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🤡 Yet Another Trump Tax Scam Has Been Exposed
« Reply #2070 on: September 05, 2019, 04:57:40 AM »
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Yet Another Trump Tax Scam Has Been Exposed


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Urban policy experts along with progressive groups and politicians responded with outrage to a New York Times report published Saturday that detailed how the Trump administration’s “signature plan” to help low-income communities across the United States with a multibillion-dollar tax break has “fueled a wave of developments financed by and built for the wealthiest Americans.”

The tax break was part of the legislation critics dubbed the GOP tax scam, which Republicans forced through Congress and President Donald Trump signed into law in December of 2017. Linking to the new report, the progressive advocacy organization MoveOn tweeted, “Like everything else about the GOP’s 2017 tax scam, a program supposedly meant to benefit poor communities is just another handout to the rich.”

According to the Times:

    Among the early beneficiaries of the tax incentive are billionaire financiers like Leon Cooperman and business magnates like Sidney Kohl—and Mr. Trump’s family members and advisers.

    Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey; Richard LeFrak, a New York real estate titan who is close to the president; Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House aide who recently had a falling out with Mr. Trump; and the family of Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, all are looking to profit from what is shaping up to be a once-in-a-generation bonanza for elite investors.

The purpose of the program, as the Times explained, “was to coax investors to pump cash into poor neighborhoods” by allowing them “to sell stocks or other investments and delay capital gains taxes for years—as long as they plow the proceeds into projects in federally certified opportunity zones.”

However, instead of low-income communities reaping the benefits of such investments, “billions of untaxed investment profits are beginning to pour into high-end apartment buildings and hotels, storage facilities that employ only a handful of workers, and student housing in bustling college towns, among other projects,” the Times reported.

Though the report sparked immediate criticism of the program, Yonah Freemark, a doctoral candidate in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, noted on Twitter that “we always knew that this was going to happen—it’s how the bill was written.”

Among those who highlighted the report were 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

“President Trump has many critics,” tweeted Sanders. “But as a con artist, he is a talent of the highest caliber.”
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🤡 Mike Pence accused of humiliating hosts in Ireland: 'He shat on the carpet'
« Reply #2071 on: September 05, 2019, 10:09:51 AM »
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Mike Pence accused of humiliating hosts in Ireland: 'He shat on the carpet'

The vice-president’s comments on Brexit while visiting Ireland and his stay at his boss’s golf course did not go down well

Edward Helmore
Thu 5 Sep 2019 11.26 EDT


Vice-President Mike Pence arrives in Doonbeg to dine with relatives at a seafood restaurant. Photograph: Jacob King/PA

Missteps during Mike Pence’s visit to Ireland that included controversial praise of the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, have led to accusations of betrayal and “humiliation”.

One Irish Times columnist concluded that the vice-president, a “much-anticipated visitor”, turned out to have “shat on the … carpet”.

Pence’s problems started with his decision to stay for two nights at Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg, County Clare, more than 140 miles from Dublin, necessitating costly and logistically complex travel. The move quickly drew fire from ethics experts and political rivals.

The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, called Trump’s properties a “cesspool of corruption” and accused the president of “prioritizing his profits over the interests of the American people”.

“Pence is just the latest Republican elected official to enable President Trump’s violations of the constitution,” she said.

A spokesman for the vice-president said the decision was partly based on the president’s suggestion Pence stay there, and partly on secret service concerns about costs and logistics. Questioned about the decision on Wednesday, Trump claimed he had “no involvement, other than it’s a great place”.

But that was only the start of the controversy.
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The Irish Times columnist Miriam Lord responded to a tense meeting between the vice-president and the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, in which Pence urged the republic to protect the “United Kingdom’s sovereignty”. That Varadkar is gay and Pence a past champion of anti-LGBTQ legislation in Indiana also caused widespread comment.

Pence laid on platitudes about being “deeply humbled” and “honoured” to be visiting Doonbeg, the home of his mother’s grandmother. But in Dublin he offered his hosts a clear lesson in his administration’s political priorities.

“Let me be clear: the US supports the UK decision to leave the EU in Brexit,” Pence told Varadkar in a prepared statement. “But we also recognise the unique challenges on your northern border. And I can assure you we will continue to encourage the United Kingdom and Ireland to ensure that any Brexit respects the Good Friday agreement.”

Among media responses, Irish Central asked: “Did VP Pence betray Ireland in his Brexit comments during Irish trip?”

The Irish Examiner accused Pence of trying to “humiliate” the republic.

