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Day 865

1/ Trump landed in England for his first official state visit to the U.K. While still on Air Force One, Trump tweeted that the mayor of London was a "stone cold loser" for being "foolishly 'nasty'" to him. Sadiq Khan wrote an op-ed prior to the visit, calling Trump "one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat" and suggesting that the state visit be rescinded because Trump's views are "incompatible with British values." After landing, Trump met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Trump later tweeted that the trip was "going really well." (New York Times / Washington Post / CNN / Politico / NBC News / The Guardian)

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Stephen Miller’s Racism Might Cause a Recession

How Trump’s Mexico tariffs could push the U.S. economy over the edge.

West Wing Xenophobe Stephen Miller Behind Trump’s Mexico Tariffs


Only the best people, happy Monday, I guess?

A key witness in former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian election interference has been charged with transporting child pornography last year, according to court documents.

George Nader, who had a previous criminal record on such charges, was charged in federal court in Virginia, and is expected to make an initial court appearance in New York.

Nader played an unusual role as a kind of liaison between Trump supporters, Middle East leaders and Russians interested in making contact with the incoming administration in early 2017.

Officials said Nader, 60, was charged by criminal complaint over material he was traveling with when he arrived at Washington-Dulles International Airport on Jan. 17, 2018, from Dubai. At the time, he was carrying a cellphone containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, officials said. The charges were unsealed after his arrest Monday morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.



McConnell agreeing to open up the security issue about elections…per Sen Schumer today.

Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, indicated that the Senate GOP leader had agreed to his weeks-long call for all senators to receive a briefing in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

I have some positive news. I have spoken to the Republican leader about that request. He has assured me we will have a briefing,” Schumer said.

He added that he and McConnell were still ironing out the timing of when the Senate briefing would take place but urged the GOP leader to hold it within weeks — before the Senate’s current work period runs out at the end of June.

The closed-door briefing comes as senators have mounted a bipartisan push in the wake of

Mueller’s report to try to move election security through the Senate, but have run into high-profile opposition from McConnell and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

Supporters argue that new legislation is needed to help bolster election infrastructure in the wake of Russia’s actions, and as lawmakers debate how to safeguard the 2020 White House and congressional elections.

Schumer argued on Monday that the closed-door briefing needed to take place in June to give lawmakers enough time to clear legislation at least a year before the 2020 election.

The Senate should be briefed by our intelligence and law enforcement chiefs about the threat of election interference in the 2020 election so we can all be aware of the danger that FBI Director [Christopher] Wray has already pointed out,” Schumer said.

He added that he hoped the briefing would make lawmakers "see the danger and act.


Breakdown of the Dept of Transportation head Elaine Chao (wife of McConnell) has been securing deals for her family business. More swamp…


Campaign Money Helping Make Up For Tenant Shortage At Trump Tower

As commercial renters flee, Trump keeps spending $37,500 a month in campaign funds at his own building — even though much of the Republican Party’s leased space in Virginia is going unused.

And here are some interesting companion articles:

Trump Has Now Shifted $1.3 Million Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business

Trump campaign spends big at Trump properties — and feathers friends’ nests


There was a bunch of fallout from the Kushner interview that I didn’t feel was necessary to outline in the post. But, here’s the links I found on the subject:

Jared Kushner was noncommittal on whether Saudi Crown Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) must account for Khashoggi’s body.

Kushner said he’s still waiting for results of a U.S. investigation to assign blame, even though the CIA reportedly determined with a high degree of confidence that MBS ordered the murder, and the U.S. Senate unanimously declared that he was responsible.

Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview that the Palestinians aren’t yet able to govern themselves and declined to promise them an independent state in the White House’s long-awaited Mideast peace plan.

Kushner is sure that his father-in-law, President Donald J. Trump, is not a racist


Kushner was given multiple chances to weigh in on whether the birther campaign that questioned whether Barack Obama was born in the United States — a campaign that Trump led — was a racist one. And Kushner’s answer was decidedly not “No.”

Kushner, the grandson of refugees who fled to America to escape the Holocaust, defended President Trump’s decision to slash the number of refugees allowed into the U.S.


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