February

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Trump calls out to his supporters via Twitter for another rally. The guy loves rallies. Can’t get enough of those crowds.

The U.S. National Debt stands at 19.9 trillion dollars as of this morning. Trump claimed via Twitter that he reduced the debt by 12 billion during his first month in office. That is such a small fraction of the national debt (less that 0.01 percent) that if you paid it down 100 billion dollars, it would be 19.8 trillion dollars. Trump offered no evidence for his claim, by the way.

Trump had lunch with Governors Rick Scott and Scott Walker to discuss “how best to discuss the problems of Obamacare.” Both governors rejected federal aid to expand medicare.

Trump begged off attending the White House Correspondents Association dinner. He gave no reason for missing it.

Friday, February 24, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer invited reporters from Fox News, Brietbart, Washington Times, ABC, CBS, Bloomberg, and One America News Network into his office for an off-camera “gaggle.” Reporters from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, Politico, and BuzzFeed were barred from entering. Reporters from The Wall Street Journal attended, but said they were unaware that it was a closed briefing. Reporters from The Associated Press and Time declined to attend Spicer’s closed briefing.

Jason Charter and Ryan Clayton got tickets to get into the Conservative Political Action Conference and, just before Trump appeared on stage to give his speech, handed out 1,000 tiny Russian flags with “Trump” printed in gold across the middle blue stripe, which attendants waved enthusiastically.

U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY) will not be holding any in-person town hall meetings because there are too many angry people at them with legitimate grievances.

Less than a week after Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMasters to be the head of the National Security Council, McMasters told his staff that the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” was not helpful, in direct opposition to his boss, who thinks just saying the words somehow makes the U.S. stronger.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis issued a report, commissioned by the White House, that said the “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity,” contradicting White House policy that bars entry of people from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the U.S. The White House dismissed the report as politically motivated and poorly researched.

Customs and Border Protection announced it will begin awarding contracts to start construction on the border wall sometime in mid-April.

Larry Solov, the CEO of the Breitbart News Network, revealed the principle owners of Breitbart, which was apparently a closely-held secret up to this point. Leaving aside for the moment the question of why the owners would be kept secret, Solov confirmed that he, the Mercer family, and Susie Breitbart are the principle owners. The Mercers were major contributors to the Trump campaign, and Rebekah Mercer was a member of the Trump transition team.

Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference that professional protesters at anti-Trump rallies are paid $1,500 per week, a sum that would leave a ridiculously obvious money trail for anybody to find, even if they weren’t looking very hard.

Fox News’s The O’Reilly Factor featured a segment with Nils Bildt, a “Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor,” who confirmed to Bill O’Reilly that immigrants in Sweden were committing crimes, just as Donald Trump implied in his speech at a rally in Melbourne, Florida. Bildt is not employed by either the Swedish Foreign Office or the Swedish Defense Ministry. Bildt emigrated from Sweden in 1994, lives in the U.S., and explained his billing on Fox News this way: “The title was chosen by Fox News’s editor. I had no personal control over what title they chose. I am an independent analyst based in the USA.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Federal Bureau of Investigation rejected a request from the White House to publicly repudiate reports that Donald Trump’s associates were in communication with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. By communicating with the FBI about an ongoing investigation, the White House violated Justice Department procedures.

When the White House couldn’t get the FBI to go along with them, they enlisted help from senior members of the intelligence community and in congress to call news organizations and challenge the story that Trump’s campaign team was in league with Russian intelligence operatives.

U.S. Congressional Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) invoked the shooting of former U.S. Congressional Representative Gabby Giffords as his reason for deciding not to hold town hall meetings during the congressional break. Giffords countered that argument by saying, “I was shot on a Saturday morning. By Monday morning my offices were open to the public. Ron Barber – at my side that Saturday, who was shot multiple times, then elected to Congress in my stead – held town halls. It’s what the people deserve in a representative.”

In a meeting at the White House with business CEOs, Trump described the deportation of illegal immigrants as “a military operation.” Mere hours later, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, said no military force would be used to deport immigrants.

