[Discussion] Hope to Remember The Trump Administration Thread as being 'transparent and honest'

Let's follow and discuss what our newest presidential administration gets up to, the good, the bad, the lawsuits, and the many many indictments.

OG_slinger wrote:

Administration officials alarmed by White House push to fast track lucrative 5G spectrum contract, sources say

CNN wrote:

Senior officials throughout various departments and agencies of the Trump administration tell CNN they are alarmed at White House pressure to grant what would essentially be a no-bid contract to lease the Department of Defense's mid-band spectrum -- premium real estate for the booming and lucrative 5G market -- to Rivada Networks, a company in which prominent Republicans and supporters of President Donald Trump have investments.

The pressure campaign to fast track Rivada's "Request for Proposal" (RFP) by using authorities that would preclude a competitive bidding process intensified in September, and has been led by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who was acting at Trump's behest, sources with knowledge tell CNN. To push his case, Meadows has sometimes used as his proxy an individual identified by sources in the telecommunications industry as a top financial management official in the US Army.

Sources tell CNN that Trump was encouraged to help Rivada by Fox News commentator and veteran GOP strategist Karl Rove, a lobbyist for, and investor in, Rivada.

Untold billions are at stake. A government auction of 70 megahertz of spectrum in August went for more than $4.5 billion. The Rivada bid would be for 350 megahertz of spectrum -- five times that amount.

Rove denied to CNN that Rivada is seeking an RFP or any non-competitive process. "If we were offered a no-bid contract we would turn it down," he told CNN. "The technology should stand on its own."

Denials notwithstanding, informed sources tell CNN that the White House is unquestionably pressuring the Pentagon to approve what would likely be, in the words of one senior administration official, "the biggest handoff of economic power to a single entity in history," and to do so without full examination of the impact on national security and without a competitive bidding process.

Craig Moffett, a highly regarded Wall Street analyst of the telecommunications sector, concluded in a October 7 research paper: "The whole story smacks of cronyism at best and reeks of 'the swamp' at worst."

This is stealing. It is stealing from every US citizen.

If this reporting is accurate, that Army officer is going to be in huge trouble when this all comes to light. Like, Ollie North-type spotlight.

White House looks at cutting Covid funds, newborn screenings in ‘anarchist’ cities

POLITICO wrote:

The White House is considering slashing millions of dollars for coronavirus relief, HIV treatment, screenings for newborns and other programs in Democratic-led cities that President Donald Trump has deemed “anarchist jurisdictions,” according to documents obtained by POLITICO.

New York, Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C., and Seattle could lose funding for a wide swath of programs that serve their poorest, sickest residents after the president moved last month to restrict funding, escalating his political battle against liberal cities he’s sought to use as a campaign foil.

The Department of Health and Human Services has identified federal grants covering those services, which are among the nearly 200 health programs that could be in line for cuts as part of a sweeping government-wide directive the administration is advancing during the final weeks of the presidential campaign and amid an intensifying pandemic Trump has downplayed.

Trump in a Sept. 2 order called on federal agencies to curtail funding to jurisdictions that “disempower” police departments and promote “lawlessness.” The memo argued that the cities haven’t done enough to quash riots stemming from this summer’s protests over systemic racism and police violence.

The HHS list offers the most detailed picture yet of the administration’s efforts to quickly comply with the Trump directive and the potentially large cuts facing these cities even as the pandemic strains local budgets. It isn’t immediately clear what criteria the budget office will use to evaluate the grants — or how or when cuts may be made.

Every time I think they can't possibly get more vindictive and plain out evil....

Welp, there goes any urge I have to see the new Borat movie:

Spoiler:

The reputation of Rudy Giuliani could be set for a further blow with the release of highly embarrassing footage in Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up to Borat.

In the film, released on Friday, the former New York mayor and current personal attorney to Donald Trump is seen reaching into his trousers and apparently touching his genitals while reclining on a bed in the presence of the actor playing Borat’s daughter, who is posing as a TV journalist.

Following an obsequious interview for a fake conservative news programme, the pair retreat at her suggestion for a drink to the bedroom of a hotel suite, which is rigged with concealed cameras.

