Posts Tagged ‘Trump’

The Bible-ish Belief Behind Trump’s Foreign Policy

July 28, 2020

Evangelical Christian Zionists, once a religious right fringe group, are now influencing Republican politics and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Under Mike Pompeo, Quasi-Biblical prophecy has become State Department doctrine. A Vox video by Danush Parvaneh and Liz Scheltens.

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“The Rapture and the Real World: Mike Pompeo Blends Beliefs and Policy,” New York Times

“Pompeo Aligns U.S. Foreign Policy With Christian Zionists,” Nancy LeTourneau, Washington Monthly

“The Evangelicals Who Pray for War With Iran,” Sarah Posner, The New Republic

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Dr. Trump’s Terrifying Timeline of COVID-19 Diagnoses

July 27, 2020

Dr. Trump's Terrifying Timeline of COVID-19 Diagnoses

Have you followed President Trump’s Coronavirus policies over the past six months? The Lincoln Project has:

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Trump Changes Campaign Managers Weeks Before the Election

July 20, 2020

Trump Changes Campaign Managers Weeks Before the Election
15 weeks before the 2020 election, Donald Trump demoted Brad Parscale, the campaign manager who won him the 2016 election, and replaced him with former Chris Christie campaign operative Bill Stepien, an unindicted Bridgegate conspirator. Brad Parscale was blamed for the poor turnout at the Tulsa Trump rally and the president’s two-digit tumble in the polls, and was essentially sent down to run the campaign’s Tech Support office.

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“Bridgegate triggered Bill Stepien’s fall from grace. Now he’s running Trump’s campaign,” Charles Stile and Dustin Racioppi, NorthJersey.com

“Bill Stepien: aide humbled over ‘Bridgegate’ takes charge for Trump,” Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

“Bill Stepien Takes Helm of Trump Campaign as a Data-Obsessed Political Fighter,” Nick Corasaniti and Stephanie Saul, New York Times

“Trump’s campaign team tries to steady operation after messy shakeup,” Alex Isenstadt, Politico

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Trump Has Told Over 20,000 Lies While In Office. So Far.

July 15, 2020

Trump Has Told Over 20,000 Lies While In Office. So Far.

“It took President Trump 827 days to top 10,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker’s database, an average of 12 claims a day.

But on July 9, just 440 days later, the president crossed the 20,000 mark — an average of 23 claims a day over a 14-month period, which included the events leading up to Trump’s impeachment trial, the worldwide pandemic that crashed the economy and the eruption of protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody.”

— “President Trump has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims,” Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo, and Meg Kelly, Washington Post

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NY Prosecutors Get to See Trump’s Taxes

July 13, 2020

NY Prosecutors Get to See Trump's Taxes

In the last day of the session, the Supreme Court ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block New York State prosecutors from examining his tax documents and presenting their findings to a grand jury. Grand jury proceedings are confidential, so don’t expect to see details in the news before election day. Nevertheless, Mr. Trump Twitter-screamed in all caps about “PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT!

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“Supreme Court Rules Trump Cannot Block Release of Financial Records,” Adam Liptak, New York Times

“Supreme Court Gives Trump Legal Loss, Tactical Win in Tax Cases,” Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine

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The Liar Tweets Tonight

July 11, 2020

“The Liar Tweets Tonight,” a melody written by Solomon Linda, with new and urgent lyrics by Roy Zimmerman. Performed by Roy Zimmerman & the ReZisters, with the Raging Grannies of Mendicino.

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In Mid-Pandemic, Trump Challenges Obamacare in Court

June 29, 2020

In Mid-Pandemic, Trump Challenges ObamaCare in Court

On Thursday, in a literal 11th-hour brief, an hour before a midnight deadline, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and strip healthcare from 23 million Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thursday also marked the largest single-day increase in diagnosed Coronavirus cases in the U.S. to date, the day when the CDC admitted that coronavirus cases may be 10 times higher than reported.

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“Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act,” Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times

“Trump administration asks Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare,” Meagan Flynn and Tim Elfrink, Washington Post

“Trump, Intent on Self-Destruction, Asks Supreme Court to Kill Obamacare,” Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine

Update:

“Obamacare Versus the G.O.P. Zombies,” Paul Krugman, New York Times

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Trump: Less Testing = Less COVID-19

June 25, 2020

President Trump claims that Coronavirus infections are up due to increased testing, and cutting down on testing will decrease infection numbers. Mr. Trump followed up on his absurd claim by stopping funding of federally-backed testing in Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado and Pennsylvania. Health officals say Americans are still under-tested, and urge immediate increases.

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“Trump again blames testing for high coronavirus numbers during Arizona rally,” Don Jacobson and Daniel Uria, UPI

“Fauci, top health officials warn of covid-19 surge, contradict Trump on testing,”
John Wagner, Felicia Sonmez, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Lena H. Sun and Laurie McGinley Washington Post

“Fauci, other health advisers at odds with President Trump on whether to slow testing,”
Anne Flaherty and Mariam Khan, ABC News

“Dr. Birx Contradicts Trump, Privately Tells Govs to Increase COVID Testing,” Erin Banco and Sam Stein, Daily Beast

Updates:

“No, more testing doesn’t explain the rise of covid-19 cases in the U.S.,” Jennifer B. Nuzzo, Washington Post

“Trump plan to cut federal support for Covid-19 testing sites sparks alarm,” Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

“Coronavirus: Federal government will end funding for 13 community-based Covid-19 test sites, most in Texas,” Dan Mangan, CNBC

Latest Updates:

“Trump administration restores federal funding for Texas testing sites,” David Lim, Politico

“HHS Forced To Keep Texas COVID Testing Sites Open Following Public Outcry,” Josh Kovensky, Talking Points Memo

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The Lingering Shame of Sharpiegate

June 17, 2020

The Lingering Shame of Sharpiegate

Remember last year’s Sharpiegate? President Trump doctored an NWS weather map to back up his false assertion that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama, was corrected by Birmingham’s Weather Service office, and then a NOAA press release claimed the president was right. There’s something new:

“Top officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration violated the agency’s scientific integrity rules when they debased themselves to back up Donald Trump’s incorrect assertion that Hurricane Dorian could strike Alabama last year, an internal investigation has shown. Regardless, everyone involved appears to be bound to get off scot-free.”

— “Report: NOAA Officials Behind #Sharpiegate Violated Integrity Policies, Won’t Face Consequences Though,” Tom McKay, Gizmodo

Those lying NOAA officials are Acting Administrator Neil Jacobs (formerly of Panasonic) and Communications Director Julie Kay Roberts, who worked on Trump’s Inaugural Committee. They still hold those NOAA jobs, and the 2020 hurricane season has begun.

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“NOAA leaders violated agency’s scientific integrity policy, Hurricane Dorian ‘Sharpiegate’ investigation finds,” Andrew Freedman and Jason Samenow, Washington Post

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Trump’s Photo-Op of Faith

June 2, 2020

Trump's Photo-Op of Faith

On Monday, federal police forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to remove peaceful protesters from Washington’s Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House. What was the protest about? Police brutality.

The police, from a variety of federal agencies, used force and munitions against a nonviolent 1st Amendent protest so that President Donald Trump could pose for photographs in front of historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, holding a Bible.

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