End of the year, near the beginning of Trump year 1 of 4

Happy New Year!

Donald Trump announced that he will shut down his foundation so there won’t be any issues between his presidency and the foundation. But he is being investigated for some tax issues and the foundation can’t be shut down until the tax issues are settled according to the IRS.

Meanwhile Trump claims that 100% of all donations went to charities. This is virtually impossible unless he personally paid for the foundations expenses [which may not be legal either]. In Canada, for example, under 20% of donations go to expenses is acceptable.

Trump continues to deny that Russia was involved in the hacking of the Democratic Party as well as some government sites even though a couple of federal agencies that will be under him soon says Russia did. I guess trump has given them a vote of no confidence.

Trump supporters continue to downplay Russia’s role in the election. “Let’s assume it’s true,” Reince Priebus, Trump’s incoming chief of staff. “There’s no evidence that shows that the outcome of the election was changed because of a couple dozen John Podesta emails that were out there.” The number of leaked emails by Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, was actually closer to tens of thousands. And it’d be difficult to prove exactly what influenced voters. But even the slightest bit of evidence would be a problem even if not big enough to change the final vote.

On President Barack Obama’s vow to retaliate against the Russians for hacking, Conway said: “It seems like the president is under pressure from Team Hillary, who can’t accept the election results.” Or maybe it is the right thing to do.

Obama retaliated and Trump praised Vladimir Poutine for not retaliating himself. Who’s side is Trump on? Is he actually a Russian?

Trump signaling that Russia wasn’t involved or couldn’t care less that the government he will soon run will be open season to others.

Jason Miller, President-elect Donald Trump’s spokesman, has decided he will not take the job of White House communications director he was tapped for just two days earlier. Citing family reasons, Miller announced he will not continue on to the White House and will hand off his responsibilities as communications director to Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee communications director. Not a good sign.

For his inauguration, Mormon Tabernacle Choir [with some controversy] and America’s Got Talent star Jackie Evancho [WHO? And I guess whatever career she has will tank shortly after the shin dig.] have confirmed. It looks like just Ted Nugent and Kid Rock could be performing – there is no confirmation yet. Lee Greenwood is also apparently in discussions. Declining include Garth Brooks, Radio City Rockettes, Elton John [a Trump favorite and Trump’s team said he would appear but Elton said he never agreed], Celine Dion, David Foster and others.

Trump adviser Conway even made a plea on national TV a few weeks ago, asking Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars to call her to be part of the festivities.

“The so-called ‘A’ list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!” Trump tweeted that several stars had requested to attend his inauguration but without naming any stars seeking inauguration access.

Still, all Trump has lined up are non-performing celebrities like maybe Clint Eastwood [but he is a good piano player – so he may be the only one to perform] and Gary Sinise. Trump is even having a problem of ex-living Presidents to confirm. So far only Jimmy Carter has confirmed. Not even the last two Republican presidents want to join.

According to the inauguration committee, for prices ranging from $25,000 to $1 million, donors can purchase attendance at a variety of special events across the weekend. For example, a $1 million check will buy four tickets to a “leadership luncheon” with “select cabinet appointees and House and Senate leadership” [ever heard of lobbying?], eight tickets to a “ladies luncheon,” another eight tickets to a dinner that features Melania Trump and tickets to official inaugural events and the swearing-in ceremony. Estimated cost it $75 million for the events. I wonder if any of the donors will “influence” Trump.

Wonder what happens if they have trouble getting tickets sold. I guess Trump can always call up his donor buddies to help out. Maybe Mr. Poutine will take $1 million out of the billions he has syphoned over the years and buy a set of 4.

A New York man says he and his husband were removed from a JetBlue flight recently after his husband “expressed displeasure” about flying with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.

“Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.” This was a release made by RNC chairman [and party of Trump’s inner circle] Reince Priebus and co-chair Sharon Day said in the statement. Twitter users interpreted the phrasing about a “new King” as a comparison of President-elect Donald Trump.

In the IT section, George A. Polisner, who for the last four years has worked in Oracle’s managed cloud services team, has quit the company over co-CEO Safra Catz’s decision to join president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team and her expression of Oracle’s intention to support his policies. “I must resign from this once great company.”

As well, IBM staff have petitioned the company to – among other things – express concern that “IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s open letter to President-elect Donald Trump does not affirm IBMers’ core values of diversity, inclusiveness, and ethical business conduct.” The petition has been live for over a week and at the time of writing had recently passed 100 signatories, a slow take-up attributed to limited circulation and end of the year.

