Дональд Трамп Насколько могущественен Д.Трамп) Именно после 1988 года молодой миллиардер-строитель из Нью-Йорка стал, вопреки законам большого бизнеса, активно работать в американском медиа-пространстве и нарабатывать себе узнаваемый имидж: выступать с публичными лекциями, организовывать конкурсы красоты и &quot;бои без правил&quot;, вести телевизионные шоу и спонсировать политиков. Через 12 лет, в 2000 году Трамп впервые попробовал участвовать в президентских выборах &mdash; от Реформистской партии, бросив вызов другому миллиардеру, Росу Перро, который в 1992 и 1996 годах, выступая как независимый кандидат в связке с вице-адмиралом Джеймсом Стокдейлом, отбирал голоса у республиканцев (соответственно, 18,9% и 8%), помогая побеждать Биллу Клинтону. Тогда Трамп &mdash; в связке с той же Опрой Уинфри &mdash; даже &quot;взял&quot; два штата, Мичиган и Калифорнию, но быстро понял, что &quot;третья сила&quot; в соперничестве между Альбертом Гором и Джорджем Бушем-младшим уже не нужна и снял свою кандидатуру. В 2004 году вступил в Демократическую партию, став одним из её спонсоров, в 2009 году, после победы Барака Обамы, перешёл в стан &quot;слонов&quot;-республиканцев. Всё это позволило Трампу, не оставляя свой бизнес, достаточно глубоко разобраться в тонкостях американской политики. Вопрос заключается в том, насколько он делал это, исходя из своих внутренних потребностей, а насколько его &quot;вели&quot; внешние политические силы. Если рассматривать историю того поколения семейства Трампов (или даже клана Трампов-Маклеодов), к которому относится 45-й президент США, то можно зафиксировать один чрезвычайно интригующий момент: его невероятное &mdash; для &quot;обычной&quot; семьи миллионеров &mdash; возвышение началось после того, как младший брат Дональда Роберт в 1984 году женился на Блейн Бёрд, известнейшей &quot;светской даме&quot; Нью-Йорка. Именно после этого домохозяйка Мэриэнн Трамп-Барри начала свою головокружительную судейскую карьеру, в конце концов став старшим окружным федеральным судьёй (чтобы понять, что это такое, надо сказать, что таких судей всего девять на все США, а возглавляемый ею апелляционнный суд совсем недавно наложил штрафы на 14 крупнейших ТНК общей суммой свыше 100 млрд. долл.), Элизабет Трамп стала работать в системе Chase Manhattan Bank, став сначала &quot;executive assistance&quot; то есть заместителем исполнительного директора, а затем &mdash; &quot;executive officer&quot;, то есть собственно исполнительным директором отделения в Нью-Йорке &mdash; уже JPMorgan Chase. А сам Дональд Трамп со своим младшим братом продолжили заниматься строительным, игорным и прочим бизнесом &mdash; разумеется, используя кредиты Chase Manhattan и защиту со стороны адвоката Роберта Барри, супруга окружного судьи Мэриэнн Трамп-Барри&hellip; Удивляет ли вас после этого тот факт, что в списке сил, поддерживавших Трампа на президентских выборах 2016 года, значатся и JPMorgan Chase, и Carlyle Group, и Credit Suisse, и ряд других крупнейших ТНК, а стоимость осуществлённой медиа-раскрутки данной фигуры оценивается в несколько десятков миллиардов долларов &mdash; при том, что прямые затраты Дональда Трампа на проведение своей выборной кампании оказались в 50(!) раз меньше, чем аналогичный показатель Хиллари Клинтон Обратная сторона Дональда Трампа http://so-l.ru/tags/show/donald_tramp Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:53:38 +0300 <![CDATA[Дональд Трамп борется с судебной системой США]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_01_01_donald_tramp_boretsya_s_sudebnoy_sistemo Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:38:13 +0300 <![CDATA[Is the net closing in on Donald Trump? – podcast]]> The investigation into Donald Trump’s election campaign has resulted in guilty pleas from some of the president’s former inner circle. The Guardian’s Jon Swaine in New York considers what we have learned so far from Robert Mueller’s forensic investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Plus: Robert Booth on the first phase of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire

Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election has seen the latest in a series of high-profile guilty pleas in recent weeks. The president’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen joined his former campaign chair Paul Manafort and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn in cooperating with the FBI.

The Guardian’s Jon Swaine takes Anushka Asthana through the major turning points so far in Mueller’s inquiry and considers where it could go next. Is the net closing in on the president, his property business and his immediate family?

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<![CDATA[The Most Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Donald Trump Jr.]]> Donald Trump Jr., the eldest of President Donald Trump’s five children, is a businessman and made appearances on his dad’s TV show, The Apprentice. For years he’s kept an office in his father’s Manhattan building, stories below his dad’s penthouse apartment. Ahead, learn about Donald Trump Jr.’s hobbies and why he may run for office someday.

