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Lawsuits against Trump holding on to his businesses income move thru the courts…

Donald Trump argues that he can STILL make and take money while being on the job as President….

The question IS?

Can he even keep money he makes form foreign countries or their supporters, who can and will seek influence from President Trump or his Admin or even his political party….

Oh…the Best of  this?

Trump has Dept. of Justice lawyers getting paid to defend him making money out of this deal….

….The British version of “The Apprentice” kicked off its 13th season on Oct. 4, a show that has been a ratings hit for the British Broadcasting Corporation. It is also part of a high-stakes constitutional challenge facing President Donald Trump.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group known as CREW, has sued Trump claiming he is violating the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause, a rarely invoked provision barring federal office-holders from taking gifts and payments from other governments. Several other emoluments lawsuits have been filed challenging the 45th president.

The emoluments challenges get their first legal test Wednesday in Manhattan, where a federal judge will consider the government’s motion to dismiss CREW’s case. For Trump, the case could eventually force him to divest holdings or put them in a blind trust, as well as reveal his tax returns. No court has ever considered whether the Constitution requires a president to surrender his business holdings — or the presidency.

CREW maintains that Trump is violating the clause by accepting payments from foreign governments, whether they are staying at his hotels, renting space in his buildings or licensing a version of “The Apprentice.”

“We want the judge to look at the finances of the Trump Organization and then tell the president what he can keep and what he can’t without violating the Constitution,” said Richard Painter, the group’s vice chairman and the former ethics czar for President George W. Bush.

A Trump Organization spokeswoman didn’t return phone and email messages seeking comment on CREW’s claim about revenues from the show. The Justice Department, which is representing Trump, “looks forward to arguing the motion to dismiss,” a spokeswoman said.

Trump argues that CREW and the other plaintiffs in this case lack the legal standing to sue — that they can’t claim the kind of injury from his alleged violation that would get them past the courthouse door. He also maintains that the Foreign Emoluments Clause was never intended to apply to commercial transactions such as restaurant bills, hotel charges, office rent or golf course fees.

“Plaintiffs’ broad-brush claims effectively assert that the Constitution disqualifies the President from serving as President while maintaining ownership interests in his commercial businesses,” the government argued in its brief……

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Federal Judge blocks parts of Trump 3.0 Travel ban…Update

The Supreme Court had thrown out part of the efforts to halt Trump’s Banning power…

This is a new effort by a Federal Judge , who call’s Trump’s actions against current Congressional Immigration Law…The Trump Admin will appeall the judges ruling…

Hawaii federal judge issued an order Tuesday blocking major parts of President Trump’s newest travel ban, suggesting it violated immigration law.

The decision from U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu stopped the administration’s travel restrictions nationwide hours before they were scheduled to take full effect Wednesday.

The newest travel rules, which Trump signed Sept. 24, indefinitely ban entry to the U.S. by most nationals of Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. They also restrict travel by certain Venezuelan government officials and their families.

Watson’s order, issued in response to a lawsuit filed jointly by the state of Hawaii, a Honolulu-based mosque, its imam and two state residents who have relatives in the affected countries, prevents the government from enforcing the new restrictions on travel from all of the nations except North Korea and Venezuela….

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A second federal district judge has put a hold on President Trump’s latest travel ban.

Judge Theodore Chuang, a federal district judge in Maryland, temporarily blocked the majority of the president’s ban on nationals from eight countries, but he said the president could still ban individuals from North Korea, business officials from Venezuela and individuals lacking a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.

The order now allows entry of individuals from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad.

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While Donald Trump tries to close down America?…China expands…

Donald Trump go down in history as the guy who relegated America to No.2 in the world economy for the first time in modern history…

China ‘s economy was a little more that 1/2 of America’s…But the Chinese are catching up fast…..Their economy is growing SIX times faster then America’s and Donald Trump is trying  drop OUT of international trade deals that the other countries are glad to jump into…..

China’s ascension as an economic superstar over the past three-plus decades is out of sync with its heft in global financial markets. But things are starting to change, and investors around the world will feel the difference.

