Facebook opens up to researchers — but not about 2016 election – NBC News

Surprise, surprise surprise that Facebook doesn’t want us to see what they did during the 2016 presidential election.

Transparency means transparency and not transparency with an Asterix.

it’s time that Facebook and Martha fess up to what they fail to do or did during the 2016 election. They accepted advertising against Hillary Clinton paid for in Rubles. If that did not set off alarms What would?

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Omarosa claims in new book: Trump ‘racist,’ used N-word, tried to buy her silence – NBC News

Thank you Captain Obvious !

I truly believe that Donald Trump is a racist. I don’t know when this racist Street came out or if it was always there and just was hittin. His father discriminated against African-Americans in renting to them and was find by the Fair Housing Commission because of it. As they say the Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Look at the racist comments that Don Jr says on a regular basis. That he called her the n-word does not surprise me. That he tried to pay her off with a $15, 000 a month step end, does not surprise me. It’s his MO, he pays people off for their silence, just ask Michael Cohen.

And look at who this President surrounds himself. He dredged up the worst muck from Breitbart and put them in the White House. They are the ones who suggested that he says that there were good people on both sides in Charlottesville. One side killed someone the other side was protesting, how can you make a correlation ?

This presidency wants me to spout phrases like you sleep with dogs and you get fleas and so on and so on and so on. Omarosa was never White House material and having her there recording his conversations shows the American people how in-depth this man is as President.

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Donald Trump holds an African American History Month listening session attended by Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault in the Roosevelt Room.Getty Images file

Judge orders plane carrying deported mother and child turned around, blocks more removals – NBC News

Our forefathers created this country with three branches of government, the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. We should always remember there’s really a fourth branch of government, the fourth estate, the Press.

so when two branches of our government fail the American people badly like is happening right now the third branch needs to come to the rescue and it’s why did you just so branch is so important. This Administration has been doing everything in its power with the complicit help of the Republican majority in the House and Senate 2 change the judicial branch into their own image, an image of racism, bigotry, xenophobia and a love of the rich. So what happened today with this judge serves to illustrate why we need to make sure that Supreme Court Justice nominee Kavanaugh is not put in the Supreme Court at all cost. This will change the court radically for the rest of my life and the rest of most of us alive today. This will be a court that will favor corporations over individuals, the rich over the poor, the oppressors over the oppressed. I am so happy that this judge took this action today and at least for this family there faith is not sealed forever.

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Rick Gates, testifying in Manafort trial, admits to affair, London apartment – NBC News

I have to admit that Donald Trump has made life more interesting, not in a good way but more interesting.

In October of 2016 I hate it what the FBI director did to Hillary Clinton but then when he stood up to Trump all the progressive started liking him again. then there are the never Trump Republicans somewhere which who have switched either to independent or Democratic party status. And now here comes with Gates. Rick Gates was a swampy a creature as the Swamp has ever produced. He worked with oligarchs and let’s not forget he is the Protege of Paul manafort. So no, he is not someone that I am enthralled with. He’s telling the truth to save his skin and that he had affairs or stole money from his boss or the Myriad of other things that are going to come out in this trial, it still does not negate the fact that he is a swamp creature.

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Rick Gates, a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, departs federal court in Washington in December 2017.Joshua Roberts / Reuters file

Toxic red tide is making Floridians sick — and angry – NBC News

It seems the grand old party or Republicans as they like to be called are hell-bent I’m getting everyone angry at them except for their small bass that they hope will come out and vote. I guess this angerfist. They’re on would be okay if it were not now causing Floridians to be angry. There’s nothing more sad than to see a dead manatee. I was fortunate enough to live over Biscayne Bay where a family of manatees lived below my apartment and they were the most delightful and peace-loving on our planet. But with the Republicans hell-bent on destroying the environment things are going to start boiling over as it were. Case in point first you get the red tide then you get a blue green algae which suffocates the oceans and takes all of the oxygen out, the life-giving oxygen.

Sure Scott Pruitt is gone from the EPA but he was replaced by a fossil fuel lobbyist, need I say more.

The Stranglehold on power that the Republican Party seems to crave is going to be their undoing.

Sure, Supreme Court nominee Cavanaugh would seem great now if you’re a lifelong Republican but how great will he be when your grandson turns out to be gay?

