Book by Former Staff Member Describes a Trump White House ‘Out of Control’

This book is similar to others written about this administration. It is a madhouse ruled by a psychopath:

The book, which will be published at the end of January, describes a nest of back-stabbing and duplicity within the West Wing, a narrative by now familiar from other books and news media reports. But Mr. Sims, who left last year after clashing with Mr. Kelly, is one of the few people to attach his name to descriptions of goings-on at the White House that are not always flattering to Mr. Trump, and many of the scenes are not particularly flattering to anyone, including himself.

“It’s impossible to deny how absolutely out of control the White House staff — again, myself included — was at times,” Mr. Sims writes.

TSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees at Pittsburgh International Airport held a protest on Friday demanding an end to the government shutdown, which has forced TSA officials to work without pay.

Photos of the protest obtained by local news stations showed dozens of TSA employees with signs calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to hold votes on bills passed by the House to reopen parts of the government.

TSA agents and other government workers still reporting for duty amid the shutdown are set to miss a second paycheck this month on Jan. 25.

Source: TSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport | TheHill

The richest 1% own 50% of stocks held by American households

The system is rigged on behalf of the 1%–literally. We have ceased to be the land of opportunity. We live a corporate dictatorship that keeps the rest of us in chains:

The stock market made its way into mainstream news in 2018 when it hit record highs and then subsequently tumbled 19% in a matter of weeks.

Market volatility is unsettling to investors. But just who makes up the investor class?

According to Goldman Sachs, stock ownership is extremely concentrated because of the growing wealth gap in the U.S., and thus the market’s performance affects households making up the wealthiest 1% of Americans much more significantly than the other 99%.

“The wealthiest 0.1% and 1% of households now own about 17% and 50% of total household equities respectively, up significantly from 13% and 39% in the late 80s,” Daan Struyven, Goldman Sachs’s chief economist said in a note earlier this week.

Disloyal Joe Lieberman Attacking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Joe Lieberman betrayed his party in 2008 by endorsing John McCain for president. Then he proceeded to sabotage the Democratic majority in the Senate. He is now a lobbyist for a Chinese company. So it shouldn’t be of much concern that he is now attacking AOC. It’s a badge of honor:

The former Democrat, who stumped for Republican nominee John McCain in his loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race, made similar comments about the newly elected 29-year-old congresswoman last week on FOX Business, saying “I certainly hope she’s not the future and I don’t believe she is.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who taunted conservative critics with a video of her dancing in the halls of Congress, snapped back at Lieberman on social media following his first round of comments.

“New party, who dis?” she tweeted to her 2.3 million followers.

It makes you wonder who Lieberman is working for when he attacks AOC. He hasn’t been saying much over recent years. Now he’s come out of the woodwork. Maybe he’s looking for a job with another disloyal American, Donald Trump:

Former US senator Joe Lieberman should register as a foreign agent for his work on behalf of Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, according to a complaint filed on Tuesday with the Justice Department by the Campaign Legal Centre.

Lieberman filed as a lobbyist last month for ZTE, which is facing scrutiny over alleged national security threats its products pose to the US. Under federal law, lobbyists for foreign commercial clients are exempted from the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.

Intelligence Officials Don’t Show Trump Recordings Of Foreign Leaders Because They Bash Jared Kushner So Much

Don’t want Donnie to blow a gasket. I wonder how many of those conversations involve the Saudis or Russia:

In the past, American presidents have found great insight into foreign policy by reading intelligence briefings compiled from secret surveillance of foreign leaders.

But Donald Trump reportedly doesn’t see these briefings because intelligence officials are don’t want him to see how much those foreign leaders bash his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

It can’t be Saudi Arabia because they like Jared:

As further details emerge about how Russian officials attempted to form connections with those in Donald Trump’s orbit for political influence, a new report indicates that Saudi Arabian leaders were making concerted efforts of their own, cultivating valuable connections with a key figure in Trump world: Jared Kushner.

Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has formed a close bond with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — one that “did not happen on [its] own,” according to a New York Times report published Saturday.

Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin from senior officials: report

There has to be some record of what was discussed:

President Trump concealed details about encounters with Russian President Vladimir Putin from officials in his administration on multiple occasions, current and former U.S. officials told the The Washington Post in a report published on Saturday.

The Post reported that there is reportedly a lack of detailed records on five of Trump’s face-to-face meetings with Putin.

On one occasion, Trump reportedly took notes on an encounter from his own interpreter and directed a linguist not to discuss the meeting with other officials in his administration.

Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades

Our president is nothing but a common criminal who made a deal with real gangsters. And now he owes them:

…make no mistake: Trump’s ties to shady Russian figures stretch back decades, and Unger diligently pieces them together in one place. Although Unger doesn’t provide any evidence that Trump gave the Russians anything concrete in return for their help, the case he makes for how much potential leverage the Russians had over Trump is pretty damning.

Trump the Toddler: The President’s Negotiating Strategy

This man is not an adult. He has the temperament of a child. We have recognize we have a mentally challenged individual who is occupying the White House. Unfortunately we will learn later the cause for his mental disease. We know for a fact that he is narcissist. That is why it’s a national emergency that we remove him from office:

Trump doesn’t bear all the blame for this state of affairs, despite having preemptively taken credit for the shutdown. It was the Republican Party that embraced a president who, as the professor and commentator Dan Drezner has pointed out, behaves like a moody toddler. Over the past two years, one news story after another has documented how White House staff fear his pouty moods, his nasty outbursts, and his vicious tantrums.

For the past two years, the Republican-controlled Congress, rather than engaging in its constitutional duty to provide oversight of the executive branch, has acted more like bad parents pampering a spoiled child, not only enabling Trump’s corruption and abuses of power but also his fragile ego and tempestuous outbursts. Although some of them might vote to reopen the government, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is dead set on giving the toddler in chief what he wants by preventing such a vote from taking place.