And of course O'Reilly never said a word about it, because that would be real reporting and actual non-partisan journalism, which is something O'Reilly does not do.
A leaked audio tape of a behind closed doors conversation at the Republican retreat about repealing Obamacare revealed a GOP that is terrified and running scared over the mess that they have gotten themselves into.
Here are some quotes that lawmakers verified to The Washington Post as authentic from the leaked tape related to repealing and replacing the ACA:
"We'd better be sure that we're prepared to live with the market we've created" with repeal, said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). "That's going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we'll be judged in the election less than two years away."
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) warned his colleagues that the estimated budget savings from passing the Obamacare repeal bill -- which Republicans say could approach a half-trillion dollars -- are needed to fund the costs of setting up a replacement. "This is going to be what we'll need to be able to move to that transition," he said.
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) worried that one idea floated by Republicans -- a refundable tax credit -- would not work for middle-class families that cannot afford to prepay their premiums and wait for a tax refund.
And Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.), a freshman congressman from the Hudson Valley, warned strongly against using the repeal of the ACA to also defund Planned Parenthood.
"We are just walking into a gigantic political trap if we go down this path of sticking Planned Parenthood in the health insurance bill," he said. "If you want to do it somewhere else, I have no problem, but I think we are creating a political minefield for ourselves -- House and Senate."
The truth is, they have no idea what they are doing, and they are terrified of the political consequences for what they are about to unleash. There is no way that Republicans will be able to replace Obamacare with something that is better, cheaper, and will cover more people.
They know this, which is why they have been looking for a way out of this mess since the election ended.
In fact, repealing Obamacare was never really supposed to happen. Republicans thought that they could keep running on repealing the ACA for years. It was nothing but a campaign gimmick. No ever expected them to actually have to come up with a plan to replace the law.
Democrats have all of the advantages in this situation. The last thing that they should do is bail the Republicans out in any way, shape, or form. The message to the American people is that if you are one of the 30 million who stands to lose your healthcare after repeal, the time to protest is now. Republicans are skittish and vulnerable, and public pressure will make them crack.
Congressional Republicans put this noose around their own necks by promising to repeal Obamacare. Democrats should do nothing that would give them a reprieve. From this point forward, the American people must apply pressure to save their health care.
Crazy Trump Making Policy Decisions Based On Fox News Reporting
America is finding out what would happen if a person who only got their info from Fox News ran the country, as Donald Trump is making policy decisions and judgments based on what he sees on Fox News.
Brian Stelter of CNN reported on the insane idea that the actual President Of The United States is being guided by a right-wing cable news network:
The on-screen graphic called Manning an ungrateful traitor in an oversized font. The host, Abby Huntsman, said Manning called Obama a weak leader.
Huntsman's segment was at 5:50 a.m. At 6:04 a.m., Trump tweeted: "Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!"
So it appears his tweets have been provoked by Fox. On Tuesday he vowed to send the feds into Chicago to curb violence and investigate the voter fraud he made up, shortly after two segments about the issues on Bill O'Reilly's show about the same two subjects.
It appears that the US has a president whose decisions aren't being shaped by briefings with experts and policy documents, but what he sees on partisan cable news shows.
Part of the problem with the information level of American voters is that they are highly dependent on television news for their information, but television news has been pressured by its corporate ownership to lighter and more like entertainment that a source of need to know knowledge.
And Fox is just a right-wing propaganda outlet, with very little real news. It's all right-wing propaganda, all the time.
Trump is a short attention span president who doesn't read and relies on a network that pushes belief and ideology over fact for his current events education.
Given that Fox News is his source of information, it is no surprise that Trump's first six days in office have been a complete train wreck.
Hume & O'Reilly Care More About Protest Traffic Than People Being Detained
O'Reilly thought it was nothing but a lot of media hysteria over the Trump executive order on the refugees, and all Hume care about were the traffic jams.
And of course there was no discussion about the Trump order making us less safe and helping the terrorists. No mention of the Trump administration ignoring Judges rulings against it either.
Here is a partial transcript:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Real quick, I thought there was a lot of media hysteria over the Trump executive order on the refugees. Roll the tape.
O'REILLY: Okay, so on and on and on and on. Did you see it that way, that it's a little hysterical in the media?
BRIT HUME: I thought it was quite hysterical. When you boil it down, as it turned out yesterday, it seems, in Los Angeles in particular, where the demonstration against what Trump had done clogged the streets and roads so badly that I think more people were inconvenienced by the demonstrations than were inconvenienced by his order.
Now, it is manifestly true, as you and Charles discussed, that this thing was executed and rolled out very clumsily and it caused some needless delays and headaches, but the underlying policy is not unreasonable.
Even if you disagree with it, it is a temporary measure designed in the president's mind to provide an opportunity to strengthen the vetting that goes on, and then it is supposedly going to be lifted.
Now, people say it won't be, that remains to be seen, but for the near term, a lot of what is being said about this is -- as those two sound bites suggest, basically hysterical.
O'REILLY: Yep, it is.
Trump Team Now Pretending They Never Proposed 20% Wall Tax
Just hours after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Donald Trump's proposed border wall would be funded by a 20 percent tax on goods coming into the U.S., the administration is backing away, telling reporters that they were just suggesting one way to fund it.
As Jason Easley noted earlier, the Trump spokesman had initially put forward the plan as if it was already in motion, saying that the 20 percent import tax was taking shape.
What likely happened, though, is that the administration saw the immediate backlash that ensued once Spicer made the first announcement. After all, Trump seems to spend most of his day watching cable news, and the response to the plan wasn't good.
It's clear the White House doesn't have a clue what they're doing - and it seems to span all levels of the administration. Instead of offering thoughtful and realistic proposals, they're just making it up as they go along.
If there is a massive, negative response to one of the flags they run up the flagpole, they quickly pull it down and start over again, pretending they never really made the suggestion in the first place.
Paul Krugman's reaction to the walk-back may have been even better than the countless negative is responses to Spicer's initial proposal.
Paul Krugman @paulkrugman
Now, according to Twitter, Spicer is saying that it was just a thought. Oh my God. These are spoiled children playing with loaded guns.
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Trump Fires The Acting Attorney General Of The United States
President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday night, hours after she said the Justice Department would not defend Trump's executive order on immigration.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that Yates had been relieved of her duties. Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was named as acting attorney general.
Spicer's statement said Yates had betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to defend Trump's order. The statement said Yates, a career prosecutor who Trump named as acting attorney general, is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.
Boente will serve until Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is confirmed as attorney general.
The stunning move was reminiscent of President Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre in 1973, when he fired his attorney general and deputy attorney general, when they refused to dismiss Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor in the Watergate case.
Earlier Monday, Yates wrote a letter stating that she could not enforce Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations, instructing Justice Department lawyers not to defend the executive order.
"At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful," she wrote.
Trump responded in a tweet, calling Yates "an Obama A.G.," even though she agreed to serve as acting attorney general under Trump, and criticized Democrats for delaying the confirmation of Sessions.
O'Reilly And Trump Both Called Obama A Disaster And The Worst President
Here is 100% proof Bill O'Reilly and Donald Trump are both right-wing idiots who are out of touch with reality, and lied to you.
December - 2015: Bill O'Reilly: Obama's tenure a disaster; will go down in history as one of the weakest presidents
August - 2016: Trump calls Obama 'worst president', 'a disaster' and 'unfit to serve'
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday that President Barack Obama was "the worst president, maybe in the history of our country" after Obama called Trump "unfit to serve" and "woefully unprepared to do this job" earlier in the day.
"I think he's been a disaster. He's been weak, he's been ineffective," Trump said on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor." "I believe I know far more about foreign policy than he knows. Look at Ukraine. He talks about Ukraine and how tough he is with Russia, in the meantime they took over Crimea."
And now the facts, that show they are both dead wrong.
Notice O'Reilly and everyone at Fox, including Trump, have totally ignored this poll.
1-27-2017 -- A new Quinnipiac University poll has found that former President Obama has vaulted into a virtual tie with Ronald Reagan as the best president of the last 70 years.
Now think about that, O'Reilly and Trump said he was a disaster and one of the worst presidents ever. Which is just ridiculous, and only partisan loons would say that, people that get paid to lie to you for partisan political reasons, it's called propaganda.
Here are the presidential rankings as compiled by the Quinnipiac poll:
American voters select the best president in the last 70 years:
30 percent name Ronald Reagan;
29 percent name Barack Obama;
12 percent pick John Kennedy;
9 percent select Bill Clinton;
3 percent each for Dwight Eisenhower and George W. Bush;
2 percent each for Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush;
Less than 1 percent for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
The partisan divide is clearly visible on Obama as the Republican demonization of the nation's first African-American president continues to hold sway with their base as Obama was basically voted tied for the best President ever.
New Poll Has Trump At 36% Job Approval
In comparison, Obama was at 68% approval after his first week in office. And of course O'Reilly (who loved to report the polls on Obama) has not said a word about it.
Thirty-six percent of voters approve of the way President Donald Trump is handling his job in his first week, according to a new poll that reflects a sharp divide along partisan lines.
The Quinnipiac University poll, conducted over the first five nights of Trump's presidency -- last Friday through Wednesday -- shows that a larger percentage, 44 percent, disapprove of Trump's job performance. Nineteen percent are undecided in the poll, which was released Thursday.
Only 4 percent of Democratic voters surveyed approve of Trump's job performance, while the vast majority, 77 percent, disapprove. Nineteen percent are undecided.
Republicans, however, are lining up behind Trump. Eighty-one percent of GOP voters approve of the way he is handling his job as president, while 3 percent disapprove and 15 percent are undecided.
Independents tilt against Trump: 35 percent approve, but 45 percent disapprove, with 1 in 5 undecided.
Many of the other divisions among voters during the election season have carried over to Trump's first week in office. While men approve of Trump by a narrow margin -- 41 percent approval versus 38 percent disapproval -- one-third of female voters approve of Trump, compared with half who disapprove.
And though white voters are marginally behind Trump -- 43 percent approval versus 40 percent disapproval -- the wide chasm between white and blue collar whites remains. Thirty-four percent of white voters with college degrees approve of Trump's job performance; 52 percent of whites without degrees approve.
The Quinnipiac poll also shows 50 percent of voters think Trump will be a worse president than the man he replaced last week, Barack Obama, only 37 percent think Trump will be a better president than Obama.
The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,190 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
Trump Play To Pay For Mexico Wall Raises Your Taxes
His new plan to make Mexico pay for his stupid border wall amounts to a massive tax increase for every American.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday afternoon that President Donald Trump was not formally proposing a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for his controversial border wall, but rather considering it among a menu of options.
Later in the day Spicer seemed to backtrack on this proposal some, but it seems clear that Trump's way of thinking to make Mexico pay for his wall is to levy some sort of tax increase on goods imported from the country.
And no matter how you want to spin that, if Trump increases the import tax on goods coming in from Mexico, that cost is going to be passed on to consumers as the price we pay for those goods would likely increase by the same level as Trump's tax increase.
Almost every person in this country buys products imported from Mexico, that means Trump's plan would be nothing more than a massive tax hike on almost every American. Which means Mexico wouldn't be paying for a damn thing -- United States taxpayers would.
Last I checked, he didn't run for president saying he was going to build this idiotic wall by increasing taxes on every American. But that's exactly what any increase on imports from Mexico would do.
And btw, Republicans argue that you can not raise the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour because it will lead to higher costs on the products the companies sell, to offset the wage increase. Then they propose to do the very same thing with the tax on Mexican imports. So they are going against their own argument.
All of this would almost certainly prompt Mexico to respond by doing the same thing to our exports, probably matching Trump's tax increase dollar-for-dollar as a way to show him how stupid his plan is.
That means, after all is said and done, Americans would be paying much more for a long-list of goods we all buy, our economy would suffer as the tax Mexico would almost certainly respond with would hurt U.S. business exports, and consumer spending would drop as every American adjusted to the massive increase in prices for common items they purchase.
A tax increase on imports from Mexico would impact practically every industry in the country.
Meanwhile, knowing the type of person Trump is, he'd likely respond by suggesting we raise taxes even more -- which would then lead to Mexico responding -- and that's how you start a trade war.
There's absolutely no way Trump can make Mexico pay for his stupid wall. It's not going to happen and any attempt he tries to make it happen is going to end in the same exact results:
Americans are going to be hit with a massive tax increase as many goods every single one of us buys will likely see huge price increases.
And at the end of the day, no matter how Donald Trump or those foolish enough to support him try to spin it, if this wall is built, the American taxpayers are going to be the ones who foot the tens of billions of dollars it'll take to construct it, and the billions more it will take to maintain it.
Even Shepard Smith From Fox Is Saying There Is No Voter Fraud
What say you O'Reilly?
SHEPARD SMITH (HOST): President Trump vowing to launch a major investigation into unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud.
The president said in a series of tweets this morning, and I quote, "I will be asking for a major investigation VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal, and even those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures."
So far the White House has provided no evidence of any kind to back up these claims. Fox News is not aware of any reliable studies or information that suggests that there is widespread voter fraud anywhere in America.
Individual secretaries of state across the nation oversee elections, most of them happen to be Republican, and every secretary of state in the United States reports there is no widespread voter fraud.
A Pew study, once cited by the president's team, shows not a single incident of voter fraud across the nation. And even Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said yesterday, there is no evidence. President Trump has said he would have won the popular vote except that millions of people, three to five million people, voted illegally.