After she removes his microphone, Giuliani, 76, can be seen lying back on the bed, fiddling with his untucked shirt and reaching into his trousers. They are then interrupted by Borat who runs in and says: “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”

Well good timing since Rudy is trying to peddle this fake Biden computer thing. Another blow to his already shredded credibility.

There's always a f*cking tweet:

Spoiler:

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Jim Wright with yet another incredibly well written and poignant essay.
Oblivion:

Stonekettle wrote:

Just as there should be limits on presidential power and consequences for failure.

Should be.

That's what our founders intended, that there should be immediate and dire consequences for any president, any elected leader, who fails to put people first.

As Trump has repeatedly failed to do.

That is the entire point of the Constitution.

The Constitution doesn't protect profit, or business, or the stockholder, or even government. It was designed to put the citizen first. People first. We require our elected leaders -- and our military -- to swear allegiance to the Constitution for that very reason.

When profit and power mean more than people, when political ideology comes first before loyalty to the nation or even to the idea of civilization itself, there can be no liberty, no justice, no freedom.

In the civilian world, people must come first and there must be immediate and dire consequences for those leaders who disregard their duty to the people.

Or what then is the point of civilization?

If you want a better nation, be a better citizen.

Rat Boy wrote:

Welp, there goes any urge I have to see the new Borat movie:

Spoiler:

The reputation of Rudy Giuliani could be set for a further blow with the release of highly embarrassing footage in Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up to Borat.

In the film, released on Friday, the former New York mayor and current personal attorney to Donald Trump is seen reaching into his trousers and apparently touching his genitals while reclining on a bed in the presence of the actor playing Borat’s daughter, who is posing as a TV journalist.

Following an obsequious interview for a fake conservative news programme, the pair retreat at her suggestion for a drink to the bedroom of a hotel suite, which is rigged with concealed cameras.

After she removes his microphone, Giuliani, 76, can be seen lying back on the bed, fiddling with his untucked shirt and reaching into his trousers. They are then interrupted by Borat who runs in and says: “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”

Are you kidding this is comedy gold. Though I’m going to fast forward through that part of course.

Woah. Careful, is Borat's komprimat on Giuliani.

~mod~ (CW - Rudy Guiliani reaching into his pants lying on a bed in front of a young girl) -mudbunny

Spoiler:

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SallyNasty wrote:

Woah.

~mod~ (CW - Rudy Guiliani reaching into his pants lying on a bed in front of a young girl) -mudbunny

Spoiler:

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Ole Rudy's just fishing out his October Surprise.

I just texted my buddy about the exact same thing. Yuck.

Jared Kushner-owned complex in Pittsburgh's South Hills seeking large-scale evictions

Pittsburgh City Paper wrote:

On Oct. 7 and 8, the owner of The Alden South Hills filed eviction complaints against 44 tenants at the 1,050-unit apartment complex in Baldwin Borough, just south of Pittsburgh. The Alden South Hills is owned by Leland Point Owner LP, a subsidiary owned by White House senior advisor Jared Kushner.

Today, 24 tenants were scheduled to appear before Magistrate District Judge Ralph Kaiser’s courtroom in Baldwin. Tomorrow, 20 tenants are scheduled to appear and are also facing eviction complaints.

Pittsburgh City Paper reviewed many of the eviction complaints filed, and most of them were for nonpayment of rent, sometimes only partial nonpayment. An eviction moratorium order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was issued on Sept. 4 that halted evictions nationwide except under certain circumstances, like tenants engaging in criminal activity, threatening the health and safety of residents, and/or damaging property. Pennsylvania's eviction moratorium expired on Sept. 1.

According to the CDC order, evictions are prohibited if the sole purpose of the eviction is for lack of a “timely payment of rent or similar housing-related payment.” All of the eviction complaints were filed about one week after Oct. 1, when rent was due, and for some tenants facing the complaint, October was the first month they missed rent.

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After missing the payment, Leland Point Owner is now charging the tenants who spoke to CP an additional $375 in fees on top of the $825. Lawyers on the scene also mentioned that other complaints were extended to November by Judge Kaiser. According to court filings, three of today’s 24 complaints have already been withdrawn.

