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The President has failed us

The catchphrase had long battled chronic overuse by subjects of hard-edged news coverage, rendering it effectively meaningless. Despite clinical trials by journalists attempting to contain its usage, “fake news” finally succumbed on Monday when Wall Street Journal Editor Gerard Baker reportedly employed it at a staff meeting to describe criticisms that the paper’s coverage of President Donald Trump was soft. ‘Fake news’ is dead http://www.cjr.org /criticism/fake_ne ws_trump_white_hou se_cnn.php  (Feb 14, 2017 | post #489642)

US Politics

The President has failed us

All of this suggests that the record low level of approval for the president we’re seeing in current polls is very likely real. That’s problematic for Trump’s attempts to claim popularity for himself and his policies. Are Trump’s low approval ratings ‘fake news’? I looked at the evidence. https://www.washin gtonpost.com/news/ monkey-cage/wp/201 7/02/10/are-trumps -low-approval-rati ngs-fake-news-i-lo oked-at-the-eviden ce/  (Feb 14, 2017 | post #489641)

US Politics

The President has failed us

Despite the social network being the president’s broadcast tool of choice, the San Francisco company failed to add a substantial number of new users during its fourth financial quarter, missed Wall Street’s earnings targets and didn’t spell out a clear strategy for turning things around. Twitter shares dive as even Trump's tweets fail to provoke solid user growth http://www.latimes .com/business/tech nology/la-fi-tn-tw itter-earnings-201 70209-story.html  (Feb 14, 2017 | post #489637)

US Politics

The President has failed us

Flynn’s resignation comes just over three weeks into the new administration and around three years after being fired by the Obama administration from his post as Defense Intelligence Agency chief as an Army three-star general in April 2014. Back then, he reportedly was pushed out due to insubordination; on Monday night, he opted to resign for misleading senior Trump administration official about his conversations with Russian officials during the transition period between the election and Inauguration Day. Democrats want probe of 'unfit’ Flynn’s Russia ties http://www.vindy.c om/news/2017/feb/1 4/democrats-want-p robe-unfit-flynns- russia-ties/?mobil e  (Feb 14, 2017 | post #489629)

US Politics

The President has failed us

The press secretary repeatedly said that Trump was not concerned with the nature of the conversations that Flynn had with the Russian ambassador but that the lack of trust created an "unsustainabl e" situation. "The president has no problem with the fact that he acted in accord with what his job was supposed to be," Spicer said. National security officials monitored the calls of the Russian ambassador as a part of routine surveillance of foreign officials in the U.S. Spicer declined to say if the president would declassify and release transcripts of Flynn's call with Kislyak. Trump knew Flynn misled officials on Russia calls for ‘weeks,’ White House says https://www.washin gtonpost.com/news/ post-politics/wp/2 017/02/14/trump-wa s-told-weeks-ago-t hat-flynn-misled-v ice-president-abou t-russia-contacts- white-house-says/? utm_term=.e3dbf6c1 8c3c  (Feb 14, 2017 | post #489623)

US Politics

Donald J Trump, our next president

The lawsuit—which Trump Management settled in 1975 with a consent decree, and which they noted at the time did not constitute an admission of wrongdoing—detaile d numerous instances of a racial code that Trump-owned buildings allegedly used to indicate if an applicant was black or otherwise “undesirable.” A super who worked for the Trumps, Thomas Miranda, allegedly told the DOJ that Trump Management staffers had instructed him to “attach a separate sheet of paper to every application submitted by a prospective ‘colored’ renter.” “Miranda was to write a ‘C’ in order to indicate to management that the prospective renter was ‘colored,’” the DOJ noted in court documents. DOJ: Trump’s Early Businesses Blocked Blacks http://www.thedail ybeast.com/article s/2015/12/15/doj-t rump-s-early-busin esses-blocked-blac ks.html  (Feb 14, 2017 | post #2783)

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Donald J Trump, our next president

When a black woman asked to rent an apartment in a Brooklyn complex managed by Donald Trump’s real estate company, she said she was told that nothing was available. A short time later, a white woman who made the same request was invited to choose between two available apartments. The two would-be renters on that July 1972 day were actually undercover “testers” for a ­government-sancti oned investigation to determine whether Trump Management Inc. discriminated against minorities seeking housing at properties across Brooklyn and Queens. Inside the government’s racial bias case against Donald Trump’s company, and how he fought it https://www.washin gtonpost.com/polit ics/inside-the-gov ernments-racial-bi as-case-against-do nald-trumps-compan y-and-how-he-fough t-it/2016/01/23/fb 90163e-bfbe-11e5-b cda-62a36b394160_s tory.html  (Feb 14, 2017 | post #2781)

US Politics

The President has failed us

There’s blood in the water, and the anti-Trump opposition should be in a hunting mood. Michael Flynn, the US national security adviser, is the first major scalp of Donald Trump’s administration, and so soon. This regime is weak. A president who lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes, who has increasingly catastrophic personal ratings, is now embroiled in a major scandal. An opposition that has mobilised the biggest protests in US history should exploit this opportunity ruthlessly by piling pressure on the Trump regime, and on a Democratic establishment that might otherwise seek compromise with it. Mike Flynn’s love of Putin has dangerous echoes across Europe’s right https://www.thegua rdian.com/commenti sfree/2017/feb/14/ michael-flynn-vlad imir-putin-populis t-right-europe  (Feb 14, 2017 | post #489621)

Immigration Reform

Delegate warns of 'black youth mobs'

Such changes are long overdue, said Del. Pat McDonough, a Republican who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties. "Considering the world we're living in today, I don't think it's asking too much, considering the Boston bombings, San Bernardino and everything in Europe that we be extra careful," he said. Baltimore-area advocates for refugees condemn Trump policy http://www.baltimo resun.com/news/mar yland/bs-md-refuge e-reaction-baltimo re-20170128-story. html  (Jan 31, 2017 | post #11)

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Trump set to name high court pick as Democrats plan fight

"When you are facing the unanticipated twists and turns that life will surely take, when the bad things happen, it can be a tremendous solace to get outside of yourself and focus on someone else," he told the audience. Garland back on D.C. bench as Trump makes Supreme Court pick http://www.dailyhe rald.com/article/2 0170131/news/17013 9788/  (Jan 31, 2017 | post #8)

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