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As suspected TOTUS is a draft dodger, recently he was visiting Troops in Iraq and suggested that they could reenter Syria from there, this is after arbitrarily ordering troops out of Syria and prompting an outcry from Congress and our allies. The consummate liar continues his transparent ways. MA

Erin Donnelly
Yahoo December 26, 2018
As President Trump faces criticism for being the first president not to visit U.S. troops on Christmas since 2002 — he chose a to hold a video conference this year — comes a new claim that could inflict further damage on his reputation with the military.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that the two daughters of a late Queens podiatrist are going public with a claim that their father diagnosed the future president with bone spurs in 1968 as a favor to his landlord, Trump patriarch Fred C. Trump. The diagnosis allowed Donald Trump to get a medical exemption that allowed him to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War.
Dr. Elysa Braunstein and Sharon Kessel — the daughters of Dr. Larry Braunstein, who died in 2007 — say their father was one of Fred Trump’s tenants at the time, setting up his podiatry practice in the Trump-owned Edgerton Apartments in Jamaica, Queens. Though they are unsure whether their dad actually examined the then 22-year-old Donald Trump, the sisters say that he often spoke of signing off on the diagnosis that kept Trump out of the war. The doctor also gave them the impression that Trump didn’t actually have bone spurs, but he said otherwise to help keep him out of the draft, they say.
“I know it was a favor,” Braunstein told the New York Times, noting her father’s cordial relationship with Trump’s real estate developer father.
“What he got was access to Fred Trump,” she added. “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately. That was the small favor that he got.”
The sisters say they recall their father’s friend and fellow podiatrist, Dr. Manny Weinstein, was also somehow involved with the bone spur diagnosis. Weinstein died in 1995.
No medical records corroborate the sisters’ claims, but Trump has been vague about how he got the diagnosis. Though he has hinted that he has records of his medical history, they have not been made public, and he has previously admitted he did not remember his doctor’s name. `The White House has not responded to questions about Braunstein’s alleged involvement.
Trump’s bone spur diagnosis has been mocked by critics, who have accused him of pulling strings to avoid being sent to war. Now, the Times report has set off a new wave of ridicule and speculation.
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Philip Rucker 6 hrs ago msn news