 

So un-presidential is Tump

After keeping quite quiet for two weeks, the dark side of president-elect Donald Trump has come out.

First even with large enough leads in the three states that would make it impossible for Hillary Clinton to capture any of the states, it still bothers Trump that he has to lash out at anyone who wants a recount.

Trump announced that he is leaving his family’s business to concentrate on being the President but gave no details. His s three eldest children – Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka – are expected to run the operations. How he is going to do this will be a mystery as he may have requested top security clearance for the three and Ivanka’s husband. In addition, Trump owns golf clubs, office towers and other properties in several countries. He holds ownership stakes in more than 500 companies. He has struck licensing deals for use of his name on hotels and other buildings around the world. [If you think the supposedly connection between the Clinton Foundation and the state department (that Trump claimed during the election) could be an issue, wait until this progresses.] Ethics experts have pushed for Trump to fully exit the ownership of his businesses using a blind trust or equivalent arrangement.

Experts say Trump may have to sell off his stake in his new luxury Trump hotel down the road from the White Shack. It was originally the central post office and is still government property. Trump too a 60 year lease but part of the lengthy lease documents say anyone in public office can not own or lease the building. Trump put $200 million of his money [supposedly] into renovating the building.

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” tweeted Trump. I wouldn’t consider the outcome a landslide [particularly if by some fluke the recounts in the three states went to Clinton.] Trump first alleged hat “millions” of undocumented immigrants voted against him and later directed the inaccurate charges at California, Virginia and New Hampshire. California is one state where he had no chance of winning. So unsure why he would even bother complaining about that state anyways. [That and most immigrants probably wouldn’t vote for him anyways.] Trump may have used the information tweeted by Gregg Phillips of True the Vote, whose baseless allegation was later picked up by some fringe media outlets.

“Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!” Trump tweeted.

Tom Rath, the former attorney general of New Hampshire said “This will probably cost me my spot in the Cabinet but there was no fraud, serious or other, in this election in NH. There just wasn’t.”

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla hit back at Trump, tweeting that his “unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in California and elsewhere are absurd.”

In 2012, he tweeted: “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy” and yet he accepts his win from it. But right after his win he said “The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!”

Trump continues to ignore advisors and his national security briefings. The latest mess has him accepting a call from the President of Taiwan – considered a no-no to appease the Chinese. He could be just turning up the heat a bit as he went after China throughout the elections.

Trump continues to whine in his tweets against Saturday Night Live after the show made fun of him over his diplomatic goof with Taiwan. I’m sure Trump will sign an executive order killing the show in January – if he could. So presidential.

A petition has started on change.org as New Yorkers don’t want to pay the estimated $1 million per DAY security bill [and other costs] to have Melania Trump in New York.

President-elect Donald Trump is “irritated” with top aide Kellyanne Conway’s public campaign against Mitt Romney’s potential nomination as Secretary of State. There is an internal feud between Conway and chief of staff Reince Priebus, specifically about the choice between Romney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani for the nation’s top diplomatic position. She said that Trump supporters felt “betrayed” by Romney’s consideration. Conway and others have pointed to the vicious personal attacks Romney lobbed at Trump throughout the campaign as being different and more severe than many other. Will she still be in the administration by January? New York Rep. Chris Collins called Romney a “self-serving egomaniac.”

Seems that that Donald Trump will have both the technology and the Constitutional authority to send a Tweet, should he wish to, to every phone of every American whenever he wants.

Meanwhile, Trump uses an Android phone. Probably not secure for his position. [I sure hope his Android phone is made in America. 🙂 ]

A CNN survey released last week found that Trump’s favorability rating had gone from 36 per cent a few weeks before the election to 47 per cent 10 days after the vote. A little less than half of Americans said Trump’s actions since the election had made them more confident in his ability to serve as president.

A Quinnipiac poll released last week found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans thought Trump should shut down his personal Twitter account. More than half were concerned that Trump might veto legislation that’s good for the nation if it hurt his business interests.

 

Time for electoral reform in the US?

Maybe it is time for some electoral reform in the United States. Only 2 states [Maine and Nebraska] do not follow the winner-takes-all rule like the other states. In those states, there could be a split of Electoral votes among candidates through the state’s system for proportional allocation of votes. So those two states have a slightly better representation of the vote.

