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President Donald Trump has powerful predatory political instincts. The President set a perfect trap for the Democrats, thanks to the views of Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib on Israel. Trump completed this ambush by virtue of his ability to frighten Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into taking an action he did not want to take — i.e. to bar the two Congresswomen from Israel, which thereby forced the rest of the Democratic party to come to their defense. If Trump could have stopped at that, he might have reaped at least some marginal political gain amongst Jews.

Yet, the President never knows when enough is enough. On Tuesday, at a Press session with the Romanian Prime Minister, Trump reminded most Jews why they keep voting Democratic. The President not only attacked the two Congresswoman, but then went on to say that: “any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or great disloyalty.”

Much has been written in the past few hours attempting to determine where Trump would assert this “great disloyalty” will manifest— toward the United States, or to Israel. In reality either one of the aforementioned explanations is equally problematic, and antisemitic at its root. Calling Jews disloyal to the United States is a purely antisemitic statement. Whatever he meant to say, this what some his supporters will hear. At a time when more and more of the people who identify with Trump’s views have either attacked or plotted against Jewish institutions, these words would be the most egregious allegation ever made by a President regarding Jews, in all of American history.

However, if Trump merely meant to say that by voting Democratic, Jews were not being loyal to Israel, the level of antisemitism that accusation implies is nearly as bad. One of the major strands of antisemitism over the generations has consistently suggested that Jews maintain dual loyalties toward the nation in which they reside (in this case, the US) and to other Jews (now, the State of Israel). American Jews have gone to great pains over the years to make it clear that their support of the State of Israel does not impact their loyalty to the US.

If the President had any hope of moving some Jewish voters from the Democratic camp to the Republican camp, he lost that likelihood with his outburst Tuesday afternoon. For what President Trump does not seem to understand is that Jewish support for the Democratic party has nothing to do with support for Israel. Rather, it has to do with the question of antisemitism and inclusiveness.

The Republican Party, in the era post-FDR, has been seen by many Jews as the exclusive party — i.e. the party whose members excluded Jews from country clubs — while the Democratic Party has been viewed as the inclusive party. Of the 138 Jewish members of Congress who have served since the FDR era, only 15 have been Republican and the remaining 123 were Democrats. Most Jews deem inclusiveness and fear of antisemitism rise to level among Jews of symbolic politics; issues that go beyond the normal cost-benefit analysis in political choice, and go to the core of voter identity.

There is no question that since President Trump took office there has been a steep rise in the mainstreaming of white Nationalism; an upswing that has resulted in two deadly attacks on synagogues on the United States, as well as, a number of additional plots against Jewish institutions that were thwarted. The number of antisemitic incidents in the US has skyrocketed over the course of the last two years.

Jews were fearful of candidate Trump, giving him the lowest Jewish vote in recent presidential elections. When the midterms came, an even more significant percentage of Jews (79%) voted Democratic. Trump is ensuring that this trend will continue.

It would be inappropriate to ignore the problems that exist these days in the Democratic Party. Ilan Omar has brought with her a version of antisemitism that is very real in the Muslim world. To many, “Jewish control and money” is the only possible explanation for how Israel has succeeded, while so many Muslim countries are effectively failed states … and how is Israel so prosperous, while the many Muslim states (not to mention the Palestinians) remain poor.

This problem is not new. There have repeatedly been periods of significant antisemitism in the African-American community, especially among their most militant members. However, the Democratic Party has always known how to contain them — and no Democratic President has ever encouraged these views. Though today, the problem will continue to fester, particularly given this period of “intersectionality,” (where for some reason) there are people who believe Woman’s rights and LGBT rights have anything to do with Palestinians rights.

Despite these challenges, and regardless of the bullhorn Prime Minster Netanyahu, together with President Trump, has provided Israel’s fiercest critics in Congress, (by denying them entry into Israel), their voices are likely to remain on the fringes of power. In 2020, Jews will still not be inclined to increase their votes for Trump. In fact, just the opposite is likely, his professed love of Israel, notwithstanding. After Tuesday’s remarks Jews will presumably be even more enthusiastic about working as part of larger coalition of Americans to remove him from office.


