there is NO such thing as political corruption so long as it benefits TRUMP

…In TRUMP America there is NO such thing as political corruption so long as it benefits TRUMP…

Floating clemency for Blagojevich, Trump diminishes the gravity of political corruption … President Trump said Thursday that Rod Blagojevich “shouldn’t have been put in jail.”

 

James HohmannJune 1 at 9:45 AMEmail the author

After pardoning conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to violating campaign-finance laws, Trump told reporters traveling aboard Air Force One that he is considering commuting the prison sentence of the disgraced former Illinois governor and pardoning Martha Stewart, who was convicted of lying to investigators and obstructing justice related to insider trading.

Trump’s comments on Blagojevich got the least attention but, frankly, were the most startling. A jury of his peers convicted the former prosecutor of 17 counts of wire fraud, attempted extortion, soliciting bribes and conspiracy in 2011. He was impeached and removed from office almost unanimously. He left office with an 8 percent approval rating.

Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that opened when Barack Obama became president to the highest bidder. Initially, he wanted to trade the appointment of Valerie Jarrett — who has been in the news this week because of Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets — in exchange for Obama picking him as secretary of health and human services. When the president-elect’s intermediaries rebuffed him, he turned elsewhere and wondered how much he could get for appointing someone else to the seat. He also thought about naming himself.

“I’ve got this thing and it’s [expletive] golden. And I’m just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing,” Blagojevich said on a court-authorized FBI wiretap that was played during his trial.

Apparently referring to that tape, Trump told reporters: “If you look at what he said, he said something to the effect like, ‘What do I get?’ … Stupid thing to say. But he’s sort of saying … he’s gonna make a U.S. senator, which is a very big deal. If you read his statement, it was a foolish statement. There was a lot of bravado. … Plenty of other politicians have said a lot worse. He shouldn’t have been put in jail.”

At his trial, prosecutors laid out compelling evidence that Blagojevich sought to rescind $8 million in state funding for Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago because the chief executive of the hospital wouldn’t make a $50,000 contribution.

He refused to sign a bill that financially benefited racetracks until the owner of a racetrack cut a $100,000 check to his campaign.

Blagojevich’s scheming, a prosecutor said, “would make [Abraham] Lincoln roll over in his grave.”

After he was convicted on 17 wide-ranging counts, several members of the jury spoke to reporters. “We felt it was very clear he was trying to make a trade for the Senate seat,” one juror said. Another added, “We’d tried everything to find him not guilty, but the evidence was there.”

The Supreme Court has made it much harder to prosecute public corruption in recent years, but Blagojevich failed to convince even four justices to grant cert to review his conviction or the length of his sentence just this April. Trump’s own solicitor general, Noel Francisco, asked the high court not to take up Blagojevich’s “unwarranted” appeal.

 

$TUPID MOVE TRUMP

…$TUPID MOVE TRUMP…

Canada’s Prime Minister blows away Trump tariffs, condemns U.S. government—not the American people

Trump’s Trade War Would Be Very Bad for Many Americans

Here’s what the U.S. stands to lose in a trade war.

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STEELY DON Mexico has hit back at the tariffs on steel and aluminum that Trump announced Thursday, imposing its own tax on pork, apples, grapes, cheeses and steel — all products from U.S. Heartland states that supported Trump in the 2016 election. Canada and the European Union said they would also fight the tariffs, sparking fears of a global trade war, while the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned that Trump’s position could put 2.6 million American jobs at risk. [Reuters] [Tweet | Share on Facebook]

CLEMENCY CLOWN CAR

image TRUMP’S egotistical ignorance defines the MOCKERY he is making of our justice system and the pardon powers our democracy grants those holding the office of President in our nation…

…Truly our President has no clothes, no scruples…

CLEMENCY CLOWN CAR Conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza will be pardoned by Trump for a campaign finance violation he pleaded guilty to in 2014. Here are some of the racist crank’s greatest hits. [HuffPost]

Trump pardons conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza, suggests others also could receive clemency

The president said he is also considering breaks for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, and the author and television personality Martha Stewart.

 

Trump disparaged pardons in the past. He’s been generous with them as president.

On the campaign trail, Trump disparaged past presidents for their pardons. Now he has pardoned more individuals in two years than his previous three predecessors.

