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NYT: Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trumps Actions as President


Trump tells African leaders his friends are going to your countries trying to get rich

Trump tells African leaders his friends are ‘going to your countries trying to get rich’ — and makes up country of Nambia

During a luncheon at the United Nations on Wednesday, President Donald Trump reportedly told African leaders that he has “so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich.”

“Africa has tremendous business potential,” the president said.

He later referred to the non-existent country of “Nambia” when discussing health crises on the continent. It is unclear if Trump was referring to Namibia or Zambia. There is no country called Nambia.

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"Do unto others..."

First lady Melania Trump encourages the next generation to live by "The Golden Rule": "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"

Charles Pierce: The Republicans aren't even pretending anymore. They're too tired to lie.

Over the past few days, I have had to abandon one of my most deeply held political beliefs: that the reservoir of deceit, mutilated history, mutant arguments, threadbare metaphors, and pure unadulterated Grade-A American bullshit that conservatives can call upon in pursuit of their political goals is fathomless. Over the past few days, as all hands attempted to sell to the country and to their colleagues the planet-sized lemon that is the so-called Cassidy-Graham healthcare plan, I noticed that these folks had become so exhausted by the effort that they simply don’t have the energy even to lie well about it any more. The mask has dropped.

What we are hearing now from a number of people is the open admission that the goal of the Republican Party, a death-cult based on human suffering, is to strip healthcare from those people who do not vote for them, and from people the conservative mind has adjudged are unworthy of its benefits. Many of these arguments are toweringly stupid, as we shall see. But at least it’s out in the open now.


"1ST evidence of suspected Russian provocateurs explicitly mobilizing Trump supporters in real life"

"the first evidence of suspected Russian provocateurs explicitly mobilizing Trump supporters in real life."

Exclusive: Russians Appear to Use Facebook to Push Trump Rallies in 17 U.S. Cities
‘Being Patriotic,’ a Facebook group uncovered by The Daily Beast, is the first evidence of suspected Russian provocateurs explicitly mobilizing Trump supporters in real life.

09.20.17 11:39 AM ET

Suspected Russia propagandists on Facebook tried to organize more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies in Florida during last year’s election, The Daily Beast has learned.

The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists— brought dozens of supporters together in real life. They appear to be the first case of Russian provocateurs successfully mobilizing Americans over Facebook in direct support of Donald Trump.

The Aug. 20, 2016, events were collectively called “Florida Goes Trump!” and they were billed as a “patriotic state-wide flash mob,” unfolding simultaneously in 17 different cities and towns in the battleground state. It’s difficult to determine how many of those locations actually witnessed any turnout, in part because Facebook’s recent deletion of hundreds of Russian accounts hid much of the evidence. But videos and photos from two of the locations—Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs—were reposted to a Facebook page run by the local Trump campaign chair, where they remain to this day.

“On August 20, we want to gather patriots on the streets of Floridian towns and cities and march to unite America and support Donald Trump!” read the Facebook event page for the demonstrations. “Our flash mob will occur in several places at the same time; more details about locations will be added later. Go Donald!”


....right after her husband threatened to murder 25 million N.Koreans...save it, Melania.

(and ditch the fuscia- it’s uberfugly)

This speech revisited her campaign promise to combat cyberbullying. She said that she would be reaching out to her fellow first ladies at the luncheon for their guidance in the coming months and also called on social media leaders for their help.

“Together we must acknowledge that all too often it’s the weakest, most innocent and vulnerable among us, our children, who ultimately suffer the most from the challenges that plague our society,” she said.

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Breitbart Mocks Size Of Trump/Strange Rally Venue -

Repuke explains the honest truth about - WHY - it's important to pass Graham-Cassidy


'We might not recover': Neil deGrasse Tyson gets emotional and sounds the alarm. All the alarms.


ZAKARIA: So what role did climate change play in the ferocious strength of hurricane Irma and the intense flooding caused by Irma and Harvey? Well, on Monday, U.S. Homeland Security adviser refused to say whether climate change had been a factor or Irma's strength at all. The head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, has told CNN in advance of Irma's landfall that it was insensitive to talk about climate change right now. How should we think about an event like this and the broader issue of science and public policy.

To help me understand the impact of all of this, Neil deGrasse Tyson joins me. He is, of course, the author of the best-seller "Astrophysics for people in a hurry" and much, much more. Neil, you're not a climate scientist but you're a very distinguished scientist and astrophysicist. What do you think about when people say, look, this is not settled science, there are still questions. I sometimes think to myself, look, there are a lot of questions about Einstein's theories that led to nuclear fission but we do know that there are power plants.

