Bill Palmer thinks that the de-facto military coup is coming. I think: the sooner the better.

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Selected and Saved News Stories – Trump 

Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Donald Trump spitefully lays the groundwork for firing General John Kelly
US flies bombers over Korea as Trump discusses options – Reuters
Mensa Offers To Give IQ Tests To Donald Trump And Rex Tillerson
Devin Nunes goes totally berserk in Donald Trumps Russia scandal
Trump disputes unidentified report on Kelly’s imminent firing – Politico
I’m Coming Out Today For Service Members Who Cannot
Legal expert says Robert Mueller can directly prosecute Donald Trump in a courtroom
Trump’s preferred way to judge trade deals is not a good measure of their success – CNBC
Letter From 114 House Democrats Challenges Trump’s Decision To Ban Transgender Troops
Who Is Carter Page? The Russia Investigation Is Heating Up Now That He Might Testify – Bustle
Jimmy Kimmel Shuts Down Donald Trump’s IQ Boasts
Former Donald Trump Adviser Carter Page Refuses to Cooperate With Russia Investigation – Newsweek
Mensa’s brainiacs offer to host Trump-Tillerson IQ faceoff – Washington Post
How Trump Uses Religious Liberty to Attack LGBT Rights – The New Yorker
Trump Challenges Cabinet Member’s IQ, Fights Senator He Needs. What Is Going On? – NPR
Pledge to Impeach Trump, a Key Donor Demands of Democrats – New York Times
8:18 AM 10/11/2017 White House Chief Of Staff John Kellys Phone Compromised: Reports
The lies Donald Trump likes a little too much – MSNBC
Greg Sargent: As Trump implodes, he threatens to hurt millions out of pure rage and spite – Salt Lake Tribune
9:41 AM 10/11/2017
Trump demanded stockpiling nukes 13 days after his secret meeting with Putin – Shareblue Media
9:44 AM 10/11/2017
What are the Implications of Decertification of the Iran Nuclear Deal? – Atlantic Council (press release) (blog)
9:47 AM 10/11/2017

 

Saved Stories – 1. Trump
The increasing specter of a military coup against Donald Trump

Even as the United States Constitution huffs and puffs and tries to put out the fires being set daily by Donald Trump, his deranged criminality continues to expose the limitations of a two century old document that we had hoped was infallible. Now that it’s become clear just how psychologically unstable Trump is, we have another problem on our hands: the specter of a de facto military coup.

This week Republican Senator Bob Corker sounded the alarm on Donald Trump’s unstable nature, while pointing that a pair of retired military Generals James Mattis and John Kelly may be the only ones currently standing in the way of nuclear armageddon. Vanity Fair writer Gabriel Sherman appeared on MSNBC this week and said that a prominent Republican has privately told him he imagines a scenario in which Mattis and Kelly have to physically tackle Trump as he lunges for the nuclear launch mechanism. In such a scenario we’d all want to root for Mattis and Kelly, but therein lies the problem.

General Mattis is the Secretary of Defense, but has no legal or Constitutional authority whatsoever when it comes to interfering with the actions of the U.S. President. General Kelly is merely the White House Chief of Staff, and has no authority of any kind. Even if these two men were still active Generals, they’d still have no authority to override the President. If Trump were attempting to launch a nuclear missile, and they physically tried to stop him from doing so, they’d be engaging in a coup.

In such a scenario, the Secret Service would be legally required to arrest Mattis and Kelly on the spot but would they do it? If Trump was a few seconds away from sealing all our deaths with the press of a button, with whom would the Secret Service ultimately side? With whom would the military itself side? Much as we’d all like Trump ousted, military coups have a fairly bad historical record of getting democracies back on track when they’ve gone awry. If two legally powerless retired Generals are the only reason we’re all still alive, that alone means Donald Trump must be impeached by Congress and removed immediately.

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Donald Trump spitefully lays the groundwork for firing General John Kelly

For the past week we’ve seen increasing hints of it from behind the scenes. Now it’s coming from Donald Trump’s own mouth: this evening he began publicly laying the groundwork for ousting General John Kelly as his White House Chief of Staff. The most jarring part is that Trump’s decision to go full-frontal against Kelly is coming just one day after Bob Corker publicly opined that Kelly was just about the only thing keeping Trump from falling apart thus suggesting that Trump is now looking to oust Kelly out of spite.