Again, he has presented no reliable evidence, and neither Fox News or any other organization of any kind has presented any evidence of voter fraud. Today, a new and different investigation suggested by the press secretary, Sean Spicer. Not of voter fraud in a presidential election, but voter roll irregularities.
So it's no longer just about widespread voter fraud, which does not exist, 2016's presidential election, but about voter registration, dead people, and multistate registration.
This is different from the allegation the president made. Remember, President Trump said he would have gotten up to five million more votes if people hadn't voted illegally. So, President Trump said one thing while his spokesman said another.
O'Reilly Trump & The Republicans Are Lying About Voter Fraud
Tuesday night O'Reilly called for an an investigation into the voter fraud claims from Trump, even though he knows Trump is wrong, he even admitted it in the show, saying this:
O'REILLY: Now, I think there is some voter fraud, but not at the level of 5 million or 3 to 5 million. We did a report a few weeks ago in California, where it was very easy for an illegal alien to get credentials to vote, very, very easy. And whether they do it or not, we don't know, you don't know, right?But they do know, they know it is not true, O'Reilly himself admitted it. But he calls for an investigation anyway, because he wants to cover for the Trump lies.
Trump's lie that millions voted illegally came from conspiracy theorists like radio host Alex Jones, whose Infowars website began propagating the false claims shortly after the November 8 election. Right-wing media have been claiming for years that there's widespread voter fraud despite evidence to the contrary.
Election experts who have studied voter fraud repeated the long-held view that such widespread activity did not occur in this election and would be impossible to undertake. Several also urged reporters to continue asking for proof and evidence and make clear there is no basis for such a charge.
"Neither the president nor his press secretary has produced any evidence to back up their fraud claim," said Bill Schneider, a visiting professor at the UCLA department of communication studies.
"The press has to insist that they produce evidence of such a sensational claim. Unless they do, it should be reported as a bogus argument with no proven validity."
Schneider went on to explain why such fraud claims are inaccurate, calling them absurd.
"Each state controls its own voting laws (and in some states, it's done by local communities)," he said via email. "It would be impossible to perpetrate voter fraud on that scale without attracting attention from the authorities."
And btw, most states have Republicans in charge of the voting process, 38 out of 50 to be exact. Other experts agreed that voting fraud is a minor problem that rarely ever happens.
Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, said, "Every investigation of voter fraud that has taken place has found this is in the ones and twos, not hundreds, thousands and certainly not millions. There's evidence that it's not true and there is no evidence that it is true. There is research that can be done."
Rick Hasen, a law professor specializing in election law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, said, "I don't think there is any proof whatsoever of illegal voting in the thousands, much less in the millions, much less that affected the outcome in any state. There are safeguards in place to make sure that this doesn't happen, both before the fact and after the fact. The rates of non-citizen voting are extremely low, despite people looking for it."
Hasen also urged reporters to continue correcting the record, saying, "It's important to point out that the claims are false and that they are not backed by any credible evidence."
He added that Trump and Spicer's choice to perpetuate the myth "undermines people's confidence in the electoral process and I think it can provide the justification for restrictive voting rules. Many more legitimate voters are going to be disenfranchised by these rules than illegitimate voters being barred from voting."
Lorraine Minnite, author of the 2010 book The Myth of Voter Fraud and a Rutgers University professor of political science, said Trump's claim is bizarre. She also offered concern that it could lead to unfair voter restrictions.
"In the past, the use of these false allegations has been to create public opinion for laws that restrict voting, I assume that's still the strategy," she said in an interview. "I don't think they care about evidence."
Michael McDonald, director of the U.S. Election Project at the University of Florida, called voter fraud a relatively rare event, and agreed this may be a first step toward tighter voter I.D. laws and other restrictions.
"When Republicans take control of government they look to consolidate their power and one way to do this is enact voter identification," McDonald said in an interview. "My impression here is not so much that this is a falsehood, the goal here is to provide a pretext to pass a federal law to amend the national requirement for voting."
Joshua A. Douglas, a University of Kentucky College of Law professor who specializes in voting rights and election law, also co-edited a 2016 book, Election Law Stories.
He said Spicer's comments to the media about Trump's voter fraud conspiracy undermine the press secretary's legitimacy: "The American public can't know if he can be trusted. It also lays the groundwork for voter suppression laws."
"When the next voter bill gets proposed, they can point to this as evidence for why," Douglas added. "If you tell the public something enough times they can believe it."
He also said, "the press should be willing to call them out when they make falsehoods and call on them to provide evidence."
Bill Maher Slams Donald Trump's Insane First Week In Power
It's no laughing matter, but the Trump administration is already providing plenty of material for Bill Maher.
The Real Time host dissected President Trump's first week in office on Friday, and hilariously likened its often chaotic nature to the last half hour of the movie Goodfellas.
Maher also talked about Trump's repeated (yet false) claim that the crowds at his inauguration were much larger than they were. "This is about dick," he said. "This is about a guy who never brought a woman to orgasm! He probably thinks it doesn't even exist in a woman."
Maher later slammed Trump for apparently knowing nothing about running a government, saying that he spent "all week signing executive orders in these super classy leather binders that look like the menu at Beefsteak Charlie's."
But the orders were really just signed tweets because no one knows how Trump's projects such as the border wall will actually be built or even funded. "It can't really go on like this for four years, can it?" Maher asked. "I'm gonna lose my mind."
Trump Claims Every Media Outlet That Fact Checks Him Is Fake News
During an interview on Fox News's Hannity, President Trump defined what he meant by fake news. According to Trump, all of the respectable outlets who label his false statements lies are fake news.
After ranting about his crowd size and accusations that he packed the crowd with his own supporters, Trump said, "The media, much of the media, not all of it is dishonest. Honestly, it's fake news. It's fake. They make things up."
Trump went on to call the media liars, and follow it up by lying again about his crowd size.
In the view of the President Of The United States, any media organization that fact checks him, or points out that he is lying is engaging in fake news, and making things up.
By most CIA accounts, the applause that was coming from the crowd during Trump's CIA speech came from the group that the President brought with him.
There is photographic and crowd scientist evidence that Donald Trump's inauguration was attended by an estimated 169,000-250,000.
The President and his administration are telling lies or making misleading statements on a daily basis, and anyone who fact checks them is labeled fake news.
Journalists and media organizations should now understand what Trump and his supporters mean when they claim that a story is "fake news."
In Trump world, fake news is a synonym for facts that disagree with what the President is saying.
According to Trump, reality is fake news, and every responsible media outlet in America is fake news if they debunk his lies.
Conservative Says Trump White House Becoming Alternative Reality Zone
Here is a partial transcript from the Brian Williams show:
BRIAN WILLIAMS (HOST): Charlie, I have always said about you we've had a lot of guests on the air during this campaign season, a lot of people where you're sitting at the desk who have changed. They've changed before our eyes who they are and what they believe in.
You are a very loyal Republican from the mid-Western U.S. And during that montage at the top of the broadcast, I was watching you too, and you were nodding no. You find this highly disturbing.
CHARLIE SYKES: Well it is disturbing. And first of all, yes, it's a distraction and yes obviously it's a lie about the numbers. But this is really not about the numbers anymore and it's really not about voter fraud. It's about the whole concept of reality, and about truth and about whether or not this administration is in fact going to be an alternative reality administration.
We have a president who is deeply engaged with some of these conspiracy theories. So I'm not sure that there's a strategy here. It's more like an obsession that they cannot stop. Here you have a president of the United States that calls Alex Jones from InfoWars the week after the election.
And the fact that Sean Spicer apparently is not able to push back, that he seems to think that it's a legitimate argument to say well the president believes it, as if somehow what the president believes makes it factual, which is does not.
This is a real problem for this administration and I've got to imagine that there are people in the White House who are just tearing their hair out right now by the way in which this story is stepping on the president's agenda.
Trump Advisor Calls Media The Opposition & Tells Them To Shut Up
Earth to communist Trump stooge, it's not gonna happen and you are an idiot. This is not Russia or China, it's the land of Freedom and the free press. Just because you won an election you do not have the power or the rights to silence the media, and if you think you do you are nuts. And as expected O'Reilly says almost nothing, but imagine what he would say if Obama had told all the right-wing media to shut up and called them the opposition party.
O'Reilly would lose his mind, report on it for weeks on end, and call for impeachment. But when a Trump senior advisor says it he hides under his desk and sticks his head in the sand. Talk about media bias, there it is, from O'Reilly. This is what you voted for folks, they want to run America like Russia, and have state run media, I hope you are happy, because you have 4 years of this un-American garbage to deal with.
President Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon said his administration considers journalists the enemy and plans to do everything it can to weaken and delegitimize the free press over the next four years.
"The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile," Steve Bannon told The New York Times yesterday. "I want you to quote this. The media here is the opposition party. They don't understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States."
Bannon added. "Look at the Twitter feeds of those people: they were outright activists of the Clinton campaign. That's why you have no power. You were humiliated."
Bannon has laid bare the Trump administration's expectations for the press. Trump's team has no respect for journalism in the democratic process. The president and his administration's officials want -- and believe they deserve -- favorable coverage for everything. And if they don't get it, they will lash out at reporters, outlets, and the media.
Propagandists like Breitbart.com, the pro-Trump website Bannon ran until joining the Trump campaign last year will be favored. Those who dare to publish stories that damage the administration, or point out Trump and his administration's lies, will be shamed.
Throughout his campaign, Trump unfairly slammed the press, blacklisted journalists and outlets who provided critical coverage, threatened to use the power of the government against them and opened up libel laws, and condemned them to press pens where he could mock them for the surrounding crowd.
Now he's the president, and there is no sign of a pivot. Instead, his performance draws eerie parallels to the actions of authoritarian foreign regimes that have targeted and crushed the independence of the press in their own countries.
Trump Is Facing A Major Lawsuit For Violating The Constitution
A collection of legal scholars, ethics lawyers, and money in politics experts are suing President Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
According to a statement from CREW:
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is bringing a federal lawsuit to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments.
The lawsuit will be filed in the Southern District of New York when the court opens at 9 AM on Monday.
The foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution prohibits Trump from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, including foreign government-owned businesses, without the approval of Congress.
Since Trump refused to divest from his businesses, he is now getting cash and favors from foreign governments, through guests and events at his hotels, leases in his buildings, and valuable real estate deals abroad.
Trump does business with countries like China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, and now that he is President, his company's acceptance of any benefits from the governments of those countries violates the Constitution.
When Trump the president sits down to negotiate trade deals with these countries, the American people will have no way of knowing whether he will also be thinking about the profits of Trump the businessman.
And as of Tuesday, O'Reilly has still not said a word about it, and most likely never will, because he is a Trump stooge who covers for him.
The plaintiffs will not be seeking monetary damages. Instead, they are looking for something much more dangerous for Trump. They want access to his tax returns.
CREW will have two hurdles to overcome in this lawsuit. First, they will need to demonstrate that they have legal standing. They will also need to successfully argue that the Emoluments Clause covers payments from a foreign government to a member of the president's family. President Trump has been very crafty over the years with putting his kids names on his business interests.
The Emoluments Clause states, "No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them [i.e., the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."
If the CREW legal team, which includes Norman Eisen, Richard Painter, Erwin Chemerinsky, Laurence H. Tribe, Zephyr Teachout, and Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler PLLC is successful, America will finally find out what it is that Donald Trump is hiding.
Trump Melts Down During CIA Speech & Whines About Inaugural Crowd Size
After starting Day 2 of his presidency with a prayer service at the National Cathedral, Donald Trump’s motorcade headed to the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA to deliver a speech to a gathering of 400 CIA employees.
Pence introduced Trump as a great strategic thinker (which is just laughable) who would make America safe again, but in fact, Trump could not even stay on topic unless that topic was a dishonest media and repeated lies about the small size of his inaugural crowd.
In a rambling address, Trump complained about the so-called dishonest media, (who simply report the truth about him) a theme he would return to again and again between moments of praise for the CIA and for himself.
While he seemed eager to praise the CIA, telling them "I am so behind you and you're going to get so much backing you'll say please, Mr. President, we don't need so much backing," he seemed more interested in bragging about the size of the crowd at his inauguration.
And btw, the crowd size was estimated at 250,000, Obama had 1.8 million in 2000, and 1.2 million in 2008.
"We're on the same wavelength. We're going to do great things." With a shot at President Obama, he claimed, "We have not used the real abilities we have. We have to get rid of ISIS. We have no choice. Radical Islamic terrorism has to be eradicated off the face of the earth. This is evil. Evil."
But he still has no plan to do it, during the campaign he said he had a secret plan to defeat ISIS, that he would tell us all about as soon as he is elected. And he still has not said a word about any plan.
"We're going to end it. It's time you have somebody coming on who is extraordinary. We had a great transition, an amazing team of talent." Which led to excessive praise for his nominee for CIA director, Mike Pompeo and complained "they're doing little political games with me," Trump's derisive term for due diligence and the democratic process.
"Trust me, I'm like a smart person," he told the CIA. Everything Pompeo has done, he claimed, "Has been a home run, you're going to be getting a total star, a total gem, you're gonna see."
For the record, Obama was probably the smartest President we have ever had, he was #2 in his law class at Harvard.
Trump also said "We don't win anything anymore" and repeated his lie about opposing intervention in Iraq, claiming "We got out wrong" and repeated his oft-criticized claim that "We should have kept the oil." He said the CIA will "make us winners again."
For the record, Trump supported going into Iraq, there are tapes of him saying he supported it on the Howard Stern show. But he lies and says he opposed going into Iraq the whole time, which is a 100% lie, and when the media reports it he calls them dishonest, which is laughable.