China makes up more than one-seventh of the global economy, yet its footprint in international portfolios is ludicrously small, with overseas investors owning less than 2 percent of its domestic stocks and bonds. But its insulated markets are slowly becoming more integrated, as President Xi Jinping loosens rules on foreign participation. That push could get further backing at the Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress this month, where the leadership will set policy priorities for the coming five years.

Inflection Point

China’s capacity to influence global financial markets has been growing incrementally, but the pivotal moment came in 2015, when the yuan’s unexpected devaluation rocked assets worldwide, showing investors beyond Asia that China’s markets are a force to be reckoned with….

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Tax Cuts or Balanced Budget try?…The Republican dilemma…

Republican President Donald Trump wants a tax cut….The guy who boasted he ‘loves’ debt doesn’t really care about the Conservative ballanced budget/less debt thing….

It isn’t ‘his’ money he talking about , right?

Republican law makers in Congress are trying to flush out a bill that would make their party leader happy and  party regualrs happy to campaign on more money for their  supporters when the run next year in the midterm elections…

But some fiscal conservatives are already grumbling about the stampede to throw out the spending limits they imposed on themselves to stop spending during the terms  of President Obama….

As in healthcare and Iran?

Checks the GOPer’s put in effect to hamper Obama are causing problems for THEMSELVES….

The debate highlights conflicting schools of thought over tax cuts in the party of Reagan, which could have dire consequences, particularly in the narrowly divided Senate.

Republicans say they want less debt but at the same time love a good tax cut — and are desperate to finally notch a major legislative achievement. Most Republicans are coming down on the side of tax cuts, preaching supply-side theories that tax cuts need not be paid for because they will grow the economy and eventually pay for themselves.

“In order to make good on our campaign tax promise, there probably are going to be some sacrifices made from an ideological perspective,” said senior House Budget Committee member Steve Womack (R-Ark.), a longtime deficit hawk.

“I believe that the biggest remedy for our fiscal situation is growth in the economy,” he added. “I am not averse to some deficit spending in order to create long-term sustained growth.”

Most economists say it’s unlikely that a multi-trillion-dollar tax package will pay for itself with sustained, long-term growth. That however hasn’t stopped Republicans from predicting that cutting taxes will increase the GDP by a full percentage point for several years and wash away deficit concerns with new revenue.

The crux of the debate centers on “static” scores from budget-crunchers that do not account for new growth, and “dynamic” scores that predict new revenues will be produced by tax cuts.

In today’s GOP, “dynamic” is in and “static” is out.

“The scoring mechanism, again, is crazy,” said Sen Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). “Just agree we’re going to lose money on a static scoring basis. I’m happy to live with a $2-3 trillion static loss.”

Corker has been the loudest critic of this thinking, warning about a “party-like” atmosphere in the GOP, especially now that Barack Obama is out of the White House. But he’s being joined by others: Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) told the Indiana Business Journal that “we can’t assume unreasonable rates of economic growth or we’re being fiscally irresponsible.”

Corker’s group, however, appears to be small party. While Republicans earlier this year set out to rewrite the tax code without blowing a hole in the national budget, most Hill Republicans, from GOP leaders to conservatives have started to side with Mulvaney, acknowledging that they’ll grow the deficit for a time with the tax package….

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Why hasn’t Trump gone after Eminem?

The White Rapper did a diss against people who support Donald Trump….

There has been silence on this from Trump….

SILENCE?

Trump ALWAYS goes back anyone saying anything negative about him, right?

Except a white rapper that lives Michigan….

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Trump to stop paying Healthcare Insurance Subsidies….

Frustrated by not having Congress be able to Repeal the Affordable Healthcare program also known as Obamacare…..

Donald Trump is going at the program on his own….

In actions in the last two days he is pulling away the basic of the program….The idea of healthy people helping to support lower rates for sicker people…And making healthcare insurance affordable for more Americans…His actions do NOT repeal the program…The simply take chucks of the whole thing apart…piece by piece….The process will drag on for months…

Trump’s throw down at Democrats, who  with, several Republican Senator’s have been able to stop Repeal efforts is ‘come and see me and we’ll deal’….

Insurance markets and hospital stocks are in flux right now due to Trump’s typical chaos theory of doing things in order to try to steer people to him….

