He’s losing friends, staff and still causes more problems

Convicted pervert and former hedge fund manager, Jeffrey Epstein, is in trouble again for his perversions. He is supposed to be a friend of Donald Trump but Trump said he hasn’t seen Epstein in 15 years. If you believe that.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who as a US attorney in Miami signed off on what critics now say was a lenient non-prosecution agreement with Epstein’s plea agreement in 2008. Epstein went to jail – for 13 months of an 18-month sentence – registering as a sex offender and putting the world on notice that he was a sexual predator.

Trump is not the only top politician who is being asked what he knew about Epstein’s behavior: Friends of Epstein include Attorney General William Barr’s father, Donald Barr. Also included are Trump, Bill Clinton, celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz, singer Courtney Love, actor Alec Baldwin and billionaire David Koch

Epstein is quoted as saying, “I want to set up my modeling agency the same way Trump set up his modeling agency.” Legend has it that he sometimes would walk into the dressing room at one of his pageants while some of the contestants were at least partially nude.

Epstein could be charged with possible witness tampering where he made $350,000 in payments to two possible co-conspirators after a series of newspaper stories alleged he sexually abused dozens of girls. He also had investigators follow some of his victims and supposedly harassed some as well.

Acosta – who announced his resignation – said he decided to step aside because he didn’t want his previous handling of a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein to become the focus of the Labor Department. Acosta had made an agreement with Epstein to avoid major repercussions for Epstein, even though a federal investigation had identified 36 underage victims and there could be over 100.

Months ago Trump said “He’s [Acosta] done a fantastic job. He’s a friend of everybody in the administration…. He made a deal that people were happy with, and then 12 years later they’re not happy with it.”

Acosta is the 9th cabinet official to leave the Trump administration. During the Obama Administration, there was no turnover in cabinet agencies, two and a half years into his first term. During the Bush Administration, one cabinet secretary had left office as of June 2003.

Trump said “It will be like obliteration [of Iran] that you have never seen before.” Luckily, for now, we have never seen obliteration. So we don’t know what it’s looks like.

Trump still wants his wall and yet he says his people at the border are doing a great job. Does that mean he doesn’t want a wall?

There is talk of maybe an insert with additional questions. I guess those against the census questions [like 99% of Democrats, immigrants, illegals and basically anyone who is sane] will not return those questions. I wonder how much extra these questions will cost. Mailing, printing, lawyers, lawsuits, etc.

Instead Trump will get the information the needs from other departments and use what the administration can to cheat out some people from getting their [indirect] share of future budgets.

“Congratulations to the US Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!” Trump tweeted from his golf club in New Jersey. That’s nice – except it took a 5 hours after his wife, President Obama and others congratulated them. The US government’s delegation to the final in France also lacked a bit of firepower, given that it was led by a comparatively junior official in the deputy Secretary of Commerce. No word if the team will be actually invited to the White House.

After leaked cables sent from United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, back to London describe Trump as “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent,” Trump [of course], lashed out at Darroch saying “We’re not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well, so I can understand it,” Trump said. “And I can say things about him but I won’t bother.” Funny how he only says negative things after he is criticized. If Darroch did a lousy job why not complain about him sooner?

Trump continued his rant against the soon to be ex-UK Ambassador to the US, Darroch, by saying “I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well….” He is the ambassador to one of the biggest US allies. Trump never met Darroch at all? He tweeted that the ambassador was “wacky,” “a very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool”. Either he knows him or is just [as usual] making comments without knowing the Darroch.

Even with all the mess regarding Brexit? Darroch is now branded an anti-Trump globalist by his foes back home, is no longer welcome in the White House. Darroch was recently was dis-invited from a dinner with Trump, the Emir of Qatar and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Petty.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt – Darroch’s boss – said officials would consider whether a hostile foreign power keen to disrupt relations between the US and Britain was behind the leak. While Hunt sort of sided with Darroch in Darroch is allowed to state his opinion, Hunt said that Darroch’s opinions were not his.

Darroch made his decision to step down after seeing that Boris Johnson, the current frontrunner to replace Theresa May as British Prime Minister, had refused to support him during a leadership debate. “Good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice,” outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons.

Trump also went after May for “… their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled. I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster!” As if the UK would allow Trump to play a hand in Brexit negotiations when it is none of his business. The US is not part of the EU.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an amendment to New York law that would allow Congress to get hold of Trump’s state tax returns while the legal battle for his federal returns rages on. The law requires the state’s tax commissioner to provide New York state tax returns to Congress upon request from the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, or the Joint Committee on Taxation and mandates the removal of any federal tax information that might appear on state returns.

The House Judiciary Committee broadened its investigation into Trump and possible obstruction of justice, authorizing subpoenas to a dozen individuals that included Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The committee also authorized subpoenas to current and former Trump administration officials related to the “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that led to the separation last year of migrant families who crossed the southern border illegally.

“We’re going to send people in. We’re going to have some of the press go in,” said Trump comes days after Democratic members of Congress toured two Texas border facilities, including one in Clint, and expressed outrage over the growing humanitarian crisis on the southern border.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to begin the previously postponed raids across the country to arrest thousands of family members of undocumented immigrants who already have court orders to be removed. Raids are expected to take place in at least 10 cities, will occur “over multiple days” and will include “collateral” deportations in which “authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.”

[I guess if you move yourself temporarily to a nice rural mid-west location where they vote for Republicans en mass, then you are safe.]

Federal prosecutors have requested information about former top GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy’s contacts with foreign leaders and businesses while working for Trump’s inauguration. They are seeking documents and records relating to Broidy, five companies associated with him and foreign politicians — including the presidents of Angola and the Republic of Congo and two Romanian politicians.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a New York judge’s ruling and found that Trump “engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by utilizing Twitter’s ‘blocking’ function to limit certain users’ access to his social media account, which is otherwise open to the public at large, because he disagrees with their speech…. We hold that he engaged in such discrimination.”

The administration had won only three of 42 deregulatory cases, a paltry success rate of only 7%.

Trump tweeted “Word just out that I won a big part of the Deep State and Democrat induced Witch Hunt.” This after an appeal court ruled that his Trump International Hotel in Washington harms hotels and other businesses the states partially own. The court’s decision effectively keeps the states’ attorneys general offices from gathering financial information from the Trump Organization and Trump himself. Trump now thinks that there a body of people who are involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy.