Donald Trump Jr. met his wife at a fashion show

Donald Trump Jr and Vanessa Trump

Donald Trump Sr. introduced them. | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images For IMG

While attending a fashion show, Donald Trump introduces his son to model, Vanessa Haydon. After a series of awkward run-ins, Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa are dating. A few years later, they marry at the Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.

Hint: He gets an engagement ring for free.

He proposed with a free engagement ring

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump

Hopefully she liked it anyways. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

In exchange for announcing his engagement to Vanessa Haydon, outside their jewelry store, a New Jersey jeweler supplies Donald Trump Jr. with a free engagement ring, according to Cosmopolitan. “You have a name that is hot as a pistol, you have to be very careful with things like this,” President Donald Trump said on Larry King Live, of his son’s deal with the jeweler, according to The New York Times.

Hint: Donald Trump Jr.’s hobby is controversial.

He loves hunting

Tweet featuring photo of Donald Trump Jr with an elephant tail.

People were not happy. | AJ Joshi via Twitter

Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t just love hunting, he loves big game hunting. Donald Trump Jr.’s love of big-game hunting is a point of conflict. A picture of him holding a severed elephant’s tail causes controversy when the photo is circulated on Twitter.

Hint: Defying his parents wishes, Donald Trump Jr. goes here after college.

Donald Trump Jr. took a year off after college

Aspen Colorado

He spent a year laying low. | tonda/iStock/Getty Images

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump Jr. spent a year hunting, fishing, and skiing in Aspen, according to Vanity Fair. He lived out of the back of a truck, tended bar, and didn’t speak to father for a year. In September 2001, he went back home to begin working for the family business.

Hint: He learned a language from his grandparents.

He speaks a foreign language

Ivana Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

He’s fluent in his mother’s native language. | Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Donald Trump Jr. spent summers in his youth visiting his maternal grandparents in Czechoslovakia, according to Biography. Spending time with his grandparents, Donald Trump Jr. learned to speak his mother’s native language of Czech. He doesn’t just know enough to get by in Czechoslovakia, he’s fluent in the language, Donald Trump Jr. said on Twitter.

Hint: Donald Trump Jr. enjoys politics.

May run for office

Donald Trump Jr. raising his fist in the air

He may be the only one in America who misses the campaign. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Donald Trump Jr. misses the intensity of the presidential campaign, according to Page Six. “The politics bug bit me,” he told the publication in 2017. While he’s currently running the Trump Organization with his brother, Eric, Donald Trump Jr. has no time to run for office. But don’t count him out. He’d like to run for governor of New York.

Hint: A picture of Skittles caused problems for Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr. started a controversy online

Joe Walsh skittles tweet

He compared refugees to Skittles. | Joe Walsh via Twitter

One tweet of Donald Trump Jr.’s sparked a controversy among Twitter users and beyond. In Sept. 2016, he tweeted a meme comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles. This isn’t the first time Donald Trump Jr. receives criticism for his tweets. Other tweets lead to him getting schooled by celebrities on social media.

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<![CDATA[The Real Reason For Donald Trump’s Slurred Speech]]> It’s no secret that President Donald Trump isn’t exactly the most eloquent orator. He’s made up words, shouted, and confused both his audience and the press with his jumbled syntax and strange thoughts. Since the billionaire doesn’t really have a speech-giving background and he founded his empire on being loud and boastful, no one expected him to win folks over with poetic language and a soothing speech pattern.

Still, throughout the 2016 Presidential election and certainly more than a few times during his presidency –we’ve all been alarmed by Trump’s slurred speech. There can be numerous reasons for slurred speech including, medication and even dental work. But what is the real reason behind Donald Trump’s garbled words?

It has nothing to do with a dry throat

Back in 2017 while announcing his controversial decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem– the president slurred his speech quite noticeably. It alarmed everyone watching. He mumbled several words, including the pronunciation of the United States calling it, “Shtatesh.”  At the time, White House spokesman Raj Shah dismissed concerns saying that Trump was suffering from a dry throat. Many folks on social media thought the issues might have arisen because Trump allegedly wears false teeth.

Shah told NBC News, “His throat was dry. There’s nothing to it.” However, this was not the first time something of this nature occurred. In early 2017, Trump had issues speaking. During a trip to Asia, it even appeared that he had trouble breathing and he had to stop in the middle of his address to gulp down water using both of his hands to clutch the bottle.

Donald Trump walks toward reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn

Donald Trump walks toward reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn. | Drew Angerer/ Getty Images

An Adderall addiction?

There might be another explanation for Trump’s slurred speech. Noel Casler, a comedian and former Apprentice staffer who was around when Trump hosted the show claims that the president snorts Adderall regularly. At a recent performance, Casler alleged, “Trump can’t read and promptly gets really nervous when confronted with cue cards. He’s a speed freak. He crushes up his Adderall, and he sniffs it because he can’t read and he gets really nervous when he has to read cue cards. I’m not kidding. This is true. I had a 24-page NDA, non-disclosure agreement. I didn’t know then he was becoming president.”

