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'Trump, who once told a reporter that, when he isn't having a nightmare, the content of his dreams is "always fucking." '

Trump Pours Milk Over Bowl Of Skittles While Settling In To Watch Comey Hearing. Untitled. — from Alternet I’m going to psychoanalyze Donald Trump.

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In so doing, I may seem to be violating the “Goldwater Rule” that enjoins psychotherapists from diagnosing public figures based on second hand information. However, I happen to agree with the consensus of a recent conference of mental health professionals at Yale University that argued that mental health professionals have a “duty to warn” people about the danger posed by Trump’s mental illness).

Donald Trump is George Steinbrenner From Seinfeld. National Trust For Historic Preservation Raises Millions To Demolish Trump’s Boyhood Home. WASHINGTON—Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the public, the National Trust for Historic Preservation reported Wednesday that it had raised more than $8 million in just three days to demolish President Trump’s boyhood home in Queens, NY.

National Trust For Historic Preservation Raises Millions To Demolish Trump’s Boyhood Home

“Thanks to the generosity of the American people, we are well on our way to bulldozing the president’s first home as part of our mission to uphold America’s cultural heritage and values,” said NTHP president Stephanie K. Meeks, adding that not only had dozens of companies come forward to match their employees’ donations but that dozens of children had made much smaller contributions to the cause by sharing their allowance money.

“Still, we never imagined that razing the site where the 45th president spent his early years would be greeted so enthusiastically. Big donors, small donors—it seems that Americans from all walks of life want to chip in to make sure that no trace of this structure exists for future generations.” The Many Times Donald Trump Has Lied About His Mob Connections. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters via ZUMA Press Last week, media coverage of Donald Trump may have hit an inflection point, when major news outlets, while covering Trump's latest birther shenanigans, characterized the GOP presidential nominee's remarks as a lie.

The Many Times Donald Trump Has Lied About His Mob Connections

Though Trump has scored more pants-on-fire false statements than any other candidate in this campaign, mainstream news outlets have struggled over whether and how to use the L-word when reporting on him. With this birther-driven breakthrough in coverage, there now remain plenty of brazenly untrue assertions—deliberate lies or not—uttered by Trump that warrant close examination. One topic ripe for such scrutiny is Trump's associations with organized crime. For years during his business career, Trump worked or associated with proven or alleged mobsters.

If elected president, Trump would be in charge of federal law enforcement. Trump, who was testifying under oath, answered, "Not that I know of. " Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump. Once upon a time, a child was born into wealth and wanted for nothing, but he was possessed by bottomless, endless, grating, grasping wanting, and wanted more, and got it, and more after that, and always more.

Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump

He was a pair of ragged orange claws upon the ocean floor, forever scuttling, pinching, reaching for more, a carrion crab, a lobster and a boiling lobster pot in one, a termite, a tyrant over his own little empires. He got a boost at the beginning from the wealth handed him and then moved among grifters and mobsters who cut him slack as long as he was useful, or maybe there’s slack in arenas where people live by personal loyalty until they betray, and not by rules, and certainly not by the law or the book. So for seven decades, he fed his appetites and exercised his license to lie, cheat, steal, and stiff working people of their wages, made messes, left them behind, grabbed more baubles, and left them in ruin.

Article continues after advertisement. Twitter EXPLODES As Tortured Snowflake Trump Starts Blocking People For Making Him Sad (TWEETS) Donald Trump regularly takes a beating on Twitter, the home of his poorly-spelled, nonsensical ravings.

Twitter EXPLODES As Tortured Snowflake Trump Starts Blocking People For Making Him Sad (TWEETS)

But since he’s the President, he’s above pettiness and respects dissenting opinions and facts, right? Wrong. While The Donald’s pea-brained followers regularly call anyone who has a problem with their racism and hatred “snowflakes” (a term that ironically refers to someone who was opposed to the abolition of slavery, something Trump fans want to bring back) it seems that the term now applies to Donald Trump in two ways — the original meaning, and the new one thrown around by idiots who think it sounds clever (see below):

The fake news is coming from inside the White House. Donald Trump attends a working lunch at the G-7 summit on May 26, 2017, in Taormina, Sicily.

