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Old Jan 11, 2017, 06:42 AM   #676
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I laughed at the "germophobe" defense. The next 4 years will certainly not be boring.
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I tried to listen.. tremendously boring, best of the best at being boring..
I've never heard a President (elect or not) spend so much of a press conference patting himself on the back. And continuing to bash Hillary - note to Donald: The election is over.

Apparently he does business all around the world (and very very well, I must say). But never in Russia. "I have many contacts in Russia and it is a huge business opportunity, but that's the one I've had no business with."

Luckily he's put all his business assets at arm's length. They will be run by his sons and they will never talk to him about them. That's a huge relief.

Good job of having the tax lawyer go on and on about details while the audience and press's eyes glaze over. He is a master communicator, in his own way.

Did I just hear that all Trump Hotel revenues from foreign dignitaries will be foregone by Trumpco and donated to the Treasury? Interesting...

Did he just refuse to take any questions from CNN?

"You are fake news!" says the guy who spent 8 years birthering Obama, and said Ted Cruz's father helped kill JFK
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Old Jan 11, 2017, 10:10 AM   #678
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So the BBC is reporting credible information on multiple Trump sex tapes from multiple dates and locations in Russia. I am so much reminded of the leadup to Rob Ford and when he hit his tipping point, it seemed to stories started to accelerate as more and more people were less afraid of leaking info was coupled with more and more people turning over every rock they can find.

I have no idea how this ends but it has the familiar feel that Trump will hit a tipping point where he can no longer be stomached and off a cliff he will go. Starting to seem like just a matter of time.
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So the BBC is reporting credible information on multiple Trump sex tapes from multiple dates and locations in Russia. I am so much reminded of the leadup to Rob Ford and when he hit his tipping point, it seemed to stories started to accelerate as more and more people were less afraid of leaking info was coupled with more and more people turning over every rock they can find.

I have no idea how this ends but it has the familiar feel that Trump will hit a tipping point where he can no longer be stomached and off a cliff he will go. Starting to seem like just a matter of time.
If he can argue Obama was born in Kenya for 8 years then he should understand the playing field. In Trump's world the truth doesn't matter, why should the rest of the world behave differently.
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Old Jan 11, 2017, 10:44 AM   #680
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If he can argue Obama was born in Kenya for 8 years then he should understand the playing field. In Trump's world the truth doesn't matter, why should the rest of the world behave differently.
I have no doubt his core of supporters will never be swayed but the truth of the matter is they were not enough to get him voted in. To get voted in he needed a lot of people to look the other way or hold their nose and vote. The tipping point will be when enough of them realize this was a bad move. These things tend to have a momentum that is hard to reverse in either direction. Just as the momentum went over the election in Trump;s favour it looks like now it is swing back the other way.

Not so much about Trump now and much more about how the US populace reacts and the rest of the political machine reacts to their reaction.
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So the BBC is reporting credible information on multiple Trump sex tapes from multiple dates and locations in Russia. I am so much reminded of the leadup to Rob Ford and when he hit his tipping point, it seemed to stories started to accelerate as more and more people were less afraid of leaking info was coupled with more and more people turning over every rock they can find.

I have no idea how this ends but it has the familiar feel that Trump will hit a tipping point where he can no longer be stomached and off a cliff he will go. Starting to seem like just a matter of time.
By "credible info" do you mean this report:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38589427
While the info has caused various US agencies to investigate, it was never been credible enough for BBC to report before this week. It's possible they will find something but I'd say we are are a ways off before the report made by a former MI6 agent is called "credible."
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Old Jan 11, 2017, 05:11 PM   #682
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The former MI6 agent is Christopher Steele. He was hired by a research firm working for Democrats looking for damaging material on Trump. After flying to Moscow on their dime, he came back with sensational/unverified accounts of compromising material that the Russian intelligence service had supposedly obtained about Trump. As soon as CNN and Buzzfeed released the details, it forced all other mainstream media to report on it.

Strap on your seatbelts folks, this is how the news cycle is going to unfold for the next while.
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The former MI6 agent is Christopher Steele. He was hired by a research firm working for Democrats looking for damaging material on Trump. After flying to Moscow on their dime, he came back with sensational/unverified accounts of compromising material that the Russian intelligence service had supposedly obtained about Trump. As soon as CNN and Buzzfeed released the details, it forced all other mainstream media to report on it.

