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Trump is lonely and crazy in his bunker

PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Palm Beach County Sheriff officers with some in riot gear keep protesters against President Donald Trump back from the entrance to Mar-a-Lago Resort where the president is staying for the weekend on February 4, 2017 in Palm Beach, Florida. ÊPresident Donald TrumpÊis on his his first visit to Palm BeachÊsince his inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Police keep protesters back from the entrance to Mar-a-Lago Resort where Donald Trump was staying. No well-wishers in his travels | Getty Images

DAILY KOS

Popular vote loser Donald Trump can’t leave his bunker without being reminded how much people hate him, and he doesn’t even have a family to lean on—because they hate him too.

Usually around 6:30 p.m., or sometimes later, Mr. Trump retires upstairs to the residence to recharge, vent and intermittently use Twitter. With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself, sometimes in the protective presence of his imposing longtime aide and former security chief, Keith Schiller.

Does his body guard rock Trump to sleep? Holy shit, that’s pathetic. It would be sad and tragic if he wasn’t so f’n dangerous.

Cloistered in the White House, he now has little access to his fans and supporters — an important source of feedback and validation — and feels increasingly pinched by the pressures of the job and the constant presence of protests, one of the reasons he was forced to scrap a planned trip to Milwaukee last week.

“Cloistered” is one way to put it. Another would be “hunkered down in his bunker.” His supporters aren’t feeling particularly motivated to show support for the lunatic in the White House. Meanwhile, the protests are working—he knows we’re out in the streets, he knows we’re not going away, he knows we’re legit (no matter what his propaganda arm says), and it’s killing him. He needs adoring crowds, and he’s getting the opposite. And while President Steve Bannon might not care about protests (he wants chaos), his useful idiot Trump does.

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Trump won’t survive four years in the White House. Surviving this year feels like it would be a miracle. The only question is how he goes out: in a straitjacket, in handcuffs, or in an ambulance.

By kos

U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: February 7, 2017

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THE WEEK

1. Trump accuses media of ignoring terrorist attacks
President Trump on Monday accused the media of choosing not to report on terrorist attacks. “It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,” Trump told senior commanders at the U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, in Florida. “And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” Trump, in his first speech to military service members, mentioned a series of attacks by “radical Islamic terrorists.” The White House released a list of 78 terror attacks around the world, although it included numerous attacks that received extensive media coverage, such as the Orlando, San Bernardino, and Paris attacks. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later walked back Trump’s remarks, saying that Trump meant the attacks were “under-reported,” not that they had not been covered at all.

Source: The Hill, The Huffington Post

2. Trump administration urges judges to reinstate travel ban
The Justice Department on Monday evening urged an appeals court to reinstate President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations to help prevent terrorists from sneaking into the country. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals plans to hear a challenge to the travel ban on Tuesday. A federal judge temporarily suspended the ban last week. The attorneys general in Washington and Minnesota have both challenged Trump’s executive order, and say if the temporary suspension is lifted, “chaos” will ensue at airports across the United States.

Source: The New York Times, CNN

3. British House of Commons speaker opposes Trump address to Parliament
The speaker of Britain’s House of Commons said he was “strongly opposed” to letting President Trump address Parliament during a state visit planned for later this year. The speaker, John Bercow, said being invited to address both houses of Parliament was an “earned honor,” not “an automatic right.” Lawmakers burst into applause at the remark. Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to the U.K. during her recent visit to the U.S. Nearly two million people have signed a petition calling for the visit to be canceled or downgraded so that Queen Elizabeth II will not have to meet with Trump.

Source: Independent, Reuters

4. Kremlin demands apology after Bill O’Reilly calls Putin ‘a killer’
The Kremlin on Monday demanded an apology from Fox News after one of its stars, Bill O’Reilly, called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a killer” during an interview with President Trump that aired on Sunday. “We consider such words by the Fox News company correspondent to be unacceptable and insulting,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “And honestly, we would prefer to receive an apology addressed to the Russian president from such a respected television station.” Trump’s response during the interview also drew fire, but from Republicans. Trump said the U.S. was not “innocent” either, prompting some members of his own party to say it was wrong to equate Putin’s actions with those of American leaders.

Source: The Washington Post

5. Evenly split Senate to vote on DeVos nomination
The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on President Trump’s education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos. Democrats made a last-ditch effort to hold the floor for 24 hours as they tried to persuade a third Republican to join them in opposition to DeVos to break what appeared to be a 50-50 tie. Barring another defection, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote, which would mark the first time in U.S. history a vice president has ever been called on to tip a Cabinet confirmation vote. At the start of an all-night debate on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called DeVos the “least qualified nominee in a historically unqualified Cabinet.” Republicans have called the billionaire school-voucher proponent the kind of reformer the education system needs.

