U.S. Politics

Trump Just ADMITTED He Mindlessly Parrots Russian Propaganda And Twitter Kicked His Teeth In (TWEETS)

Trump Just ADMITTED He Mindlessly Parrots Russian Propaganda And Twitter Kicked His Teeth In (TWEETS)

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ADDICTING INFO

Donald Trump once said that he loves “the poorly educated,” and he skips his intelligence briefings regularly, so it is reasonable to assume that he is not a fan of “intelligence” in any form. But on Thursday, the Donald took to Twitter to assure everyone that this isn’t true — and to backtrack on his agreements with Julian Assange so fast that one is forced to wonder what information he learned about Russia’s hack of the election in the past 24 hours.

“The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange — wrong. I simply state what he states, it is for the people,” Trump tweeted, apparently forgetting that his vapid, meth-addled Nazi followers prefer him to use the word Lügenpresse, “to make up their own minds as to the truth. The media lies to make it look like I am against ‘Intelligence’ when in fact I am a big fan!

The hacked emails were not just distributed by Assange, who is currently hiding out from rape charges in an embassy, but by “Guccifer 2.0” and “DC Leaks” as well — two web sites run by actual, bona fide, Russian agents. Nevertheless, though he admits he doesn’t look into who gives him information, Assange claims that he didn’t receive the emails “from Russia.” On Wednesday, Trump mindlessly parroted the claim because it supports his nonsensical decision to spend every waking moment doing the Twitter equivalent of dropping to his knees in front of Putin and, well, you get the idea.

In his nonsensical morning tweet, Wednesday Edition, Trump informed the world that his “intelligence” (yes, he put the word in quotes again) had been delayed by a few days and attacked “intelligence agencies” (he could have meant any of the more than a bakers’ dozen who say that Russia absolutely hacked us, and Putin led the operation, but he seems to mean the CIA). This was a lie.

He followed that up by spreading Assange’s nonsensical claim that their friend Vladdy Poot didn’t give him the information and by attacking the DNC for getting hacked.

But even though The Donald regularly tweets out agreements with Assange — including the false claim that Russia had nothing to do with the hack (something he would know if he actually attended intelligence briefings) — he says his tweets should not be construed as agreement with the sexual predator behind the release of some of the hacked documents Russian hackers stole. Naturally, Twitter stepped in and did the online equivalent of beating Trump with a broom handle:

https://twitter.com/treypearson/status/817007161859567616

Interestingly, in 2010, Trump didn’t agree with Assange so much as he wanted to have him murdered. You see, before Russia and Wikileaks teamed up to hack and release information about his opponent in what the intelligence community agrees was an effort to install him in office, The Donald said that Assange is “disgraceful” and that “there should be like death penalty or something” for his new rapist friend.

Putin, on the other hand, Trump has just always loved. A few years back, The Donald tweeted that he hopes the brutal Russian dictator becomes his “new best friend.”

It’s nice that we’re all friends now, and that Assange and Trump are bonding over the “dishonest press,” but if Trump is getting his “intelligence” from Russia and some rapist, it’s time we talk about peacefully removing him from the White House and — what was that thing he wanted to do to his opponent, who had legitimately not committed a crime? Oh, yes, “locking him up.”

JOHN PRAGER

U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: January 5, 2017

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THE WEEK

1. Obama urges Democrats to fight GOP effort to scrap ObamaCare
President Obama went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge his fellow Democrats to “stay strong” in the face of Republican efforts to repeal his signature health care reform law. Obama, making a final push to protect central components of his legacy less than three weeks before he leaves office, told Democratic lawmakers they did not have to “rescue” Republicans by helping them replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. His visit came as Republicans, controlling both houses of the new Congress and soon the White House, began debate on dismantling the law. Vice President-elect Mike Pence joined House Republicans in the Capitol basement to discuss how to dismantle the law. President-elect Donald Trump fired off several tweets warning his fellow Republicans to “be careful” because Democrats “own” the law and it “will fall of its own weight.”