Donald Trump Crosses Into North Korea From DMZ In Historic First For A Serving US President

US President Donald Trump has become the first sitting US President to step into North Korea from the DMZ, saying he was "honoured to step over the line" between the two Koreas.

Donald Trump has made history becoming the first serving US President to step into North Korea in an unprecedented meeting at the demilitarised zone (DMZ).

Speaking in a joint conference with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump said he had "developed a great relationship" with Mr Kim.

"It was an honour to step over the line," he said.

After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!

&mdash Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2019

The meeting was the result of a tweet made the US President on Friday, in which he said he "would meet" Mr Kim at the border "just to shake his hand and say hello", and took place after the President attended the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

The President visited a guard post on the South Korean side of the DMZ alongside President Moon Jae-in ahead of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Joint Security Area.

At an earlier press conference in Seoul, President Trump said he and Mr Kim had "developed a very good relationship" and he was looking forward to meeting him.

"It's going to be very short, virtually a handshake. But that's okay. A handshake means a lot."

President Trump visits the DMZ ahead of a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Picture: Getty

Mr Trump shook hands with Kim Jong Un at the border line on the Korean DMZ, before stepping over and spending a brief time in North Korea.

The US President then brought Mr Kim back with him into South Korea, and reportedly invited the North Korean leader to a visit to the White House.


Was Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un at the DMZ more than a photo op?

The meeting capped an unpredictable three days of diplomacy in which Trump, while in nearby Japan for the G-20 summit of world leaders, issued an invitation to Kim on Twitter to meet him in the DMZ.

North Korea reacted positively, calling the proposal "interesting," but did not confirm that Kim would accept until the last minute.

Even as Trump traveled by helicopter to the DMZ accompanied by a massive security contingent, U.S. officials had told NBC News they were unsure whether Kim would really show up.

And when he did, his handshake with Trump and their ensuing talks unfolded in chaotic fashion under overcast skies. Journalists jostled to capture the historic encounter and even White House officials accompanying the president seemed unsure what would happen next.

"This means that we can feel at ease," Kim said of the meeting through a translator. "I believe that this will have a positive force on all of our discussions in the future."

In a nod to the unforeseen nature of their rendezvous in the DMZ, Kim told Trump that he "never expected” to see the president “at this place."

Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in landed mid-afternoon in the DMZ and rushed to a vista overlooking North Korea. Sean Morrow, commander of the U.N. Security Battalion, briefed Trump about the security situation, gesturing toward North Korean territory.

Minutes later, Trump and Kim were side by side posing for photos and taking a step together over the line into North Korea. They then spoke briefly to reporters inside a nearby room before holding talks that Trump had predicted would last just a few minutes but went on for close to an hour.

Both leaders predicted it would lead to better things to become between their two countries.

Of striking a nuclear deal, Trump said: "We're not looking for speed, we're looking to get it right."

Leaving South Korea after a wonderful meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un. Stood on the soil of North Korea, an important statement for all, and a great honor!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2019

Trump was already the first U.S. president to meet a North Korean leader while in office, having met with Kim twice before. This marks the first meeting in the no-man’s-land between North and South since the end of the Korean War.

Trump’s last summit with Kim — in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February — collapsed abruptly, with a planned signing ceremony scrapped and Trump explaining to reporters that “sometimes you have to walk.”

At the center of that failure, U.S. officials have said, was Kim’s insistence that all nuclear sanctions be lifted in exchange for only some concessions sought by the U.S. from Pyongyang related to its nuclear program.

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But a senior Trump administration official told NBC News ahead of the meeting Sunday that the administration was hoping that even a handshake might jump-start negotiations at a lower level led by Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea.

Those talks could then focus on making more substantive progress on the nuclear issues.

Indeed, Trump said after the meeting that Biegun and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would be handling the relaunched nuclear talks between the countries.

And while Trump said that sanctions on the North would remain in place for now, he seemed to leave open the possibility that some could be removed during the talks, a shift from the longstanding U.S. position that all sanctions remain in place until a denuclearization deal is struck.

"At some point during the negotiation, things can happen," Trump said.

