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Thread: The TRUMP POTUS "Tribute" & "Tribulations" of the Politically Incorrect....!

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    I'm sure that Preet Bharara is chuckling at the irony of this.....

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0337ad1eb041c

    U.S. Attorney Behind The Michael Cohen Raid Is A Trump Appointee
    Geoffrey Berman even donated to Trump's campaign.

    By Amanda Terkel
    04/09/2018 11:14 pm ET Updated 2 hours ago

    President Donald Trump was clearly furious Monday about the news that the FBI had raided the office and hotel room of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.

    “I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys ― a good man. And it’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt. I’ve been saying it for a long time,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday evening.

    Trump has long maintained that special counsel Robert Mueller needs to end his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election ― and whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign.

    While the Cohen raid came as a referral from Mueller’s team, it was not officially part of his investigation. It was executed by the office of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. And the man running that office, interim U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman, is a Trump appointee whom the president personally met with.

    Mueller is required to consult with his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, if he comes across information worth investigating that does not officially fit with his mandate of looking into Russia’s role in the 2016 election. Rosenstein then can refer the matter to a U.S. attorney’s office.

    It’s not easy to search a practicing lawyer’s office. As The Washington Post reported, “To serve a search warrant on a practicing attorney, federal prosecutors are required to obtain approval from top Justice Department officials. That means the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey S. Berman, ... as well as Justice Department officials in Washington, probably signed off.”

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Berman to the job in January. Berman has a reputation among his friends and co-workers as a sharp, hard-working lawyer. And he’s certainly not part of any Democratic cabal out to get Trump: He donated $5,400 to Trump’s presidential campaign.

    Berman also met personally with Trump when he was up for the job, according to CNN.

    Trump fired the previous U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, just three months into his presidency. Bharara rejected Trump’s overtures to establish a direct line of communication, and he told the White House he did not find the contact appropriate. Less than a day later, Trump fired him.

    Bharara said that he has confidence that if his old office is handling the investigation into Cohen, it won’t be the partisan hit job the president is trying to claim it is.

    “If the reporting is true, particularly the part about this being approved by the Southern District of New York Attorney’s Office, which I used to lead, are all people who are Republican, and all people who have basically been handpicked by Donald Trump,” Bharara said.

    The Washington Post reported Monday that Cohen is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations ― likely in connection with his payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Cohen has acknowledged paying her $130,000 shortly before the election. Daniels has said the money was so that she would not talk about the sexual relationship she claims she had with Trump in 2006.

    The president has said he knew nothing about the payment.

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    It's a WITCH HUNT!

    Forget about my Attorney-client privilege. What about all those broads I paid off?

    On a side note. Hello. Hope you are okay. I have been away.

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    His payoff to CBS TV is apparently still being honored, since they cut the part about Trump's, um, small hands from their Stormy Daniels interview.....

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    "...In reality, Trump’s criticism of Amazon has nothing to do with its business practices. What really irks Trump is its CEO, Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, which dings Trump repeatedly in its journalism. Walmart’s CEO, Doug McMillon, doesn’t own any news organizations critical of Trump, and the small amount of money he’s donated to politicians in recent years has all gone to Republicans. Walmart is probably safe from Trump, even if it shouldn’t be....."


    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/maybe...195710761.html

    Maybe Trump should be attacking Walmart, not Amazon

    Rick Newman
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    Yahoo Finance
    April 6, 2018

    If President Trump really cares about small businesses threatened by giant retailers, the proper target isn’t Amazon (AMZN). It’s Walmart (WMT).

    Trump, of course, has been on a tirade against Amazon, essentially complaining about 3 things: 1. It doesn’t pay the US Postal Service enough for package delivery; 2. It doesn’t collect sales tax on third-party products sold on its site; 3. It hurts small businesses.

    Trump’s Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, joined in the fight on April 6, telling CNBC that Amazon has “absolutely dominated the retail business; they’ve put tons of retailers out of business. The president is focused on Amazon and the economic issues that are impacting retailers all around the country.”

