Friday, March 1, 2019

Winning - February 2019

Keeping track of the GOP and Trump Administration:
  • The Trump golf count - 159 visits to golf clubs in 110 weeks, 124 rounds of golf. 
  • 02/04 - Trump's inaugural committee is ordered to turn over documents about donors, finances, and activities to federal prosecutors in Manhattan. 
  • Leaked copies of Tump's "work" schedule show that about 60% of his time is unstructured ("executive time") spent watching TV, tweeting, and making phone calls. An exhausting regime.
  • 02/07 - The Supreme Court votes 5-4 to block Louisiana's abortion law. 
  • 02/11 - Former White House staffer and author, Cliff Sims, sues Trump.
  • 02/13 - FEMA administrator William "Brock" Long resigns.
  • 02/13 - The House votes 248-177 to end US military aid to Saudi Arabia in Yemen. 
  • 02/13 - A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors after he had made a plea deal. 
  • The Trump Organization had abandoned plans to start two new hotel lines, Scion and American Idea. 
  • According to his 2019 physical, Trump is officially obese and his cholesterol is high.
  • 02/15 - Trump caves and signs a government funding bill that includes $1.4 billion in border fence money, far less than was on the table before the shutdown or in 2017. The art of the deal by the great dealmaker.
  • Trump's nominee for UN Ambassador, Heather Nauert, withdraws from consideration. 
  • 16 states file suit to stop Trump from using emergency powers to build his wall.
  • Another condo in New York City plans to remove the name Trump Place from the building.
    • And then another Trump Place condo votes to remove the name. There were once six buildings in a row on Riverside Blvd. bearing the name. Soon there will be none. 
  • Manhattan prosecutors are preparing state charges against Paul Manafort. Trump pardon proofing.
  • 02/26 - The House voted 245-182 to block Trump's border emergency declaration. 
  • 02/27 - Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen testified before the House Oversight Committee. Cohen calls Trump a racist and conman. Not exactly new news.
  • 02/28 - Kim Jong-un and Trump abruptly cut short their summit with no agreement. The great dealmaker. 
  • It looks like Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg and others will be interviewed and/or testifying in Congress. Fallout from the Michael Cohen testimony.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Winning - January 2019

Keeping track of the GOP and Trump Administration:
  • The new year starts with the #TrumpShutdown. About 800K federal employees not being paid.
  • According to Fact Check, after a relatively "slow" start, Trump easily tops 8,000 lies in his first two years in office. A whopping 75% in the second year. A 5.9/day average overall but 16.5/day in the last year. He truly is the greatest at something. Trumpers should be proud.
  • 01/01 - Mitt Romney writes a scathing Washington Post op-ed of Trump's leadership and morality.
  • 01/03 - The new Democratic-controlled House is sworn in. Nancy Pelosi is elected Speaker. No more free ride for Trump in Congress.
  • 01/03 - The Justice Department is investigating whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to Interior Department inspector general investigators. More Trump administration swampiness. 
  • 01/03 - The House passes the same temporary appropriations bill that the Senate passed last month and that Trump had originally agreed to sign. #TrumpShutdown.
  • 01/04 - Kevin Sweeney, a retired Navy rear admiral, the Pentagon chief of staff has been forced to step down. His unflinching loyalty to Trump was in question. 
  • What started out as Trump's slogan "America First" has devolved to now be "America Only". Unhealthy nationalism.
  • 01/07 - It now appears that Trump is walking back his "immediate" troop withdrawal from Syria. Another example of his tweet first, ask questions later policy. 
  • 01/08 - Court filings allege that Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign manager, shared 2016 presidential campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik who has been tied to Russian intelligence. No collusion?
  • 01/10 - Former Trump lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, agrees to testify publicly before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 7th. Not great news for Trump.
  • 01/14 - Two federal judges rule that the Trump administration can not roll back the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare). 
  • 01/15 - A federal judge has blocked the Commerce Department from asking a citizenship question on the 2020 census. 
  • The No. 2 at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude, has resigned over disagreements with Trump about disaster funding for Puerto Rico. She is widely regarded as HUD’s most capable political leader. Apparently, Secretary Ben Carson is not the most capable. Surprise.
  • 01/17 - The House votes 362-53 to oppose the lifting of the Treasury sanctions against Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska controlled companies. A rebuke of the Trump Administration. Eleven GOP senators also voted against lifting the sanctions. 
  • 01/19 - Trump proposes a government shutdown "compromise". Give me all I want and I'll temporarily give you a little of what you want. The Democrats did not bite.
  • 01/21 - Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, tries to walk back his statements that the Moscow Trump Tower deal negotiations continued well into 2016. Surprise, Giuliani put his foot in his mouth again. Why do they let this guy make public statements?
  • 01/22 - The Supreme Court takes no action on Trump's request to take up the DACA issue now.
  • Another scathing look at Trump's White House in a new book Team of Vipers. This time by Trump supporter and former staffer Cliff Sims. 
  • 01/23 - Speaker Pelosi rescinds the invitation to Trump to give the SOTU in the House chambers. After threatening to give his speech at a different venue, he capitulates. The SOTU is officially postponed until after the #TrumpShutdown. 
  • 01/25 - Trump's approval rating is at 37%, disapproval rating at 58%. That's a 21 point delta. 
  • 01/25 - The government shutdown, a yoooouge win for Trump. His approval ratings tank, still no wall money. No SOTU, economic pain, travel interruptions, and much more. Overwhelming winning.  
  • Trump loves to make history and his shutdown is the longest in US history. Congratulations!
  • After a 35 day shutdown, Trump caves and agrees to the exact same deal that was on the table before the shutdown.
  • The far right media criticizes Trump for caving. Ann Coulter calls him a wimp. 
  • 01/31 - The Senate rebukes (68-23) Trump's Syria and Afghanistan troop withdrawal plans. Trump's buddy Mitch McConnell spearheaded the amendment.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Art of the No Deal

