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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 02 October 2017 at 9:25am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I certainly care that the President is making a typo. Because it means he's making statements totally off the cuff. No one else is vetting his statements. The words of the POTUS, any POTUS, matters, and they should be carefully considered, not treated like a drunken Facebook post that you regret five seconds after you clicked to post.
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Posted: 02 October 2017 at 9:35am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

You do have a point.

The problem is, if you look at his accounts, the official POTUS one is rather, well, presidential. So I suspect someone is vetting him. Sadly, it's the personal account from which he spews his lies and crap. And unfortunately, no-one can vet that account.

I suspect more than one person can access an official account (any world leader, ambassador, etc), but a personal account, unless you're stupid, is only for you to use.

I just wish he'd resign, citing boredom. 
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Posted: 03 October 2017 at 11:15am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but youve thrown our budget a little out of whack. - Donald Trump 

I don't remember any complaints about "budgets" in Texas or Florida. Don't remember any hesitation suspending the Jones Act in Texas or Florida, to get aid delivered more quickly.

Extremely uncalled for.

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Posted: 03 October 2017 at 11:47am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

It's sickening, isn't it? I wish there could be just one fucking day where he doesn't say something offensive. No, I'm not following him on Twitter, but I usually hear about what he has said. I can't "un-hear" or "unsee" what has been said.

How much longer is this shitshow going to go on?
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Posted: 03 October 2017 at 12:06pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Did Mayor Cruz greet him or did he avoid her completely?
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Posted: 03 October 2017 at 12:34pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

In a statement released, the Mayor stated that she accepted an invitation to attend a briefing with Trump "on behalf of the people of San Juan and out of respect for the American people represented by the office of the President of the United States."

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Posted: 03 October 2017 at 4:09pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

How about when he thanks the Coast Guard and then the service member standing next to him says sir, Im representing the US Air Force. 

This fucking eggplant is making W look like a goddamn genius level intellect. 
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Posted: 03 October 2017 at 5:45pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Yeah, everybody who 'misunderestimated' W's intelligence had no idea what was coming. Having a Texas drawl and pushing an unpopular war don't make anybody 'retarded', at least not compared to Trump's mindlessness.
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Posted: 04 October 2017 at 4:54am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

There is video of Mayor Cruz shaking hands with Trump and she apologizes saying something to the effect of "....This is not political..."

And he stares at her blankly, nods his head and walks away.

Either he
A) Didn't recognize her

B) Didn't care to acknowledge her
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Posted: 04 October 2017 at 4:56am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

C) all of the above
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Posted: 04 October 2017 at 6:32am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

How much longer before this idiot gets us into a war with a poorly timed Twitter rant or rash decision? It's amazing to me that Rex Tillerson is still sticking around after Trump publicly cut him off at the knees last weekend and told the entire world that he was "wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korea"!! So, with a tweet, Trump has effectively rendered the Secretary of State powerless. Imagine traveling halfway around the world, working hard to negotiate and calm down tensions and then see your boss tweet on Sunday morning from a golf course that you are wasting your time! I imagine he's out in a few weeks. 

I read in an article about North Korea and one of the policy experts they interviewed had said that if Trump were president during the Cuban missile crisis, we'd all be dead by now. No doubt. 

I hope he resigns or is impeached because a full four years of this is too much. We all found out what happens when you elect a clinically narcissistic reality-TV dope  with a Twitter addiction to be president and it's not pretty!


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Posted: 04 October 2017 at 6:38am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I hope whomever is running on the Democratic ticket in 2020 brings some paper towels with them to all the debates and gives it him.
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Posted: 04 October 2017 at 12:46pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

A question on the Russian investigation. What other than hacking emails was an illegal act? I am a bit confused about the social media being a part of the investigation. Is not social media just the twenty-first century equivalent of handing out propaganda fliers. I assume there is no real regulation about what can or can not be done on those platforms, it is all the whim of the controllers of the companies. 

I am sure every Government has a room or more of people spreading their best interests on social media through bots and bullshit. Trying to influence elections is an old past time of the American government. I am sure legal and illegal opposition to a unfriendly leader has been done more times that we know.

