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Trump Gets Cold Feet Fearing Failure at N Korea Talks

Trump’s planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un increasingly looks doomed, even though he’s had an incredibly ugly coin cast to commemorate the ‘peace talks’.  Trump is less than one month away from possibly making history as the first sitting US president to meet a sitting North Korean leader — but it’s increasingly looking…

King Cheeto Demands Investigation of Investigation

Sunday, Trump demanded that the Justice Department investigate whether the department or the F.B.I. “infiltrated or surveilled” his campaign at the behest of the Obama administration, as he had working up to in recent weeks, cuz political enemies.  By ordering up a new inquiry, Trump crossed over into applying overt presidential pressure on the Justice Department…

Local Newspaper Puts Brakes on Farenthold’s Revolving Door

The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas) filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that the Calhoun Port Authority broke the Texas open meetings law in hiring former Congressman Blake Farenthold as a lobbyist, err “legislative liaison”. The suit comes almost two weeks after a public meeting in which port authority’s executive director and board members discussed Farenthold’s hiring.…

“Deal-maker” Trump Gets Rolled by China in Trade Talks

China looks as if it’s winning President Trump’s trade skirmish — so far only vaguely agreeing to “substantially” reduce the United States’ $375 billion trade deficit  and that the details would be worked out later and didn’t agree to a specific amount. The real battle against the Chinese was supposed to be over intellectual property…

Pompeo Continues Threatening Iran [VIDEO]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at a conservative public policy think tank on Monday, May 21, 2018, and called for a new nuclear agreement with Iran following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. He says the Trump administration prefers for it to be a treaty that is ratified by Congress. The…

Special Counsel Subpoenas Another Roger Stone aide in Russia Probe

Looks like Roger Stone’s time in the barrel is quickly coming. U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a key assistant of long-time Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone, two people with knowledge of the matter said, the latest sign that Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is increasingly focusing on Stone.…

Dimitrios Pagourtzis Identified as Santa Fe High School Shooter

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected gunman who opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday morning, apparently posted photos of neo-Nazi iconography online, before allegedly killing at least 8 people.  The suspect is a 17-year-old male student at Santa Fe High School and has been taken into custody. Explosive devices were left inside the school…

Manafort’s Son-in-Law Has Cut a Plea Deal, Ruh-Roh!

Jeffrey Yohai, the former son-in-law of Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, has cut a plea deal with the Justice Department that requires him to cooperate with other criminal probes.  The former son-in-law is a former business partner of Manafort.  The case against  Yohai involves real estate and bank dealings in California…

Trump: Immigrant Gang Members are Animals, Not People.

Trump was joined at the White House meeting by mayors, sheriffs and other local leaders from Republican California who oppose the state’s immigration policies and who applauded his administration’s hard-line efforts.  While engaged in his usual ugly rant against California for its immigration policies, Trump referred to some people who cross the border illegally as…

Blake Farenthold’s New Job Was Created Just for Him, How Special!

I spoke to a Victoria Advocate Reporter who confirmed that Blake Farenthold’s new job is a newly created position. The Port Director has not responded to questions about whether the position was advertised or whether there were any other applicants.  A Public Information Act request has been filed for contract details. For more: The Victoria Advocate

Trump’s Financial Disclosure Reveals More Than $100k Payment to Cohen

President Trump’s financial disclosure, released on Wednesday, revealed for the first time that he paid between $100,001 and $250,000. to his personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, as reimbursement for payment to a third-party i.e. Stormy Daniels, though the purpose of the payment was not specified.  A footnote in the disclosure said that Mr. Cohen had…

Trump Family Separations Will Put Immigrant Children on Military Bases

The Trump administration is moving forward with plans to split up families who cross the border illegally.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will make site visits to four military installations in Texas and Arkansas during the next two weeks to evaluate their suitability for minors under age 18 who arrive at the border…

U.S. Blocks U.N. Probe into Civilian Deaths in Gaza [VIDEO]

The United States blocked a United Nations Security Council statement drafted Monday that called for an independent investigation into Monday’s killing of at least 58 Palestinians along the Israeli-Gaza border. The deaths, alongside some 2,700 people who were injured, made Monday the deadliest day in Gaza since 2014. The protests erupted on the same day…