On January 19, 2019, President Trump addressed the nation to propose his new offer to end the border wall stalemate that has closed parts of our government. 

Here was the essence of Trump's new deal. Give me all the $5.7 billion that I want for my beautiful permanent wall and I will give you three years of temporary protections for the Dreamers (DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivalsand those in temporary protected status (TPS). That is a my permanent for your temporary kind of deal. No future guarantees to ever resolve or make permanent your temporary perks. Does that seem fair? 

A fair counterproposal by the Democrats would be to give permanent legal status to the Dreamers for a temporary wall that must be torn down in three years. 

There were no new ideas in Trump's proposal. Several variations have been offered before by Democrats, Republicans, and bipartisan groups in Congress. Trump has turned them all down, often after initially agreeing to them. The man can't be trusted. There is no reason to believe he would negotiate in good faith about DACA or TPS once he gets permanent wall funding. By the way, it was Trump himself who took away the protections of DACA and TPS. Offering to undo what he did is not bipartisan negotiations, it is closer to demanding a ransom. 

It has also been reported that the preparation for this latest Trump proposal was cobbled together by VP Mike Pence, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and boy wonder Jarod Kushner. All members of his administration. Maybe a little input from some other Republicans. Absolutely no input from Democrats. That's Trump's definition of bipartisan. No word yet whether Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and/or Sean Hannity helped with the plan. 

Let's also note that the Dreamers are currently protected while the courts decide their fate. There is no telling how long those court cases will take to be resolved. The latest indication is that the Supreme Court may not take up the case. Those in the TPS program are in a slightly more precarious position although their fate is tied up in the courts too. 

Now let's do some fact checking on Trump's address. He stated that "some say" his border wall could cut crime and drugs in the US by up to half. That is ludicrous. First, that assumes that the vast majority of crime in this country is committed by illegal immigrants. Second, it assumes that most of the drugs coming into our country come across the border in places that currently do not have a wall. Most of the illegal drugs come into the country through legal ports of entry, land, sea, and air. Many come in trucks and cars through government staffed checkpoints at the Mexican border. 

Trump stated that there are over 70,000 drug deaths a year in this country. That is accurate and it is tragic. Of course, that number includes OD deaths from all drugs, legal and illegal. He also stated that illegal drugs use cost society $700 billion. I have been unable to find any confirmation for that number. Any drug costs again, include both legal and illegal drugs and they are lower than $700 billion.

