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Trump Wants You To Ignore Polls Showing His Low Ratings

President Donald Trump on Sunday suggested that TV viewers should ignore shows and pundits that report him having low approval ratings, also sharing an incorrect approval rating from one pollster. In a tweet, POTUS hit out at the suggestion he did not have an approval rating of about 50 percent—claiming that Rasmussen showed him with “around” a 50 percent approval rating. However, it does not.

March 12, 2018

Democrats Outpoll Republicans In Texas Primary — By Far

As CNN political analyst David Wright notes, the Texas Secretary of State records an early vote lead of 45,000 ballots for Democrats. This is on track to be the largest Democratic turnout since the 2008 presidential primary. It will also be the first time Democratic early turnout exceeded that of Republicans in the Lone Star State since the blue wave midterm of 2006 — and by a larger margin.

March 12, 2018
Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, Trump

Mnuchin Excuses Trump Attacks On Press As ‘Funny’

Responding to a question from Todd who asked Mnuchin what he would do if a member of his staff used such language, Mnuchin said: “Chuck, you know I’ve been with the president and at campaigns. You know he likes to put names on people. He did that throughout the entire presidential election. Including all of the Republicans that he beat. So these are campaign rally issues,”

March 12, 2018
Sam Nunberg

Ex-Trump Aide Nunberg Says Trump Should Talk To Mueller

A former campaign aide to President Donald Trump has said he would highly suggest POTUS takes part in an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the ongoing Russia probe. Sam Nunberg made the comments in an interview with MSNBC on Sunday following a week in which he appeared on multiple TV shows and made extraordinary claims about the president.

March 12, 2018

Trump’s North Korea Gambit Could Be A Big Deal, For Good Or Ill

It’s not Richard Nixon’s opening to China. It’s not Neville Chamberlain’s journey to Munich. But President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is one of those decisions that could produce important results, good or bad. The administration portrays this as a triumph for Trump’s tough approach, which has allegedly forced the enemy to the negotiating table.

March 12, 2018

Is Trump Stumbling Toward War With Iran?

“We must stop Iran and we will stop Iran,” declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday at the American Israeli Political Action Committee’s annual conference in Washington. Amid thunderous ovation, the prime minister said that “darkness is descending on our region,” adding that “Iran is building an aggressive empire.”

March 12, 2018

Trump Official Admits White House Is Open To Visit From Kim Jong Un

Trump tried to escape his porn star scandal by announcing impending direct talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Instead, he simply created a bigger mess. After a year of unhinged threats, Trump’s posture on North Korea has swung wildly in the other direction. But meeting directly with Kim, something no other president has offered, would be disastrous for the woefully unprepared Trump.

March 12, 2018

In Speech To French Neo-Fascists, Bannon Urges ‘Pride’

President Donald Trump’s former top political advisor Steve Bannon had some choice bits of advice for members of France’s far-right National Front Party on Saturday as he told them they should embrace those who criticize them as racists and xenophobes and wear those charges as a “badge of honor” as opposed to something to deny or defend against.

March 12, 2018

Ivanka Complained Kelly Was Embarrassing Jared: Report

Since Kelly downgraded Kushner’s clearance two weeks ago, barring him from classified information he presumably needs to tackle his foreign policy portfolio, Trump’s son-in-law “is looking at everything he can do that doesn’t require a clearance,” a former White House official told the magazine.

March 11, 2018

Trump Supporters Forfeit ‘Moral Outrage’ Privileges

He subverts the rule of law, threatening the constitutional separation of powers on which our democracy is founded. He has been busy creating a kleptocracy, using his office to further enrich himself and his family. He has aided and abetted white supremacists, widening the chasms of race and religion.

March 11, 2018

Trump White House Lectures Cabinet On How To Get Away With Scandals

The meetings were held at the request of chief of staff John Kelly, CNN reported Friday. They were scheduled after several of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries got caught wasting taxpayer dollars on items including private jet trips, helicopter rides, luxury furniture, and doors that cost more than many homes.

March 11, 2018
Trump VOA

Trump In Talks With Impeachment Lawyer As Aide Reveals New Concerns

Trump reportedly initiated discussions with an impeachment lawyer this week, signaling that he may be more worried about the Russia investigation than he’s willing to admit. The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump met with Emmet Flood, the lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings, to talk about joining his legal team.

