Sunday, June 24, 2018

PROMISES, PROMISES


Trump, the Great Deal Maker, has broken countless campaign promises. Where is the infrastructure bill? Lower drug prices? His replacement for Obamacare ("better," "cheaper")? Term limits? Restrictions on lobbying? Campaign finance reform? Taxing the rich? (ha!)

https://politicalwire.com/2018/06/23/trump-has-failed-to-make-deals-he-promised/
“President Trump likes nothing more than presenting himself as the ultimate deal maker, the master negotiator who can translate his success in business into the worlds of politics, policy and diplomacy,” the New York Times reports. “Except that so far he has not. As he threw in the towel on immigration legislation on Friday, saying that Republicans should give up even trying until after the fall midterm elections, Mr. Trump once again fell short of his promise to make ‘beautiful’ deals that no other president could make.” “His 17 months in office have in fact been an exercise in futility. . .”

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/trump-broken-every-populist-campaign-promise-prescription-drugs-infrastructure.html
Trump Has Now Broken Every One of His Economic Populist Promises

More: http://time.com/5106302/donald-trump-first-year-promises/

Trump Administration Seeking Up to 15,000 Beds to Expand Immigrant Family Detention

https://thinkprogress.org/family-separation-mess-chaos-6595c6fb43f4/
Trump created a total mess at the border and doesn’t know how to clean it up

Monster

https://crooksandliars.com/2018/06/trump-whips-hate-against-immigrants-his
Trump Whips Up Hate Against Immigrants With His 'Angel Families'

More: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/report-trump-told-advisers-my-people-love-the-family-separation-policy
Trump Told Advisers ‘My People Love’ The Family Separation Policy

This tells you everything: Trump wants to run this election over immigration: not tax cuts, jobs, trade, North Korea, or anything else. He knows what energizes his base

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/23/donald-trump-says-he-likes-immigration-issue-election/728054002/

https://politicalwire.com/2018/06/24/trump-makes-immigration-central-issue-for-midterms/

We said this yesterday

https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5808675#editor/target=post;postID=9085926154495659027
Trump doesn't want an immigration bill . . . He'd rather have the political issue than the policy victory. Call it the art of no deal. . . . "What he lacks in understanding of actual immigration policy, he makes up for with a keen understanding of the dark border security themes that pervade the GOP. He knows anger motivates more than contentment." . . .

While Trump is busy locking up parents and children, what's happening to drug smugglers?

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/lawyers-warned-sessions-that-border-focus-would-divert-focus.html

China has no idea what Trump's trade policies are. Neither do we

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/23/trump-china-trade-confusion-635865

Trump and his supporters are embracing the idea of a "cult"

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/the-gop-is-a-trump-cult-boasts-donald-trump-jr.html
The GOP Is a Trump Cult, Boasts Donald Trump Jr.

https://politicalwire.com/2018/06/24/trumps-bond-with-supporters-grows-deeper/
“In interviews across the country over the last few days, dozens of Trump voters, as well as pollsters and strategists, described something like a bonding experience with the president that happens each time Republicans have to answer a now-familiar question: ‘How can you possibly still support this man?’ Their resilience suggests a level of unity among Republicans that could help mitigate Mr. Trump’s low overall approval ratings and aid his party’s chances of keeping control of the House of Representatives in November.” “Republican voters repeatedly described an instinctive, protective response to the president, and their support has grown in recent months . . .”

Theocracy watch 

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/a-history-of-evangelical-fear/563558/
Evangelical Fear Elected Trump

In other news . . . 