The US budget deficit increased by $140 billion during the first nine months of this budget year to $747.1 billion US as government revenues and spending both hit records. The deficit for the current fiscal year through June is up 23.1% over the same period a year ago with receipts rising by 2.7% while spending increased 6.6%. The deficit for the full budget year, which ends on Sept. 30, will top $1 trillion.

The Trump Organization’s golf resort in Doral, Florida, will host a charity golf tournament this week put on by a strip club [Shadow Cabaret] in the Miami area that will include dancers serving as “caddy girls” for the tournament’s participants. Trump name and family crest are displayed prominently in the strip club’s advertising materials. I’m sure Trump will be upset…. that he wasn’t invited.

[From 2015 to 2017, revenue fell 18%, net operating income shrank from $13.8 million to $4.3 million and Trump Organization sought to lower the property’s tax bill. The Trump Organization earlier this year shelved plans to expand two US hotel chains, citing a toxic political climate for the Trump brand. has previously listed Doral in federal disclosures as his biggest money-maker.]

“We live in a climate where everything will be used against us, whether by the fake news or by Democrats who are only interested in Presidential harassment and wasting everyone’s time, barraging us with nonsense letters,” Eric Trump said in February. Or maybe it’s your father or even your incompetence in running a business.

The Trump Organization said in a separate statement to the Post that the decline in revenue at Doral is unrelated to the Trump name, and instead cited “fears of the Zika virus in 2016, and hurricanes in 2016 and 2017, for driving tourists away from South Florida.” There will be hurricanes every year.

The White House announced a social media summit in late June, describing it as an event to bring together “digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.” But the White House has not extended invitations to Facebook and Twitter. They said they believe the summit would amount to a right-wing grievance session and was not aimed at seriously discussing some of the issues facing large technology companies.

Trump has poured fuel on the fire, attacking large technology companies on a regular basis and suggesting they need to be regulated by the government. Trump has suggested, without evidence, that Twitter makes it difficult for his supporters to follow him.

Among those invited to Trump’s “social media summit” are Bill Mitchell, a radio host who has promoted the extremist QAnon conspiracy theory on Twitter; Carpe Donktum, an anonymous troll who won a contest put on by the fringe media organization InfoWars for an anti-media meme; and Ali Alexander, an activist who attempted to smear Sen. Kamala Harris by saying she is not an “American black” following the first Democratic presidential debates.

Other eyebrow raising attendees include James O’Keefe, the guerrilla journalist; Charlie Kirk, the founder of the right-wing student group Turning Point USA who sometimes posts misleading information on social media; and Benny Johnson, the journalist-turned-activist who was fired for plagiarism by BuzzFeed and demoted at the Independent Journal Review for violating company standards.

At least one of the individuals invited proved to be too far off in the fringe even for the White House as the White House had rescinded its invitation to cartoonist Ben Garrison, who had drawn a cartoon widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

At the “social media summit” this week…..

  • Trump said it used to take him a mere “short number of days” to gain 100,000 new followers, but it now takes “10 times as long” even though, he claimed, his personal brand is “much hotter” than it was when he was gaining followers more quickly. – Except it is normal for the numbers to fall off. Anytime you start off with big numbers, it will slow down as anyone who wants to follow you has.
  • Trump spoke at length about what he falsely suggested was a deliberate attempt by social media companies to prevent him from gaining followers, alleging that “a lot of bad things are happening.” – This is his standard fiction as there is no evidence that Twitter or other social media companies have made it difficult for people to follow Trump.
  • Trump said that he census survey can ask people about the number of beds and toilets they have but not about whether they are citizens. – Except that could be asked in the supplemental surveys from the Census Bureau, which do ask questions about living conditions of a small sample of households but also asks questions of citizenship. The 2010 didn’t ask about plumbing, bedrooms, and desks.
  • Trump says “….darling you’re up 77% this year.” – Trump claims 401(k)s are up that much which is possible but at the close of trading on the day Trump spoke, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by 16%, the S&P 500 Index by 20%, the Nasdaq by 24%. Even since his inauguration day, the highest is 58% for Nasdaq.
  • Trump claims at his June rally he had 20,000 people in the arena and 109,000 outside. – Except the city said the arena was just below capacity and the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reported that the overflow area outside the arena was “virtually empty” as Trump spoke, with only “a few dozen people in the holding area.”
  • Trump claimed that the Democrats “were all in favor of a wall just a few years ago.” – Except 17 of 26 senators voted no and he wanted a fence then, not a wall.
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Microsoft change feature updates frequency for “home” Windows 10 users

Microsoft has announced changes to how Windows 10 get feature updates [that is/was the big one roughly every 6 months – assuming no issues]. For OEM and retail Windows 10 editions [think the “Home” version], feature update installations are no longer mandatory. Instead, the feature update is offered as an optional update. The PC’s owner has to approve of the installation manually. You’re free to ignore that prompt for as long as the current version is supported, or a maximum of 18 months.

For Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions, it is the status quo.

Trump gives his ego a boost but it didn’t go too well

Donald Trump gave his ego a boost on the 4th of July celebrations when he decided he wanted to speak at the celebrations – something that no US leader has done before. He kept it non-political but pushed everything about the military like celebrating the various victories as well as American war heroes. He briefly thanked those who helped out in medical and technology advancements. I would guess Trump wanted to boast military exploits… like a dictator would.

Trump blamed a faulty teleprompter for his claim during remarks he made at a July 4th event that the Continental Army “took over the airports” during the Revolutionary War. “It kept going on and at the end it just went out,” Trump told reporters at the White House the day after. “It went kaput… I guess the rain knocked out the teleprompter.”

In addition, a large group of seats near the stage will be reserved seating. Trump gave his cronies and other supporters seats there – and maybe a token few Democrats [probably sitting at the back]. The Republican National Committee have received their reserved seat tickets? Democrats? Nope.

Trump wants his generals and chief of staffs to be in full uniform and on stage with him. He called them “my generals”. This is what dictators and despots do for their parades – not the best military in the world. At one point it sounded like some generals may not appear – sending in subordinates.

His original plan was to have tanks and heavy trucks rolling in Washington but that would of ripped up the infrastructure. A while back, Trump blamed Washington officials but it was the cost. He said “it will be like no other”. Uh huh. Those military equipment brought in were behind fences – so few could see them anyways.

To help pay for the extras, Trump is diverting $2.5 million that was supposed to go to parks to renovate some of them. On top of that Trump claiming bringing in the tanks and military vehicles as well as the jets, Air Force One and the future Marine One flying over will cost very little but he is forgetting fuel, transportation, people preparing, moving the equipment, extra security, etc.