The Christmas Eve grievances billowing from the White House on Monday formed a heavy cloud of Yuletide gloom.
In his third straight day holed up inside the White House during the partial federal government shutdown that he initiated over his demand to construct a border wall, President Trump barked out his frustrations on Twitter: Democrats are hypocrites! The media makes up stories! Senators are wrong on foreign policy — and so is Defense Secretary Jim Mattis!
Trump said war-ravaged Syria would be rebuilt not by the United States but by Saudi Arabia. “Thanks to Saudi A!” he tweeted, two weeks after the Senate unanimously rebuked the kingdom’s crown prince for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
As the stock market closed out its worst December since 1931, the president placed sole blame for the staggering sell-off on the Federal Reserve, likening the central bank to a golfer who “can’t putt.”
That was all before noon. And then, at 12:32 p.m., came Trump’s 10th tweet of the day, a plaintive complaint from a president who craves constant interaction and praise:
“I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security,” he wrote.
Even for a president accustomed to firing at foes on social media, Monday’s cascade of angry tweets on a day when many Americans were celebrating the season with their families was extraordinary. The rapid-fire missives painted the portrait of an isolated leader nursing a deep sense of injury.
“This is a picture of a lost and damaged soul,” said Peter Wehner, who served in the prior three Republican administrations and is a Trump critic. “There’s something sad and poignant about a president isolated and alone. He’s like King Lear, raging against the winds.”
White House officials did not respond Monday to requests for comment about Trump’s tweets and activities.
Trump is acting like a commander under siege as he heads into what promises to be a treacherous 2019. Nearly every organization he has led in the past decade is under investigation — including his private business, his family’s charitable foundation, his 2016 presidential campaign and his inaugural committee. And after Democrats take over the House majority on Jan. 3, they plan to probe alleged corruption throughout the administration, as well as his personal finances.
The president, meanwhile, is increasingly standing alone. Even some fellow Republicans criticized his abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, expressed dismay at the sudden departure of the defense secretary and opposed the criminal justice reform bill the administration championed.
On Monday, Trump appeared to be literally isolated, left largely by himself in the city he has whirled from one crisis to another. The Capitol had emptied out, with most lawmakers headed home for the holiday. Vice President Pence was a couple of miles up the road at the Naval Observatory, celebrating Christmas Eve with his family in his residence.
First lady Melania Trump, who had flown as scheduled to Florida last week for the family’s annual Christmas trip to Mar-a-Lago, returned to Washington on Monday to celebrate the holiday with her husband.
President Trump, who had not been seen in public since before the government closed Friday, appeared Monday evening with the first lady for an annual photo opportunity tracking Santa Claus on military radar. The couple sat in armchairs in the State Dining Room, where a fire was crackling and presents sat around two Christmas trees, and talked into separate phones to participate in NORAD Santa Tracker calls with children.
Trump risked blowing Santa’s cover when he asked a child named Coleman, “Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it’s marginal, right?”
When a reporter asked about talks to reopen the government, the president replied, “Nothing new on the shutdown. We need border security.”
Later, the Trumps attended 10 p.m. services at Washington National Cathedral.
Just before sundown, Trump tweeted a photo of himself sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, wearing a suit and red tie and accompanied by two aides for what he called a “Christmas Eve briefing with my team working on North Korea.”
“Progress being made,” Trump wrote. “Looking forward to my next summit with Chairman Kim!”
There appeared to be little else on his schedule, besides what aides said was a 2 p.m. closed-door meeting on border security with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Trump declared at 5:24 p.m., “I am in the Oval Office,” and said he had just awarded “a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas.”
Administration officials did not immediately provide details about the project. Trump has repeatedly boasted falsely that large portions of his border wall already have been built.
Since the partial government shutdown began overnight Friday, Trump has tapped out roughly three dozen tweets — including 10 in a span of three hours Monday that appeared to be his running list of grievances.
“It’s a sad and pathetic moment when on Christmas Eve the president of the United States is firing downer tweets in a petulant, loner mood,” said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley. “This is like Charles Dickens’s Scrooge on steroids.”
Trump’s outburst came after he had ground through some of his guardrails, firing White House chief of staff John F. Kelly and forcing Mattis to vacate his post two months before his planned exit date in retaliation for negative news coverage of the defense secretary’s resignation.
Now he faces the lack of a graceful exit path from the government shutdown, having dug in on his demand for $5 billion in funding for the border wall and fearful of making any concessions with Democrats that might set off conservative activists.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) mockingly wrote Monday on Twitter, “Hey republicans your guy is having a moment let us know if you come up w a plan to fix.”
Meanwhile, the financial markets are shuddering and Trump’s staff is churning, with numerous Cabinet positions now held by acting secretaries. And the president and his lawyers are anxiously awaiting the possible culmination of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation and any legal or political challenges that could follow.
Some U.S. allies, including French President Emmanuel Macron, have voiced concern about Trump’s recent actions, including the Syria withdrawal and the resignation of Mattis, a former Marine general who is widely respected by Western leaders.
But amid his litany of complaints Monday, Trump decided it was the moment to declare victory. He tweeted an all-caps twist on his campaign slogan: “AMERICA IS RESPECTED AGAIN!”
philip.rucker@washpost.com

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Ron Dicker, HuffPost Mon, Dec 24 5:38 AM CST

 
Queen Elizabeth II called for r-e-s-p-e-c-t in her annual Christmas address.
“Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding,” she said.
In a preview of her speech reported Monday by Sky News, which produces the telecast, and posted by royal twitter accounts, the 92-year-old monarch added that the Christmas “message of peace on Earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone. It’s needed as much as ever.”

