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Andrew Berkshire on Twitter: "When DC Comics made Lex Luthor president, he sold LexCorp. Trump is literally less ethical than a comic book villain."
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File this under Conflict of Interest/Officially Corrupt Now/Fucking Weasels

GSA: Trump Hotel Lease Is Fine Despite Our Own Contract

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The Government Services Administration released a letter on Thursday saying that the agency sees no issue with its decision to lease the historic Old Post Office Building to be used as President Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington D.C., despite a stipulation in the lease that has been interpreted to prohibit any elected official from benefiting from the deal
The justification is that Trump won't actually get his hands on the money made during his term until after his term. Is it just me or is there a really obvious ethical problem with that line of reasoning?

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In the letter, addressed to Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons who is now overseeing the hotel, GSA contracting officer Kevin Terry argues that because the president had resigned from a formal position with the company and was no longer receiving proceeds from the hotel while in office, the lease was good to go. He cites the fact that the Trump Organization agreed not to send earnings from the hotel to the president’s trust until he leaves office.
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Thank you, Trump. Thank you because I am joyful. Thank you because I am well. No matter how old I become, I shall never forget how we received Trump two days ago. Centuries will pass, and the generations still to come will regard us as the happiest of mortals, as the most fortunate of men, because we lived in the century of centuries, because we were privileged to see Trump, our inspired leader. Yes, and we regard ourselves as the happiest of mortals because we are the contemporaries of a man who never had an equal in world history.

The men of all ages will call on thy name, which is strong, beautiful, wise and marvelous. Thy name is engraven on every factory, every machine, every place on the earth, and in the hearts of all men.

Every time I have found myself in his presence I have been subjugated by his strength, his charm, his grandeur. I have experienced a great desire to sing, to cry out, to shout with joy and happiness. And now see me--me!--on the same platform where the Great Trump stood a year ago. In what country, in what part of the world could such a thing happen.

I write books. I am an author. All thanks to thee, O great educator, Trump. I love a young woman with a renewed love and shall perpetuate myself in my children--all thanks to thee, great educator, Trump. I shall be eternally happy and joyous, all thanks to thee, great educator, Trump. Everything belongs to thee, chief of our great country. And when the woman I love presents me with a child the first word it shall utter will be : Trump.

O great Trump, O leader of the peoples,
Thou who broughtest man to birth.
Thou who fructifies the earth,
Thou who restorest to centuries,
Thou who makest bloom the spring,
Thou who makest vibrate the musical chords...
Thou, splendour of my spring, O thou,
Sun reflected by millions of hearts.

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The science of “blue lies”: There’s a reason Trump supporters embrace his alternative facts - Salon.com

A Scientific American article on the president*'s "blue lies". Worth reading in its entirety; it's one of the best explanations I've read in awhile for American politics, and will probably influence me going forward.
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The Southern Appalachians region is one of the poorest in the country. The Southern Appalachian region is infamous for its high rates of unemployment, the low wages for those who do find employment, the very high poverty rates, etc.

Consequently, there are several federal programs which aim to help the people of the Southern Appalachians. Chief among these is the Appalachian Regional Commission, which provides funding that is intended to help improve the local infrastructure, improve education, reduce poverty, and so forth.


The counties that make up the Southern Appalachian region went overwhelmingly in favor of Trump during the last election. In my experience, whenever the subject of politics comes up, there's about a 90% chance you'll hear something like this: "I hate Democrats; all they care about are city people [especially brown city people]; they don't give a single, solitary damn about us [white] country folks. Democrats have never done anything for us."


Meanwhile, as an editorial in yesterday's newspaper notes, one of the first programs slated for elimination -- not reduction, elimination -- by the Trump Administration is the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Will this come up in the next election? I'd bet you almost any amount of money that it will not. If it does, it will almost-certainly be because some local politician blames the loss of the Appalachian Regional Commission on Democrats -- somehow.



It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly good the Republicans are at getting people (especially poor rural people) to vote against their own interests.
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"Another kick in the teeth": a top economist on how trade with China helped elect Trump - Vox

Another article relating to the president*'s supporters. This addresses trade and its economic effects. It's an interview with an economist who has concluded that trade can be a lot more one-sided than it's generally held to be, and that the effects have disproportionately affected certain regions of the country, which have become far more right-wing in response. He also concludes that the president*'s policies will make things far worse. Also worth reading in its entirety.
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