Are you ready for one heck of a night?

Note: As previously mentioned, since the mid-term elections are on right now but there won’t be much to say until late tonight, I’m send out this blog with all the miscellaneous stuff that came out of Trump [hmmmm] since Friday night. I should have a bit of an analysis sometime tomorrow as the dust settles.

According to one report, to help his ego, if the GOP lose the House, Trump intends to claim victory, arguing his efforts on the campaign trail narrowed GOP losses and helped them hold the Senate. Trump has been tested out other explanations — pointing to historical headwinds for the party of an incumbent president and complaining about a rash of GOP retirements this year. And why did they retire?

To distance himself from a probably big loss in the House, Trump said “My primary focus has been on the Senate.” In the senate, he may pick up a seat.

At a rally in West Virginia a defiant Trump brushed off the prospect of a Democratic House takeover. “It could happen,” he said, adding “don’t worry about it. I’ll just figure it out.” Yes. Blame someone for the loss but not himself.

Should they take the House, Democrats are already plotting to reopen the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Other committees are plotting aggressive oversight of Trump’s administration and his web of business interests. Some Democrats are looking at using the House Ways and Means Committee to obtain copies of the president’s tax returns after he broke with decades of tradition and withheld them from public scrutiny during his campaign for the White House.

An advertisement aims to motivate Republican turnout by vilifying a group of migrants walking toward the US southern border, wrongly portraying them as invaders and criminals, was pulled by NBC, Fox and Facebook. The advertisement was not submitted to either CBS or ABC. Donald Trump Jr. complained on Twitter that CNN “refused to run” the advertisement.

Trump was not pleased by this marquee closing TV ad his campaign unveiled last week featuring upbeat themes about the economy. Instead, he insisted to aides that his closing argument for the midterm elections would be a hardline anti-immigration message to fire up his core supporters. Seems his campaign people ignored him.

The Trump campaign chose to advertise on “Sunday Night Football” even though Trump whined last year that NFL ratings have dropped over the years. This after players were taking a knee during the American anthem.

At a town hall Trump said “You see how they’ve behaved. You see what’s happening with them. They’ve really become radicalized.” Sure. Donnie. Who posted a racist campaign video only to pull it.

He also said “If Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi gain the majority, they will try to raise your taxes, restore job-killing regulations, shut down your coal mines and timber mills, take away your healthcare, impose socialism, and ERASE your borders.” So what’s left? Wasn’t it Trump who tried to kill the Affordable Care Act which would of removed maybe 32 million citizens from getting healthcare?

“There’s electricity in the air like I haven’t seen since ’16,” he said which basically means the last two years since his election has been boring. True!

Trump shrugged off the prospect of Democrats going after his tax returns if the party wins control of the House in this week’s midterm contests, suggesting he was unbothered by a protracted fight over his financial documents. “I don’t care. They can do whatever they want, and I can do whatever I want,” Trump said. And when they do he will complain about it.

Seems in days before the mid-term election, is Trump getting nervous? “The Democrat Party wants to sign illegal aliens up for free health care, free welfare, free education. And what do they really want? The right to vote. Because they figure that’s the way they stay in office forever,” Trump said. Did he steal some secret memo from the Democratic party? Maybe he had his Russian friends steal it for him.

Trump claims that many of the migrants coming up through Central America has many criminals. Then the Department of Homeland Security somehow figured out that at least 270 of them are criminals. How do they know? Did they ask?

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said that the US military will not be “involved in the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States.”

When asked why Melania Trump wasn’t on the campaign trail, “Due to her schedule as a mother and as first lady, especially with the upcoming holidays and international travel, there are no plans for her to campaign,” Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said. Seriously? Holidays are 8 weeks away. It’s not like she is doing all the ordering, decorating, etc. The mid-term elections is a fixed date election. It was known before her husband got elected. Or maybe there was a[nother] fight between them?

There is a growing list of music acts who have told the Trump not to use their music. The lists includes The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Rihanna, The O’Jays, Adele, Queen and Pharrell Williams.

Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, claimed that Trump used racist language in several private conversations. Cohen recalled four times that Trump made denigrating comments to him about black people. In an example, when South African leader Nelson Mandela died, Trump remarked, “‘Name one country run by a black person that’s not a s___hole,’ and then he added, ‘Name one city.'”