If Trump had make this a campaign style event then it could be considered illegal as you can’t use public money for party events.

At the G20, six weeks after Huawei was blacklisted by the US government, Trump had what the Chinese telecom firm described as a “U-turn” saying “US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,” allowing the transactions won’t present a “great, national emergency problem.” Of course, Trump did not mention what [if anything] changed Trump’s decision.

However, when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Trump a few weeks back, Trump would speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Huawei, Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and 2 Canadians that have been arrested after Meng was arrested as requested by the Americans. It took over a week for a confirmation that Trump did speak to Xi.

Trump lightheartedly told Russian President for Life Vladimir Poutine, “Don’t meddle in the election” when asked by a reporter if the topic would come up during their bilateral meeting. Trump’s general unwillingness to criticize Putin, despite his efforts that butt against American interests from the Middle East to Ukraine to election security. Trump lobbed criticism at Japan, India and Germany over trade and defense matters but not toward Russia.

Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and took 20 steps into North Korea, making history as the first sitting US leader to set foot in North Korea. The encounter at the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone — their third in person — came a day after Trump raised the prospect of a border handshake in a tweet and declared he’d have “no problem” stepping into North Korea.

Trump claimed that President Barak Obama always wanted to meet Kim but was denied. He claims the Obama administration was “begging” for a meeting. Yet during his time under Obama, former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said Obama never wanted to go to North Koreas. He said would go if it was for the right reason. FOX New at the time criticized Obama constantly for even thinking of seeing Kim or any other dictator. Guess what? FOX News anchors were all praising Trump for meeting Kim.

Expect Trump to use in his re-election campaign that he was able to meet Kim [and walk in North Korea] while Obama [or any Democrat president] didn’t do so. More like a big whoopee.

It didn’t take long: Trump walk over to the North Korean side has been made into a propaganda film by them including slow motion as he stepped over the border and patriotic music.

The Democrat candidates didn’t really have much of anything positive: from just a photo-op, to wasted time, to helping Kim more than the US [sort of like “See. The President of the US came to me!”], and so on. There was no agreement or anything except Trump inviting Kim to the White House.

The new White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, on her second day on the job, got into a scuffle with North Korean officials during a chaotic scene outside a meeting room where Trump and Kim talked privately. Grisham was bruised a bit in the scuffle.

After the second Democratic debate of the week where Kamala Harris went after front-runner Joe Biden for his record on race and segregation, Trump surprisingly defended Biden. He said Harris got “too much credit” while Biden “didn’t do well, certainly,” but he “answered the question a little bit differently, it would have been a different result.” Trump generally goes after the person most likely to be his biggest threat. Is that Harris now?

Donald Trump Jr. retweeted, and then deleted, an alt-right commentator named Ali Alexander, stating, “Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves. She’s not. She comes from Jamaican Slave Owners. That’s fine. She’s not an American Black. Period.” Trump asked if it was true but later deleted it. Those who disliked the tweet claimed it was a like father like son thing to so. His father has quite often retweeted alt-right and neo-Nazis and didn’t really care if true.

At the second debate, Harris told Biden that his past stance against federally-mandating busing black students to white schools was personally hurtful because she had benefited from that educational opportunity as a little girl. Afterward, some people on social media falsely claimed that Harris couldn’t lay claim to the afflictions of African Americans. Harris is the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father. When she’s asked how she identifies herself, Harris will often say, as “an American.”

The detention centers near the southern border holding migrants got pushed to the front after very overcrowding in the centers. About a third of those detained have been detained for longer than laws allow. I am expecting Trump to lash out at the Democrats blaming them for this.

Trump said his administration is “looking at” delaying the 2020 census after the Supreme Court blocked the administration from adding a question about citizenship status on the decennial survey. “I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census… until the United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter,” he tweeted. Which means find a way to get that question included.

Just when we thought the census question about citizenship was dead, Trump, growing frustrated at his administration’s handling of the question is even exploring whether to issue an executive order on the issue. An executive order or another kind of directive with an alternative rationale would be subject to court injunctions over the next several weeks that could further complicate and an already tenuous timeline.

Trump threw the situation into disorder earlier this week when he tweeted he wouldn’t give up the battle even after his Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the census forms would be printed without the question. Trump had signed off on earlier in the week. The internal dispute has led Trump to privately air frustrations at his 81-year-old commerce secretary. Could be be next to go?

Trump could include a potential executive order or adding the question as a supplement with the upcoming census forms, which are already being printed. I guess this is another example of Trump changing his mind. Won’t be the last.

The government had earlier told the courts that time was of the essence to render their rulings, because the deadline to tell the printing company which version of the census form to use — with the citizenship question or without — was July 1. Trump said the citizenship question is a natural part of counting the population, but critics have said it will deter minority groups and non-citizens from responding. The census is supposedly determined to help decide how government money is spent.

Federal law sets constraints on when the decennial count of the country’s population will be taken. April 1, 2020, is the official census day, although counting is set to begin as early as January in some areas, and the law requires the tally that is used to draw legislative districts “shall be completed within 9 months,” meaning by the end of 2020. Could the administration change the law? I wouldn’t be shocked.

During a speech to US troops at the Osan Air Base in South Korea, Trump said that he had given them their first pay increase in almost a decade saying “You know, it was close to 10 years before you had an increase.” Actually they got 2.4% in 2018. As well, every year for the last 10 years they received raises from 1.9% to 3.4$ [that one in 2010].

Not the first time he lied about military wage increases. In October, he said “President Obama starved the military. He didn’t give them raises, he didn’t give them anything. I gave them a 10% pay increase, they haven’t had it in a decade.” In December, he said “You haven’t gotten one in more than 10 years — more than 10 years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one.” 10% increase in a year?

Oh you have to wonder about Trump. On multiple occasions, he has called his National Security Adviser John Bolton’s name but said Mike Bolton – the 80s crooner.

Woops. In Trump’s Make America Great Again re-election campaign ads, they used videos from iStock including a sign from Tokyo and a blonde woman walking on a beach was from a Mediterranean beach. If you read very carefully and fast, the voice overs are [supposedly] actual testimonies and the videos are not.

GOP Rep. Justin Amash, the only Republican in Congress who says the Mueller report contained impeachable offenses, has left the party. He’s a libertarian who said “No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us.” It didn’t take long before Trump went after him. So much for freedom and democracy.

