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Trumpocalypse Now
Commodore, I'm sorry, but your friends at Facebook gave private user data to Mail.ru, a Russian internet company, which is subject to a Russian data collection system.  Essentially, Russia's intelligence services now have access to all that data legally.

https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-gav...extension/

Never meet your heroes, amirite?
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Aw, Zuck, man, I thought I knew you...!

(p.s. burn it all down)
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Trump responded to missing the deadline to return kids with their parents by... telling asylum seekers to stop breaking some nonexistent law:

https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/101...8421449730

   
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(07-10-2018, 04:55 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: Nick Muzin stands accused of working with Qatar to hack Elliott Broidy's emails, but he has a lobbying firm.  Muzin just hired Mike Flynn and Mike Flynn, Jr. as the former awaits sentencing and the latter continues to say dumb shit online:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/mike-flynn-...1531245600

Former national security adviser Mike Flynn has a new job: He has joined a lobbying and investment advisory firm.

ummmm, yeah....about that job...

Quote:Mike Flynn’s Lawyers Say He Is No Longer Joining Consulting Firm

Former Trump adviser’s lawyers say deal with Stonington Global LLC is off

WTF is up with these incompetent motherfuckers...!?
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me. -Grandpa Simpson
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Anyone want to take the over/under on Trump possibly pulling the U.S. out of NATO?
Originally Posted by ImmortanNick 

Saw Batman v Superman.
Now I know what it's like to see Nickelback in concert.

That's my review.
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Some of the younger children returned to their parents didn't recognize their family members.  Sigh.

Also, Trump has derided the terribly-named policy of catch and release for years now, despite its cost-effectiveness and the fact that nearly 100% of immigrants returned to court.  He's now bringing it back after dropping it created the manufactured crisis he was looking for:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/us/po...v=top-news

Quote:Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, called the return to catch and release unfortunate and said that it would serve “as a pull factor for increased future illegal immigration.”

She added, “D.H.S. will continue to work with Congress to find a solution to this problem.”

Mr. Trump has for years railed against catch and release, blaming it for crimes and violence committed by illegal immigrants during the Obama administration. But the Trump administration has similarly struggled with deterring waves of migrants from Central and South America — and, once they enter the country, processing them through the legal system humanely.
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(07-10-2018, 11:02 PM)headless fett Wrote: Anyone want to take the over/under on Trump possibly pulling the U.S. out of NATO?

If he does, I would be generally worried about a Russian invasion of Ukraine and/or Eastern Europe within the decade.
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(07-10-2018, 11:02 PM)headless fett Wrote: Anyone want to take the over/under on Trump possibly pulling the U.S. out of NATO?

speaking of NATO...

Quote:Senate votes to support NATO ahead of Trump summit

Lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of a motion supporting NATO, as President Trump continues to criticize the alliance ahead of his summit in Europe.

The nonbinding motion, which came as the Senate voted to reconcile its version of the annual defense policy bill with that of the House, expresses the Senate’s support for NATO and calls on negotiators to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to it.

The 97-2 vote in the Senate comes as Trump heads to Brussels. He will also travel to the United Kingdom and meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki during his trip.

GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) voted against the measure.

Democratic Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) proposed the measure, calling the U.S. support for NATO "ironclad."
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fucking Rand Paul...
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me. -Grandpa Simpson
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The Trump administration is eliminating most of the funding for grassroots groups that help Americans get Affordable Care Act insurance.  The reduction will shrink the federal money devoted to the groups from $36.8 million to $10 million.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/natio...story.html


Quote:The Trump administration is eliminating most of the funding for grass-roots groups that help Americans get Affordable Care Act insurance and will for the first time urge the groups to promote health plans that bypass the law's consumer protections and required benefits.

The reduction - the second round of cuts that began last summer - will shrink the federal money devoted to the groups, known as navigators, from $36.8 million to $10 million for the enrollment period that starts in November.

Last August, federal health officials announced that they were reducing the navigators' aid by 41 percent, from $62.5 million, and slashing by 90 percent a related budget for advertising and other outreach activities to foster ACA enrollment.

The new reduction of help for navigators, announced late Tuesday afternoon by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), fits within a pattern of moves by the administration to weaken the sweeping health-care law, which President Donald Trump has vowed to demolish. During his first year in office, Trump pressed the Republican-led Congress to repeal much of the 2010 law, one of President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievements.
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(07-10-2018, 11:02 PM)headless fett Wrote: Anyone want to take the over/under on Trump possibly pulling the U.S. out of NATO?

