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The Appointments - Trump's Swamp

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5 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

It's typical of members of this  administration to talk about their fantasy life, rather than to talk about what's really going on because it's so unbelievably bad.

day after day nothing but pathetic putdowns from you and jakeem…..

but our Donny still remains in business.

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(Pompeo) Secretary of a State of Confusion-

“We really need a clear understanding as to what is going on, what our president is agreeing to, and what our strategy is on a number of issues.”

........“You come before a group of senators today who are filled with serious doubts about this White House and its conduct of American foreign policy,” the Republican chairman of the committee, Bob Corker, told Pompeo as he began the hearing. The president, Corker noted, is “placating” adversaries such as North Korea and Russia with praise and mysterious pacts while “antagonizing” allies in Europe with tariffs and “false” statements about their contributions to NATO.

“We really need a clear understanding as to what is going on, what our president is agreeing to, and what our strategy is on a number of issues.”

Pompeo stuck to policy, but in doing so he often exposed tensions between those policies and the positions staked out by the president presiding over them.......

At times, Pompeo appeared to be clinging to U.S. policy as if it were a life vest in waters churned up by the president’s words and actions. ..........

“Senator, the policies are themselves statements,” Pompeo responded. “Indeed, they’re the most important statements that the administration makes.”

“Policies are statements and statements are policies,” Murphy shot back......

That same day, after news broke of Pompeo’s declaration that the U.S. government would never recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Russia’s Foreign Ministry agreed with Pompeo that it was ultimately Donald Trump who was in charge. Staying in the Paris climate-change accord and Iran nuclear deal were also once U.S. policies, the ministry’s spokeswoman observed, but Trump “decided in a different way.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/07/pompeo-senate-hearing/566045/?utm_source=twb

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1 minute ago, mr6666 said:

The New York TimesVerified account @nytimes

 
 

The Betsy DeVos approach would undo nearly a decade of efforts to create an accountability system for the largely unregulated and scandal-riddled for-profit sector of higher education

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/us/politics/betsy-devos-for-profit-colleges.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

W B Devitt III @WB_Devitt_III 1h1 hour ago

 
 
Replying to @nytimes

First, one must understand that @BetsyDeVosED wasn't hired to improve the education of American Children.

She was hired to gut the education system in order to privatize education of American Children. For PROFITS!!!

Further, she was hired to gut the civil rights within schools.

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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:

W B Devitt III @WB_Devitt_III 1h1 hour ago

 
 
Replying to @nytimes

First, one must understand that @BetsyDeVosED wasn't hired to improve the education of American Children.

She was hired to gut the education system in order to privatize education of American Children. For PROFITS!!!

Further, she was hired to gut the civil rights within schools.

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Neither DeVos nor any of her children attended public schools.   

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New Details About Wilbur Ross’ Business Point To Pattern Of Grifting

 

".......... Many of those who worked directly with him claim that Ross wrongly siphoned or outright stole a few million here and a few million there, huge amounts for most but not necessarily for the commerce secretary. At least if you consider them individually. But all told, these allegations—which sparked lawsuits, reimbursements and an SEC fine—come to more than $120 million.

If even half of the accusations are legitimate, the current United States secretary of commerce could rank among the biggest grifters in American history. .....

... If WL Ross made an investment of, say, $100 million that declined dramatically, in the final years of the fund the firm was supposed to charge management fees on the actual value of the investment, not the $100 million starting point. However, WL Ross allegedly continued collecting fees on the amount invested, taking more than it deserved. WL Ross was allegedly even charging fees on one investment that was essentially worthless ........

.... The central matter in all of Ross’ legal issues is his own credibility. “Lying on an ethics disclosure form, to Congressional and Senate committees, and falsely reporting compliance with an ethics plan, is neither ‘commonplace’ nor part of the accepted rough-and-tumble world of politics,” David Storper, Ross’ former right-hand man, argued in a court filing. “They are just lies.” Adds another onetime colleague: “This is a public servant who can’t tell the truth.” 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2018/08/06/new-details-about-wilbur-rosss-businesses-point-to-pattern-of-grifting/

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Vet Voice FoundationVerified account @VetVoiceFound

 
 
 
 

Vet Voice Foundation's @PaulDEaton52 and @SirGarett respond to @SecretaryZinke's verbal attack of a #Colorado woman,

who he said could not voice her opinion on #climatechange unless she had "served".

Our full statement: http://www.vetvoicefoundation.org/press/vet-voice-foundation-responds-to-ryan-zinkes-outburst 

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2 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

Vet Voice FoundationVerified account @VetVoiceFound

 
 
 
 

Vet Voice Foundation's @PaulDEaton52 and @SirGarett respond to @SecretaryZinke's verbal attack of a #Colorado woman,

who he said could not voice her opinion on #climatechange unless she had "served".

Our full statement: http://www.vetvoicefoundation.org/press/vet-voice-foundation-responds-to-ryan-zinkes-outburst 

“You haven’t served, and you don’t know what energy is,” Zinke snapped at the woman, who was one of more than 1,400 protestors gathered in opposition to Zinke’s policies at an event in Steamboat Springs, CO, on Friday.

Garett Reppenhagen, a former Army scout sniper and the Western States Director for the Vet Voice Foundation, responded:

Secretary Zinke’s insinuation that military service is a prerequisite for having a voice is insulting. We didn’t serve so that we could have the loudest voices, we served so that everyone’s voices could be heard. Further, his notion that only veterans can understand issues surrounding energy only serves to shut out some of the most brilliant scientists we have, who are working on issues from climate change, to land conservation issues.

