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Guess Who Gave Donald His Big Awards /Hint: Three of the board members had the last name Trump.


The Trump Files: Guess Who Gave Donald His Big Awards : Hint: Three of the board members had the last name “Trump.”

Donald Trump frequently boasts of his hotels and golf resorts, and it’s true that they have won awards. The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences has given Trump at least 19 Diamond awards, which it calls “the most prestigious emblem of achievement and true quality in the world today,” for his various properties, according to journalist David Cay Johnston in his book The Making of Donald Trump. It also gave his golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland, a prize as “the best golf course worldwide.”

All of which sounds impressive. Except that the board of the Academy consisted mostly of Trump’s employees, friends, and family members.

“A majority of the trustees bestowing these awards on Trump and his properties were Trump’s employees, friends, or retainers,” Johnston writes. Two of his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, served on the board of trustees, according to the Associated Press. Trump’s former butler of 17 years, the subject of a Mother Jones story earlier this year for calling on Facebook for President Barack Obama to be “hung for treason,” was also a trustee. Trump himself served on the board and was listed as the Academy’s “ambassador extraordinaire.”

The president of the Academy, Joseph Cinque (a.k.a. Joey No Socks), is a convicted felon with alleged ties to organized crime.

In May, Trump denied having any connection to the organization in an interview with Yahoo News, saying, “I mean, I receive awards from different places sometimes, but I’m not involved in it. How am I involved in it?

Posted by Madam45for2923 | Wed Jun 28, 2017, 11:39 AM (13 replies)

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Posted by Madam45for2923 | Wed Jun 28, 2017, 08:33 AM (0 replies)

Privacy error. Your connection is not private. Attackers might be trying to steal your information

from journals.democraticunderground.com (for example,passwords, messages, or


I was trying to look at my own journal and got warning screen similar to this one below:



Anyone else having similar problems?

Posted by Madam45for2923 | Wed Jun 28, 2017, 08:32 AM (9 replies)

We are free of Chaffetz just in time for 4th of July holiday! Last day this Friday.

Chaffetz in the House no more.
Posted by Madam45for2923 | Tue Jun 27, 2017, 06:37 PM (17 replies)

ACHA 33 billion $ to 400 richest families (worth almost 2 trillion) hurts 22+ million people

ObsceneCare Deathcare Wealthycare Cruelcare HideousCare



Billion-Dollar Clans: America's 25 Richest Families 2016 - Forbes
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America's Richest Families List - Forbes
Forbes has compiled a list of the richest families in America: 200 clans with fortunes of at least $1.2 billion. They're collectively worth $1.3 trillion.

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Can employers afford a population with so many uninsured? Health insurance means better health and peace of mind. Both insure (other meaning) employees more available to do their jobs.
Posted by Madam45for2923 | Tue Jun 27, 2017, 09:19 AM (9 replies)

David Yankovich gets strange treatment from Wisconsin Our Revolution. Why?

Take a minute to read this personal account of Our Revolution by Yankovich campaign manager Lauren Young:

"I think it is important to share what happened yesterday because my candidate is David Yankovich for Congress, Democrat running for Paul Ryan's seat.

We had 3 events scheduled, but on Friday night David turned to me (Like candidates freaking do!) and says "I want to go to Revolution", the founding convention for Our Wisconsin Revolution, the first state offshoot of Bernie's group.
His reasoning, "they are talking about unity and making things work, and 2018 will be massive if we can help the party come together. I feel like I need to go there and listen to them & let them know I am all about a big blue wave."
I cancelled our other events.

We drove 3 hours to the convention & as soon as we got there we were thrown out.
No, I am not kidding.

We went to the breakout groups for Congressional Districts. As soon as we introduced ourselves (to the 10 or 12 people there), David was asked who he voted for. Yes, he was given an immediate purity test and this group was hostile.
He voted Bernie in the primary then voted Hillary in the general. This did not please the group. Apparently the correct answer was to not have supported the Democratic nominee over Trump?

They told us they wanted us to leave, that they didn't want us to learn their secrets.
David attempted to calm their fears, "I'm not a spy, I'm hear to listen and for unity."
Again, we were told to leave.

I don't ever air my grievances in public but I am fed up with this. If this is their idea of unity, then this is a sign of massive Republican success in 2018 if the left can't get their act together.
This was an official Revolution event."



Anti-Trump former intel analyst David Yankovich considers running against Paul Ryan in 2018 midterms
Posted by Madam45for2923 | Mon Jun 26, 2017, 10:32 AM (93 replies)

Obama's cautious response to Russian interference protected our democracy.

Obama Did What He Had to Do: His cautious response to Russian interference protected our democracy.
By William Saletan

Did President Obama blow the 2016 election? Should he have spoken up sooner and louder about Russia’s interference? That’s what many Democrats are wondering, particularly after reading the Washington Post’s latest investigative report on Obama’s reticent response to the Russian attack. A former official tells the Post that after the election, Obama’s aides, “mortified” by Donald Trump’s victory, thought to themselves: “Wow, did we mishandle this.”