Strap on your seatbelts folks, this is how the news cycle is going to unfold for the next while.
MI6 agent with a name like Christopher Steele flying to Moscow to work with double agents in the FSB. Sounds like I'm reading a Ludlum novel
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Old Jan 11, 2017, 05:27 PM   #684
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MI6 agent with a name like Christopher Steele flying to Moscow to work with double agents in the FSB. Sounds like I'm reading a Ludlum novel
It gets better. Steele went into hiding today, fearing for his life. He expects a Moscow reprisal (remember Alexander Litvinenko?)
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It gets better. Steele went into hiding today, fearing for his life. He expects a Moscow reprisal (remember Alexander Litvinenko?)
Radioactive poisoning?
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It gets better. Steele went into hiding today, fearing for his life. He expects a Moscow reprisal (remember Alexander Litvinenko?)
Radioactive poisoning? Didn't remember the name but remember the story.
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I have no doubt his core of supporters will never be swayed but the truth of the matter is they were not enough to get him voted in. To get voted in he needed a lot of people to look the other way or hold their nose and vote. The tipping point will be when enough of them realize this was a bad move. These things tend to have a momentum that is hard to reverse in either direction. Just as the momentum went over the election in Trump;s favour it looks like now it is swing back the other way.

Not so much about Trump now and much more about how the US populace reacts and the rest of the political machine reacts to their reaction.
I have a feeling Trump will revert running in the not to near future. That said I just don't see a way the world is lucky enough for him to be removed from power.
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Radioactive poisoning?
Ya isn't he the guy they slipped something into his drink and it killed him shortly after?
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think about this rationally, just for a minute.

A "former" MI6 agent goes to Russia and ask question about Trump on behest of the Dems.
Christopher Steel was known to the FSB and yet traveled there and about unnoticed?
This isn't Bourne again shiat.
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think about this rationally, just for a minute.

A "former" MI6 agent goes to Russia and ask question about Trump on behest of the Dems.
Christopher Steel was known to the FSB and yet traveled there and about unnoticed?
This isn't Bourne again shiat.
I thought that was what spies did?
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I'm just really surprised this is all happening.
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Rump: the Master of Irony

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Rump's trainwreck press conference ushers in a shambolic presidency

Not a ton here -- I just love the headline!

https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...ess-presidency
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Rump's trainwreck press conference ushers in a shambolic presidency

Not a ton here -- I just love the headline!

https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...ess-presidency
A different headline on his press conference

How did President-elect Trump handle press conference? Nailed it

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/11/opinio...rence-stanley/
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The left-leaning Globe & Mail has a rather dire editorial this morning.

"And so once again, rumours from RussiaĖ whether real or fanciful, products of a hack, a leak, fertile imagination or calculated disinformation Ė are powering American political discourse. Itís further pushing Americans into two violently estranged tribes, incapable of believing anything the other says. Itís undermining belief in democracy, objective reporting, and even objective truth itself.

Whatís left is power: Who has it, and who doesnít. Unless you reside in the Kremlin, this is not a positive development."

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The left-leaning Globe & Mail has a rather dire editorial this morning.
Other than the business/investing sections, I find little value in the editorial content of the G&M. They still employ Margaret Wente, which speaks volumes for their integrity.
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Other than the business/investing sections, I find little value in the editorial content of the G&M. They still employ Margaret Wente, which speaks volumes for their integrity.
I think their editorials are better than most. I find them to be the most objective, not tied to a single political platform.

Moving on from that, here's an article on Trump's Secretary of State.

The little bit of his confirmation hearing impressed me - he doesn't need this job, and he seems quite capable of pushing back at Trump when required.

All in all, there is much more to like about him than to dislike.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/trump-s-...ways-1.3237925
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Interestingly, his toughest grilling came from fellow Republican, Marco Rubio.

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I think their editorials are better than most. I find them to be the most objective, not tied to a single political platform.

Moving on from that, here's an article on Trump's Secretary of State.

The little bit of his confirmation hearing impressed me - he doesn't need this job, and he seems quite capable of pushing back at Trump when required.

All in all, there is much more to like about him than to dislike.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/trump-s-...ways-1.3237925
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A colleague of mine is now telling me that there are reports about Trump being involved in 'adult-themed' films with kinky story lines.
Has anyone else heard about this?
I'm not convinced that the news is true, but it's certainly creating some funny jokes.
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Interestingly, his toughest grilling came from fellow Republican, Marco Rubio.
I watched some of that, and I felt like Tillerson was ready to interrupt and ask "do you actually have a question here?". I don't think he suffers fools gladly. Rubio was basking in the spotlight.

Having run a large public corp, I'm sure he's quite used to putting some thought and care into what he says.
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