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I love it!!
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Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud

Former Trump administration chief strategist Steve Bannon was charged on Thursday with fraud by federal prosecutors in New York and taken into custody.

The state of play: Bannon, along with three others, allegedly defrauded donors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for their own profit with a crowdfunding campaign called "We Build the Wall" that raked in over $25 million.

• The indictment says that Bannon, via a non-profit, took in over $1 million from the scheme "and at least some of it was used to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in [his] personal expenses."

• Bannon's co-conspirators are Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea.

What they're saying: "As alleged, the defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction," acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.

• "This case should serve as a warning to other fraudsters that no one is above the law, not even a disabled war veteran or a millionaire political strategist," added Inspector-in-Charge Philip R. Bartlett.

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[You can read the indictment at the link.]
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Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud



Awwww... /snark

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One of the other men involved in the Bannon fraud lives in Castle Rock, south of Denver.
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So....

Following similar logic....

If Trump fraudulently duped donors to contribute to his foundation -- and then he used the foundation money to buy a massive picture of himself to put up at one of his golf resorts, rather than giving it to charity....

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WHOA!


Kellyanne Conway to leave the White House at the end of the month, citing the need to focus on her family

By Ashley Parker
August 23, 2020 at 7:39 p.m. PDT


Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Trump and one of his longest-serving aides, is leaving the White House at the end of the month.

Conway, whose title is counselor to the president, was Trump’s third campaign manager in 2016 and the first woman to successfully manage a presidential bid to victory. She joined the White House at the start of Trump’s term and has been one of his most visible and vocal defenders.

Conway informed Trump of her decision Sunday night in the Oval Office.

Her husband, George T. Conway III, a conservative lawyer and outspoken critic of the president, is also stepping back from his role on the Lincoln Project, an outside group of Republicans devoted to defeating Trump in November. He will also take a hiatus from Twitter, the venue he has often used to attack the president.

In a statement, Conway called her time in the Trump administration “heady” and “humbling,” and said she and George were making the decision based on what they think is best for their four children.

“We disagree about plenty,” she wrote of herself and her husband, “but we are united on what matters most: the kids. Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year in the middle school and high school that will be conducted remotely from home for at least a few months. As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.”

Conway continued: “This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.”

More at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kellyanne-conway-white-house/2020/08/23/6c26e18a-e5a7-11ea-bc79-834454439a44_story.html

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Thank goodness! I hope this means I will never have to see Kellyanne's face on TV again or hear her voice.
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I wish the Conway family well and will be happy not to see Kellyanne debasing herself for Donald Trump any more.Speaking of Kellyanne, maybe this shows that there is hope that people can reestablish right minded priorities after having been lost for years in an alternative reality.

 One of their daughters, the fifteen year old,
I believe, was applying for or threatening to apply for emancipated minor status, essentially applying to divorce her parents. Maybe that was the jolt that shocked the Conways ino some measure of sensibility.
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I heard that this morning, Brick. It is so sad that a child felt the need to consider emancipation. But I'm grateful that the child's action was enough to get George and Kellyanne to focus their efforts toward their family. I'm ESPECIALLY grateful that they BOTH took the action at the same time. That speaks volumes about both of them. I wish their family only the best.

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Thank goodness! I hope this means I will never have to see Kellyanne's face on TV again or hear her voice.



I believe she's still planning to speak at the RNC.
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Four more years of Trump’s contempt for competence would be devastating.

This is the 4th in a series of WaPo Editorials.
 I felt it necessary to include the entire piece.

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President Trump thinks he knows better than anyone, but not because he actually knows very much. His 2016 campaign was run from the gut, under the explicit rationale that “experts are terrible” and that whatever someone with a degree and years of experience could do in any area of government, he could do better relying on instinct. His White House has conducted itself according to this philosophy, to devastating effect.


Our Democracy in Peril
Part four of a series of editorials on the damage President Trump has caused — and the danger he would pose in a second term.