Apple is reportedly shifting production for its new Mac Pro computer from the United States to China. The company’s latest Mac Pro computer will not undergo final assembly in Austin, Texas, as its previous version did. This won’t go well with Trump who thought Apple would build more plants in the US.

FedEx is seeking relief from being “essentially deputize[d]” by the Department of Commerce, following Trump’s effective blacklisting of smartphone and telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei in May. The placement of Huawei and its subsidiaries on the “Entities List,” which severely limits any business interactions American companies can have with the Chinese phone giant, has caused a number of logistical problems for FedEx.

A free, 8-million strong social network for knitters, crocheters and others in the fiber arts has banned any mention of support for Trump and his administration. The new policy on Ravelry.com says the site took the action because it can’t provide a space “inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy.” The post went on to say that support of the Trump administration is “undeniably support for white supremacy.”

Tension between Trump and Iran increases

Trump was ready to authorize the attack on Iran but reversed course “10 minutes before the strike” when he learned 150 people could die in the attack, Trump said in a series of tweets. But according to Fox News [of all places], it was reported that Trump knew about the estimation of casualties hours before his decision.

In addition, Trump initially said he thought “Iran made a very big mistake” [negatively] but later said “I have a feeling it was a mistake”. And now he’s back to his war mongering mode. What will he said next? It wasn’t Iran?
“Everybody says he is a war monger and now they say I’m a dove… I’m a man with common sense” said Trump before boarding Marine One. Who said he is a “dove”? Probably nobody.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the White House is “suffering from mental disability” and behaving as “no sane person,” in the wake of new sanctions. Sounds like he’s talking more about Trump.

Trump whined why the US is protecting oil shipping lanes, contradicting what his own Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said about the Strait of Hormuz. Pompeo said just the week before that they would do everything to make sure ships can go through the Strait. Trump is also complaining that the US is paying for something to protect that it doesn’t use.

Trump doesn’t believe he needs congressional approval to make a military strike against Iran. “I do like keeping them — they have ideas, they’re intelligent people, they’ll have some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress, but I do like keeping them abreast, but I don’t have to do it legally.” So he’s doing it illegally?

Trump signed an executive order imposing fresh sanctions on Iran, amid increased tensions between the long-time foes and told reporters the sanctions will target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his office. Already 80% of Iran’s economy is sanctioned. Khamenei obviously has no wealth stashed in the US and probably little elsewhere

Trump claimed the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the order was in the works before last week’s downing, but was in response to that as well as to previous Iranian actions in the Gulf.

In a non-shocker, Senate Republicans tallied enough votes to block a largely Democratic-backed amendment that would require Trump to get congressional approval before striking Iran militarily.

Trump announced that he’s delaying for two weeks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that were planned to take place in 10 major US cities, saying deportations will proceed unless Congress finds a solution on the US-Mexico border. Of course you know that if nothing occurs in the two weeks, Trump will blame the Democrats and not his part for the failed talks.

“Some cities are going to fight it, but if you notice, they’re generally high crime cities. If you look at Chicago, they’re fighting it. If you look at other cities, they’re fighting it. Many of those cities are high crime cities and they’re sanctuary cities,” Trump said. You know he has no statistics to back him up other than knowing Chicago has crime issues but no correlation that it is related to illegal immigrants.

The House of Representatives voted by 230-195 to approve $4.5 billion in aid for the growing crisis at the US southern border — a vote that followed Democratic infighting over the package and a White House veto threat. It is not clear whether the House and Senate will be able to reach an agreement the President will sign off on. Four liberal Democratic freshmen voted against the measure, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. 3 Republicans voted with the Democrats.

With a man and his 23 month-old child found dead near the US-Mexican border, Trump right away blamed the Democrats for what happened. He puts the blame on them even though both the House and Senate approved $4.5 billion in spending while he may veto the spending and he has pushed to block migrants desperately trying to enter the US from Mexico. Where will they go?

On top of this, there are major issues at the detention centers where young children there are lacking food, water, sanitation, medical or psychological help. Parents weren’t supposed to be separated from their children but it is still happening.

Trump left the White House last weekend for a last-minute trip to Camp David. Maybe it was to escape Washington at a moment when he appears increasingly disenchanted by advice from his inner circle and out of sorts with some of the mainstays in his Cabinet. No members of Trump’s cabinet came along, nor did his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney.

Ahead of the G20 summit in Japan, Trump said “We have a treaty with Japan. If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. We will go in and we will protect them and we will fight with our lives and with our treasure. We will fight at all costs, right? But if we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us at all. They can watch it on a Sony television, the attack.” Got that?

There was some talk of Trump killing the treaty. [The treaty says that Japan can’t have a full military except for defensive purposes in exchange for US to defend Japan if attacked and allow US forces to have bases in Japan – this during the Cold War.] Trump also went after Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany saying that Germany isn’t paying their share of the NATO budget while “We pay for close to 100 percent of NATO” and “seven are paid up”. In fact, the US pays 22% and none of the countries are behind their payments. The seven are actually those who spend 2 percent of their national economies on their own armed forces by 2024 and not what they pay for NATO’s budget. Makes him look like a fool… again.

Robert Mueller’s long-awaited public testimony in mid-July will give Democrats their best and perhaps last chance to seize on the Russia scandal to try to inflict a decisive political wound on Trump. Of course, expect Trump to start calling Mueller name and other comments. He already said “Presidential Harassment!” after the announcement. Trump also claimed that Mueller deleted FBI text messages.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders is resigning amid the dramatic increase in the number of undocumented migrants crossing the border, a fight over how to address it and controversy over how children are being treated. Reports say children are living in such bad condition full of filth, sickness and other issues.

As usual, Trump claims that he is concerned about what’s happening at the detention centers and claims [don’t ask me how he measured it] that it is better now than under President Obama’s eight years. Interesting because I don’t remember so much media coverage and the fact that there has been a large increase of immigrants crossing the border compared to when Obama was President.

Tom Homan, the former ICE director and now a Fox News contributor, seemed to suggest that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan leaked information about the ICE operation to media. McAleenan was resistant to the plan, concerned in part that it could hurt negotiations with congressional Democrats for ICE funding. Trump named Honan as “border czar” but Honan has not yet accepted the job.

Eric Trump said he was spat on by an employee at a Chicago-area restaurant. “It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems” and who then cast blame for the incident more broadly on the Democratic Party. So he thinks the Democrats were the ones who told the individual to do it and is the only party who have followers with “emotional problems”? Maybe the employee was a Republican voter who dislikes his father.