National security hawks and many of Trump’s critics have warned that such meetings plays into Kim's hands, boosting him domestically and providing room for Pyongyang to continue to stall while it moves ahead with its nuclear program.

North Korea is believed to have dozens of nuclear warheads and the ability to mount them on missiles, but has yet to prove it can deliver those nuclear-tipped missiles successfully to distances as remote as the U.S. mainland.


Joe Biden Crosses Serious Line, Threatens Trump With Physical Violence

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been making headlines lately for all of the wrong reasons. Since announcing that he’s running for the 2020 Democratic nomination, Biden has praised racist Democratic Senators who supported segregation, several women have alleged the former VP touched them inappropriately without their consent, and he has been accused of plagiarism on two separate occasions.

In an apparent sign of weakness and desperation, Biden is now threatening President Donald Trump with physical violence.

During an interview that aired last Friday with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Biden compared Trump to a bully and said he wanted to “smack” him in the mouth.

“Sure it worries me, in the sense that I’m looking forward to this, man. You walk behind me in a debate, come here, man. Don’t you think — you know me too well. The idea that I’d be intimidated by Donald Trump? He’s the bully that I knew my whole life,” Biden stated.

“He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to. He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack them in the mouth,” the former vice president added.

Biden continued, “But I think the American people want a president who has some dignity, who has a value set, who is actually trying to restore the soul of this country so when they turn on the television they look up and their kids say, ‘I want to be like that guy or that woman.’”

Joe Biden says he's looking forward to a chance to "slap @realDonaldTrump in the mouth" during a presidential debate.

"You walk behind me in a debate, come here, man. You know me too well. The idea I’d be intimidated by Donald Trump? He’s the bully that I knew my whole life." pic.twitter.com/QaDVHlSM50

&mdash Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 5, 2019

Nice going, Joe. Threatening the president of the United States is a felony.

But more importantly, this is not the first time Biden has threatened physical violence against Trump.

In March 2018, Biden said that if someone made comments similar to the ones that Trump made in the Access Hollywood tape, he would “beat the hell out of him” if they were in high school.

Trump responded on Twitter by calling out Biden for “trying to act like a tough guy,” and added that the former VP “is weak, both mentally and physically.”

Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!

&mdash Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018

In October 2016, Biden threatened to take then-candidate Trump behind the gym and rough him up.

Biden said it was “a disgusting assertion for Trump to make” in the lewd tape that he could “do things” to women that other people couldn’t just because he is “a billionaire.” The vice president has called it “a textbook version of sexual assault” and critiqued Trump’s abuse of power publicly.

“The press always asks me, don’t I wish I were debating him? No, I wish we were in high school, and I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish,” Biden said at Wilkes University in P.A.

When he’s not suggesting a “shooting war” with the GOP or threatening Trump with violence, Biden has been accused by at least four women in recent months of inappropriately touching them without their consent.

Caitlyn Caruso and D. J. Hill both recalled their experiences with Biden touching them inappropriately and making them feel uncomfortable.

Caruso said Biden rested his hand on her thigh even as she tried to squirm in her seat to signal that she was uncomfortable.

Hill recalled an incident with Biden in 2012, claiming that the then-vice president placed his hand on her shoulder and began to run it down her back, which she said made her “very uncomfortable.”

Former Nevada state lawmaker Lucy Flores published a column and accused Biden of grabbing her shoulders, smelling her hair, and kissing her head without consent at a 2014 campaign event.

Amy Lappos, a former congressional aide to Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jim Himes, claimed that during a fundraising event in 2009, Biden grabbed her head and pulled her in close to rub noses.

Biden’s behavior is so bad that even the mainstream media criticized him after he disgustingly had his hands all over a 10-year-old girl during a campaign stop.

Despite all of this, Biden is still the Democratic frontrunner and darling of the Left.


Democrat CROSSES The Line, Deals LOW Blow To Trump

According to Breitbart News, former national security adviser to President Obama, Susan Rice attacked President Donald Trump stating his “utter incompetence” is killing “tens of thousands” of Americans.