There’s plenty to second-guess in Obama’s management of this episode. But the idea that he failed because Trump won is wrong. Obama’s job wasn’t to prevent the election of a particular person, even one as awful as Trump. Obama’s job was to preserve the country. That meant protecting the integrity of our elections and public faith in them, which he did, to the extent possible after Russia had already hacked into the Democratic National Committee and spread misinformation. The next task—exposing the full extent of Russia’s interference, punishing it, and deterring future attacks—is up to Trump. If he fails, the responsibility to hold him accountable falls to Congress. And if Congress fails, the job of electing a new, more patriotic legislature falls to voters.

According to the U.S. intelligence community’s Jan. 6 assessment, Vladimir Putin’s long-term goal in directing the interference campaign was to “undermine public faith in the US democratic process.” Obama responded accordingly. “We set out from a first-order principle that required us to defend the integrity of the vote,” Obama’s former chief of staff, Denis McDonough, told the Post. Russia’s hacks and leaks were bad, but corruption of voter rolls and election tallies would be far worse. So the Obama administration focused on alerting state officials, fortifying cyberdefenses, and privately threatening Russia with retaliation.

Why didn’t Obama raise public alarms about Russian infiltration? Because that might have backfired. “Trump was predicting that the election would be rigged,” says the Post. “Obama officials feared providing fuel to such claims, playing into Russia’s efforts to discredit the outcome.” According to the paper, Obama and his team “worried that any action they took would be perceived as political interference in an already volatile campaign.” Rather than speak up when the CIA first warned him about Putin’s moves, Obama waited for “a high-confidence assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies on Russia’s role and intent.” He asked congressional Republicans to join him in cautioning citizens and state election officials. You can argue that this was politically naïve. But Obama wasn’t playing politics. He was trying to unite the country.


I am sure MSM would've really paid attention to Pres. Obama & these news because, you know, they did real good during the elections!

I am sure the House & Senate would've been on it had Pres. Obama had come public, because you know, they really cared about elections' integrity notwithstanding whether it means that they might lose. You know, McConnnell/Ryan that bastion duo of democracy & integrity.


Posted by Madam45for2923 | Mon Jun 26, 2017, 07:27 AM (9 replies)

This is what foreign spies see when they read President Trumps tweets //Washington Post

By Nada Bakos June 23
Nada Bakos was formerly a CIA analyst and targeting officer. She is the author of the forthcoming book “The Targeter: My Life in the CIA.”


Every time President Trump tweets, journalists and Twitter followers attempt to analyze what he means. Intelligence agencies around the world do, too: They’re trying to determine what vulnerabilities the president of the United States may have. And he’s giving them a lot to work with.

Trump’s Twitter feed is a gold mine for every foreign intelligence agency. Usually, intelligence officers’ efforts to collect information on world leaders are methodical, painstaking and often covert. CIA operatives have risked their lives to learn about foreign leaders so the United States could devise strategies to counter our adversaries. With Trump, though, secret operations are not necessary to understand what’s on his mind: The president’s unfiltered thoughts are available night and day, broadcast to his 32.7 million Twitter followers immediately and without much obvious mediation by diplomats, strategists or handlers.

Intelligence agencies try to answer these main questions when looking at a rival head of state: Who is he as a person? What type of leader is he? How does that compare to what he strives to be or presents himself as? What can we expect from him? And how can we use this insight to our advantage?

At the CIA, I tracked and analyzed terrorists and other U.S. enemies, including North Korea. But we never had such a rich source of raw intelligence about a world leader, and we certainly never had the opportunity that our adversaries (and our allies) have now — to get a real-time glimpse of a major world leader’s preoccupations, personality quirks and habits of mind. If we had, it would have given us significant advantages in our dealings with them

Posted by Madam45for2923 | Sun Jun 25, 2017, 03:21 PM (4 replies)

Kushner is Mr. Bean sent to negotiate Peace deal aka as he sucks at this.



Jared Kushner tries meeting with world leaders on Donald Trump’s behalf, blows it in comically bad fashion

For reasons known only to the two of them, Jared Kushner decided he was going to try to single handedly negotiate peace in the Middle East, and Donald Trump decided it would be a good idea to let him. The result: calamity. Kushner met with the Palestinian leadership, and the “tense” meeting resulted in both sides being upset with each other (source). Kushner came off like he was a delegate of Israel, rather than the kind of neutral arbiter required for any such negotiations.



A Palestinian official claims Abbas is furious at American demands, accuses the US of taking sides

Posted by Madam45for2923 | Sun Jun 25, 2017, 09:03 AM (9 replies)

R.Maddow mentioned C.Grassley hinting possible SCOTUS retirement coming?

She mentioned at end of her show last night. Maybe Kennedy?

I hope not.
Posted by Madam45for2923 | Sat Jun 24, 2017, 11:40 AM (6 replies)
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