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Stephen Colbert mocks gullible uncle Trump by spoofing the New York Times' Oscars ad


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He's not a great manager---He's a performance artist pretending to be a great manager"

‘He’s a Performance Artist Pretending to be a Great Manager’
Donald Trump sits at the top of the biggest org chart in the world. Why does he look so uncomfortable in the job?
By MICHAEL KRUSE February 28, 2017


“I don’t think there’s anything of scale that he’s had his hands on that he hasn’t made a hash of,”
biographer Tim O’Brien said in an interview last week.

“Ramping up,” fellow biographer Gwenda Blair added, her tone dry, “is something he’s maybe not so good at.”

“When we worked together,” Nobles said, “he had three casinos in Atlantic City and he had the shuttle, and all four companies had their own operating systems, and I went to him and said, ‘Why don’t we combine these things?’ And he said, ‘No. I want those guys competing against each other. I think it will make all of them stronger.’ Any normal businessman I know would have said, ‘Let’s take advantage of the economies of scale here.’ He didn’t think like that.”

And as the ‘80s flipped to the ‘90s, the consequences of Trump’s unorthodox decisions were clear. “All those businesses are gone, of course,” Nobles said, “because they weren’t as successful as they could have been—and should have been.”

So while smart, experienced political professionals have called the start to the Trump presidency unprecedented in the annals of the office, it is not unprecedented in the annals of Trump. Trump has managed in the Oval Office in Washington pretty much exactly the way he managed on Fifth Avenue in New York, say people who worked for him at different points over the last 45 years as well as writers of the best, most thoroughly reported Trump biographies. In recent interviews, they recounted a shrewd, slipshod, charming, vengeful, thin-skinned, belligerent, hard-charging manager who was an impulsive hirer and a reluctant firer and surrounded himself with a small cadre of ardent loyalists; who solicited their advice but almost always ultimately went with his gut and did what he wanted; who kept his door open and expected others to do the same not because of a desire for transparency but due to his own insecurities and distrusting disposition; who fostered a frenetic, internally competitive, around-the-clock, stressful, wearying work environment in which he was a demanding, disorienting mixture of hands-on and hands-off—a hesitant delegator and an intermittent micromanager who favored fast-twitch wins over long-term follow-through, promotion over process and intuition over deliberation.

“I think he’s the same Donald Trump as the Donald Trump I knew when I was working with him,” said former Trump Organization executive vice president Louise Sunshine, who worked for Trump for 15 years starting in 1972. “Same management style. He’s always created competition and chaos.”

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The rationalization of every failed president-people just don't understand how great my policies are


CPAC Attendees Inappropriate Behavior Prompts Apology From Convention Center

The manager said this year was the first they had a problem with activists at the conservative gathering.

Attendees at a college recreation conference were greeted by a surprise Friday, when a manager for the convention center where their conference was being held came to their closing session and apologized for the inappropriate behavior of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which was meeting in the same space.

The National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association held its meeting at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Maryland last week, at the same time as the big annual gathering of conservative activists.

A Gaylord manager alluded to reports of harassment toward NIRSA attendees by CPAC attendees, saying they were out of line with the convention center’s values, according to multiple people who attended the NIRSA closing session. She also stressed the importance collegiate recreation had played in her own life, adding a personal touch to her comments.

The manager added that the convention center had never had a problem with CPAC attendees’ behavior until this year. A Gaylord spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Raid on Yemen that left Navy SEAL dead yielded NO significant intelligence, U.S. officials tell NBC


Yemen SEAL Raid Has Yielded No Significant Intelligence: Officials

Last month's deadly commando raid in Yemen, which cost the lives of a U.S. Navy SEAL and a number of children, has so far yielded no significant intelligence, U.S. officials told NBC News.

Although Pentagon officials have said the raid produced "actionable intelligence," senior officials who spoke to NBC News said they were unaware of any, even as the father of the dead SEAL questioned the premise of the raid in an interview with the Miami Herald published Sunday.

"Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into [President Trump's] administration?" Bill Owens, whose youngest son Ryan was killed during the raid, said. "For two years prior ... everything was missiles and drones (in Yemen)....Now all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?"

A senior Congressional official briefed on the matter said the Trump administration has yet to explain what prompted the rare use of American ground troops in Yemen, but he said he was not aware of any new threat from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the al Qaeda affiliate that was targeted.


Bar Complaint Accuses Reince Priebus of Corruptly Attempting to Influence FBI Investigation


An ethics attorney has filed a complaint against White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, accusing him of a “corrupt attempt to influence investigations by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) into criminal activity involving associates of Donald J. Trump (“Trump”) and Russian government.”

The complaint was filed by J. Whitfield Larrabee, a Massachusetts attorney, who is no stranger to filing ethics complaints against the Trump team. During the campaign, Larrabee filed bribery complaints against Trump and then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi over donations Trump gave to the Bondi campaign around the same time she decided not to join other attorney generals in bringing fraud claims against Trump U. Trump ended up paying an IRS fine to settle the allegations surrounding the alleged illegal donation.

The bar complaint filed against Priebus, who is a licensed attorney in Wisconsin, revolves around an incident where Priebus allegedly contacted and communicated with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI Director James Comey about an investigation into the Trump administration and its possible ties to the Kremlin. During these alleged conversations, Priebus apparently unsuccessfully tried to persuade the FBI to essentially shoot down a New York Times story claiming that the Trump Campaign had numerous conversations with Russian officials during the election.

The complaint goes on to accuse Priebus of engaging in a corrupt act that is against longstanding DOJ guidelines and ethics rules.

“Priebus’ corrupt communications implicitly threatened Comey and McCabe with termination of their employment because Trump has the power to remove McCabe from his position as Deputy Director of the FBI and to remove Comey from his position as Director of the FBI if they do not comply with the requests of the President as communicated through his agent and Chief of Staff,” the complaint states.

It also alleges sufficient evidence exists to possibly charge Priebus with Obstruction of Justice and an attempt to impede a legitimate criminal investigation.



Sen. Bernie Sanders mocks President Trump saying nobody knew health care is "so complicated"



Jon Stewart to the media: "I heard Donald Trump broke up with you. Stings a little, doesnt it?"



Jon Stewart Hijacks Late Show, Rips Trump: ‘Nobody Says ‘Believe Me’ Unless They Are Lying’


"Let it be a disaster" Trump's new credo

A horrific little nugget of malignant stupidity, even for Trump, came out of his mouth this morning, talking about the ACA:

"Let it be a disaster, because we can blame that on the Dems that are in our room -- and we can blame that on the Democrats and President Obama," Trump said in remarks to the National Governors Association. "But we have to do what's right, because Obamacare is a failed disaster."

He also used some strained logic to explain why Obamacare’s popularity has continued to generally tick up, with a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released last week finding that 43 percent of voters think the law was a good idea, while 41 percent said it was a bad idea. (It was a slight dip from January, in which 45 percent said the law was a good idea, but overall, the law’s popularity has been steadily rising over the past two years).

Trump on Monday theorized that polls show the program’s approval rating climbing not because people like it, but because they know Republicans will soon repeal it. He did not offer more of an explanation for the claim.

“People hate it, but now they see that the end is coming, and they're saying, ‘Oh, maybe we love it,’” Trump said. “There's nothing to love. It's a disaster, folks.”

He also seemed to express surprise at the complexity of the reform process. “I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”

Yeah, nobody knew. He thought he could have one of his hideous little minions write up an executive order and make it all happen.

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