Marc Kasowitz, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer in the Russia investigation, has boasted to friends and colleagues that he played a central role in the firing of Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, according to four people familiar with the conversations.
That means America has abandoned a role it has held since the end of World War II as the unquestioned leader of the free world, the widely respected force for global good, the premier defender of human rights. There is, after all, no human right more basic than the right to clean air and water, the right to live on a planet that provides basic resources, the right to an Earth that is a friendly host to the human species.
Even if it were someone else, not Donald Trump, pulling the planet’s attention to the world’s three Abrahamic religions; if it were Barack Obama or George W. Bush, say, or even Eleanor Roosevelt, making an ecumenical pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia…
Is H.R. McMaster, the White House national security adviser, on the way out? By some signs, he is: President Donald Trump not only excluded him from a key meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his national security adviser…
March 20. CNN: Then-FBI Director James Comey confirms that the agency is investigating ties between Trump campaign and Russia. In a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, then-FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the agency had an open investigation…
Trump’s budget, released Tuesday, reflects the president’s wish list. The numbers likely will change by the time it goes through the congressional appropriations process, but the proposed cuts are consistent with the administration’s push against environmental regulation and scientific funding.
The CIA received intelligence last summer indicating Donald Trump’s campaign aides were in contact with Russian government officials, information that was worrisome enough to pass to the FBI for investigation, former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday.
A number of usually reliable reporters were duped by White House spin that President Donald Trump’s draconian budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 to slash spending for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was not a violation of his major campaign pledge to protect Social Security from cuts.
It’s a great time to be an investigative journalist. Sure, no president has done more to demonize media than President Trump. But nor has anybody done more to boost our standing than Trump. Millions of Americans have put their faith in us. A few weeks after the election, a friend of mine, pondering the reality of one-party government in Washington, looked at me soberly and summed up her sentiment: “You are our Congress now.”
They are, to coin a phrase, “bad hombres.” They are men who order the slaughter of peaceful demonstrators and the roundup of political rivals. They arrest pesky journalists, if they don’t murder them first. They rig elections, if they hold them at all. And they use their office to enrich themselves and their friends, while promising never to retire. They are, in short, the once and future friends of President Donald Trump.
During a May 1 interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump claimed that “had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War,” adding that Jackson “was a very tough person but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw with regard to the Civil War.” Trump went on to say, “People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”
Among the deleterious consequence of the Trump regime is that almost everyone — Danziger, Uncle Sam, you and me — is drinking too much. And we’ve only gotten through the first 101 days.
President Donald Trump on Saturday skipped the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to mark his 100th day in office doing what got him there: taking his populist message directly to an adoring audience, this one in Pennsylvania, the state he credits with delivering his surprise electoral college win in November. Trump revived the racially charged speech that infused his election campaign, lashing out at immigrants and promising to jail or deport anyone who doesn’t belong in the United States.
Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas emerged from his office in the U.S. Capitol earlier this week to a larger-than-normal horde of reporters for his regular press briefing. They all wanted to ask the chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee the same thing: How could he square the tax-overhaul blueprint President Donald Trump was preparing to lay out on Wednesday with the proposal his committee has been piecing together for months?
One of the many impossible promises Donald Trump made on the campaign trail was that he, and he alone, would be able to stem the tide of American jobs moving overseas. Though it was on its face a lie as unbelievable and untenable as all the other lies, it only further solidified Trump’s “America First” bonafides with his base.
Events are planned nationwide. In Houston, Texas, workers and allies will gather and wear red for a morning rally and march. In California (Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento), there are multiple marches occurring throughout the day and even after 5pm, for those unable to strike during work hours. Also on the West Coast, in Vancouver, Washington, local chapters of the ACLU and Indivisible groups are meeting for a march and rally, also after the workday.
In the past, Whittle has promoted the racist notion that black people are inherently intellectually inferior to people of other races, cited a white nationalist to claim people in inner cities “don’t have access to cognition,” and claimed African-Americans are compliant “slaves” of the Democratic Party who trade a willingness to engage in voter fraud for welfare. Trump will speak later today at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum.
As Trump reaches the 100 days milestone Saturday he has published a little over 500 tweets. Newsweek Media Group has used computer code developed by academics around the world to analyze texts and examine the 9,152 words in those missives and figure out what they tell us about his presidency so far.
In an interview with Reuters, Trump criticized the 2011 free trade deal made by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and finalized by Trump’s opponent in last year’s presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that allowed the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system to be established for free in South Korea.
President Trump’s tumultuous first 100 days in office are the subject of this week’s episode of “The Simpsons,” according to a Facebook teaser released on Wednesday. Kellyanne Conway, press secretary Sean Spicer and first daughter Ivanka Trump, as well as advisers Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, all make cameos in the much-anticipated half-hour episode.
At a press conference before he took office, then-President-elect Donald Trump said he had signed paperwork “turning over complete and total control” of his business empire to his sons. His lawyer said the more than 400 businesses would be placed in a trust by Inauguration Day. Now, nearly 100 days later, he’s nearly fulfilled this promise. President Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, are closing in on removing their names from the one business where they are still listed as managers on state filings.
But despite over 40 years of making the argument, the GOP has never confronted one salient point: The Laffer Curve has no numbers. Even if the theory is correct—and experience demonstrates it is not—the curve itself proves that there is a point where tax cuts become irresponsible, causing deficits to explode.
Funding for President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the Mexico border may now be “off the table” in the negotiations to fund the government for the next five months, but several other thorny issues still stand in the way of a bipartisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown this weekend.
The president will be “pretty broad in the principles” of tax reform that he lays out with more details coming in the summer, his director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, told the Associated Press. But what it boils down to is major hikes in the amount people can deduct from their taxes and large cuts for small businesses and corporations.
On the other hand, according to Peter York, author of Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World’s Most Colorful Despots, “Trump’s design aesthetic is fascinatingly out of line with America’s past and present.” York’s 10 rules of dictator style include tips like “Go big [i.e.,] ludicrously overscale” and “repro” (brand new), “draw from hotels” and use glass, second to only gold.