Meant to Get Dirt on Clinton,” Michael D. Shear and Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times

“Trump acknowledges, defends 2016 meeting between son, Kremlin-aligned lawyer,” Ashley Parker and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post

“Donald Trump throws his eldest son under the bus: And yes, this ‘collusion’ could be criminal,” Bob Cesca, Salon

“Thrown Under the Legal Bus’: Lawyer Says Trump May Have Just Implicated His Son in a Series of Crimes,” Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“Why Would Trump Throw Don Jr. Under The Legal Bus?” Elie Mystal, Above The Law

“Donald Trump Jr.’s Potential Legal Troubles, Explained,” Charlie Savage, New York Times

“The Double Damage of the President’s Trump Tower Admission,” David A. Graham, The Atlantic

“The Day Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia,” Adam Davidson, The New Yorker

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Will Trump’s Hollywood Star Be Replaced?

August 7, 2018

Will Trump's Hollywood Star Be Replaced?

[Updated] The West Hollywood City Council unanimously passed a resolution to permanently remove Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame star. In practice, the action would be complicated. The Walk of Fame is a project of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the sidewalk paving is the purview of the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Trump gained his star in his role as producer of the Miss Universe telecast since they don’t give them to reality TV celebrities or authoritarian rulers.

The pavement marker in question was substantially vandalized in 2016 and again this year, but the West Hollywood resolution is based on sexist and racist Trump political policies not in keeping with WeHo neighborhood values. So whose star should replace Donald Trump’s? Well, recently West Hollywood presented the keys to the city to film star Stormy Daniels. ‘Nuff said.

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Ivanka Abandons Asian Sweatshops For White House

July 24, 2018

Ivanka Abandons Asian Sweatshops For White House

Sweatshop shmata merchant and celebrity nanny-employer mom Ivanka Trump has decided to pull the plug on her failing imported fashion brand in order to concentrate on wielding her undefined influence in her Daddy’s White House. Pop’s tariffs spared her trademarked Chinese-made products, but women aren’t buying them, stores won’t carry them, and online purchases have tanked. This champion of working women is laying off her Ivanka brand staff of 19 women in New York.

Even though Ms. Trump isn’t paid for whatever-the-hell it is she does in the executive mansion, she won’t go broke. Last year she earned $3.9 million from the lobbyist- and diplomat-infested Trump International Hotel a few blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Mad for Vlad, Trump Invites Putin To Washington

July 23, 2018

Mad for Vlad, Trump Invites Putin To Washington
President Donald Trump so enjoyed his successful Helsinki meeting with Vladimir Putin that he’s sent a message to the Russian strongman inviting him to the White House this fall. Great, another damn sequel. Perhaps Russian oligarchs could use the occasion to hold a GOP fundraiser in DC — it wouldn’t be the first for some of them.

Mr. Putin may be welcome at the White House and the Trump Hotel, but he can forget about addressing a joint session of Congress. Maybe he can pop across the Potomac to visit his fans at the NRA instead.

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Here Comes Donald Trump’s Personal Military Parade

July 20, 2018

Here Comes Donald Trump's Personal Military Parade

Since impeachment proceedings have not yet commenced, a Joint Chiefs of Staff team is finally getting around to planning President Trump’s personal vanity military parade, now scheduled for Saturday, November 10th. It will be executed by the U.S. Military District of Washington, the Army command in charge of state funerals for former presidents, who are no doubt rolling in their graves.

November 10th is not quite Veteran’s Day, perhaps because Mr. Trump is not quite a veteran. He is a former New York Military Academy High School Cadet Captain, though he was removed from actual command duties due to shirking. Anyway, he wants a military parade, just like his best bud Kim Jong-un. There are still bone spurs snags remaining, since expenses like Secret Service and police overtime and risers, stands and barriers cannot be paid through the military budget, and the White House hasn’t made provision for them. As a money-saving measure, perhaps the reviewing stand can be limited to a single seat, since only one person wants this parade. 89 percent of Military Times readers think it’s a waste of time and money.

More:

“Planning for Trump’s military parade finally getting underway,” Courtney Kube, NBC News

“Trump’s military parade expected to cost nearly as much as ‘tremendously expensive’ canceled war games,” Ryan Browne, CNN

“For the cost of Trump’s military parade, we could get eight months of Mueller’s probe,” Philip Bump, Washington Post

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Trump’s Driver Sues Him for 6 Years of Unpaid Overtime

July 16, 2018

Noel Cintron, Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years, says his boss didn’t pay him overtime and raised his salary only twice in 15 years, clawing back the second raise by cutting off his health benefits. Mr. Cintron is suing his former employer for the back wages.

More:

“Donald Trump’s former driver sues over unpaid wages,” Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian

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Showtime!

July 9, 2018

Showtime!