Trump Trade Positions Cause Whiplash

President Trump threatened to impose tariffs on as much as $150 billion worth of Chinese product, working up to what seemed to be a full-scale trade war with China.  the nation’s greatest economic adversary. Now, suddenly, Mr. Trump seems ready to make peace by lifting sanctions on a major Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE, which has…

Texas GOP Run-off Becomes Massive Trump Ass-kissing

As early voting begins in Texas’ Republican congressional runoffs, just about every race has devolved into a battle over which candidate supports President Donald Trump more.  Nearly all six of the Republican congressional runoffs in Texas have turned into a pitched battle over who supports the president more or who has done just about anything…

Farenthold Goes Back to Congress

Former Congressman Blake  “Ducky  Pjs” Farenthold went right back to Washington DC Monday as the legislative liaison for the Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort, located in the district he represented until April 6 of this year.  Seems the Good Ol’ Boy Network felt sorry for him and found him a job, despite the fact that…

Trump Causes Big Pharma Stocks to Rise

On Friday, Trump broke yet another promise to the voters and enriched large corporations by proposing to lower drug prices by promoting competition among pharmaceutical companies, suggesting Big Pharma would have to disclose prices in advertising.  Trump also forgot he promised to have the government directly negotiate lower drug prices for Medicare and denied American…

Now Sarah Palin Knows How We Feel

Former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin says hearing that Sen. John McCain now regrets choosing her as his 2008 running mate is ‘like a perpetual gut-punch’ every time she hears about it.  ‘That’s not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years, as he’s apologized to me repeatedly for the people who ran his…

ATT Fires CEO for “Big Mistake” of Hiring Michael Cohen

The CEO of AT&T on Friday told his employees that the company made a “big mistake” by hiring Michael Cohen to get insider insight into the Trump administration — a decision said to have cost a top exec his job.  AT&T said on Tuesday it hired Essential Consultants to advise it on working with the…

Trump Blames Kristjen Nielsen for Not Stopping Immigrants at Border

President Donald Trump unloaded on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a heated cabinet meeting this week, railing against her for failing to stop illegal border crossings because it’s ALL HER FAULT that apprehensions at the border have tripled.  Also, it’s her fault the courts keep slapping Trump down.  Nielsen tried to explain the issues…

Michael Avenatti: Cohen Selling Access to Trump

 Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels, talks with Rachel Maddow about the revelations in a document he published to the web about money paid to Michael Cohen, arguing that the most charitable explanation of what that money was for was selling access to the president. Read the Avenatti’s Executive Summary here

Trump Thanks Federal Employees with $143.5 billion in Retirement Cuts

Office of Personnel Mgmt Director Jeff Pon wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan late last week requesting a number of legislative changes that would cut retirement benefits for federal workers.  “In summary, the employee retirement landscape continues to evolve as private companies are providing less compensation in the form of retirement benefits,” the…

Gina Haspel Confirmation Grilling

 Gina Haspel is set to face off with senators today in what is expected to be a bruising re-litigation of the use of harsh interrogation techniques during the George W. Bush administration.  Haspel is set to be grilled by the Senate Intelligence Committee not only about her role in the use of the techniques, but also…

America First Policy = America Alone?

Now that the adults have all left the White House, Trump is following his bull-in-the-china shop foreign policy tendencies and leaves the Iranian Nuclear agreement.  Yesterday, Trump broke with with European allies over the Iran agreement and Monday, Mr. Trump will break with Arab allies with the formal opening of an American Embassy in Jerusalem. …

Sessions: Undocumented Families to be Separated, Parents Jailed

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that The U.S. Department of Homeland Security would refer all arrests for illegal entry to federal prosecutors. A conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum penalty of six months in custody for first-time border-crossers. Nearly one of every four Border Patrol arrests on the Mexican border from October through…

Melania Trump: The Plagiarism 1st Lady

  A booklet published by Melania Trump’s new campaign for children’s online safety bears an uncanny resemblance to a document released under Barack Obama’s administration. In fact, other than the introduction, “Talking with Kids about Being Online” touted as a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission is exactly the same…