"I can only say I'm with you a thousand percent," he said, and in almost the next breath returned again to his war with the media, "the most dishonest people on earth who made it sound like I have a feud with the intelligence community and it's exactly the opposite."
Then he returned to his lie about the massive field of people packed that did not in fact exist. The photos, Trump implied, were faked by the media.
The photos are real and Trump will just not admit it because the crowd was so small.
This was supposed to be a speech to the CIA, as an important first step in healing the breach between the Trump administration and the intelligence community after Trump repeatedly slammed their findings in favor of what he was hearing from Vladimir Putin.
It was not. It was a speech about the media. It was, in fact, no different than any other Trump speech we've heard over the past year, full of bragging, whining and complaints about imagined persecution, with no facts and full of lies.
Trump Threatens To Send Feds Into Chicago After O'Reilly Segment
Now Trump is getting policy advice from O'Reilly and his fake cable news show on Fox.
President Donald Trump is proposing policy responses to a segment from Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on the violence in Chicago. Trump announced on Twitter that he will "send in the Feds" to respond to the "carnage" in Chicago.
Trump's tweet included statistics that were used in a graphic from O'Reilly's show and referenced statements made by O'Reilly during the segment.
During the January 24 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly discussed the violence in Chicago, asking, "can President Trump override local Illinois and Chicago authorities, and stop the murder?"
O'REILLY: And in the Impact Segment tonight, the violence in Chicago getting worse, if you can believe it. The first 23 days of this year, 42 homicides in the Windy City, up 24 percent from last year. An unbelievable 228 people have been shot and Chicago in 23 days.
The question is, can President Trump override local Illinois and Chicago authorities, and stop the murder? Joining us now from Washington, Horace Cooper, an attorney that specializes in federal law.
So, can he go in? And Cook County is where Chicago is located. Everybody says the same thing, gun crimes are not prosecuted aggressively, the sentences are way too low, the gang thing is getting worse, the mayor of Chicago has no clue, the governor of Illinois doesn't want to do anything about it, so can the feds go in and stop this?
HORACE COOPER: Well absolutely the feds can do this. And as you've pointed out there has been a wholesale failure on the part of the state and local communities to address this really serious problem. I don't know another word besides carnage to describe the devastation that's been taking place.
The segment included on-air graphics of Chicago's violence so far in 2017.
In a response to O'Reilly's segment, Trump mimicked O'Reilly's language in a tweet about an hour later noting that Chicago has had 228 shootings and 42 murders so far in 2017.
And in a reference to Horace Cooper, Trump called the violence "carnage," claiming that "If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' I will send in the Feds!"
Donald J. Trump
If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
8:25 PM - 24 Jan 2017
Crazy O'Reilly Compares Women's March Protesters To Totalitarian Governments
Other than being an insane comparison, O'Reilly only says this garbage when people protest a conservative. When conservatives protest a Democrat O'Reilly supports them and says they are great Americans.
But when Democrats protest a Republican he slams them for it and compares them to totalitarian Governments, which is just ridiculous.
And btw, the conservative websites like freerepublic.com etc. do the very same thing all the time, Glenn Beck even did it, he told people to show up at his rally, and some of them did, and O'Reilly has no problem with that. In fact, he praised them and called them great Americans.
But when liberal women protest Trump, O'Reilly sings a different tune. Suddenly they are bad Americans who are the same as a totalitarian Government. And btw, all protests are organize, how else can you get millions of people to meet in one city, they have to be organized. But O'Reilly only has a problem with them when liberals do it, when conservatives do the very same thing he loves it and calls them great freedom loving Americans.
Here is what the biased old right-wing fool said:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Don't you feel they showed up because they were told to show up? I mean look, if you look --
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: What do you mean told to show up?
O'REILLY: If you look at the totalitarian governments in the 20th century --
KRAUTHAMMER: You're told to show up?
KRAUTHAMMER: Who tells anybody to show up in this country?
O'REILLY: The websites. They live on the websites. These people live on the websites.
KRAUTHAMMER: Yeah, but what's the threat? What's the threat, why do they have to go?
O'REILLY: Well, they have to go -- they don't have to go through a negative, they have to go to be with her brothers and sisters, and to show their solidarity and that they are good people and fight the fascist racists.
I mean, it's a whip up, and if you study history, all the totalitarian regimes were fueled by whip-ups, okay? And people turned out to the streets, were they spontaneous? No. They were very well organized and targeted, and the target this time is Trump, to get them out of there before the four years are over.
Donald Trump Promises Investigation Into Illegal Voting He Made Up
And btw, the day after O'Reilly called for an investigation Trump says he will do one. So it looks like Trump just does whatever O'Reilly calls for, whch means O'Reilly is basically an advisor to Trump, through his lame cable news show. Trump also said he will fix the murders in Chicago by sending the feds in, he tweeted it while watching the Factor show and right after O'Reilly did a segment on it.
President Donald Trump called for an investigation into illegal voting that he says took place in the 2016 presidential election, despite no evidence that widespread voter fraud ever occurred.
I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Trump told congressional leaders on Monday that 3 to 5 million undocumented immigrants cost him the popular vote by casting ballots for Hillary Clinton. And White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed on Tuesday that Trump actually believes this, citing two recent studies.
But NBC looked into those studies and found that one had been widely debunked. The other, from Pew, found millions of out of date registration records due to people moving or dying, but found no evidence that voter fraud resulted, the report's author explained.
In other words, they did find millions of out of date registration records, but no evidence at all those all those people voted illegally, or more than one time, none.
Time and time again, actual research has found that actual voter fraud rarely ever happens, let alone one that would amount to 5 million illegally cast ballots.
Democrats were quick to denounce Trump's efforts to delegitimize the November vote, but Republicans, with a few exceptions, have shied away from outwardly denouncing his lies.
Sunday Show Hosts Hit Back On Trump Administration Lies
But of course O'Reilly said nothing, except to defend it, because he is a biased right-wing Trump butt kisser, and will never be objective in his reporting on Trump.
President Trumps administration has spent its first days in office aggressively attacking the media for what it calls attempts to delegitimize the country's new leader. On Sunday, the hosts of the network public affairs shows hit right back and called out the administration for lying.
Both Trump and Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Saturday that the crowd that watched the inauguration this year was the biggest ever. Trump claimed that TV networks showed a picture of an empty field and that from where he stood, "it looked like a million, a million and a half people" had attended.
He also falsely stated that the crowds "went all the way back to the Washington Monument."
"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration -- period -- both in person and around the globe," Spicer said at his first press briefing.
None of those statements are true. It's all lies.
But then on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, continued to attack the media for being dishonest and focusing on crowd size -- an issue Trump loved to talk about during his campaign. The Sunday show hosts, however, aggressively went after the Trump administration for its lies.
"Why did the president send out his press secretary -- who is not just the spokesperson for Trump, he is also the spokesperson for all of America at times, he speaks for all of the country at times -- why put him out there for the very first time in front of that podium to utter a provable falsehood?" Chuck Todd asked Conway.
The administration may rethink its relationship with the press if the media continues to criticize Spicer, Conway threatened. She also told Todd not to be so dramatic when he said such falsehoods undermine Trump's press office on its very first day.
"Sean Spicer gave alternative facts to that," Conway said, regarding crowd size. "Alternative facts are not facts, they're falsehoods," Todd replied, as Conway quickly changed the topic to the Affordable Care Act.
Alternative facts are one thing, and nothing else, lies.
On ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos also pressed Conway on why Spicer repeated things that just aren't true in his press briefing.
"We are going to watch what the president does, we're going to watch the president says," Stephanopoulos told her.
And it was not from the so-called liberal media, the conservative Chris Wallace (who works for Fox) similarly challenged Priebus on Fox News Sunday. Wallace said Trump had made statements that were flat wrong and that there needed to be discussion about the president's honesty.
Wallace even showed photos of the crowd at Barack Obama's first inauguration and compared the number of attendees to the crowd gathered at Trump's. There's no question that fewer people attended this year.
He was even there to see it with his own eyes, and said this about it: "I was there on the Mall. I am telling you, there were huge empty areas," Wallace said, saying he saw the difference with his own eyes.
The Sunday show hosts acknowledged that there's a legitimate debate to be had about whether crowd sizes matter. But the point is that the Trump administration, and the president himself, lied about a matter that was easily verifiable.
Nobody cares about this but the ego maniac Trump, and if he had said nothing about it nobody would have said very much about it. But when you lie about the crowd size then you get way more coverage of it than if you had just not said anything.
Trump made his comments during a visit to the CIA, while standing in front of the agency's Memorial Wall of heroes. In addition to boasting about how many people attended his inauguration, he talked about the number of times he's been on magazine covers, called the media the most dishonest human beings on earth and accused the press of concocting a feud between him and the CIA.
The media did not make up that feud. Trump himself did it, he even compared the intelligence community to Nazis. And I quote:
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to leak into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?Trump also repeatedly said he didn't believe the intelligence community when it said Russia had interfered in the U.S. presidential election.
"It's not the media, it's what he was saying," Wallace told Priebus, who tried to shift the subject to talking about how it was rotten that someone leaked a Russian dossier on Trump to the media.
On CBS, Face the Nation host John Dickerson asked Conway why the president keeps bringing up issues he says he doesn't want the media talking about. "Aren't there more important things to talk about at the CIA for the new president of a nation of 320 million people?" Dickerson asked.
Former CIA Director John Brennan also slammed Trump for using his speech at the agency for self-aggrandizement.
The Trump administration has also been using one bad report by one Time magazine reporter as evidence that ALL of the media is dishonest.
The reporter incorrectly noted in a pool report that Trump had removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oval Office and replaced it with one of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
In fact, both busts are now in place. The reporter quickly apologized and corrected himself as soon as he learned his error.
Seth Meyers Slams The Trump Administration's Alternative Facts
Seth Meyers called out President Trump's administration for openly lying on its first full day in office.
And of course Monday night O'Reilly defended it and spent a lot of his time also slamming all the women who protested Trump. When Obama was in office O'Reilly slammed and attacked Obama for what he thought were lies, saying the President must be honest with the American people.
But when Trump does it he has a whole different story, now he says nobody cares and does not say Trump should be honest with the people. Here is what O'Reilly said:
O'REILLY: Over the weekend, there was a silly controversy over whose Inauguration crowd was bigger, Trump's or Obama's. With all due respect, who cares? But today, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that if you add in all the people watching on Internet devices, the Trump Inauguration reached more folks than any other. That is likely true, but not really important to the country.Now there was no controversy, and the story had nothing to do with Internet devices. Obama clearly had a bigger crowd, close to 2 million, Trump had about 250,000, even the conservative Chris Wallace at Fox News admitted it. But of course O'Reilly says nothing about that, while claiming it is a liberal conspiracy against Trump.
And btw, when Obama was sworn in they also had Internet devices, so not only is O'Reilly lying, so are Trump and his people. The story is about Trump and his people lying about the crowd size who were there, which has nothing to do with the internet or anything else O'Reilly wants to distract and distort the story about it.
Seth Myers also said this:
On Monday night, the Late Night host denounced Kellyanne Conway, advisor to Trump, for trying to argue that White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not actually lie during his weekend press briefing, but instead just presented alternative facts.
MYERS: "Kellyanne Conway is like someone trying to do the Jedi mind trick after only a week of Jedi training," Meyers said.
And all the late night comedians are having a field day with it, making fun of Trump and the lies from his people. O'Reilly did not even address the story, he ignored it, and instead he said nobody cares and slammed the million women who marched against Trump.
The Right-Wing Hypocrisy Over Trump Is Stunning
And this includes Bill O'Reilly. They all spent 8 years calling Obama every racist name in the book, including doing racist cartoons of him with chicken and watermelon, and on and on. They even said he was not an American, and called him a traitor. They wanted him impeached and deported to a Muslim country to be with his real people.
O'Reilly slammed everything Obama did, even though he was a great President and left office with a good economy, low gas prices, high stock market, low unemployment, with no major scandals, and on and on. If a Republican had left the office like that they would call him the greatest President ever, when Obama does it they say he was a disaster and left the country in chaos.
O'Reilly personally said Obama was a disaster and the country is in chaos. Which is just laughable, Obama left office with one of the highest job approval ratings any President ever had. But O'Reilly ignores it all, because he is a biased hack who is paid to lie to you.
Obama was a great President, he took over from a Republican who almost destroyed the country in 8 years, George W. Bush. The economy was in a recession and on the edge of a depression, the stock market was at 8,000, and we were losing almost a million jobs a month.
Obama fixed it all, now the economy is doing good, jobs are being added every month, the stock market is at record highs, unemployment is at near record lows, and gas is about $2.00 a gallon.
And now that Trump is the President O'Reilly and all the other right-wingers want everyone to shut up and support Trump, haha, get a clue, it's not gonna happen. For 8 years they slammed the President and called him every name in the book, now they want us all to support Trump, which is just laughable.
Trump is a clown, he is a spoiled rich kid who grew up to be a spoiled rich man. He is a joke, and an embarrassment to the country, and the people that support him are fools. Take my word for it, unless you are a corporation, or wealthy, you are going to be screwed by your hero Trump over the next 4 years, if he makes it that long.
Most likely there will be a major scandal that will bring him down, or if he does make it 4 years, he will be voted out of office for being a terrible President. Until then, Republicans need to shut up, because you slammed and insulted Obama for 8 years, and now you are going to get some payback, times 10, and it is going to get ugly for Trump.