U.S. Congressional Representative Mike Burgess (R-TX) rationalized a reduction in the number of people with affordable health care equals a corresponding rise in personal liberty.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the Department of Justice will enforce federal regulation of marijuana use in states where it has been legalized.

“America’s Obamacare nightmare is about to end,” Vice President Mike Pence told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Despite the best efforts of liberal activists around the country, the American people know better,” he said, implying that “American people” does not include liberal activists. “Obamacare has failed,” he added, repeating the mantra of conservative legislators who have done everything in their power to strangle the Affordable Care Act.

“Without the coverage for pre-existing conditions, I will die. That is not hyperbole. I will die,” Katy McFarland, a 25-year-old from the Ozarks, told U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) at a town hall meeting. “Without the protections against lifetime coverage caps, I will die. Without the Obamacare exchange health care plan that I have elected to continue after my Cobra that is going to kick in after I turn 26 this coming Sunday, I will die.”

U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) claimed in an interview with CNN that two-thirds of the people at a recent town hall meeting were from out of state.

Attorney General Jefferson Sessions rescinded the Justice Department’s previous directive to scale back the use of private for-profit prisons.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Passengers disembarking from Delta flight 1583, a domestic flight from San Francisco to New York, were told to show their identity documents to uniformed agents of the Customs and Border Protection agency upon their arrival at John F. Kennedy airport on Wednesday evening.

David Kubat, an immigration lawyer, noted in a letter to The New York Times that Trump’s immigration policy rescinded the Parole in Place Act, which prevented the deportation of spouses of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen while they were deployed overseas.

Trump’s plan to deport illegal immigrants from the United States will cost five trillion dollars over the next ten years, after the contributions those millions of workers make to the U.S. economy is deducted.

The Trump administration revoked federal guidelines set by the Obama administration that protected the rights of LGBTQ students.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Speaking at the National Museum of African-American History, Trump addressed a rising tide of anti-Semitic crimes across the country: “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

Child care centers at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and at the U.S. Army Garrison at Wiesbaden, Germany, informed military families they would have to indefinitely suspend some child care programs as a result of the Trump Administration’s federal hiring freeze.

“We must challenge this statement and this sentiment that the news media is the enemy of the American people … This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.” Adm. William H. McRaven, USN (Ret)

A pair of memos signed by Department of Homeland Security John Kelly provided the framework for the department’s plan to aggressively detain and deport undocumented immigrants, enlarge the types of immigrants given priority for removal, hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, speed up deportation hearings, and enlist local law enforcement to arrest immigrants.

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security confirmed they were working on a plan to deport migrants who entered the United States from Mexico back to Mexico, regardless of their country of origin.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Rush Limbaugh told Fox News host Chris Wallace that Barack Obama got “everything he wanted” during the first year of his presidency because he was black.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Vandals desecrated the graves of over 100 Jews at a cemetery in St. Louis.

Thirty days after his inauguration, Trump has not defeated ISIS, in spite of his claim that he had a plan to defeat them in 30 days and he knew more than any general.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump Vineyard Estates LLC sought permission from the U.S. Department of Labor to hire 23 migrant workers under the H-2 visa program, in spite of Trump’s promise that his administration “will follow two simple rules: buy American & hire American!”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

International tourism to the United States fell 6.5% after the Trump administration announced its travel ban, a phenomenon travel agents are calling the “Trump Slump.”

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Australian children’s author Mem Fox was traveling to a conference in Milwaukee when she was held for two hours in Los Angeles and interrogated by Customs and Border Protection agents for traveling on the wrong visa. As it turned out, she wasn’t. Said Fox, “[A]ny decent American would have been shocked to the core by what had happened … How can human beings treat other vulnerable human beings in this fashion, in public, in full view of everybody?”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Muhammad Ali Jr. was detained with his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport by immigration agents who asked him where he was born and what his religion was. Ali was born in Philadelphia and holds a U.S. passport.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Treasury Department announced additional sanctions on Iran in response to that country’s ballistic missile test.

Kellyanne Conway cites The Bowling Green Massacre as a reason for restricting entry of Muslims into the U.S. There was no massacre in Bowling Green.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Treasury Department lifted sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama Administration in response to Russian interference with the national election.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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