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The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet - The Atlantic. Donald Trump is now president and not just a private citizen, but that doesn’t mean he’s free of the controversies that dogged him in his former life. Last week, a few days before Trump’s inauguration, former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos sued him in New York state, accusing the president of defamation. Zervos, who’s represented by the famous lawyer Gloria Allred, was one of the several women who accused Trump of sexual assault or misconduct prior to the election. She claims that he kissed her and pressed his genitals against her non-consensually. Trump denied those claims, saying all of the women who had accused him had made their stories up. “I wanted to give Mr. It’s unusual for a president to be in such a legal situation—though not entirely unprecedented. The 2016 presidential campaign saw a long string of stories showing scandals involving Trump, both large and small—from questionable business dealings to allegations of sexual assault.

Sexual-Assault Allegations Mafia Ties. David Cay Johnston: There is "Incredibly Strong Evidence" Donald Trump Has Committed Tax Fraud. This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to turn now to one of your former colleagues. We’re going to turn to a new exposé in The Daily Beast headlined "New Evidence Donald Trump Didn’t Pay Taxes," the article published as Trump is refusing to release his tax records. Joining us from Rochester, New York City [sic], is the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston.

He used to work at The New York Times, now reporting for The Daily Beast and other publications. David, what did you find? DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: Well, Donald has done a very good job of trying to keep a number of things out of the public record and shut down investigations, but I found two tax appeals he filed from the year 1984, one with the City of New York and one with the state. It also shows, in these two cases, that in the year 1984 Donald paid no federal income taxes.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: What is your tax rate? DONALD TRUMP: It’s none of your business. The Real Meaning of Mrs. Clinton's "Mishandling" of "Classified" Material in Her Email System. I see that the Clinton emails are back in the news. Let me tell this group something that most of you don't know. After graduating from college in 1965 I went on active duty as an officer in Military Intelligence.

In those days that branch of service supplied officers for a secretive "Military Command Unit" called THE ARMY SECURITY AGENCY. Nobody in the ROTC department at school could tell me anything about it except that if you chose to go into Military Intelligence you could volunteer for ASA. Since I was already signed up to go on active duty, I figured I would try to get involved in something interesting, selective, and hush-hush. I got in. Then I learned that ASA was a military part of the now famous NSA, which back in the early 60's no one had ever heard of. Long story short, and the part that's relevant here: The fact that a document is stamped Top Secret tells you nothing about its actual importance or the degree to which its content is not known by everyone with half a brain.

Testifying under oath could absolutely end Trump's presidency. Here's another example. Trump often doesn’t even try to make sense when explaining away a lie. In 2011, he was deposed about a failed Florida condo project. The building’s developer had paid a licensing fee to slap the Trump name on it, but—other than allowing his name to be used in marketing to deceive potential buyers—Trump had nothing to do with the project, which closed after taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in nonrefundable deposits. During Trump’s testimony under oath, the plaintiff’s lawyer confronted him with marketing material in which he had boasted that the building would be a “signature development by Donald J.

And this one… The all-time classic Trump deposition is the one he gave in 2007 in a libel lawsuit he brought against Timothy O’Brien, author of TrumpNation, because the book stated that Trump’s net worth was far less than he claimed. Technically speaking, IMO because he was so careful, Clinton wasn't lying and he didn't perjure himself. To wit; Sen. UPDATE How to Fight for MSNBC's Progressive Lineup: Yes, Maddow could be next. There is a great diary here already on the proposed elimination of Lawrence O’Donnell’s The Last Word from the MSNBC lineup even as the program is beating CNN in that time slot and closing in on Fox News. Here is the story in Huffington Post about the possible cancellation About those ratings, MSNBC has finally found its groove.

AdWeek posted this on May 7, 2017: MSNBC defeated CNN in prime time this past month, both in total audience and in the ad-friendly A25-54 demo.The network also continues to post more year-over-year prime time audience growth than both Fox News and CNN: +82 percent in total viewers and +61 percent in the prime time demo versus April 2016.

Additionally, MSNBC posted double digit year-over-year audience growth across total day, but finished behind CNN when it came to A25-54 viewers across total day. ANOTHER BAD SIGN: A tweet from O’Donnell shown below says WE NEED the support... Clearly, Mr. How I Always Win the Abortion Argument. This past Friday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the deceptively named “Tennessee Infants Protection Act,” a bill that does nothing for infants but prohibits physicians from performing abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. Tennessee Republicans blocked all efforts from Democrats to include exceptions for incest, mental health, or even rape.

