…Igniting a shooting war with Iran or North Korea at this point in time would certainly take the focus off TRUMP & HIS RU$$IAN connection while potentially enhancing the profit$$$ of America’s military indu$trial corporate conger$$ion bank$ter cabal…

…Igniting a shooting war with Iran or North Korea at this point in time would certainly take the focus off TRUMP & HIS RU$$IAN connection while potentially enhancing the profit$$$ of America’s military indu$trial corporate conger$$ion bank$ter cabal…

Trump Is in Major Legal and Political Trouble — His Desperate Attempts to Escape Could Lead America to Catastrophe

By Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute

We should prepare for any drastic measures from war to martial law that Trump may undertake to escape his crises. READ MORE»

The latest “alternative fact” spin from TRUMP camp…

…The latest “alternative fact” spin from TRUMP camp…

Donald Trump moves to the ‘collusion is not a crime’ camp

Rudy Giuliani: ‘Collusion Is Not A Crime’

Rudy Giuliani said Monday that President Donald Trump didn’t collude with the Russians in the 2016 election ― and that it wouldn’t be a crime even if he did.

Giuliani, one of Trump’s attorneys, railed against special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia interference in the election and whether Trump obstructed justice during two TV interviews Monday.

“I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime,” Giuliani said on “Fox & Friends.” “Collusion is not a crime.”

During an appearance later on CNN, the former New York mayor repeated the assertion.

“Colluding about Russians ― I’m not sure that’s even a crime,” Giuliani told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “The hacking is the crime. The president didn’t hack.”

‘They Know It’s a Lie’: Watch MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Point and Laugh as Trump and Giuliani Try to Smear Mueller

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

"It’s not something that internally they think is actually true," Stephanie Ruhle said. READ MORE»

GIULIANI FUDGES TRUMP TOWER WALKBACK After Rudy Giuliani told CNN Trump was not present at the infamous Trump Tower meeting ― even though no one in the media had suggested he was — the increasingly befuddled lawyer called in to Fox News to clarify his earlier remarks. He branded Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen a “liar” before conceding Cohen never alleged Trump was at the meeting with the Russians in the first place. [HuffPost]

Giuliani Ramps Up Trump’s ‘No Collusion’ Defense: ‘Hacking Is the Crime. The President Didn’t Hack’

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

It appears Rudy Giuliani is trying to make the case that unless Trump himself was the "400-pound hacker," he’s innocent. READ MORE»

Ex-FBI Chief of Staff Demolishes Trump Team’s Latest Defense: ‘Collusion Is a Crime’

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The president’s legal team is making an ignorant claim. READ MORE»

Goalpost’s shifting alert: Rudy Giuliani proclaims that collusion is not a crime

Incoherent ramblings is another word for “alternative fact” … which we allow “The Donald” to be deemed truth…

…Incoherent ramblings is another word for “alternative fact” … which we allow “The Donald” to be deemed truth…

Giuliani ‘Torched Two Years of Donald Trump’s Collusion Denials’: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Tears Apart Ex-Mayor’s ‘Incoherent’ Ramblings

The line from the White House has gone from "no collusion" to "collusion isn’t a crime."

By Cody Fenwick / AlterNet  ….July 30, 2018, 11:43 AM GMT

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace put the bizarre spectacle of Rudy Giuliani’s latest media blitz in context Monday, showing how convoluted and twisted President Donald Trump’s defenses of his own actions with regard to Russian interference in the 2016 election have become.

"In a single round of media appearances, Rudy Giuliani today torched years of Donald Trump’s collusion denials, muddying the waters to a near-unrecognizable condition as he spirals deeper into incoherent scenarios about what the president did and didn’t know about the Trump Tower meeting," she said.

At the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and campaign chair Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer in hopes of obtaining dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Kremlin. The president has denied knowing about the meeting at the time, but those denials are getting hard to believe.

"That meeting is now at the heart of the obstruction of justice investigation and is perhaps also being investigated as part of a conspiracy to coordinate with a known American adversary," Wallace said. She noted that Giuliani and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have begun defending the idea that Trump might have known about or even encouraged the meeting.

"Here are two of the president’s closest allies and advisors debuting the new line on Russian collusion, not that it didn’t happen as Donald Trump has insisted on a near daily basis, but that if it did, it wouldn’t really matter because, well, collusion isn’t a crime," Wallace said.

She noted, in addition, that "collusion" with the Russians could be a type of criminal conspiracy — which certainly is a crime.

Watch the clip …  https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1024024624714137601

 

‘They Know It’s a Lie’: Watch MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Point and Laugh as Trump and Giuliani Try to Smear Mueller

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

"It’s not something that internally they think is actually true," Stephanie Ruhle said. READ MORE»

Fox News Hosts Stunned As Giuliani Twists Himself into Knots About a ‘Second’ Trump Tower Meeting: ‘It Still Doesn’t Make Sense’

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

Rudy Giuliani called into Fox News and divulged details about a second Trump Tower meeting. READ MORE»

Though you need be prepared to hear GOP/Republicans use Trump$peak … (alternative fact)… as substitute tor truth…

Things the Government Does More Efficiently Than the Private Sector

Though you need be prepared to hear GOP/Republicans use Trump$peak(alternative fact)… as substitute tor truth…

Government isn’t the consistent failure that Republicans and Libertarians paint it as being.

By Alex Henderson / AlterNetJuly 30, 2018, 10:48 AM GMT

As the November midterms draw closer, many Republican candidates will be touting their alleged disdain for “big government” as one of the reasons to vote for them. Republicans, of course, aren’t so fond of “small government” when they attack reproductive rights, advance a theocratic agenda or promote the War on Drugs and the Prison/Industrial Complex, but that doesn’t prevent them from claiming that government is always the problem rather than the solution and repeating their talking point that the private sector inevitably does everything better. However, the right-wing “government bad/private sector good” mantra is fatally flawed because in many areas—from health care to mail delivery to high-speed rail travel—government has been as efficient as the private sector, if not more efficient.

