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Trump’s Twitter silence about Puerto Rico’s devastation is deafening

It has been five days since Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico. Thirteen people have died. All of the island nation is without power and may remain so for up to six months. Around 70,000 people living in the Guajatacata River’s floodplain have been forced to evacuate their homes. According to Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez, the destruction will set the country back “nearly 20 to 30 years.” So, where is President Donald Trump? Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, meaning its 3.4 million people are citizens of the United States. While the Pentagon said it…

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Too many have died in Afghanistan already. Trump must not draw us back | Owen Jones

Too much blood has already been spilled in a conflict that the west cannot win, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones The test of any professed opposition to Donald Trump is what response is forthcoming when he starts dropping bombs or sending soldiers to die. There were those who spoke in grave tones about Trumps threat to world peace even implying he was an American Hitler but got teary-eyed as soon as he sent missiles hurtling unveiled plans to send more American soldiers to the graveyard of Afghanistan and he wants…

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Bob Corker: White House is ‘adult day care center’ and Trump may start WWIII

Trump blasts chair of Senate foreign relations committee over Iran and endorsement begging as Corker warns Trumps threats risk global conflict Donald Trumps fractious relationship with the Republican establishment reached a bizarre new level on Sunday when Senator Bob Corker described the White House as an adult day care center and warned that the president risked setting the US on the path to World War III. An extraordinary exchange between Trump and the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee began when Trump accused Corker, who is retiring, of not…

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Report: Jared Kushner used a private email server for White House work

President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law and official White House adviser, Jared Kushner, used a private email server — set up after the election — to conduct White House business, according to a new report in Politico. Kushner used the private account in tandem with his official White House email account to correspond with current and former senior White House officials, outside advisers and others, about subjects ranging from media coverage to event planning. Politico said it has verified at least two dozen emails coming from the private account. A lawyer…

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Rex Tillerson says he won’t quit but doesn’t deny calling Trump a ‘moron’

US secretary of state pledges loyalty to the president and shrugs off report he called Trump a moron in White House meeting as petty nonsense The US secretary of state, on NBC News on Wednesday morning that he had derided Trump as a moron in a meeting of White House national security officials and members of the cabinet. Instead, he shrugged off the report as petty nonsense and issued a stream of praise for the president. He loves his country. He puts America and Americans first. Hes smart. He demands…

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Vincente Fox utterly destroys Donald Trump with an amazing ad for 2020

Holy heck! Usually when stunt videos like this come out, they’re worth a quick chuckle before moving on. But this ad keeps getting better and better and better and better. It will be, no doubt, the funniest thing you see today. Former Mexican President Vincente Fox has proved himself a fantastic foil to President Donald Trump—who kicked off his campaign by calling Fox’s countrymen “rapists” and ran on a fallacious promise of Mexico paying for a border wall with the U.S.—and this video might be Fox’s pinnacle. Related video Alton Brown reviews…

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Alabama Republican Senate primary: Roy Moore defeats Trump-backed Luther Strange

Socially conservative former Alabama chief justice, one of the most controversial US politicians, was removed from state supreme court post twice The former Alabama judge Roy Moore, one of the most controversial figures in Republican politics, is on course to become a US senator in spite of opposition from Donald Trump. With 95%of the vote in on Tuesday night, Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court was ahead of appointed incumbent Luther Strange by 55% to 45% in the Republican Senate runoff. Moores victory comes despite being…

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‘Height of hypocrisy’: Clinton calls out Trump team over private email reports

Donald Trumps daughter and son-in-law among six administration figures who reportedly used private email accounts for White House business At least six senior Trump administration figures are reported to have used private email accounts for official White House business, prompting Hillary Clinton to describe criticism of her own private server use as the height of hypocrisy. Donald Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, admitted through his lawyer on Sunday that he had used private emails in the administrations early days. According to a regular and heavy criticism of Clinton…

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‘A rogue’ and a ‘dotard’: Kim Jong-un’s statement on Trump in full

The North Korean leader has upped his rhetoric against the US president, calling him mentally-deranged and a dotard North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un has once again upped his rhetoric against US president Donald Trump. Here is his statement in full: The speech made by the US president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern. Shaping the general…

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Sound of a dog barking: North Korea ridicules Trump threat

North Koreas foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, responds to Donald Trump calling Kim Jong-un rocket man North Koreas foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, has issued a withering riposte to Donald Trump, likening his threat to destroy the regime to the sound of a dog barking, adding that he felt sorry for the US presidents advisers. In his first speech to the UN general assembly, Trump said on Tuesday the US would be forced to tweet last weekend, Trump said to the visible dismay of some in the hall: Rocket man is on…

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New York Times asks how long before someone is hurt or worse, neglects to consult GOP baseball team

A tweet from the New York Times Wednesday posed a serious question following President Trump’s Tuesday night rally in Phoenix: How long before someone is hurt, or worse? Trump’s speech in Phoenix raises a question spawned by his rallies: How long before someone is hurt, or worse? https://t.co/75ClDG4Dgj — NYT Business (@nytimesbusiness) August 24, 2017 Of course, the piece to which the tweet links is focused on Trump’s contentious relationship with the press, and the true question is, how long before a journalist is hurt, or worse? Those within the…

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‘F**K YOU’! ‘Walking Dead’ actor blames Trump for making parents ‘explain racism to our children’

Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan of “Supernatural,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Walking Dead” was among those not impressed with President Trump’s comments to the media yesterday where Trump again specifically addressed the violence in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday: @realDonaldTrump FUCK YOU. Seriously. Fuck you for everything. Today? Fuck you for making us have to explain racism to our children. — Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) August 15, 2017 Did that conversation really just begin with Trump’s election? Because racism didn't exist before Trump right? He's to blame for everything that was happening way…

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Eminem Calls Trump a ‘Motherf**ker’ At European Shows

Eminem has never hid his disdain for Donald Trump. Last week during a show in Scotland, he added some more comments to the record. In front of a crowd of more than 30,000, Eminem said that “shit ain’t going so well in the States” and then added, “motherfuck Donald Trump.” He also wore a shirt that said “Fack Trump.” "I JUST WANNA TAKE THIS MOMENT OUT RIGHT NOW AND SAY MOTHERFUCK DONALD TRUMP" – EMINEM 🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/No6jXiO7UJ — MATHƎRS (@LinesofEminem) August 24, 2017 Eminem performing in a shirt that says…

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Bernie Sanders unveils universal healthcare bill: ‘We will win this struggle’

Senators Medicare for All bill, which is gaining steam among Democrats, would cover 323 million Americans under single system Battle lines have been drawn as Bernie Sanders launches his latest attempt to establish a healthcare system that covers all 323 million Americans. Standing in opposition to Sanders plan are what he calls the most powerful and greedy forces in American society: the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, Wall Street and the Republican party. The opposition to this will be extraordinary, Sanders said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office, prior…

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David Clarke, Milwaukee sheriff and outspoken Trump backer, resigns

County clerk says resignation letter gives no reason for early departure of sheriff, who claimed in May that he was taking a job in the Trump administration David Clarke, the outspoken Milwaukee County sheriff who built a following among conservatives nationally with his provocative social media presence and strong support of Donald Trump, has resigned. The Milwaukee County clerk, George Christenson, said he had received a resignation letter from Clarke, but the letter did not say why the sheriff was leaving office more than a year before his term is…

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