A Pittsburgh rabbi told Trump that hate speech led to synagogue massacre. Trump, who has been accused of using anti-Semitic tropes and hateful rhetoric, has repeatedly denied the accusations, noting that his daughter and son-in-law are Jewish. I don’t think he picks who his kids marry. I’m sure he wished his son-in-law converted instead.

The Washington Post claim that Trump had told 1,100 lies and mistruths within the last 7 weeks. That’s averaging 22 per day but has climbed to 30 a day recently [at the rallies are one reason].

According to a 1990 Vanity Fair interview, Ivana Trump [Trump’s first ex] once told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that her then husband, real-estate mogul Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches near his bed. Not really shocked. You?

A bit of humor. At an interview:

  • Interviewer: “What did you do for the Trump administration?”
  • Job candidate: “I was locked in a room in the basement in some old dingy, smelly building looking for any reports that would support Trump’s imaginary theories. It was so bad, we weren’t allowed to eat or go to the washroom. We wore adult diapers.”
  • Interviewer: “Did you find any?”
  • Job Candidate: “Not very often. Anyone who did was allowed to leave work 5 minutes early but you had to stay an extra 5 minutes the following day.”
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It’s almost game time!

Note: With the mid-term elections on for Tuesday, I’ll probably have a blog ready either for late Tuesday or otherwise maybe Wednesday to cover some post- election coverage.

After a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburg, Donald Trump said there is “too much hate”. He can start with his own rhetoric. He also denied any stricter gun laws would of helped but suggested that security at the synagogue could of helped. “If they’d had protection inside, the result would have been a lot better.”

He also suggested that laws should be changed to push for the death penalty for mass shootings. Like denying stricter guns laws, I don’t think the death penalty will stop these type of killings because some are because of mentally imbalanced shooters and others because of extreme religious views. The latter would like to be killed for martyrdom.

Trump falsely claimed that the New York Stock Exchange re-opened the day after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to justify holding a rally on the same day that a mass shooting occurred at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. NYSE didn’t open until 6 days later.

White House counselor Kellyanne “The Witch” Conway claims that “Trump [is] trying to heal country”. She tried to defend Trump even though after the Pittsburgh shootings Trump went after Tom Steyer [see below], Maxine Waters and others. Conway said that Trump went after Waters only after waters made some comments. Very childish from the supposedly leader of the free world.

Both federal, state and local officials – including from his own party – have refused to go with him to visit Pittsburgh. Even the mayor will not appear with Trump. Federal officials not going include a senate representative plus Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Trump has warned of an “invasion” of undocumented immigrants if the border isn’t sealed with a wall. “Invaders” is one of the words the Pittsburgh shooter had used on social media prior to his mass murdering.

Trump “extended a bipartisan invitation to Congressional Leadership to travel with him to Pennsylvania. Understandably, the members had prior commitments or wanted to show their respect in a private way,” said White House press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders. Ya. Not even close.

Trump has vowed to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on US soil. Such a step would be regarded as an affront to the US Constitution, which was amended 150 years ago to include the words: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” Trump said. Nope. Several other countries, including Canada, have a policy of birthright citizenship.

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” he said, adding that he has run it by his counsel. “You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,” Trump said. “They’re saying” is his code phrase for no one or someone who doesn’t know about the constitution. Sounding more and more like a dictatorship.

Trump went after House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying one of the top Republican leaders in the President’s party “knows nothing about” birthright citizenship and “should be focusing on holding the Majority” in the House of Representatives “rather than giving his opinions” on the issue. This was a day after Ryan told a radio station that “you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.”

Trump understands that the migrants are 1,000 miles from the US frontier and pose no realistic threat to Americans, for months at least. But does his base know that. The way he is describing things, they are just miles away.

Meanwhile he has sent 5200 troops to the border who may secure the border a bit but will ultimately do little for a few months at the cost of how much money [transporting them and equipment, temporary housing, etc.]. Then Trump suggested that he may authorize up to 15,000 troops with authorization to shoot.