Secretary Zinke’s hostility and arrogance, unfortunately, is not limited to this one incident. Despite testimony from countless experts, he has done nothing to stop programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund from from expiring at the end of September, and has even proposed budgets that have called for enormous cuts to the fund. His attitude and actions don’t serve anyone well - veterans and non-veterans, alike.”

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The George and Kellyanne Show!  A new sitcom coming this fall.

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She works for Trump. He can’t stand him. This is life with Kellyanne and George Conway.
At home with the Conways, who like the rest of the country, have been jolted by the Trump presidency. They love each other, are exasperated by each other, talk about each other behind each other’s backs.
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ProPublicaVerified account @ProPublica 21m21 minutes ago

 
 

.@BetsyDeVos is preparing new policies on campus sexual misconduct that would bolster rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape, lessen liability for institutions of higher education & encourage schools to provide more support for victims.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/29/us/politics/devos-campus-sexual-assault.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

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There is something eye popping on just about every page of David Frum's book Trumpocracy.  Like Bob Woodward's Fear one of the themes of Trumpocracy is the question of what motivates the White Hosue staff to enlist and even stay on in such a crazy environment.  Is it to serve the president or to serve the nation and save it from the president?

Frum writes that those in the later camp of trying to protect the nation from the erratic president run the risk of doing wrong the closer they get to his inner circle.  How well do you know yourself and how sure are you that you will say no to him when the time comes?  And then I quote (page 90) ...

"And then humbly consider this second troubling question: If the Trump administration were as convinced as you are that you would do the right thing - would they have asked you in the first place?"

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Kavanaugh was not recommended by the American Bar Association 12 years ago because they thought he was far too politically partisan to be a Judge and furthermore was too stubborn and unable to listen to argument.  Lindsay Graham was a strong proponent for him then too.

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The American Bar Association had concerns about Kavanaugh 12 years ago. Republicans dismissed those, too.
The ABA flagged concerns of possible bias just before the Senate made Kavanaugh a federal judge in 2006. Now, it wants an FBI investigation before he joins the Supreme Court.
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It comes down to his unflinching desire to eliminate Roe v. Wade, voter rights, worker rights, protections for middle class against corporations, big pharma, big banks, etc. 

Make no mistake once he gets on the Court, it will happen.  And it will happen for next 30 years.  That is Trump's legacy:  the most conservative, oppressive court in American history for 30 years.

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Couldn't find other thread, so started a new one.

Jeff Sessions is going and Trump has hinted at a major reorganization.  Any prospects for departures or arrivals?

Whoever gets to be AG will probably give Mueller a deadline (30 days or less) to file final report for his investigation.  Then fire him if he does not comply.

SecDef Mattis is probably not long for his job and will probably be replaced with a political hack.

Rachel Madmouth will have to get a really, really big board to show all those who have left the Trump administration.  Does she still do that?

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New acting attorney general, Whitaker,  is a GOP loyalist from Iowa

"......The bulk of Whitaker’s relevant experience came when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 until 2009, a position for which he was recommended by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, now chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In that role, the telegenic former college football player managed attorneys who prosecuted federal crimes and represented the government in civil matters in half of Iowa.

Recent acting and permanent attorneys general have been longtime government lawyers or high-ranking politicians with more experience navigating Washington than Whitaker....

Critics worry that Whitaker may be unlikely or unwilling to defend the Department of Justice’s independence against political interference by the White House, given his history of partisanship and loyalty to Trump. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that Whitaker should recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation given his previous public comments that appeared to exhibit hostility toward the inquiry.

During a brief stint last year as a conservative legal commentator on CNN, Whitaker often appeared as a Trump defender, saying he saw no evidence the president colluded with Russians during the 2016 campaign or obstructed justice. He wrote last year on CNN.com that Rosenstein should limit the scope of Mueller’s investigation to stop him from delving into Trump’s finances....

https://apnews.com/50cd512ab28a410489463b23f762fe96?utm_medium=APCentralRegion&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

 

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Trump's Acting Attorney General Was Part of Miami-Based Invention Scam Company

"....virtually none of the firm's clients ever made money. Once customers paid, World Patent Marketing provided little of what was promised. And when customers complained or declared they would write negative reviews, Cooper unleashed wild threats. Some of them came from Whitaker. In one provided to New Times, he accused an investor of "possible blackmail or extortion" and threatened "serious civil or criminal consequences." 

The feds alleged thousands of would-be inventors were ripped off in the scheme. They lost as much as $400,000 apiece....

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/trumps-acting-attorney-general-matthew-whitaker-was-part-of-world-patent-marketing-a-miami-based-invention-scam-company-10893091

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El Cid said ..

Couldn't find other thread, so started a new one.

 

Here it is if the moderator would like to merge El Cid's new thread into this with the same topic.

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15 hours ago, mr6666 said:

Alt. U.S. Press Sec. @AltUSPressSec 3h3 hours ago

 
 

.@MattWhitaker46 was campaign chair for Sam Clovis,

a witness deposed by Mueller’s Grand Jury.

 

Under DOJ regulations, his recusal is mandatory. #WhitakerMustRecuse

What happens if he does not? 

As acting AG is there anything anyone can do to stop him from doing what he and Trump want?  Other than a lengthy court proceeding ending up in Trump's Supreme Court.

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11 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

El Cid said ..

Couldn't find other thread, so started a new one.

 

Here it is if the moderator would like to merge El Cid's new thread into this with the same topic.

I think what prevented my locating it by search feature is I thought it was Trump's Appointments, but actually Trump's Swamp-....

Have discovered that if searching for a thread, do not use Trump as part of it.  His name is used so often and in so many thread titles that it brings up almost every thread and response there is.

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