But Lord struck the most telling blow.

She described the impact of the Pence visit on Ireland as “like pulling out all the stops for a much-anticipated visitor to your home and thinking it has been a great success until somebody discovers he shat on the new carpet in the spare room, the one you bought specially for him”.

“As Pence read from the autocue and Irish eyes definitely stopped smiling,” she added, “it was clear he was channeling His Master’s Voice. Trump is a fan of Brexit and of Boris.”

“Pence,” Lord continued, “is Irish American and wastes no opportunity to go misty-eyed about his love for the ‘Old Country’ as he lards on his Mother Machree schtick on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Lord wasn’t alone in her criticism. The Cork Examiner’s political editor, Daniel McConnell, wrote: “The cheek of him coming here, eating our food, clogging up our roads and then having the nerve to humiliate his hosts.”
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🤡 #Sharpiegate Trends as People Mock Trump For Showing Hurricane Dorian Path Ma
« Reply #2072 on: September 06, 2019, 04:22:21 AM »
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#Sharpiegate Trends as People Mock Trump For Showing Hurricane Dorian Path Map Altered With Pen
By Ewan Palmer On 9/5/19 at 4:41 AM EDT




President Donald Trump has been widely mocked after he displayed a map showing Hurricane Dorian's projected path in the Oval Office which appeared to have been altered with a marker pen to falsely show it was expected to hit Alabama.

Thousands of people have tweeted using the #Sharpiegate hashtag (alluding to the famous marker pen brand) following the bizarre moment in the White House in which Trump attempted to pass off a doctored National Hurricane Center map showing Dorian's projection as genuine in order to back up his previous claims that Alabama could be affected by the powerful storm.
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The map, dated from August 29, has what appears to be a black marker pen line added on to show Dorian could hit south-east Alabama by Tuesday morning (September 3).

When a reporter in the Oval office asked whether a Sharpie was used to add the black loop into the corner of Alabama, Trump replied, "I don't know, I don't know." The original NHC map, without the black line, is still available to view online.

Social media users ridiculed Trump over #Sharpiegate, with many saying it is another example where the president has openly made false claims, exaggerated or attempted to mislead the public.

"This is probably the stupidest story since his crowd size on inauguration day....And I am here for every minute of it because this thin skinned petty man can't let it go and keeps making a bigger and bigger fool of himself," wrote Travis Bone, executive producer of The Stephanie Miller Show.

"#sharpiegate is so petty and moronic, but it underlines a deeply disturbing (and frankly, terrifying) propensity for the commander in chief of the US to lie, then cover it without regard to the consequences of accountability. Because no one holds him accountable. This is madness," said user @MuttersMommy.

As noted by weather analyst Dennis Mersereau, it is a federal crime to knowingly issue a "counterfeit weather forecast" or alter an official government weather forecast.

Despite the National Weather Service confirming that "Alabama will NOT see any impacts" from Dorian shortly after the president's original false claim, Trump once again attempted to prove his statement was correct by tweeting another map with several lines predicting Dorian's path, some of which cross into Alabama.

"This was the originally projected path of the Hurricane in its early stages," Trump tweeted. "As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. I accept the Fake News apologies!"

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As noted by The Guardian, the map is dated 28 August at 08.06 EDT, three days before Trump sent his tweet claiming that as well as Florida, "South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated." By this time, forecasts said that Alabama would not be in any danger from the hurricane.

The map also has the disclaimer: "NHC advisories and county emergency statements supersede this product. This graphic should complement, not replace, NHC discussions."
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🤡 Republicans to scrap primaries and caucuses as Trump challengers cry foul
« Reply #2073 on: September 07, 2019, 05:03:42 AM »
Next he'll try to cancel the general election.  ::)

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https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/06/republicans-cancel-primaries-trump-challengers-1483126

Republicans to scrap primaries and caucuses as Trump challengers cry foul

The moves, which critics called undemocratic, are the latest illustration of the president's total takeover of the GOP apparatus.

By ALEX ISENSTADT
09/06/2019 05:00 AM EDT


Updated 09/06/2019 11:14 AM EDT

Four states are poised to cancel their 2020 GOP presidential primaries and caucuses, a move that would cut off oxygen to Donald Trump’s long-shot primary challengers.

Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are expected to finalize the cancellations in meetings this weekend, according to three GOP officials who are familiar with the plans.

The moves are the latest illustration of Trump’s takeover of the entire Republican Party apparatus. They underscore the extent to which his allies are determined to snuff out any potential nuisance en route to his renomination — or even to deny Republican critics a platform to embarrass him.