Rice said, “Rather than moving immediately from very early January to do the things that we know we have to do, get in place the testing capacity, scale it up so that it’s widely available. Surge the purchase and the distribution of personal protective equipment, ventilators, masks, gloves, gowns, and get that to our hospital systems, build out a bed capacity, call back medical professionals. All these things that states and locals are now doing on the fly. These are the things that we know we needed to do and do at the outset. And so, they didn’t do that. They waited two months. Not the one month that The New York Times had a headline, A Wasted Month, it was a wasted two months, Jonathan. And those two months have meant the difference between many tens of thousands of Americans dying who might otherwise not have died.”

She continued, “He has demonstrated utter lack of leadership, utter incompetence. And he’s been profoundly dishonest about the nature of the threat to the American people by downplaying it, by dismissing it, by you know comparing it to the flu and having his senior officials do the same, having Fox News do the same. He has misled the American people to such an extent that lives have been lost in the process.”

She added, “Whether that’s because he didn’t care or he was trying to downplay the problem and buoy his electoral prospects mistakenly, or whether it was to buck up the markets, or because he doesn’t care, I don’t know what it was. I just know that he has cost tens of thousands of American lives.”

When The Washington Post host Jonathan Capehart asked if Trump’s actions are deliberate, Rice said, “Even I am not prepared to say that and maybe I should, but it’s just inconceivable to me to have to state a proposition that the president of the United States is willfully trying to kill Americans. I don’t want to say that. I don’t want to believe that. But I do think he’s playing politics.” You can watch a clip of Rice’s remarks here.


President Trump crosses the line

President Trump first denounced Kim Jong Un as a “madman with nuclear weapons.” More recently, he called him “a funny guy” who is “smart” and “a good negotiator.” This weekend, Trump became America’s first sitting American president to cross the 38th parallel and shake hands with one of the world’s most brutal dictators.

So, what is Kim really like? Anna Fifield has discovered new details about one of the world’s most mysterious figures. Her new book is facetiously titled, “The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un .”

Named next leader of the family dynasty at the age of 8, Kim lived life in a bubble:

“He is not very academically minded. He loved to be out on the field and playing basketball every waking moment. He went skiing He went to Disneyland and Paris. He watched NBA games, went to Italy eating pizza, swam in the French Riviera. You know he lived the charmed life of a person with money in Europe.”

That’s a stark contrast to the public persona created by North Korea’s image makers

“They said that he was able to shoot a gun when he was seven years old and hit a light bulb 100 yeards away, and then he could in fact hit like ten lightbulbs in a row and that he was able to drive a car when he was five years old.”

Absurd as they sound, North Koreans who question those myths are in trouble:

“They are consigned to these camps often with three generations of their families for questioning the regime, for suggesting that Kim Jong Un might not be the best person for the job… the punishment is so severe that if you object to the system, you don’t try to change it, you try to escape.”

Successful escapees--including some members of Kim’s family--are among Fifield’s most compelling sources.


“Is This Real?”: Trump Sends Third-Grade Reading-Level Letter to Erdoğan

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Donald Trump attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York Sept. 25. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

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Donald Trump has said or done something certifiably insane nearly every day of his presidency. And not like, “This guy’s a little kooky”-level insane, but full-on “Mr. President, put down the stapler and unhand the president of Finland”-level insane. But last week, apparently seeking to prove to the world that we ain’t seen nothing yet re: the depths of his mental instability, he wrote and reportedly proudly distributed the following letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for all the world to see:

Each line of the letter contains an obvious Trumpism—talk of “deals,” reference to “tough guys”—but packaged together, in all its batshit glory, in an official letter to another world leader, it seemed unbelievable even for a guy who most people agree should’ve been placed under conservatorship some time ago. The immediate reaction from the media was “HOW IS THIS THING REAL,” and yet, according to the White House, it totally is! That means that the president of the United States sat down and either penned—or more likely dictated—a letter in which he told the president of Turkey, “Don’t be a tough guy,” “Don’t be a fool,” history “will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen,” and then, in what might be the absolute craziest way to end a piece of correspondence that references “slaughtering thousands of people,” signed off with: “I will call you later.”