Trump mentioned the "radical" left or the "extreme" left and his perception that they have not been willing to compromise. Not any mention of the extreme right or Republican's unwillingness to compromise. It's never a good idea to call your opponents names when trying to strike a deal.

Finally, our always empathetic president failed to mention the 800,000 government employees who are not getting paid.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Mueller Time - Fourth Quarter 2018

On 05/17/2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as Special Council. Mueller was to investigate any possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign or other Americans and the Russian government regarding the 2016 elections. The investigation was not limited to that issue and any crimes discovered while investigating were also subject to prosecution and/or being turned over to the Justice Department or state prosecutors.

A partial list of fourth quarter 2018 news about the investigation. The Mueller team remained remarkably tight-lipped about their activities. Most information comes from public court filings and hearings. There was a flurry of activity after the midterm elections. 

  • As expected, Mueller and his team were very quiet in October during the run-up to the midterm elections.
  • AG Jeff Sessions is fired by Trump right after the midterm elections and replaced by Matthew Whitaker who says he will now oversee the Mueller investigation. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein's role is unclear.
  • 11/20 - Trump submits his answers to Mueller's questions about Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
  • 11/26 - Mueller's team says that Paul Manafort has violated his plea deal by repeatedly lying to the FBI. Both sides have asked that sentencing proceeds on the charges he has already been found guilty of. 
  • 11/29 - Michael Cohen pleads guilty to additional charges of lying to Congress. He also details Trump's involvement in financial dealings with Russia in 2016.
  • 12/04 - Mueller recommends no jail time for Michael Flynn because of his substantial cooperation with the special counsel office. 
  • 12/07 - Federal prosecutors recommend "substantial" prison time for Michael Cohen, former Trump lawyer and "fixer. They indicate that although he did cooperate with prosecutors, he didn't disclose everything he knew. 
  • 12/07 - New York Federal prosecutors and Mueller's team filed court papers directly implicating President Trump in plans to buy women’s silence as far back as 2014 and offering new evidence of Russian efforts to forge a political alliance with Trump before he became president.
  • 12/07 - In a document filed in federal court, Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said that Paul Manafort told “multiple dis­cern­ible lies” during interviews with prosecutors, including about his contacts with an employee who is alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence. Mueller also said Manafort lied about his contacts with Trump administration officials after Trump took office.
  • 12/17 - Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin, two former business associates of Michael Flynn, are indicted as part of a Turkish conspiracy to violate federal lobbying rules. Alptekin was also charged with lying to the FBI.
  • New Senate report says Russian disinformation teams targetted Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Of course they did. Putin is trying to help his buddy, Trump. 
  • 12/18 - A federal judge delays the sentencing of Michael Flynn. Mueller had recommended no jail time due to Flynn's cooperation. 
  • 12/19 - Mueller seeks a transcript of Trump associate Roger Stone's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.