And the real witch hunt begins: The House Oversight Committee voted to subpoena testimony from White House counselor Kellyanne “The Witch” Conway after a federal agency recommended that she should be fired for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act that limits the political activities of federal employees. The panel would vote to hold Conway in contempt if she ignores the subpoena.

Earlier this month, the independent Office of Special Counsel sent the Trump administration a letter outlining Conway’s “numerous violations” of the Hatch Act, finding that from February to May she publicly criticized the field of Democratic presidential candidates and sought to boost the Trump campaign while in her official role at the White House.

Trump’s protocol chief, Sean Lawler, has been suspended indefinitely just ahead of the G-20 meeting in Japan pending the outcome of a State Department investigation into his conduct. A large chunk of the protocol office was aware of this behavior for a long time. They’re surprised, to be honest, that this hadn’t been dealt with sooner.

In something that is not a real shocker, the Palestinians and allies aren’t really already panned the economic part of a peace plan proposed by Trump and delivered by Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner which includes $50 billion in grants, low-interest loans and private investments over 10 years. The political portion will be announced after the Israeli elections in September.

The New York Post’s former top editor, Col Allan, a supporter of Trump and an old “lieutenant” of owner Rupert Murdoch and current paper advisor, ordered the removal of a story about writer Jean Carroll’s sexual assault allegations against Trump. The Post’s story about Carroll’s sexual assault allegations was mysteriously scrubbed from the tabloid’s website. Was Allan thinking that nobody reads, watches or listen to the news other than the Post?

Tweets that Twitter deems to involve matters of public interest, but which violate the service’s rules, will be obscured by a warning explaining the violation and Twitter’s reasons for publishing it anyway. Users will have to tap through the warning to see the underlying message. Twitter said the new policy applies to all government officials, candidates, and similar public figures with more than 100,000 followers. This will include Trump.

Trump claimed he wouldn’t watch the first Democrat debate – but did. After 30 minutes into the debate, he tweeted “BORING!”

Former President Jimmy Carter suggested that a full investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election would show that Trump didn’t win the presidency. Expect a Twitter storm by Trump shortly. Until now, the former one-term Democratic president had shared a warmer relationship with Trump more than Trump has had with any other living president.

The battle over adding a citizenship in the Trump administration proposed census could affect future voting. The Census Bureau’s own experts concluded including a citizenship question on the census would discourage undocumented individuals and other minorities from participating. It would be advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites. Advocates for those groups say their absence from the count would disadvantage their communities when government resources are distributed and dilute their constitutionally granted representation in Congress.

Trump picked Stephanie Grisham to be the new White House press secretary and communications director. Grisham has been a member of Trump team since the summer of 2015, when she signed on as traveling press secretary. She went on to become a close confidante of not just Trump but, just as importantly, first lady Melania Trump — for whom she has served as communications director. Grisham is keeping that role. We will see how often she has press briefings.

American women’s soccer co-captain Megan Rapinoe, on asking about going to the White house if the team wins the world cup: “Psssh, I’m not going to the f_____g White House,” she fired back before the reporter finished the question. “No. I’m not going to the White House. We’re not gonna be invited. I doubt it.”

Trump extended a White House invite to Rapinoe and the team, regardless of whether they win or lose. The only problem? Trump tagged the wrong person. He later corrected the tag and saying “…but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!…”

Ummm. While tweeting about the Rapinoe issue, trump also adds ” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House.” So he’s putting the NBA, criminal justice reform and black unemployment in there for what reason? Oh ya.

“Megan should never disrespect our country, the White House, or our flag, especially since so much has been done for her and the team,” Trump tweeted. I don’t think it is really any of the three Rapinoe has a problem with, just one person.

Windows 10 warns about updating to the May 2019 update

I guess depending on the version you use [I’m using Pro with a feature update delay] you may or may not see the message below when you should update to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

Obviously you probably shouldn’t install the May update through other means [MediaTool, ISO] if it’s giving you this warning.

BTW, I wish Microsoft would get their version format settled. Is it v1903 or 19H1? Is it v1909 [seen in the Windows Insiders] or 19H2?

The US was that close to another war

A military operation to strike Iran over the downing of a US drone was set to begin when the Donald Trump called it off. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said it shot a US drone over its airspace while the US said it was shot over international waters. At first Trump had tweeted that “Iran made a very big mistake!” as he and his national security officials huddled. For now, all US and several other airlines have been warned not to fly in the Strait of Hormuz area.

Trump said “I have a feeling it was a mistake” when Iran shot down the US drone, saying he finds it “hard to believe it was intentional” and that it would have made a “big, big difference” if there was someone inside the drone. Is he defending Iran? Her added “Nobody died, but an expensive resource of ours, we don’t have many of, got blown up. We obviously care about that.” So he flip flopped quite fast.

“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die,” claimed Trump in a tweet. “150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.”

“President Obama made a desperate and terrible deal with Iran – Gave them 150 Billion Dollars plus 1.8 Billion Dollars in CASH! Iran was in big trouble and he bailed them out.” Wonder which right wing crackpot gave him those numbers. 2.5 years into his mandate and he is still whining about his predecessors and what has he claimed to done and actually did?

The US is escalating cyber-attacks on Russia’s electric power grid and has placed potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system, The New York Times reported. It would be used in the event of evidence that Russian interferes in the 2020 election.

But Trump may had not been briefed in any detail about the US computer code being implanted inside the Russian grid. Trump tweeted “This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country…. These [“fake media”] are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

Virtual act of treason? Hmmm. We already knows that he uses the “t” word now for just about anything that offends him. Media, Democrats, WASPS, dogs, exercise, … Maybe instead of looking at the “fake media”, if the story is actually true, they should find out who in the cyber ops leaked the information.

Trump issued new authorities last summer to the United States Cyber Command, which is part of the Pentagon and runs the US military’s defensive and offensive online operations. The classified document gives the commander of Cyber Command, Gen. Paul Nakasone, the power to conduct offensive online operations without needing presidential approval. That lack of approval is more concerning – however at least any command would be thought about thoroughly – unlike anything Trump would decide.

Secretary of State Mike “Pompous” Pompeo has denied the story but said if Cyber Command did do it, he says it should have been done by the previous administration. Not George W. Bush’s administration?