The fake news is coming from inside the White House

(AFP/Getty Images) To believe Donald Trump, you must believe two largely contradictory things. You must believe that there are a slew of leakers in the executive branch who are providing damning details to the press illegally, and who must be rooted out and punished. (See tweets here, here, here, here and here.) You must also believe that the press makes up imaginary leakers simply to slowly and incrementally report false stories that are tangentially embarrassing to the president. Psychiatrist Bandy Lee: “We have an obligation to speak about Donald Trump’s mental health issues. . . . Our survival as a species may be at stake” President Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to the United States and the world.

Psychiatrist Bandy Lee: “We have an obligation to speak about Donald Trump’s mental health issues. . . . Our survival as a species may be at stake”

He has reckless disregard for democracy and its foundational principles. Trump is also an authoritarian plutocrat who appears to be using the presidency as a means to enrich himself and closest allies as well as family members. Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget is a shockingly cruel document that threatens to destroy America’s already threadbare social safety net in order to give the rich and powerful (even more) hefty tax cuts.

His policies have undermined the international order and America’s place as the dominant global power. It would appear that he and his administration have been manipulated and perhaps (in the case of Michael Flynn) even infiltrated by Vladimir Putin’s spies and other agents. Error loading player: No playable sources found. Trump Failing to Track Foreign Cash at His Hotels. Just before taking office, President Donald Trump promised to donate all profits earned from foreign governments back to the U.S.

Trump Failing to Track Foreign Cash at His Hotels

Treasury. Trump used to be more articulate. What could explain the change? T was the kind of utterance that makes professional transcribers question their career choice: “ … there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself — and the Russians, zero.”

Trump used to be more articulate. What could explain the change?

When President Trump offered that response to a question at a press conference last week, it was the latest example of his tortured syntax, mid-thought changes of subject, and apparent trouble formulating complete sentences, let alone a coherent paragraph, in unscripted speech. advertisement Error loading player: No playable sources found He was not always so linguistically challenged. Trump's casino was a money laundering concern shortly after it opened. Internet mocks reports of foreign leaders treating Trump like a child: ‘Perhaps he could wear a little pilot hat’ Viral video that suggests Trump has Alzheimer’s has conservative Roger Stone worried. Donald Trump thinks exercise will kill you. Reading Trump’s Mental Health in His Language. On the last weekend in April, I was surprised that a panel called “The Press and President Trump,” held at the Columbia Journalism School, didn’t broach the subject of mental illness.

Reading Trump’s Mental Health in His Language

Just over a week earlier, at a psychiatry conference at Yale, a group of the attendees announced that Trump has a “dangerous mental illness.” “I can recognize dangerousness from a mile away,” James Gilligan, a professor at New York University, who’s worked with murderers and rapists, told the conference. “You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend 50 years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.” In the Q&A segment, I stepped up to the mic and mentioned this, and asked whether the health status of President Trump’s mind would become a more prominent story for journalists in the months ahead. One of the panelists, Carolyn Ryan, a senior editor at The New York Times, demurred. Untitled. — from Alternet Donald Trump's business partners have included Russian oligarchs and convicted mobsters, which could make the president guilty of criminal racketeering charges.

That's one of the eyebrow-raising takeaways from a 45-minute Dutch documentary that aired last week, titled The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump, Part 1: The Russians. The first installment of the investigative reporting series, produced by Zembla, does what no American TV network has yet dared to do—take a deep look at the organized crime links and corrupt international business strategies used by Trump and his partners in his properties. It starts with Trump's luxury tower in the lower Manhattan neighborhood of Soho, where his partner in building that highrise was Bayrock LLC, whose primary investor was a Russian mining oligarch and another major investor was a convicted Russian mobster named Felix Sater. Trump's rage powers his ruthlessness and his ineptitude. Nice things about Trump. When Michael Kinsley introduced the idea of saying something nice about Donald Trump in the pages of The New York Times a couple of weeks ago, it was merely a mainstream expression of something I’ve been doing in these pages for years.