Adderall is a prescription medication prescribed to hyperactive children and adults. It’s used to stimulate the central nervous system and treat narcolepsy. If someone is abusing Adderall they could be prone to high blood pressure, heart disease, and irregular heart rates. Well past the age of 70, we hope that’s not a gamble Trump is currently taking, but you’d never know.

There is obviously no evidence to back up Casler’s claim, but if he had to sign a 24-page NDA, then Trump certainly has his secrets.

A troubling time

With his ex-personal lawyer, Michael Cohen getting sentenced to three years in prison, Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation coming to a close, Democrats taking over the House, and whispers of impeachment — Trump has been on a days-long tirade that we don’t see ending anytime soon. From the outside it looks like business as usual, but who knows what else could be fuelling him.

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<![CDATA[Senate votes to end US military support for Saudis in Yemen]]>
  • Resolution to curb military aid passes by 56 votes to 41
  • Measure reflects lack of confidence in Trump over Yemen
  • The Senate has passed a resolution calling for an end to US military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war, and asserting Congress’s right to decide on matters of war and peace.

    The measure, which passed by 56 votes to 41, marked the first time the Senate had invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution to seek to curb the power of the president to take the US into an armed conflict. It marked a significant bipartisan rebuke to the Trump administration, which lobbied intensively against it.

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    <![CDATA[Will Melania Trump’s Parents Become American Citizens via a Method Donald Trump Hates?]]> Most Americans know that First Lady Melania Trump isn’t from the United States. Both she and her family hail from Slovenia (which was a part of Yugoslavia during Melania’s childhood). Melania’s parents have long spent time in the United States with the Trumps. But rumor has it that Melania’s parents may become American citizens through an immigration path that Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized and even sought to end.

    Read on to get all the details on their situation, the family reunification process that might allow them to become American citizens, and what Donald Trump has to say about it.

    1. Viktor and Amalija Knavs recently received green cards

    Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of US First Lady Melania Trump

    It’s unclear how or when they got their green cards. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    The New York Times reports that Melania Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, recently obtained green cards. These documents enable them to stay in the United States as lawful permanent residents. And according to the Times, a lawyer confirmed that the couple received them.

    But as the publication notes, it remains unclear exactly how or when they got their green cards. Many people think they use a family reunification process that Donald Trump wants to eliminate from U.S. immigration law.

    Next: Some people think they live at the White House. 

    2. They come from Slovenia but may live in the White House

    White House in Washington D C From front lawn view

    They might become fixtures at the White House. | hanusst/iStock/Getty Images

    Town and Country notes that Barron Trump is reportedly very close with his grandparents, with whom he reportedly speaks Slovenian. Viktor and Amalija maintain close ties to their hometown. But Town and Country notes that it was reported last year that Melania’s parents would “become more familiar figures around the White House,” in much the same way that Michelle Obama’s mother Marian Robinson became a fixture at the residence when she moved into the presidential mansion.

    Some people have speculated that Melania’s parents may actually live at the White House, but a White House spokesperson wouldn’t confirm the claim.

    Next: They may have gotten their green cards through this method. 

    3. The Knavses may have gotten their green cards through family-based immigration, which Donald Trump wants to restrict

    Donald Trump listens intently.

    Donald Trump wants to restrict this type of immigration. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

    The New York Times notes that news that Viktor and Amalija obtained their legal residencies “raises questions about whether the couple secured their residency through family-based immigration.” The Week notes that this sponsorship policy is also known as family reunification.

    But Donald Trump refers to this kind of immigration as “chain migration.” And he’s said that he wants to restrict it. Nonetheless, immigration experts told the Times that that method would have been the most direct — and most likely — way for Melania’s parents to get their green cards.

    Next: Melania probably sponsored their applications. 

    4. Melania likely sponsored her parents

    US First Lady Melania Trump attends a roundtbale

    Melania Trump likely sponsored her parents. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

    As The New York Times explains, under family-based immigration, adult American citizens can petition for residency for their parents, adult children, and adult siblings. If Melania’s parents obtained their green cards under family-based immigration, Melania would have sponsored them in their applications for permanent residence. Vox adds that Viktor and Amalija may be in the United States on IR-5 visas as parents of an adult U.S. citizen.

    “It would be odd if she sponsored her parents and didn’t want to talk about that because it’s a fairly routine thing,” law professor Hiroshi Motomura told the Times. “It only becomes sensitive if her husband is taking a position against this.” Which leads us to our next point.

    Next: Donald Trump wants to curtail family-based immigration. 

    5. Donald Trump has taken a stand against family-based immigration

    Donald Trump making a slicing motion at Republican debate

    The president has criticized this path of immigration. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    As the Times notes, Donald Trump wants to limit family-based immigration to spouses and minor children. And CNN reports that Trump and his allies in Congress also want to drop the age limit for “minor children” from 21 to 18.

    But as the Times publication adds, “About seven million of the 11 million immigrants who obtained green cards between 2007 and 2016 did so through familial relations, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.” Trump has criticized the program as a path for terrorists to enter the United States. And he has called for aspects of the program to be eliminated as part of his immigration reform efforts.

    Next: Melania’s parents may become American citizens. 