Another tenant who spoke to CP said that he was able to make his payment, and so avoided any possible eviction. According to the complaints, Leland Property Owner was also charging tenants $110 in court fees as part of their complaint, on top of the back rent they owed.

SallyNasty wrote:

Woah. Careful, is Borat's komprimat on Giuliani.

~mod~ (CW - Rudy Guiliani reaching into his pants lying on a bed in front of a young girl) -mudbunny

Spoiler:

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Oh god I didn’t realize how bad it was - I just wanted to see Baron Cohen burst in To Catch a Predator style.

[sigh]

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows reported spending almost $75,000 through his campaign and leadership PAC this year after announcing he would not run for re-election last December, with many expenses appearing to be for personal use, according to a report by Salon. Using campaign funds for personal use is illegal according to the Federal Election Commission. The expenses include gourmet cupcakes, a cell phone bill, grocery purchases, lavish meals and thousands of dollars at a Washington jeweler for “printed materials” on the day he officially resigned from Congress. Meadows’ campaign spent $60,000 from January to June before it was converted to the Freedom First PAC, which has since spent over $14,000. In that time, the campaign fund raised $600 and Meadows’ PAC raised no money at all.

Dutch Ethical Hacker Logs into Trump’s Twitter Account

On Friday morning, almost absentmindedly, [Dutch researcher Victor] Gevers tries a number of passwords and their variations. On the fifth attempt: bingo! He tries ‘maga2020!’ (short for make America great again) and suddenly finds himself in the Twitter account of the American President. He is flabbergasted. Gevers: ‘I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information.’ None of that.

A Twitter account that could start a war, and it was protected by a password that would fail the complexity check at most workplaces and didn't have TFA.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Dutch Ethical Hacker Logs into Trump’s Twitter Account

On Friday morning, almost absentmindedly, [Dutch researcher Victor] Gevers tries a number of passwords and their variations. On the fifth attempt: bingo! He tries ‘maga2020!’ (short for make America great again) and suddenly finds himself in the Twitter account of the American President. He is flabbergasted. Gevers: ‘I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information.’ None of that.

A Twitter account that could start a war, and it was protected by a password that would fail the complexity check at most workplaces and didn't have TFA.

but her emails?

I guess the military will be busy this weekend changing all the nuclear codes.

I thought it was weird that they were sending those through Twitter DM-- kind of makes the dude with the nuclear football redundant-- but I guess they know what they're doing.

Tscott wrote:

but her emails?

But Hunter Biden's emails!

Debate tonight will be hosted by a woman. A minority woman. Trump will be so triggered.

Why? "When your a star they let you do anything." You can go and grabem by the p*&^y and they just let you.

I mean that is his professed belief.

Twitter thread by Chris Megerian of LA Times, currently being updated with highlights from the 60 Minutes interview donald posted.

It's... something.

I truly want to know if the whole book of "Healthcare accomplishments" was empty pages because it sure looks like it...

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It's a hilarious image, but TBF thats like the third page in which is often blank space in large books.

thrawn82 wrote:

It's a hilarious image, but TBF thats like the third page in which is often blank space in large books.

I would give them more of the benefit of the doubt if Trump didn't have a well-documented history of posing with stacks of blank paper.

They've done stacks of blank paper before. And while one might think that not even the Trump regime would let a reporter *look* at the fake book, it's entirely believable that they do not care what she reports about it as long as they can say something different themselves. They like "Reporter says 'X', Trump says 'Fake News! Y is the real truth!'" stories.

thrawn82 wrote:

It's a hilarious image, but TBF thats like the third page in which is often blank space in large books.

Trump could prove it there was actual content in that book by releasing a PDF or ebook version of it which, given that it's an election year, wouldn't be a horrible idea to show Americans how his administration has improved healthcare.

But he won't because the book is a blank prop.

So doesn't it fall to 60 minutes to enlighten the general public on what is contained in it?

And here's Aaron Rupar's thread, complete with video clips.

Reminder: donald thinks this makes him look good.