As America’s most pro-Trump pundit, I’ve never had a problem saying something nice about the Donald, who has always treated me and my work (particularly my Trump biography “Titan of Gotham”) with the respect it deserves. So when Kinsley posited that “Trump is good at Twitter,” I found that excessively obvious, like saying “Michael Kinsley is good at writing articles for The New Republic 30 years ago.” Here are some things that I know about Trump that you may not. The New York Times has my number if it wants me to expand upon them for its series. CNN’s Kirsten Powers has a theory about why Trump changed his story on Comey’s firing — and it’s YUGE. Trump says he invented an 84-year-old phrase. But, why?

(Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) Maybe it was a joke? This is the eternal undercurrent of the Trump era: Does he actually mean what he says? Is he riffing? Why Are Trump’s Hands Always Making the Symbol for ‘Vagina’? While gazing at an old photo of Donald and Melania Trump posing in their opulent apartment, something suddenly became strikingly clear. No, it’s not that little Barron — sitting despondently atop a large toy lion and slightly removed from his parents — looks like he’s just realized that not even every miniature toy Escalade limo in the world can buy happiness. It’s that Donald Trump often holds his hands in a certain way while he’s seated: fingertips and thumbs touching, the space in between forming a triangle. Is it a power move he read about in a business book years ago?

A vague approximation of the Illuminati hand sign? Is he trying to draw attention away from his tiny hands? Trump’s Ego Is Actually Too Small - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world. Long before Donald Trump became a controversial political figure, he was a household name famous for his phenomenal ego. It is a fragile ego, and not a strong one, that so urgently needs external props. He first rose to fame as a larger-than-life real estate tycoon. By cultivating the media, Trump became the poster boy for the gilded, go-go 80s: a brash, ostentatious capitalist antihero who plastered his name on skyscrapers, plazas, hotels, casinos, and resorts. At one point he even sought to rename the Empire State Building after himself, calling it the Trump Empire State Building Tower Apartments. And in the 2000s, with his hit reality show The Apprentice, he became the godfather of the “famous for being famous” celebrity culture of that period.

America Worships the Sham-Messiah. The god himself stood in the middle of the unmown lawn: Life-sized, swaying faintly, inflatable – no, more than that, undeflatable. The art of the art of Trump: A critical reading of “The Visionary,” that painting of him at Mar-a-Lago. Let’s pretend, just for a moment, that we do not know the subject of this portrait. Imagine that it is several centuries into the future, some computer virus has wiped clean digital and online files, and historians are back to doing what they did until the 1980s, when computers first began their rapid invasion and mastery of our everyday lives: that is, examining physical remnants of the past and interpreting works of art, in particular, as cultural time capsules that reveal information about what or who is depicted. Sometimes this information was consciously imbedded into the artwork. Trump Venture In Philippines Raises Questions About Foreign Policy And Relationship With Duterte.

This photo taken on July 14, 2012, shows a Trump Tower poster displayed on a roadside billboard in Manila. Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption. Untitled. Trump has a dangerous disability. Al Franken presses Comey to investigate Trump’s taxes to see depth of Russia connections. Trump-backing Bondi must prove she didn’t offer to drop investigations in return for contributions: judge. Scarborough: 'I'm Not Saying He Has Dementia' But... <a class="icopyright-article-tools-noscript" href=" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"><img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src=" Click here for reuse options!

Donald Trump doubles down on the story of Andrew Jackson, peace maker. How Donald Trump’s Company Violated the United States Embargo Against Cuba. Updated | A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings. Seth Meyers Explains Why Trump's Scandals Never Matter. Team Trump Spooked by Charity Probe.

Trump Won Tax Breaks While Donating Tens Of Thousands To Corrupt Official. Trump picked his bogus charity’s pocket to buy $20K painting of himself. Trump Living Large On Donors’ Dime. Trump Held Fundraiser For Pam Bondi At Mar-a-Lago After She Dropped Investigation. Woody Guthrie whacks ‘Old Man Trump’ again in another recently discovered song. The Trump Files: How Donald Tried To Hide His Legal Troubles to Get His Casino Approved. Former Models for Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally.