Jared's Middle East "Peace Plan"

https://politicalwire.com/2018/06/24/peace-plan-may-not-include-palestinians/

House Repubs want more classifid docs from the DOJ

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/doj-gives-congress-new-classified-documents-on-russia-probe

Corey Lewandowski, back in good graces again

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1774798

No, if you can't refuse service to gays, then you can't refuse service to these guys either

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sarah-huckabee-sanders-va-restaurant-kicked-me-out-because-i-work-for-potus
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: VA Restaurant Kicked Me Out ‘Because I Work For POTUS’

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

"THESE AREN'T OUR KIDS"

Let's just review, shall we? An ill-considered and cruel policy to separate children from their parents is cooked up in the squalid little mind of Stephen Miller, with a big assist from Jeff Sessions. The idea was that the fear of losing their kids would act as a deterrent to asylum seekers coming into the U.S. As the consequences of this evil plan became apparent on the nightly news -- screaming children, chain-link cages, -- Trump argued more and more implausibly that they had no choice: this policy was forced on them by a "Democrat law." None of that was true. It was a Trump gang policy from start to finish and he could end it any time with just a phone call. Confronted with a possible electoral meltdown, Trump reversed course and, days after saying the policy could not be ended by executive order, he signed an executive order hastily thrown together, with typos, simply so he could sign something before jetting off for a political rally. The resulting executive order is of doubtful legality, no one knows what the new policy is supposed to be, and the order does nothing for the more than 2000 kids already separated from their parents -- many of whom will NEVER be reunited. Now we learn that the policy of family separation will actually still continue, there are no plans for reunited families, they can't even track where the kids have gone, and the Trump admin is planning for up to 20,000 kids to be kept on U.S. military bases. This isn't "making it up as you go along," this is "can't make up your mind what you are trying to accomplish in the first place"

https://www.salon.com/2018/06/22/donald-trumps-staggering-incompetence-is-that-the-gops-secret-weapon/
Donald Trump’s staggering incompetence

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/22/17485720/border-family-separations-trump-win
The fight over family separations proved how broken Trump’s America really is

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1774422
The Trump administration's complete lack of compassion

In Fox World

https://thinkprogress.org/fox-friends-immigration-these-are-not-our-kids-brian-kilmeade-e23e766b7974/
Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade defended President Trump on Friday by pointing out that while his harsh “zero tolerance” policy may have resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents at the southern border, at least the kids affected aren’t Americans.  “Like it or not, these aren’t our kids. Show them compassion, but it’s not like he’s doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas,” he said. “These are people from another country.” Host Ainsley Earhardt replied by saying that Trump “just wants to make sure we vet who’s coming across the border, in case it’s MS-13 or drugs.” . . .

More: https://crooksandliars.com/2018/06/watch-trevor-noah-troll-fox-news-over
Watch Trevor Noah Troll Fox News Over Support For Trump’s Family Separations

Anyone who thought that Trump's phony executive order was in any way a moderation or retreat from this hateful, racist policy is going to be disappointed

http://time.com/5319334/navy-detainment-centers-zerol-tolerance-immigration-family-separation-policy/
The U.S. Navy is preparing plans to construct sprawling detention centers for tens of thousands of immigrants on remote bases in California, Alabama and Arizona, escalating the military’s task in implementing President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy for people caught crossing the Southern border . . .

https://www.thedailybeast.com/contractors-wont-say-how-many-detained-immigrant-kids-theyre-transporting
Contractors Won’t Say How Many Detained Immigrant Kids They’re Transporting 

https://politicalwire.com/2018/06/23/trumps-shift-sets-off-clash-at-white-house/
“Tense arguments broke out at the White House over the past two days as top government officials clashed over how to carry out President Trump’s executive order on keeping together immigrant families at the Mexican border”

More: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/22/politics/donald-trump-immigration-angel-families/index.html
President Donald Trump hosted citizens "permanently separated" from their loved ones due to crime . . . "We're gathered today to hear directly from the American victims of illegal immigration. You know you hear the other side, you never hear this side." . . . "These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones. The word permanently being the word that you have to think about. Permanently. They are not separated for a day or two days. Permanently separated," Trump said, seeking to cast a contrast between grieving families and the crisis on the border that has captured the nation's attention and prompted his administration to hastily craft an executive order. Trump incorrectly suggested that the illegal immigrant population is more dangerous than US citizens. . . .

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/trump-family-separation-says-undocumented-immigrants-kill-american-kids.html
Trump’s New Argument: If We Don’t Separate Families at the Border, “Illegal Aliens” Will Murder American Kids

After weeks of blaming the Democrats, Trump kills the best chance for an immigration bill

https://twitter.com/JohnBerman/status/1010135565793222657
"Game Over." @RepSanfordSC just told us @realDonaldTrump just completely killed any chance of immigration reform.