Trump advisers are quick to point out that parties of an incumbent president seeking reelection have a long history of canceling primaries and note it will save state parties money. But the president’s primary opponents, who have struggled to gain traction, are crying foul, calling it part of a broader effort to rig the contest in Trump’s favor.

“Trump and his allies and the Republican National Committee are doing whatever they can do to eliminate primaries in certain states and make it very difficult for primary challengers to get on the ballot in a number of states,” said former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who recently launched his primary campaign against the president. “It’s wrong, the RNC should be ashamed of itself, and I think it does show that Trump is afraid of a serious primary challenge because he knows his support is very soft.”

“Primary elections are important, competition within parties is good, and we intend to be on the ballot in every single state no matter what the RNC and Trump allies try to do,” Walsh added. “We also intend to loudly call out this undemocratic bull on a regular basis.”
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld said in a statement, “We don’t elect presidents by acclamation in America. Donald Trump is doing his best to make the Republican Party his own personal club. Republicans deserve better.”

RNC officials said they played no role in the decisions.

The cancellations stem in part from months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering by the Trump campaign. Aides have worked to ensure total control of the party machinery, installing staunch loyalists at state parties while eliminating potential detractors. The aim, Trump officials have long said, is to smooth the path to the president’s renomination and ensure he doesn’t face the kind of internal opposition that hampered former President George H.W. Bush in his failed 1992 reelection campaign.

Trump aides said they supported the cancellations but stressed that each case was initiated by state party officials.

The shutdowns aren’t without precedent. Some of the states forgoing Republican nomination contests have done so during the reelection bids of previous presidents. Arizona, GOP officials there recalled, did not hold a Democratic presidential primary in 2012, when Barack Obama was seeking a second term, or in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for reelection. Kansas did not have a Democratic primary in 1996, and Republican officials in the state pointed out that they have long chosen to forgo primaries during a sitting incumbent’s reelection year.

South Carolina GOP Chairman Drew McKissick noted that his state decided not to hold Republican presidential primaries in 1984, when Ronald Reagan was running for reelection, or in 2004, when George W. Bush was seeking a second term. South Carolina, he added, also skipped its 1996 and 2012 Democratic contests.

“As a general rule, when either party has an incumbent president in the White House, there’s no rationale to hold a primary,” McKissick said.

Perhaps the closest comparison to the present day is 1992, when George H.W. Bush was facing a primary challenge from conservative commentator Pat Buchanan. Several states that year effectively ditched their Republican contests, including Iowa, which has long cast the first votes of the presidential nomination battles.

Buchanan said in an interview that the cancellations overall played little role in his eventual defeat, adding that Bush won renomination “fair and square.”

But Buchanan said he was rankled by what he described as a concerted and ultimately successful GOP-led effort to prevent him from appearing on the South Dakota ballot. Buchanan said he felt confident that he could perform strongly in the conservative state, whose contest came just days after a New Hampshire primary that he performed surprisingly well in.
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Not being able to compete there crushed him, Buchanan said.

“If you think you can’t fight city hall, try overthrowing the president of the United States,” Buchanan said.

Officials in several states said in statements provided by the Trump campaign that they were driven by the cost savings. State parties in Nevada and Kansas foot the bill to put on caucuses.

“It would be malpractice on my part to waste money on a caucus to come to the inevitable conclusion that President Trump will be getting all our delegates in Charlotte,” said Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald. “We should be spending those funds to get all our candidates across the finish line instead.”

Kansas GOP Chairman Michael Kuckelman estimated it would cost his party $250,000 to hold the caucus, money he said can be deployed to win races.

Trump aides have long said they aren’t worried about a primary challenge and laughed off his Republican challengers. But the president’s political team has pored over past primary results and is mindful that unexpected things can transpire — such as in 2012, when a federal inmate received 41 percent of the vote against Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary.
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Re: 🤡 Republicans to scrap primaries and caucuses as Trump challengers cry foul
« Reply #2074 on: September 08, 2019, 06:48:01 AM »
Next he'll try to cancel the general election.  ::)

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Republicans to scrap primaries and caucuses as Trump challengers cry foul


He's not leaving.

People might laugh, but he's not going anywhere, and has already said as much.

When defeated in the general, if they count the votes, he'll cry "fake news" and declare it a fraud.