The queen’s emphasis on unity has been viewed by many as a “veiled nod” to the divisiveness over Brexit, according to HuffPost UK. But on this side of the pond, her message could just as easily apply.
The queen recorded the message on Dec. 12 at Buckingham Palace, Sky News noted. She has since left London for her annual Christmas stay at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, People reported.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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There has always been a staple quote attributed to and spoken by First Nations that indicates the falsehoods of the pioneering immigrants from Europe as they “settled” the new world. The statement has received new life with the election of our current Oval Office Resident and by extension become part of our everyday usage on some media outlets and in our current majority Government. The phrase “speaks with a forked tongue” means to deliberately say one thing and mean another or, to be hypocritical, or act in a duplicitous manner. In the longstanding tradition of many Native American tribes, “speaking with a forked tongue” has meant lying, and a person was no longer considered worthy of trust, once he had been shown to “speak with a forked tongue.”[citation needed] This phrase was also adopted by Americans around the time of the Revolution, and may be found in abundant references from the early 19th century — often reporting on American officers who sought to convince the tribal leaders with whom they negotiated that they “spoke with a straight and not with a forked tongue” (as for example, President Andrew Jackson told the Creek Nation in 1829[16][17]). According to one 1859 account, the native proverb that the “white man spoke with a forked tongue” originated as a result of the French tactic of the 1690s, in their war with the Iroquois, of inviting their enemies to attend a Peace Conference, only to be slaughtered or captured.(n 1830, Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, which forcibly relocated most members of the Native American tribes in the South to Indian Territory.) [18] (Wikipedia)-

As I listen to the debate over the wall there are two items that crop up are a border wall and border security, these two are not exactly the same but appear to be interchanged according to the speaker. A wall to me is a physical barrier (security of a sort), Border security is the ongoing process of patrolling the border man-made and natural by agents whose sole job is to do that job (border security). Border security in my opinion is by far the better option as it creates more jobs (since this is a 24/7 job). There is also the secondary part that would allow for workers to monitor the physical condition of existing barriers and repair as necessary but 5 billion for a “Great Wall” (which Mexico was going to pay for-forked tongue) is ludicrous without those 2 elements. We have Lindsey Graham who apparently does not know which way is up since he changes his statements regularly so we only know that what he says at the moment is what we can believe(?). It is apparent now and has been for years that our elected officials are for the most part less than truthful and we must always find the truth before voting. We must remember that we currently have an administration that is in chaos and members are taking advantage of that chaos for their own purposes under the cover of mindless tweets.

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Dr. Chaos is not a Marvel or DC character. Dr. Chaos is the current resident of the Oval office (or hiding under the resolute desk). Several of his staunch supporters from Fox and friends to (gasp) Rush Lamebrain and Ann Coulter have bashed TOTUS over withdrawal from Syria and the resignation of Secretary of Scry Mattis. Apparently the major reason behind these two far righties outcries are the potential of the Democrats to take over the government and circumvent the Far right plan to usurp the government in their names not in the name of the people. This is all about the Chaos the TOTUS loves and thrives in while all else fails around him. Mr. Resident’s past speaks for it self, failed marriages, failed businesses and misadventures that follow him like the stench of a skunk roadkill. The revolving door politics of this administration is historic and detrimental to us all and our long time allies. In search of praise (not approval) TOTUS has denied medical care to coal miners and others  by way of weakening the ACA, passing a dubious Tax act and ignoring climate change. The way to correct Chaos is order and we the voters are the providers of order by way of smart voting and the willingness to contact currently elected members of Government from local to Federal.

