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Sen. Pat Toomey joins Republican defectors in vote to reject Trump's border emergency

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3/14/19

(link) https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/03/14/Senate-rejects-Trump-border-emergency-as-Republicans-defect/stories/201903140122

WASHINGTON — In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans, including Pennsylvania's Sen. Pat Toomey, joined Democrats Thursday to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico.

The rejection capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both parties in Congress strained to exert their power in new ways.

The 59-41 tally, following the Senate’s vote a day earlier to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen, promised to force Mr. Trump into the first vetoes of his presidency. Mr. Trump had warned against both actions. Moments after Thursday’s vote, the president tweeted a single word of warning: “VETO!”

Two years into the Trump era, a defecting dozen Republicans, pushed along by Democrats, showed a willingness to take that political risk. Those Republicans, including Mr. Toomey and the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney of Utah, joined the dissent over the emergency declaration order that would enable the president to seize for the wall billions of dollars Congress intended elsewhere.

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If there was ever a reason to "thank" Senator Toomey, I guess this is it. He's been a TrumpHumper for way too long but even he couldn't go along with this.

Librarians DO have a sense of humor!

20 Times Libraries Surprised Everyone With a Great Sense of Humor
Who said libraries are boring and librarians don’t have a good sense of humor?
Scroll down to see proof that both of these statements are false.

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Link: https://www.sadanduseless.com/funny-library-gallery/

Well done!

George Papadopoulos has a "bombshell" book coming out in March

Daily Mail 2/21/19
By James Desborough and Cheyenne Roundtree for dailymail.com
(link) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6725685/George-Papadopoulos-says-new-book-reveal-Trump-knew-Russian-collusion.html

EXCLUSIVE: 'I'm the only person who can tell the story the way it went down.' Jailed ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos says his new book will contain bombshells about what Trump knew about Russian collusion
George Papadopoulos revealed his new book will drop bombshell details about what Donald Trump knew about Russia interfering in the presidential election

The former Trump aide spoke to DailyMailTV exclusively about his upcoming tell-all memoir Deep State Target, which will be released in March. He said his book will touch on 'what the President knew about many issues and about what I knew and other people in the campaign and the transition.' Papadopoulos added: 'There was only person who was in those very interesting meetings and that was me. I am going to give readers a first person experience.'

Papadopoulos was jailed last year for 14 days for lying to the FBI in its probe over alleged Russian interference and collusion with Trump's campaign. He will be the first major player in the election rigging conspiracy to go public with his knowledge of the case - still under investigation by Robert Mueller. Papadopoulos was at the Hollywood Beauty Awards in L.A. where he resides with his wife Simone, because they wanted to 'stay as far away from D.C as possible.'

Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos says his upcoming tell-all book will drop bombshell information about what Donald Trump knew about Russia interfering in the presidential election, he revealed to DailyMail.com.

The 31-year-old, who was jailed last year for lying to the FBI in its probe over alleged Russian interference and collusion with Trump's campaign, said his book Deep State Target will include 'actual interactions with the people who were targeting the campaign.'

Papadopoulos will be the first major player in the election rigging conspiracy to go public with his knowledge of the case - which is still under investigation by Department Of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The memoir, out next month, will detail Papadopoulos' 'interesting meetings' with Trump and key White House officials, and he expects Trump to react to the book over Twitter.

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And let's all remember, he's just the "coffee guy."

Fans of Michelle and Barack Obama, please watch this movie

Southside with You
BET J - 720 Sun, 2/17, 3:05 PM 2 hrs 20 min
2016, Drama, Biography, Romance, True Story
On a summer day in 1989 Chicago, a young Barack Obama manages to convince a lawyer named Michelle Robinson to go out on a date with him, leading to a day-long outing that sparked the relationship between the future leaders of the United States.
Credits: Tika Sumpter (Actor), Parker Sawyers (Actor), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Actor), Phillip Edward Van Lear (Actor), Taylar Fondren (Actor), Deanna Reed-Foster (Actor)

It's on the cable channel BET HER at 3:05 eastern standard time.
(I have Verizon Fios and on my line-up it's channel 720.)