The coup is in progress.
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Re: 🤡 Republicans to scrap primaries and caucuses as Trump challengers cry foul
« Reply #2075 on: September 08, 2019, 07:16:04 AM »
Next he'll try to cancel the general election.  ::)

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Republicans to scrap primaries and caucuses as Trump challengers cry foul


He's not leaving.

People might laugh, but he's not going anywhere, and has already said as much.

When defeated in the general, if they count the votes, he'll cry "fake news" and declare it a fraud.

The coup is in progress.

Newz Media is also now talking about a "Trump Dynasty" with Don Jr. running in 2024.  ::)

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🤡 Trumpovetsky to Bolthead: YOU'RE FIRED!
« Reply #2076 on: September 10, 2019, 10:07:15 AM »
Who can he find worse than Bolthead to fill the job?

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Trump fires John Bolton as national security adviser
"I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House," Trump tweeted Tuesday.
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Sept. 10, 2019, 8:04 AM AKDT / Updated Sept. 10, 2019, 8:47 AM AKDT
By Shannon Pettypiece and Adam Edelman


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had fired National Security Adviser John Bolton after a string of disagreements between the two over how the U.S. should handle North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran.

Trump announced on Twitter that he had asked for Bolton's resignation, which he received this morning, after the president had "disagreed with many of his suggestions."

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,” Trump said on Twitter.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Trump had asked for Bolton's resignation on Monday night, and that the resignation was delivered on Tuesday. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump and Bolton had not spoken on Tuesday.

Bolton himself said in a tweet that he had offered to resign Monday night, and that the president had said in response that they would "talk about it tomorrow."

“I offered to resign last night," Bolton told NBC News via text. "He never asked for it, directly or indirectly. I slept on it, and resigned this morning.”

Most recently, the two had clashed over Trump's desire to have leaders of the Taliban visit Camp David in the days before the Sept. 11 anniversary to finalize peace talks. The idea was strongly opposed by Bolton, even as officials at the State Department argued it could move the parties closer to an agreement, officials said.

Bolton has been deeply skeptical of negotiations with the Taliban. U.S. negotiators have been working under the president’s demand that a drawdown occur before November 2020 when he’s up for re-election.
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Bolton had pushed Trump to take a harder line on other regimes he has deemed untrustworthy. Trump, on the other hand, campaigned on the promise to get the U.S. out of conflicts. Bolton had also clashed with other top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

While Bolton has previously pushed for striking Iran and regime change, Trump has indicated he would like to sit down with Iranian officials, and that regime change is off the table.
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When asked in the past about his divergent views with Bolton's, Trump has indicated he didn't have a problem with his national security adviser giving an opinion that differed from his own.

"I have some hawks," the president said in a Meet the Press interview earlier this summer. "Yeah, John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him he'd take on the whole world at one time, okay? But that doesn't matter, because I want both sides."

This is the third national security adviser that Trump has fired. His first, Michael Flynn, was in court for a status hearing on Tuesday ahead of his sentencing for lying to U.S. officials. Trump named Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and undersecretary of state for international security, as a replacement for Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in a tweet in March 2018.

At the time of his appointment, Bolton said in a Fox News interview that he was taken off guard by the tweet.

Trump said that he would name a new national security adviser next week.
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Re: 🤡 Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #2077 on: September 10, 2019, 09:22:13 PM »
Bolton was at least the devil you know.

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Re: 🤡 Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #2078 on: September 11, 2019, 01:44:26 AM »
Bolton was at least the devil you know.

What's really chilling is the thought of, "who's next?"
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🤡 Who Could Replace John Bolton?
« Reply #2079 on: September 11, 2019, 05:07:30 AM »
Bolton was at least the devil you know.

What's really chilling is the thought of, "who's next?"

Here's the short list from the NYT.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/us/john-bolton-replacement.html

Who Could Replace John Bolton?

President Trump is on the hunt for the fourth national security adviser of his presidency. Here is a short list of possibilities.


Stephen E. Biegun, the special representative to North Korea, is one of the top picks to replace John R. Bolton.Credit Ed Jones/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

By Katie Rogers

    Published Sept. 10, 2019
    Updated Sept. 11, 2019, 7:08 a.m. ET

President Trump on Tuesday announced the departure of John R. Bolton as his national security adviser, the third person to hold the job since the beginning of the Trump administration. Though the White House has said Mr. Bolton’s current deputy, Charles M. Kupperman, will take over in the interim, Mr. Trump has said he will announce a successor next week.

A guessing game immediately began among the president’s formal and informal advisers about who still left in the president’s orbit might get the job.