TYSON: There are people who have cultural, political, religious economic philosophies that they then invoke when they want to cherry pick one scientific result or another. You can find a scientific paper that says practically anything and the press, which I count you as part of, will sometimes find a single paper and say "Here's a new truth." But an emergent scientific truth, for it to become an objective truth, a truth that is true whether or not you believe in it, it requires more than one scientific paper. It requires a whole system of people's research all leaning in the same direction, all pointing to the same consequences. That's what we have with climate change as induced by human conduct. This is a known correspondence. If you want to find the 3% of the papers or the 1% of the papers that conflicted with this and build policy on that, that is simply irresponsible. How else do you establish a scientific truth if not by looking at the consensus of scientific experiments and scientific observations. Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, signed into law in 1963 -- a year when he had important things to be thinking about -- he signed into law the national academy of sciences. Because he knew that science mattered and should matter in governance.

ZAKARIA: And you know we build our cities on the basis of science. When we fall ill, we don't go to the local witch doctor, we go to a doctor even though all of that science is still -- there are advances going to be made, none of it is settled in the sents that --

TYSON: Well, you know what is settled? Settled science is the science that has come out of large bodies of research that all agree. When you see scientists arguing -- and I said if you think scientists want to always agree with one another, you've never been to a scientific conference because people are duking it out. But what are they fighting over? Not the settled science that's been in the books. We're fighting over the bleeding edge of what is not yet known and that is the natural course of science. If you as a journalist want to eavesdrop, you'll think scientists don't know anything about anything but it's the body of knowledge that accumulated over the decades that precedes this that becomes the Canon that if you're going to base policy and legislation on, that's what you should be thinking about.

​​​​​​​ZAKARIA: So you would say this is a moment to listen to climate scientist?

TYSON: I can't even picture -- how many rain drops was that? Are inches of rain in Houston. This is a shot across our bow. A hurricane the width of Florida going up the center of Florida. These are shots across our bow. What will it take for people to recognize that a community of scientists are learning objective truths about the natural world and that you can benefit from knowing about it? Even news reports on this channel talked about the fact that we have fewer deaths per hurricane. Why? Because you now know weeks in advance. We have models that have draw trajectories of hurricanes. In decades gone by it was like there's hurricane there is, I don't know, should I stay? Should I go? You stay and you die. So to cherry-pick science is an odd thing for a scientist to observe and I didn't grow up in a country where that was a common phenomenon. We went to the moon and people knew science and technology fed those discoveries. And the day two politicians are arguing about whether science is true, it means nothing gets done nothing. It's the beginning of the end of an informed democracy, as I've said many times. What I'd rather happen is you recognize what is scientifically truth then you have your political debate. Is so in the case of energy policy, whatever, you don't ask is the science right, you ask should we have carbon credits tariffs.

TYSON: Right. The longer we delay, the more -- I worry we might not be able to recover from this because our greatest cities are on the oceans and water's edges historically for commerce and transportation and as storms kick in, as water levels rise they are the first to go and we don't have a system, we don't have a civilization with the capacity to pick up a city and move it inland 20 miles. This is happening faster than our ability to respond. That could have huge economic consequences.

​​​​​​​ZAKARIA: On that sobering note, Neil deGrasse Tyson, always a pleasure. We are in a hurry to read the book. Thanks


We're at the end of white Christian America. What will that mean? I Imagine - Peace on Earth.

We're at the end of white Christian America. What will that mean?
After accounting for eight out of 10 Americans in 1976, white Christians are now a minority, a study has found. The political implications could be profound

America is a Christian nation: this much has always been a political axiom, especially for conservatives. Even someone as godless and immoral as the 45th president feels the need to pay lip service to the idea. On the Christian Broadcasting Network last year, he summarized his own theological position with the phrase: “God is the ultimate.”

And in the conservative mind, American Christianity has long been hitched to whiteness. The right learned, over the second half of the 20th century, to talk about this connection using abstractions like “Judeo-Christian values”, alongside coded racial talk, to let voters know which side they were on.

But change is afoot, and US demographics are morphing with potentially far-reaching consequences. Last week, in a report entitled America’s Changing Religious Identity, the nonpartisan research organization Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) concluded that white Christians were now a minority in the US population.

Soon, white people as a whole will be, too.

The survey is no ordinary one. It was based on a huge sample of 101,000 Americans from all 50 states, and concluded that just 43% of the population were white Christians. To put that in perspective, in 1976, eight in 10 Americans were identified as such, and a full 55% were white Protestants. Even as recently as 1996, white Christians were two-thirds of the population.

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