Winning - December 2018

Keeping track of the GOP and Trump Administration:
  • The one thing Trump is truly good at, world-class, lying. The latest count is 7,546 in 700 days. Almost 11/day, 15/day in 2018. 
  • All the major market exchanges are down for the year. The Dow started 2018 at 24,824, peaked in October at 26,828 and ended the year at 23,327. The biggest yearly decline, 5.6%, in 10 years. Trump took most of the credit for the gains in 2017, now he's silent and looking for someone to blame. Can't have it both ways Donny. 
  • Trump says Cohen is lying about the Russian real estate deal. Then adds, even if it was true, Trump did nothing illegal. A typical Trump script when he is caught. Wrong isn't always illegal.
  • In a closed-door briefing, Senators are convinced by CIA Director Gina Haspel that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Trump continues to support MBS.
  • 12/04 - Attorneys General from Maryland and DC subpoena financial records and other documents from 13 Trump entities as part of the emoluments lawsuits. Several federal agencies also received subpoenas that have contact with Trump businesses.
  • In an interview, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls Trump undisciplined, doesn't like to read, and tries to do illegal things. No surprises here.
    • Trump goes off the rails and sends a tantrum tweet calling Rex Tillerson "dumb as a rock" and lazy. Trump again shows his maturity. 
  • "Individual 1", aka Trump, is implicated in court documents in the Michael Cohen cases.
  • 12/08 - Trump announces that chief of staff John Kelly will be leaving the White House by the end of the year. Quit or fired? Another adult leaves the administration. Kelly was too disciplined for chaotic Trump.  
  • 12/09 - Nick Ayers, Trump's top candidate to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, will not take the job. He will also be leaving the White House by the end of the year. It's tough to find good help when you are a bad boss.
  • The ongoing Trump/Russia investigation has determined that at least 14 Trump associates interacted with Russians during the presidential campaign and transition.
  • The Fact Checker creates a new category, the Bottomless Pinocchio, to describe the level and number of Trumps lies. He has already been awarded 14 Bottomless Pinocchio awards. Our Liar-in-Chief.
  • 12/12 - Former Trump lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress, tax fraud, and election finance violations. 
  • 12/12 - Federal prosecutors reveal a plea deal with The National Enquirer's parent company and CEO, David Pecker, in the Trump hush money cases. No prosecution for cooperation. More damning evidence revealed and corroborated. 
  • 12/12 - Lobbyist Sam Patten pleads guilty of failure to register as a foreign agent and to steering foreign funds to the Trump inauguration fun. The foreigner was a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch. Very swampy. 
  • Federal employee morale and job satisfaction decline at 60% of federal offices. Public criticism and new work policies by the head guy don't help. 
  • 12/13 - The US Senate votes to end US participation in the Yemen War. They also unanimously passed a measure blaming the Saudi crown prince for the ghastly murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both votes are a rebuke of Trump's Saudi and MBS support.
  • A poll shows that fewer than three in ten Americans believe Trump. Even fewer than 50% of ardent Trump supporters believe him. That can't be a good thing.
  • 12/15 - Trump announces that Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke will be leaving his post. Good riddance to a corrupt enemy of the environment. 
  • 12/15 - A new report to the Senate Intelligence Committee indicates Russian interference in the 2016 election was even wider and more pro-Trump than previously thought. 
  • New Senate report says Russian disinformation teams targetted Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Of course, they did. Putin is trying to help his buddy, Trump. 
  • Roger Stone admits spreading lies on InfoWars. As settlement in a defamation lawsuit, he must apologize and publicly retract the statements. What a surprise that Stone would lie. One of the swampiest creatures in Trump's swamp. What a surprise that InfoWars would help spread false information. 
  • 12/18 - Trump backs down on his threat to shut down the government over his border (or is it, boarder) wall funding. 
  • 12/18 - The Trump Foundation charity will close down. The New York state lawsuit against the charity, Donald, Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka Trump will continue. 
  • Trump orders the immediate withdrawal of all US troops from Syria. The decision is almost universally disagreed with. The exceptions, Syria, Iran, Turkey, and good buddy Vladamir Putin praise Trump. 
  • In more good news for Putin, Trump plans to lift sanctions against Russian oligarcOleg V. Deripaska and his businesses. Merry Christmas Vlad. 
  • It's bad news for the US and the military. Secretary of Defense James Mattis resigns over differences with Trump. The Syria withdrawal seems to be the final straw. Mattis was one of the few in the administration who would challenge Trump. The last of "Trump's generals" to leave. 
    • In a temper tantrum after actually reading Mattis's resignation letter, Trump pushes him out effective 1/1/2019 rather than the scheduled February departure. Another mature adult move by our baby president. 
    • Patrick Shanahan, Deputy Secretary of Defense, is named acting Secretary replacing Mattis immediately. 
  • Brett H. McGurk, the special presidential envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State, is also stepping down over Mr. Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria.
  • Trump says he'll withdraw about 7,000 troops from Afghanistan. That is approximately half of our forces. Again, it comes as a surprise to almost everyone including the Afghan government. 
  • 12/21 - The Supreme Court refuses to allow Trump to bar illegal immigrants from seeking asylum. 
  • Perhaps Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should be named as our next Secretary of Defense. He seems to have more influence over Trump than former Marine general Mattis did.
  • After publicly saying that he would "take the mantle" of responsibility for a government shutdown over the border wall,  “I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.” Trump now blames the Democrats. I was taught that a man's word meant something. Not with this grifter. 
  • As 2018 comes to a close, about ¼ of our federal employees are not getting paid and vital government services are not getting done. #Trumpshutdown