The expanding list of possibilities, generated by those hoping to promote their allies or harm their enemies, included Fred Fleitz, Mr. Bolton’s former chief of staff; Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general and a former acting national security adviser; Jack Keane, a retired Army vice chairman currently advising the vice president on national security; Robert Blair, an adviser to Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff; and Robert C. O’Brien, the administration’s hostage envoy who called Mr. Trump the greatest hostage negotiator in American history.

As the administration begins to resemble a game of reverse musical chairs — too many open slots without enough loyalists to fill them — a short list of plausible replacements emerged.

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The acting Adviser
Charles M. Kupperman

Mr. Kupperman, a former Reagan administration official and defense contracting executive, is a longtime Bolton associate. Known by many national security officials by his nickname, “Kupperware,” for his blandness, Mr. Kupperman, 68, was appointed in January as deputy national security adviser under Mr. Bolton.

Shortly after Mr. Bolton left the White House on Tuesday, Hogan Gidley, a deputy White House spokesman, told reporters that Mr. Kupperman would serve as Mr. Bolton’s acting successor. Acting officials have a way of sticking around in this administration for indefinite lengths of time, but Mr. Kupperman’s track record as someone ensconced in Mr. Bolton’s inner circle could shorten his tenure.

Still, the president appreciated Mr. Kupperman’s just-the-facts style compared with Mr. Bolton’s often ideologically charged delivery: If Mr. Trump had to have a national security brief concerning long-term planning, he preferred it from Mr. Kupperman as opposed to Mr. Bolton, according to a person with knowledge of that process.

The representative to North Korea
Stephen E. Biegun

Mr. Biegun, the United States’ special representative for North Korea, had a firsthand window into the clashes between Mr. Bolton, who never wavered from a hawkish, hard-line stance on North Korea, and the president, who has tried to use a charm offensive to persuade Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, down a path to denuclearization.

Mr. Biegun is considered a capable technocrat rather than a big-ideas person, unlike Mr. Bolton, who had firm ideological views that shaped his policy positions. Recently Mr. Biegun has been in closer alignment with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mr. Trump than with the hard-line, anti-North Korea views of Mr. Bolton.

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In a speech at the University of Michigan last week, Mr. Biegun, 56, said that he did not question Mr. Trump’s choice to play down evidence that Mr. Kim was building an advancing arsenal.

“The challenge is to find a way through diplomacy to resolve it,” Mr. Biegun said. “The president has made it clear that short-range missiles don’t make him happy, but it’s not going to disrupt our efforts in order to engage diplomatically to resolve the very issues that we are referring to.”

This summer, Mr. Biegun was initially floated internally as a possibility to succeed Jon Huntsman Jr., who resigned in August as the administration’s ambassador to Russia. That job ultimately went to John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state under Mr. Pompeo.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment about whether Mr. Biegun had recently interviewed with the president for the job of national security adviser.

Mr. Biegun also served as an executive secretary of the National Security Council under President George W. Bush. In August 2001, Mr. Biegun was with the president, then on vacation at his ranch in Texas, when Mr. Bush received a daily brief containing an article with the title “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

The administration’s Iran representative
Brian H. Hook
ImageBrian H. Hook, the special representative to Iran, is one of the remaining appointees of the Rex W. Tillerson era.
Brian H. Hook, the special representative to Iran, is one of the remaining appointees of the Rex W. Tillerson era.CreditGabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

Mr. Hook, 51, is also said to be in contention to succeed Mr. Bolton. He is the administration’s special representative for Iran and a senior adviser to Mr. Pompeo.

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Mr. Hook, a lawyer brought into the State Department under Rex W. Tillerson, is one of the remaining survivors from that era. An administration official familiar with Mr. Hook’s relationship with Mr. Trump said that the two “interact on Iran” and that “the president is happy with how the strategy is going there.”

He would also probably have the support of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who has tried to push his allies into high-profile administration positions before. But Mr. Hook could already be engaged. He has stepped up to take on Mr. Kushner’s Middle East portfolio as Jason Greenblatt, the co-architect of the administration’s peace plan for that region, prepares to leave.

Another Fox News fixture
Douglas Macgregor

Mr. Trump is almost certainly familiar with Mr. Macgregor, a retired Army colonel who has written several books on reorganizing the military. But more important to Mr. Trump, he also appears frequently on one of the president’s favorite Fox programs, “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

In June, when Mr. Trump decided at the last minute to call off a round of strikes against Iran, he had listened to Mr. Carlson’s assertion that a strike could prove politically fatal. A frequent guest on the show that week was Mr. Macgregor, who backed up that rationale.