    The true titan of retail

    But Walmart, not Amazon, is the true titan of retail, and it’s also a scarier small-business bogeyman. Walmart’s 2017 revenue was $486 billion. Amazon’s was just $178 billion. That makes Walmart 2.7 times larger than Amazon. Walmart employs 2.3 million people, 1.5 million of them in the United States. Amazon employs 566,000 (and doesn’t break out US numbers). Walmart isn’t growing as fast as Amazon, which is the biggest retailer online, but Walmart still has a much bigger footprint in the US economy.

    Walmart probably hurts small businesses more than Amazon does, as well. The Walmart effect is well-known, by now. When a Walmart opens up, nearby retailers go bust by the dozens, because they can’t match Walmart’s scale or low prices. To preserve local businesses, some communities won’t even let Walmart open stores.

    Amazon’s effect on small businesses is more mixed. It certainly does pressure local shops on both price and convenience, because it lets shoppers buy thousands of everyday items without even leaving home. But many small businesses sell through Amazon, reaching a nationwide or even global market they’d never find on their own.

    Walmart also uses the US Postal Service to deliver packages, and if it doesn’t get rates similar to what Amazon pays, then somebody at Walmart screwed up. Yet Trump hasn’t complained about Walmart (or any other retailer) using the Postal Service as its “delivery boy.” Only Amazon.

    Third-party tax collection affects both retailers. Amazon collects sales taxes in two states, Washington and Pennsylvania, that have passed laws requiring it to do so. Walmart’s “marketplace” program allows third-party vendors to sell on its web site, similar to Amazon, and collects taxes if the vendor wants it to. But Walmarts leaves it up to the vendor to decide. This is basically a situation where state laws need to catch up with technology, which they probably will. More states are likely to pass laws requiring shoppers to pay sales tax on online purchases, just as they do in stores. That will settle it.

    Trump might use his position as president to call for better state laws, or even a federal one, solving the tax-gap problem regarding online retailers. But he’s not. Instead, he’s claiming that Amazon is harming small businesses by not collecting sales tax on their behalf. Um, what?

    Presumably, he means that small businesses selling on Amazon (Group 1) have an advantage over small businesses not selling on Amazon (Group 2), because the first group sells without a sales tax, while the second group does charge a sales tax. So a product ordered on Amazon from a Group 1 seller would effectively be cheaper than the identical product bought in a store from a Group 2 seller, with the entire difference being the amount of the sales tax. But if it were really this simple, then Group 2 would level the playing field by joining Group 1 and selling on Amazon! Trump dismissed.

    In reality, Trump’s criticism of Amazon has nothing to do with its business practices. What really irks Trump is its CEO, Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, which dings Trump repeatedly in its journalism. Walmart’s CEO, Doug McMillon, doesn’t own any news organizations critical of Trump, and the small amount of money he’s donated to politicians in recent years has all gone to Republicans. Walmart is probably safe from Trump, even if it shouldn’t be.

    Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect the fact that Walmart lets third-party vendors sell products on its web site, similar to the way Amazon does.

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    ROTFLMAO @ Sean Hannity being implicated as Client Number 9, er I mean 3.....

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    From "fake news" CNN.....

    http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/09/tech...age/index.html

    The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake

    by Donie O'Sullivan
    @CNNTech
    April 9, 2018: 4:59 PM ET

    For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows.

    The page, titled simply "Black Lives Matter," had almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page. It was tied to online fundraisers that brought in at least $100,000 that supposedly went to Black Lives Matter causes in the U.S. At least some of the money, however, was transferred to Australian bank accounts, CNN has learned.

    Fundraising campaigns associated with the Facebook page were suspended by PayPal and Patreon after CNN contacted each of the companies for comment. Donorbox and Classy had already removed the campaigns.