More: https://thinkprogress.org/trump-pulls-support-from-gop-immigration-bills-after-weeks-of-supporting-them-1b014cbe6dbc/
[Trump] "Republicans should stop wasting their time on immigration." 

And here's the fact: the Democrats have worked repeatedly to find a deal with Trump, even promising funding for The Wall™. He's the one who has rejected them

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/what-trump-chooses-not-understand-about-democrats-and-immigration

Think about it this way: maybe Trump doesn't WANT an immigration deal. It's better for him politically to rail against the lack of one -- and blaming others, always blaming. Any possible deal would require compromise and accepting the consequences of an imperfect policy that HE has to take responsibility for. . . two things he is not very good at

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/donald-trump-doesnt-want-the-house-gop-to-pass-its-immigration-bill.html 

Trump's foolish trade war is growing

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-trade-fight-international-tariffs
Trump Hit World With Tariffs, And Now World Strikes Back

More: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-price-tag-trumps-trade-war-coming-focus 

After bragging that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat (all because of HIM), Trump now affirms that it still is

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/politics/trump-north-korea-nuclear-threat/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/22/trump-north-korea-extraordinary-threat-nuclear-program  

In Russia news

https://www.salon.com/2018/06/22/the-broadening-criminal-case-against-michael-cohen-just-got-a-lot-worse-for-donald-trump/
The broadening criminal case against Michael Cohen just got a lot worse for Donald Trump

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/dc-judge-wont-dismiss-manafort-money-laundering-count
Another Setback For Manafort

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/michael-cohen-said-to-be-frustrated-that-trump-wont-pay-his-mounting-legal-fees-2018-06-19
Michael Cohen said to be frustrated that Trump won’t pay his mounting legal fees  

https://politicalwire.com/2018/06/23/only-8-cohen-communications-are-privileged/
Federal Court Judge Kimba Wood issued an order on Friday ruling that just eight items of communication, out of some 292,226 seized by the FBI from Michael Cohen’s office and home, were protected by attorney-client privilege.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1774575
Robert Mueller has filed the paperwork to add four new prosecutors. All of them are to be assigned to prosecuting the case against Internet Research Agency, the Russian operation that both disseminated propaganda during the 2016 election through social media posts, false fronts for nonexistent organizations, and intentionally provocative ads. . . .

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/22/17492450/poll-trump-impeachment-nixon-watergate
The percentage of voters who want to impeach Trump is almost the same as the portion who wanted to impeach Nixon

In other news . . . 

Every 8 days Trump brags about his 2016 election victory . . . still

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/06/the_donald_trump_election_brag_tracker.html
 
Your daily Scott Pruitt

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/where-are-scott-pruitts-emails
If his government email record is to be believed, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has sent a grand total of one email to anyone outside of the EPA in his first ten months on the job, causing watchdogs concern as they try to figure out how else he is communicating and if he’s covering his tracks. . . .[read on]

More: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/22/scott-pruitt-where-are-his-emails-664285

Betsy DeVos and "civil rights" -- two things you won't ever see together

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1774531
Betsy DeVos continues to be a menace to all of the children attending America’s schools. Though the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights continues to receive complaints about discrimination in schools, under DeVos’s leadership, more than 1,200 investigations have been dismissed because of “insufficient evidence.” These also just happen to be cases which were begun under the Obama administration and had been open for at least six months. . . .

Big Supreme Court decision on cell phone privacy

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/supreme-court-ruling-search-warrant-requirement-phone-tracking
The Supreme Court says police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones. . . .

More: https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2018/6/22/17493632/carpenter-supreme-court-privacy-digital-cell-phone-location-fourth-amendment
The latest Supreme Court decision is being hailed as a big victory for digital privacy. It’s not.

