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Aides Feed Trump Fake Poll Numbers to Pacify Him

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:33:59 -0500

According to a report at Politico, aides to embattled President Donald Trump feed him data from internal polls that don't reflect public sentiment in order to keep his spirits up -- although some White House insiders call the numbers "delusional." Like many presidents, Trump is fascinated with how he is perceived by the public and has been know to forward polls showing support from the American public to members of Congress to keep them in line with his agenda. The report notes that White House aides show Trump polls designed to make him feel good, according to insiders, with many of those same polls weighted towards voters who cast ballots for him in 2016 or have made their enthusiasm for Trump known. According to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former Trump adviser, Trump is obsessed with his polling numbers as if he is still running for office.(image)

What's Making the 1% So Much Richer in U.S.

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:30:32 -0500

Income inequality inspires fierce debate around the world, and no shortage of proposed solutions. As global billionaires bid up the price of a da Vinci painting on Wednesday, to $450.3 million, Congress debated tax reforms that many analysts said would give the largest benefits to the richest 1 percent of taxpayers. In the United States, the richest 1 percent have seen their share of national income roughly double since 1980, to 20 percent in 2014 from 11 percent. This trend, combined with slow productivity growth, has resulted in stagnant living standards for most Americans. No other nation in the 35-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is as unequal, and none have experienced such a sharp rise in inequality.(image)

America's Brand Tanks Under Trump

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:34:00 -0500

America's brand has taken a major hit in the age of Trump. At least that's according to a survey that ranks the world's best nation brands. The United States lands with an overall No. 6 ranking in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index, which measures 50 nations in multiple categories, including governance, exports, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. The United States was the overall No. 1 in 2016, but Germany took the top spot this year. The source of America's big drop? President Donald Trump, says Simon Anholt, a political consultant who developed the brand survey more than a decade ago.(image)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice: I Banged 50 Women

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:32:00 -0500

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, a Democratic candidate for governor, apparently trying to head off any criticisms from his opponents, revealed what he says are his sexual escapades over the years on a Facebook post. A post on O'Neill's official Facebook said he was speaking up "on behalf of all heterosexual males" after allegations against Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken came to light Thursday. O'Neill, a Chagrin Falls native, said he had been "sexually intimate" with "approximately 50 very attractive females." O'Neill said he was disappointed by the "national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago" and wanted to focus on the issues like legalizing marijuana and addressing opioid addiction. Over the last several weeks, numerous allegations of predatory sexual behavior against powerful men have come to light.(image)

Kushner Received Emails from Russian Dossier Source

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:31:39 -0500

Jared Kushner was copied on emails sent to the Trump campaign last year from Sergei Millian, a Belarus-born businessman who was reportedly a key source in the explosive dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russia. Millian told associates last year that he was in regular touch with George Papadopoulos -- a campaign foreign policy adviser who lied to the FBI about the extent and nature of his contacts with Kremlin-linked foreign nationals. Millian's relationship with Papadopoulos, who was told in April 2016 that the Kremlin had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, raises questions about what they discussed during the election and what they relayed to campaign officials.(image)

2 Shot in Church While Discussing Church Shootings

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:31:52 -0500

A man accidentally shot himself and his wife at an east Tennessee church on Thursday while he was showing off his gun during a discussion on recent church shootings, police said. Elder members of First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains were cleaning up about 1 p.m. after enjoying a luncheon held to celebrate Thanksgiving. They began talking about guns in churches, according to Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks. A man in his 80s pulled out a .380 caliber Ruger handgun and said, "I carry my handgun everywhere," according to Parks. He removed the magazine, cleared the chamber, and showed the gun to some of the men in the church. He put the magazine back in, apparently loaded a round in the chamber, and returned the gun to its holster, Parks said. "Somebody else walked up and said, 'Can I see it?'" Parks said. "He pulled it back out and said, 'With this loaded indicator, I can tell that it's not loaded.'" He pulled the trigger.(image)

