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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host4/29/17 5:12 PM 
To: WhiteMare (WhiteMare2) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (1 of 44) 
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Analysis | Trump is now talking about consolidating his power

Washington Post

President Trump has suggested that the judiciary doesn't have the authority to question him. He was a very early proponent of nuking the filibuster for Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. And he recently raised eyebrows by congratulating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the expansion of his presidential powers — echoing his previous admiration for strongman leaders. Now Trump is talking about consolidating his own power...In an interview with Fox News that aired Friday night, Trump dismissed the “archaic” rules of the House and Senate — using that word four times — and suggested they needed to be streamlined for the good of the country...Trump is frustrated with the pace of legislation after 100 days, and his answer is that he wants to change the rules. Whether this is just him blowing off steam or signaling what lies ahead, it's significant. Because it suggests a president, yet again, who doesn't agree with his own powers being limited or even questioned. Remember when senior policy adviser Stephen Miller declared “the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned?” This is more of that kind of attitude. He wants more power — and he wants it quickly. It's not difficult to connect this to his past admiration for authoritarian leaders...

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host4/29/17 5:17 PM 
To: ANNW3  (2 of 44) 
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Interesting to see this on Fox,of all places:

Ellison: Trump WH 'A Dictatorship' That 'Wants to Control What ...

Fox News Insider-Apr 26, 2017
Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Keith Ellison said that President Trump represents a dictatorship and that his media criticisms are proof he wants to "control what people learn." Ellison, a Twin Cities congressman, told a crowd that Trump is leading a "dictatorship" that is warring with democracy, the courts and the press. "Every dictatorship wants to control what people learn," Ellison said, slamming Trump for regularly criticizing the media. "They talk about fake news, they attack the press-- they're attacking your right to know," he said...Ellison also took aim at Trump's criticism of the judiciary in the wake of several of his executive orders being blocked, and added that his Supreme Court pick is anything but mainstream.
 

 
From: WhiteMare (WhiteMare2) DelphiPlus Member Icon4/30/17 5:45 AM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 44) 
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I agree with this, which is one reason I have been so concerned about what Trump is doing. He basically does not agree with how our government is set up and wants to fundamentally change the rules so that he has all the power.  He also shows no desire to work with people who don't agree with him. It's dangerous.

White
 

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/3/17 12:47 AM 
To: WhiteMare (WhiteMare2) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 44) 
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Trump Was 'Directly Involved' in Hunt for Tweeter of Inauguration Crowd Photo

TIME  

President Donald Trump was "directly involved" in the quest to find the staffer from the National Park Service who retweeted a comparative photo of his inauguration crowd with that of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. On the day of Trump's inauguration, the official account of the National Park Service retweeted a photo showing a crowd for Obama's event, compared to a smaller crowd that had gathered for Trump's that day. The retweet was quickly taken down. According to a report from CBS News, who cited emails about the exchange released through the Freedom of Information Act, Trump contacted acting National Park Services director Mike Reynolds about the tweet.

 

 
From: Cortland (KA5S) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/5/17 6:52 AM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 44) 
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Imagine that! President Maduro – I mean Trump – offended!

Cortland


Rabbi Menahem Mendel of Vorki was asked what constitutes a true Jew.

He said: “Three things are fitting for us: upright kneeling, silent screaming, motionless dance.”

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/10/17 1:45 PM 
To: WhiteMare (WhiteMare2) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 44) 
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It's happening.  Trump and his gang's war on the media and plans to assert near-dictatorial powers are coming to a head: (cross posted  to the Trump dictatorship and Trump war on media thread)

CNBC

A reporter in West Virginia was arrested at the state capitol after repeatedly trying to ask President Donald Trump's health secretary Tom Price questions on Tuesday about a Republican bill to replace Obamacare. The arrest of veteran journalist Dan Heyman in a hallway in the Charleston capitol building was strongly criticized by his lawyer and the American Civil Liberties Union. And it came on the same day that two Republican congressmen blasted Price's Health and Human Services Department for a "potentially illegal and unconstitutional" memo issued May 3 restricting his subordinates from communicating independently with Congress without first informing HHS....Heyman's arrest came after he tried to question Price, who was in Charleston, West Virginia, with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, about the Republican Obamacare replacement bill, which the Trump administration has championed. Specifically, Heyman said he was asking Price whether suffering from domestic violence would be classified as a so-called pre-existing condition under that bill....At a news conference following his arrest, Heyman, who works for Public News Service and had been wearing his press pass during the incident, said Price "didn't say anything." "So I persisted," Heyman said. "At some point, I think they decided I was too persistent trying to do my job." A West Virginia police officer then detained Heyman, handcuffed him and arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of willful disruption of state government processes...Jamie Lynn Crofts, legal director for the ACLU of West Virginia, called on authorities to drop the charges. She also said that the arrest of Heyman is part of a pattern that has occurred since Trump became president."They have shown us every day since Donald Trump took office they don't care about the First Amendment or the free press. Today was just another example of that. It's horrifying," Crofts said.

 

 
From: Alfi (THIALFI) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/13/17 11:47 PM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (7 of 44) 
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Leaving out this particular case, at what point ARE such efforts too persistent? Under what circumstances ARE such efforts grounds for an arrest?

 "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt." -- John Adams, 1826

 

There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.
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There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.
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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/14/17 2:18 AM 
To: Alfi (THIALFI) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 44) 
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Alfi (THIALFI) said...

Leaving out this particular case, at what point ARE such efforts too persistent? Under what circumstances ARE such efforts grounds for an arrest?

Reporters yelling out questions in public areas in public buildings (which is what happened in this case) are so common it would be unusual to go a day or two and not see that on any major news show.

Now if a reporter were to actually grab the politician, or do the same thing in a non-public setting, like a bathroom, the politician's yard at home, etc, I think THEN the line is crossed.   In this case the prosecutor is obviously going to have tio drop the case and the police will likely be writing the newspaper and reporter a check.

 

 
From: Alfi (THIALFI) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/14/17 1:42 PM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (9 of 44) 
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I'm not sure that's a complete picture. There has to be a matter of too short a distance being harassment, even when the target is a politician or other public figure, and certainly when not.

 "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt." -- John Adams, 1826

 

There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/john_locke.html
There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/john_locke.html
 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/14/17 7:22 PM 
To: Alfi (THIALFI) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (10 of 44) 
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Alfi (THIALFI) said...

I'm not sure that's a complete picture. There has to be a matter of too short a distance being harassment, even when the target is a politician or other public figure, and certainly when not.

Remember the issue is questions in a public legislative building, outside a hearing (obviously interrupting a hearing or bursting through locked doors would be different) in an area where there are lots of politicians, lots of media,and a many decades long tradition of doing exactlywhat happened in this case, asking questions in the hallway.

Bottom line: that police force is going to be writing a very big check for something that no judge will find even slightly defensible.  By being supportive of the police, Price becomes a defendant too (he should have condemned what they did, and if the questions bothered him, do what all politicians often do,smile and ignore the question.  He missed a GREAT opportunity for good PR as he could have told the police to back off (and given Trump's past conduct at rallies, I suspect he encouraged the arrest).

 

 
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