Apparently Some Are Above The Law……

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. government watchdog agency on Thursday recommended Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, be fired for repeatedly violating U.S. law with political comments while serving in the White House.

The White House immediately rejected the special counsel office’s ruling and demanded that it withdraw the report.

A statement from the Office of Special Counsel cited Conway’s comments in television interviews and social media posts as violations of the Hatch Act, a 1939 law prohibiting executive branch employees from engaging in some political activities. The president, vice president and certain other senior officials are exempted.

The OSC referred to disparaging comments Conway made about Democratic presidential candidates.

“Given that Ms. Conway is a repeat offender and has shown disregard for the law, OSC recommends that she be removed from federal service,” the statement said.

Conway, 52, served as Trump’s campaign manager in 2016, becoming the first woman to head a winning presidential campaign, and is one of his most loyal aides and fiercest defenders.

She currently is leading White House efforts on reducing deaths by opioids and Trump likely would be loathe to have her leave the White House right when he is cranking up his re-election campaign.

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Once again we see the Trump Administration thumbing its nose at the rule of law. Is there no shame anymore in conservatives and republicans?

 

Tucker Carlson Likes Elizabeth Warren’s New “Economic Patriotism”……

An analysis worth considering. Whether it be the democrat or republican party  there is  much the leadership should consider and much they both could learn.

Tucker Carlson wants you to know that Elizabeth Warren is a “race hustling, gun-grabbing, abortion extremist” — and, also, a better friend to the American worker than anyone in the Republican Party.

Carlson has been positioning himself as the (oddly red) face of intellectually coherent Trumpism for a while now. Like other Fox hosts, Carlson rails against the traditional adversaries of “Real America,” from “dirty” immigrants to Islam to gypsies to the government of Mexico. But like Trump in the early days of his primary campaign, Carlson also warns his audience of an enemy within: Baby-killing feminists may be undermining the nuclear family, but so too are the GOP’s own worshippers of Mammon, who sacrificed the working-class male breadwinner on the altar of globalization. Carlson’s avowed antipathy for “free market” economics recently led him to express grudging respect for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed crackdown on usurious payday lenders. And after Elizabeth Warren released a downright Trumpish proposal for a new “economic patriotism” Tuesday, Tucker couldn’t help but give that race-baiting feminazi her due:

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As U.S. politics has grown more polarized around an urban-rural divide, the GOP’s structural advantage in partisan competition has swelled. The average U.S. state is now roughly 6 percentage points more Republican than the nation as a whole. As of 2017, the same was true of the average House district. If the GOP’s top priority were maximizing its vote share (rather than maximizing Charles Koch’s after-tax income), this tilted playing field would enable the party to utterly dominate the U.S. political system. Instead, Republicans’ structural advantage has enabled them to pursue a heinously unpopular economic agenda, while remaining a more than competitive major party.

Which is to say: From a certain angle, the Koch network’s donations to Republicans have been a gift to Democrats. Absent the GOP’s fanatical commitment to upward redistribution, there (almost certainly) wouldn’t be a Democrat in Kansas’s governors’ mansion. And without Paul Ryan’s crusade to turn chemotherapy into a luxury good, Nancy Pelosi’s caucus would almost certainly be smaller than it is

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Combined economic liberalism and moderate social conservatism just might be the winning-est of political strategies in the good ole USA.

Senators Request The Federal Reserve To Review Trump’s Transactions With Deutsche Bank……

We know Trump is far from an honest or decent man. Evidence of his character flaws are  numerous and can be easily found. That is for anyone who is really concerned with learning the truth. Therefore it is proper and necessary for senate democrats  to push the Federal Reserve , who regulates Deutsche Bank operations in the US,  to look into transaction transactions by legal entities controlled by Trump and Jared Kushner.

A group of Democratic senators want top officials at the Federal Reserve to examine whether Deutsche Bank complied with anti-money-laundering and other laws after bank employees flagged transactions tied to President Trump as potentially suspicious.