What is the focus of these investigations? Is it illegal or immoral actions. Was there really any influence since reporting, from early on said, Russian was trying to influence the election.
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Michael S. - I think the illegal part would have been about the Republican party cooperating with, and getting aid and assistance from a foreign power to influence the outcome of a national election. I believe that's a felony, but I'm not exactly sure of my phrasing - I'm not a law scholar.

The focus of the investigations - again, to my understanding - is establishing an incontrovertible chain of evidence linking the Trump campaign, and the Republican party, to the Russian government and its agents, so that a trial can be convened (perhaps a grand jury?) - a fair and unbiased trial as promised by the Sixth Amendment.

"...legal and illegal opposition to a unfriendly leader has been done more times that we know." Perhaps so, but we aren't trying to sink to the lowest possible level that we can. Just because it's been done doesn't make it right. The U.S. government has failed its citizens on such matters in the past - I'm minded to think of internment camps as just one example - but we have to try to be better. Trump does not aspire to such noble goals, of course, but some Americans - I'll even dare to state that MOST Americans - want to go the high road. Following our laws, adhering to the Constitution, all that fun and good stuff that we have in place.
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Posted: 04 October 2017 at 4:18pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

I think law scholars are having problems defining what exact charge, if any. I can understand on the hacking, cooperating or requesting it done,   and asking for intel on political opponents being a felony. If a foreign Government gave unsolicited information would that be collusion or would it depend on if it was used or not? Would cooperating on fake social media posts get the same traction in regards to a crime being committed? 






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Posted: 04 October 2017 at 4:55pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

I think law scholars are having problems defining what exact charge, if any.

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Well yes, because the investigation is not over. There will be less ambiguity once the investigation has been completed. 
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Posted: 04 October 2017 at 6:08pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

If a foreign Government gave unsolicited information would that be collusion or would it depend on if it was used or not?
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Trump Jr sending an email saying "if it's what you say I love it" and then arranging a meeting blows out of the water any idea that information was unsolicited.

Rather than collusion, there is a strong suggestion this could be conspiracy to break a federal law. Federal law prohibits any foreign national from making "a contribution or donation or other thing of value or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation in connection with a Federal, State or local election" and furthermore it is an offence to "solicit, accept or receive" that contribution, donation.

So to go after President Trump, they'd need to be able to do three things, I think :

1. Prove he had knowledge/approval of Donald Trump Jr's actions
2. Prove Donald Trump Jr knew it was a foreign national who had promised to provide dirt on Hillary
3. Argue that dirt on Hillary fits the description of an "other thing of value" that the federal law prohibits as a contribution from a foreign national.

 
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Posted: 04 October 2017 at 11:19pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

 Michael Sommerville wrote:
What is the focus of these investigations? Is it illegal or immoral actions. Was there really any influence since reporting, from early on said, Russian was trying to influence the election.

I'm going to assume you know how law works.  Cast a wide net and then tighten it in order to see what is caught and what slips through.  Using the same analogy, you don't know what the focus is until you cast the net and you don't know what you're going to get until you reel it in.  Asking what the "end goal" is right now is absolutely premature.  It's a long process.  It's a ton of work.  It's a jigsaw puzzle with a billion pieces.  Don't assume they're going to have the answers in an easily digestible form mere months after they started.  The Watergate investigation took years.  You'll get your answers in due time.
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Posted: 05 October 2017 at 1:02pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

In addition to charges related to collusion with Russia, it's also possible Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice, either for his firing of Richard Comey or any other potential efforts to impede the investigation which might be discovered.
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 1:24pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Trump wants to shut down all news stations that are critical of him.


Here comes the fascism!
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 1:39pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Jeez, get that guy out (legally, I mean). Detestable. 

Does he not realize that's how many dictatorships started?
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 1:54pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

I cant get that link to work, but this is pretty much going exactly how I said it would go.
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 3:18pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Trump wants to shut down all news stations that are critical of him.

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Someone needs to SHUT HIM DOWN!!!


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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 3:35pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

I hope they do. As I have said many times, I don't believe in dirty tricks or illegal behaviour, but he must surely be breaking some rules.

It's a shame that Colonel White lookalike Mike Pence hasn't reined him in. Shame on those who enable him. 
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 5:35pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Imagine if President Obama had said about a 1/100 of the crazy shit that 45 has dropped? 


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