In the case of this past US election, Hillary Clinton had 2 million more votes than president-elect Donald Trump and yet lost the election because Trump won more of the tighter races like Michigan and Pennsylvania while Clinton blew away Trump in California and the District of Columbia. [Note: Some information is still not final.] An estimated 136 million out of 232 million people voted in the US. So take the 232 million and divide into 538 seats and you have roughly 431,000 votes per seat. There was about 9 states [plus DC] that didn’t even get that many votes in this past election. California [the biggest prize] got a bit under 14 million who voted out of about 25 million.

While the constitution guarantees every state a minimum of 2 seats other states are given quite a bit more. Nebraska had just 835,000 votes but still had 3 seats [at a total of 1.3 million voters, they are about on par with the number of seats allocated].

But here comes the question: A state such as California is a winner takes all state. So whomever gets the most votes wins all the seats no matter how close. So [even after a recount] the winner could have taken all 55 seats with just a [say] 100 vote majority. What does that say to the people who voted for the wrong candidate. Instead of a 28 seats to 27 seats, those who were not on the winning side technically are not represented.

Maybe it is time to adjust the electoral college and maybe incorporate what is done in some countries in Canada and elsewhere.

In Canada [as of 2015] there are 338 seats [or ridings] in Parliament. With some minor exceptions, every riding in Canada is at the averages about 75,000 people and within the largest provinces there is a difference of about 15,000 [plus or minus]. Each riding is counted on election day. The winner of the riding means one seat for the party and its leader. So in British Columbia [with 42 ridings], it is not who wins the most votes in BC but who won the most ridings.

Like in the US elections, there will be some ridings were there will be a landslide win for one candidate or another but overall they were even out.

The largest province, Ontario has almost a third of the ridings. Can you imagine how easy it could be if it was a winner take all? Another 49 ridings and they won easily. [Quebec generally votes the same way as Ontario, so the election would be over before the western provinces are counted.] In the last federal election in Canada in 2015, the percentages of seats won were very close to that of the popular vote.

Going back to the US election, theoretically Clinton could of picked up about 272 of 538 seats.

[PS – There is talk of modifying the electoral process in Canada, switching to proportional representation. But that should never happen. With 2 large parties and a third almost as large, Canadian governments would end with constant coalitions like in Italy, Israel, etc. as there hasn’t been a party that has had more than 50% of the vote in years.]

 

Trump’s policies are changing fast

With Donald Trump’s election win, it seems his policies that he did announce [and revised] during the campaign have changed already.

The “extreme vetting” as well as banning Muslims was removed right after the election.
All throughout the campaign, Trump wanted to arrest Hillary Clinton because of her Email server situation. Now he is having second thoughts.

As well, he will not amount any challenge to same sex marriages saying the courts have made their decision but he still thinks who has the right to have an abortion [Roe vs Wade] can be changed.

He even may pick a conservative Supreme Court nominee that has some non-conservative thoughts.

Remember having Mexico paying for the wall? Now he may get it build and charge Mexico in addition that the wall he proposed may only be built in certain areas.

If the estimated 11 million illegals that he wants to deport, that down to an estimated 3 million – those who are troublemakers.

Before he wanted to dump “Obamacare”. Now he says he will keep the better parts of it.
NAFTA? Sounds like he’s thinking of renegotiating parts of it.

I am wondering what his supports will think when he softens his stance.

In other news, Trump gave equal partnership in running the administration to Steve Bannon. Bannon was the head of an “alt right” web site that would be consider farther right than the GOP. Going through the site you may find anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist articles. He didn’t even want his daughters to go to a private school because Jews would be there [his ex-wife claimed].

Trump’s team denied everything [nothing changes] claiming Bannon worked at Goldman Sachs. Maybe originally owned by Jews, less than 2% is owned by individuals. The rest is owned by the public or various investment companies. They also said he worked in Hollywood [the old stereotype where the [far] right thinks Hollywood is run by Jews.

 

Democrats to investigate loss

Well it has been a week since Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump with the latter becoming President-elect of the United States.

The democratic party, in shock, is trying to figure out what happened. They had a double digit lead a bit over a week before the election. That shrunk down to just a few percentages prior to the election.

While Clinton did actually get the most votes, it is the number of seats that decides who will become President. For example, Clinton demolished Trump in the District of Columbia [i.e. Washington] and did very well in the states that would be hers [such as California] but many states she was neck and neck with Trump. She lost key battleground states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida where she should have won them. Probably just 1-2 of those states would have gone her way and she would be President-elect.