Misdirection

https://thinkprogress.org/nsf-climate-change-propaganda-cruz-433e5c70fb93/ 
Pivoting away from White House immigration crisis, GOP lawmakers attack science agency

Nicolle Wallace, Queen of Snark

https://crooksandliars.com/2018/06/nicolle-wallace-smacks-sessions-bible
Nicolle Wallace Smacks Sessions: 'The Bible Comes Down Pretty Hard On Lying' 

More on state-run media: comparing North Korean TV and Fox World

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fox-news-north-korean-state-tv-mashup-shows-scary-similarities-in-coverage_us_5b2cfa4fe4b00295f15bd71a

More: https://crooksandliars.com/2018/06/sinclair-forces-stations-air-propaganda
Sinclair Forces Stations To Air Propaganda Video Lying About Child Separation 

Another Fox News personality who has gone too far for advertisers to accept

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/advertisers-drop-ingraham-after-summer-camp-comment 

Bonus item: How Melania uses her wardrobe to send messages

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Friday, June 22, 2018

FAKE NEWS


Yesterday we had two versions of the meeting Trump had with Congressional Repubs. When he slammed popular outgoing Rep Mark Sanford, the fake news media told us, members booed. In Trump's version they "applauded and laughed loudly." Somebody is lying. . . . can you guess?

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/20/trump-sanford-insult-amash-costello-660488 

Trump says this about the North Korea agreement

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/21/17488552/trump-north-korea-kim-agreement-lie
“Sentence one says ‘a total denuclearization of North Korea’. . . There will be denuclearization. So that’s the real story.”

[NB: Except, the statement DOESN'T say that. Not at all.]

Trump says he has cut taxes for all Americans. No, that's not true either

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/06/donald-trump-has-raised-taxes-on-the-middle-class-by-250-billion/

No boundaries

https://thinkprogress.org/qanon-trump-accuses-democrats-child-smuggling-ring-9916ff292590/
During a cabinet meeting on Thursday, President Trump sought to blame Democrats for the humanitarian crisis he created with his family separation policy, going so far as to accuse Democrats of “creat[ing] a massive child smuggling industry.” . . .

Trump has been howling at the REPUBLICAN Congress to pass an immigration bill. Now that they're trying, though, he's undermining their efforts

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/21/17488576/compromise-bill-house-republican-trump-tweet

https://www.thedailybeast.com/republicans-trump-undermined-us-on-immigration-again

And as a result . . . https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-delays-vote-on-foundering-immigration-bill-as-right-wing-version-fails
GOP Delays Vote On Foundering Immigration Bill As Right-Wing Version Fails 

What happened?

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1774237
Republican 'moderates' kill any hope of immigration reform this congressional session

More: http://www.newsadvance.com/opinion/columnists/dionne_ej/gop-moderates-cave-to-trumpism/article_c205f5f2-74c3-11e8-b9e8-4b237d803fe9.html
“Moderate Republicans are the people who are there when you don’t need them.” It was one of former Rep. Barney Frank’s many devastating zingers, and it certainly applies to the fiasco unfolding in the House of Representatives on immigration. . . 

It's the Dems' fault!

https://politicalwire.com/2018/06/22/trump-tells-gop-to-stop-on-immigration/
President Trump on Friday told Republican lawmakers to “stop wasting their time” on immigration legislation . . .

Trump's big immigration order does . . .  nothing, really

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1774099
Trump's executive order is pointless, powerless, completely misleading and deeply cruel

More: https://thinkprogress.org/jim-jordan-is-very-confused-about-trumps-immigration-executive-order-family-separation-f4ba18e038d1/

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1774119

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/21/17489286/trump-prosecuting-families-illegal-detention
The Trump administration isn’t sure whether it’s still prosecuting migrant parents or not 

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/06/trumps-immigration-plan-just-lie-about-it/
Trump’s Immigration Plan: Just Lie About It

They STILL have no idea what they are doing

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/05/jeff-sessions-separating-families-596422
[June 5] Sessions defends separating families at the border 

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/jeff-sessions-family-separation-never-really-intended.html
Jeff Sessions Now Says the Administration “Never Really Intended” to Separate Families. Liar Liar Liar! 