    6. Viktor and Amalija may become American citizens

    Viktor and Amalija Knavs make their way to a vehicle upon arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach

    A green card paves the way to citizenship. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    CNN notes that the Knavses’ green cards will allow them to live and work in the United States indefinitely. A green card also paves the way for them to become American citizens.

    In an interview with the Times, Kevin R. Johnson, dean of the law school at the University of California, Davis, refers to lawful permanent resident status as “the best of all visas.” Johnson adds, “It’s the Cadillac of immigrant visas because it allows you a path to citizenship.”

    Next: But they won’t gain citizenship quickly. 

    7. It will take at least 5 years for them to become American citizens

    Viktor Knavs (L) and Amalija Knavs step off off Air Force One upon arrival in Morristown

    Despite the wait, they are close to becoming citizens. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    CNN reports that even though Viktor and Amalija have green cards, that doesn’t mean that they can quickly become American citizens. In order to become citizens, legal permanent residents have to live in the United States continuously — and hold their green cards — for at least five years.

    Newsweek reports that the Knavses await the scheduling of their swearing-in ceremony as legal permanent residents. And despite the wait, they are close to becoming American citizens.

    Next: Melania also had to go through the process of becoming an American citizen. 

    8. Melania became an American citizen, too

    US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump address US military personnel and families

    She became a citizen in 2006. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    The Times notes that Melania Trump became an American citizen in 2006, after obtaining a green card. As Vox explains, Melania was born in Slovenia. She first came to the United States in the mid-1990s. Then, she got a green card in 2001. Later, she married Donald Trump and eventually became the first immigrant first lady.

    Vox notes that there are still some unanswered questions about Melania’s immigration story, including evidence that Melania may have worked illegally while in the United States on a tourist visa. Whether she did so knowingly, or was misled as to the legality of her modeling jobs, is up for debate.

    Next: Melania’s parents spend a lot of time with the Trumps. 

    9. Melania’s parents already spend a lot of time with the Trump family

    Trump's family at his campaign announcement

    They have attended White House events. | Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

    The New York Times reports that many people have raised questions about the immigration status of Melania’s parents because they frequently appear with the Trump family. And they reportedly spend much of their time with the Trump family.

    Viktor and Amalija have attended White House events, for instance. They also celebrated Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago. They also spend time at Trump’s Florida estate outside of holidays. So it makes sense that they’d want to make their situation a little more permanent.

    Next: Donald Trump has argued against allowing American citizens to ‘bring their whole family with them.’

    10. But Donald Trump has referred to this type of immigration as ‘not acceptable’

    US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican Members of the Senate about immigration at the White House

    He has attacked this form of immigration in speeches and on social media. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

    The Times points out that despite spending significant time with his wife’s parents, who can now stay in the United States likely thanks to family-based immigration, Donald Trump has vilified this type of immigration both in speeches and on social media.

    One late-2017 tweet sent by the president read, “CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE!”

    Next: Trump even talked about it in the State of the Union. 

    11. Trump even mentioned this kind of immigration during his State of the Union

    President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address

    He said the immigration system was broken. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    The New York Times notes that Donald Trump even mentioned family-based immigration during his State of the Union address. The president described a four-pillar immigration plan, and continued to criticized family-based immigration.

    “Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives,” Trump said. “This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future.”

    Next: There may be some other explanations as to how Melania’s parents got their green cards. 

    12. Viktor and Amalija could have gotten investment or work visas

    Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, parents of U.S. first lady Melania Trump

    They both are likely retired. | Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images

    The New York Times reports that it’s also possible that the Knavses could have obtained residency through investment visas or work visas. The latter, of course, would require employer sponsorship.

    But as the Times points out, Viktor and Amalija are both in their 70s. And “Mr. Knavs, a former traveling car salesman, and Mrs. Knavs, who used to design patterns for children’s clothes, both appear to be retired.”

    Next: These methods are a possibility, as well. 

    13. They could also have applied for asylum or entered the diversity lottery

    Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs arrive at the White House with the first family

    Donald Trump also has criticized these paths to citizenship. | Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images

    The Times also notes that the Knavses could have applied for asylum or entered the diversity lottery in order to obtain their green cards. Both paths offer a limited number of visas for immigrants. And they haven’t proven immune to criticism by Donald Trump.

    Trump has criticized the diversity lottery, in particular. He has complained that the program allows the admission of immigrants from countries that don’t send many people to the United States.

    Next: They might even be on tourist visas. 

    14. It’s also possible that they have extended tourist visas

    Viktor and Amalija Knavs stepped off Air Force One upon arrival at Palm Beach International Airport

    They’re likely in the U.S. for family rather than work. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Vox points out another possibility as far as the type of visas that Viktor and Amalija may have. “Because they appear to be here in a grandparental capacity rather than working, they also might be here on an extended tourist visa,” the publication explains.

    But “if they are here on a tourist visa, it’s a little difficult to see why the White House wouldn’t just say that.” Trump hasn’t proposed any changes to tourist visas. And if the Knavses were in the U.S. on a tourist basis, that could bolster Trump’s argument that “there’s no compelling need to let citizens sponsor permanent residency visas for their foreign-born parents.”