With Trump expected to meet with Chinese Prime Minister Xi soon, “Pompous” Pompeo claims Trump has always been a defender of human rights and will ask Xi about the current issues in Hong Kong. You don’t see Trump and the phase “human rights” in the same sentence as there has been at most a couple of times where Trump has complained about human rights and meant it. Xi himself may just say it is an internal matter and mind your own business [or point to Trump’s human rights record on immigrants].

From Trump’s first official campaign rally in Florida [is there any difference between this and any other rally?]:

  • “We are, by the way, the number-one producer of energy in the world because of what we’ve done right now.” – The Energy Information Administration, said in 2016: “US petroleum and natural gas production first surpassed Russia in 2012, and the United States has been the world’s top producer of natural gas since 2011. Only thing surpassed under Trump was crude oil production in 2018.
  • “And in September, just before the election, the FBI told President Obama about possible Russian interference, …. He did nothing.” – Except Obama authorized an extraordinary public statement in October 2016 blaming the hacking on “Russia’s senior-most officials,” and top administration officials issued multiple warnings to top Russian officials. Obama warned Russian President Vladimir Poutine directly, at a G20 meeting in September 2016. After the election, in December 2016, Obama imposed sanctions on Russia.
  • “And not only did we fill it up, but we had 120,000 requests.” – Except if the arena was filled up and so many requests, why didn’t they move it to a stadium or put up screens outside the arena.
  • “…no president has had to deal with before, because we did, in the middle of the great and illegal witch hunt, things that nobody have been able to accomplish, not even close.” – Except immediate proof of a crime is not required to make a probe legal, and the probe eventually resulted in the convictions of multiple Trump associates.
  • “It’s beautiful. I changed the design. It’s stronger, bigger, better and cheaper.” – To describe a wall that way and considering that earlier this year he said the wall was being built but wasn’t. And then there is no comparison on the second sentence since nothing was ever built or any plans were made public.
  • “This election is a verdict on whether we want to live in a country where the people who lose an election refuse to concede and spend the next two years trying to shred our Constitution and rip your country apart.” – Even over 2 years later, still whining about the election. Still don’t see anyone from the Democrats contesting the election. The same goes for the missing emails.
  • “And they spent $40 million on this witch hunt, $40 million. That’s right. They spent $40 million, probably a hell of a lot more than that.” – Except current estimates is a bit above $25 million but the US government is expected to receive $11 million as a result of asset forfeitures from Paul Manafort.
  • “And you know we couldn’t get the wall approved by the Democrats, even though they voted for it four years ago and six years ago…” – Except some Democrats voted to authorize 700 miles of border fencing. But the fencing was different than the Trump campaign proposal the Democrats opposed 10 years later, which was for a giant concrete wall.
  • “….we are creating a future of American energy independence, and yet our air and water are the cleanest they’ve ever been by far.” – According to whom?
  • “A vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism, and the destruction of the American dream.” – No comments.

Trump also whined about the usual stuff: Clinton, hoax, no collusion, vindicated in the Mueller Report, draining the swamp, overturn the election, etc.

Several pollsters have paid with their jobs after revealing lagging early swing state data that raises doubts over Trump’s ability to make political lightning strike again in 2020. Leaks showed that he is losing in several swing states. Then he tweeted “Only Fake Polls show us behind the Motley Crew. We are looking really good, but it is far too early to be focused on that.”

So he is behind in several states already and rumored to be angry for days about the internal polls leaked to the media last week that showed him losing to Democrats, including Joe Biden, in states like Michigan and Wisconsin. But then he blames the “fake media”. What would his comment be if he was winning? Hmmmm.

Trump said that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has “decided not to go forward with his confirmation process.” His resignation comes amid reports detailing his contentious divorce, which dragged out over six years. “….he can devote more time to his family.” Shanahan released a statement saying he withdrew from consideration after details surfaced related to “a painful and deeply personal family situation from long ago.” That sort of contradicts Trump. No shocker there.

Trump then named Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. Unlike Shanahan who wasn’t from the military, Esper has been in the military and is respected.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers voted to halt the Trump administration’s push to circumvent Congress and expedite $8.1 billion in arms sales to Gulf countries by declaring an emergency. Trump is expected to veto the package of resolutions of disapproval and the votes were far short of the two-thirds of the chamber needed to overrule Trump.

Magazine advice columnist E. Jean Carroll alleged Trump had sexually assaulted her at a New York luxury department store in the late 1990s. Carroll details the allegations in her forthcoming book.

Carroll claims that she encountered Trump in the fall of 1995 or spring 1996 at the Bergdorf Goodman department store, where she says he attacked her in one of the dressing rooms. According to Carroll’s account, Trump sought her advice in buying a gift, and the two had met previously.

“Shame on those who make up false stories of assault to try to get publicity for themselves, or sell a book, or carry out a political agenda — like Julie Swetnick who falsely accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh,” Trump said as a reply to the allegation. He said he has never met Carrell. He then added “Worse still for a dying publication to try to prop itself up by peddling fake news” taking aim at the New York Magazine which published the excerpts.

When a Time magazine journalist tried to take a picture of a letter received by Trump from Kim Jong Un that was off the record, saying to the journalist “Well, you can go to prison instead, because, if you use, if you use the photograph you took of the letter that I gave you….” why bother showing the letter even off the record.

Then he rants “Because I’m sure it will be the 28th horrible story I have in TIME Magazine because I never – I mean – ha. It’s incredible. With all I’ve done and the success I’ve had, the way that TIME Magazine writes is absolutely incredible.” An then “Some day within the next 20 years, maybe you’ll pick me as Man of the Year. O.K., big deal.” Except he was picked in 2016.

Later Trump said it was a personal letter. White House sources said it was just a birthday greeting. So why would Trump not show the letter?

In a Trump tweet, he is threatening that “millions” of undocumented immigrants would be deported next week. Now that he said it in public, I can see him tell his fan base that he did it when he didn’t. A day later, a senior immigration official with knowledge of the administration’s plans painted a different picture. “There is no operation next week to pick up millions… No clue where he got that impression.” Well, he said he’d kick out millions of criminals following his election win. That never happened.

Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks refused to answer questions about her time working in the White House as she testified behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee. “The president’s lawyers are directing her not to answer any questions even as we are recounting stuff she told to the special counsel” said a Democrat and member of the panel.