To show something equivalent, at 15,000 there would be more troops at the border doing who knows what than the number in Afghanistan. The bill for the first six months of the National Guard deployment came to $185 million US, or roughly $1 million a day. By that measure, 15,000 more troops would cost about $225 million US a month.

The Department of Homeland Security asked that the Pentagon provide a reserve force that could be called upon to provide “crowd and traffic control” and safeguard Customs and Border Protection personnel at the border to counter a group of Central American migrants walking to the US border to request asylum. The Pentagon rejected the request on October 26.

When then President George W. Bush sent the National Guard to fortify the border from June 2006 to July 2008 — 6,000 troops for the first year, reduced to 3,000 for the second — it ended up costing $1.2 billion.

In an administration plan, the Department of Homeland Security could limit the number of migrants able to enter at legal ports of entry. DHS would do this by “metering,” essentially creating a waitlist to allow people to enter only if the department has the capacity to process and detain them at one of its facilities.

Trump knows that immigration is one of the top two or three issues that his base crave for. Why else would he propose an executive order for something that needs a constitutional change – and unlikely to get – ending birthright citizenship. He obviously knows the limitations of an executive order – or does he?

Trump is already laying the groundwork for who or what to blame in case the elections don’t go well for him by saying that the slowing GOP momentum is because of the recent domestic attacks. Already he has stated that he would take full credit if the GOP do well but no blame if they do badly.

While it would have been smart if Trump pushed his economic accomplishments [the few he has had in 2 years], instead he is using the invasion of foreigners entering the country illegally because it is what his base wants to here.

Trump attacked billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer, who is obsessed with impeaching him, after he was interviewed on CNN. Something wrong here. Trump claims he doesn’t watch CNN because it’s “fake news”. But Trump tweeted “He comes off as a crazed & stumbling lunatic who should be running out of money pretty soon.” So he was watching. CNN anchor Jake Tapper promptly tweeted: “Thanks for watching CNN, Mr. President!” Trump will probably claim that a flunky of his watched and gave him a report.

Steyer, who’s considering a 2020 bid against him, wants Trump to be impeached and has paid for national advertisements on TV calling for it. So as usual, anyone considered a threat to Trump, Trump responds by bashing the person. He also charged the president with breaking the law and engaging in “violent political rhetoric.” He has sank at least $110 million in the midterm elections, making him the biggest investor on the left in campaign cash.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted and later deleted a tweet last week that suggested that “We cannot allow [George] Soros, [Tom] Steyer, and [Michael] Bloomberg to BUY this election! Get out and vote Republican November 6th.” The three are Jewish and billionaire Democratic donors. This was tweeted after a Soros had a non-functioning pipe bomb delivered to him and before the Pittsburgh shootings.

In an interview Trump said “I do try, and I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth….. But I always like to be truthful.” So when supposedly doesn’t he?

The Trump administration is set to re-enable all sanctions against Iran that had been lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear agreement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. He said the US will grant temporary waivers to eight “jurisdictions” from energy related sanctions that will be re-enable as the Trump administration seeks to ratchet up pressure on the Iranian regime. Nice coincidence – right before the mid-term elections.

The Trump administration is seeking to change rules to give employers more flexibility to deny women insurance coverage for birth control. The proposed changes are a response to previous judges’ objections to the administration’s previous efforts to deny coverage that is stipulated as part of Obamacare.

Trump will be doing 7 rallies over the final 3 days but won’t be going to two battleground states, Arizona and Nevada because GOP officials told him not to come. Maybe a reason why he is visiting some states twice in those final days.

At a rally in Missouri, Trump said:

  • “You must reject the Democrat politics of anger and hatred and division and fear.” Seriously?
  • “Let me tell you, we would be in a nuclear war right now if the right person didn’t come along.” Hmmm. How close were we with North Korea in 2017? That was probably closer than ever before and still nothing positive out of his “deal” with North Korea except maybe a bit of calm. They still have nuclear warheads and they still seem to be manufacturing them.
  • “The only time I’ve seen them, they underestimate the crowd. They want to underestimate that crowd [in the caravan], which is easy for them, actually, to do. But that’s a lot of people.” Unsure what a couple of thousand would do but remember how he [or his cronies] over estimated his inauguration crowd?
  • “You know, I think what happened — I really believe somebody was involved that’s not on our side of the ledger. Somebody was involved.” Trump claiming again that the Democrats organized the caravan. No proof as usual.
  • “Even one of them recently said that President Trump made promises, but he’s kept many more promises. I mean, far more than I made.” Do you know what/who he is talking about?
  • “Hundreds of thousands of children born to illegal immigrants are made automatic citizens of the United States every year because of this crazy, lunatic policy that we can end.” It’s called the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
  • “We’re the hot country. Can you believe it?” Climate change, maybe.