Can he just pull the country out of NATO. I thought it was one of the things that needed Congressional approval. And given the 97-2 vote by the Senate, the votes aren’t there.
"Every romantic comedy should just be called "Tryin' to Fuck" - Patton Oswalt
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(07-10-2018, 02:38 PM)rexbanner Wrote: The American embassy in London is advising American citizens within the UK to 'keep a low profile' over this weekend. My immediate take is that this is one way of seeding 'look at the awful anti-Americanism that exists among our so-called allies' narratives in advance of the historically massive anti-Trump protests that are planned.  

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Frankly, I just want to cheer the blimp. The rest of you are small potatoes.
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I mean, the protests will certainly be Anti-Trump not Anti-American, but these sort of things have turned violent before so perhaps it's best not to wear your Make America Great Again cap that day.
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(07-10-2018, 11:38 PM)JMurdoch Wrote:
(07-10-2018, 11:02 PM)headless fett Wrote: Anyone want to take the over/under on Trump possibly pulling the U.S. out of NATO?

If he does, I would be generally worried about a Russian invasion of Ukraine and/or Eastern Europe within the decade.

Decade? More like within the fucking year.
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I'll take by October, personally. It feels like pulling out of NATO is all but inevitable, and it calls to mind the quote on the eve of WWI:

"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time."

Replace Europe with world and you have, as the kids say, a mood.
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Year? More like "20 minutes into his meeting with Putin".
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I'm gonna go with 20 minutes ago?

Sounds right.
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Meanwhile, England is turning into a country of total planks, continental Europe is beset by an unholy alliance of libertarian free market fundamentalists and Putin weaponising chauvinism and economic discontent, Ireland is on the verge of getting properly shafted by the old enemy, Scotland isn't independent, Australia and South Africa have fuck off snakes and spiders, Canada is too cold and New Zealand too far away.

How are the Falklands looking?
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Who Falkland knows?
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I'm thinking Costa Rica myself. Supposed to be a fairly large American ex-pat community down there.
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Forgive for revisiting now-ancient history, but what happened with Guiliani? He was dribbling all over himself every day on Fox, I left the country for a week or two, and haven't heard a peep from/about him since returning. Is he still officially part of Team Trump?
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You're not the only one wondering!

http://www.businessinsider.com/rudy-giul...iet-2018-7


Quote:The two-week stretch began right as Cohen began to publicly split with Trump, criticizing the "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, hinting through his friends that he might cooperate with the government and provide information about the president, and causing a dizzying news cycle after being photographed with Tom Arnold, an outspoken anti-Trump comedian.

Earlier this week, ABC News published an interview with Cohen in which he made an even more apparent split from Trump. When ABC's George Stephanopoulos pressed Cohen about his past vow to "take a bullet" for Trump, Cohen said, "To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter, and my son and this country have my first loyalty."

Cohen, who worked for Trump over the past decade, is the focus of a criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York into whether he violated campaign-finance laws or committed bank fraud, wire fraud, illegal lobbying, or other crimes.

ABC News also reported that once Cohen's new legal team — headed by the former SDNY prosecutor Guy Petrillo — takes over the case, a joint defense agreement that allows lawyers of both parties to share information and documents would end.

All the recent maneuvering led to increased speculation that Cohen was ready to "flip" on Trump. At the center of Cohen's troubles is a $130,000 payment he facilitated weeks before the 2016 election to Stormy Daniels, an adult-film actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her quiet about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump.

Michael Avenatti, Daniels' attorney, told Business Insider he had his own theory why Giuliani went quiet in recent weeks.

"I think that Trump has realized that Rudy is a disaster waiting to happen with every appearance," Avenatti said. "He has been an absolute train wreck as Trump's lawyer. Giuliani may also be concerned that I am going to show his hypocrisy relating to pornography."
"Nooj's true feelings on any given subject are unknown and unknowable. He is the butterfly flapping its wings in Peking. He is chaos and destruction and you shall never see his true form." - Merriweather

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Looks like the tax law is expected to suck, despite promises to the contrary.  WHAT?!?!

https://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2018/07/...mists-say/

Quote:The tax cuts Republicans enacted in late 2017 will likely provide less of a boost to economic growth than many forecasters predict—and possibly none at all—economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco said Monday.

That’s because the changes took effect at a time when the economy was already firing on all cylinders. As a result, there are fewer unemployed workers, spare resources and idled factories ready to kick into action than there would have been during a downturn.

Citing a bevy of recent research, economists Tim Mahedy and Daniel J. Wilson said fiscal stimulus measures tend to make a bigger splash when there is more slack in the economy.