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Trump Speak

Donald J. Trump and his minions have introduced a whole new set of words and phrases. They have also brought some older words to the forefront as well as changing their meaning. Here is a list of some of the new Trump lexicon. 
  • Bigly - While technically not a new word, it never saw much use until Trump began using it. The word big is perfectly adequate as an adjective or adverb. No "ly" required. 
  • Bing, bing, bong, bong... - I have no idea.
  • Covfefe - another mystery.
  • Youuuuuge - huge.
  • Alternate or alternative facts - This is a Kellyanne Conway invention. The phrase is used in place of the word lies
  • Fake - The real definition refers to something fraudulent or deceptive, In Trump's world, it describes anything he doesn't agree with or like, particularly news. 
  • Rigged - One official definition is to manipulate fraudulently. Similar to fake, Trump uses this word to describe any process or results he disagrees with. He believes all voting is rigged despite the fact he won the presidential election. 
  • Hoax - what you call a situation when 90+% of the experts in the field have facts and analysis that contradict your beliefs. As in climate change is a hoax.
  • Witch Hunt - any investigation or inquiry into Trump or those associated with him. So far, Mueller has indicted more witches than they ever did in Salem.
  • Believe me - prefix or suffix which means everything I just said or am about to say is a lie.
  • Everybody is talking about it - means the issue is barely a blip on anybody's radar.
  • Everybody thinks so or everybody knows - means almost nobody thinks so and nobody knows. 
  • Lots of people are talking about it - someone in his administration or on Fox news mentioned it.
  • More and more people are saying (suggesting) - see above.
  • Fantastic, tremendous, incredible, beautiful, unbelievable, awesome, fabulous, terrific, best or best ever, etc. - None of these words have any meaning. They are tossed around without any regard to what they are describing.
  • Almost any superlative adjective or adverb - see above.
  • First, last, never, worst, only, etc. - same deal with almost any definitive declarative statement. First means the first Trump can remember or someone told him. No need to check or take any responsibility for incorrect statements.
  • Very, very, very - same as one very for normal people.
  • Really, really, really - same as one really for normal people.
  • I was just joking or it was a joke - When something Trump says turns out to be objectionable to the majority of people. As in, I was just joking about encouraging police brutality.
  • Priming the pump - apparently an economic term that Trump invented. Or maybe not. Seems the term has been in general use since at least the Great Depression. That occurred several years before Trump was born. This mistake by a man who graduated from the Warton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Guess he slept through the classes about the Depression or economics.
  • Who knew or nobody knew - as in "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated." It actually means everybody knew except Trump. 
  • Poorly-rated or rating challenged - as in "poorly rated @Morning_Joe..." actually describes a show or network with very good ratings. 
  • The likes of which the world has never seen - bluster that is inconsequential and/or an outright lie.
  • Never in the history of our Country... - more bluster. Always inaccurate. As if Trump actually knows our country's history. 
  • That I can/will tell you - The preceding statement was a complete lie.
  • People should look into it - Trump just made a ridiculous statement and he wants others to talk it up.
  • ... and lots of other things - Said after he names one specific thing because he can't think of any others. As in, "We're going to  build the wall and lots of other things." Also, ...many, many other things.
  • Diversary - unsure, but we think Trump meant diversity but then again, we never know what Trump meant. I have not had any luck finding information on "diversary". Probably fake news or at least a fake word. 
  • modern-day presidential - how Trump describes his tweets or boorish behavior.
  • Rocket Man - Trump's nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. And you thought it was an Elton John song. This nickname has fallen by the wayside now that Trump loves Kim Jong Un. 
  • By all accounts - actually means by my account or by only my supporters' account.
  • Not in a braggadocious way or non-braggadocious -Trump is bragging so much that even he realizes it.
  • Treasonous - anyone who doesn't applaud and stand during Trump's SOTU.
  • Unrelated but still related - this one is a mystery.
  • Great reviews by everyone - that's everyone who agrees with Trump. Not even close to everyone.
  • Everyone knows it - Actually, hardly anyone knows it.
  • Like never before - Actually done many times before.
  • I could name (many, 15 or 20, several) of something - usually means the one or no example of his point is the only one he can think of. He never names any other, even when pressed to provide examples.
  • It's very popular - Actually means very controversial and almost universally unpopular.
  • Great Energy - Trump's definition of chaos.
  • Not much political support - Means the NRA and their controlled GOP members in Congress are against it. That's despite overwhelming public support.
  • Tremendous pressure is building, like never before, for... - Means Trump wants the issue done and assumes everyone else does too. Not substantiated by any polls, demonstrations, or groundswell.
  • Like nothing else we’ve seen in our history - Some normal minor event or a completely made up or overblown issue. 
  • Truth is not truth - A Rudy Giuliani gem in reference to Trump being interviewed by Mueller.
  • No one understands - Everybody understands the issue but Trump is trying to foster a different, false interpretation.
  • Almost everyone agrees - Probably not even close to everyone or even a majority.
  • People have no idea... - Almost everybody knows it, but Trump just figured it out.
  • They say - The infamous THEY. We never do find out who THEY are because even when pushed, Trump can't name any THEYs. 
  • I know it and so do you - Not so fast Donny. Assuming that we agree with what you "know" is bogus. What you "know" is usually just an opinion or wish, not fact. 
  • National Emergy - may have meant national emergency although there really wasn't one.
  • Just so you understand - Here comes a whopper.
  • Totally out of control - Any person, organization, or institution not in full agreement with Trump.
  • Smocking gun - Who knows what the J for jenius president meant. Maybe smoking gun, maybe a gun wearing a smock. 
  • Boarder Security - Was Trump trying to refer to our southern border with Mexico or the guy who rents your spare bedroom? 
Words, like the truth or facts or science, have little or no meaning to Trump. I'm sure I missed a few and surely there will be more new words and phrases introduced into our language. There will also be the bastardization of established words and phrases to have completely new meanings, usually the exact opposite. My guess is that there will be a Trump Speak II post in the future. 
It has been said that we should take what Trump says seriously, but not literally. I have no idea what that BS means. How would you even go about doing that? This president and his administration is an affront to our nation, the world, and the English language. 