When Republicans were trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare, in 2017, they insisted that Trumpcare would result in better, more comprehensive health care at much lower prices. But according to the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the American Health Care Act—one of the GOP’s Trumpcare proposals in Congress—that bill would have resulted 23 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026. There would have been no “free market miracle” with the American Health Care Act, only an increase in medical bankruptcies and millions more Americans unable to see a doctor when they get sick.

Minus adequate government intervention, the U.S.’ health care system is an abomination—and the reality is that when government has more say in health care, people live longer. In other developed countries, universal health care is being achieved a variety of ways, from government-operated systems like the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K. to systems that are private but subject to very strict government regulation. The ACA, thanks to government intervention, brought health insurance to millions of Americans. But it doesn’t go far enough, and life expectancy in the U.S. is only 78.7 years compared to 83 in Japan and Switzerland or 82 in France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Canada and Australia.

Medicare is a government-operated universal health care program for Americans who are 65 or older, and it’s been wildly popular since President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration unveiled it in 1965. But House Speaker Paul Ryan, claiming that the private sector could improve Medicare, has proposed replacing traditional Medicare with a privatized voucher system—which would be a disaster for the U.S.’ seniors.

Republicans and Libertarians are both critics of the U.S. Postal Service and insist that the private sector could do a much better job delivering mail and packages, but the facts say otherwise. In early 2017, Endicia compared U.S. Postal Service prices to United Parcel Service (UPS) and Fed-Ex prices—and the U.S. Postal Service offered, by far, the best bargains. According to Endicia, a two-pound package sent from Seattle to Atlanta cost $10.28 compared to $17.19 with UPS or $17.56 with Fed-Ex.  

Ironically, if Republicans succeeded in privatizing the U.S. Postal Service, it would be small towns and rural areas—the Republican base—that would suffer the most, not urban Democrats. Presently, one can send a one-ounce letter anywhere within the U.S. for 50 cents, which is an especially good deal if one lives in a remote area of Montana, South Dakota or Idaho. But there’s no way that rural areas and small towns would continue to enjoy mail delivery at such prices in a GOP privatization scheme. The U.S. Postal Service is not only more affordable than UPS or Fed-Ex—it’s more user-friendly as well.

High-speed rail travel is another area in which the private sector isn’t necessarily better. After Margaret Thatcher was elected prime minister in the U.K. in 1979 via the Conservative Party, she launched a campaign of rail privatization—which continued under her successor John Major, who became prime minister as a Conservative in 1990. Thatcher and Major believed that the private sector could do a much better job with rail travel, but rail travel suffered in the UK and became more expensive. In 2015, Action for Rail published a report noting that since 2010, UK rail fares had increased by 27%.

According to Action for Rail, an average U.K. worker was spending 17% of their wages for a monthly £391 season ticket from London to Brighton—whereas in Continental Europe, people making similar trips were spending 9% of their salaries in Germany, 12% of their salaries in France, or 6% of their salaries in Spain or Italy.

One of the most insanely bad ideas proposed by Republicans and Libertarians is the privatization of fire departments. In Arizona, one such department is the Rural Metro Fire Department, which sent John and Kacia Purcell a bill for almost $20,000after their mobile home burned to the ground on August 12, 2013. In most parts of the U.S., fire departments are publicly owned and supported by tax dollars. But the Purcells found out the hard way what can happen when a fire department is privately owned and one hasn’t subscribed to its service.

None of that is to say that the private sector doesn’t do some things incredibly well or that the U.S. should adopt a Marxist-Leninist system of government like the one that existed in the old Soviet Union. A lot of great things come from the private sector, from smartphones and laptops to Jay-Z recordings to software for studying French or German. But while the private sector has its place, so does government—and programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are much better off under government control than they would be in corporate hands. If Paul Ryan, an admirer of Ayn Rand, had his way and Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid were totally privatized along with the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Postal Service, it would be a nightmare for millions of Americans. 

Government isn’t the consistent failure that Republicans and Libertarians paint it as being. From the U.S. Postal Service to Social Security and Medicare, government has a long list of accomplishments and—when it comes to efficiency—sometimes functions even better than the private sector.

Trump is playing a game of “chicken” and likely has met his match

…Trump is playing a game of “chicken” and likely has met his match…

A total joke’: Trump lashes out at Koch brothers after political network slams White House

In a series of morning tweets, the president said the conservative Koch alliance is “highly overrated” and not a threat.

By John Wagner and Michelle Ye Hee Lee  •  Read more »

TRUMP SLAMS ‘GLOBALIST’ KOCH BROTHERS President Donald Trump savaged the megadonor Koch brothers on Twitter Tuesday, calling them “globalists,” ripping them for their “bad ideas” and bragging: “I made them richer.” Leaders of the conservative Koch Network criticized Trump during the group’s annual summit over the weekend, calling his White House “divisive” and warning his trade policies could spark a recession.

$hut it down…watch the election results in November…

…$hut it down…watch the election results in November…

Trump’s shutdown threat upends congressional GOP plan to fund government

“I would have no problem doing a shutdown,” said President Trump, who is insisting on billions for his border wall. GOP leaders are hopeful they can avoid a shutdown close to the election.

By Seung Min Kim  •  Read more »

Don’t be alarmed … it’s “Trump$peak” not fact…

…Don’t be alarmed … it’s “Trump$peak” not fact…

Trump Claims The Highest Poll Numbers Since Abraham Lincoln—When Approval Polling Didn’t Exist

 

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