Clinton has blamed the FBI director [who for now will be keeping his job] but it wasn’t just the mail server. You don’t lose maybe 10% in the polls on an issue like that.

The Democrats couldn’t count on the minorities and younger voters that should of propelled her. Some believe she may have alienated the African American voters. She obviously did not get the same support as Barack Obama did in his two wins [of course he is African-American].

Now they have about 3 years to figure what happened and how to correct things.

[Of all things, there is now a movement in California to leave the union.]

 

 

America has spoken….

Well the Americans have spoken….

And good luck to them for the next 4 years.

Donald Trump defied the odds [if the right word] and became the 45th President of the United States.

The Democratic voters failed Hillary Clinton in the battleground states including Ohio, Michigan and Florida in addition to states she should have won [Pennsylvania was a big blow. She had a lead around midnight.]

To further see where Clinton lost, consider the fact that since April she hadn’t visited Wisconsin – one of the states she lost but should of won.

As for her faults, she had Email server issues, Benghazi reoccurrences, Husband Bill’s baggage and the fact that Clinton is a wooden campaigner with a tendency to put small policy things ahead of an actual policy vision.

Interesting, Clinton actually has less white voters voting for her than Obama while Trump actually had more minorities [even Latinos] that Mitt Romney who ran against Barrack Obama.

If you remove the super delegates during the primaries, Clinton didn’t do too well against Bernie Sanders. It showed you that she got in because she wasn’t much stronger than Sanders.

The question would be if there was a different candidate other than Clinton [or even Trump] instead. If Obama [if he wasn’t President] running against Trump or Mitt Romney or John McCain running against Clinton, would the outcome be different? Each of these three have fairly squeaky clean images. None had a spouse who was President. None held a cabinet post before.

The stock markets had dropped overnight but the Japanese and Mexican stock market took some of the biggest hits. The latter because the Mexican peso was already hurting because of the nervousness of a Trump win. Surprising the North American markets went back to positive territory by midday.

A question will be whether he stays for four years. Already some speculated that he may become bored and bow out before the 4 years. Unlikely. One other thought is that he was voted in as the oldest elected President. Will he have a medical issue that forces him to leave as he is already the oldest President on election day in US history. [A reminder that he claimed throughout the election that he was healthier than Clinton].

His friend/puppet-master Vladimir Poutine contacted him early Wednesday.

Many world leaders gave the standard congratulation comments but I’m wondering how many were sincere.

Unfortunately even the far right wing leaders in France and Germany were happy as well.

When it looked like he would win the election, he probably celebrated by excusing himself to go to the washroom, grabbed a couple of young female interns and groped them. 🙂

Meanwhile, I’m sure certain areas of the US were out of moonshine and deep fried Oreos after the celebrations were over. 🙂

 

 

 

Last pre-election Trump news

Well this will be my last update prior to the election. I don’t want the Donald Trump accusing me of whatever on election day. 🙂

After Hillary Clinton was cleared [again] by the FBI related to the emails, Donald Trump said that Clinton is “guilty” of federal crimes and said a “rigged” system was protecting Clinton. Trump also cast doubt on FBI Director James Comey’s conclusions, just over a week after the Republican nominee praised the FBI director for announcing the review of the emails. So not surprised, Trump is happy when things go his way and whines like a baby when they don’t.

The New York Times reported that in the 1990s, Trump avoided paying potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes in a way even his own lawyers considered questionable, using a maneuver Congress explicitly banned in 2004. At issue is how Trump cancelled hundreds of millions of dollars of debt as his Atlantic City casinos went broke.  The Times says it obtained documents showing that Trump claimed his creditors’ losses as his own, a strategy that his lawyers said the IRS would likely not allow. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said Trump’s approach was appropriate. So Hicks is either also a lawyer or an accountant?

After a recording emerged last month in which Trump could be heard bragging about groping women, Paul Ryan told his fellow Republicans that he would no longer defend the party’s presidential nominee. Trump fired back on Twitter, chastising Ryan for undermining the GOP’s efforts. So what does Ryan do? He announced he voted for Trump.

“So we’d have a criminal trial of a sitting president” Trump said about Clinton and her email server scandal. But while in office as President, she is protected from any criminal cases. She would probably have to be impeached first or resign. If only Trump new about US laws.