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn ended his tumultuous tenure at the White House with one last encounter in which Trump blamed him for Robert Mueller’s appointment. He left before the background investigation was complete for the incoming White House counsel Pat Cipollone. A while back, Trump ordered McGahn to fire Mueller, but McGahn refused.

As if Trump backer, Fox News’ Lou Dobbs, was an issue with his comments last week, a guest of his called the State Department “Soros-occupied” territory in May. The episode was re-broadcasted the day of the Pittsburgh shootings. Dobbs is a business journalist [supposedly] and not politics. In the past, Dobbs has referred to Soros as an “evil SOB” and “insidious.” Dobbs has also peddled various conspiracy theories about Soros.

Trump launched an attack on Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, labeling him a “thief” without evidence and claiming that, as mayor of Tallahassee, Gillum oversees one of the country’s “most corrupt cities.” While Gillum was told by the FBI he is not under any probe. “That individual’s under FBI investigation…. I’ll leave that to the President to make those kinds of statements” said Simpleton.

Rep. Ron DeSantis is already behind Gillum in double digits according to the latest polls. DeSantis began the general election campaign by warning voters not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum and has also faced questions over his role as an administrator on a racist Facebook page.

Simpleton is expected to leave in the coming months after more than a year in the role. Noooo!

Simpleton defended Trump and insisted he was being treated unfairly. She also repeatedly maintained that Trump was elected by an overwhelming majority of Americans, not saying he lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. I guess only the hard core Republican votes would believe this.

“This is a President who has risen to that occasion and works to bring our country together in a number of occasions, whether it’s the hurricanes, whether it’s the Las Vegas shooting, whether it was the Pittsburgh shooting,” Simpleton said. [OK, you can stop laughing now. Seriously. Stop.]

A Republican congressional candidate in Illinois used an old photo of a rundown street in Jaywick Sands In England to illustrate the alleged dangers American voters faced if they elected Democrats. The posting by candidate Nick Stella did not make clear, however, that the photograph was of a village in England, not a location in the U.S. Bad grammar: “A Vote for Foster is a Vote for a Speaker Pelosi”. Don’t need the “a” before Speaker.

 

 

Trump deals with a bomber and fails

Donald Trump pointed the finger at his opponents and the news media for the turbulent national political environment, on the same day explosive devices were mailed to the Obamas, the Clintons, other public officials, actor Robert De Niro and CNN. A total of 14 were delivered in the New York area, Washington area, California and in Florida. All of them who have been targets of Trump.

“A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” he said in a tweet. “Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!” You laughing?

During a rally in Wisconsin, Trump promised to bring those responsible for mailing the explosive devices to justice and broadly condemned violence, without specifically naming the targets of the bombs. Trump took no responsibility for his own rhetoric — which has included attacks on news outlets and Democratic opponents.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump could not have been more presidential in his response to the suspicious devices that have been sent around the nation. Yes, compared to his other previous responses. However, he did say anything immediately and waited quite a bit before he did. Maybe he was watching the coverage on Fox… or his favorite cartoon show.

Sanders also said that there’s a big difference between “comments made and actions taken.” She compared these bombs with the shooting of the 2017 shooting of Republican congressman Steve Scalise by a Bernie Sanders supporter. How can she compare the two?

Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs, who is prone to peddling conspiracy theories and is a prominent supporter of Trump, asserted without evidence that they were “Fake bombs–Fake Bombs. Who would possibly benefit by such fakery?” in a tweet and then removed it after immediate and widespread condemnation. Authorities have said that the bombs found in the packages were rudimentary, but functional.

High-profile conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested the culprit was a “Democrat operative” aiming to portray Republicans in the worst possible light ahead of the midterm elections. I’m surprised Trump didn’t use this “information”.