    The discovery raises new questions about the integrity of Facebook's platform and the content hosted there. In the run-up to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress this week, Facebook has announced plans to make the people running large pages verify their identity and location. But it's not clear that the change would affect this page: Facebook has not said what information about page owners it will disclose to the public -- and, presented with CNN's findings, Facebook initially said the page didn't violate its "Community Standards."

    Only after almost a week of emails and calls between CNN and Facebook about this story did Facebook suspend the page, and then only because it had suspended a user account that administrated the page.

    The discovery also raises questions about Facebook's commitment to change, and to policing its platform, even in the midst of its PR offensive leading up to Zuckerberg's testimony. Not for the first time, Facebook took action against a major bad actor on its site not on its own but because journalists made inquiries.

    Indeed, Facebook was told of concerns about the page some time ago. Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, told CNN that Black Lives Matter had, suspecting the page was a scam, contacted Facebook about removing it a few months ago.

    Almost 700,000 users followed the page, which was not disabled by Facebook until several days after CNN brought it to the company's attention.

    The Facebook page was -- separate from Facebook's suspension of it -- apparently taken down by a person who administrated the page shortly after CNN contacted one of the Australian men who may be associated with it. "Black Lives Matter" appears to have been set up some time in 2016.

    The people behind the page also ran a hugely popular Facebook Group also titled "Black Lives Matter." With almost 40,000 members, it appears to be the biggest group on the platform professing to be supporting Black Lives Matter. Facebook Groups are similar to traditional discussion forums, and unlike pages, people normally need to request to join.

    The page consistently linked to websites tied to Ian Mackay, a National Union of Workers official in Australia. The union represents thousands of workers across various industries.

    A spokesperson for the National Union of Workers said Tuesday that it has suspended Mackay and one other official while it investigates the situation.

    The union "is not involved in and has not authorized any activities with reference to claims made in CNN's story," National Secretary Tim Kennedy said in a statement.

    Mackay has registered dozens of websites, many on issues tied to black rights. In April 2015, Mackay registered blackpowerfist.com. Mackay's name, email address, phone number and other details appeared in the registration records for the site until July 2015, when the website enabled a feature that allows site owners to hide their identities and contact information.

    The Facebook page continually drove traffic to websites associated with blackpowerfist.com, which was eventually turned into a Reddit-like discussion forum. One of the websites included blacklivesmatter.media, for which Mackay is listed as the administrative and technical contact in at least one archived internet record.

    A few days after Mackay registered blackpowerfist.com, an anonymous Facebook profile under the name "BP Parker" shared a link to the website. This same profile was an administrator of the "Black Lives Matter" Facebook page until the page was suspended, a Facebook spokesperson has told CNN.

    Another anonymous account, under the name "Steve Parks," linked to another site first registered by Mackay -- again, just a few days after internet records indicate he registered it.

    As recently as last month, both BP Parker and Steve Parks were listed as administrators on the Black Lives Matter Facebook group tied to the Facebook page.

    The people behind the websites and the Facebook page also encouraged people to donate through various online fundraising platforms, including Donorbox.

    "Our mission is to raise awareness about racism, bigotry, police brutality and hate crimes by exposing through social media locally and internationally stories that mainstream media don't," a message on the group's Donorbox page read.

    "We have built a following through hard work, dedication and the generosity of supporters like you that pitch in a what they can to help us promote or share our page and also pay to boost the stories the mainstream media try to suppress through paid ads," it added.

    Facebook did not comment when asked if ads were purchased to boost the page on its platform.

    Another fundraiser removed by Donorbox, which the company confirmed was run by the same people, billed itself as an "Education And Training Portal Sponsorship Fund" that promised "online courses that educate people about the struggle of civil rights leaders and activists."

    Fundraisers also ran on PayPal, Patreon, and Classy.

    A source familiar with some of the payments processed said at least one of the accounts was tied to an Australian IP address and bank account. At least one fundraising account was tied to Ian Mackay by name, according to the source.