(After all, if a woman is raped, GOP lawmakers say it must be God's will.) The “pro-life" movement has never been about "life," it has, and always will, be about control. Control over a woman's reproduction—taken from the individual and given to GOP legislators, like Republican Billy Long (pictured). The entire movement has been a scam from its inception: it all began with a single disingenuous conference call to come up with ways to gin up support for segregationist Bible colleges.

Up until that point, churches didn’t have any problem with it. A politician isn’t usually that blatantly crass. Why? Is this really about stopping abortion? Why are Republicans so cruel to the poor? Paul Ryan’s profound hypocrisy stands for a deeper problem. Lakoff. 6 Progressive Types Flashcards. The coded language of the alt-right is helping to power its rise. I’ve always said that I appreciate all my readers, both those who agree with me and those who don’t. But lately I’ve been puzzled by the new slurs directed at me by some of the latter. Many I didn’t even understand, so I did some digging. Apparently, tried-and-true insults such as “fag,” “fairy,” “kike” and “hebe” (yes, I’m Jewish) are old-school, especially among the alt-right.

That small, far-right movement that seeks a whites-only state is developing new coded language, much as the Nazis once did, says noted linguist George Lakoff, a professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. For instance, in February I wrote about Milo Yiannopoulos, the now-disgraced Breitbart News editor and alt-right poster boy.

I heard from many readers about that column, which took Yiannopoulos to task for his incendiary language. I emailed back, “What is an SJW?” I started looking into other slurs readers hurled at me. I asked what he meant by a moral hierarchy. . ● Snowflake. . ● Libtard. Got a fake news headache? Dive instead into real news about progressive victories. A decade ago some barons of the media establishment designated themselves America’s official arbiters of political truth. One of their tools is PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay Times and several other major newspapers, which issues an award for the year’s most outrageous falsehood. Last year’s election was infested with so much disinformation and dishonesty, however, that PolitiFact’s 2016 Lie of the Year was not a single prevarication, but that cluster bomb of whoppers collectively branded “fake news.”

Just as troubling as fake news is the media’s systematic omission of grassroots news that people could really use. What’s missing is real news about ordinary Americans in practically every ZIP code, who are finding innovative solutions to big problems that the elites do nothing about. 1. Inequality. The main sponsor of the provision called it “the closest thing I’d seen to a tax on inequality itself.” 2. So where would they get the money? 3. Paul Ryan Demanded a Speedy Analysis of Obamacare. For the GOP Bill? No Rush. J. Scott Applewhite/AP As two congressional committees began their work on the House Republicans' health care law Wednesday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office does not need to analyze the bill before Congress starts working on it.

As long as the CBO releases its predictions about the bill's impact on the insurance market and the economy before the House votes on it, Ryan said, the process will abide by standard procedure. But Ryan had a different view eight years ago, when Democrats were crafting the Affordable Care Act. A lot has changed in eight years. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) on Tuesday claimed that Obamacare was "written in the dark of night and rushed through Congress"—a retelling that is clearly untrue. Spicer said Tuesday, "Unlike before, as I mentioned, when the Democrats jammed it down people's throat and said—waited to get that 60th vote, with Sen. The Washington Note by Steven Clemons. A Taxonomy of Trump Tweets - On The Media. BROOKE GLADSTONE: And I’m Brooke Gladstone, with a taxonomy of Trump tweets.

Cognitive linguist George Lakoff believes that the press must understand how Trump uses language if we're going to responsibly report on those tweets and not just magnify their misinformation. He’s come up with a few categories for thinking about Trump tweets, and the first is preemptive framing. GEORGE LAKOFF: And the idea of preemptive framing is to frame an issue before other people get a chance to, to put the idea out there first, for example, quote, “The only reason the hacking of the poorly defended DNC is discussed is that the loss by the Dems was so big, they were totally embarrassed.”

BROOKE GLADSTONE: Right. GEORGE LAKOFF: And the idea is that the hacking of the DNC was the fault of the DNC. BROOKE GLADSTONE: Also the idea that the Dems lost so big when, in fact, it was one of the narrowest losses in history. GEORGE LAKOFF: Exactly. Right? BROOKE GLADSTONE: Mm-hmm! BROOKE GLADSTONE: Mm-hmm. Vinyl Decal - RED Star Wars Rebellion Logo - Resistance Crest - Car, Window, Wall, Laptop Sticker by Level 33 Ltd - I didn’t think I’d ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit. (Adriana Usero/The Washington Post) Edward Price, a former analyst and NSC spokesman, said he thought he'd spend his career at the CIA. The Trump administration changed his mind.