Trump University Plaintiffs Die Waiting for Checks

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:03:17 -0500

About 7,000 former students from President Trump's now shuttered real estate seminar business Trump University are due to receive checks in coming months -- but some have died waiting. The disclosure came as part of a court filing this week seeking to beat back a last-ditch appeal by a Florida litigant that could delay the payments from the $25 million settlement for months or years. ... Boyce Chait, 85, of Springfield, N.J.,died in January while waiting for a refund on his $34,995 Trump University "mentorship program" tuition. Several other plaintiffs have died since the first lawsuits were filed in 2010, according to claims forms.(image)

Subway Manspreader Punches Woman

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:23:52 -0500

A woman says she was slugged in the face by a racist lunatic on the [New York City] subway -- all because she asked him to stop "manspreading." The aftermath of Thursday's violent exchange was caught on video as a good Samaritan tries to defend the woman and usher her violent attacker off the train. ... The woman said she put in her earbuds and tried to ignore the raging man as he continued his tirade. But the man then socked her in the mouth, bloodying her lip and knocking her head into the wall behind her, she said. That's when a man ran to the woman's defense and started grappling with the suspect.(image)

Are You a Jerk?

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:43:21 -0500

Here's something you probably didn't do this morning: Look in the mirror and ask, am I a jerk? It seems like a reasonable question. There are, presumably, genuine jerks in the world. And many of those jerks, presumably, have a pretty high moral opinion of themselves, or at least a moderate opinion of themselves. They don't think of themselves as jerks, because jerk self-knowledge is hard to come by.(image)

Josh Marshall: Digital Media is Crashing

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:31:28 -0500

Josh Marshall, TPM: [W]e're actually in the midst of a digital news media crash, only no one is willing to say it. I've mentioned before that digital news media in the midst of a monetization crisis. But it's more than that. It's a full blown crash. ... There are too many publications relative to the funding available to support them, given that it has been almost universally assumed that the funding comes from advertising. That creates the furious competition for clicks and the ever growing intrusiveness of ads. The advertisers have all the power. So rates are always going down.(image)

Pentagon Retweets Call for Trump to Resign

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:31:37 -0500

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president. The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist. It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy." The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.(image)

Nobody Knows Where Trump Inauguration Funds Went

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:32:31 -0500

[Donald] Trump's inaugural committee was an ambiguous, corporate-sponsored force from the very start, led by its chairperson, billionaire investor Thomas Barrack, a longtime friend of the president's. Office spaces rented by the group were deserted for several weeks after Election Day, a source told Newsweek, as vendors from across the country were seeking permission to set up shop in the capitol on the historic day. Despite its lagged start, the committee nearly doubled the donations garnered for [Barack] Obama's 2009 celebration by placing zero restrictions on fundraising and collecting millions in funds from predominantly major corporations and wealthy donors.(image)

Trump's Lies Give Mueller Huge Leverage

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:33:23 -0500

Michael Gerson, Washington Post: There is the narrative of [the Trump] campaign in which high-level operatives believed that Russian espionage could help secure the American presidency, and acted on that belief. There is the narrative of deception to conceal the nature and extent of Russian ties. And there is the narrative of a president attempting to prevent or shut down the investigation of those ties and soliciting others for help in that task. In all of this, there is a spectacular accumulation of lies. Lies on disclosure forms. Lies at confirmation hearings. Lies on Twitter. Lies in the White House briefing room. Lies to the FBI. Self-protective lies by the attorney general. Blocking and tackling lies by Vice President Pence. This is, with a few exceptions, a group of people for whom truth, political honor, ethics and integrity mean nothing. What are the implications? President Trump and others in his administration are about to be hit by a legal tidal wave.(image)

Mystery Aircraft Causes Stir Over West Coast

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:31:19 -0500

Something quite out of the ordinary occurred in the skies over Oregon on October 25. A mystery aircraft was flying in daylight hours among the steady stream of airliners that traverse from south to north, between locales in California and Nevada and cities like Portland and Seattle and beyond. The incident began, at least as best we can tell, around 4:30 pm near the California-Oregon border and resulted in multiple pilot eyewitnesses, recorded air traffic control audio, and eventual confirmations from both the FAA and North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) that it did indeed occur.(image)