As part of the ongoing trade battles with China, Canada got caught in the middle. After the US requested the extradition from Canada of a Huawei executive [which has been caught in legal issues], China arrested 2 Canadians right after the executive was arrested on [err] trumped up charges. Since then China has also rescinded deals or blocked imports. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Washington to work with Trump on that issue, NAFTA 2.0 and other issues. Trump said that he has promised to take up the matter of the two Canadians with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week at the G20 summit in Japan. We’ll see.

Marc Lotter, the director of strategic communications for the Trump 2020 campaign, said that a new Quinnipiac showing Trump losing to 6 Democratic presidential candidates is “meaningless.” He also said their polls are not accurate. I wonder if he would say the same thing if Trump was leading. The Democratic candidates had anywhere between a 1% and a 9% leads over Trump.

“They’re after my financial statement – the Senate, they’d like to get my financial statement. At some point I hope they get it,” Trump said in an interview. “It’s a fantastic financial statement.” He claims he is being asked for statements “they’ve never asked another President for.” Trump has refused to release his tax returns while in office, making him the only modern president to refuse to do so.

From a tweet [referencing that he has 6 years left as president] “…do you think the people would demand that I stay longer?” Again, does he know the constitution? Not the first time he joked [or not] that he wants a longer than 8 year term [maybe in prison].

Seems the new cold war has invaded cancer research. A resignation of a leading Chinese researcher at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the departures in recent months of three other top Chinese American scientists, stem from a Trump administration drive to counter Chinese influence at US research institutions. The aim is to stanch China’s well-documented and costly theft of US innovation and know-how.

The National Institutes of Health has contacted 61 research institutions about suspected diversion of proprietary information by grant recipients and referred 16 cases, mainly involving undisclosed ties to foreign governments, for possible legal action. FBI agents are reading private emails, stopping Chinese scientists at airports, and visiting people’s homes to ask about their loyalty.

Oh acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is in trouble. During an interview recently Trump told him to leave the Oval office after Mulvaney coughed during one of Trump’s answers. “I don’t like that, you know, I don’t like that,” Trump said.

When French President Emmanuel Macron came to Washington in April 2018 for his first state visit, he and Trump planted a European sessile oak tree on the South Lawn of the White House. It was meant to symbolize friendship between the two countries and the 100th anniversary of when American troops fought in France during World War I. Now the tree is dead. How do you kill a tree?

The so-called Environmental Protection Agency said states can set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants — a rule that the agency itself says could result in 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030 than the Obama-era plan it will replace.

The move fulfills part of Trump’s promise to help the coal industry. Trump thinks this will help the coal industry but less and less companies are using coal because of carbon emissions and the fact that it is dirty. US coal consumption has plunged 39% to the lowest level in 40 years, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Oh. Happy Birthday Donnie!

Will he ever learn to think before speaking?

Seems he’ll never learn: Donald Trump said he would accept damaging information from Russia and China [or others] on his 2020 Democratic foe. “It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it.” He is now backtracking saying his words were taken out of context or didn’t say exactly that [but ABC has video], etc.

What Trump should do is refuse any information on any political foe – whether or not the individual is a foreign leader or a foreign spy. Some Republicans have also disliked this whole mess.

Mexico had already promised to take many of the actions agreed to in the immigration deal with the US — months before Trump’s tariff threat, officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations told the New York Times. So basically another fraud perpetrated by Trump. Trump moved to accept the existing agreements in a deal after negotiations prompted by his threat to impose growing tariffs on Mexico in response to the border situation dragged on over several days.

The Mexican government had pledged to deploy the National Guard nationwide with a focus on its southern border — a key part of the agreement — during secret meetings in March between former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Mexican interior secretary Olga Sanchez in Miami. The deal’s key expansion of a program that would keep asylum seekers in Mexico while their claims are processed was established in two heavily brokered two diplomatic notes exchanged between the two countries.

Trump argued on Twitter that his intervention and threat of tariffs had been instrumental in getting the promises down on paper. Trump also repeatedly threatened to close the border with Mexico earlier this year if it failed to halt migrant flows, before backing down amid domestic criticism.

Trump claimed that Mexico had agreed to more than what was revealed in the announcement, teasing that more would be announced soon. But he also claims that the Mexican government needs to vote on the agreement. He said while tariffs have been “indefinitely suspended”, tariffs will be reinstated if the agreement isn’t passed.

The additional unannounced part of the agreement could include the idea of Mexico becoming a “safe third country,” which would make it harder for asylum-seekers who pass through the country from other places to claim refuge in the US. Mexico has long opposed the safe country idea. The addition of 6000 Mexican national guard may not be much as they aren’t effective as the US national guard and probably filled with corruption.

Trump unveils four times what he says is the first page of his “secret” trade deal with Mexico on the White House lawn and claims that while he is in control of when it would go into effect, he will let Mexico decide when to announce the deal. Those with good cameras were able to zoom in on the page to actually see some of it.

Last year, Trump proclaimed a huge new trade deal with the European Union after backing off his threats to impose new automobile tariffs. In fact, the two sides agreed to talk about an agreement that is still yet to materialize. Trump has already said he will cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala accusing them of doing nothing to stop the migrant crisis. He has yet to do so.

“If President Obama made the deals that I have made, both at the Border and for the Economy, the Corrupt Media would be hailing them as Incredible, & a National Holiday would be immediately declared,” Trump said on Twitter. Because the “Corrupt Media” knows whatever deal Trump has made is almost always for show only and has little substance. Remember his “deal” with North Korea?

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that “I think what the president is saying is, if we move forward on trade, that perhaps he’ll be willing to do certain things on Huawei if he gets comfort from China on that and certain guarantees,” Mnuchin said. Mnuchin’s words double down on the contradictory arguments made by Trump in May, after he put the Chinese 5G technology pioneer on the US’ blacklist.

Trump’s own top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, last month begrudgingly admitted that both sides [China and the US] are losing from the spiraling trade war, with American businesses and consumers among those who end up paying for it.

India has announced new tariffs on several US products that will go into effect on June 16, India’s finance ministry said. The goods targeted include American apples — which will be hit with a 70% tariff — as well as almonds, lentils and several chemical products. India first announced plans to impose new tariffs a year ago in retaliation for increased US import duties on Indian steel and aluminum.

The relationship between India and the US has soured in recent weeks after the Trump administration ended India’s participation in a preferential trade program earlier this month. The program exempted Indian goods worth more than $6 billion from US import duties in 2018.