The bloggers, the media, and the political pundits are going to report every little thing Trump does, and by the time his 4 years are up, he will most likely not even run for a 2nd term. What say you O'Reilly?
Trump Is Now In Breach Of His D.C. Hotel Lease
And as expected his good friend and biased right-wing hack Bill O'Reilly has not said one word about it, and never will. While reporting that any media source who puts out negative news about Trump is a powerful source trying to bring him down. When in reality, they are simply doing their job, the job of journalism.
The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the General Services Administration on Friday, arguing that President Donald Trump is in violation of his lease to operate the Trump International Hotel on government property.
Trump's agreement with the GSA to run a luxury hotel within Washington's Old Post Office building, which is owned by the federal government, specifically states that the lease cannot be held by an elected official.
After Trump announced his plans to only marginally separate himself from his multibillion-dollar business empire on Jan. 11, the GSA issued a statement indicating that it hadn't been unaware of those plans and declaring that it would not comment until Trump was sworn in as president.
Now that he is a sitting elected official, CREW contends that the GSA needs to immediately begin the process of informing Old Post Office LLC, the Trump company that holds the lease, that it's in breach of that agreement. This could lead to termination of the lease and the Trump Organization's removal from the Old Post Office building.
"The potential conflicts of interest with regard to President Trump's company's lease of the Old Post Office Building are serious and real," CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in the letter to the GSA.
"President Trump now both owns the lessee, Old Post Office LLC, and controls the lessor, GSA, whose administrator is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the president."
Trump's company was selected to open a hotel in the Old Post Office building through an open bidding process in 2013. The lease states very clearly, "No member or delegate to Congress, or elected official of the Government of the United States or the Government of the District of Columbia, shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom."
When Trump announced his plan to remain a beneficiary of his business earlier this month, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said he was very concerned.
The Washington hotel has been a hot spot for Trump supporters during inauguration week. The New York Times reported that it was bustling with activity as guests, including Trump's Indonesian business partner Hary Tanoesoedibjo, were seen schmoozing in the lobby.
After Trump won the election, the hotel's manager held meetings with foreign dignitaries to sell them on staying at the hotel as a way to ingratiate themselves with the new regime.
Foreign governments paying for rooms in Trump's hotel raised the possibility that the new president would find himself in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause, which bans government officials from receiving payments or gifts from foreign governments and foreign government-owned corporations.
Ethics experts and constitutional lawyers argue that payments by foreign governments to the hotel would directly benefit Trump and violate the Constitution.
Trump's tax lawyer addressed this issue on Jan. 11 by, first, disagreeing that payments to the hotel would violate the Constitution and, second, announcing that any profits the hotel receives from foreign governments would be directed to the U.S. Treasury.
But that solution actually did little to solve the problem of the receipt of emoluments and raised the additional worry that Trump was directly entangling his profitable personal brand with the U.S. government.
One Of Trump's First Acts As President Will Cost Homeowners Millions
With his first presidential order, Donald Trump made it more expensive for working- and middle-class Americans to buy their first homes. The move will increase costs for 750,000 to 850,000 Americans in the next year alone, according to the National Association of Realtors.
The Obama administration had said last week that the Federal Housing Administration would drop the cost of mortgage insurance it sells by almost a third to 0.60 percent. But after Trump took office, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the FHA, told lenders the fee cut was off.
The reversal of the reduction will mean that homebuyers who borrow $200,000 under the program will see their mortgage insurance fees go up by $500 a year relative to what the Obama administration had ordered, according to figures released by the FHA when the cut was announced.
The reduction was intended to help partially offset the cost of rising mortgage rates and was scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 27. The government sells the insurance in case borrowers default.
The mortgage industry's main lobby group said when the cut was announced that it looked forward to working with the new administration on the issue.
Congressional Republicans attacked the move, saying it would cut into the reserves the FHA held against defaults.
Julian Castro, Obama's HUD secretary, said when the fee cut was announced that the FHA's reserve fund had grown by $44 billion in the last four years and that it was time to share these gains with borrowers.
Ben Carson, Trump's nominee to run HUD, said in his confirmation hearing that he supported undoing the fee cut, and lending trade publications reported that a reversal was likely.
"We're disappointed in the decision but will continue making the case to reinstate the cut in the months ahead," Bill Brown, the president of the National Association of Realtors, said in a statement.
A spokesman for the National Association of Home Builders said that it opposes canceling the reduction and it "will work with the Trump team" on the issue. "We feel confident that they will reinstate the reduction," the spokesman said.
Scarborough: Whoever Kept Encouraging Trump on Crowd Size Should Be Fired
Joe Scarborough, who's run hot and cold in his coverage of Donald Trump over the last 18 months, was on fire Monday after what happened over the weekend. First, Trumps remarks at the CIA, then Press Secretary Sean Spicer's appearance in the briefing room, followed by the Sunday show appearances by Trump's top aides.
"Nobody has any - first time in the history of the White House since George Washington - that nobody inside the White House has any experience," said Scarborough.
"And we saw that tumble out on to the world stage the first day. They better get somebody in there who has been at this rodeo before or there are going to be a lot more days like this."
"Whoever was encouraging him, goading him, to keep fighting about the size of the crowds, should be fired today for the sake of America," Scarborough said.
To those advisers telling him to restrain, we thank you. For those advisers that were telling him to be combative on his first day, we ask you to leave now for the sake of this country.
Trump Attacks Today Show for Telling Truth About His Job Creation Lies
Donald Trump again slammed the real news as what he claims are FAKE NEWS Wednesday morning when he expressed outrage via Twitter that NBC's Emmy Award-winning journalist Ari Melber critically examined his job creation lies.
This was Trump's response:
Totally biased @NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back to the U.S., but had nothing to do with TRUMP, is more FAKE NEWS. Ask top CEO's of those companies for real facts. Came back because of me!This is interesting, Trump saying we should ask the CEOs of these companies because, in fact, Fiat Chrysler says that Trump had nothing to do with their decision to modernize two plants and create 2000 jobs in the Midwest.
The same with Ford. CEO Mark Fields told Reuters this:
"We're going forward with our plan to move production of the Ford Focus to Mexico, and importantly that's to make room for two very important products we'll be putting back into Michigan plants. There will be no job impact whatsoever with this move."
That did not stop Trump from claiming success and touting the very conservative Wall Street Journal as proof of his job creation fantasies:
"Bayer AG has pledged to add U.S. jobs and investments after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, the latest in a string…" @WSJAll of which means, of course, in Trumpspeak, that NBC's Today must be denigrated and delegitimized as biased and doing badly because if you don't spin out the Trump line, that's what you are in his fantasy reality.
NBC News explains that what is happening is that companies are recycling old news about long-laid plans for job creation in order to pre-empt Trump Twitter attacks on their companies:
But peel back a layer and the promises come with some caveats. A company's plan to increase capital expenditures, which include jobs and facility improvements, are typically years in the making. These announcements are old news in a new hat.
As Maryann Keller told Bloomberg of these moves by automakers, "All they're doing is announcing investments that they would have made anyway."
Ari Melber explained that according to the CEOs Trump wants us to ask, the president-elect's impact on job creation is very small or nonexistent.
The difference between Trump and Obama is that Obama actually created 15 million jobs he took credit for, and Trump didn't though he is Johnny-on-the-spot to take the credit.
For The Record: Trump Is Violating The Constitution
And of course O'Reilly never says a word about it, because he is too busy using his so-called news show to defend and spin for Trump.
According to experts, President Donald Trump's continued ownership interest in the Trump Organization means that he is in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which prohibits the president from personally benefiting from actions taken by foreign governments and their agents.
The Constitution Prohibits The President From Accepting Emoluments From Foreign States Without The Consent Of Congress. The U.S. Constitution's Article I, Section 9 contains a broad provision to prevent foreign governments from corrupting U.S. government by giving benefits to federal officeholders:
No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.Legal Ethics Experts: "The Best Reading Of The Clause Covers Even Ordinary, Fair Market Value Transactions That Result In Any Economic Profit Or Benefit To The Federal Officeholder."
The clause does not just cover sweetheart deals because emoluments are properly defined as including profit from any employment, as well as salary, meaning it is clear that even remuneration fairly earned in commerce can qualify, according to an analysis published by the Brookings Institute.
It was authored by legal ethics experts Norman Eisen, a former Obama administration ethics attorney and current chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; Richard Painter, a former Bush administration ethics attorney and current vice chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; and Laurence Tribe, a leading expert on constitutional law and professor at Harvard University Law School.
Violating The Emoluments Clause Is An Impeachable Offense.
O'Reilly Now Claims The Trump Tweets Are A Good Thing
Here is a perfect example of how biased O'Reilly is going to be for his friend Donald Trump over the next 4 years, if Trump is not impeached. He used to say the Trump tweets were bad and made him look bad, but one day before he is sworn in as the President O'Reilly suddenly claims they are needed and a good thing.
And btw, nobody in the media is trying to destroy Trump, some of them, who are honest, just report the truth about Trump, that is not trying to destroy him, it's called journalism, something O'Reilly knows nothing about.
Here is what O'Reilly said Thursday night:
O'REILLY: Mr. Trump does have a lot to say because he is in a unique position. There are powerful forces in America committed to destroying him, and the national media is a big part of that.
So, Talking Points believes that tomorrow, President Trump should not only say what his vision for America is, but why he feels his policies will help the folks. The only way to overcome the hatred arrayed against him is to communicate directly to the people. The new Fox News poll asked, "Does Donald Trump listen to people like you? 40 percent say Trump does a good job in that regard, 50 percent, a bad job.
So, the more the new president can direct his remarks to the folks, the stronger his position will become, and on that note, I have changed my opinion.
I used to think all of this tweeting hurt Donald Trump, but now, it is a necessity because he can expect to be attacked every day. He must have a rapid defense mechanism in his own words, and Twitter provides that.
Report Says Putin Intervened In Election To Help Donald Trump Win
And what did O'Reilly say about it, he denied it was true and said there is no proof Russia hacked anything, which is just laughable, here is a quote from O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: "Today the Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings about Russia allegedly subverting the presidential election. Front and center was the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who said this: 'I don't think we've ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process.'
Talking Points believes Mr. Clapper. However, there has been no definitive proof put forth that Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin did try to interfere with our vote. Mr. Clapper says he cannot expose his sources or explain how the USA got the information about the Russian hacking. So this becomes a very complicated matter because some Democrats are charging that the hack of Democratic stalwarts like John Podesta influenced votes."
And now the actual facts, from people in Congress who have seen the report and what it says, and they all disagree with O'Reilly.
WASHINGTON -- Russian President Vladimir Putin directed efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election with the goal of helping President-elect Donald Trump win, the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency concluded in a report released Friday.
Moscow is responsible for cyberattacks directed at the Democratic National Committee, the authors of the report argued. Russian spies gained access to DNC networks in July 2015 and maintained access until at least June 2016, according to the report.
"Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow's longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations," the three agencies concluded.
The report is the intelligence community's strongest expression yet of the charge that Russia was behind the DNC hacks and distributed information from those hacks to the public using various channels.
There's now enough evidence to conclude that Russia "clearly tried to meddle in our political system," Paul Ryan (Wis.), the Republican speaker of the House, said Friday.
"I wish that you could see the entire report," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said. "Protecting sources and methods is a very high priority for us -- but I think maybe the intelligence community in their protecting sources and methods could maybe release a little more information at least to Members of Congress, if not to the public domain."
Ryan and Pelosi are among the members of Congress who are regularly briefed on classified information. Bill O'Reilly is not, so he has no idea what he is talking about, he is simply spinning and covering for his friend Donald Trump.
Kellyanne Conway Stuns Chris Cuomo With Her Stupidity
In reality, she is just a bad liar who is not very smart, so she makes herself look like a fool when she lies and spins for Trump. And this is the far-right moron Trump picked to represent him, which says a lot about Trump, none of it good.
Kellyanne Conway is nothing more than a propagandist who blatantly sells lies and outright fabrications like some sort of PR spokesperson for a deranged cult. Much like Donald Trump, she often seems to ignore reality, making up whatever so-called facts she feels like spewing out at any given moment.
And of course O'Reilly never says a word about any of it, because he is also part of the Trump propaganda machine.
Just look at her interview Friday morning with Chris Cuomo where she said a lot of really stupid things, though none more idiotic than her claim that Russia actually didn't want Donald Trump elected because they're scared of him.
Yes she actually said that with a straight face and hopes someone will believe it.
After Cuomo asked her how Trump's helping the country take a stronger stance against Russia, that's when she showed how delusional she is.
"He's going to help because the Russians didn't want him elected," Conway said.
She supported this stupidity by claiming that most of Trump's policy stances are counterproductive to Russia's best interests, which is just laughable.
This kind of insanity left me speechless more times than I can count since Trump launched his campaign. For her to say that Russia didn't want Trump elected is ridiculous.
There's one man and one man alone who benefitted from this Russian cyber attack: Donald Trump.
The same Donald Trump who:
Has repeatedly praised the strength of Vladimir Putin.
Defended Putin against allegations that he's had political rivals and journalists killed.
Refuses to say anything negative about Russia.
Vladimir Putin has spoken highly of since being elected.
Bashar al-Assad, Putin's dictator buddy, has praised.
Had a campaign manager abruptly resign after being busted with ties to pro-Russian groups.
Had a former foreign policy advisor investigated by U.S. intelligence for ties to the Kremlin.
Selected for his Secretary of State a CEO who was awarded a friendship award from Putin.