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Fish are washed ashore on the Sanibel causeway after dying in a red tide on Aug. 1 in Sanibel, Florida.Joe Raedle / Getty Images file

The battle to confirm Kavanaugh heats up with document fight -NBC News

Republicans only win when they cheat. And they are going to change the makeup of the Supreme Court for at least a generation because they cheated. George Bush did not win the election but his brother the governor of Florida make sure that he won and the republican-led Supreme Court gave him a victory when he lost the popular vote to vice president Al Gore. Donald Trump jr. Cheated by asking the Russians for help. It’s not collusion it’s just against the law because a foreign power can I help you in an election in America. So his Supreme Court nominations are fruit of the poisonous tree. 9 months before the election when Justice Scalia died unexpectedly Mitch McConnell decided that he would hold up the nomination of Judge Garland and again cheated. Now the cheating Republicans have nominated a right-wing idealog. Someone who thinks that the presidency has absolute power. Someone who thinks that minorities, immigrants, lgbtq community, and on and on and on do not deserve the backing of the justice system. So yes the Democrats put in the Supreme Court but unfortunately the cards are stacked against us very badly. We have two Democratic senators who are going to jump ship so even if the two Republican Senators who are not sure about this nomination vote with the Democratic Party it won’t be enough.

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Republicans from the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Chairman Chuck Grassley, center, stand before empty boxes meant to represent more than one million pages of documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

Judge calls Trump administration family reunification efforts ‘unacceptable’ – NBC News

I never thought I would be ashamed of my country. It’s done some terrible things in what it thought was the right thing to do. But separating mothers from their children goes beyond the pale. This is the post November 9th 2016 America, this is Trump’s America. In the name of this demagogue we have become intolerant, divided, and not the country that our founding fathers hoped we would be at the mature age of 242.

We have a tag line calling ourselves the resistance. Well now is the time to resist and go and volunteer and make phone calls and donate and knock on doors and do everything you know how to do to get people out to vote. I I am volunteering at the Westside Democratic Club helping people learn how to make cold calls. The Westside Democratic Club is in Westwood and I live in downtown Los Angeles. I drive there in rush hour and come back home in what is left over from Rush Hour. It actually takes me more time to get home then it does to get there. And I’m not doing enough, he’ll I’m not doing half of what I should be doing to try to save our country.

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Why do we celebrate July 4th? Independence Day is a reminder that America is more than our constitutional parts – NBC NEWS

I am 64. So it has been a long time since I read the Declaration of Independence. Today I took the time and when was most shocking is that what our Founders found wrong with the king’s actions are so similar to what we are dealing with with our current president. Please take the time and read the following and see what similarities you can see with what we’re going through and what they were going through.

Excerpt of the Declaration of Independence ratified 242 years ago.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

I am in no way saying that we needs to declare independence from this president but I am showing you that many of the reasons we left the United Kingdom’s group was for the same reasons that we are so unhappy with our current president. Our current president thinks he is King.

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John Trumbull’s painting, “Declaration of Independence,” depicting the drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress.Universal History Archive / Getty Images

New Trump admin order for separated parents: Leave U.S. with kids or without them – NBC NEWS

The inhumanity of this President and his administration knows no bounds. He hits us with daily barrages of things that I think Hitler would think twice about. He knows that he is the synthesizing us because when you hear this over and over again it becomes normal. It is our job to make sure that this never becomes the normal in the United States of America. Our job is to go out and donate to every Democratic candidate and then bring this tyrant to justice.

as a first-generation American I am more than aware that we are all immigrants. Even those of you whose nose is pointed up because you feel like you came here with the pilgrims are still immigrants. Immigrants are the lifeblood of this country and those who forget that are doomed to destroy our country.

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A mother migrating from Honduras holds her 1-year-old child as they surrender to U.S. Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing the border on June 25, 2018, near McAllen, Texas.David J. Phillip / AP

News media paid Melania Trump thousands for use of photos in ‘positive stories only’ – NBC News

Would we not all wish we could have only positive stories about ourselves in the media? Well it turns out if you’re the first lady in a corrupt Administration that’s exactly what you can have done. Can you imagine the Uproar if Michelle Obama had said that you only wanted positive stories about herself. And then to be paid $100, 000 on top of that!

This Royal presidency must come to an end.

the trumps and their ilk are an embarrassment to the United States of America into all of those who have fallen for its flag and for what it stands for.

Now we know that the real first lady was the one wearing the jacket that said that she didn’t care and was wondering if you did when she was visiting kids that had been torn away from their families.

I believe she may be an immigrant.

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I have edited out the picture of their son that was in this photo because he doesn’t deserve to be part of this story.