March 11, 2018

Kushner Firm Questioned Over Federal Role In Pier Project

A federal government agency has reportedly been working with a New Jersey town to construct a pier for a ferry service in order to help commuters. Yet both the ferry and pier would lead right to a resort run and owned by Kushner Companies, according to a report from the Associated Press on Friday.

March 10, 2018

Drudge Report Promotes Russian Propaganda Outlets

Conservative website The Daily Caller’s decision to publish an op-ed in which infamous Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska attacks special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into interference with the 2016 presidential election drew harsh criticism from journalists but quickly earned a link on The Drudge Report. Drudge regularly promotes Russian propaganda, providing more than 400 links to the websites of Russian state-media outlets RT, Sputnik, and Tass since 2012.

March 10, 2018

White House Curtails Support For Injured Nuke Workers

Obama created an advisory board to be composed of scientists, doctors and worker advocates. Their recommendations have led to significant changes, including the repeal of a rule that made it more difficult for workers who’d been injured in the last two decades to get compensation. President Donald Trump and his administration have taken a different approach: His Labor Department has let nearly all of the board member’s terms expire — and so far hasn’t nominated new ones.

March 10, 2018

Trump’s Tariffs Are Self-Impoverishing

The official White House justification is that slapping new duties on these foreign metals is essential for our national security. Steel and aluminum are needed for military hardware, it argues, and we don’t want to be dependent on our potential enemies or other unreliable nations to supply them.

March 10, 2018
DACA, immigration

ICE Aggressively Targeting Most Vocal Immigration Activists

According to a report by Rewire News, a Latina activist on reproductive justice was detained this week after she visited the Immigration and Customs office in Tucson, Arizona. The report noted that the check-in had been planned and scheduled in advance but when activist Alejandra Pablos came to the office, she was detained by ICE members. People close to Pablos point to her activism as the possible reason behind her detention.

March 10, 2018

Elizabeth Warren Has Jared Kushner In Her Crosshairs

As President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner faces mounting scrutiny about conflicts of interest regarding his family real estate business and his role in government, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is spearheading a congressional inquiry into half a billion dollars in loans that Kushner’s company received after he met with finance executives at the White House.

March 10, 2018

Trump Privately Trashes GOP Candidate After His Own Endorsement Fails To Boost Him

The special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District was never supposed to be close race. But even as Trump struggles to prop up Republican candidate Rick Saccone, behind closed doors he is trashing him as a failure. According to CNN’s Jeremy Diamond and Jake Tapper, Trump has told senior White House officials that Saccone is a weak candidate and a poor fundraiser, and believes that his involvement can only help his struggling campaign.

March 10, 2018

Trump Makes A Mess Of North Korea Talks Hours After Announcing Them

Trump’s hastily reached decision to accept an invitation to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has sent the White House into a tailspin, leaving senior administration officials scrambling to coordinate talking points about an agreement upon which no one seems to have agreed.

March 10, 2018
North Korea

Will The U.S. Talk To North Korea?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday during his debut tour of Africa that he “saw potentially positive signals” after a high-level South Korean delegation met with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un and his officials, but maintained that the U.S. was “a long way from negotiations,” Agence France-Presse reported.

March 9, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles while speaking to the media during a news conference at the construction site of the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump’s Trade War Backfires As Red States Defy Him

In Wisconsin, which went for Trump by the narrowest of margins, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has warned that tariffs could hurt the state’s canning and beer industries. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has also condemned the looming trade war. And Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) lamented how the White House doesn’t understand today’s global economy.

March 9, 2018

Trump Dog-Whistles Anti-Semites In Cohn Farewell

Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned this week, and Trump bid him farewell by using what amounts to an anti-Semitic slur at a cabinet meeting. Cohn, who did not resign after Trump called Nazis “very fine people,” finally quit this week after Trump announced tariffs that could lead to a trade war.

March 9, 2018

Trump, Slayer Of Pushers

“Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty — and by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do,” Donald Trump said during a White House summit on opioid abuse last Thursday. The remark was consistent with reports of private conversations in which Trump has said drug dealers deserve the death penalty.

March 9, 2018

California Rejects Sessions’ Nuisance ‘Sanctuary’ Lawsuit

Jeff Sessions escalated his crusade against immigrants Tuesday with a lawsuit against California over the state’s current immigration laws. But California politicians are responding forcefully. The lawsuit is focused on three California “sanctuary state” laws that deal with how state law enforcement agencies and businesses interact with federal immigration agencies.

March 8, 2018