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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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Trump: Critics Better Just Take It Easy

President Trump on Sunday urged his critics to take it easy, claiming those protesting his policies are very dangerous for the country. In an interview on Fox News Sunday Morning Futures, the president was asked what he could do to bring the country together amid a wave of criticism and public protests against his administration. He responded by first praising his one-of-a-kind base before issuing a word of caution to critics. Theres probably never been a base in the history of politics in this country like my base, he said,…

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Trumps Roach-Infested Restaurants Are Vile Compared to the Red Hen

President Donald Trump on Monday attacked a rural Virginia restaurant that refused to serve his press secretary over the weekend by criticizing its supposed lack of cleanliness. The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, with flying colors. State authorities found no violations when they visited the restaurant in February and gave the Red Hen their best possible health-risk rating. By contrast, the conditions of restaurants…

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This Was the Week That Finally Broke Trumps Spell

Donald Trump cant define or pronounce the word Manichaean, but he knows it when he sees it. For Trump, there are two types of people; Donald Trump, and losers, and the one thing Donald Trump cant abide is a loser. Donald Trump images of crying children torn from their mothers. His seemingly magical ability to change the subject vanished, and the arsenal of his weapons of mass distraction were duds. Everyone in Washington noticed. One House member spoke to me on background Wednesday night and said, This mistake broke the…

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Thrown Out of Virginia Restaurant

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was thrown out of a Virginia restaurant Friday night after the owner took issue with her role as Trumps mouthpiece. In a Saturday morning tweet, Sanders said she politely left the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington after the owner asked her to leave because I work for POTUS. Her actions say far more about her than about me, Sanders wrote. The incident prompted a social media uproar when it was first reported by Jaike Foley-Schultz, a Lexington man who said he works at…

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Steve Schmidt: Why I Quit the Vile Republican Party

Steve Schmidt, the veteran GOP strategist who worked in the George W. Bush White House and ran John McCains campaign for president, accused Republicans of complicity with the vile Trump administration and its evil policies unless they follow him and quit the party. Schmidt announced Tuesday night Republican members of Congress are cowed and fearful of Trump and they have abrogated their oaths to defend the Constitution of the United States from Trump's attacks on the rule of law; on objective truth; his defilement of important institutions; his sundering of…

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Report: Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Pushed for Border Separation Policy

White House adviser Stephen Miller was the driving force behind President Trumps decision to enforce the family separation policy at U.S. borders, according to The New York Times. Unlike Trump, who has publicly claimed to hate the practice, Miller told the Times it was a simple decision. No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law, he was quoted as saying. The immigration hardliner had argued in recent months for…

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Donald Trump, the Insecure Pledge in the Dictatorship Fraternity

He is the strong head. Dont let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same. That was Donald Trump on Friday morning, former leader of the free world, praising murderous North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. It set off a justified firestorm. Sure, his usual cheerleaders immediately jumped to, He was joking! Why are you libtard sharia Soros Pizzagate Killary supporters so triggered? or Dont you get it, man? Its 9th-dimensional quantum chess. Sorry, Im all out…

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