And now this

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/schiff-says-nielsen-said-privately-that-family-separations-could-continue
Schiff: Nielsen Said Privately That Family Separations May Continue
 
This is criminal. The Trump admin implemented a policy of taking kids away from their parents WITH NO PLAN FOR HOW TO BRING THEM BACK TOGETHER

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/how-will-kids-find-parents-trump-executive-order-family-separation/563264/

“We’re still working through the experience of reunifying kids with their parents after adjudication,” said Steve Wagner, a top official at the Department of Health and Human Services, in a press call Tuesday. He pointed out that the policy was still “relatively new,” and acknowledged that despite the agency’s preference for reuniting detained children with their parents, officials were also working on “identifying alternative sponsors” if reunification isn’t possible. . . . [read on]

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/trump-admin-has-no-plan-for-reuniting-families-it-separated.html

https://thinkprogress.org/pentagon-asked-to-house-20000-migrant-children-on-military-bases-per-trumps-orders-9d450710bc93/
Pentagon asked to house 20,000 migrant children on military bases, per Trump’s orders

Trump's meeting on family separation: All white males, plus Liz Cheney

https://crooksandliars.com/2018/06/trump-had-one-woman-meeting-family

Is this intentional? Right after DHS Sect'y Nielsen gets booed at a Mexican restaurant, the odious Stephen Miller does the same thing

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/stephen-miller-fascist-protested-mexican-restaurant


What's the MATTER with this guy?

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/trump-had-starburst-outburst-with-merkel-at-g7-summit.html
A Crabby Trump Tossed Two Starburst to Merkel at G7: ‘Don’t Say I Never Gave You Anything’

In Russia news

https://politicalwire.com/2018/06/21/did-cambridge-analytica-have-the-hacked-emails/
Did Cambridge Analytica Have the Hacked Emails? 

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/manafort-storage-unit-request-denied
Judge Denies Manafort Request To Suppress Storage Unit Evidence

More: https://crooksandliars.com/2018/06/kirstjen-nielsen-russia-did-not-take-sides
Kirstjen Nielsen: Despite Hacking, Russia Did Not ‘Take Sides’ In 2016

[NB: Nielsen is another one of those people who wants to keep her job a little TOO much.]

In other news . . . 

The Cesspool

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/wilbur-ross-navigator-trump-pruitt/563441/
Corruption in the Trump Administration Is Spreading
 
Your daily Scott Pruitt

https://crooksandliars.com/2018/06/scott-pruitt-spends-1m-more-security-he
Scott Pruitt Spends $1M More On 'Security' Than He Did Last Month  

More: https://thinkprogress.org/polos-pants-epa-pruitt-spending-c00432b6b760/

Ugh. I don't want to read any story that starts off "Rudy Giuliani's love life." But this is a good one

Bonus item: In a very weird time, this is an especially weird story

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/21/17489632/melania-trump-jacket-zara-i-really-dont-care-do-u
Melania Trump wears “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket on trip to migrant children

[NB: What could this mean? Think of the possibilities.]

Comments: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1774231
FLOTUS spox confirms Mrs. Trump wore a jacket to visit border kids that reads: "I really don't care. Do you?" Spox says: "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. . . ."

https://www.thedailybeast.com/stephen-colbert-fires-back-at-melania-trumps-i-dont-really-care-jacket-we-do
“Right. It’s definitely not hidden,” Colbert said. “It’s right on the back. And I’m going to guess this is one message she did not steal from Michelle Obama.” 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jimmy-kimmel-calls-out-fox-news-over-melania-trump-jacket-hypocrisy
“Remember when Michelle Obama showed her bare arms and went to an oil spill, and Fox News went nuts? I’m sure they’ll have the same reaction to this”
 
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1009916650622251009
[Trump] “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/06/melania-trump-has-no-fucks-left-to-give/
I doubt it means she doesn’t care about the kids. Even the most xenophobic lunatic in the Republican Party wouldn’t imply that they don’t care about the kids, and it’s unlikely in the extreme that Melania deliberately decided to send this message. So what message is she sending? My guess: something Donald related. She’s saying, sure, she’ll do the First Lady thing and go to Texas in place of her husband, but really, she doesn’t care about what he wants or needs anymore.

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