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Posted 13 September 2019 - 02:05 PM

The Trump Scotland resort grift is bigger than previously known.

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The U.S. Air Force has lodged crews at President Donald Trump’s Scotland resort up to 40 times since 2015, a figure that is far higher than previously known.

The tally represents the preliminary results of an Air Force review launched after POLITICO reported last week that an Air National Guard crew stayed at Turnberry in March. Congressional Democrats have also been investigating military stays at the property, but have yet to receive any information from the Pentagon.

The figure does not indicate how many of the stays have occurred since Trump became president. But the Air Force has significantly ramped up its overnight stops in Scotland under Trump after signing a contract with the Prestwick Airport — situated 20-plus miles from Turnberry — in the waning months of the Obama administration. Since 2015, the service has lodged crews in the area 659 times, meaning up to 6 percent of those stays were at Turnberry.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 03:40 PM

Just one more example of how f***ed up this man really is.

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resident Donald Trump may have been talking about his own 13-year-old son, but he acted like he was talking about a stranger, according to Trevor Noah.

The Daily Show host made fun of a press conference during which the president was discussing the dangers of vaping.

On Wednesday, Trump said his administration would propose a ban on flavors of e-cigarettes except for tobacco, to curb the rise in teenagers vaping.

But Noah felt that Trump's reference to his own family was unusually distant, and played a clip of the president describing in the Oval Office, how in a short period of time, "vaping has become a very big business."

With the first lady next to him, the president went on to say, "but we can't allow people to get sick, and we can't have our youth be so affected."

"And that's how the First Lady got involved. She's got a son together that is a—a beautiful young man. And she feels very, very strongly about it."

Reacting to the tone of Trump's statement, Noah said to audience laughter: "She's got a son?"

"You mean the son she made with you?"

"How on Earth does Trump forget that he has a son? He's like the world's worst dad, it's like him and Darth Vader.

"At least Darth Vader claimed his son. If Trump was the Dark Lord, he would be like, 'Luke, she is your mother,'" the Comedy Central host said.

Noah offered an explanation for the president seemingly distancing himself from Barron Trump by suggesting his other sons have been somewhat of a disappointment.

"I mean, the dude has been burned twice. Let's be honest," Trevor quipped as images of Eric and Donald Jr. appeared behind him.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 03:44 PM

View PostLFC, on 13 September 2019 - 03:40 PM, said:

Just one more example of how f***ed up this man really is.

Sounds like he isn't too sure who Melania is either. Some woman who has a son...

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 10:44 AM

The Emoluments Clause case is back on! Not that I expect the right-wingers in SCOTUS to do anything but protect Trump. If the case makes it to them I fully expect them to effectively nullify it because like all Republicans they aren't particularly fond of the Constitution when it doesn't work for their side.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Friday a lawsuit that accused President Trump of violating the Constitution's emoluments clause, per Bloomberg.


Why it matters: The decision dredges up one of the president's most persistent ongoing legal threats. It's a high-level ruling for such a case and could force the president to defend himself in court because only an expanded version of the Second Circuit or the Supreme Court could overturn the decision.

  • The case was originally brought by Trump's business rivals in New York, but was dismissed by a lower-level federal judge in December 2017.

The big picture: This isn't the only emoluments-linked case that the president has faced.
  • The Fourth Circuit dismissed a suit brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia in July.
  • A separate lawsuit from congressional Democrats is also working its way through the courts.
Go deeper: Trump made at least $434 million from his business in 2018

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 10:13 PM

Another explanation of the Trump Phenomenon...Rodney Dangerfield's character in Caddy Shack. I laughed it off but as I read it I realized the analogy was apt. The vulgarian is so rich that no one can blow him off.

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 07:06 AM

View Postgolden_valley, on 16 September 2019 - 10:13 PM, said:

Another explanation of the Trump Phenomenon...Rodney Dangerfield's character in Caddy Shack. I laughed it off but as I read it I realized the analogy was apt. The vulgarian is so rich that no one can blow him off.

Not really buying the analogy. As I recall the movie (which is dear to my heart since I spent my teen years on the grounds crew of a private golf course full of mostly wannabee-rich assholes), the people that Dangerfield annoyed weren't what I would consider 'elites', at least not in any political sense of the word.

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 03:48 PM

Republicans are desperately trying to protect Mike "F*** the Emoluments Clause" Pence from investigations of stuffing Trump's pockets while wasting taxpayer dollars. Just another corrupt piece of shit.

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Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Ireland — or more precisely his curious stay at one of President Trump’s hotels — has prompted multiple congressional probes. But the Democrat-led oversight investigations have already drawn complaints and pushback from Trump’s loudest Republican defenders on Capitol Hill, including the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee.

Democrats in both the House of Representatives and Senate have sent official letters of inquiry to the vice president’s office seeking specific information on the costs of Pence’s recent stay at Trump International Golf Club in Doonbeg, Ireland. They have imposed a Sept. 19 deadline for the administration and the Trump Organization to turn over relevant documents. Democrats have raised concerns that Pence’s stay at Trump’s resort could have violated the emoluments clause in the Constitution. They’ve asked for details like the cost of the stay, Secret Service protection, and comparable rates for hotels nearby as well as across the country in Dublin, where Pence held meetings with Irish officials and business leaders.

The vice president’s decision to stay at Trump’s resort can hardly be defended as one of convenience, as Pence previously suggested. Doonbeg is in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, nearly a four-hour drive from most of Pence’s scheduled meetings in Dublin. According to an analysis by the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Pence’s stay cost taxpayers $599,454.36 in limousine service alone.

Before taking office, Trump promised he would step away from his business while in office. Instead, however, he has kept his stake in his companies. So expenditures of public funds like Pence’s stay at Doonbeg directly line Trump’s pockets. According to data collected by CREW, Pence has made more than 20 such visits to Trump properties since taking office. So has Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, while Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has made 16 visits to Trump properties.

“Unfortunately, your travel to President Trump’s golf club is part of a troubling trend,” Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the ranking member of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wrote in a letter to Pence. “Reports now claim that at least 24 of the 32 individuals who have served in the President’s Cabinet have patronized Trump properties, including the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. — another property owned by the President.” Attorney General Bill Barr spent $30,000 to host a party at the Trump hotel in Washington.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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