The administration with Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist who led enslaved people to freedom via the Underground Railroad, was supposed to be on a redesigned $20 bill to replace Andrew Jackson, who was the populist, slave owner, a president and Trump’s favorite president, in 2020 so the bill can include modern security features.

Instead, the bill has been delayed until 2028 even though the engraving plate for it was completed “as recently as May 2018” a Treasury Department employee told the New York Times. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has indicated that there are technical difficulties. Uh huh. In 2016, candidate Trump told NBC that stripping his favorite president, the populist and slave owner, Andrew Jackson, from the $20 bill was “pure political correctness.” Maybe that’s the technical difficulty.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said that he prefers to always “follow the process” for approval when it comes to foreign arms sales, comments that appear to put him at odds with Trump’s decision to declare an emergency to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

The House approved a resolution greenlighting the House Judiciary Committee to go to court to enforce its subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn’s testimony and to seek grand jury information from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as well as authorized the House panel to take its subpoena of Attorney General William Barr to court, but an agreement struck between the Judiciary Committee and the Justice Department means the committee won’t take that action — at least for now.

Trump claimed he never said he wanted to fire Mueller. Instead McGhan lied to make himself a good lawyer and wanted Mueller gone. I guess McGhan got thrown under the bus and driven over a few times.

The Department of Justice informed the House Oversight Committee that Trump has asserted executive privilege over some materials related to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Those documents have been insufficient and are either publicly available documents, heavily redacted or just not responsive to the request at all and unrelated.

The Democratic-led committee will be considering a census contempt resolution that recommends that the House of Representatives find Barr and Ross in contempt of Congress “for refusal to comply with subpoenas.” The contempt resolution itself includes citations for both civil and criminal contempt. Census data serves as the basis for decisions about how to allocate federal resources and draw congressional districts.

White House press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders will leave her position at the end of the month. Trump said that that Sanders will return to her home state of Arkansas and floated the possibility of a gubernatorial run. But there won’t be an opening until 2023 [assuming the current governor resigns or whatever]. Seriously?

Trump claims that Iran was all over the place pushing their might before he was elected and then said that they aren’t anymore and are in “deep deep trouble”. Ya? You sure? They’re still helping one side in Yemen’s civil war. They are still Hezbollah’s benefactor. They are still around in Syria.

Kim Jong Nam, the slain half-brother of Kim Jong Un, was a Central Intelligence Agency source who met on several occasions with agency operatives. Trump denied Nam was a CIA asset.

The US Office of Special Counsel [unrelated to Robert Mueller and his investigation] is recommending that White House adviser Kellyanne Conway be removed from federal service, saying she violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions. Conway erred by making “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.” The recommendation carries no actual power to remove Conway.

“If Ms. Conway were any other federal employee, her multiple violations of the law would almost certainly result in her removal from her federal position,” Special counsel Henry Kerner said. “Never has (the office) had to issue multiple reports to the President concerning Hatch Act violations by the same individual.”

Trump makes the final decision. “No, I’m not going to fire her. I think she’s a terrific person,” Trump told his propaganda department, Fox News. “…it seems to me to be very unfair, it’s called freedom of speech.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she’s “done” with Trump. “I don’t even want to talk about him,” she said, adding, “My stock goes up every time he attacks me, so what can I say, but let’s not spend too much time on that because that’s his victory, the diverter-in-chief, the diverter-of-attention-in-chief.” Would this mean she won’t have meetings with him now?

Analysts believe Trump may hit a trade version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. He can only threaten tariffs so many times before other countries relax knowing that Trump will offer a deal and in return the company getting hit with tariffs won’t have to do much. This allows Trump to show that he is making what his base will think are great deals built are mostly for show.

Fox News ‘personalities” [unsure if you can call them journalists] have started a health war on former Vice President [and Democrat candidate] Joe Biden claiming Biden has various ailments. As Trump spends hours a day watching Fox News, expect him to include their unproven information and conclude the information is true.

In an interview with CNBC:

  • “I’m a member of the US Chamber — maybe I’ll have to rethink that, because when you look at it, the chamber is probably more for the companies and the people that are members than they are for our country.” – This coming from a man who easily is in favor of big business.
  • “We should be entitled to have a fair playing field, but even without a fair playing field — because our Fed is very, very destructive to us.” – Confusing but the “Fed” is Jerome Powell, who Trump nominated as the Chairman of the Fed in November 2017.
  • “This country is allowing this French wine which is great, we have great wine, too, allowing it to come in for nothing. It is not fair.” – Now he will start a trade war with France over Wine?
  • “Because without tariffs, we would be absolutely, outside of something that I won’t even mention….” – And why won’t he mention it? Nothing there.
  • “Nobody’s going to be able to get through. And then [Mexican national guard] they’re also going to protect our southern border.” – So no need of a wall at the border?
  • “And China will, in my opinion, based on a lot of facts and a lot of knowledge…” – Who’s facts and knowledge. He definitely lack both.
  • “I can tell you they discriminate against me….. You know, people talk about collusion. The real conclusion is between the Democrats and these companies.” – Trump claims, without citing any evidence, that the big technology companies are biased against him.

At Trump’s flagship super PAC, America First Action, $33,000 was spent last year on a single event at the Prime Rib, a swanky DC steakhouse. The most expensive item on the menu is $65. Even with some booze, taxes and tip, did they have [say] 330 people there at $100 per person. AFA paid $120,000 to two firms tied to former Milwaukee sheriff [and Trump super-fan] David Clarke [for what work?], and the more than $460,000 spent over two years at Trump-owned properties [no shocker there but for what?].

In the 2018 cycle, AFA and its affiliated non-profit together raised about $75 million, well short of its $100 million goal. About $39 million of that went to the super PAC. By comparison, the Republican National Committee raised more than $233 million in individual contributions in the same cycle.

AFA was paying the equivalent of annual salaries to firms attached to Trump associates such as Sean Spicer, Katrina Pierson and Corey Lewandowski, not to mention Clarke, fueling the perception that the group has become a safe harbor for various Trump cast-offs and family friends.

The Trump administration is planning a costly Independence Day speech at the Lincoln Memorial, despite its failure to pay off $7 million in debt from the 2017 inauguration. To cover the lack of funds from the federal government, the District of Columbia will be pulling money out of its Emergency Planning and Security fund that is typically dedicated to security measures for emergencies and diplomatic events.

A bit of humor:
Reporter: Are you inviting the Raptors to the White House?
Trump: Those beautiful beasts? Sure
Reporter: No I mean the Toronto Raptors?
Trump: Who?