On Tuesday evening, Trump tweeted “The Fake News is at it again, this time trying to hurt one of the finest people I know, General John Kelly, by saying he will soon be fired. This story is totally made up by the dishonest media.The Chief is doing a FANTASTIC job for me and, more importantly, for the USA!” Here’s the kicker: by and large, the media is not reporting this to begin with. No major news outlet has reported that Trump is considering firing Kelly.

To be frank, Palmer Report is the only news outlet that’s even broached the topic this week and we doubt Trump is sitting around reading us. Instead, Trump is tweeting this so that it will become a headline story for the mainstream media. The media should have picked up on the signs this past week, from Trump bumping Kelly off Air Force One at the last minute (link), to Trump’s people leaking the story about Kelly’s phone having been hacked over the summer (link). Trump was trying to soften up the ground for firing Kelly, but the media largely didn’t bite so now he’s trying a more direct approach.

The most disturbing aspect of this may be the timing. Donald Trump has clearly wanted to get rid of John Kelly for at least a week. But now that a Republican Senator is humiliating Trump by pointing out that Kelly is his babysitter, Trump is suddenly taking a more direct approach for trying to oust Kelly. This suggests he’s being motivated out of sheer spite.

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US flies bombers over Korea as Trump discusses options – Reuters


Reuters
US flies bombers over Korea as Trump discusses options
Reuters
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met with top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea.

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Mensa Offers To Give IQ Tests To Donald Trump And Rex Tillerson

Trump has boasted of his intelligence. Here’s his chance to prove it. 

Devin Nunes goes totally berserk in Donald Trumps Russia scandal

We all remember Devin Nunes, the Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who acted so unethically in trying to protect Donald Trump in the Russia scandal that he ended up having to recuse himself. Now Nunes is back, claiming that he never actually recused himself, and he’s begun taking recklessly berserk actions that are setting off all the alarms.

After having been booted off his own committee’s Trump-Russia investigation, Nunes has decided to essentially begin running his own rival investigation. He’s misusing his position as committee chairman to unilaterally issue subpoenas without even so much as informing the Republicans or Democrats on his committee. In fact Nunes has even sent a subpoena to Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a CNN report (link), in a move so nefarious and nonsensical it’s as if James Bond fell down and hit his head.

Even at a time when the entirety of the United States government is in danger of veering out of control thanks to Donald Trump’s unprecedented instability, the actions of Devin Nunes are almost uniquely out of control. He’s now basically trying to run his own shadow government, having decided apropos of nothing that he personally has authority over everyone from the Attorney General to the Director of the FBI. It appears no one is willing to play with ball with Nunes’ nonsensical subpoenas, which are largely just being ignored. But it’s coming very close to a point where Nunes will have to be forcibly ousted.

The only way to shut down Devin Nunes’ deranged (and probably illegal) antics is to remove him as Chairman of the House Intel Committee. The only person who can do that is Speaker Paul Ryan, yet he’s refusing to do anything. That makes Ryan complicit in Nunes’ berserk crime spree, and raises the question of why Ryan seems to want Nunes out there trying to sabotage the Russia investigation.

The post Devin Nunes goes totally berserk in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal appeared first on Palmer Report.

Trump disputes unidentified report on Kelly’s imminent firing – Politico


Politico
Trump disputes unidentified report on Kelly’s imminent firing
Politico
President Donald Trump on Tuesday night rebuffed what he said was a news report claiming that his chief of staff will soon be fired, even though there appeared to be no such reporting by the national media. The Fake News is at it again, this time 
Stanley Cup champion Penguins visit Trump at White HouseESPN
President Trump makes Pittsburgh Penguins bit players in his culture warsUSA TODAY
For some foreign diplomats, the Trump White House is a troubling enigmaWashington Post
CNBC
all 288 news articles »
I’m Coming Out Today For Service Members Who Cannot

“Im training to fight for our country, and Im going to fight this unjust ban.”