Trump’s visa problem: The Donald renews his anti-immigration push — and the hypocrisy is mind-numbing. ‘Trump is a child rapist’: Texas GOP official to protest the Republican ‘psychopath’ at Austin rally. Trump spent $55K in campaign money to buy his own book — which is probably illegal. Donald Trump Jacked Up His Campaign’s Trump Tower Rent Once Somebody Else Was Paying It. Trump campaign spends $55,000 at Barnes and Noble and the internet has some ideas on what. Trump Foundation Not Properly Certified. WATCH: Donald Trump answers for his “Mexican rapists” comments under oath. Trump Foundation is no charity at all: New York AG says Trump lacks certification to collect funds. Trump fires back after tax revelations. The Real Scandal Of Trump Paying No Taxes. Donald Trump and His Allies Struggle to Move Past Tax Revelation.

Art of the Steal: This is How Trump Lost $916M and Avoided Tax. NY Attorney General serves cease and desist order to Trump Foundation. Riches-to-Riches Trump Spins Fake Horatio Alger Tale. Trump Gave 10 Times The Personal Max To Florida Attorney General. Trump Used Foundation Funds for 2016 Run, Filings Suggest. ‘I did all the work’: Ex-Trump accountant slaps down candidate’s ‘brilliant’ knowledge of tax code.

Donald Trump is toying with refusing to concede if he loses. That’s horrifying. Donald Trump Can’t Shut Down New York Times Tax-Leak Showing He Lost Nearly $1 Billion in 1995. Another tax bombshell: Daddy Trump had to set up $38 million slush fund to bail Donald out prior to 1980. Theconversation. Donald Trump 'Apologizes' In Recording That Looks Like A Hostage Tape. Donald Trump Just Lost The Election. Louis C.K. on the Time He Met the ‘Real Trump’: A ‘Miserable,’ Money-Grubbing Narcissist. Trump surrogate gasps out loud when CNN panelist calls Trump ‘an irredeemable pervert, a predator’

Ivana Trump says she raised Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric without any help from Donald. Donald Trump's decades-long history of misogynistic comments and crude sex talk. Buffett Calls Trump’s Bluff and Releases His Tax Data. The Inside Story Of Donald Trump's Comedy Central Roast Is Everything You Thought It Would Be. There Are Transcripts Of Trump's Unaired Moments On 'The Apprentice.' We Got One. Trump declares himself free from ‘shackles’ — and threatens to burn the GOP to the ground. ‘Unshackled’ Trump goes completely batsh*t — here are the 4 most insane moments from today’s rally. Donald Trump May Have Lied about Donations to 9/11 Charities.

It's No Mystery Why Trump's Accusers Waited to Come Forward - Rolling Stone. Donald Trump shows the opposite of “political correctness” isn’t free speech. It’s just different repression. A brief guide to the 15 women Trump has allegedly assaulted, groped or harassed. Donald Trump in 1994: I tell my friends to "be rougher" with their wives. 'Family Guy' Rips Donald Trump As Peter Griffin Rides The Hot-Mic Bus. Theconversation. Donald Trump’s ‘Candid Camera’ Cameo Is Much Creepier In Retrospect.

WATCH: Here’s the fake-debate “SNL” skit that caused Donald Trump to melt down in real life. Theconversation. Theconversation. WATCH: Secret video reveals Trump boasting sex assault allegations will help him win White House. Why Alec Baldwin's Trump impression rankles Trump so much more than other Saturday Night Live impersonations did. Here Are All of the Trump Products Made Overseas. Warren Buffett's Tax Challenge Proves That Trump Doesn't Know What an American Value Is. Trump Will Accept Results Of Election 'If It's Fair,' His Son Says. Trump Uses Major Policy Speech To Threaten To Sue Sexual Assault Accusers. Trump Tower Site Tour. Megyn Kelly gently mocks Donald Trump spokesman for canceling over Trump's female accusers.

Trump Brags of Endorsements That Never Happened. Donald Trump Claims Military Has 'Conceptually' Endorsed Him. Trump acted like ‘total f*cking beast’ at coke-fueled parties with teen girls: report. Donald Trump dismisses his latest accuser, an adult film actress: “I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before.” WATCH: Trump reveals his plans to punish media critics during incoherent TV interview. Donald Trump Has Nickel And Dimed Local Governments On Taxes, Too. With only two weeks left, Trump is promoting his hotels — and complicating his candidacy.