At a rally on Saturday Trump claims that Clinton is in a second investigation related to her bribery tactics at the state department. Finally he claims that if she wins she will be arrested for these issues while as a President. Well again, once you are president, to protect the Presidency and the country, you can’t be prosecuted.

Trump then complained about the “corrupt politicians” and the “political elite” but didn’t specify just the Democrats. Also he claimed that he was up 7 points and he was winning in a whole bunch of swing states and win Florida because of the “turnout”.

Newsweek is releasing a “commemorative edition” for the elections. And has already printed the edition [or most of it]. The cover was leaked and right away, Trump campaigned called it rigged. So Newsweek showed both covers. Meanwhile if Trump somehow wins, they’ll destroy the Clinton version. You read it right. They predict Clinton will win.

Trump knocked US military leaders as a “group of losers” for not launching a “surprise” attack and said he was convinced the offensive — which is led by the Iraqi military — was launched “for political reasons” to benefit his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. He suggested she would get “credit” for its success.

Trump has received fewer endorsements from the nation’s largest newspaper editorial boards than any major party presidential candidate in history. Among the top 100 largest newspapers in America, just two endorsed Trump [one owned by a major supporter]. Clinton has received endorsements from 57 newspaper editorial boards across the country including some that usually side with the Republicans. Four newspapers have taken the unusual step of explicitly advising readers to vote against Trump, even if they cannot bring themselves to recommend Clinton. Even Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson has had more success with editorial boards than Trump four.

Interesting: Trump owned Forty Wall St. which actually is the tallest building in downtown Manhattan but was the second tallest once the World Trade Center was built.

Trump mocked hip-hop music as he once again criticized the performance Jay Z and Beyonce delivered at a rally for Hillary Clinton, asking whether it was “talking or singing.” I guess that won’t help him get the African-American or young vote. Trump insists that African-American voters are turning out in droves for him, an assessment contradicted by polls that show Trump with low single-digit support among black voters. Trump has also described inner cities as worse than war zones and equated the lives of minorities living in inner cities with members of those communities at large, even though a majority of African-Americans do not live in poverty.

Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale is in hot water after saying “It will be close. It’s like predicting your wife’s mood. You have no idea what you’re going to get until you get home.”

Naughty Melania Trump. She raked in $20,000 in under 2 months for 10 modeling jobs when she just had a regular Visa – not the Visa that allows you to work.

It seems Trump had an affair in 2006 for 10 months with the 1998 Playmate of the Year. But he had his National Enquirer buddy/owner pay her $150,000 for two years’ worth of her fitness columns and magazine covers as well as exclusive life rights to any relationship she has had with a married man. It was an exclusive – so it bars her from telling the story to others and she could lose at least $150,000 if she tells another publication.

Paul Ryan flip flops like the stock market. Now, not only did he vote for Trump, he is campaigning for him. Go back just a few months and he didn’t want to be near Trump.

A 60-second Clinton ad that features Trump in his own words over the years concludes: “Anyone who believes, anyone who says, anyone who does what he does, is unfit to be president.” This is when being in the spotlight too much [let alone tweeting] can bite you in the butt later.

A man on ABC TV claimed Hillary Clinton’s team paid him US$3,500 to pretend to be a protester at a Donald Trump rally, simultaneously calling into question the sincerity of anti-Trump demonstrators and Clinton’s ethics. Eric Trump said it was bad and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway called the practice “deplorable.” Problem was that it wasn’t the American ABC TV but a web site out of Columbia. They’ll believe anything.

This week, Sean Hannity, the influential Fox News commentator and Trump backer, aired a story suggesting Michelle Obama had erased all her pro-Clinton tweets in the wake of the renewed FBI email probe. It was a fake, easily disproved simply by examining Obama’s Twitter feed. Hannity later apologized.

A researcher discovered that a small town in the country of Macedonia, of all places, has 100 dubious news sites pumping out mostly pro-Trump material.

“Hillary Clinton will keep us on the road to stagnation,” a narrator says in one of Trump’s latest ads. Economy? If anything, economy is doing better in the US than before Barack Obama came in.

Trump Tower has gone “under” in Toronto after 4 years. Trump doesn’t own the building but his management manages it – figures. This after Trump Taj Mahal closed its doors.

With Trump slightly creeping up in the polls, he said there could be a “constitutional crisis”? Huh. Where? You win the vote on November 8th or you lose. It’s that simple [unless a tie and even that can be broken].

