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Mark Burnett, The Man Who Created Trump, Is Not a Rat

Of all those ensnared in the swiftly decaying orbit of Donald Trump, the most conflicted must surely be Mark Burnett. As the producer of The Apprentice, Burnett has a depth of knowledge of Trumps true vileness that is probably unmatched. Butto use Trumps own mafia idiomSon of God, has a serious reputational problem: How can he remain silent about Trump and yet appear pure of soul? As soon as the Access Hollywood tapes surfaced it was suggested that equally Omarosa Manigault Newman redirected attention to Burnetts role as the supposed…

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Trump Attacks Wacky Not Smart Omarosa on Twitter

President Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to slam his former adviser Omarosa Manigault-Newman, hours after she ignited a new controversy by releasing an audio tape that appears to be a recording of the president commiserating about her firing last year. Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time, Trump wrote Monday. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious,…

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White House Revokes Ex-CIA Director John Brennans Security Clearance

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday that former CIA Director John Brennans security clearance is being revoked. Reading a statement from President Donald Trump, Sanders said his clearance was being taken away due to his erratic behavior that far exceeded the limits and far exceeded any professional courtesy that may have been due to him. Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility, Sanders told reporters. High-level intelligence officials typically keep their clearances after they leave their agencies so that they can…

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CNN Suspends Trump Defender Paris Dennard After Sexual Harassment Claims

Less than two hours after The Washington Post published its cable news defender of President Donald Trump, CNN announced that it was suspending the pundit effective immediately. We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard, a spokesperson for CNN said Wednesday evening. We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations. Those allegations, reported by Aaron C. Davis for The Washington Post, paint the picture of a man who was repeatedly accused of sexual harassment before he was ultimately fired by Arizona State University four…

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Trump Signs Bill Named for John McCain, Doesnt Mention or Thank Him

While President Trump was surrounded by hundreds of service-members for the signing of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, he failed to mention one name: prisoner of war for more than five years, undergoing torture and beatings from his North Vietnamese captors. While the White House did write out the full name of the bill in its fact sheets, the presidents omission of McCain seemed rather conspicuous. tweeted how the omission was disgraceful, writing: Nothing will erase for an instant the legacy John McCain has written and is…

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National Enquirer Boss David Pecker Tiptoes Away From His Pal Trump as Scandal Swirls and Circulation Drops

Shortly after estranged personal attorney and longtime enforcer, National Enquirer publisher David Pecker went into a state of calculated retreat. For years, Peckers tabloid had played a key rolethere was another story showing how the Enquirers lie detector examination supposedly absolved Trump of any Russia-related collusion. Since then, the tabloid's approach to the saga has ranged from muted to silent. The most recent issue of the Enquirer, dated July 30, 2018, doesnt feature a single item on Trump in the entire, 47-page editionthough the issue did have room for a…

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CIA Chief Gina Haspel Goes Silent as Trump Attacks Her Patron

The director of the CIA is keeping her mouth shut while her boss, President Donald Trump, punishes her predecessor, John Brennan, for his vociferous criticism. Its an act that even a man who famously clashed with Brennan and his CIA calls appalling. Brennan, a career CIA official whom Barack Obama made the agencys director over substantial criticism from the political left, saw Trump take away his security clearance on Wednesday. Disconnected from any allegation, let alone evidence, that Brennan abused his clearance, Trumps maneuver struck many intelligence observers and former…

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The Trump Slump Hits U.S. Tourism

Summertime, but where are the foreign tourists? Ever since our forty-fifth president was elected, tourism to the United States from foreign countries has steadily droppedin the face of a world-wide boom in traveland the authoritative U.S. Travel Association has just provided me with figures projecting a further drop in 2018, from a share of worldwide tourism of 12.0 percent in 2017 to 11.7 percent this year. And this is after a drop in Trumps first year in office from 12.9 percent. Though the numbers and differentials look small in percentages,…

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Trump: Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh Want Government Shutdown Before Midterms

During yet another long, rambling rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania that was ostensibly meant to bolster Republican Lou Barlettas attempt to unseat two-term Democratic Senator Bob Casey, President Donald Trump again publicly pushed back against the idea of another government shutdown. And I understand it, Trump said. And Im a little torn myself. But Id personally prefer before. discussed the issue with Limbaugh when he called into his syndicated radio show on Wednesday to celebrate its 30th year on the air. I actually think it would be a positive, Trump told…

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Paul Manafort Paid for Lavish Clothes, Real Estate With Foreign Funds: Prosecutors

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort paid for real estate, house renovations, expensive clothing, and cars using international wire transfers or foreign shell companies, witnesses told jurors in the second day of Manaforts trial in Alexandria, Virginia. CNN reports that Manaforts friend Wayne Holland testified that he helped Manafort make a real estate deal and was told Manafort paid through a company called Lucicle Consultants Limited, which prosecutors claim is a shell company based in Cyprus. Manafort also told a boutique store manager that he would be paying for his…

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Jeff Sessions Religious Liberty Task Force Declares Holy War on LGBT People

Sadly it is no exaggeration, no hyperbole, to say that Attorney General LGBT people, LGBT equality, and LGBT rights on Monday. He declared war on anything that could be perceived to trespass on the "religious freedom" or "religious liberty" of Christianswhich is loosely defined enough to be construed as trespassing on pretty much anything he and his allies choose it to mean. Sessions said this was because there was a dangerous movement to erode the Christian right to worship. There isnt, of course; its an invented bogeyman for a ravenously-pursued…

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The Way Trump and the GOP Deal With Russian Attacks Is Textbook Treason

The indictments of the 12 Russian military officers accused of engaging in a coordinated attack on the United States to try to make their preferred candidate our president are a vital reminder that the Mueller investigation cannot and must not be seen as a political issue. The fact that on Friday we also heard from our Director of National Intelligence, a conservative GOP former senator from Indiana, that the cyber offensive (of which the GRU, Russian military intelligence, attacks were part of) is ongoing and that "we are at a…

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Dont You Have Any Empathy?: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Confronted Over Families Separated at Border

It started with a question from justification put forward by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier in the day during a meeting with religious leaders in Indiana for the administrations policy of How is it a moral policy to take children away from their parents? Acosta demanded. Can you imagine the horror these children must be going through, when they come across the border and theyre with their parents and then suddenly they're pulled away from their parents? Why is government doing this? Sanders insisted that following the law is moral…

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Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America

Its been a few days now, but the shock of important New Yorker piece from 2012, a tick-tock on the inside baseball of how the Court decided Citizens United, do so. Toobin shows that it was Kennedy who pushed behind the scenes to move the opinion as far to the right as a majority would accept. When this new Court has struck down any and all limits on campaign donations, as it almost surely will, and this country becomes an open oligarchy, well have Kennedy to thank. And yet, he…

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It Is Happening Here, Trump Is Already Early-Stage Mussolini

Is there a moment when a fanatical leader can be stopped before he takes a nation into the abyss? A moment when those with the moral determination to stop him can act before it is too late? These questions are not academic. Every day Trump stress tests this republics defenses against a demagogue. History has such moments. They need to be heeded. In Italy the moment came on Aug. 16, 1924. For more than two months, one of Benito Mussolinis most formidable opponents, Giacomo Matteotti, a socialist member of the…

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