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Winning - November 2018

Keeping track of the GOP and Trump Administration:
  • The hits just keep on coming. Through10/31/2018, Trump has made 6,420 false or misleading claims over 649 days. Over the seven weeks leading up to the midterms, he averaged 30/day. An amazing rate. 
  • 11/2 - A federal judge denies a stay in the Trump emoluments case. 
  • The Supreme Court refuses to delay a case challenging citizenship questions on the 2020 census. 
  • A federal judge rules against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) over voting restrictions. 
  • The Supreme Court refuses to block young people’s climate lawsuit against the U.S. government.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions forced to resign. Future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in question. 
  • 11/8 - US Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump administration can not end DACA.
  • The White House uses doctored video to justify the revoking of CNN's Jim Acosta's press pass. Talk about fake news.
    • Federal judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, ruled that CNN's Jim Acosta's White House press credentials must be temporarily restored. 
    • The White House decides to permanently restore Acosta's press pass. CNN drops the lawsuit. 
  • 11/9 - A federal judge blocks construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • The CIA concludes that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Awkward for the White House.
  • First Lady Milania Trump gets deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel fired. A blow to national security adviser John Bolton's standing.
  • Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to conduct government business. LOCK HER UP!
  • 11/20 - A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to resume accepting migrant asylum claims.
  • Trump contradicts the CIA findings in the Khashoggi case. Fails to denounce Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Money talks.
  • 11/22 - A New York judge denied a request by Trump's lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Trump and his family violated charity laws with the management of their personal charity foundation.
  • 11/23 - National Climate Assessment Report in direct conflict with the Trump Administration deregulation policies. 
  • Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has violated his plea agreement and will be sentenced. 
  • 11/29 - Michael Cohen, former Trump lawyer and "fixer", pleads guilty to lying to Congress. Details Trump's involvement in financial dealings with Russia in 2016.