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Border Wall is not required if there are enough border agents to process people. Their highlighted bust is not a reason for a “wall”, 5 Billion is better used for infrastructure (which also creates jobs) along the lines of WPA projects during the Roosevelt administration. Fulfilment of Campaign promises is not policy.MA

Paulina Dedaj 2 hrs ago

Fox News

Border agents arrested a known MS-13 gang member and a convicted sex offender at the U.S.-Mexico border this week.
The first incident involved a 46-year-old Mexican national who entered illegally Wednesday evening. According to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release, Ajo Station agents discovered during processing that the man was convicted in Arizona in 2002 of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
On Thursday, border agents with the Nogales Station arrested a 24-year-old Salvadoran. After undergoing a criminal history check, officials learned the suspect, a known member of MS-13, was a felon previously removed from the country.
The two men will now face federal criminal immigration charges, CBP said in a press release.
Border apprehensions of people with criminal pasts have helped fuel President Trump’s calls to fund a border wall.
The government partially shut down Saturday after lawmakers were unable to pass a funding agreement because of an impasse over money for a border wall — a central campaign pledge by Trump when he ran for president.

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Chris Britt Comic Strip for December 22, 2018

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Apparently TOTUS was infuriated upon receipt and publication of this letter on top of a legal setback provided by the high court and a government shutdown with is name on it. MA.
Dear Mr. President:
I have been privileged to serve as our country’s 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals.
I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department’s business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence.
One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances. NATO’s 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof.
Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model – gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions – to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.
My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.
Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department’s interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional posture hearings and the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in February. Further, that a full transition to a new Secretary of Defense occurs well in advance of the transition of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September in order to ensure stability Within the Department.

I pledge my full effort to a smooth transition that ensures the needs and interests of the 2.15 million Service Members and 732,079 DoD civilians receive undistracted attention of the Department at all times so that they can fulfill their critical, round-the-clock mission to protect the American people.
I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform.

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It is not far fetched to believe TOTUS is not thrilled with RBG, especially since his week is going so badly! MA
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Voted From Hospital To Block Trump Asylum Restrictions
Mary Papenfuss,HuffPost 7 hours ago

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted against President Donald
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted against President Donald Trump’s proposed immigrant asylum restrictions from the hospital where she had cancer surgery Friday, according to media reports.
NBC reported that Ginsburg voted from her hospital bed. National Public Radio and Mother Jones magazine said she cast the decisive vote in the 5-4 decision against the Trump administration shortly after her surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her lungs. The ruling blocks the Trump administration from implementing new rules prohibiting people from seeking asylum if they cross the border illegally.
By Friday night Ginsburg, 85, was sitting up in her chair and calling friends, NPR reported.
The growths were found during tests Ginsburg had after she fractured ribs in a fall in her Supreme Court office last month.
Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York found “no evidence of any remaining disease” and scans taken before the surgery showed no cancerous growths elsewhere in her body, the court said in a statement. No additional treatment is planned.
“Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days,” the statement said.
Ginsburg, the court’s oldest justice, has served on the top court for 25 years. She has become something of a folk hero, an icon of liberals, and a favorite of “Saturday Night Live.”
She has been affectionately dubbed the “Notorious RBG,” a play on the name of the late rapper Notorious BIG and a homage to her strength.
“I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam,” Ginsburg said Sunday after a New York screening of “On the Basis of Sex,” a film about her years as a young lawyer.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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TOTUS again has tried to shift blame for the shutdown to someone else after stating on National Television that he would and was willing to accept the blame for the Government shutdown. Even though the current “Paul Ryan House” added his dubious 5 billion to the spending bill the shutdown proceeds. Congress is unwilling to move forward with this abomination of a spending plan. TOTUS has blamed everyone but himself (as usual) and that stoppage was followed by the high court (which TOTUS had hoped to stack with pro Trumpers) has delivered another defeat on immigration. This illegal attempt at supplanting existing United States immigration law with his own (or Mr. Miller’s) version has failed as will many of the suspicious “Trump decrees” we have seen and his lick spittle cabinet minions have enforced or attempted to enforce to please the “Pecksniffian” demands of their boss. To paraphrase a movie phrase:” what we have here is a failure to communicate”. In the end his loyal base will be all that TOTUS has to back him since it seems that the radical right (Coulter and Limbaugh) have slammed him in recent times. As usual the “already Great Americans” have began to overtake the more radical left and right elements. We have to begin with the long serving Congress and elect people who are for ALL Americans and who follow the “real” American dream. Remember term limits begin in the voting booth.

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