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Trump's Defining Trait. It's his insecurity. Why that should frighten us all.

By Jamelle Bouie

Each president brings with him more than just his agenda to Washington. He also brings personal qualities, those traits of character that shape and define his time in office as much as any event or policy. For Barack Obama, that quality was a confidence—or, critics might say, aloofness—exemplified by the nickname “No Drama Obama.” For George W. Bush, it was a resolve that crossed into stubborn rigidity. For Bill Clinton, a malleability that sometimes—or even often—skirted principle.

Donald Trump has just three months in office, but even now, we can see what he brings to the White House. Not the strength or mastery he works to project with every public appearance, but its opposite: insecurity. As president, Trump is profoundly insecure: insecure about his electoral victory, insecure about his public standing, and insecure about his progress as chief executive.

President Trump’s smothering insecurity is evident in his recent interview with the Associated Press. Throughout the long and meandering exchange, Trump repeatedly turns from questions of policy and program to the obsessions and insecurities that seem to consume his attention. When asked, for example, if he’ll reject a bill to fund the government if it doesn’t include funding for a border wall, Trump pivots from the issue at hand to a discussion of the Electoral College. “You know, it’s funny. The Democrats, they have a big advantage in the Electoral College,” said Trump, later adding that “the Electoral College is very difficult for a Republican to win.”

This focus on the Electoral College—and how difficult it’s supposed to be for Republican presidential candidates—is a regular tic for Trump. “You know, look, the Democrats had a tremendous opportunity because the Electoral College, as I said, is so skewed to them,” said Trump in response to questions about his White House team. “The Electoral College is so skewed in favor of a Democrat that it’s very, very hard.”

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http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/04/donald_trump_s_defining_trait_his_insecurity.html

Trump's Sanctuary Cities Order Blocked by Federal Judge

Source: Bloomberg


by Kartikay Mehrotra
April 25, 2017, 4:07 PM EDT April 25, 2017, 4:22 PM EDT

A San Francisco judge barred enforcement of President Donald Trumps executive order withholding funds from so-called sanctuary cities that fail to comply with federal immigration demands by shielding undocumented immigrants.

San Francisco and its Silicon Valley neighbor, Santa Clara County, on Tuesday both won preliminary injunctions blocking the Jan. 25 edict by Trump who declared that sanctuary jurisdictions cause immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our republic." The city and county argued the presidents order violated the Constitution and threatened to deprive them of funding for local programs.

The federal government may ask the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to overturn the ruling.

A victory for the city and county could reinforce similar policies in some of the nations largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Its another blow to Trumps call to tighten U.S. borders and crack down on those living in the U.S. illegally. Hes already lost multiple bids to impose a travel ban against citizens of six mostly Muslim countries.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-25/trump-s-sanctuary-cities-order-blocked-by-federal-judge?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social



AG Sessions said, "Imagine! A federal judge in a state bordered by the Pacific Ocean had the nerve to block the President's order"

Shep Smith: It looks like the White House is trying to 'cover up' the 'unprecedented' Flynn scandal



http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/shep-smith-it-looks-like-the-white-house-is-trying-to-cover-up-the-unprecedented-flynn-scandal/

Spicer: 'No, No, No, No,' Nobody Said That Trump's Border Wall Will Be Delayed

Source: Talking Points Memo


By ESME CRIBB Published APRIL 25, 2017, 3:22 PM EDT

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday fervently denied that funding and the beginning of construction on President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the United States’ border with Mexico will be delayed.

“Yesterday, President Trump reportedly said that he’s going to delay pushing the wall through. Can you just clarify what the status is?” Associated Press reporter Vivian Salama asked Spicer at his daily briefing.

“I think he tweeted about this earlier,” Spicer replied. “His priorities have not changed. There will be a wall built.” Spicer said that there is “plenty of planning that can be done” in the current fiscal year.

“Our priorities are clear going into FY17, the remainder of budgeting for that, and we’ll continue to ask for more in FY18,” he said, referring to fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sean-spicer-no-trump-wall-delay



Sean Spicer flummoxes reporters by claiming White House not responsible for hiring Michael Flynn

DAVID EDWARDS
25 APR 2017 AT 15:22 ET

Whhite House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday insisted to reporters that it did not have a responsibility to provide document used in the hiring of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn because they were filled out in the days before President Donald Trump took office.

At Tuesday’s press briefing, Spicer was peppered with questions about why the White House refused to provide documents related to an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Spicer told reporters that the documents were filled out “during the Obama administration” and “those are not documents that the White House would ever possess.”

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http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/sean-spicer-flummoxes-reporters-by-claiming-white-house-not-responsible-for-hiring-michael-flynn/

Republicans offer spending plan without border wall

Source: The Washington Post



By Kelsey Snell and Ed O'Keefe April 25 at 2:15 PM

A Republican bid to keep the government open past Friday includes no new money for the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to several congressional aides familiar with ongoing talks.

With congressional Republicans eager to avoid shutting down the government over a spending impasse, GOP leaders submitted a new offer to Democrats on Tuesday afternoon that included no funding for the wall, several House and Senate aides said. But Republicans are insisting on increases in border security and defense spending.

Part of the new border security funding would go to repairing existing fencing and new surveillance technology to patrol the nearly 2,000-mile border.