After the alleged bomber was caught but not charged, Trump said at a political rally in Charlotte, North Carolina “We have seen an effort by the media in recent hours to use the sinister actions of one individual to score political points against me and the Republican Party.”

Those remarks came just hours after Trump complained on Twitter that he was being blamed for the spate of mail bombs, claiming “CNN and others” were comparing it to 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing. It was unclear who he believes has made such comparisons. Trump’s critics have charged that his inflammatory rhetoric against Democrats and the press has created a climate for politically motivated violence.

“Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror,” former CIA director John Brennan tweeted. “Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful. Clean up your act….try to act Presidential.”

Trump retreated from his stance that Saudi Arabia’s story about the killing of the journalist inside their Turkish consulate was credible but still gave a strong vote of confidence to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Trump said the evidence that so many of the crown prince’s close associates were involved in the killing did not convince him that MBS was to blame. Seems that Trump always chooses the wrong person.

Trump once again touted that the Saudis plan to buy $110 billion in military equipment, but many of those deals have yet to be formalized and some analysts consider the overall number fanciful. Trump also said that if the US doesn’t get the deals [aren’t they finalized?] the Russians or Chines would get the deals.

Trump now thinks the Saudis engaged in “the worst coverup ever” after the Saudi changed their story and now say the journalist was killed. That is until his administration gets investigated soon and still no sanctions.

Experts don’t believe the excuse. Why not admit the death instead of bringing in a crew to dispose of the body. It also sounds like he will not “severely” punish Saudi Arabia because it will kill the thousands of jobs in the US if arms deals are canceled.

White House officials said there has been a deliberate effort during the controversy to sideline Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, who has developed a strong relationship with the Saudi crown prince. Trump has supposedly grown frustrated with Kushner.

“Jared doesn’t do business with Saudi Arabia. They’re two young guys. Jared doesn’t know him well or anything,” Trump said. “They are just two young people. They are the same age. They like each other I believe. Jared has done a very good job. I think he’ll make peace with Israel.” Interesting. He says Kushner doesn’t know him well but Trump is describing them as if they are good friends.

Trump told reporters that he intended to withdraw the country from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed by the Soviet Union and United States in 1987 during the final years of the Cold War. The agreement has helped eliminate thousands of land-based missiles from the US and Russia, and Trump’s plans have raised concerns of a renewed arms race between the two nations.

Trump said he was pulling out of the treaty because Russia has “been violating it for many years.” US and NATO officials have long criticized Russia for testing a cruise missile that they say is banned under the accord. The Russian government has said it would be forced “to take measures” if the US began developing new missile systems. Another issue id that China could build them as they are not part of the pact.

With the increase in number of El Salvadorians, Hondurans and Guatemalans getting ever close to the Mexico/US border, now numbering 7000, Trump threatened to cut off aid to those countries. It seems that cutting aid and adding tariffs is the only thing he knows how to do.

Trump claimed he would declare a “national emergency” over an issue that has frequently piqued his attention — migrant caravans moving toward the United States through Central America and Mexico. He also claims that “unknown Middle Easterners” are “mixed” in with the caravan. Yet there have been no reports, in the press or publicly from intelligence agencies, to suggest they are embedded in the caravan.

White House press secretary Sanders said that the administration “absolutely” has evidence of Middle Easterners in the caravan, “and we know this is a continuing problem.” However, she did not provide the specific evidence supporting that claim. Uh huh.

According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services, upon arrival at the border, the caravan asylum-seekers would surrender themselves to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. Providing they have not had a previous asylum claim rejected by the US, they are eligible to make an affirmative asylum request. So all Trump can do is block the border but eventually it does have to open up and they will come in.

Trump has repeatedly tied the Democrats to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. At a Houston rally, “The Democrats have launched an assault on the sovereignty of our country, the security of our nation and the safety of every American.” And yet almost 2 months into his term, has he corrected anything? He has the majority in the House and Senate.

China denounced a U.S. newspaper report that it is listening to Trump’s phone calls, and suggested he exchange his iPhone for a cellphone made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei. A 2012 report by a congressional panel said Huawei’s equipment was a security risk.

