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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
By David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement

 

It’s Christmas Eve. The markets are tanking after the Treasury Secretary posted a statement causing even greater panic. The partial shutdown of the federal government has entered its third day.

President Trump over the past 24 hours or so has posted 22 tweets, including some just minutes before midnight. He’s attacked the Federal Reserve, Democrats, foreign allies, his own anti-ISIS coalition chief, the “FAKE NEWS,” and his outgoing Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis.

He did find time to praise Saudi Arabia, the country responsible for the assassination of a Washington Post journalist.

Trump’s own administration is in tatters. His Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Interior, UN Ambassador, and Chief of Staff are all exiting in the next week. He has only acting officials heading up the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency.

That’s just for starters.

And yet, the President of the United States, unable to travel to Mar-a-Lago for a 16-day planned vacation, is stuck in the White House – only for optics – because he shut his own Republican-majority government down.

So he’s tweeting.

His latest – no joke: “I am all alone (poor me) in the White House,” as he attacks Democrats for the shutdown he proudly boasted he would not only cause, but take credit for.

 

Michael Flynn

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a "full pardon" for his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a key figure from the start of Russia investigation and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential transition. The reason for his lying was never fully explained. He also admitted to working as an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey while serving on the Trump campaign, work that included publishing a ghost-written op-ed in The Hill that argued for extraditing an American resident who is seen as an enemy of the Turkish government. After admitting to his crimes, Flynn attempted to recant and withdraw his guilty plea, an issue which had yet to be resolved by the courts.

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