He has the ability to do these things because Republicans NEVER approved writing most of the program into a law they where trying to use against Democrats….Congress COULD in fact provide the money for the payments (and other Trump actions) and put them in the current law taking the President’s control of them away…

The law has gained in  popularity  and Trump’s actions will NOT make those who have been able to gain insurance (Republican voters included) at a lower rate will probably lose it again….Trump and the Republicans are sure to mount a campaign to blame THEIR moves affects on people on the Democrats….

The 2018 Midterm elections are just a year out….

President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers.

The twin hits to the Affordable Care Act could unravel President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, sending insurance premiums soaring and insurance companies fleeing from the health law’s online marketplaces. After Republicans failed to repeal the health law in Congress, Mr. Trump appears determined to dismantle it on his own.

Without the subsidies, insurance markets could quickly unravel. Insurers have said they will need much higher premiums and may pull out of the insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act if the subsidies were cut off. Known as cost-sharing reduction payments, the subsidies were expected to total $9 billion in the coming year and nearly $100 billion in the coming decade.

“The government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments,” the White House said in a statement.

It concluded that “Congress needs to repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law and provide real relief to the American people.”

In a joint statement, the top Democrats in Congress, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, said Mr. Trump had “apparently decided to punish the American people for his inability to improve our health care system.”

“It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America,” they said. “Make no mistake about it, Trump will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it.”

Lawmakers from both parties have urged the president to continue the payments. Mr. Trump had raised the possibility of eliminating the subsidies at a White House meeting with Republican senators several months ago. At the time, one senator told him that the Republican Party would effectively “own health care” as a political issue if the president did so.

“Cutting health care subsidies will mean more uninsured in my district,” Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican of Florida, wrote on Twitter late Thursday. She added that Mr. Trump “promised more access, affordable coverage. This does opposite.”

But Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, praised Mr. Trump’s decision and said the Obama administration had usurped the authority of Congress by paying the subsidies. “Under our Constitution,” Mr. Ryan said, “the power of the purse belongs to Congress, not the executive branch.”……

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State Attorneys General Announce Lawsuit Against Trump’s O’care Blow

Democratic attorneys general from a handful of states announced Friday their plans to file a lawsuit against President Trump’s efforts to end Obamacare subsidies to insurers.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that those payments can continue to go forward,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said in a conference call the attorneys general held with reporters….

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There was an attempted terror attack last Friday on a U.S. airport, and no one is talking about it.

By RETIII  @ Daily Kos
The North Florida Survival Group teaches “patriots” of all ages to handle weapons and survive in the wild.

This is pretty amazing.  As explained by Shaun King at the Intercept, a terror attack on a U.S. airport was narrowly foiled just this past Friday:

On past Friday morning, at 12:39 a.m., security footage from the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina showed a man walking through the front doors wearing black clothing and a black cap, while carrying a bag. “Based on a review of the video, the individual walked near the entrance to the terminal, went out of sight momentarily, and was then seen departing the area without the bag,” according to the criminal complaint.

Following the Transportation Security Administration’s protocols, airport security allowed a bomb dog to sniff the bag for explosives and the dog signaled to the team the presence of dangerous materials in the bag. The concourse was then shut down. The street leading to the airport was shut down. And Asheville Regional Airport officials found themselves in a dangerous emergency situation.

What investigators eventually found in the bag was AN/FO (Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil) explosives that, according to the criminal complaint, have been used “in a number of terrorist-related incidents around the world. When AN/FO comes into contact with a flame or other ignition source it explodes violently. Nails or ball bearings are often items added to the device so as to increase the devastation inflicted by the explosion.”

This bomb was meant to cause multiple deaths:

In fact, sharp nails and bullets were found in this improvised explosive device. Whoever built it designed the bomb to cause horrific bodily harm. Before disarming it, authorities discovered that the alarm attached to it was scheduled to go off at 6:00 a.m. that morning just as a fresh round of travelers was scheduled to arrive at the airport.

The man who planted it, it turns out, openly admitted to authorities that he was “preparing to fight a war on U.S. soil” and that this bomb was but one part of that war.