    Next: The situation reminds some Americans of this uncomfortable topic. 

    15. The situation with Melania’s parents reminds many Americans of the racial elements of Trump’s immigration views

    Donald Trump denies the allegations, of course.

    The situation is ironic. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

    Vox notes that Trump critics have long accused Donald Trump of hypocrisy on the issue of immigration, because he married an immigrant but has strongly anti-immigrant views. But as the publication reports, “The irony-laden situation in which an anti-immigration president has an immigrant wife is a stark reminder of the racial element to Trump’s thinking about immigration.”

    Trump has a history of racist statements, name-calling, and tweets. And many of his critics are suspicious that he has seemed to express disgust at the idea of immigration from African or Latin American countries, in contrast to European immigration. Vox adds, “That Trump does not seem especially outraged about violating the terms of a visa or alarmed by ‘chain migration’ when the visa violator and chain migrants are all white people from Slovenia underscores that suspicion.”

    Read more: The Place Where Donald Trump’s Mother Grew Up May Be the Dark Secret Behind His Biggest Insecurity

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    <![CDATA[Who Got Snubbed From The White House Christmas Party And Who Usually Pays?]]> Donald Trump walks toward reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn

    Donald Trump walks toward reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn. | Drew Angerer/ Getty Images

    In a completely predictable move, President Donald Trump denied members of the press access to the annual White House Christmas party. Instead of keeping with tradition where the annual party was leveraged as a peacemaking conduit, Trump canceled the decades-long event for the media.

    White House reporter April Ryan tweeted about how she doesn’t regret the disinvite and managed to include a small dig in her message (with the Sad! add). “FYI, I had never planned to attend the White House Christmas party last year or this year. Why break bread with folks who hate you & call you names? (@PressSec & @realDonaldTrump) That is not the Christmas spirit I know. I feel sorry for those who wanted to go and can’t. SAD!”

    The party will still go on, but with only those who coddle and praise the president.  He is being referred to as a Grinch, but will still drop a significant amount of cash on the shindig.

    Trump smashes yet another tradition

    Trump seems to be thumbing his nose at nearly all closely held American traditions. He famously refuses to attend the White House Correspondance dinner and denied holding an iftar dinner marking the end of Ramadan. Trump also refused to invite Democrats to the first state dinner too, The New York Times reports. However, one Democrat, John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana, made the cut.

    Now Trump has left the media off the guest list to the White House Christmas party. However, “Selected media people generally favorable to Trump, including a few Fox News hosts, have made those guest lists, according to Fox News. 

    But he may also be jittery about possible impending impeachment, NBC News reports. “The entire question about whether the president committed an impeachable offense now hinges on the testimony of two men: David Pecker and Allen Weisselberg, both cooperating witnesses in the SDNY investigation,” a close Trump ally told NBC News. Which means he may not want to be vulnerable to media questions.

    He’s now earned the title of ‘Grinch’

    Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House

    Donald Trump | Saul Loeb/ AFP/ Getty Images

    Trump likes to refer to a multi-religious society as waging a “War on Christmas.” But now he’s doing that very thing. “Trump canceled the White House Christmas party for press, because he wants to make it clear he’s the Grinch, leading his annual war on Christmas. But unlike the Grinch, Trump’s heart can’t grow, because he doesn’t have one,” Scott Dworkin co-founder at The Democratic Coalition tweeted.

    And political scientist, Ian Bremmer posted, “The War against Christmas is Back On,” with a link to the story about Trump disinviting the press. However, some people agreed with Trump’s guest list writing, “Heh No point in feeding and watering your sworn enemies.”

    The party is still going to be ‘uuuge’

    Melania Trump Christmas

    Melania Trump Christmas | YouTube

    If this year’s party is going to be anything like last, the word “extravagance” doesn’t even describe it. Last year, it took 1,600 hours just to decorate the mansion for Christmas, ABC News reports. This included 150 volunteers to wrap 53 Christmas trees, hang 12,000 ornaments and 71 wreaths. And that’s just scratching the surface.

    This doesn’t include the $141,944 taxpayers had to pay for the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the beginning of the month. Or First Lady Melania Trump’s (horror movie inspired) blood red Christmas trees.

    So who pays for the party? “Those events are populated with political supporters, state party chairmen, so they cannot be paid for with government money. These are really private events,” Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush told ABC News. “So the RNC pays for the receptions where there’s food and drink.”

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    <![CDATA[Fox News: Трамп отменил ежегодный прием для журналистов]]> Президент США Дональд Трамп отменил прием для журналистов, который Белый дом проводит ежегодно.

    Об этом сообщает РБК-Украина со ссылкой на телеканал Fox News.

    При этом Белый дом пока официально не сообщал об отмене мероприятия.

    По данным телеканала, на приеме традиционно присутствуют журналисты президентского пула, а также другие сотрудники СМИ, которые работают в Вашингтоне и Нью-Йорке.