Worst Boss of the Year goes to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Publisher John Block

(link): https://splinternews.com/worst-boss-of-the-year-goes-to-pittsburgh-post-gazette-1832601336

SplinterNews blog 2/13/19
byline: Paul Blest

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette publisher John Block is a cartoon villain come to life. But on Saturday night, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh alleges that Block took his villainy to a completely different level, claiming that Block, in a fit of possibly drunken rage, became irate when encountering a pro-guild poster and got violent with his 12-year-old daughter.

On Wednesday, the guild, whose contract expired nearly two years ago, published four accounts of Block’s actions that night in the Post-Gazette newsroom. The release comes after Block’s brother Allan, the chairman of the corporation that owns the Post-Gazette, told the publication nextPITTSBURGH that Block Communications Inc. “regrets if anyone present may have misconstrued what occurred as anything other than an indication of strong concern and support for the legacy and future of the Post-Gazette.”

That’s not how newsroom employees who were there that night would describe what happened. Here’s web editor Marianne Mizera: As Mr. Block stepped off the elevator and proceeded to walk briskly — in a slightly stumbling, awkward manner — through the newsroom toward the “web hub” area, he was immediately yelling about various topics, pointing and waving his finger repeatedly up in the air and swinging his arms.

He was very angry and irate. The entire newsroom could hear his voice. As he got closer to the hub area, he walked straight to the Guild bulletin board, and pointed to and touched the Guild “Shame on the Blocks!” sign.

It was clear he was intoxicated.

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Corroborating tweet (this is what set it off):

Tweet Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh 🗞
After much consideration, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh has decided to release some of the eyewitness accounts of the incident involving PG Publisher John Robinson Block that transpired on the night of Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in the paper's newsroom. https://pghguild.com/2019/02/13/newspaper-guild-of-pittsburgh-eyewitness-accounts-of-the-incident-involving-pittsburgh-post-gazette-publisher-john-robinson-block/ … Feb.13,2019

RawStory: Democrats discover surprising Trump policy Achilles' heel that they will hammer in 2020

(Link) https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/democrats-discover-surprising-trump-policy-achilles-heel-will-hammer-2020-election/

Headline: Democrats discover surprising Trump policy Achilles’ heel that they will hammer in 2020 election
Noor Al-Sibai 07 FEB 2019 AT 16:30 ET

Democratic and progressive groups may have found the silver bullet that will penetrate Donald Trump’s phony populism. The Washington Post reported Thursday that while conducting focus groups for the Public Citizen watchdog group, veteran progressive pollster Stan Greenberg found “almost immediately” two weak points in Trump’s base.

“Greenberg found that working-class white voters who switched from Barack Obama to Trump are deeply angry about soaring prescription drug prices,” Plum Line writer Greg Sargent noted. “As a result, they vehemently oppose a key provision benefiting Big Pharma at the core of Trump’s renegotiation of NAFTA — which he touts as proof that he’s delivering for his working-class white base.”

Trump is likely to build his reelection campaign on two major issues, Sargent wrote: “prescription drugs and trade.” Both got air time during his State of the Union address earlier in the week.

But the linkage of the two for white, working-class Obama-turned-Trump voters is “game-changing,” Greenberg wrote in a blog provided to the Post.

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Yep, Big Pharma got their payoff for backing Chump and the Cheaters. Now the rest of us are getting screwed. Nobody in the USA wants us to walk away from NAFTA. That is, nobody except those who colluded with Russia.

