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Sunday, February 17, 2019

According to a Washington Post-Schar School poll released this week, 51 percent of adults approve of the way Mueller is handling the investigation, while 34 percent disapprove. Similarly, 57 percent think Mueller is mostly interested in uncovering the truth, while 36 percent think he's out to hurt President Trump politically. By contrast, a majority of Americans thought Starr was mainly interested in hurting then-President Bill Clinton politically in the Whitewater investigation.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Attorneys representing Morales, Diaz, two of the undocumented employees who've recently gone public, and other former Trump workers say that the real caravan isn't one made up of asylum-seekers, but instead of workers going to the New Jersey club, where management even helped some procure fake paperwork. "Bedminster golf course employed so many undocumented immigrants," tweeted Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, "that there's an entire town in Costa Rica built on Trump paychecks." read more


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Escobar started with four hippos during his reign of terror. Now they number in the dozens and Columbia doesn't know how to stop them. The giants, native only to Africa, are now running wild in Colombia, reports CBS News' Manuel Bojorquez. There's concern the hippos have already started to displace native wildlife, like the manatee, and keep getting too close for comfort. read more


Friday, February 08, 2019

The popular video streaming service Netflix posted its largest-ever U.S. profit in 2018­­ -- $845 million -- on which it didn't pay a dime in federal or state income taxes. In fact, the company reported a $22 million federal tax rebate.After a year of speculation and spin, the public is getting its first hard look at how corporate tax law changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affected the tax-paying habits of corporations. The law sharply reduced the federal corporate rate, expanded some tax breaks and curtailed others. The new tax law took effect at the beginning of 2018, which means that companies are just now closing the books on their first full year under the new rules.


Monday, February 04, 2019

President Donald Trump has spent around 60 percent of his working hours since last year's midterm elections sequestered in "executive time" at the White House, according to copies of his personal schedule obtained by Axios. The outlet on Sunday published Trump's private schedule for almost every working day for the past three months, obtaining them from an unnamed White House source. The documents reveal that the president has spent some 300 hours in executive time, an unstructured period Axios said was a catch-all time for watching television, making phone calls to advisers and friends and reading the news. read more


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Trump's Wall Reportedly a Gimmick Campaign Aides Came Up With So He'd Remember to Talk Immigration

President Donald Trump's obsession with a border wall with Mexico has now kept the government partially shut for three weeks. But the commander in chief didn't always think it was such an essential idea. In fact, it started out as a gimmick, or, as the New York Times calls it, "a mnemonic device of sorts." During the time when Trump was weighing his presidential candidacy, aides wanted to come up with a way to help him remember to talk about getting tough on immigration, which was always seen as a key issue in his campaign.

Political advisers Sam Nunberg and Roger Stone apparently came up with the idea. "How do we get him to continue to talk about immigration?" Nunberg claims he told Stone. "We're going to get him to talk about he's going to build a wall." The plan worked like a charm. Trump talked about immigration in his speeches, and the wall narrative got huge reactions from the crowd, which obviously thrilled Trump. So he kept pushing the idea harder and harder.

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