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The Trump campaign’s national-security policy representative for the Republican National Convention, J.D. Gordon, told CNN on Thursday that he pushed to alter an amendment to the GOP’s draft policy on Ukraine at the Republican National Convention last year to further align it with President Donald Trump’s views.

Gordon’s remarks represent a dramatic shift from previous comments. In January, Gordon told Business Insider that he “never left” his “assigned side table” nor spoke publicly at the GOP national security subcommittee meeting, where the amendment — which originally called for “providing lethal defense weapons” to the Ukrainian army to fend off Russian-backed separatists — was read aloud, debated, and ultimately watered down to “providing appropriate assistance” to Ukraine.

According to CNN’s Jim Acosta, however, Gordon said that at the RNC, he and others “advocated for the GOP platform to include language against arming Ukrainians against pro-Russian rebels” because “this was in line with Trump’s views, expressed at a March national security meeting at the unfinished Trump hotel” in Washington, DC.

“Gordon says Trump said at the meeting … that he didn’t want to go to ‘World War Three’ over Ukraine,” Acosta said.

Trump’s apparent involvement in the discussions are also at odds with what Gordon told Business Insider in January, when he said “neither Mr. Trump nor Mr. Manafort were involved in those sort of details, as they’ve made clear.”

Paul Manafort was Trump’s campaign manager from April through August of 2016. He served as a top adviser to a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine from 2004 to 2012 and helped the Russia-friendly strongman Viktor Yanukovych win the Ukrainian presidency in 2010.


A Crisis of Relevance: Why We Need a New ‘Public Plan’ for Peace

But this is leadership for you, trying to quiet everyone down and put forth the smiley face of unity. Behind closed doors, the military-industrialists plan their agenda, but let’s not worry about that. The role of the public, or at least the liberal, Democrat-leaning sector thereof, is to be afraid of Donald Trump and cheer for the good guys. Meanwhile, the actual future will be handled by the experts and their overlords in the corporatocracy.

In point of fact, a serious segment of the Democratic base sees beyond this well-tailored lie. The movement in the streets, the “creative turbulence,” as Charles Pierce put it, the furious cries for change, are aimed as much at the Democrats as they are at the Republicans and the Trumpsters.



President Trump has a rocky history with the Internal Revenue Service, which he has complained audits him with unfair ferocity. Now he wants to significantly cut the tax agency’s funding at a time when it has already been bleeding staff and struggling to keep up with a flood of returns ahead of Tax Day.

The plans, revealed this week in documents associated with the White House budget outline, put Mr. Trump at odds with his Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, who has argued that the I.R.S. needs more money and a larger staff.

Another round of cuts, tax experts say, could put one of the few federal departments that pay for themselves on life support.

“This is an agency that has had every last drop squeezed out of it,” said Dennis J. Ventry Jr., a member of the I.R.S. advisory council and a law professor at the University of California, Davis. “I don’t know how it’s going to sustain itself.”

“The confluence of a 14 percent reduction, on top of a string of reductions of $900 million over the last eight years, with a promise of major tax reform later this year is a recipe for disaster at the country’s most significant revenue-producing agency,” said Lawrence B. Gibbs, a former I.R.S. commissioner.


Great–medical care really isn’t needed at all!


The First Lady has spoken out, a rare change from her usual silence stowed away in New York City far from the White House, and what she has to say is nothing short of alarming and misguided. First Lady Melania Trump defended the president’s intentions to repeal the Affordable Care Act by suggesting that Americans who lose their healthcare shouldn’t be too worried because they can just turn to the healing properties of nature.

The First Lady was taking a tour of a Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday when she made her opinion on healthcare known. Mrs. Trump said that she wanted to inform the American people about the “gift of nature,” and how the outdoors can “contribute to the healing process.”

Said the First Lady:

“I am a passionate believer in integrating and interpreting nature’s elements into our daily lives to create a warm, nurturing and positive environment. I believe that these same natural benefits can be instrumental to enhancing the health and well-being of all children.”


face palm. i mean yeah, in addition to real health care, sure.


She’s nothing more than a trophy babe who is figuring how to rip off the sugar daddy before he croaks. She’s also a bimbo with a matching IQ. Fits the rest of that despicable crowd.


Trump wants to take his Magic Sledgehammer to the Great Lakes. Yikes!


The White House is proposing to slash Environmental Protection Agency funding that pays for Great Lakes pollution cleanup by 97 percent, according to a budget document obtained by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.

The potential cuts are part of President Donald Trump’s initial 2018 budget proposal, detailed in a U.S. Office of Management and Budget “passback” to the EPA that outlines drastic cuts to an agency Trump has called a “job killer” and promised to reduce to “tidbits” as a candidate.

The proposal would virtually eliminate annual Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding, slashing it from $300 million to $10 million among other cuts that would altogether reduce the EPA’s total budget by a quarter.

The Great Lakes funding cut is the largest total dollar reduction on a list that includes major cuts to climate change programs, restoration funding for Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, research into chemicals that disrupt human reproductive and developmental systems, enforcement of pollution laws and funding for Brownfield cleanups.


I am tempted to repost this every time I hear rumblings from Hillary

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