Edward Price, a former analyst and NSC spokesman, said he thought he'd spend his career at the CIA. The Trump administration changed his mind. (Adriana Usero/The Washington Post) By Edward Price By Edward Price February 20 at 5:26 PM Edward Price worked at the CIA from 2006 until this month, most recently as the spokesman for the National Security Council. Nearly 15 years ago, I informed my skeptical father that I was pursuing a job with the Central Intelligence Agency. That changed when I formally resigned last week. This was not a decision I made lightly. Opinions Orlando Shooting Updates News and analysis on the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. post_newsletter348 follow-orlando true after3th false Read These Comments The best conversations on The Washington Post Please provide a valid email address.

The US Constitution allows for impeaching presidents who have "rendered themselves obnoxious" — Quartz. Back in the day, British kings claimed that God chose them for the throne, and no one could remove them… at least not legally. So in 1787, at a convention in Philadelphia, the framers of the US Constitution debated whether American law should include a process for removing presidents who had “rendered themselves obnoxious,” in Benjamin Franklin’s words.

He suggested extending impeachment—a Roman legal institution allowing removal of senators but not emperors—to the Executive branch. Franklin said it was only fair to air accusations of misconduct, present evidence, and provide an opportunity for vindication. He believed impeachment could spare lives by preventing presidential assassinations. The suggestion was approved, and devilish details—like what’s a chargeable offense, who makes accusations, how they’re proven, and what the consequences are—were worked out, mostly. Impeachable offenses aren’t specifically listed House members get the ball rolling Senators hear an impeachment trial. Uk.businessinsider. Donald Trump and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili unveil plans for a luxury apartment complex to be built along the Black Sea coast in Batumi, Georgia, on April 22, 2012. The Times concluded it "didn't work out.

"Seiran Baroyan/AP Donald Trump has built his case for becoming president of the United States on his "incredible" business acumen. The Republican candidate often brags about the many successful deals he's made over the last 40 years, arguing that this expertise will give him a "huge" advantage in the Oval Office. To test that claim, The New York Times analyzed 61 of Trump's projects from the 2000s to 2012, scouring archived web pages, old press releases, and lawsuits to see if they were in fact good business. The reporters concluded that 24 of those deals failed, 16 had problems, and 21 were successes. Some projects, like Trump University, were mired in lawsuits that Trump ultimately lost or had to settle. What America Owes Refugees From the Middle East - The Atlantic. Why did Donald Trump decide last Friday to temporarily ban immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days?

It all goes back to the war in Iraq. For the last few years, the establishment conservative answer for why America lost the Iraq War has been: Barack Obama. George W. Bush’s “surge” had belatedly won the war, the argument goes, until Obama withdrew U.S. troops, thus allowing the rise of ISIS. During the 2016 campaign, this storyline allowed the establishment candidates—Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Chris Christie—to blame Iraq on the Democrats and avoid challenging Bush’s decision to launch the war in the first place. Trump rejected that. He attacked Obama for withdrawing troops, but he also (falsely) boasted that he had opposed the war from the beginning. This is an old story: In American history, frustrating wars and immigration restrictions have often gone hand in hand.

Morally, the flaw lies in the assertion of innocence. Rita Dove: “The first thing that goes when a government becomes a tyranny are words” There are few writers worthy of such high distinction, but to read Rita Dove is to encounter the transformative. Her feeling comes in aid of your feeling. Suddenly, you believe you have undergone an alteration of mind and spirit. Dove’s poetry breathes life onto the page and into the reader. The Pulitzer Prize committee shared this assessment, awarding her the prize for poetry in 1987 for her beautiful, biographical treatment of her grandparents through a series of interconnected poems, “Thomas and Beulah.” In a national moment of suffocation, it is for our civic health that we turn to those voices that offer the relief of oxygen.

Earlier this week, I interviewed Rita Dove about the power of poetry and the necessity of the arts, especially in times of political trouble and terror. You once said that poetry deals with the “unremarked upon.” Poetry pulls us back into a focus of our impressions as we move through the world. Now, what poetry does is try to remind us of those multitudes. Trump Muslim Ban Executive Order Violated Executive Order About Executive Orders. Covering Trump the Reuters Way. Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them. Why Trump's Staff Is Lying - Bloomberg View. Welcome to the Obama Foundation. Trump talks about himself, complains about media at first official event.

A day to celebrate our power: The Women’s March provides the first moments of solidarity and happiness since Trump’s election. Central Mass. residents turn out in numbers to send Trump a message. Washington Monthly | An Obama Staffer’s Parting Note to Progressives. She’s 54, white, rural and a lifelong Republican. Why is she protesting Donald Trump? Throw Sand in the Gears of Everything. Take the #PeoplesOath. Don’t think of a rampaging elephant: Linguist George Lakoff explains how the Democrats helped elect Trump.