    В рамках мероприятия для журналистов организовывали шведский стол, также они получали возможность прогуляться по Белому дому в сопровождении супруги или другого члена семьи президента. Главным преимуществом мероприятия была фотосессия с главой государства и первой леди. В прошлом году прием проводился в Белом доме, однако Дональд и Мелания Трамп не фотографировались с журналистами.

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    Сообщение Fox News: Трамп отменил ежегодный прием для журналистов появились сначала на ХВИЛЯ.

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    <![CDATA[Trump denies he directed Michael Cohen to 'break the law']]> President said he is off the hook for any crime because he acted on ‘advice of counsel’ and ex-lawyer is ‘supposed to know the law’

    Donald Trump has denied directing his former lawyer and fixer to break the law, a day after Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for Trump.

    Related: From fixer to inmate: Michael Cohen reckons with his 'blind loyalty' to Trump

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    <![CDATA[Nancy Pelosi locks down vote to be House speaker in January – live]]>
  • Pelosi agreed to limit tenure to no more than four additional years
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  • Kentucky governor Matt Bevin released a bizarre video yesterday bashing the Louisville Courier-Journal for entering a partnership with the journalism nonprofit ProPublica. ProPublica has won Pulitzer Prizes for its long term investigative journalism projects.

    However, Bevin attacked the group in conspiracy laden attacks for funding that it received from George Soros or “George ‘I hate America’ Soros” as Bevin called him.

    OUTRAGEOUS.

    ProPublica, a left-wing activist group funded by the likes of George Soros, is now funding . . . "investigative reporting" at the @courierjournal.

    Is this the future of journalism?

    Who is holding the Courier-Journal accountable? https://t.co/U3fdQUO6U9

    While President Donald Trump is protesting his innocence on Twitter this morning and slamming Michael Cohen, some Republicans are starting to get worried.

    I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called “advice of counsel,” and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly......

    ....stated that I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance. Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not...

    ....guilty even on a civil basis. Those charges were just agreed to by him in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did-including the fact that his family was temporarily let off the hook. As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!

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    <![CDATA[Who wants to be Donald Trump's lawyer? He needs a good one | Richard Wolffe]]> His previous lawyer, Michael Cohen, is about to go to jail. Meanwhile his actual lawyer is failing miserably at the job – and the legal challenges are mounting

    Who wants to be Donald Trump’s lawyer?

    No, seriously. Among all the positions normally considered to be the worst jobs ever – sewer engineer, decomposition cleaner, British prime minister – it surely ranks as even less desirable than Trump’s chief of staff: a job that literally nobody wants. No matter how many imaginary applicants Trump sees lining up outside the West Wing.

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    <![CDATA[Donald Trump Jr calls his father a Christmas 'regifter']]> US president’s son says he once received back a monogrammed item he had given as a present

    Donald Trump’s eldest son has said the US president is a “regifter” who once gave him the same gift he had presented to his father the year before.

    Donald Trump Jr said in an interview with the US entertainment programme Extra that because he is his father’s namesake, he “got regifted all the things that were monogrammed for him at times”.

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    <![CDATA['Death sentence': butterfly sanctuary to be bulldozed for Trump's border wall]]> More than 200 species make their homes at America’s most diverse sanctuary, but construction through the reserve could begin in February

    On any given day at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, visitors can to see more than 60 varieties of butterflies. In the spring and fall, monarchs and other species can blanket the center’s 100 acres of subtropical bushlands that extend from the visitor center to to the banks of the Rio Grande river, where their property, and US sovereignty, end.

    “It’s like something from Fantasia,” said the center’s director, Marianna Wright. “When you walk you have to cover your mouth so you don’t suck in a butterfly.”

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    <![CDATA[Бывшего адвоката Трампа приговорили к трем годам тюремного заключения]]> Бывший адвокат президента США Дональда Трампа Майкл Коэн приговорен к трем годам тюремного заключения за нарушения правил финансирования избирательной кампании.

    Об этом сообщает телеканал ABC, передает ZN.UA.

    Выступая перед судом, Коэн обвинил Трампа в том, что он заставил его «идти по пути тьмы, а не света» и «покрывать его, когда он проворачивал свои грязные дела».

    Ранее Коэн в федеральном суде Нью-Йорка признался в даче заведомо ложных показаний сенатскому комитету по разведке по делу вмешательства РФ в американские президентские выборы 2016 года. Коэн, который в течение более десяти лет был ключевым влиятельным игроком в «Организации Трамп» и важным фактором в политической жизни Трампа, сказал, что он сделал это, чтобы соответствовать «политическим сообщениям» Трампа. Судебные файлы показывают, что Коэн сотрудничает с командой спецпрокурора Роберта Мюллера. Коэн встречался с прокурорами семь раз.

    Коэн признал себя виновным в августе по восьми пунктам обвинения, включая нарушение в финансировании кампании и другие обвинения. Он сказал, что Трамп отправил его, чтобы организовать дачу взятки порноактрисе Стеффани Клиффорд (псевдоним Сторми Дэниэлс) и бывшей модели журнала Playboy Карен Макдугал в преддверии кампании 2016 года.