The two sides remain at odds over whether the spending bill would include money for subsidy payments under the Affordable Care Act, how long to extend a health-care program for coal miners, and a series of unrelated policy measures known typically known as riders.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-shows-flexibility-on-border-wall-gop-launches-talks-on-tax-reform/2017/04/25/63a86c70-29c3-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html?utm_term=.0293e496d8f1&wpisrc=al_alert-politics&wpmk=1

Conservative media figures disappointed with Trump meeting

Source: The Hill


BY JONATHAN EASLEY - 04/25/17 06:00 AM EDT

Some conservative media figures invited to an exclusive event with President Trump on Monday night left the White House frustrated and complaining that Trump's staff had intentionally sought to limit what they could report out of the meeting.

The White House invitation to about 30 conservative reporters, editors, columnists and radio personalities was originally billed as a background briefing with the president, meaning that they couldn't attribute quotes to individual sources in the room. The gathering was instead meant to show the White House’s appreciation for outlets it believes are routinely ignored or marginalized by the mainstream press.

Representatives from Newsmax, Breitbart, Townhall, The Daily Caller and radio voices like Larry O’Connor and John Fredericks mingled with White House press secretary Sean Spicer, chief strategist Stephen Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and the White House communications team.

Reporters were asked to surrender their cellphones before entering the Roosevelt Room, a meeting room in the West Wing across from the Oval Office. Their phones were stored in lockers outside the room. One source said White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre explained that phones had to be kept out because the Roosevelt Room is a SCIF, or a sensitive compartmented information facility, where officials view classified information.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/330356-conservative-media-disappointed-with-trump-meeting

'We Will Stamp Out Prejudice': Trump Blasts Anti-Jewish Threats During Memorial Ceremony

Source: Mediaite


by Ken Meyer | 12:49 pm, April 25th, 2017

https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/856896935248224256

President Donald Trump spoke at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Days of Remembrance Ceremony today, and used his remarks to slam those perpetuating anti-Semitism and threats against the Jewish people.

The Trump Administration has repeatedly faced blowback due to several instances where critics ripped on the White House for not being particularly knowledgable or sympathetic about Jewish issues. In today’s remarks, Trump reiterated his pledge to support Israel, and recalled the horrors and suffering Jews experienced in the Holocaust.

Eventually, Trump turned his ire towards Holocaust-deniers, saying they were “filled with total hate.” Trump also used his address to talk about those who have threatened Israel with destruction.

“Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil, and we’ll never be silent,” Trump said. “We will confront anti-Semitism. We will stamp out prejudice, we will condemn hatred, we will bear witness, and we will act.”

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Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/we-will-stamp-out-prejudice-trump-blasts-anti-jewish-threats-during-memorial-ceremony/

'A Lot of Smoke Here': Democratic Rep. Sounds the Alarm on Michael Flynn

by Aidan McLaughlin | 12:25 pm, April 25th, 2017

House Oversight Committee Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi called for “an independent, 9/11 style commission” into ties between members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia on CNN, Tuesday.

Following a classified meeting with the committee, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) announced to reporters that Trump’s former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn did not properly disclose payments from Russia.

The committee reviewed documents pertaining to Flynn’s application for security clearance, in which he did not disclose a $45,000 payment for a speech gave to television network RT during a trip to Russia. After Cummings described their findings as “extremely troubling”, Chaffetz told reporters he saw “no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law.”

Krishnamoorthi told Kirsten Powers that while he was satisfied with the progress being made by the committee, “it’s extremely disturbing what we saw this morning,” and “there are more questions now than answers at this point.” When asked if Flynn broke the law, Krishnamoorthi responded, “I can’t say. What we see is that there’s a lot of smoke here.”

“We need an independent investigation ASAP,” Krishnamoorthi said. “I’ve called for an independent, 9/11 style commission, and the facts this morning that I saw in those documents, the classified documents, points to an ever growing need for this.”

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http://www.mediaite.com/election-2016/a-lot-of-smoke-here-democratic-rep-sounds-the-alarm-on-michael-flynn/

Thats all crap: Lizz Winstead crushes Ivanka for pretending to back women while ignoring...

‘That’s all crap’: Lizz Winstead crushes Ivanka for pretending to back women while ignoring Planned Parenthood




http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/thats-all-crap-lizz-winstead-crushes-ivanka-for-pretending-to-back-women-while-ignoring-planned-parenthood/

White House Sends Mixed Signals On Border Funding Demands

By CAITLIN MACNEAL Published APRIL 25, 2017 10:05 AM

As the April 28 deadline to keep the federal government open fast approaches, members of the Trump administration on Monday night and Tuesday morning made conflicting statements regarding the President’s demand that a temporary funding measure include money to start building a border wall.

Trump himself apparently told conservative reporters gathered at the White House on Monday night that he was open to waiting until September for funding for the border wall, according to One America News Network’s Trey Yingst. Trump’s reported comments mark a pivot from his administration’s talking points over the weekend. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Sunday that he expected Trump to be “insistent” about funding for the wall in the temporary funding measure this month.

https://twitter.com/TreyYingst/status/856643428368691201

Unnamed White House officials confirmed to Politico and the Washington Post that Trump told representatives from conservative media outlets on Monday that he was open to waiting until September to fund the border wall.

During an interview on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway also suggested that Trump was open to delaying the border wall funding. Fox host Ainsley Earhardt mentioned that the White House may not get the funding this week, given Trump’s reported comments Monday night.

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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/white-house-mixed-message-border-wall-funding
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