    Another source also familiar with some of the payments processed told CNN that the group had raised around $100,000 that they were aware of. The source also said the fundraisers were linked to Australia.

    Both sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because their companies' policies prohibit the sharing of some information about fundraisers.

    The websites associated with the group are currently registered using common features that keep the identity and contact information for the people behind the website private.

    CNN reached out to Mackay last month to ask about his involvement with the "Black Lives Matter," Facebook page. He denied running it. "I once bought the domain name only and sold it," he told CNN when asked about a Black Lives Matter website that was once registered to his name.

    Within a few hours, the Facebook page had been deactivated.

    It wasn't the first time the Facebook page changed after Mackay was asked about his involvement in it.

    In December, after a freelance investigator, Jeremy Massler, who was the first person to publicly note Mackay's apparent links to the page, wrote a blog post about Mackay, the page was taken down for a brief period before re-emerging.

    Massler reached out to CNN about the Facebook page following CNN's reporting on fake Black Lives Matter pages run by a Russian government-linked troll group. Massler pointed CNN to the internet records for websites linked to by the page.

    After an investigation of its own, CNN presented its findings to Facebook last week. Despite CNN outlining the page's links to fundraising accounts that had by then been suspended on other platforms, Facebook initially said its investigation into the page "didn't show anything that violated our Community Standards."

    On Monday morning, Facebook disabled the BP Parker profile for violating its community standards. The company disabled the page as a result, a spokesperson told CNN.

    The campaign's accounts on Donorbox, PayPal, Classy, and Patreon have all been suspended.

    Donorbox told CNN in an email, "This is an organization that we banned months ago. They signed up as the operator of a popular FB page and a BLM social news platform."

    "We banned the account after a couple of donors complained that they thought they donated to the grassroots organization."

    The company added that most of the donations came from people clicking links on Facebook and on websites run by the people behind the campaign.

    One of the Donorbox campaigns that was active as recently as February of this year included an email address for Black Lives Matter Memphis. P. Moses, a member of Black Lives Matter Memphis, said her group had nothing to do with the fundraiser. Donorbox removed the campaign, the company told CNN.

    Patreon and PayPal suspended the accounts after CNN asked the companies about them. Classy had already suspended the account on its platform as it didn't make it through its approval process.

    PayPal and Donorbox would not specify how much money was raised using their platforms. Patreon said only $194 was raised through their site.

    Classy said that the campaign did not make it through its final approval process and no money raised was transferred to the people behind the campaign.

    Mackay did not provide answers to multiple questions from CNN about his apparent links to the scheme. "My domain name buying and selling is a personal hobby," he told CNN.

    He declined multiple opportunities to clarify his role. "What is the point in speaking to you given that you are going to run your story either way," he wrote in one message to CNN.

    Cullors said she found CNN's findings disturbing. She said fake fundraisers diminish the real work the movement does. "We rely on donors who believe in our work and our cause and that money will be used in a way that is respectful," Cullors said.

    "It's important to remember the movement was organic and no organizations started the protests that spread across the country," DeRay Mckesson, a prominent black activist, told CNN. "The consequences of that is it hasn't been easy to think about authenticity in the digital space."

    -- Carly Walsh contributed to this report.

    Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Donorbox and Classy removed the fundraising accounts after CNN brought them to their attention. In fact, the accounts were removed before CNN brought them to the companies' attention. Additionally, an earlier version of this story misidentified the person who answered questions about the fundraiser purporting to support Black Lives Matter Memphis. P. Moses spoke to CNN on behalf of Black Lives Matter Memphis, but is not its spokesperson.

    CNNMoney (New York)
    First published April 9, 2018: 4:59 PM ET

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    Follow up.......... to too many DTC's of record!

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politi...2yU?ocid=ientp
    The resolution, signed entirely by Democrats...
    OK then.

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    It just made me think of the Get Smart bubble isolator......
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