Source: The New York Times, CNN

6. Israeli lawmakers approve controversial settlement law
The Israeli Parliament on Monday passed a law retroactively approving Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. The Palestinian land owners would be compensated, or receive alternative land. Israel’s attorney general said the controversial law was unconstitutional, and vowed not to defend it when it inevitably goes to Israel’s high court, which is expected to nullify it. The passage of the law, however, marked the latest in a series of provocative steps by conservative hardliners, reportedly encouraged by the Trump administration’s softening of the U.S. position on settlements, which the Obama administration opposed. Palestinians say the new law is an obstacle to a peace deal that would establish a Palestinian state.

Source: The New York Times

7. Yemen raid reportedly targeted but missed top al Qaeda leader
The recent deadly Yemen raid by Navy SEALs targeted the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Qassim al-Rimi, NBC News reported on Monday, citing military and intelligence officials. Al-Rimi is considered a master recruiter for the terrorism network, and the third most dangerous terrorist in the world. The raid left one SEAL, Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, dead. Fourteen al Qaeda fighters and an unconfirmed number of civilians, including an 8-year-old girl, also were killed, but al-Rimi was not. On Sunday, he released an audio message taunting President Trump, saying, “The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands.” U.S. Central Command, which oversees American forces in the region, disputed reports that al-Rimi was the target, saying the raid was an intelligence-gathering operation, not a “high-value target mission.”

Source: NBC News, CNN

8. Controversial former State Department official meeting with Trump about a job
Elliott Abrams, a controversial neoconservative former diplomat, is scheduled to meet with President Trump at the White House on Tuesdayto discuss a possible high-level State Department appointment. Trump reportedly is considering naming Abrams the State Department’s No. 2 official, even though he advised Republicans last spring to “keep your distance” from Trump. Even more problematic is Abrams’ history in the State Department. He was convicted in 1991 on two misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress in the Iran-contra affair, although he was pardoned by former President George H.W. Bush. Still, his familiarity with the State Department could ease concerns over Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s lack of government experience.

Source: The New York Times

9. Amnesty International: Syrian authorities killed thousands in mass hangings
The Syrian government has secretly executed as many as 13,000 people in mass hangings at a prison since the beginning of an uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Amnesty International reported Tuesday. Up to 50 people were killed every week at Saydnaya Prison north of Damascus in what the report called a “calculated campaign of extrajudicial execution.” United Nations investigators determined a year ago that the Assad government had been “exterminating” thousands of civilian detainees in the country’s civil war, and in August, Amnesty International said at least 17,732 detainees at government facilities had died after being tortured. The Syrian government rarely comments on torture allegations but has denied reports of massacres in the past.

Source: USA Today

10. Lawsuit says false story on Melania Trump cost her business opportunities
A lawyer for first lady Melania Trump filed a lawsuit on Mondayaccusing the company that owns the Daily Mail of damaging her chance to capitalize on her time as first lady by publishing a later-retracted article falsely suggesting she once worked for an escort service. The suit against Mail Media said the article cost her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish potential “multimillion dollar business relationships” and “launch a broad-based commercial brand” during her time as first lady. The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $150 million. Richard Painter, a White House ethics counsel under President George W. Bush, said the lawsuit was troubling because it marked the first time a first lady had “insinuated that she intended to make a lot of money because of the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity of being first lady.”

Source: The Washington Post

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Al Franken Torches Spineless GOP Colleagues For Not Opposing Betsy DeVos

Al Franken Torches Spineless GOP Colleagues For Not Opposing Betsy DeVos

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Trump Bizarrely Says He Knows Obama Likes Him Because He ‘Can Feel It’

For years, the current president questioned Obama’s birthplace and legitimacy as a U.S. president. The idea that Obama likes him is a foolish one.

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CNN Considers Banning Kellyanne Conway While Conway – Naturally – Lies About it

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White House Promises To Provide A List To Support Trump’s Lie That Terror Attacks Go Unreported

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Trump Tries To Scare America Into Obedience With False Claim Of Unreported Terrorist Attacks

President Trump tried to scare the American people into obeying him by uttering a completely false claim that the press is not reporting on terrorist attacks.

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Paul Krugman Warns Against Media Normalization of Trump

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Bipartisan National Security Experts File Brief Against ‘Ill-Conceived’ Muslim Ban

“In our professional opinion, this Order cannot be justified on national security or foreign policy grounds.”

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Washington Attorney General Says Trump is ‘A Bully and Can’t Take Defeat Like a Man’

Ferguson pointed out that the president’s actions are not above challenge: “That is not the law and frankly, it cannot be the law in our country.”

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Admiral Mike Mullen Says Steve Bannon Does not Belong on National Security Council

“Putting aside for a moment Mr. Bannon’s troubling public positions, which are worrisome enough, institutionalizing his attendance threatens to politicize national security decision making.”

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“Some expected Gaga to go off on a politcal riff during half-time show. Instead, she let her music send message of unity. She was spectacular”

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Donald Trump Turns on TV Then Rants That ‘Fake News’ Lies About Negative Polls

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