By JM Rieger  •  Read more »

 

Trump announces that he will give a full pardon to propagandist and felon Dinesh D’Souza

 

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Explains How Trump’s Use of Pardons Could Be ‘Criminal Obstruction of Justice’

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"The president also decided today to dangle the prospect of a whole bunch of other pardons for other people you might have heard of." READ MORE»

Roger Stone Says Trump’s Most Recent Pardon Was a Clear ‘Signal’ to His Associates—And to Robert Mueller

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“The special counsel has awesome powers, as you know, but the president has even more awesome powers.” READ MORE»

Are we actually going to buy into this “fake” crap…???

…Are we actually going to buy into this “fake” crap…???

Trump hammers home nativist fear-mongering as the

GOP’s ultimate—and really only—midtermmessage

 

Kerry Eleveld  …..Daily Kos Staff…….2018/05/30 · 

Donald Trump and the GOP have virtually nothing to sell the white working-class voters who helped elect him to office in 2016, other than his deep-seated racism and his commitment to immigrant bashing. It’s an ugly populist playbook and Trump spent Tuesday night in Tennessee playing it to the hilt at a campaign rally for GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate bid.

Here’s a brief montage of Trump’s anti-immigrant slurs from the Washington Post, including his broken campaign promise that Mexico will pay for wall that is clearly being funded by American taxpayers:

 

TRUMP is successfully employing the old Chinese water torture of driving us crazy one water drop at a time … and it’s working…!!!

..clip_image002. TRUMP is successfully employing the old Chinese water torture of driving us crazy one water drop at a time … and it’s working…!!!

While the media and justice system sleep, Trump is building autocracy one ‘slice’ at a time

 

Mark Sumner Daily Kos Staff2018/05/30 · 07:59

On a Tuesday night rally in Nashville, Trump once again made a pitch to the crowd that the FBI had “infiltrated” his campaign, saying that “nothing like this has ever happened in the history of our nation.” Then he went on to lead the crowd in booing John McCain.

Trump’s attack on the investigation and the investigators may seem like just another repetition of the kind of blatant lie he has using against Robert Mueller’s team for weeks. It is. And it’s the same kind of attack he’s using against former FBI director James Comey. And former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe. And Sally Yates. And James Clapper. And John Brennan. And pretty well every official who has so much as voiced disagreement with Trump.

Meanwhile, Robert Mueller and the FBI have proceeded as they always do—quietly, step-by-step, working behind the scenes, avoiding publicity, and ignoring Trump. Which is exactly what Donald Trump wants.

Trump’s attacks on Meuller’s investigation are a mirror of the way Trump has, day in and day out, gone after the press. Trump has regularly claimed that any story that uncovers uncomfortable facts is “fake news.” He regularly states that even the most rapidly growing platforms are “failing.” And he paints all media sources outside the Fox-verse as joined in a left-wing conspiracy.

By doing this, he’s been enormously successful in undermining the role of the press as a gatekeeper and alarm for the public. He’s been successful expressly because much of the traditional media is still caught up in whether it’s appropriate to call a lie a lie, while Trump races ahead, gleefully tossing bombs over his shoulder.

On one hand, there is a justice system plodding stolidly onward, building a case behind the scenes. On the other hand, there is a media that’s all too readily distracted by the latest shiny object, unwilling to stay focused on any of Trump’s outrages because it would take away from following the new outrage, and unwilling to go after Trump on his own terms because it’s beneath their idea of journalistic dignity. Far ahead of both is Trump, who is willing to do anything, because issues like dignity and appropriateness never enter his thoughts.

Which is why Trump is winning. Why he is, as Jonathon Chait points out in the New Yorker, carving away America democracy one slice at a time. So that when Mueller finally emerges, and the press finally wakes up, it could be far too late.

 

This for Native Americans is “paper water” what they want and need is the actual water…

…This for Native Americans is “paper water” what they want and need is the actual water…

Tribal Nations Hold Some of the Best Water Rights in the West

Holding the best water rights doesn’t always guarantee tribes get to exercise them. They must often negotiate settlements that require federal approval, such as three deals now being considered by the U.S. Senate.

Am I being NEGATIVE by asking whether we might want to consider any unintended consequences from using this water producing strategy….What affect it have on reducing the water in the clouds and atmosphere upon which the entire world relies…is this water bearing atmosphere unlimited…???

…Am I being NEGATIVE by asking whether we might want to consider any unintended consequences from using this water producing strategy….What affect it have on reducing the water in the clouds and atmosphere upon which the entire world relies…is this water bearing atmosphere unlimited…???

New Device Produces Water From Thin Air – No Electricity Required

Omar Yaghi of the University of California, Berkeley, helped invent a sponge-like metal compound that harvests water molecules out of the atmosphere at night and then releases it as a liquid upon exposure to sunlight.