It’s spectacle showtime for charlatan-in-chief Donald Trump, who’ll select his prime-time pick for America’s next top model Supreme Court justice tonight at 9PM Eastern. Suspense mounts! Which conservative ideologue will win? Who will go home with a consolation prize?

More:

“How Trump turned the US Supreme Court into prime time television,” Ephrat Livni, Quartz

“Trump pushing for another reality-show reveal of Supreme Court pick,” Andrew Restuccia, Politico

“A ‘Supreme’ show: Trump savors big reveal for court choice,” BY Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller, AP via Charlotte Observer

“Trump’s New Pageant: SCOTUS Pick Will Have To Look ‘All-American,’ Jibe With Trump,” Nicole LaFond, TPM Livewire

“Trump Is Picking His Supreme Court Nominee Like He’s Casting the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition,” Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

“The Supreme Court Show,” Ross Douthat, New York Times

“The most interesting late development in Trump’s Supreme Court derby,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

Inside Baseball:

“The Five Frontrunners,” Adam Feldman, Empirical SCOTUS

“Trump’s 2018 Supreme Court Shortlist and Their Views on Administrative Law,” Chris Walker, Notice & Comment

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Trump Narrows Supreme Court Picks Down to Three

July 6, 2018

Trump Narrows Supreme Court Picks Down to Three
Drama! Suspense mounts on the reality-TV show known as the Trump presidency as we near the prime time Monday night announcement of Mr. Trump’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Whatshisname. The president has narrowed the list prepared by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society to three possible nominees, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Raymond Kethledge. While Republicans argue about which one is the most stalwart conservative ideologue, Mr. Trump makes personnel decisions based on a candidate’s looks. That’s certainly worked out well for him so far!

More:

“Trump pushing for another reality-show reveal of Supreme Court pick,” Andrew Restuccia, Politico

“Trump’s New Pageant: SCOTUS Pick Will Have To Look ‘All-American,’ Jibe With Trump,” Nicole LaFond, TPM Livewire

“Trump Is Picking His Supreme Court Nominee Like He’s Casting the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition,” Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

“The Supreme Court Show,” Ross Douthat, New York Times

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American Shame at an All-Time High

July 3, 2018

American Shame at an All-Time High

“This Fourth of July marks a low point in U.S. patriotism. For the first time in Gallup’s 18-year history asking U.S. adults how proud they are to be Americans, fewer than a majority say they are ‘extremely proud.’ Currently, 47% describe themselves this way, down from 51% in 2017 and well below the peak of 70% in 2003.”

–“In U.S., Record-Low 47% Extremely Proud to Be Americans,” Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup

More:

“It’s Independence Day, but Americans aren’t feeling so proud,” Emily Guskin, Washington Post

“We’re Divided On Patriotism Too,” Nathaniel Rakich and Dhrumil Mehta, FiveThirtyEight

“Poll: On the 4th, what symbolizes the best (and worst) of America? It depends whom you ask,” Susan Page and Merdie Nganza, USA Today

Related:

“‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem,” Sheryl Kaskowitz, New York Times

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Trump Supreme Court Pick: Worst TV Game Show Ever

July 2, 2018

Trump Supreme Court Pick: Worst TV Game Show Ever
President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Whatshisname, and scheduled the announcement of his replacement nominee for July 9th. The president will ponder this momentous decision while spending the July 4th weekend in his Fortress of Solitude Trump Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey. There is said to be a shortlist of 5 possible contenders, none of them Gary Busey or Meat Loaf. “I may have two of them come up, like the old days to Bedminster,” said the president, “could be this weekend…It is exciting.” Suspense! Imagine the ratings. May the best conservative ideologue win!

There will be no swimsuit competition, even though two of the candidates are women. Senate Democrats and civil rights groups are asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay the confirmation vote until after the midterm elections, but he just smiles.

More:

“Supreme Court Announcement Scheduled Just Like The World’s Worst Game Show,” Joe Patrice, Above the Law

“It’s ‘The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition,’ as Trump Summons Finalists to White House,” Maggie Haberman, Michael M. Grynbaum, and Ron Nixon, New York Times

“Online bettors see Kavanaugh as likely U.S. Supreme Court nominee,” Reuters

“Chuck Todd: GOP ‘may fully pull that hypocrisy muscle’ by confirming SCOTUS pick in election year,” Jacqueline ThomsenThe Hill

“Mitch McConnell shows there’s no honor among Supreme Court thieves,” Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe

Updates:

“Trump Narrows Supreme Court Shortlist To 3 — With 2 On The Inside Track,” Nina Totenberg, NPR

“Gamblers betting on Kavanaugh as Trump’s Supreme Court pick,” Matthew Nussbaum, Politico

Related:

“Just Like LeBron James, Justice Anthony Kennedy Is Now A ‘Free Agent,’” Staci Zaretsky, Above the Law

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