It‘s the kind of thing that even Donald Trump Jr. will have to admit is a sign someone needs to place an emergency phone call to Dr. Bornstein, and that we assume has caused Ivanka to tell aides that “Daddy is resting and isn’t to be disturbed.”

Incredibly, the Erdoğan letter wasn’t the only example of Trump’s mental decline on Wednesday afternoon, which also saw the president lash out at Democrats like a machete-wielding madman on the subway and claim that he personally defeated ISIS:

“He was insulting, particularly to [Nancy Pelosi]. She kept her cool completely. But he called her a third-rate politician. It was sort of a diatribe—a nasty diatribe not focused on the facts,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters after the meeting, which focused on Syria and during which impeachment was not discussed.

The meeting was tense from the start. Inside the Cabinet Room, Schumer began making his case against Trump’s decision to withdraw nearly all troops from northern Syria, reading to the president comments from former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier this week, according to three officials familiar with the comments who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a private exchange. Trump then interjected and called Mattis the “world’s most overrated general” and remarked that he wasn’t “tough enough” and that Trump himself “captured” the Islamic State, according to the three officials. He boasted that his timeline for capturing the Islamic State was much faster than what Mattis predicted, saying “I captured them in one month.” Trump told Democrats that “I hate ISIS more than you” and repeatedly said “see you at the polls” before the leaders walked out, according to two people familiar with the conversation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private meeting.


Trump crosses the line in cheering assaults on journalists

President Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 21.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

It&rsquos no secret that Donald Trump does not like journalists, particularly those whose version of the facts differs from his. So when Ali Velshi of MSNBC was shot in the leg with a rubber bullet by police in Minneapolis on May 30 while covering a protest over the killing of George Floyd, he probably wasn&rsquot expecting a message of sympathy from the president.

What he got was something else. At a rally in Bemidji, Minn., on Sept. 18, Trump spoke exultantly to supporters about &ldquothis guy, Velshi&rdquo getting shot (wrongly describing the projectile as a tear gas canister), crying out in pain and falling.

Officers &ldquojust walked right through. It was the most beautiful thing,&rdquo Trump told the crowd. &ldquoNo, because after we take all that crap for weeks and weeks, and you finally see men get up there and go right through them, wasn&rsquot it really a beautiful sight? It&rsquos called law and order.&rdquo

He reprised the incident four days later to laughing and cheering supporters in Pennsylvania, this time referring to the MSNBC anchor as &ldquothat idiot reporter from CNN.&rdquo Trump then described National Guard troops encountering another reporter among a crowd of protesters, and said, &ldquoThey threw him aside like he was a little bag of popcorn. . It&rsquos actually a beautiful sight.&rdquo

I&rsquove been a reporter for 50 years and I&rsquove never said publicly how I planned to vote in an upcoming election. And I&rsquom not doing that now. We have a professional obligation to treat candidates impartially and to maintain the trust of our readers.

But the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press means you should be able to report the news with some degree of safety. At least without attacks encouraged or applauded by government leaders.

I asked the White House press office why Trump considered assaults on journalists a &ldquobeautiful sight.&rdquo The reply, from spokesman Judson P. Deere, read in full, &ldquoPresident Trump has condemned violence in all its forms.&rdquo

That&rsquos hard to square with the president&rsquos response after a Republican congressional candidate in Montana, Greg Gianforte, picked up and body-slammed reporter Ben Jacobs, who was trying to question him about health care legislation in 2017.

&ldquoAny guy that can do a body slam, he&rsquos my type,&rdquo Trump told a cheering Montana crowd in 2018. Gianforte pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge for the attack and was fined $385 and ordered to take 20 hours of anger-management classes. He won his 2017 special election for a House seat, was re-elected in 2018, and is now the Republican candidate for governor.

Trump also shared a doctored video in 2017 that appeared to show him as a wrestler taking down an opponent who wore a CNN logo on his face.