Legal expert says Robert Mueller can directly prosecute Donald Trump in a courtroom

Once Special Counsel Robert Mueller reaches the point where he’s built a criminal case against Donald Trump, it’s never been clear what will happen next because there’s so little precedent. The presumption has been that at some point Mueller will reach the end of his Constitutional power, and have to simply allow Congress to decide whether to impeach him. But now one prominent legal expert says Mueller can actually prosecute Trump directly, which would change everything.

Up to now, the debate has largely been whether Mueller’s endgame would go in one of two directions. Would he incriminate Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator, as was done to Richard Nixon, before handing it over to Congress? Or would he go so far as to have a grand jury indict Trump, thus spelling out the full extent of Trump’s criminal complicity, thus putting more pressure on Congress to impeach? The Brookings Institution, considered a foremost legal authority, now says there’s a third option.

A detailed new legal report released by the Brookings Institution makes the case that Robert Mueller can prosecute Donald Trump as if he were any other defendant (link). There has always been pushback as to whether this was Constitutionally possible, because Mueller can’t remove Trump from office. There’s no question that only Congress can do that. But now we’re looking at a whole different endgame.

If Robert Mueller can put Donald Trump on criminal trial in a courtroom and get a conviction, we’d find ourselves in a singularly unprecedented situation. The trial alone would cripple Trump’s presidency and put extraordinary pressure on the Republican Congress to oust him. If he were convicted while still in office, it’s unclear if he could be imprisoned while still president. But at that point Congress would almost surely decide to make the problem go away by impeaching him.

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Trump’s preferred way to judge trade deals is not a good measure of their success – CNBC


CNBC
Trump’s preferred way to judge trade deals is not a good measure of their success
CNBC
The Trump administration has made trade deficits the yardstick for measuring the success of trade deals, but that’s a miscalculation, analysts said. President Donald Trump has applied labels such as a “disaster” and “horrible” to various U.S. trade 

and more »

Letter From 114 House Democrats Challenges Trump’s Decision To Ban Transgender Troops

“As you know, clear communication between the White House and the Pentagon is essential to our nation’s security.” 

Who Is Carter Page? The Russia Investigation Is Heating Up Now That He Might Testify – Bustle


Bustle
Who Is Carter Page? The Russia Investigation Is Heating Up Now That He Might Testify
Bustle
As the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election continues, Politico reported that former foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign, Carter Page, said he won’t testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Though …
Carter Page to plead Fifth Amendment in Senate’s Russia inquiryUPI.com

all 16 news articles »

Jimmy Kimmel Shuts Down Donald Trump’s IQ Boasts

The late-night host says the president should take an intelligence test on pay-per-view.

Former Donald Trump Adviser Carter Page Refuses to Cooperate With Russia Investigation – Newsweek


Newsweek
Former Donald Trump Adviser Carter Page Refuses to Cooperate With Russia Investigation
Newsweek
… to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday he would not cooperate with any request to appear before the panel in its investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, Politico reported.
Carter Page to plead Fifth Amendment in Senate’s Russia inquiryUPI.com

all 20 news articles »

Mensa’s brainiacs offer to host Trump-Tillerson IQ faceoff – Washington Post


Washington Post
Mensa’s brainiacs offer to host Trump-Tillerson IQ faceoff
Washington Post
Who would win in an IQ faceoff, President Trump or Secretary of State Rex Tillerson? Of all the pressing questions Americans have for their government right now, that one is pretty far from the top of the list. But the world’s foremost group of  
Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising MilitaryNBCNews.com
Trump reportedly wanted nearly 10 times more nuclear weaponsCNBC
 
The Trump White House’s ‘joke’ excuseCNN
Can we tell if Donald Trump has a high IQ?BBC News

Trump’s jibe deepens feud with Tillerson; he was joking?Fox News 
CNNThe HillBBC NewsForbes
all 502 
CBS NewsGizmodoForbesNBCNews.com
all 481
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How Trump Uses Religious Liberty to Attack LGBT Rights – The New Yorker