Source: The Washington Post

2. Trump reportedly plans to revamp spy agencies
President-elect Donald Trump is working on a plan to restructure the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, The Wall Street Journal reports. “The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized,” an individual close to Trump’s transition operation said. “They all need to be slimmed down.” The news came as Trump publicly questions the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia orchestrated the hacking of Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, and leaked emails to help his White House bid.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, The Hill

3. House passes bill seeking to fast-track bid to dismantle Obama rules
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill seeking to fast-track Republicans’ effort to undo “midnight rules” enacted by President Obama near the end of his term. The legislation would give Congress the power to kill dozens of such regulations at once. The GOP-controlled House passed similar legislation in the last Congress, but it would have faced a certain veto by Obama. A similar bill is under consideration in the Senate, where it faces more Democratic resistance. Another measure, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, would require approval from Congress before rules can take effect. It is unclear how President-elect Donald Trump feels about the bills, which would limit his executive authority, too.

Source: Reuters, The Washington Post

4. Dylann Roof tells jurors he is mentally sound
Dylann Roof on Wednesday told jurors, who will decide whether to sentence him to death for the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre, that “there’s nothing wrong with me psychologically.” Roof, an admitted white supremacist, is representing himself in the trial’s final phase. In his five-minute opening statement, he said he regretted nothing and had “not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.” The jury last month found Roof guilty of hate and anti-religion crimes for fatally shooting nine black churchgoers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty rather than life in prison.

Source: ABC News

5. More than 100 injured in New York commuter train derailment
A packed Long Island Rail Road commuter train derailed on Wednesday during the morning rush hour in Brooklyn, injuring more than 100 of the estimated 450 people aboard. All of the injuries were minor, with the worst being a broken leg. The train crashed at Atlantic Terminal near Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, one of the city’s busiest stations, with connections to nine subway lines. New York’s Office of Emergency Management said the train was moving “at a very low speed” when it derailed. The station filled with smoke after the wreck, which is under investigation.

Source: New York Post, Reuters

6. California hires Eric Holder for looming battles with Trump administration
Democratic leaders of California’s Legislature announced Wednesdaythat they had hired Eric Holder, who served as President Obama’s attorney general, to represent them in possible legal battles with the incoming Trump administration. Democratic state Senate leader Kevin de León said California, a Democratic state where Hillary Clinton beat President-elect Donald Trump by four million votes, expects to challenge Washington on many issues, including the environment and immigration. “Having the former attorney general of the United States brings us a lot of firepower in order to prepare to safeguard the values of the people of California,” de León said. “This means we are very, very serious.”

Source: The New York Times

7. Chicago police arrest four over Facebook Live torture video
Chicago police said Wednesday that they had detained two men and two women, all 18, in connection with the beating and racial taunting of a mentally disabled man, also 18, that was broadcast on Facebook Live. In the disturbing 30-minute video, people can be heard cursing President-elect Donald Trump and “white people” as they hit the victim. Police are investigating possible hate crime charges, because the victim is white and the alleged tormentors in the video are black, but still are trying to determine whether the language in the video “is sincere or just stupid ranting and raving,” said Chicago Police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin.

Source: CNN

8. Ex-Mexican minister pushed out over Trump meeting gets new job
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday appointed former finance secretary Luis Videgaray, once his liaison with Donald Trump’s campaign, to be his country’s new foreign relations secretary. In September of 2016, Videgaray stepped down after arranging a controversial meeting with now President-elect Trump, facing angry criticism for reaching out to Trump despite his negative comments about undocumented Mexican immigrants. Pena Nieto now is giving Videgaray the task of establishing a relationship with the incoming Trump administration that “allows us to strengthen bilateral ties in security, trade, migration, and investment,” without undermining Mexico’s “sovereignty or the dignity of Mexicans.”

Source: The Associated Press

9. December sales push automakers to record year
U.S. automaker shares surged on Wednesday following reports that aggressive December dealmaking helped lift total sales to a record 17.55 million cars and light trucks in 2016. The monthly annualized sales rate shot to 18.4 million in December, the fastest pace since July 2005. At the start of the month the industry was nearly on pace to beat 2015’s record of 17.47 million vehicles. The 2016 high point marks the eighth consecutive full-year increase following the Great Recession, which nearly wiped out General Motors and Chrysler.

Source: Bloomberg

10. NASA to launch two asteroid exploration missions
NASA is planning two missions to asteroids in the early 2020s to find clues on the solar system’s origins, the space agency announced Wednesday. The first mission, Lucy, will explore the Trojan asteroids in Jupiter’s orbit in 2021. Then, in 2023, the Psyche mission will launch to what NASA describes as a “giant metal asteroid” nearly three times farther from the sun than Earth. “Lucy will observe primitive remnants from farther out in the solar system, while Psyche will directly observe the interior of a planetary body,” said NASA planetary science director Jim Green.

Source: NASA, The Washington Post