Then there was the case of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post reporter and critic of the Saudi Arabian government who was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents in a Saudi government embassy in October 2018. The CIA, among others, concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had ordered the murder. Trump has shrugged off the findings, and Bob Woodward&rsquos recent book &ldquoRage&rdquo quotes the president as saying proudly that he &ldquowas able to get Congress to leave (bin Salman) alone,&rdquo noting the Saudi government&rsquos huge purchases of U.S. weaponry.

Journalism can be a dangerous occupation. A United Nations report found that 495 journalists were killed worldwide from 2014 through 2018, an 18% increase over the previous five-year period, and that a majority of the slayings were in conflict-free zones. Four journalists with The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Md., and a fifth employee were shot to death in June 2018 by an angry reader who is now undergoing court hearings on his sanity. Chauncey Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post, was gunned down in 2007 by a killer who said he was following orders from the leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, subject of critical stories the paper was planning.

Trump, to be clear, is not advocating murder. And he is free to rail all he wants about &ldquoFake News&rdquo and &ldquohoaxes&rdquo by reporters and networks who check their facts and run corrections when they make mistakes.

But when his response to the shooting or body-slamming of an innocent journalist is to chortle to his followers about beautiful sights in the new world of &ldquolaw and order,&rdquo it&rsquos time to say something like this:


CNN Host CROSSES The Line, Compares Trump Supporters To WHAT?

Tapper said, “Some folks are having trouble wrapping their heads around things, after hearing from a Department of Homeland Security official about ways the biology of the novel coronavirus was being studied and the virus’s susceptibility to sunlight and ultraviolet rays in the air and to disinfectants on nonporous solid surfaces such as doorknobs, the president mused aloud about injecting ultraviolet rays and disinfectants into the human body.”

Trump said, “I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do, either through the skin or in some other way. Then I see the disinfectant knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets on the lungs.”

Tapper continued, “Injection of disinfectant into the human body, it’s the kind of musing that is so nonsensical children laugh about it. It’s also the word of the president of the United States of America, a man so beloved and trusted in some circles government emergency tip lines had to issue warnings for constituents to not use disinfectants to treat the virus. Lysol had to issue a public warning to consumers that under no circumstances is internal admission of disinfectants appropriate. After the president’s statement, his new press secretary, who is apparently so eager to defend her boss, she seems to not understand that we can all hear the words she says and read the words she issues, she claimed the president was taken out of context. He, of course, had not. His musings were there for all to see and hear. And then the president undermined his own press secretary by claiming he had been sarcastic and he was challenging reporters, which was just a bald-faced lie. In fact, in an attempt to spin this, the president said to a reporter that surely the reporter understood he was being sarcastic because the president said it right to him, and the reporter told the president that he had not been there at the time.”

He added, “We’re running out of words to describe this era. Republicans in Congress and in the Trump administration know that not only is the president failing to rise to this moment to, for example, get the nation on a path to widespread testing, the president is now making open pondering about treatments that experts worry could actually harm people. His anti-scientific musings have been dangerous. We saw this with his weeks of downplaying the virus, two months ago today the president said he had done a good job since the U.S. had only 15 cases, which would soon go down to almost zero. Then the president was pushing the use of Hydroxychloroquine. What have you got to lose, he said? Well, the FDA on Friday issued a caution against the use of that drug outside of a hospital or a clinical trial due to the risk of heart rhythm problems.”

He concluded, “Republican leaders need to acknowledge the reality of the situation. They need to intervene. They need to convince President Trump to defer to the experts and focus on the needs of not his ego but the sick and the dying and the people trying to care for them. There is going to be a history of this era written, and those who are pretending this irresponsibility is not happening, they will be remembered as villains.” You can watch a clip of Tapper’s remarks here.

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CNN is not a news organization’ They are all-liars, and hurting the proplr that watch thst network. People that watch them believe they are hearing the truth and that is a disservice to who ever watched them! What we need is the government to set up a watchdog group with power to fine them and issue warnings and if they do not change kick the m off the air as a news organization. Not only CNN but all news stations and that will bring back trust to the people in believing they are hearing and watching the truth and not lies.

Well Jake Thanks for the new name. You are a nonsensical “newsperson” but you don’t know the first thing about news. At least we Nonsensical people out here know enough to vote for President Trump, so why don’t you just STFU and make us all happy.