Holy cow!  Where is the wall-to-wall media coverage?  Why hasn’t President Trump been tweeting about this?  How is this story uncovered?

Well, as Shaun King points out, the answer appears to be because the bomber — who has been arrested — is not Muslim.  No, he is a White guy.  A militia type who wanted to kill Americans and start a war on U.S soil….

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Trump warns he may leave Puerto Rico to fend for its own….

Instead of trying to fix problems from the Hurricane and address problem the island, part of the US, has hand for a while?

Donald Trump, as usual?

Deals with his own ego….

And Isn’t sympathic to those who would complain about him….

He is talking about cutting and running from the island’s plight….

President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Declaring the U.S. territory’s electrical grid and infrastructure to have been a “disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that relief workers will not stay “forever.”

In a trio of tweets, Trump wrote” “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

Three weeks since Maria made landfall, much of Puerto Rico, an island of 3.4 million people, remains without power. Residents struggle to find clean water, hospitals are running short on medicine and commerce is slow with many businesses closed.

Trump on Thursday sought to shame the territory for its own plight. He tweeted, “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.” And he quoted Sharyl Attkisson, a television journalist, as saying, “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.”….

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In a visit to the island last week, Vice President Pence vowed that the administration will be with Puerto Rico “every step of the way.”

“I say to all of you gathered here today to the people of Puerto Rico:  We are with you, we stand with you, and we will be with you every single day until Puerto Rico is restored bigger and better than ever before,” he said.

Trump himself made a similar promise, saying in a Sept. 29 speech, “We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe.” He added, “These are great people. We want them to be safe and sound and secure. And we will be there every day until that happens.”

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FEMA: “Not our job to deliver water and food” to Puerto Ricans. Think I am making this up? Wrong!

That was the response Rachel got when FEMA was asked why it has been almost 3 weeks since the last hurricane hit Aibonito, a small town high in the mountains about an hour south of San Juan, and FEMA has yet to deliver a single bottle of water.

FEMA claims the roads aren’t passable,   For the record, when I say “about an hour south” I mean Google Maps puts the drive — right now — at 1 hour and 5 minutes if I take the autopista (highway).  BUT it also says there are portions of the road that are closed.  Soooo you have to take route 173 and that takes 1 hour and 24 minutes.  Maybe Google is wrong, right?  It would be nice if someone on the ground could actually make the trip…. oh wait… what’s that?  The MSNBC film crew already made the trip and it took them “about an hour and a half.”

As the MSNBC video shows, they got there no problem because the road was clear. No bridges out, no trees in the way, no mudslides, no raging rivers.  Not even bad hombres. I realize the last menace would be Mexicans and there shouldn’t be any Mexicans clogging up the roads in Puerto Rico right now. But we all know to the Trump Klan, Puerto Ricans are just Island Mexicans, so they probably worry about that sort of thing.

Presented with the fact of Maddow’s team having video evidence directly contradicting their claims,  FEMA then dropped this bombshell: Apparently, FEMA says it is the mayor’s job to distribute food and water. They are just there to help people fill out paperwork….

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Believes ‘Everyone Should Stand’…

Trump is pressuring the National Football League owners to get their black players in line by threating to revolk their right to avoid paying taxes, something that all teams actually do pay.…….

Goodell has wrote a letter to all of the leagues owners…..

Remember Goodell works FOR THE owners…..

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In an effort to end the ongoing debate around standing or kneeling during the national anthem prior to NFL games, Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to team executives saying the league needs “to move past this controversy” and that a plan for doing so would be discussed at a league meeting next week.

Goodell offered no details on the plan, but said “like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand” during the anthem, and that he wanted the matter resolved “together with our players.”….

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Tillerson called Donald Trump a ‘fucking moron’ because he wanted MORE US Nukes….

Continuing the narrative that the President of the United States of America thinks he’s a Master of an Alternate Universe it is now reported that during a July meeting of his National Security Advisors Trump told them he wanted to increase the countries nuclear arsenal TEN FOLD…..

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The president’s comments during the Pentagon meeting in July came in response to a chart shown during the meeting on the history of the U.S. and Russia’s nuclear capabilities that showed America’s stockpile at its peak in the late 1960s, the officials said. Some officials present said they did not take Trump’s desire for more nuclear weapons to be literally instructing the military to increase the actual numbers. But his comments raised questions about his familiarity with the nuclear posture and other issues, officials said.