Trump even backed China by saying in a tweet “The New York Times has a new Fake Story that now the Russians and Chinese (glad they finally added China) are listening to all of my calls on cellphones.”

As if he doesn’t think declining revenue [thanks to his tax cuts to business] will hurt his administration, Trump is planning to woo voters to the Republicans by giving a 10% tax cut to the middle class. Call it a pre-election bribe. As Congress is out until after elections, there won’t be any vote until then.

“By the way, a lot of people in California don’t want them, either. They’re rioting now. … A lot of these sanctuary cities you’ve been hearing about in California and other places, but California, they want to get out, they’re demanding they be released from sanctuary cities,” said Trump recently at a rally in Nevada. Rioting? If you believe that I have a farm to sell you 500 miles east of Bermuda.

After former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about Trump looking out for himself, Trump responded at a rally with “He never had more than one percent. So we call him either Sleepy Joe Biden or One Percent. Which is better?” One percent of what?
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Wednesday that President Donald Trump “is a liar” and that he “should probably dial down the lying.” The guy is peddling his new book “Trump: The Blue-Collar President”.

Trump tweeted. “I’m picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find. As you know, Ted [Cruz] has my complete and total Endorsement. His opponent is a disaster for Texas – weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!” The rally will take place at Kyle Field in College Station which can hold maybe 102,000. It will look a bit embarrassing if there are plenty of empty seats. Trump also says the same words about every opponent. “Weak on….”

Trump is laying the groundwork for a possible fraud excuse if his party loses badly when he tweeted “All levels of government and Law Enforcement are watching carefully for VOTER FRAUD, including during EARLY VOTING. Cheat at your own peril. Violators will be subject to maximum penalties, both civil and criminal!”

In one study, Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt tracked US elections from 2000 to 2014 in search of “specific, credible allegation that someone may have pretended to be someone else at the polls.” How many examples did he find? Exactly 31 — out of more than 1 billion instances. 31! In the 2016 election, in which more than 135 million votes were cast, there were a total of four documented cases of voter fraud.

Remember that tax break the Trump administration gave to [mostly] the wealthy Americans? The federal deficit is up 17% to $779 billion for the fiscal year, the most since 2012. While the administration thought the rich would pass along the cuts to their businesses, revenue has dropped.

Ah. The economy is doing so well in the US under Trump. Kmart had 2100 stores in 2002. They are down to 360 stores with 110 stores about to close or have.

Last month, the Washington Post’s fact-checking team documented what it called a “tsunami of untruths” uttered by Trump over a two-day period that brought his total number of false or misleading claims past 5,000 on his 601st day in office.

Richard Pinedo has been sentenced to six months in prison for establishing American bank accounts using stolen identities for Russians attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. The accounts were used to funnel money into the US to be used to pay for ads with PayPal. In his plea deal, Pinedo admitted to one count of identity fraud. He is cooperating with federal investigators.

Singling out the new Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis (EI-ISAC) Center as the fastest growing ISAC in history, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the network of sensors established by the ISAC and the sharing network that is in place with more than 1,000 governments signed up so far. The department is ready for the mid-term elections against cyberattacks. Well if there are reports that there were cybersecurity issues, she should resign.

So if Trump says that the Russians did not meddle in the US elections, he is slowly been proven otherwise. Of course he will then say that the Democrats were involved but he still won the election [even with the Russians and Democrats joining “forces”].

A Florida man accused of groping a passenger on Southwest Airlines told an FBI agent after his arrest that the “President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts,” according to a criminal complaint. I’m surprised this probably hasn’t happened sooner.

To date more than $150 million US has been spent on 280,000 immigration-focused ads in this election cycle which is five times what was spent on similar spots during the 2014 midterms.

A survey released by the Pew Research Center asked likely voters to identify the most important issues facing America. Democrats said health care, gun violence and ethics in government. Republicans said illegal immigration, and to lesser extent drug addiction, and not much else.

A bit of humor. At an interview:

  • “What did you do at the Washington Post?”
  • “I was working full time with plenty of overtime, checking what Trump said during his speeches.”
  • “That must of kept you quite busy.”
  • “A full time job and then some. I need a change in scenery. Very stressful.”
  • “So working in the cafeteria as a bus boy?”