Has attacked and criticized U.S. intelligence.
Negatively spoke out against NATO and the U.N.
Literally boasted about Putin's smart response to President Obama's sanctions against Russia for their cyber attack against us.
Cited Putin's comments against Obama, Clinton and Democrats on more than one occasion.
The list goes on and on.
It is crazy talk for anyone to claim that the one person Russia didn't want elected was the most pro-Russian presidential candidate in U.S. history -- the only candidate who ever benefited from a coordinated cyber attack against his political opponent.
The trust is almost half of this country chooses to live in some fantasy world where reality, facts and common sense cease to exist. A world where facts are whatever they feel like making up and reality is whatever delusions they want to laughably try to claim are true.
Obama Now Has The Highest Favorable Rating Of Any President Since 1993
Here is another great example of the O'Reilly bias, for 8 years O'Reilly has said Obama was a terrible president and a disaster, even though he has done a good job with almost no scandals. Now the job approval numbers prove it.
President Obama is set to leave office with the highest favorability rating of any president in 24 years.
According to Gallup, "The president will leave office with a much higher favorable rating than did his immediate predecessor, George W. Bush (40%). Bill Clinton's rating (57%) was similar to Obama's. Gallup began measuring presidential favorability using the favorable/unfavorable question format in 1992."
Obama's favorability rating is eighteen points higher than his successor, Donald Trump (40%). The popularity of the Obama administration goes beyond the President. Joe Biden has a 61% favorable rating, which is 19 points higher than Mike Pence (42%). First Lady Michelle Obama is easily the most popular political figure in the country with a 68% approval rating. Melania Trump's favorable rating is 37%.
Barack Obama is finally getting the appreciation that he deserves for being a good president. It can't hurt Obama's favorable ratings that he is being followed in office by the clown known as Donald J. Trump either.
Trump is not liked, and his behavior has made him hated by a large segment of the American people.
The grace, dignity, and scandal free manner in which Obama served the country will be greatly missed once people get a dose of the Trump administration. Obama deserved better throughout most of his time in office. Many Americans took him and the steady hand with which he guided the country for granted.
No matter what tragedy surrounded us, Obama was there always to calmly and reassuringly reaffirm his belief in the greatness and resilience of the American people.
O'Reilly and the Republicans may not have realized it, but they will miss the competence and intelligence of Barack Obama after he leaves office.
Senator John McCain Admits Handing Donald Trump-Russia Dossier To FBI
And of course O'Reilly does not say a word about any of it, because he is too busy defending and spinning for Trump. In fact, O'Reilly should get his salary from Trump, not Fox News.
John McCain has admitted handing documents to FBI director James Comey alleging contact between the Trump campaign and Moscow, and that Russian intelligence may have compromising information about the President-elect.
The Arizona senator confirmed on Wednesday that he passed on the information after not being able to make a judgement on its accuracy.
"Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public. Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgement about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI," he wrote in a statement to clarify his involvement in the scandal.
"That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue," Mr McCain said.
His statement came following reports Russian operatives had allegedly compiled salacious personal information about the President-elect.
CNN first published reports that the Republican leader had been presented with the claims by intelligence officials, however they did not include the specific allegations as reporters were unable to verify their accuracy.
BuzzFeed later published the entirety of the allegations, albeit with the caveat that they were unsubstantiated, with the President-elect later branding the publication a "failing pile of garbage."
Now imagine what O'Reilly would say, and how much he would cover this story, if it was about Hillary Clinton, or any other Democrat. O'Reilly would do his entire show on it for a week, if not longer, saying the President should be impeached. But when it's Trump, O'Reilly mostly ignores it, and what he does report is positive for Trump, defending and spinning the story for him.
Chuck Todd Talks About The Clown Show Trump Press Conference
In case you missed it, Donald Trump held his first so-called press conference Wednesday as president-elect. I use the term press conference very loosely because this train wreck was really nothing more than Trump picking and choosing what questions he wanted to answer, pushing more of his propaganda, and trying to bully journalists (mostly CNN) when they dared to asked him tough questions he didn't want to answer.
While there's plenty that could be said about this clown show, Chuck Todd summed it up best by pointing out one of the most dangerous aspects we face as a society with the rise of president Donald Trump.
"I was struck big picture-wise of how normal a circus is now to us," Todd said.
"This was a circus. We've never seen a president-elect, a transition, like we saw today. Where the press conference gets interrupted, you have a lawyer in here, the lawyer does half legal talk, half political spin."
"So I am struck at how normal crazy looked to us today," he added. "I mean, this was just a crazy scene. This is the norm of Donald Trump."
Todd also went on to say that this press conference was nothing more than a show for his supporters, calling Trump a master at deflection by answering but not really answering the questions that are asked of him.
And he is 100% right.
One of the issues that scared me most about Trump is my fear that he's going to make crazy the new normal. That childish, infant-like behavior from people who are supposed to be professional adults representing this country is going to become acceptable. That we will be so desensitized to outlandish behavior that something we should all be shocked and appalled by will get overlooked because of just how absurd Trump's behavior is.
Donald Trump is an absolute embarrassment to America. And I am stunned that over 60 million people were stupid enough to vote for this childish clown.
We are long past honest political differences between Democrats and Republicans on key political issues. We're now at a point where it is literally those who believe in and have a basic understanding of facts, science and adult professionalism vs. those who don't.
When I hear or talk with a Trump supporter, I don't even bother trying to use facts to counter their BS, it's absolutely pointless.
What I do is try my best to make them defend the ridiculous nonsense they believe. It's easy for them to spin out a talking point, or something they read on the net, but it's much more difficult for them to actually use some sort of factually sourced information to support the lies they believe.
And I found out real quick there is no talking to a Trump supporter, they do not believe reality, they just believe every lie Trump and his people put out, so I no longer talk politics with Republicans, or Trump supporters, it is a waste of time.
The so-called press conference Wednesday is exactly why I said that we must fight every single day to make sure the circus that Donald Trump and his brainwashed supporters have does not become normal. We have to do everything we can to let the rest of the world know that Trump and the fools who support him make up the minority in America.
Insane O'Reilly Thinks Trump Helped Himself At Wednesday Press Conference
If you want proof that Bill O'Reilly is biased for Trump here it is. Almost everyone who reported on the Trump press conference spoke out against Trump for what he did to the CNN reporter. Even Fox's Shepard Smith slammed Trump for 'belittling' the CNN reporter.
But O'Reilly wrote a long talking points memo defending Trump, and saying what a great job he did, while also claiming he helped himself. When everyone in America, and the world, was embarrassed by it, except for O'Reilly, Republicans, and all the Trump supporters.
Here is word for word what O'Reilly said:
O'REILLY: About 250 reporters faced the president-elect in New York City today, and many major points were made. The issue of fake news, fabricated reports about not only Donald Trump, but public figures in general, was front and center.Notice that O'Reilly said nothing about Trump refusing to take a question from the CNN reporter. But when Obama did the very same thing to a Fox reporter, O'Reilly lost his mind and demanded Obama take questions from Fox reporters. O'Reilly even said doing it would hurt Obama. But when Trump does the exact same thing, O'Reilly defends it and actually claims it helped Trump.
And btw, O'Reilly has also said many times that nobody should use Nazi examples for any political reason ever, and slammed Democrats who did it, but when Trump does it he says nothing, not a word. He mentioned that Trump said it, but never slammed him for it, or said anything about it.
Trump made a fool of himself, and O'Reilly reported he did great and helped himself. It's just ridiculous, and only a 100% biased, Republican, Trump butt-kissing hack, could ever say such a dumb thing.
CNN simply reported what Buzzfeed put out, and that is a fact. O'Reilly just wants all the Russia/Trump reporting to go away, because it makes him and Trump look bad, and because he is biased for Trump. Even though the reports show that Russia hacked people and leaked it to help Trump, O'Reilly just wants everyone to ignore it all.
Now that is bias, and some of the worst bias I have ever seen from any so-called journalist. It's not only bias, it's massive hypocrisy and a double standard, from O'Reilly, who claims to be a non-partisan Independent with a no spin zone.
Pervert O'Reilly Had Fox Settle Another Sexual Harassment Claim Against Him
This is number 3, or maybe number 4, I lost count.
In the weeks after Roger Ailes was ousted as the chairman of Fox News, company executives secretly struck an agreement with a longtime on-air personality who had come forward with similar accusations about the network's top host, Bill O'Reilly.
Juliet Huddy said that O'Reilly pursued a sexual relationship with her in 2011, at a time he exerted significant influence over her career. When she rebuffed his advances, he tried to derail her career, according to a draft of a letter from her lawyers to Fox News that was obtained by The New York Times.
The letter includes allegations that O'Reilly had called Ms. Huddy repeatedly and that it sometimes sounded like he was masturbating. He invited her to his house on Long Island, tried to kiss her, took her to dinner and the theater, and after asking her to return a key to his hotel room, appeared at the door in his boxer shorts, according to the letter.
In exchange for her silence and agreement not to sue, she was paid a sum in the high six figures, according to people briefed on the agreement. The agreement was between Ms. Huddy and 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News.
And of course both Fox News and O'Reilly's lawyer said her allegations were false.
Which is the very same thing he said about the phone sex with Andrea Mackris, O'Reilly said it was all lies and he would fight it to the bitter end, then he found out she had recored his dirty calls, so he paid her millions to go away and keep quiet. Then there was Andrea Tantaros, and who knows who else we never heard about.
In the aftermath of Ailes departure, executives declared that such behavior would never again be tolerated. but O'Reilly has continued to host his show on weekday nights at 8 p.m., and he published two more books.
Details about the allegations and the agreement between Ms. Huddy and 21st Century Fox are based on interviews with current and former Fox News employees, the letter written by her lawyers to the company, and three pages of a draft of the settlement agreement.
The letter was verified by several people who have been briefed on it. A person close to Ms. Huddy told The Times that she relayed accounts of Mr. O'Reilly's unwanted advances at the time they occurred.
The website Lawnewz.com first reported the existence of the agreement Monday afternoon.
Ms. Huddy made her allegations known to Fox News in the letter her lawyers sent to the network in August. The settlement was reached on Sept. 5, at a time when the company was finalizing other agreements, including one with Gretchen Carlson, the former anchor whose sexual harassment suit forced the departure of Mr. Ailes.
O'Reilly, who is 67, has a towering presence at Fox News. He was close to Mr. Ailes, who ran the network with unchallenged authority, and his show generated about $180 million in advertising dollars in 2015, according to Kantar Media, the ad-tracking firm.
He was also viewed by lower-level employees and program hosts as an influential figure in the newsroom; he was the gatekeeper to airtime on his show, and his support could be crucial to advancement.
O'Reilly had run into problems before. In 2004, a producer on his show, Andrea Mackris, sued him, asserting that he had made unwanted sexual advances and lewd comments in a series of phone calls and dinner conversations. According to the suit, O'Reilly told her on multiple occasions to buy a vibrator, called her when it sounded like he was masturbating and described various sexual fantasies.
After two weeks of sensational headlines in New York's tabloid newspapers, OReilly settled for millions of dollars, according to people briefed on the agreement. Even though he said she was a scammer and he would never settle.
According to the letter related to Ms. Huddy's case, her lawyers said that O'Reilly began sexually harassing her in 2011. Ms. Huddy tried to find a landing place at the network and appeared as a guest on Mr. O'Reilly's show.
In January 2011, O'Reilly invited Ms. Huddy to lunch near his multimillion-dollar home in Manhasset, Long Island, according to the letter. After lunch, he drove her back to his home, where he showed her every room, including his bedroom, and his collection of presidential memorabilia.
"To shock and disgust, as Ms. Huddy was saying goodbye to Mr. O'Reilly, he quickly moved in and kissed her on the lips," the letter said. "Ms. Huddy was so taken aback and repulsed that she instinctively recoiled and actually fell to the ground. O'Reilly, looking amused, did not even help Ms. Huddy up."
The very next week, O'Reilly asked her to join him for dinner at the Harvard Club, followed by a Broadway show, according to the letter and to current and former Fox News employees.
Ms. Huddy was not interested in having a romantic relationship with O'Reilly but, the letter said, "she felt compelled to comply with O'Reilly's request, given that he had total control over her work assignment."
During the Broadway show, according to the letter, O'Reilly moved close to Ms. Huddy in a way that made her feel uncomfortable. He tried to hold her hand but she pulled it away. Then he dropped a key to the room at a Midtown Manhattan hotel he was staying at into her lap, and told her to meet him there after the show. He stood up and left, the letter said.
Ms. Huddy went to the hotel to return O'Reilly's key, according to the letter. She asked him to meet her in the lobby, but he refused and asked her to join him in his room.
"Ms. Huddy declined and explained that she was not interested in O'Reilly on a personal or sexual level," the letter said.
Note: Now think about this folks, over the 30 or so years O'Reilly has been at Fox ask yourself how many times he did this with women at Fox who either did what he wanted to keep their job, or did not report him. I would bet it happened many many times, not just the 3 or 4 we know about.
O'Reilly persisted and again asked that Ms. Huddy come up to his room, and she ultimately went up give him the key, according to the letter.
When O'Reilly opened the door to his room, he was wearing nothing but boxer shorts, according to the letter. Ms. Huddy was "very embarrassed, handed O'Reilly his key and quickly left," the letter said.
In the months after O'Reilly and Ms. Huddy went to the show in Manhattan, his "obsession with her only escalated," the letter said.