The New Yorker
How Trump Uses Religious Liberty to Attack LGBT Rights
The New Yorker
In the nostalgic campaign that got him elected, Trump promised to take his voters back to an imaginary past in which they felt better, more secure, and generally more great than they do in the present. Nothing communicates Trump’s commitment to the

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Trump Challenges Cabinet Member’s IQ, Fights Senator He Needs. What Is Going On? – NPR


NPR
Trump Challenges Cabinet Member’s IQ, Fights Senator He Needs. What Is Going On?
NPR
There’s been a feud with a key Republican senator, a flare-up flare up at a professional football game with President Trumpinstructing his vice president to walk out when players (on the most activist team in the NFL) knelt during the national anthem, and he  
Trump may trade Twitter spats for tax push … for nowCNN
Trump’s Estrangement From the GOP One Republican at a TimeNBCNews.com
 
Donald Trump is acting like a fifth-grade bullyCNN

For Trump, the Reality Show Has Never EndedNew York Times 
ABC News
 
Trump unleashes himself from would-be handlers, lashing out mornings, nights and weekendsLos Angeles Times
Politico
 –The Hill Yahoo Finance
all 531 USA TODAY
all 609
 
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Pledge to Impeach Trump, a Key Donor Demands of Democrats – New York Times


New York Times
Pledge to Impeach Trump, a Key Donor Demands of Democrats
New York Times
One of the Democratic Party’s most prominent financial backers is demanding that lawmakers and candidates on the left support removing President Trump from office, putting pressure on Democrats to make Mr. Trump’s ouster a defining issue in the 2018 …

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8:18 AM 10/11/2017 White House Chief Of Staff John Kellys Phone Compromised: Reports

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The lies Donald Trump likes a little too much – MSNBC


MSNBC
The lies Donald Trump likes a little too much
MSNBC
It’s not exactly a secret that Donald Trump tells a staggering number of lies on a nearly daily basis, but I’m especially interested in the ones he returns to, over and over again, even after being told he’s wrong. In this week’s interview with Forbes
Trump disputes unidentified report on Kelly’s imminent firingPolitico
Trump goes rogue, even by his standardsCNN
How Donald Trump made the Penguins political, and why it barely matters in PittsburghSB Nation

all 420 news articles »

Greg Sargent: As Trump implodes, he threatens to hurt millions out of pure rage and spite – Salt Lake Tribune


Salt Lake Tribune
Greg Sargent: As Trump implodes, he threatens to hurt millions out of pure rage and spite
Salt Lake Tribune
As GOP pollster Whit Ayres put it: Trump got elected with minority support from the American electorate, and now he’s mainly focused on energizing and solidifying the 40 percent of Americans who were with him. Trump tweeted Tuesday about Liddle 
Corker vs. Trump: Bob Corker shows how to be a lame duckDetroit Free Press
Bob Corker’s warning that Trump could spark WWIII shouldn’t be ignoredDallas News (blog)

all 522 news articles »

9:41 AM 10/11/2017

Selected and Saved News Stories Trump  Saved Stories – 1. Trump If Trump Wants A War With Women, These Lawyers Are Ready For Battle Armenia supports Russia’s statement in CIS on supporting Traditional family values President Sargsyan – Armenpress.am Terrorist Financing: A Backgrounder – Just Security Donald Trump May Not Get A State Banquet … Continue reading“9:41 AM 10/11/2017”
Trump demanded stockpiling nukes 13 days after his secret meeting with Putin – Shareblue Media


Shareblue Media
Trump demanded stockpiling nukes 13 days after his secret meeting with Putin
Shareblue Media
Only 13 days earlier, on July 7 at the G20 summit, Trump had a secret meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin behind closed doors. To this day we have no transcript of that meeting and no indication of what Trump and Putin talked about. But 

9:44 AM 10/11/2017

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What are the Implications of Decertification of the Iran Nuclear Deal? – Atlantic Council (press release) (blog)

What are the Implications of Decertification of the Iran Nuclear Deal?
Atlantic Council (press release) (blog)
Trump faces an October 15 deadline to certify to the US Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the nuclear agreement that the Islamic Republic struck with the five permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council plus Germany in …

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9:47 AM 10/11/2017

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