    Обвинители также утверждали, что Коэн совершал нарушения финансирования избирательной кампании «по согласованию и по указанию» Трампа. Впервые прокуроры прямо связали Трампа с федеральным преступлением.

    Агентство Associated Press писало, что юридические заключения Министерства юстиции показали, что действующий президент не может быть привлечен к ответственности, что делает неясными следующие шаги.

    Это дело было возбуждено прокуратурой Манхэттена и отделено от расследования Мюллера.

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    Сообщение Бывшего адвоката Трампа приговорили к трем годам тюремного заключения появились сначала на ХВИЛЯ.

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    <![CDATA[Американские политики и эксперты просят у Трампа военной помощи Украине]]> Группа американских политиков и общественных деятелей обратилась к президенту США Дональду Трампу с просьбой максимально ужесточить санкции против России и оказать военную помощь Украине в укреплении оборонного потенциала в Черном и Азовском морях.

    45 общественных и политических деятелей направили Д.Трампу письмо от 12 декабря 2018 года, в котором отметают, что агрессия России против украинских судов в международных водах вблизи Керченского пролива и Азовского моря представляет серьезную угрозу международной безопасности и свободному движению мировой торговли. В письме отмечается, что «действия России требуют решительного и четкого ответа от Соединенных Штатов».

    «Господин президент, в настоящее время вы можете быстро увеличить издержки России за ее последние незаконные действия и продемонстрировать готовность к повышению цены будущей агрессии», — сказано в письме.

    Подчеркивается, что цена агрессии для Москвы должна расти до тех пор, пока российские лидеры не прекратят подрывать мир в Европе.

    Подписанты предлагают американскому руководству начать с жесткой реализации и соблюдения уже существующих американских санкций против России в максимально допустимой законом мере.

    «Второе, внедрять дополнительные меры безопасности для усиления морских сил Украины, в частности, путем предоставления таких систем, как радары, вооружения береговой обороны, ISR-оборудование (системы разведки и наблюдения – ИФ) и патрульные катера для защиты и сдерживания от будущего нападения на прибрежные зоны Украины в Черном и Азовском морях», — сказано в письме.

    «Третье, общественные и политические деятели просят Д.Трампа убедиться, что все европейские союзники также твердо поддерживаются их финансовых мер в отношении России, введенные за ее предыдущие незаконные действия в Крыму, а также, чтобы союзники сохраняли мощное присутствие НАТО в Черном море для защиты свободы навигации.

    «В-четвертых, немедленно наложить новые или более строгие санкции в отношении российских финансовых инструментов и банков, включая Внешэкономбанк (ВЭБ), Промсвязьбанк, Газпромбанк и Российский фонд прямых инвестиций (РФПИ), — сказано в сообщении.

    Пятый шаг, предлагаемый Д.Трампу подписантами, заключается в том, чтобы сплотить европейских союзников США вокруг цели убедить правительство Германии приостановить официальную поддержку газопровода «Nord Stream-2» из-за последней агрессии Москвы.

    Шестое, продемонстрировать готовность к новым и немедленным санкциям США в отношении газопровода «Nord Stream-2».

    «Передача правильного месседжа с помощью действий сейчас – демонстративно готовясь к введению дополнительных санкций в будущем – это язык, который поймет Владимир Путин. Мы можем использовать силу нашей финансовой системы, благонадежность нашего руководства и дружбу наших союзников, чтобы сделать Европу и США более защищенными и безопасными.

    Действительно, мы противостоим агрессии России, когда мы едины с нашими европейскими партнёрами и союзниками. Мы призываем вас к действию», — сказано в письме Д.Трампу.

    Письмо подписали 45 человек, в том числе американо-британская журналистка и писательница Энн Эпплбаум (Anne Applebaum), аналитик американского центра The Atlantic Council Андерс Аслунд (Anders Aslund), бывший посол США в Украине Джон Гербст (John Herbst), командующий Сухопутными войсками ВС США в Европе Фредерик Бен Ходжес (Ben Hodges), генерал армии США в отставке, командующий силами НАТО в Косово в период с 1997 по 2000 годы Уэсли Кларк (Wesley Clark), эксперт Брукингского института, экс-директор исследовательского департамента Atlantic Council Алина Полякова (Alina Polyakova), бизнесмен и дипломат Джордж Уолкер III (George H. Walker III), бывший посол США в России, экс-заместитель генерального секретаря НАТО Александр Вершбоу (Alexander Vershbow), старший научный сотрудник Программы международной безопасности в Атлантическом совете США (AtlanticCouncil), сын политолога, советника по нацбезопасности 39-го президента США Джимми Картера Збигнева Бжезинского Ян Бжезинский (Ian Brzezinski) и другие.

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    Сообщение Американские политики и эксперты просят у Трампа военной помощи Украине появились сначала на ХВИЛЯ.