Tapper just described every democRAT when he compared Trump supporters to nonsensical children because Trump supporters as a whole don’t throw tantrums when things don’t go their way, peloser threw a tantrum when she tore up her copy of the state of union speech, tlaib threw a tantrum and walked out on the state of the union speech, some democRATS had a tantrum and didn’t attend and the ones that were there jeered and showed disrespect for the president, let someone disagree with a democRAT and you get a ranting, raving tantrum throwing half baked idiot in return, so tapper describes the democRATS to a tee


Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on U.S. land

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, pushing the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom.

The approval signed by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and obtained by The Associated Press covers 46 miles (74 kilometers) of the pipeline’s route across land in Montana that’s controlled by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Casey Hammond, assistant secretary of the Interior Department.

Those segments of federal land are a small fraction of the pipeline’s 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) route, but the right-of-way was crucial for a project that’s obtained all the needed permits at the state and local levels.

The pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude oil daily from western Canada to terminals on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Project sponsor TC Energy said in a court filing that it wants to begin construction on the U.S.-Canada border crossing in Montana in April. Opponents promised to challenge those plans in court.

First proposed in 2008, the pipeline has become emblematic of the tensions between economic development and curbing the fossil fuel emissions that are causing climate change. The Obama administration rejected it, but President Donald Trump revived it and has been a strong supporter.

The stretch approved Wednesday includes all federal land crossed by the line, Hammond said. Much of the rest of the route is across private land, for which TC Energy has been acquiring permissions to build on.

Environmentalists and Native American tribes along the pipeline route say burning the tar sands oil will make climate change worse, and that the pipeline could break and spill oil into waterways like Montana’s Missouri River. They have filed numerous lawsuits.

Hammond said Interior officials and other agencies have done a thorough review of the potential effects on the environment. He said TC Energy had provided detailed plans to respond to any spill.

“We’re comfortable with the analysis that’s been done,” Hammond said.

Another oil pipeline in TC Energy’s Keystone network in October spilled an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in eastern North Dakota.

Critics say a damaging spill from Keystone XL is inevitable given the length of the line and the many rivers and other waterways it would cross beneath.

An attorney for environmental groups that have sued to overturn Trump’s permit for the line said they will ask the judge in the case to block the new approval.

“We have every confidence that the federal courts will set aside these approvals,” said Steve Volker, who represents the Indigenous Environmental Network.
Additional approvals from the Army Corps of Engineers are needed for the pipeline’s impact to Montana’s Fort Peck dam. Two utilities must approve power lines that would connect to the project’s pumping stations.

On Montana’s Fort Peck Reservation, where tribal members fear an oil spill getting into water supplies, state Sen. Frank Smith said Trump’s strong support for the project appeared to be pushing it through.

“All we can do is pray from here on in,” Smith said. “The president said it’s going through, and it’s going through.”

The Democratic lawmaker added that despite TC Energy’s pledge to operate safely, “there can still be human error” and another spill would happen.

TC Energy spokeswoman Sara Rabern said in a statement that the government approval marked an “important step as we advance towards building this important energy infrastructure project.”

In Phillips County, Montana, where the line would cross the Canada border into the U.S., officials want the tax revenue on the oil that would pass through, estimated at more than $1 million annually.

“It’s a no-brainer for us as far as how the community feels,” county commissioner John Carnahan said. “We’d go out there and help them if we could. It’s not only good for the county, it’s good for America.”

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana initially denied a request from environmentalists to block construction in December because no work was immediately planned. But he also has ruled against the project, including a 2018 decision that stalled the line and prompted Trump to issue a new presidential permit for it to cross the U.S.-Canada border.

In Nebraska, the state Supreme Court removed the last major obstacle for the project in August when it ruled in favor of state regulators who had approved a route for the pipeline in 2017.

TC Energy intends next month to begin mobilizing construction machinery to areas for worker camps and pipeline storage yards in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, according to its court filings. It also plans to start toppling trees along the route in parts of South Dakota.

Associated Press reporter Grant Schulte in Lincoln, Nebraska, contributed to this report.

Left: A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester


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