From debt to taxes to renewable energy to trade to jobs to infrastructure to defense, the president has declared himself the best informed in all the land. What need, then, for a science adviser — a post Mr. Trump left vacant for 19 months? Why worry if more than a third of senior positions in the Pentagon or Department of Homeland Security have no confirmed appointee? Why not drive out most of the workforce of the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service, as the administration did, intentionally, by abruptly moving the agency to the Kansas City region?

The best sort of expert, in Mr. Trump’s view, is the kind with no independent judgment at all. “My function, really, as an economist is to try to provide the underlying analytics that confirm his intuition,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has said. He continued: “And his intuition is always right in these matters.” When a public servant can’t provide those comfortingly confirming analytics, he risks excoriation by tweet and in person, at best, and removal from his post at worst. The West Wing and the Cabinet are in a constant flux of professionals hired, discarded, hired and discarded again: four chiefs of staff, four national security advisers, five Homeland Security secretaries.

The so-called adults in the room in the early days of this term have left and written books about how unpleasant it was to be in that room. Often it didn’t matter anyway, because this president rarely listens and almost never reads. He has been called “unbriefable.” Only once or twice a week does he bother to listen to the intelligence briefings other presidents received daily, and even then he reportedly interrupts with kooky conspiracy theories, or spends his time marveling over a miniature weapon constructed as a visual aid to hold his wayward attention. He takes the advice not of the most qualified, or even most persuasive, person around him but of the person who manages to sneak in the last word.

The intelligence community has been a particular casualty, being responsible for issuing the verdict the president least wants to hear, or least wants others to know: that Russia helped him in the 2016 election and is working for him again this year. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats got the ax for refusing to obscure that assessment. His acting replacement, Joseph Maguire, was ousted after he had the nerve to defend his aide and election security unit leader Shelby Pierson, who herself had the nerve to tell the House Intelligence Committee that it was the community’s consensus that Russia was trying to help Mr. Trump win again.

Yet a similar contempt for competence and impartiality has seeped through the government these past four years. The Justice Department has suffered, and the State Department, as a former ambassador and former undersecretary said, has seen “the most significant departure of diplomatic talent in ages.” Almost half of the agency’s career ministers left or were forced to leave in the initial two years of Mr. Trump’s tenure. Those who stuck around have been treated with scorn. Marie Yovanovitch, pushed out of her ambassadorial post in Ukraine after a smear campaign by Rudy Giuliani and other presidential henchmen, is only the most prominent example.

The complete lack of interest in performing essential functions well has had immediate costs: When the administration agreed, under pressure, to reunite the children it was keeping in cages at the border with their parents, it couldn’t — because it hadn’t bothered to keep close enough track of the parents to find them. With diplomats who have spent years forging relationships and representing U.S. interests suddenly yanked away from their duties, enemies started to take advantage; China has stepped into the gap in global influence. Allies are ceasing to trust.

Today, Americans are feeling the effects of a government at an utter loss as a disease ravages the country. The problem is bigger than one missing directorate, or one rebuffed scientist: The response to this outbreak required coordination across agencies that have been systematically depleted, because they were full of experts.

While the pandemic represents the most immediately lethal consequence of the know-nothing president’s disdain for know-how, an even greater danger looms. Mr. Trump conducted his campaign crowing that climate change was a “hoax,” and he acted on this inanity by withdrawing the United States from the Paris accord. Meanwhile evidence of the threat to the planet becomes steadily more alarming, especially where the destructive impact of that extra 2 degrees Celsius has already become apparent — algae blooming, lobsters dying, century-old redwood trees burning, unfrozen lakes depriving ice fishermen of their income, homes washing out to sea. Greenhouse gas emissions shot up during Mr. Trump’s tenure after three consecutive years of decrease. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency blithely goes on deregulating; this administration has so far rolled back 100 supposedly burdensome strictures. The revised policies on mercury pollution, automobile emissions, methane leakage and more run counter to research, some of it produced by the EPA’s own advisory board. Four more such years would mean the loss of even more livelihoods and lives than the coronavirus is claiming today.