The request, in a letter sent Thursday, was in response to a New York Times report about specialists at Deutsche Bank recommending that transactions by legal entities controlled by Mr. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crime regulator. Managers at the bank rejected their employees’ advice and did not alert the government.

The letter to the Fed chairman, Jerome H. Powell, and John C. Williams, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, called on the Fed to look into the transactions and whether the bank’s handling of the matter adhered to anti-money-laundering laws. The Fed is one of the main regulators of Deutsche Bank’s American operations.

“Only by conducting a thorough review of the full range of this activity can we better understand what happened in these cases; what practices, procedures, or personnel may need to be changed at the bank; and what regulators should do to ensure the Federal Reserve’s ability effectively to monitor compliance with anti-money laundering laws,” the senators wrote.

Employees in Deutsche Bank’s Jacksonville, Fla., office flagged the transactions in 2016 and 2017 — during the presidential campaign and Mr. Trump’s first year in office. The German lender was the only mainstream financial institution consistently willing to do business with Mr. Trump over the past two decades because of his repeated defaults.

The employees said the handling of the Trump and Kushner transactions was part of a pattern of the bank’s executives rejecting valid reports to protect relationships with lucrative clients. The bank had disputed that view…

When you’re dealing with someone like Trump, a man without either an ethical or moral compass, it is imperative to be thorough when investigating, and, to e sure to dig very deep.

Fake News Is Troubling The Nation……

So, a new poll out finds that Americans believe fake news is a bigger problem than other critical issues, including terrorism. Apparently Americans are concerned that it is undermining trust in government and the media. A concern which is as valid as val;id can be and then some.

The first step to start rectifying this problem, one that is undermining the foundations of our democratic republic, is to insure that Donald J. Trump is voted out of office in November 2020. Preferably by a landslide margin.

It is certainly no secret to anyone paying attention that Trump is fact challenged individual. One that finds it perfectly fine to outright lie whenever it serves his purpose. Trump’s narcissism is not only of legendary proportions it is what drives his motivation for lying.

If the nation really wants to begin restoring faith in government (and the media) it first must start by throwing the Narcissist in Chief’s arse out of office in November. A fish rots from the head remember.

Excerpt from the referenced poll follows.

Americans view made-up news and information as a bigger problem than other critical issues, including terrorism, immigration, climate change and racism, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center.

Why it matters: The survey finds that Americans feel more worried today about fake news because it’s undermining their trust in key institutions, like government and the media.

The only issues that rank higher than made-up news and information as “very big problems in the country today” are drug addiction, the affordability of health care, the U.S. political system, and the income gap.

By the numbers: An overwhelming majority of Americans (68%) believe made-up news and information has a big impact on their trust in government, according to the survey

  • More than half (54%) of Americans say it impacts their confidence in other Americans.
  • More than half (51%) say it impacts the ability of political leaders to get work done.

When a nation’s leader is as narcissistic,  as disingenuous, and as dishonest, as Trump is those behaviors filter into and effects every aspect of American life in one way or another. It’s simply the way it works.

 

 

 

Trump, The Conflicted Dotard……

 

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Trump, in criticizing special counsel Mueller following his media statement yesterday , said Mueller was “conflicted”. However, our “president”  followed up with some conflicting statements of his own.

“Russia, Russia, Russia! That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt Hoax. And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected. It was a crime that didn’t exist.”

But later Trump told reporters…

“You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn’t help me at all. Russia, if anything, I think, helped the other side.”

It is no secret that Trump lies. The record is clear on that issue. It is also clear that Mueller is an honest and non-partisan man.

So, given the evidence,  it should be easy for anyone who is capable of reading and comprehending to readily discern who is telling the truth. The majority of Americans get who that is. For the 30-40% of trumpers here is a hint, it ain’t Trump.

Go to the source article for more on Trump’s confusion.