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China Approves New Trump-Branded Massage Parlors, Bars and Escort Services: Report

Source: Alternet

A raft of trademarks raises more questions about the president's possible violation of the Emoluments Clause.
By Jacob Sugarman / AlterNet March 8, 2017

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce has granted preliminary approval on 38 Trump trademarks for a raft of businesses including branded spa, massage and escort services, the Associated Press reports. All but three are in the president's name. Other Trump trademarks include golf clubs, hotels, insurance, finance and real estate companies, restaurants, bars and bodyguard services, although the AP is careful to note "it's unclear whether any such businesses will actually materialize in China."

Trump has called China the "grand champions" of currency manipulation and recently sparked an international incident when he declined to acknowledge the country's one-state policy, a course he has since reversed.

The AP report fuels further speculation that the president may violate the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prevents public officials from accepting gifts or titles from a foreign state without the consent of Congress.

"A routine trademark, patent or copyright from a foreign government is likely not an unconstitutiunal emolument," says Richard Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer for George W. Bush. "But with so many trademarks being granted over such a short time period, the question arises as to whether there is an accomodation in at least some of them."

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/china-approves-new-trump-branded-massage-parlors-bars-and-escort-services

Trump is now officially a pimp.
Posted by lagomorph777 | Thu Mar 9, 2017, 03:44 PM (7 replies)

How long before Trump is "Out Like Flynn?"


Tuesday Morning Briefing: Out like Flynn

Digits of the day: 24 - That's the number of days into the Trump administration before the first top-level resignation. The person was Michael Flynn. The post was national security adviser. And the reason was that he discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office – this after promising otherwise to Vice President Mike Pence. Such contacts could run afoul of the Logan Act, which bans private citizens from engaging in foreign policy.

Here are some remaining questions:

- Are Flynn's contacts with Russian officials the reason President Vladimir Putin declined to retaliate when the United States imposed additional sanctions on Russia in the waning days of the Obama administration?

- Did Flynn act alone, or did someone higher up in Trump's circle instruct or authorize, tacitly or otherwise, these interactions?

Pic of the moment


RNC Chief screams in panic for nearly 10 minutes, denying Russian hacks.

His defense? "The RNC was not hacked." Of course it wasn't hacked; why would Putin hack his biggest ally?

Trump has proven he's a Russian agent. Let's call him "Agent Orange."

He's nominated a close personal boyfriend of Putin for SoS.

He's not taking his daily CIA briefings because they're just a repetition of his daily KGB briefings, only from the opposite perspective.

How will climate change affect Trump's numerous coastal properties?

You would think that might matter to him. Hell, it might even be a reason to force him NOT to divest.


“I don’t see how this town is going to defeat the water,” said Brent Dixon, a resident of Miami Beach who plans to move north and away from the coast in anticipation of worsening king tides, the highest predicted tide of the year. “The water always wins.”

These concerns have taken on a new urgency since the presidential election of Donald J. Trump, who has long been a skeptic of global warming, claiming in 2012 that it was a concept “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.”

A real estate developer, Mr. Trump is also the owner of several South Florida properties, including Mar-a-Lago, a 20-acre site that stretches between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach.

Mr. Trump’s recent selection of Myron Ebell to lead his Environmental Protection Agency transition team intensified these worries in Florida and among many climate scientists. Mr. Ebell has helped lead the charge against the scientific consensus that global warming exists and is caused by people.
Posted by lagomorph777 | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 11:15 AM (7 replies)

Pat McCrory, North Carolina Governor, Concedes After Acrimonious Race

Source: NY Times

RALEIGH, N.C. — Ending an acrimonious stalemate that dragged on for nearly a month, Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, conceded in his bid for re-election here on Monday, clearing the way for the ascension of his challenger, the Democrat Roy Cooper, and giving the national Democratic Party a rare cause for celebration.

Mr. Cooper, the state attorney general, declared victory on election night, but Mr. McCrory’s allies lodged election challenges in dozens of North Carolina counties, enraging Democrats who accused Republicans of being sore losers, or worse, in one of 2016’s closest statewide races.

Most of the challenges proved to be of little consequence, however. And by Monday, as partial results of a recount of more than 90,000 votes that Republicans had demanded in Durham County showed no significant change in the results, Mr. McCrory — whose one term was buffeted by nationwide anger over a law he signed that curbed anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people — had little choice but to admit defeat.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/us/north-carolina-governor.html?_r=0

Bye-bye Bathroom Boy!
Posted by lagomorph777 | Tue Dec 6, 2016, 03:46 PM (4 replies)

Feinstein begging Bernie to screw her states' voters; and begging media to shut up about e-mail.

The desperation is palpable.



California here we come!

Poll shows close contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in California

California Looking Less Like a Sure Thing for Hillary Clinton

Trump-Sanders debate would be Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare

Note: none of the above take into account the additional factor of the OIG report.

Potty Party Perverts Pass Piss Police Poison Pill

You read that right (and I hope you didn't injure your tongue).

Small-government/small-brain/small-penis Republicans are so eager to watch you pee that they are trying to pass a national Bathroom Bill:

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