O'Reilly started calling Ms. Huddy at all hours, even while he was on vacation. At times, the calls were about work, but they were sometimes highly inappropriate and sexual, the letter said. On some occasions, it sounded like O'Reilly was masturbating, the letter said.
"Disgusted, Ms. Huddy came up with an excuse and hung up the phone."
O'Reilly's pursuit continued and Ms. Huddy tried to distance herself from him, it said. She answered and returned fewer of his calls.
"Ms. Huddy's rejection of O'Reilly did not sit well with him, as he began to retaliate against her both on and off air," the letter said.
O'Reilly nitpicked her work and would berate Ms. Huddy for minor mistakes, according to the letter. O'Reilly stopped preparing her for segments and would surprise her with story angles that they had not discussed.
In 2013, Ms. Huddy was replaced on a segment she had on his show. Another segment that she was featured in, called Mad as Hell, was quickly canceled. She did not complain, fearing retaliation, she told current and former Fox News employees at the time.
As part of Ms. Huddy's confidential agreement with 21st Century Fox, she agreed not to disparage, malign or defame the parties and the company, on its behalf and on the behalf of O'Reilly and Mr. Abernethy, agreed not to disparage, malign or defame Ms. Huddy.
The consequences for breaking the confidentiality of the agreement are severe, costing either side $500,000 per infringement, according to the document. Ms. Huddy is also liable if her lawyers or a person close to her discloses the terms of the agreement.
On Sept. 7, Ms. Huddy, who had hosted Good Day Early Call on WNYW, a Fox affiliate, went on the station and gave a tearful goodbye. "Thank you to everyone who has made the last 20 years the most challenging but best of my life," she said. "Perhaps someday, even someday soon, you'll see me on television again."
Trump Meets With Intelligence Community Then Lies To Protect Russia
And not only did O'Reilly not slam him for it, he defended Trump and helped him lie about it. O'Reilly put out the same propaganda Trump did, saying there is no proof Russia was involved, when it is a lie and there is proof.
Trump met with the intelligence community on Friday and then released a misleading statement that was full of lies to protect Putin and Russia.
Here is the statement from Trump:
TRUMP: I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of this community to our great nation.
While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.
There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful.
Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. Two weeks from today I will take the oath of office and America's safety and security will be my number one priority.
Keeping America safe is Trump's number one priority. Unless the attacks come from Russia and help Trump, then he is going to defend the attackers who weakened American democracy while looking the other way.
Trump's claim that the Russian cyber attacks didn't influence the election is based on nothing but his own spin. The Russian attacks did influence the election because the hacked emails dominated the media coverage and melded with Republican conspiracies about Hillary Clinton's emails to drown out any serious discussion about the issues for months on end.
The intelligence community is in total agreement. Russia was behind the attacks. It wasn't China or some other country. It was Russia, and those attacks helped Donald Trump win the election.
Trump met with the intelligence community, dismissed everything they had to say, and stuck to his own version of reality.
The man who is going to be entrusted with keeping America safe has already shown that he is more interested in helping Russia than the people of his own country.
Trump's statement was dishonest and untrue, but that's his story and he is sticking to it.
Trump Nominates Wall Street Lawyer to Head S.E.C.
So much for drain the swamp, Trump is making the swamp bigger. It's like putting the Fox in charge of the hen house, and it is not good for the American people, or the hard workers that work and live here.
President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he planned to nominate Jay Clayton, a partner with the prominent New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, the latest appointment with strong ties to Wall Street.
If confirmed, Mr. Clayton will be responsible for encouraging investment in American companies and providing strong oversight of Wall Street and related industries, according to a statement by Mr. Trump's communications office on Wednesday morning.
"We will carefully monitor our financial sector, as we set policy that encourages American companies to do what they do best: create jobs," Mr. Clayton said in the statement.
Now think about this, Bush did the very same thing and we were losing a million jobs a month when he left office.
The role of the federal agency is to protect investors and enable companies to raise capital through the public markets in a way that fosters economic growth.
An adviser to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Clayton would join several Wall Street alumni in serving in Mr. Trump's administration. Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs trader who runs his own hedge fund and invested in Hollywood movies before leading fund-raising for Mr. Trump during the election, has been nominated to be Treasury secretary.
Wilbur Ross, the billionaire investor, has been picked as the next commerce secretary, while Gary D. Cohn, who was No. 2 at Goldman Sachs, will be Mr. Trump's economic top policy adviser.
Report Says Putin Led a Complex Cyberattack Scheme to Aid Trump
WASHINGTON -- President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia directed a vast cyberattack aimed at denying Hillary Clinton the presidency and installing Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office, the nation's top intelligence agencies said in an extraordinary report they delivered on Friday to Trump.
The officials presented their unanimous conclusions to Trump in a two-hour briefing at Trump Tower in New York that brought the leaders of America's intelligence agencies face to face with their most vocal skeptic, the president-elect, who has repeatedly cast doubt on Russia's role.
The meeting came just two weeks before Trump's inauguration and was underway even as the electoral votes from his victory were being formally counted in a joint session of Congress.
Soon after leaving the meeting, intelligence officials released the declassified, damning report that described the sophisticated cybercampaign as part of a continuing Russian effort to weaken the United States government and its democratic institutions.
The report -- a virtually unheard-of, real-time revelation by the American intelligence agencies that undermined the legitimacy of the president who is about to direct them -- made the case that Trump was the favored candidate of Mr. Putin.
The Russian leader, the report said, sought to denigrate Mrs. Clinton, and the report detailed what the officials had revealed to President Obama a day earlier: Trump's victory followed a complicated, multipart cyberinformation attack whose goal had evolved to help the Republican win.
The public report lacked the evidence that intelligence officials said was included in a classified version, which they described as information on the sources and methods used to collect the information about Mr. Putin and his associates.
Those would include intercepts of conversations and the harvesting of computer data from implants that the United States and its allies have put in Russian computer networks.
The report may be a political blow to Trump. But it is also a risky moment for the intelligence agencies that have become more powerful since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but have had to fend off allegations that they exaggerated intelligence during the buildup to the Iraq war.
The declassified report described in detail the efforts of Putin and his security services, including the creation of the online Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release information gained from the hacks to the public.
"Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him," the report by the nation's intelligence agencies concluded.
Trump, whose resistance to that very conclusion has led him to repeatedly mock the country's intelligence services on Twitter since Election Day, issued a written statement that appeared to concede some Russian involvement. But Trump said nothing about the conclusion that Mr. Putin had sought to aid his candidacy, other than insisting that he still believes the Russian attacks had no effect on the outcome.
Trump's written statement came just hours after he told The New York Times in an interview that the storm surrounding Russian hacking was nothing more than a political witch hunt carried out by his adversaries, who he said were embarrassed by their loss to him in the 2016 election.
Speaking by telephone three hours before the intelligence briefing, Trump repeatedly criticized the intense focus on Russia.
Intelligence officials who prepared the classified report said British intelligence was among the first to raise an alarm that Moscow hacked into the Democratic National Committee's computer servers, and alerted their American counterparts, according to two people familiar with the conclusions.
The British role, which has been closely held, is a critical part of the timeline because it suggests that some of the first tipoffs, in fall 2015, came from voice intercepts, computer traffic or informants outside the United States, as emails and other data from the Democratic National Committee flowed out of the country.
The conclusions in the report were described on Thursday to President Obama and on Friday to Trump by James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence; John O. Brennan, the director of the C.I.A.; Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency; and James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I.
The key to the public report's assessment is that Russia's motives evolved over the course of the campaign. When it appeared that Mrs. Clinton was more likely to win, it concluded, the Russian effort focused on undermining her future presidency, with pro-Kremlin bloggers preparing a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #DemocracyRIP.
It noted that Putin had a particular animus for Mrs. Clinton because he believed she had incited protests against him in 2011. The report also stated that Russia collected data on some Republican-affiliated targets, but did not disclose the contents of whatever it harvested.
Yet the attacks, the report said, began long before anyone could have known that Trump, considered a dark horse, would win the Republican nomination. It said the attacks began as early as July 2015, when Russian intelligence operatives first gained access to the Democratic National Committee's networks.
Russia maintained that access for 11 months, until at least June 2016, the report concludes, leaving open the possibility that Russian cyberattackers may have had access even after the firm CrowdStrike believed that it had kicked them off the networks.
Hey Trump Supporters Your Guy Now Wants Taxpayers To Pay For The Wall
So much for Mexico paying for the wall, Trump now wants to use American taxpayer money to pay for it in a sneaky way by going around Congress.
One of Donald Trump's major campaign promises appears to be on its deathbed, according to sources inside the president-elect's transition team who say that Trump wants to pay for the wall via "the appropriations process."
House GOP officials say Trump will ask Congress to pay for building the wall.
-- CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 6, 2017
In other words, taxpayers not the Mexican government, as Trump repeatedly said during the campaign, will be paying for the monumental waste of money along the southern border.
According to the CNN report, the process of funding the border wall may begin as early as April and could be done without even having to pass a new bill.
More from CNN:
The Trump team argues it will have the authority through a Bush-era 2006 law to build the wall, lawmakers say, but it lacks the money to do so. Transition officials have told House GOP leaders in private meetings they'd like to pay for the wall in the funding bill, a senior House GOP source said.
"It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that's already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump's campaign pledge to secure the border," Indiana Republican Rep. Luke Messer said on Thursday.
Trump knows that he could not pass legislation to approve the type of wall he's proposing, so he's hoping to bypass Congress to get it done.
What's unclear is just how Trump will explain away what will be an undeniable abandonment of a promise central to his campaign from the very beginning. Even after his bungled trip to meet with the Mexican president last year, Trump reiterated 100 percent that our neighbors to the south will be funding his wall to keep immigrants out.
Building a Mexico-funded wall on the border was one of the first promises Donald Trump made as a presidential candidate. Despite the fact that illegal immigration from Mexico is actually declining, his supporters took the spoon and swallowed it whole.
It was (and still is) one of his biggest applause lines at rallies.
Now, one of his first acts as president will be showing those same supporters that he was just playing them for suckers all along.
Will they even notice? They probably will, they will just not care.
Trump Names Christie Aide Fired Over Bridgegate As White House Political Director
A key former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who federal prosecutors strongly suggested helped to create the culture that led to the Bridgegate scandal, has been hired by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the White House's political operation.
The Trump transition team announced Wednesday that Bill Stepien will serve as Trump's deputy assistant and political director. Stepien, who joined the Trump campaign in August as national field director, was fired by Christie in January 2014 amid the Bridgegate scandal in which aides to New Jersey's Republican governor directed the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge as political retribution against a local Democratic mayor.
Christie axed him during the scandal after emails were released in which Stepien referred to the target of the Bridgegate plot, Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, as an "idiot."
During the federal Bridgegate trial last fall, the government's key witness testified that he told Stepien about the plot less than 24 hours after it was hatched. Court documents also revealed that another Christie aide texted a colleague amid Christie's news conference on the bubbling scandal in December 2013 and claimed that Christie "just flat out lied about senior staff and Stepien not being involved."
Christie's lawyers threw Stepien under the bus during the trial -- just as Christie was being pushed out of Trump's inner circle -- alleging Stepien that had a romantic relationship with another Christie staffer convicted in the Bridgegate scheme, Bridget Anne Kelly.
According to the New York Times, Stepien's hiring was pushed by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is friends with long-time Stepien ally David Wildstein, the admitted Bridgegate lead conspirator.
Stepien also ran the legislative campaigns of convicted Bridgegate conspirator Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the powerful local agency in charge of the New York areas bridges, tunnels and airports.
In a statement announcing Trump's first wave of White House hires, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said that Stepian and other selected "individuals will be key leaders in helping to implement the President-elect's agenda and bring real change to Washington."
Others named Wednesday to West Wing posts included former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault, who will serve as assistant to the president and director of communications for the office of public liaison.
GOP Congresswoman ObamaCare Twitter Poll Backfires
Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday posted a poll on Twitter to get feedback on Republicans proposed ObamaCare repeal. As it turns out, though, a majority of Twitter users who voted recommended keeping the healthcare law in place.
While Blackburn might have expected to hear only from her Tennessee district -- which handily reelected her in November -- she soon found the poll swamped with votes opposed to an ObamaCare repeal.
The poll from Blackburn, a member of President-elect Trump's transition team, received 7,968 votes, with 84 percent opposing a repeal of ObamaCare.
Republicans Plan To Make America Sick Again
Republican Senator Said Russia Must Pay The Price for Hacking
Senator John McCain said on Friday that Russia must be made to pay the price for cyber attacks on the United States and that it was possible to impose many sanctions, including on financial institutions.
McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has scheduled a hearing for Thursday on foreign cyber threats.
"When you attack a country, it's an act of war," McCain said in an interview with the Ukrainian TV while on a visit to Kiev.
"And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay, so that we can perhaps persuade the Russians to stop these kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy."
What did Trump say about it, he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, saying he was smart, and he also praised him for refraining from retaliation after the United States expelled 35 Russian diplomats.
If a Democrat did that O'Reilly and Fox News would call him a traitor, but when Trump does it they defend him and spin for him.
Trump Praises Fox News For Spreading Russian Propaganda
Donald Trump used his position as president-elect to praise Fox News for their pro-Putin coverage while criticizing CNN and NBC, who actually reported the facts about Russian spying activities in the US.
Trump tweeted this on 12-30-16:
Russians are playing @CNN and @NBCNews for such fools - funny to watch, they don't have a clue! @FoxNews totally gets it!
What exactly is Fox News doing that is making Trump so happy? They are reading Putin's statements verbatim on the air.