The contempt for good performance and for facts is devastating to the government. Talented professionals in all sectors, forced to play sycophants, instead are choosing to leave, while the next generation of talent is choosing not to apply. Nine former intelligence chiefs put it just right in The Post this spring after Mr. Trump gutted the National Counterterrorism Center’s leadership of seasoned professionals: This isn’t only about a few respected senior officers and the immediate risk to security posed by their unceremonious dismissal. It’s about the future — about the workers who will calculate that fealty is more important than honesty, and about the “countless more talented young Americans” who “will decide that federal service, indeed public service, is not a worthy calling.”

All these manifestations of deliberate ignorance come together in a disdain for gathering information at all. When his own government produced an assessment that global warming left unaddressed would ravage the U.S. economy, Mr. Trump said, “I don’t believe it.” Maybe to avoid a repeat of this inconvenient news, the EPA has written a rule giving itself permission to ignore good science by restricting the type of research it considers usable. When the Census Bureau was told to remove undocumented immigrants from the head count, then cut the time-intensive process short by a month, it prepared to paint a picture of the country the president wants rather than the country that actually exists. Emblematic is Mr. Trump’s insistence that more covid-19 testing creates more cases. This, of course, isn’t true. More testing would reveal cases where they already exist, making it possible to try to understand the disease’s course and arrest its spread.

But the degradation of data collection serves one obvious purpose: If we don’t gather information, we cannot see the depth of Mr. Trump’s failures. Another term could allow Mr. Trump to complete the demoralization, politicization and destruction of a workforce that was once the envy of the world: the American civil service, health service, Foreign Service and uniformed military. In everything from consumer safety to air quality to life expectancy, the results would be catastrophic. But there would be nobody left to measure them.



Source.

What else could one possibly expect from a former reality show host? One whose school got hit with a large judgment for its students for fraud? Whose "charity" turns out to have existed mostly for Trump himself? Whose livelihood has been bankrolled by his father, the Russians, and the Saudis? Who can't get a loan from an American bank?

Our country is in peril and may self-destruct with four more years of Trump and a complacent Senate.
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Facebook meme:

David Gerrold

Stop assuming it's incompetence.
It isn't. It's malice.


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Trump just gets crazier and crazier.

Trump casts doubt on Ginsburg statement, wonders if it was written by Schiff, Pelosi or Schumer
By Dominick Mastrangelo
09/21/20

President Trump cast doubt in a Monday interview on Fox News that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish was that her replacement on the Supreme Court not be picked by Trump, saying those words might have been "written by Adam Schiff, Schumer or Pelosi."

NPR reported shortly after the news of Ginsburg's death her dying wish was that she not be replaced until a new president was in office.

But Trump said he wasn't sure Ginsburg really said that or if it came from Schiff (D-Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee chairman and his chief nemesis in the impeachment fight, or from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

"I don't know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff, Schumer and Pelosi?" Trump said Monday during an interview on "Fox & Friends."

"I would be more inclined to the second. That came out of the wind, it sounds so beautiful ... but that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe Pelosi or shifty Schiff ... maybe she did and maybe she didn't," the president said.

The NPR report was based on a statement released by Ginsburg's granddaughter.

https://tinyurl.com/y4t9a2jv
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Trump just gets crazier and crazier.




It isn't craziness. It's malice, as the meme said.

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I smell mendacity!!
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Smell! That's what everything Trump says has.
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Democratic House chairs: Here’s how we can protect democracy from a lawless president

Opinion by Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, John Yarmuth, Zoe Lofgren, Eliot Engel and Richard E. Neal
September 23, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. PDT

In the years following the Watergate scandal, Congress enacted a series of landmark reforms to protect our democracy and restore Americans’ faith in government. Those reforms — to strengthen transparency and ethics in government, enhance congressional oversight and place significant limits on presidential powers — have stood the test of time. Though some presidents have bridled at those laws or stretched them, they have fundamentally abided by their limits for 50 years.
Until President Trump.