Reached by telephone on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Macgregor seemed to expect the call. “It’s no comment, no comment, no comment,” he said, declining to say whether he had talked to the White House about Mr. Bolton’s job.

Either way, solid television performances may not be the safest route to Mr. Trump’s good graces. The president had also liked the look of Mr. Bolton’s fiery Fox News performances before he hired him for the national security adviser post.

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The wild card
Richard Grenell

Mr. Grenell, the American ambassador to Germany, is personally liked by the president. At times, he has emulated Mr. Trump’s brash diplomatic style. Shortly after beginning his post in Germany, he elicited the annoyance of politicians there by admonishing any German companies doing business with Iran.

Mr. Grenell, 52, who is gay, is perhaps best known for enthusiastically defending the president’s position on gay rights, even as the Trump administration has taken steps to roll back civil rights for gay and transgender people. He has also led an effort to decriminalize homosexuality around the globe.

Throughout his tenure, Mr. Grenell has told his allies that he has been considered for several high-ranking positions — this year, his name was floated as a prospective nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, a position that Kelly Knight Craft, the ambassador to Canada at the time, ultimately filled. He expects to be interviewed for Mr. Bolton’s job, according to a person with knowledge of the planning process.

The really wild card
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster

General McMaster, who was ousted last year weeks after a furious tweetstorm from Mr. Trump over his comment that there was “incontrovertible” evidence of Russian election interference, has received at least one phone call from the president on matters of national security, according to a report from NBC News and confirmed by The New York Times.

The chances he is offered the job? “Less than zero,” according to a person familiar with his historically fraught relationship with Mr. Trump.

In any other administration, that would mean he wouldn’t have a chance.

Another possibility from the McMaster era could be Ricky Waddell, a former deputy national security adviser who left the White House last year. In an interview on Tuesday with Fox News, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said that Mr. Trump had mentioned Mr. Waddell by name, along with Mr. Hook and Mr. Kellogg.

Adam Goldman, Edward Wong and Maggie Haberman contributed reporting.
Correction: Sept. 11, 2019

An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of the diplomat who became the ambassador to the United Nations. She is Kelly Knight Craft, not Kraft.

Katie Rogers is a White House correspondent in the Washington bureau, covering the cultural impact of the Trump administration on the nation's capital and beyond. @katierogers
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« Reply #2080 on: September 11, 2019, 10:26:01 AM »
Bolton was at least the devil you know.

What's really chilling is the thought of, "who's next?"


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« Reply #2081 on: September 11, 2019, 04:27:07 PM »
Bolton was at least the devil you know.

What's really chilling is the thought of, "who's next?"


If we gave these losers their own deck of trading cards, it would make the game more enjoyable  :icon_sunny:

True.

When I searched my mental index for who could possibly be worse than Bolton, I came upon with Tom Cotton.
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Schiff Says Ukraine Call Could Justify Impeachment: “We May Have Crossed the Rubicon”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff deliver a press conference following the former Special Counsel’s testimony before the House Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, D.C. on July 24, 2019.
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff suggested he was getting closer to agreeing that President Donald Trump should be impeached, noting that it may be “the only remedy” if it is true that he pressured Ukraine’s leader to investigate former vice president Joe Biden. Schiff has been reluctant to support impeachment, but he said Sunday the latest developments could change his mind. “If the President is essentially withholding military aid at the same time that he is trying to browbeat a foreign leader into doing something illicit that is providing dirt on his opponent during a presidential campaign, then that may be the only remedy that is coequal to the evil that conduct represents,” Schiff said on CNN’s State of the Union.

Schiff said that the reports on the call could finally lead Democrats to unite against impeachment. “This would be the most profound violation of the presidential oath of office, certainly during this presidency, which says a lot, but perhaps during any presidency. There is no privilege that covers corruption,” Schiff said. “There is no privilege to engage in underhanded discussions.” The California Democrat said the president “may force us to go down this road” of impeachment. “I have spoken with a number of my colleagues over the last week and this seems different in kind,” he said. “And we may very well have crossed the Rubicon here.”

Schiff was hardly alone in suggesting that the controversy regarding Trump’s call with the Ukrainian leader could push Democrats toward impeachment. In a letter to lawmakers Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also hinted impeachment could be the natural result if the White House refuses to release the whistleblower report that reportedly involves the president’s July phone call. “If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation,” Pelosi wrote.
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