Much of the Fox News coverage is centered around the myth that Donald Trump will stand up to Russia and be respected by Putin.
It is clear who the boss is in the Trump/Putin relationship, and it isn't Trump. Meanwhile, CNN and NBC have earned the wrath of Trump by reporting on Russian spying activities in the US.
There were two dangerous precedents established by Trump's tweet. First, the president-elect is using the power of his position to criticize media outlets. Second, media outlets who report the truth about Russia are being criticized by name by Trump.
Donald Trump rewarded the network that pushed the pro-Trump/pro-Russia position and punished the press outlets that reported the truth.
Trump is engaging in a textbook endangerment of the free press, and if anyone thinks that his bowing down to Russia is a sign of strength, I've got a bridge to sell you.
Trump Lied About Intelligence Briefing On Russia Being Delayed
Trump wrote this on twitter: "The 'Intelligence' Briefing On So-Called 'Russian Hacking' Was Delayed Until Friday, Perhaps More Time Needed To Build A Case. Very Strange!"
Not only is that a lie, Trump used the words "so-called" as if it's not true, when we all know it is, and he is the only one who denies it is.
And here are some facts:
According to The Washington Post, an official said that the intelligence briefing regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election "was never scheduled to occur Tuesday," and that plans for a fuller Friday briefing have been in place for several days.
From the January 4 article:
A U.S. official disputed that there had been any delay in delivering the briefing that Trump requested on Russia, saying that high-level U.S. intelligence officials are scheduled to meet with the president-elect in New York on Friday.
The official said that Trump did receive a regular intelligence briefing on Tuesday, and raised the possibility of confusion on the part of his transition team or schedulers.
"It's possible that his team has some scheduling disconnect" and that "whatever he received today didn't meet his expectations," the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence matters.
But, the official said, the fuller briefing on Russia's election hacking was never scheduled to occur Tuesday, and that plans for a fuller Friday briefing have been in place for several days.
The officials expected to take part in that session include Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr., CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey and the head of the National Security Agency, Adm. Mike Rogers.
New York magazine noted "a senior intelligence official told NBC News that the president-elect's meeting with the heads of the NSA, CIA, and FBI, and the director of national intelligence was always scheduled for Friday."
And O'Reilly says nothing, but if a Democrat who was going to be the next President was saying this stuff he would call him a traitor for siding with Russia over his own intelligence agency. Wait a minute, O'Reilly did say something, but not about the Russian hacking, he cried about celebs refusing to show up for Trump when he is sworn in, that's what O'Reilly does, ignore real news to cry for his friend Trump.
Trump Sold Tickets To His New Years Eve Party
Tickets were on sale for a New Year's Eve party that President-elect Donald Trump and his family are hosting at the Mar-a-Lago Club this weekend, which once again raises more ethics questions that have dogged Trump's presidential transition.
Since Trump himself owns the Palm Beach, Florida, resort, those sales profit him personally.
Simply buying a ticket could be seen as an effort to curry favor with the president-elect. Those seeking an in-person audience with him also had an incentive to buy since Trump will be there.
Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave reporters the news on a Friday press call. He also noted that more than 800 guests are expected, including actor Sylvester Stallone and music producer Quincy Jones.
Despite Spicer's claim that Jones was expected to be present, the legendary music producer tweeted on Friday night that he would be spending New Year's Eve in Los Angeles with family and friends. Jones daughter Kenya Kinski-Jones called the claim that her father would attend the event "false information" and a "total lie."
Trump has hosted similar New Year's Eve parties at Mar-a-Lago many times in the past, including last year, when his presidential campaign was in full swing. But this year he's about to assume the highest office in the land.
Norm Eisen, who served as ethics counselor to President Barack Obama, had a one-word response to the spectacle:
-- Norm Eisen - @NormEisen - December 30, 2016
Trump has struggled to quiet criticism that his international business will create multiple conflicts of interest for his presidency.
He announced this past Saturday that he would be closing his charitable foundation to avoid the perception of such problems, but he has not laid out any plan to divest from his company and place his assets in a blind trust, as ethics experts recommend.
Obama Hits Russia With New Sanctions for Election Hacking
Saying "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," President Obama today released a new statement on sanctions against Russia, ordering 2 Russian compounds in Maryland and New York be shut down and 35 diplomats expelled.
"These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior."
Russia, knowing new sanctions were coming, had already warned the White House not to do anything in response to what Russia had done or they will do some more stuff that requires a response:
"People in the White House need to understand clearly that if Washington really takes new hostile steps, then it will receive a response."
Vladimir Putin can try to play the victim. He is about as good at it as Donald Trump, which is to say, not at all. Nobody is fooled by this saber rattling.
Lindsey Graham wanted President Obama to not be president for the rest of his term and just let Donald Trump handle it, saying this Wednesday:
"Putin has cleaned his clock. Here's what I'd prefer: Let the new Congress and new president deal with Russia. If I were President Trump, I'd call President Obama and say 'Don't start something that you cannot finish.'"
Sorry, Graham. We have a president. And his name is Obama.
This is advice which suggests Graham doesn't really want sanctions, because presumably, though by no means guaranteed, he is intelligent enough to know that Donald Trump is not going to bite the hand that controls his puppet strings.
Predictably, Donald Trump, the beneficiary of Russia's hacking, just wants to forget the whole thing, saying this:
"I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly -- the whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on."
Trump's response is the uninspiring babble of a weak leader: So our democratic processes were interfered with by a hostile power. Actually, we know all about what's going on, and a strong leader, President Obama, has just done something about it.
The president reminded the world that he is still president and not Donald Trump, promising that these steps need not be the only ones he takes:
"These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia's aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized."
And that is how the leader of the free world leads.
Biased O'Reilly Cries About Celebs Refusing To Attend Trump Inauguration
O'Reilly is outraged that the same Hollywood celebs him and all his Republican friends slam and insult every night are refusing to go to the clown show called the Trump Inauguration. O'Reilly is so biased and in the tank for Trump the loon even called it reverse McCarthyism, when it's a free country and they are simply making a free decision not to attend the Trump Inauguration, which they have every right as free Americans to do.
Charles Krauthammer even mocked O'Reilly for his biased outrage, here is a partial transcript:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): The harsh truth is that there is reverse McCarthyism going on in the entertainment industry. Remember that in the 1950s, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy started accusing people in Hollywood of being Communists. That led to a black list where people were not hired because McCarthy smeared them.
Today, it seems anti-Trump zealots may be doing the same thing. If you are a Trump supporter, you are a bad person, and a number of entertainers believe their careers will be harmed, should they associate with the new Trump administration. Again, that is terrible, an awful state of affairs. Talking Points believes enough is enough of the anti-Trump movement. The man won the election, give him a chance. Respect the process. Stop the nonsense.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: You know, I find it hard to get exercised over the fact that we may be short a Rockette at the inaugural celebration.
O'REILLY: It's okay to deny somebody a job in Charles Krauthammer's world if they show up at the Trump inauguration? That's okay? To deny someone a job?
O'REILLY: But that's the fear, that's the cloak of fear that we are dealing with now.
KRAUTHAMMER: But you've shown no evidence that that's what's at play.
O'REILLY: Oh, stop. The evidence is there's nobody booked. That's the evidence, there's nobody booked, two weeks away.
KRAUTHAMMER: They don't want to play for Donald Trump.
KRAUTHAMMER: This is a republic.
KRAUTHAMMER: You are not summoned to perform for the king or for the dictator. In some places, if Kim Jong-un calls you to sing, you better show up, because otherwise you're not gonna make it to the morning.
O'REILLY: You -- you don't know anything about the Hollywood industries. They will perform for Joseph Stalin, okay, if they think it is going to help their career. Okay?
Law School Professors Oppose Sessions's Nomination As Attorney General
A group of more than 1,100 law school professors from across the country are sending a letter to Congress on Tuesday urging the Senate to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general.
The letter, signed by professors from 170 law schools in 48 states, is also scheduled to run as a full-page newspaper ad aimed at members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be holding confirmation hearings for Sessions on Jan. 10-11.
"We are convinced that Jeff Sessions will not fairly enforce our nation's laws and promote justice and equality in the United States," says the letter, signed by prominent legal scholars including Laurence H. Tribe of Harvard Law School, Geoffrey R. Stone of the University of Chicago Law School, Pamela S. Karlan of Stanford Law School and Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California at Irvine School of Law.
The professors from every state except North Dakota and Alaska, which has no law school, highlight the rejection of Sessions's nomination to a federal judgeship more than 30 years ago. Robin Walker Sterling of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, one of the organizers of the letter, said that 1,000 professors signed on within 72 hours.
"Clearly, there are many, many law professors who are very uneasy with the prospect of Attorney General Sessions, and they are willing to take a public stand in opposition to his nomination," she said.
The law professors wrote that some of them have concerns about Sessions's prosecution of three civil rights activists for voter fraud in Alabama in 1985, his support for building a wall along the nation's southern border and his "repeated opposition to legislative efforts to promote the rights of women and members of the LGBTQ community."
Gingrich Admits Trump Does Not Have A Plan To Beat ISIS
Remember that secret plan Trump said he had to defeat ISIS, well you guessed it, he was lying. There is no plan, and no strategy, just more lies from Trump.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich conceded that President-elect Donald Trump does not yet have a plan for defeating the Islamic State terrorist group.
"I don't think they have a strategy," Gingrich told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. "I think that what they know, which is important, is that they are gonna need a strategy."
Gingrich, an adviser to the president-elect, went on to express confidence that Trump's general-heavy roster of security advisers and cabinet members would develop a strong approach to fighting the terror group.
"They are going to be able to produce a very aggressive strategy. They have a much better grip on reality than the Obama administration did," he added.
Gingrich then suggested the United States should consider suspending civil liberties to combat terrorism as former President Abraham Lincoln did during the Civil War.
"People should go back and look at how Lincoln dealt with Southern sympathizers during the Civil War," Gingrich said. "We passed a Sedition Act for example, which changed our ability to control people who were advocating treason."
It is not clear what legislation Gingrich is referring to, but Lincoln did crack down on basic freedoms, including First Amendment rights. Most notably, however, Lincoln unilaterally suspended habeas corpus, or the centuries-old right to a speedy trial.
"Habeas corpus is, for many historians, a serious blemish on Lincoln's record," Jennifer Weber, a University of Kansas history professor, wrote in a 2013 op-ed in The New York Times.
Senator Says Trump Has The Maturity Of A 5-Year-Old
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said Thursday that he has little confidence Donald Trump will act rationally on nuclear weapons as commander in chief, in part because he thinks the president-elect behaves like a child.
Responding to Trump's vague tweet Thursday morning stating that he wants to "strengthen and expand" the nuclear capability of the United States, Merkley told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that the apparent escalation of tensions terrified him.
"We have an incoming president who has kind of the maturity of a five-year-old, wrapped by a massive ego," Merkley said. "And to have that just a second away from a nuclear trigger is very, very scary."
Trump's tweet came just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a similar call to strengthen his nation's nuclear arsenal. Experts have expressed concerns that this sort of rhetoric could signal a departure from decades of cooperation against nuclear proliferation in the international community.
"This is an area where it's constrained by international agreements, as it should be because of the risk of nuclear weapons," Merkley said.
Although Trump's tweet left many people worried, it also sparked uncertainty within his own camp, as his surrogates have repeatedly sought to walk back or clarify the president-elect's position on nukes.
On Thursday, Trump's aides claimed their boss wasn't actually arguing for building more nuclear weapons - to which the president-elect reportedly responded Friday that he was fine with doing just that.
"Let it be an arms race," he allegedly told MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski. "We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all."
Trump's incoming press secretary Sean Spicer later tried to temper those remarks, stating flatly that "there is not going to be" an arms race.
This confusion isn't likely to reassure people like Merkley, who believes nuclear policy should be approached with a level head and an understanding of the extreme stakes at play.
"There is really so much at risk here of irrational action," the senator told Chris Hayes on Thursday.
Trump Doing Exact Same Things He Slammed Clinton For Doing
Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak.
But some of those attacks have already slipped into the history books. From installing Wall Street executives in his Cabinet to avoiding news conferences, the president-elect is adopting some of the same behavior for which he criticized Clinton during their fiery presidential campaign.
Here's a look at what Trump said then -- and what he's doing now:
Then: "I know the guys at Goldman Sachs," Trump said at a South Carolina rally in February, when he was locked in a fierce primary battle with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "They have total, total control over him. Just like they have total control over Hillary Clinton."
Now: A number of former employees of the Wall Street bank will pay a key role in crafting Trump's economic policy. He's tapped Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council. Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary nominee, spent 17 years working at Goldman Sachs and Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist and senior counselor, started his career as an investment banker at the firm.
Trump is following in a long political tradition, one he derided on the campaign trail: If Cohn accepts the nomination, he'll be the third Goldman executive to run the NEC.
Then: "Crooked Hillary. Look, can you imagine another four years of the Clintons? Seriously. It's time to move on. And she's totally controlled by Wall Street and all these people that gave her millions," Trump said at a May rally in Lynden, Washington.
Now: Trump has stacked his Cabinet with six top donors -- far more than any recent White House. "I want people that made a fortune. Because now they're negotiating with you, OK?" Trump said, in a December 9 speech in Des Moines. The biggest giver? Incoming small business administrator Linda McMahon gave $7.5 million to a super PAC backing Trump, more than a third of the money collected by the political action committee.
Then: "She doesn't do news conferences, because she can't," Trump said at an August rally in Ashburn, Virginia. "She's so dishonest she doesn't want people peppering her with questions."