The shutdown is an impeachable offense if Trump vetoes a bill to reopen the government

Link: Raw Story 01/10/2019

Checkmate: The shutdown is an impeachable offense if Trump vetoes a bill to reopen the government

One of Washington’s favorite parlor games of late has been debating what constitutes an “impeachable” offense, and whether President Trump has committed one. An obvious candidate has gone unnoticed: the government shutdown itself. Unlike previous presidents during shutdowns, Trump is not vetoing bills he objects to — an action clearly within his purview. He is promising to veto bills he does not object to because Congress has not given him an appropriation he seeks — $5.7 billion for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. He wants to shut down parts of the government — for “months or years” — until he gets his wall money.

Under the Constitution, he has no right to demand such an appropriation — much less to hold vital government functions hostage to obtain it. The president is not coequal with Congress when it comes to appropriations — the power of the purse belongs to the legislative branch, not the executive.

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Trump’s demand for an appropriation from Congress because of a security crisis on the border was anticipated by the drafters of the Constitution; they specifically refused to combine the power of the purse with the role of commander in chief. (This after all, was the specific grievance against the king of England that sparked the American Revolution itself.)

Worse, in shutting down the government to extort an appropriation he is not entitled to, Trump is violating his oath of office and breaching one of his core fiduciary duties: to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” (Emphasis added.) Obviously, a shutdown of one-third of the government for “months or even years” will make the execution of many laws utterly impossible – particularly since the Department of Justice is one of the shuttered agencies. Trump cannot assert that he must shut down the DOJ. The Democrats have passed an appropriation for that department, to which he concedes he has no objection. He is merely trying to use the shutdown as blackmail to force Congress to fund the wall (or at least however much of it can be built for $5 billion).

Taking as our source the very Federalist Society from which Trump gets his judicial appointee punch list, breach of fiduciary duty is the key standard for the “misdemeanors” the Constitution cites, along with criminal acts, as grounds for impeachment.

Commentary by Carl Pope, Salon

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So ... is this checkmate or what?

More tales from the Dark Side of Trump's show "The Apprentice"

I know, you were all munching on fruitcake and enjoying your holidays, so you may have missed this story that was posted on Yahoo News. Someone interviewed producers of the old show "The Apprentice" and got a few nuggets.

Title: Donald Trump's 'Apprentice' had to be 'reverse engineered' because he'd fire people at random

Link: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/donald-trumps-apprentice-reverse-engineered-hed-fire-people-random-114540012.html

Working as an editor or producer on Donald Trump’s US version of The Apprentice sounds like it was a bit of a headache. According to staff on the show, the sequences of events had to be ‘reverse engineered’ in the final cut, because he’d fire people ‘on a whim’. That meant that people who might have performed well on the show were just as easily fire-able as anyone else once in the boardroom.

As such, sometimes showmakers would have to go back through footage, and edit it to highlight any mistakes the fired contestant may have made to make it look as if they’d messed up tasks.

In a profile on Trump and Apprentice creator Mark Burnett, six-season editor Jonathan Braun told The New Yorker: “I find it strangely validating to hear that they’re doing the same thing in the White House.”

Another of the show’s producers, Katherine Walker, added that they would also have to edit Trump’s own performance on the show to make him appear more ‘coherent’. “We cleaned it up so that he was his best self,” she said. “I’m sure Donald thinks that he was never edited. We didn’t have to change him — he gave us stuff to work with.”

In the profile, other staff members also speak out on how unpopular Trump was to work with. “There were no Trump fans on the set, I don’t know a single person who worked on the show who voted for Trump,” said one.

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At the end of the article, someone states that if there really were a tape of out-takes where Trump says the N-word or other disgusting things, it probably would have been circulated by now. On the other hand MGM lawyers may have such a tape and nobody's talking.

It's interesting that they edited the audio and video for The Apprentice occasionally because Trump wouldn't (couldn't) follow a script. He just made stuff up and sometimes it couldn't be used on the air. Sound familiar?

The full article is originally from The New Yorker Jan. 7, 2019 issue and can be found here:
(link) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/07/how-mark-burnett-resurrected-donald-trump-as-an-icon-of-american-success

However this may be behind a paywall. (?) The full New Yorker article focuses on Mark Burnett the executive producer for The Apprentice.

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