Before he flipped to the Republicans, Trump praised Clinton [calling her “terrific”] and the Democrats [Nancy Pelosi is “terrific” as well] on the Don Imus show in 2007.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich voted for 2008 Republican nominee John McCain as a write in instead of for Trump.

Melania Trump claims that as the First wife, she will work hard to get rid of bullying. Has she seen what her husband has done during the campaign? Her husband has used language including calling women “Miss Piggy” and “dogs.”

A local Republican ad in update New York state said the Democrats will add 88 cents per gallon of gas if the Democrats win because of carbon tax.

“@MELANIATRUMP to say u will stand for “anti-bullying” is hypocrisy. Your husband is 1 of the most notorious bullies we have ever witnessed,” said Lady Gaga in a tweet.

“There was a collective gasp across the nation going, ‘Have you met your husband Donald?’ ” said Alice Stewart, a former senator Ted Cruz communications official. Trump, has regularly used his Twitter account to launch personal attacks against people, including against one-time rival Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz.

Ivanka Trump’s clothing line hit $30 million in sales. She is aiming at professional women between 25 and 34 years old. That same group are against Donald Trump 2 to 1.

“…the only way we think we can best stop is to make him [former KKK leader David Duke] look like a bigot, racist, xenophobic, this and that,” said Eric Trump. Hmmm. Those last 3 adjectives can probably describe his father as well.

Trump wrongly said that Amazon “through its ownership controls the Washington Post” at a rally. In fact, Bezos owns the Post separately from his role at Amazon, though some partnerships between the two entities have been forged.

At one of his event, Trump said he will “stop” the “sick media.” Unsure how he will do that – unless he nationalize the media – something a dictator would do.

Trump actually sued Bill Maher for $5 million. It was in response to a 2013 joke on “The Tonight Show,” when Maher said he would donate $5 million to charity if Trump could prove he wasn’t the “the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.” This joke was in response to Trump’s offer of the same amount if President Barack Obama would release his college transcripts. Trump later withdraw the lawsuit – as usual.

Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor is holding back a Republican-backed bill that would let Trump voters travel to any precinct in the state to challenge votes.

Fact checkers rate Trump’s statements as entirely false 52% of the time compared to Clinton’s 12%. This is entirely – and not some truth in their statements.

Even Macy’s, Nascar and NBC cut ties with Trump early after his comments disparaging Mexican immigrants plus the closure of the Trump Taj Mahal casino and problems at the Trump tower in Vancouver, Trump has said his brand is hotter than ever. But of course, he never shows proof to his claims.

A recent book cataloged all the synonyms for bullshit, and one of the oldest dates back to the 1400s. It originally referred to trickery and scamming, although its meaning has evolved to include general nonsense and insignificance. That word: trumpery.

What does this tell you? The house in Queens where Trump lived for his first 4 years is going to auction. Originally the asking price was $1.6 million US and then $1.39 million. Then $850,000. Now the owner wants to auction it off.

Although not yet confirmed, it appears that an Apple iCloud account belonging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief, John Podesta, was accessed and possibly erased by hackers less than 12 hours after his password was published on WikiLeaks.

Scholastic says Democrat Hillary Clinton took 52 per cent of its 2016 Student Vote, while Republican Donald Trump won 35 per cent of the ballots. The company says 13 per cent of students wrote in “other” choices. The student vote has been a fairly accurate predictor of the actual election over the years. As well, it has mirrored the results in every election since 1940, with the exception of election years 1948 and 1960. 150,000 Kindergarteners through 12th graders were allowed to vote. Scholastic acknowledges it wasn’t a scientifically designed sample.

The most public aspect of President Obama’s online presence is the Twitter handle @POTUS, which he first tweeted from in 2015. Whoever the next president is will have access to that handle on January 20, 2017. The account will keep its 11 million or so followers, but the tweets will be wiped from the timeline. @POTUS44, a newly created handle maintained by NARA, will contain all of President Obama’s tweets and will be accessible to the public on Twitter as an archive of President Obama’s use of the account.

Tweets from @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, and @VP will be archived at NARA, where citizens can access them in a similar way they would access other records. The new president will also gain access to the official White House Instagram and Facebook accounts, with the Obama administration’s content moved to Instagram.com/ObamaWhiteHouse and Facebook.com/ObamaWhiteHouse, respectively.