Two officials present said that at multiple points in the discussion, the president expressed a desire not just for more nuclear weapons, but for additional U.S. troops and military equipment.

Any increase in America’s nuclear arsenal would not only break with decades of U.S. nuclear doctrine but also violate international disarmament treaties signed by every president since Ronald Reagan. Nonproliferation experts warned that such a move could set off a global arms race.

“If he were to increase the numbers, the Russians would match him, and the Chinese” would ramp up their nuclear ambitions, Joe Cirincione, a nuclear expert and MSNBC contributor, said, referring to the president.

“There hasn’t been a military mission that’s required a nuclear weapon in 71 years,” Cirincione said.

Details of the July 20 meeting, which have not been previously reported, shed additional light on tensions among the commander-in-chief, members of his Cabinet and the uniformed leadership of the Pentagon stemming from vastly different world views, experiences and knowledge bases.

The men at the table it is reported where at first flabbergasted…Then spend some time explaining how doing such a thing was legally difficult and practically difficult ….

The meeting was a roller coaster.*….After which Tillerson expressed his view of his boss out loud….

Trump is pressing his advisors to do something they DO NOT want to do….Present military options to deal with North Korea….They KNOW there are few that do NOT result in possible HUGE casualties and deaths for South Korean civilians and American soldiers…

The American military and national security leaders are so worried the Dog believes that this story has been leaked to warn members of Congress and the public of what they are dealing with in a Commander-in-Chief….

Some officials in the Pentagon meeting were rattled by the president’s desire for more nuclear weapons and his understanding of other national security issues from the Korean peninsula to Iraq and Afghanistan, the officials said.

Trump , of course has become aware of the leaked story and is attacking it….

At some point people HAVE to become afraid of who and what they have in the American White House….

Our very lives and well being may depend on it….

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The Pentagon [July 20, 2017] meeting was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, Vice Chairman Gen. Paul Selva, Undersecretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Stephen Bannon, who served then as Trump’s chief strategist, Jared Kushner who is a senior adviser to the president and Reince Preibus who was then chief of staff. Sean Spicer who was then White House spokesman, and Keith Schiller who was Director of Oval Office Operations at the time, also accompanied Trump to the Pentagon that day…..

From above link….

Image….BBC.com …(7 April 2017)

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Steve Bannon maybe the Democrats best chance for a Senate Majority…

His push to primary established Republicans could weaken Republican Senate in a way that Democrats can’t….

From the inside….

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Republicans on Capitol Hill fear that Stephen Bannon’s plan to wage primary challenges against incumbent senators will put their majority at risk in 2018.

Senate GOP aides warn that Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, is not motivated by a desire to advance President Trump’s agenda, but instead by a quest to remake the GOP in his own, nationalist image.

“If anyone misunderstands what Steve Bannon’s goal is, they have to open their eyes. He doesn’t care if we win or lose the Senate. He doesn’t care about the consequences for the president,” said one Senate Republican aide.

“Mr. Bannon, it seems clear, does not care about Republicans maintaining their majority in either chamber. He’s putting his former boss’s agenda on the line in his quest of take over and destroy the Republican Party,” the source added.

Bannon did not respond to an email summarizing the criticism of Senate GOP aides.

The former White House adviser this week said he is working to field primary challengers against incumbents such as Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). None are considered at risk of losing their reelection races.

“Nobody is safe. We are coming after all of them, and we’re going to win,” Bannon said Monday on Fox News’s “Hannity.”…..

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More than 5,000 homes evacuated as Orange County Ca. fire grows to 6,000 acres

The crazy thing is wild fires actually help the earth regenerate itself.

And they happen EVERY Year….

It’s the people that shouldn’t be there….

A wind-fed wildfire surged over the Anaheim Hills on Monday, burning several homes and forcing thousands to evacuate as fire crews struggled to battle the rapidly growing blaze.