Now: Trump opened his last news conference on July 27, saying: "You know, I put myself through your news conferences often, not that it's fun."
He hasn't held one since.
Trump skipped the news conference a president-elect typically gives after winning the White House. Instead, he released a YouTube video of under three minutes. He also recently abruptly canceled plans to hold his first post-election news conference, opting instead to describe his plans for managing his businesses in tweets.
"I will hold a press conference in the near future to discuss the business, Cabinet picks and all other topics of interest. Busy times!" he tweeted in mid-December.
Then: "It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons set up a business to profit from public office. They sold access and specific actions by and really for I guess the making of large amounts of money," Trump said at an August rally in Austin.
Now: While Trump has promised to separate himself from his businesses, there is plenty of overlap between his enterprises and his immediate family. His companies will be run by his sons, Donald Jr and Eric. And his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have joined Trump at a number of meetings with world leaders of countries where the family has financial interests.
In a financial disclosure he was required to file during the campaign, Trump listed stakes in about 500 companies in at least 25 different countries.
Ivanka, in particular, has been caught making early efforts to leverage her father's new position into profits. After an interview with the family appeared on "60 Minutes," her jewelry company, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, blasted out an email promoting the $10,800 gold bangle bracelet that she had worn during the appearance.
Ivanka is also auctioning off a private coffee meeting with her to benefit her brother's foundation. The meeting is valued at $50,000, with the current top bid coming in at $25,000.
"United States Secret Service will be Present for the Duration of the Experience," warns the auction site.
Then: "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it, and we're going to have a special prosecutor," Trump said in the October presidential debate.
Now: Since winning office, Trump has said he has no intention of pushing for an investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state or the workings of her family foundation. "It's just not something that I feel very strongly about," he told the New York Times.
"She went through a lot. And suffered greatly in many different ways," he said. "I'm not looking to hurt them."
Trump Co-Chair Says Michelle Obama Is A Man Who Should Live With Gorillas
And of course O'Reilly never said a word about it, but when Bush was in office if any Democrat said anything about him or the first lady he was all over it and slammed them for saying it.
The New York co-chair of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign made racist and sexist comments about first lady Michelle Obama in a recent interview, suggesting that she was really a man and should live in Africa.
In an interview with ArtVoice published Friday, Carl Paladino said that in 2017 the thing he would most like to see go away was Michelle Obama.
"I'd like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla," he said.
Asked what he would like to see happen in 2017, Paladino wished death on President Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama's senior advisers.
"Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her," Paladino said.
"I don't talk to anyone from Huffington Post. Sorry," he wrote. He did, however, then release a statement to reporters through a representative saying that his comments had nothing to do with race.
"It has nothing to do with race. That's the typical stance of the press when they can't otherwise defend the acts of the person being attacked. It's about 2 progressive elitist ingrates who have hated their country so badly and destroyed its fabric in so many respects in 8 years," the statement said.
Paladino was the New York Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2010, but lost to now-Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Paladino has a history of making controversial comments and has landed in hot water before for sending racist and sexist emails.
Cuomo said on Friday that Paladino had embarrassed all New Yorkers.
"While most New Yorkers know Mr. Paladino is not to be taken seriously, as his erratic behavior defies any rational analysis and he has no credibility, his words are still jarring. His remarks do not reflect the sentiments or opinions of any real New Yorker and he has embarrassed the good people of the state with his latest hate-filled rage," Cuomo said in a statement.
Paladino was a big booster of Trump in the New York state primary and stood behind the president-elect as he spoke after winning the state's GOP primary in April. He has also met privately with Trump after the election and talked with him about the best moments from the campaign.
In a statement, Trump spokeswoman Jessica Ditto called Paladino's comments "absolutely reprehensible and said they serve no place in our public discourse."
Drain The Swamp Is Trump's First Broken Campaign Promise
And of course O'Reilly and the crew at Fox have not said a word about it.
Donald Trump made drain the swamp a slogan for everything his supporters despised about Washington: lobbyists, corruption, campaign finance and pay-to-play.
But in the weeks since Election Day, Trump and his allies have engaged in some of the same practices they accused Hillary Clinton of exploiting and vowed to change: cashing in on government connections by opening lobbying firms; enabling people to enrich themselves from government service; and selling access to the president-elect and his family.
A POLITICO review of all the times Trump used the phrase on the campaign trail reveals a number of promises that appear already to have been broken - and some of the challenges he might have going forward in keeping them.
Drain the swamp is an attractive saying to get people to vote for you. This is like clockwork every election cycle, lobbyists become the evildoers, the bogeymen, said Paul Miller, president of the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics.
Indeed, Trump's attacks on Hillary Clinton's embodiment of the Washington establishment helped turn voters against her, said Tim Phillips, president of the Americans for Prosperity, a pressure group backed by the Koch brothers.
Trump promised to ban executive officials from lobbying for five years; ask Congress to do the same for its own members and staff; expand the legal definition of lobbying "so we close all the loopholes that former government officials use by labeling themselves consultants and advisers when we all know they are lobbyists"; ban senior administration officials from lobbying for foreign governments; and stop foreign lobbyists from raising money for U.S. elections.
The transition reiterated the five-year ban in November, but it doesn't appear to apply to people working on the transition itself, and it isn't enforceable without an act of Congress. While it's still early, so far, the only lawmakers who have shown interest are Democrats, Reps. John Sarbanes of Maryland and Peter DeFazio of Oregon.
And Congress has shown no interest in strengthening its own lobbying ban. Trump also repeatedly promised a constitutional amendment imposing congressional term limits, but hasn't mentioned it since the election, and in any case, Congress would almost certainly refuse to pass it.
Closing loopholes has been conspicuously absent from Trump's rhetoric and his team's actions since the election. Quite the contrary, the transition's rules on lobbyists explicitly used the legal definition of registered lobbying that Trump criticized. Lobbyists are already talking about avoiding registering in order to serve clients before the Trump administration, according to Miller, the head of the lobbying association.
Trump's aides are also planning an outside political organization that will employ a number of consultants. (It will be led by Brad Parscale, whose digital consulting firm made more than $70 million from the Trump campaign.)
Selling Access To The President Was Trump's Son's Idea
It was Donald Trump's own son who had the idea of selling time with the President Of The United States in exchange for million dollar donations.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the fundraiser who was organizing the event that offered face time with the president in exchange for a million dollar donation to charity says that the plan was Donald Trump Jr.'s idea, "Hicks Jr. said the charity was initially Donald Trump Jr.'s idea as a way to promote conservation efforts. Beach, however, said he and Hicks came up with the idea in early December, formed a committee and had the nonprofit's documents drawn up, he said."
The concept of selling access to the president in exchange for anything raises a boatload of ethical questions. The idea that the Trump sons thought that they could get away with selling access to the president under the pretense of charitable donations to an unspecified charity should be setting off alarm bells all across the country.
A great deal of concern has been expressed about Trump himself profiting from the presidency, or using the White House for his own personal financial gain. Not as much attention has been paid to the activities of Trump's kids. They have a hand in running the family business, and they learned from their father.
Republicans tried to throw then president Bill Clinton out of office for the Lincoln bedroom sleepovers, while Donald Trump and family are attempting to take cash in exchange for time with the President Of The United States.
The American people put Trump in the White House, so they shouldn't be surprised that the corruption has already been attempted before the president-elect has even got in the door.
Some Small Business Owners Are Telling Trump Not To Repeal Obamacare
Small business owners are warning that the planned Republican repeal of the ACA would lead to a collapse in the insurance market that would leave small businesses scrambling to find health insurance.
"Let's be clear: rather than focusing on strengthening the coverage, the Republican plan would destroy the insurance market and leave millions of business owners without coverage," said Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance.
"Stripping subsidies and removing the individual mandate could lead to the death spiral of spiking premiums, dwindling healthy participants, and fewer insurance companies offering coverage. If we don't fight back, we could witness the near collapse of the private insurance market."
And small business owners won't be the only people hurt by the Republican plan. It is estimated that 30 million Americans will lose access to their health care if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"Mr. Trump and Republicans leadership in Congress are trying to push through a plan that would eliminate affordable health care for my employees and customers," said Marilyn Sealy, owner of Wells Rugs Service in Morristown and a member of the Main Street Alliance of New Jersey Steering Committee.
Marilyn called and spoke to Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R). "That means less money in the pockets of people in my community, and fewer people were buying goods and services from small business owners like myself. It would be a disaster for our state economy."
Repealing the ACA is viewed as the first step in the Republican plan to privatize Medicare by turning it into a voucher system that will lead to huge out of pocket costs for seniors.
Small business owners don't need the uncertainty that will come with ACA repeal. While major corporations can survive any changes, going back to the bad old days of health insurance could drive small businesses around the country out of business.
If Republicans really cared about small business owners, they would think twice about their haphazard repeal with no replacement plan for the ACA.
Newt Gingrich Wants Congress To Change Ethics Laws For Trump
Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich is advocating for Congress to change the ethics laws for President-elect Donald Trump, rather than forcing Trump to disentangle himself from his multibillion-dollar business to avoid conflicts of interest with his incoming administration.
Following Trump's electoral victory, ethics lawyers warned that that no president has ever come into office with such potential entanglements as Trump, and that his proposed plan to address his potential conflicts of interests by simply turning over his business to his children doesn't go far enough to ensure that Trump's presidential duties don't clash with his money-making dealings.
In fact, ethics lawyers have cautioned about Trump's potential conflicts of interest since September, with the former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush Richard Painter calling Trump's potential conflicts of interest a serious problem that is deserving of media attention.
Now, Gingrich, a staunch Trump supporter, is calling for a whole new approach for Congress to address Trump's potential conflicts of interest: “Change the ethics laws.” Gingrich also suggested that Trump could use the power of the pardon to get around ethics laws by saying "Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules. Period."
Newt Gingrich has a take on how Donald Trump can keep from running afoul of U.S. ethics laws: Change the ethics laws.
Trump is currently grappling with how to sufficiently disentangle himself from his multibillion-dollar business to avoid conflicts of interest with his incoming administration, and the president-elect has already pushed back a promised announcement of an ethics firewall.
Gingrich, the former speaker of the House and one-time potential running mate for Trump, says Trump should push Congress for legislation that accounts for a billionaire businessman in the White House.
"We've never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don't work," Gingrich said Monday during an appearance on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show" about the president-elect's business interests. "We're going to have to think up a whole new approach."
And should someone in the Trump administration cross the line, Gingrich has a potential answer for that too.
"In the case of the president, he has a broad ability to organize the White House the way he wants to. He also has, frankly, the power of the pardon," Gingrich said. "It's a totally open power. He could simply say, 'Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules. Period. Technically, under the Constitution, he has that level of authority."
Gingrich (who says he is not joining Trump's administration) didn't provide many details for what a new approach would entail, other than reiterating his support for an outside panel of experts Trump should convene that would regularly monitor how his company and government are operating and "offer warnings if they get too close to the edge."
Insane O'Reilly Now Says Abolishing The Electoral College Is All About Race
Which is a lie, the truth is it's all about the person with the most votes winning. It is an outrage that the person with the most votes loses, when I talk to people in foreign countries about this they just do not understand how the person with the most votes can lose.
I think it is time to change it, the one who gets the most votes should win, no matter what state the votes come from or how much they campaign in that state.
And btw, the heart of liberalism in America today is NOT based on race. That is a 100% lie from O'Reilly. The heart of liberalism in America today is about making things fair and equal for everyone, not just the corporations and the wealthy. Race has a small part in it, because blacks and minorities are discriminated against, by mostly white Republicans, but it is not the heart of liberalism.
Here is what O'Reilly thinks:
BILL O'REILLY: Abolishing the Electoral College, that is the subject of tonight's Talking Points Memo. After Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, the left in America is demanding that the Electoral College system put into place in 1787 be scrapped. But there's a hidden reason for this.
As we reported, even though Secretary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million, the progressive state of California provided all of that margin. Clinton defeating Trump there by about 4.3 million votes. So if the Electoral College were abolished, presidential candidates could simply campaign in the nation's largest states and cities,New York, L.A., Chicago, Houston, and rack up enough votes to pretty much win any election.
That's what the left wants. That's what they want. Because in the large urban areas and blue states like New York and California, minorities are substantial. Look at the landscape. Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami. In all of these places the minority vote usually goes heavily to the Democrats. And to that New York City, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco, don't really have a national election anymore, do you? You have targeted populations.
Newspapers like the New York Times and the L.A. Times have editorialized to get rid of the Electoral Cllege. They well know that neutralizing the largely white rural areas in the Midwest and South will assure liberal politicians get power and keep it.
Talking Points believes this is all about race. The left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with. Therefore white working class voters must be marginalized and what better way to do that than center the voting power in the cities.
Very few commentators will tell you that the heart of liberalism in America today is based on race. It permeates almost every issue. That white men have set up a system of oppression. That system must be destroyed. Bernie Sanders pedaled that to some extent Hillary Clinton did. And the liberal media tries to sell that all day long. So-called white privilege bad. Diversity good.
If you look at the voting patterns, it's clear that the Democrats are heavily reliant on the minority vote. Also on the woman vote. White men have largely abandoned the Democrats and the left believes it's because of racism that they want to punish minorities, keep them down.
So that's what's really going on when you hear about the Electoral College and how unfair it allegedly is.Summing up, the left wants power taken away from the white establishment. They want a profound change in the way America is run. Taking voting power away from the white precincts is the quickest way to do that.
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