“The projected procyclical policy over the next few years may raise concerns regarding the nation’s fiscal capacity to respond to future downturns and its ability to manage the growing federal debt,” Messrs. Mahedy and Wilson wrote in an economic letter posted on the San Francisco Fed’s website. “However, it also has important implications for the macroeconomic impact of the fiscal stimulus represented by the [tax law] and the consequent increase in the deficit.”

Among the research Messrs. Mahedy and Wilson cited were estimates of the so-called fiscal multiplier, or the response of gross domestic product to changes in tax and spending policy. While some of the research found there was merely a larger impact from stimulus measures during recessions than during expansions, other “literature on fiscal spending multipliers suggests an even smaller boost, as low as zero.”

The conclusions provided fodder for Democrats’ harsh criticism of the tax law.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York seized on that line of the report, tweeting, “Once again, we see the tax bill @realDonaldTrump & the GOP pitched to the American people was actually a #GOPTaxScam for the rich.”

If only there was plenty of recent history to tell us how bad of an idea this was!  If only!
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If only Schumer would stop preening about his calling out Cheeto while also going hat in hand to him and saying "Please, Mr President, may we have a Garland?"
"Nooj's true feelings on any given subject are unknown and unknowable. He is the butterfly flapping its wings in Peking. He is chaos and destruction and you shall never see his true form." - Merriweather

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https://mobile.twitter.com/juliaioffe/st...9132003330

   
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(07-11-2018, 10:27 AM)MichaelM Wrote: If only Schumer would stop preening about his calling out Cheeto while also going hat in hand to him and saying "Please, Mr President, may we have a Garland?"

I still have no idea what you guys think Schumer should be saying to Trump about the SCOTUS seat.  Dems have no leverage and it's not like Trump can be appealed to on the basis of reason or integrity.  What exactly is telling him to nominate Oprah, or just to fuck himself, supposed to accomplish?
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Schumer should be setting literal fires in the senate chamber to delay votes.

Any attempt to negotiate in good faith with these people makes him look like a hapless fool.
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(07-11-2018, 11:13 AM)RCA Wrote: .....

If there's a more perfect picture to sum up our president, I'm unaware of it.
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Quote:"Germany is totally controlled by Russia," Pres. Trump tells NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg as they sit down together for bilateral breakfast ahead of Brussels summit. https://abcn.ws/2u9EUVJ 

If there was ever a textbook example of psychological projection, this is it.
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me. -Grandpa Simpson
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At what point is it appropriate for one of these EU leaders to forcefully and immediately rebuff a statement like that?

Like what if Merkel shot right back with "No, that's you asshole" and the room erupts in laughter.
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She already hit back:

Quote:“Because of given circumstances I want to point out one thing: I experienced the Soviet occupation of one part of Germany myself. It is good that we are independent today,” said Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, a former satellite state of the Soviet Union.



Quote:Merkel also hit back against Trump’s repeated criticism that other NATO members don’t spend enough on defense.

“Germany contributes a lot,” she said, pointing out that Germany is the second largest provider of troops in NATO operations and has been engaged in Afghanistan “for many years.” She added, “We are willing to increase our defense spending as agreed in Wales. By 2028, we will have increased spending by 28 percent since 2014. Given those facts, I confidently join this summit.”

https://www.politico.eu/article/merkel-h...ccupation/
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I'd love for Merkel to say 'go fuck yourself' in English or in German to Trump. Just do it on the world stage.
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If Trump was humiliated like that there's no telling what he'd do.

"taking your ball and going home" in geopolitics could mean anything.

But I feel like we're getting closer to that moment.
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Such a nasty woman, that Angela Merkel.
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I can't remember a day of greater whiplash from Trump. In the morning he is slagging off Germany for being under Russian control, next he is praising the country and its relationship with the US and last off he's demanding a doubling of a still not met defence spending target.

I think we can overcomplicate things sometimes - he's strategically doing this, tactically doing that, appealing to the base, treating things like a reality show. Tell it like it is. Man's a complete nutter. Can't even call him a twat. A twat is a twat because he has the wherewithal to do better. This numpty's got a screw loose.

One tactic I hope they choose. When he's inside a conference room, turn the air con off and the heating on. He looks like he might sweat a lot, the corset will get uncomfortable, and blood pressure will rise. You'll run the risk of him acting like a cornered animal, but if someone sneaks in a tape recorder and equips all the other leaders with water cooling undies, we could be off to the races with some choice quotes as the blood clots start forming.
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