The fire broke out around 9:20 a.m. near the 91 Freeway and Gypsum Canyon Road, and quickly leaped the California 241 toll road. It raced up a ridge and hit tract homes at the top of a hill. Several caught fire and continued to burn even as firefighters sprayed the structures with water.

By 9 p.m., the blaze had scorched 6,000 acres and destroyed 24 structures. One firefighter had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Two hours later, an Anaheim police spokesman said the fire was 5% contained. All evacuation orders were to remain in place overnight, he said, and it was “doubtful” residents would be allowed to go home Tuesday.

The Canyon No. 2 fire put an added drain on state firefighting resources as first responders battled more than a dozen blazes that erupted in Northern California on Sunday night, leaving 10 dead and destroying 1,500 structures.

By Tuesday, “we’re gonna be as stretched as we can be,” said Steven Beech, an incident commander with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Orange County fire officials evacuated more than 5,000 homes in three cities as the fast-moving fire grew, spitting smoke into the air that was visible over Disneyland and caused officials to issue air quality warnings in parts of Los Angeles County….

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Harvey Weinstein’s Stories….

The movie mongrel has reportedly been a sexual predator for a long time and lot of people knew that….

His position of power protected him….

But no more…

For more than twenty years, Weinstein has also been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault. This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence. Too few women were willing to speak, much less allow a reporter to use their names, and Weinstein and his associates used nondisclosure agreements, monetary payoffs, and legal threats to suppress these myriad stories. Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, told me that she did not speak out until now––Weinstein, she told me, forcibly performed oral sex on her—because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out.”

Last week, the New York Times, in a powerful report by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, revealed multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein, a story that led to the resignation of four members of his company’s all-male board, and to Weinstein’s firing from the company.

The story, however, is more complex, and there is more to know and to understand. In the course of a ten-month investigation, I was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Times’s revelations, and also include far more serious claims….

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The new Star Wars trailer for the ‘The Last Jedi’ is here……

The next movie is decades old series is coming to a movie theatre near you in December…

There does appear to be some plot twists…

The new trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dropped during Monday Night Football as tickets for the film’s Dec. 15 opening weekend went on sale online.

The footage shows more of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker training Daisy Ridley’s Rey.

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before,” Skywalker tells Rey, apparently referring to his pupil-turned-villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). “It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.”

The film also has all of the action you’d expect in a “Star Wars” trailer, including a showdown between John Boyega’s Finn and his former commander, Gwendoline Christie’s Capt. Phasma:

Not to mention an epic battle scene on the planet Crait:

Along with a new trailer, a new poster was also released ― which puts Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa right in the center and Skywalker in shadows above everyone. ….

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Bob Corker is Right about Donald Trump……So is Rex Tillerson…

Corker has compared the Trump Admin to ‘adult daycare center’…..

Tillerson called his boss a ‘fucking moron’…….

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On John King’s show this morning all of the guest reporters, who  talk to congressional lawmakers everyday, admitted that the comments above are shared up on the Hill by virtually everybody….

Their only solace is the James Mattis is the Sec of Defense and John Kelly is the Chief-of-Staff….

A dominant news story last week was the controversy over whether Secretary of State Rex Tillerson actually called President Trump a “moron.” But even if he didn’t, there’s now an increasing volume of people who have worked closely with Trump offering similarly dim depictions of him — and doing so publicly.

The most recent came Sunday, when Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) fought back against Trump’s criticisms of him by tweeting that the White House has turned into an “adult day-care center.”

Before that tweet, Corker had told reporters last week that Tillerson, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis were there to “help separate our country from chaos.” He expanded upon those comments in a New York Times interview later Sunday, saying he worried Trump’s frequent threatening of other countries could set us on a path to Word War III. “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Corker said….

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Trump was closer to Corker  [chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee] than any GOP senator.

“There is no senator — no Republican senator — who President Trump talks to more than Bob Corker,” Alexander said in late August. “I know that for a fact.”

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The political bottom line….

“Do most senators have their doubts about the president?” asked John Feehery, a longtime Republican congressional aide now working as a lobbyist in Washington. “That’s probably true, but also largely irrelevant. He’s the president, and they have to find ways to get stuff done with him. Otherwise, they face the wrath of the voters — something Bob Corker no longer worries about.”….

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