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    <![CDATA[Markets rally as hopes for breakthrough in US-China trade dispute rise]]> Donald Trump says talks between Washington and Beijing are progressing

    Financial markets around the world have rallied amid early signs of progress in the bitter trade standoff between the US and China, as hopes rise for a breakthrough in the dispute.

    Wall Street shook off days of volatility to post broad gains in early trading after Donald Trump said that talks between Washington and Beijing were progressing, while reports suggested that China was on the brink of redrawing its economic plans to give foreign companies more access to its domestic market.

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    http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_12_12_markets_rally_as_hopes_for_breakthrough Wed, 12 Dec 2018 22:30:38 +0300
    <![CDATA[Turkey primed to start offensive against US-backed Kurds in Syria]]> President Erdoğan’s planned attack on militias he sees as terrorists risks row with Trump

    The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said that Turkey will launch a military operation against the Kurds in northern Syria within days, in a decision that could signal a shift in Turkish-US relations and have far-reaching consequences for Syria’s future.

    Long frustrated by US support for Kurdish militias that Turkey views as terrorists, Erdoğan has threatened to push deeper into north-eastern Syria since sending Turkish forces into the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in February.

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    <![CDATA[The Guardian view on global warming: time is running out | Editorial]]> Global warming is a crisis for civilisation and a crisis for life on Earth. Human-caused climate change was behind 15 deadly weather disasters in 2017, including droughts, floods and heatwaves. The world’s leading climate scientists, in a special report for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have warned that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C. To meet that target, global carbon emissions need to drop by 45% by 2030. Instead they are going up. We need radical, urgent change. So it is appalling that negotiators in Poland at the 24th Conference of the Parties, or COP24, are finding it so hard to push ahead with implementing the climate deal signed three years ago in Paris.

    This is largely because rising rightwing nationalism has vitiated the global solidarity needed to avoid a catastrophe. Under the Paris agreement, effective action to tackle climate change requires global cooperation on three fronts: first, nations set demanding carbon-reduction targets for their own societies; second, countries are held accountable for meeting these targets through surveillance mechanisms; and third, rich states provide cash for poorer ones to transition to a carbon-free future. Yet none of this is possible when the most important actors on the world stage think that the chief business of the nation state lies at home. The biggest problem is the US president, Donald Trump – a longtime climate-change denier. While negotiators were discussing how to lower carbon emissions, Mr Trump’s officials unveiled two schemes promoting fossil fuels. The US’s rogue behaviour has encouraged others to behave badly: notably Saudi Arabia, which played a key role in attempts to wreck the summit’s “welcoming” of the IPCC report. Last month, Brazil’s president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, chose as his foreign minister a climate-change denier, and the nation has pulled out of hosting COP25. The top European leaders – Emmanuel Macron, Theresa May and Angela Merkel – are inwardly focused, leaving Poland, the current talks’ host, to sing the virtues of its large coal stocks. The other big players are India and China: the latter has the global heft but is not internationally deft; for the former, the opposite is true.

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    http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_12_12_the_guardian_view_on_global_warming_tim Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:55:43 +0300
    <![CDATA[Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison]]>
  • Cohen guilty of hush money payments and lying to Congress
  • Cohen admitted covering up Trump’s ‘dirty deeds’
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  • Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal fixer, was sentenced to 36 months in prison in New York on Wednesday for crimes including lying to Congress and facilitating illegal payments to silence two women who alleged affairs with Trump.

    Related: Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen faces sentencing in New York – live

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    <![CDATA[Cohen to reveal more on Trump after Mueller inquiry, lawyer says – live]]>
  • Cohen guilty of hush money payments and lying to Congress
  • Former fixer to start three-year prison term in March 2019
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  • Michael Avenatti watched the proceedings from the back row and said outside after:

    “Michael Cohen is neither a hero nor a patriot. He lied for months on end. Only until his back was against the wall and he faced significant prison time did he decide to quote come clean. Michael Cohen is no hero. He is no patriot. He deserves every day of the 36 month sentence he will serve. Michael Cohen was sentenced today. Donald Trump is next.”

    With Cohen’s sentence, there are other criminal cases in American politics getting attention too.

    This is the latest development from North Carolina’s voter fraud case.

    BREAKING: We have obtained a photo of Mark Harris and McCrae Dowless together. The picture was taken in March at a political event in Bladen County. The person who took the photo has asked us to not identify them. #NC09 #ncpol @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/v4w9L6GwAa

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    http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_12_12_guardian Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:39:49 +0300
    <![CDATA[Now hiring for 'the worst job in government': Trump's chief of staff]]> In normal times, the role of presidential gatekeeper is widely coveted. But under Trump it is seen as a poisoned chalice

    James Baker famously called it “the worst fucking job in government”. But it is also arguably the second most powerful, with past occupants including Dick Cheney (who blamed it for his first heart attack), Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, Rahm Emanuel and Baker himself.

    The White House chief of staff is the president’s gatekeeper, controlling the flow of information and access to the Oval Office. In normal times, it is widely coveted. But when the president is Donald Trump and he is tweeting around the clock, it is seen as a poisoned chalice.

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