With a lawless president in office who acts as if rules are for suckers, political norms for losers and governing for chumps, it is clear we need a new series of reforms to protect our democracy.

On Wednesday, we are introducing such reforms, which we began drafting more than a year ago not only to address the president’s unique abuses, but also to go beyond them to restore accountability, root out corruption and ensure transparency in government for future White House occupants.

First, we seek to further enshrine the principle that no one is above the law, especially the president. For this reason, we must ensure that presidents cannot use the pardon power to insulate themselves, their family or associates, or to outrun statutes of limitations simply by staying in office.

Our bill requires that the Justice Department provide materials to Congress concerning any self-serving pardon or commutation in cases involving presidents or their relatives, contempt of Congress or obstruction of Congress. Our bill also suspends statutes of limitations for any federal offense committed by a sitting president or vice president, whether it took place before or during their terms in office, to ensure that future presidents cannot “run out the clock” to avoid accountability.
We will also take action to prohibit presidents and their families from abusing the office to enrich themselves, by providing an enforcement mechanism for violations of the emoluments clauses, increasing penalties and enhancing financial disclosure requirements.

Second, we seek to restore our system of checks and balances and strengthen accountability and transparency. Trump has obstructed congressional oversight, targeted whistleblowers who speak out against him and fired officials whose responsibility is to objectively investigate wrongdoing in the federal government.

Congress needs to obtain documents and hear from witnesses to do our jobs. Our bill will strengthen Congress’s tools to expeditiously enforce subpoenas in court, and will enhance foundational budget laws, such as the Impoundment Control Act, by adding meaningful reporting requirements and improving congressional oversight.

We must also reclaim Congress’s power of the purse from an overzealous executive branch, increase transparency around government spending and ensure there are consequences to deter the misuse of taxpayer funds. Our bill will prevent the executive branch from using nonpublic documents or secret legal opinions to circumvent Congress and unilaterally enact its agenda behind closed doors. Our bill will impose limits on presidential declarations of emergencies and any powers triggered by such declarations, unless extended by a congressional vote, and require the president to provide all documents regarding presidential emergency actions to Congress.

We must also strengthen safeguards meant to keep public officials from using their positions to benefit the president politically or personally. To do this, our bill would require additional reporting of communications between the Justice Department and the White House; prohibit at-will firing of inspectors general; grant whistleblowers the right to sue in court if they are publicly outed; amend the qualification requirements for acting officials of executive agencies and limit their tenure to 120 days; and strengthen the penalties for Hatch Act violations for senior political appointees.

The president’s unprecedented and largely successful efforts to stonewall Congress through the courts, including preventing oversight of his financial entanglements and conflicts of interest, demonstrate both the need to provide an effective system of oversight in the courts and to obtain more information so we can continue to refine and develop these and other reforms.

And finally, we seek to protect our elections from foreign interference and influence. We must require that all campaigns report offers of help from foreign governments and foreign political parties to law enforcement. We must also provide unequivocal language in statute that campaigns cannot accept foreign help or information for political advantage, including opposition research.

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Yeah, good luck with that. It will languish on Mitch's desk just like everything else that isn't a right wing judicial appointment.

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If Democrats take the House again and the Senate, it will be ready for passage next year. I think it's good to be showing voters what Democrats want to do to prevent another Trump-type administration.
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Mike Pompeo has been charged with releasing Hillary Clinton’s infamous emails before the election. What is the Secretary of State doing investigating Hillary Clinton? What is his job description? Of course, Pompeo will do Trump’s bidding in any event. It almost looks like Pompeo is campaigning for Trump. Imagine that! It’s remarkable and disgusting to see a West Point graduate debase himself this way.
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