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    Saudi Arabia is (maybe) buying $14.5 billion in arms from the US. Kushner lied and said it was $110 billion. Trump then bragged that the arms deal would create "hundreds of thousands of jobs." He, too, lied -- because he repeated Kushner's lie and embellished it. Two liars. "Like father-in-law, like son-in-law." And why is Trump selling arms to the country that the 9/11 hijackers came from? Oh, that's right: money. That's the same reason he refuses to say anything about the Saudi Crown Prince ordering the torture and murder of a journalist.

    Jared Kushner pushed to inflate Saudi arms deal to $110 billion: Sources
    ABC News, Nov 26 2018 12:07 PM

    President Donald Trump's reluctance to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accountable for the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi stemmed from a partly aspirational $110 billion arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia that was inflated at the direction of Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, according to two US officials and three former White House officials.

    Kushner, in a bid to symbolically solidify the new alliance between the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia while claiming a victory on the President's first foreign trip to Riyadh, pushed State and Defense officials to inflate the figure with arms exchanges that were aspirational at best, the officials said. Secretary of Defense James Mattis supported Kushner's effort and ultimately endorsed the memorandum, according to a former NSC official familiar with the matter.

    Since the deal was signed by Mattis and bin Salman in Riyadh, there has been minimal activity toward purchasing the defense equipment and arms laid out in the arms agreements and signed. According to the Department of Defense, of the original $110 billion, Saudi Arabia has signed Letters of Offer and Acceptance valued at around $14.5 billion for equipment, including helicopters, tanks, ships, weapons and training.

    "This is a record amount of money," Trump said Wednesday. "It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development and much additional wealth for the United States. Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great US defense contractors."

    The memorandum of intent shows an agreement between the two countries with very little legal weight. It states: "This document does not create any authority to perform any work, award any contract, issue articles from stock, transfer funds or otherwise obligate or create a binding commitment in any way either for the United States or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

    One former senior National Security Council official called the scale and level of exaggeration of the $110 billion figure "unprecedented." Democrat Rep. David Cicilline, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said, "These details raise even more questions about what is really driving the Trump administration's refusal to crack down on Saudi Arabia's behavior. If Jared Kushner inflated the size of this arms deal, we need to figure out why. Congress should get to the bottom of this and work to impose stronger sanctions on the Saudi regime."

    Since the death of Khashoggi, Trump has insisted the US would be "foolish" to disrupt any potential weapons sales with the Saudis.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/kush...ry?id=59418244

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    for the fourth time in his Presidency, Trump's disapproval rating has hit 60%. Only 38% approve of his job performance. I'm guessing almost every one of them is a Republican who doesn't care what the President says or does -- as long as the President is a Republican.

    Gallup Poll: 60% of Americans disapprove of Trump's job performance

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...81Lm?ocid=AMZN

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    Let's see what the Bully-In-Chief is up to today, shall we?

    Trump threatens General Motors subsidies over plant closings
    CBS News, Nov 27 2018 3:59 PM

    President Trump today threatened to end federal subsidies to General Motors after the company announced it would cut 14,000 jobs and shut down five facilities in the US. "Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. Nothing being closed in Mexico & China. The US saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!" Trump tweeted. He continued, "We are now looking at cutting all GM subsidies," including for electric cars.

    In an effort to boost sales, the federal government provides $7,500 in tax credits for every electric plug-in car sold. However, that subsidy ends after 200,000 electric vehicles are sold by a company. GM may hit that limit by the end of this year, even without Trump's threats to cut subsidies

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-t...plant-closing/

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    It's nice to know there are Senators, both Republican and Democratic, who refuse to accept Donald Trump's "be-our-economic-partner-and-you-can-get-away-with-murder" policy. Unfortunately, today's vote is largely symbolic.

    Senate defies Trump and votes to punish Saudis for Khashoggi slaying
    The Associated Press, Nov 28 2018 4:25 PM

    Defying President Trump, Senators sent a strong signal today they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate voted 63 to 37 to move forward with legislation calling for an end to US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The vote was a rebuke not only to Saudi Arabia but to the Trump administration, which has been clear it does not want to torpedo the long-standing US relationship with Saudi Arabia over the killing.

    https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na...128-story.html

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    Donald Trump making a move that violates the Constitution? Wow. So what else is new?

    Baltimore sues Trump administration over immigrants' access to benefits
    CNN, Nov 28 2018 4:22 PM

    The city of Baltimore announced today that it is suing the Trump administration over a new State Department immigration policy that is discouraging residents from accessing benefits. "The Trump Administration's changes to a State Department manual put a thumb on the scale in favor of barring immigrants from the country if they have used any of a host of federal, state or local programs -- making it much harder for immigrants to reunite with their families," the lawsuit reads. It names President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the State Department as defendants and it charges the administration with violating the Constitution's equal protection guarantees.

    "The change was motivated by the Trump administration's well-known hostility towards certain immigrant groups -- most notably Hispanic, Asian and African communities -- and is a violation of the federal laws governing administrative agencies, including the Constitution's guarantee of Equal Protection," read a statement from the office of Baltimore Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/28/polit...uit/index.html

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    Washington Post writer Manuel Roig-Franzia explains how in the 1980s Paul Manafort's and Roger Stone's lobbying, campaign contributions and influence peddling helped create the Swamp that Washington DC has become. One of their first clients was New York developer Donald Trump, who, since becoming President, has made the Swamp infinitely swampier.

    Swamp builders: How Manafort and Stone created the mess Trump said he'd drain

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...eNp0?ocid=AMZN

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    What were we just saying about Trump making the Swamp infinitely swampier?

    Trump administration accused of 'rampant' ethics abuses after 6 more officials are cited for violating the Hatch Act

    https://www.newsweek.com/trump-admin...ations-1239301

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    I guess it was inevitable that these two lovers would someday have a spat.

    Putin trip to Washington to meet with Trump is now 'out of the question,' Kremlin says

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...rK0R?ocid=AMZN

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    Carlson said he can't stand Trump's boasting and self-aggrandizement and complained that Trump "knows very little about the legislative process" and "hasn't learned anything." You know Trump's approval rating is really plummeting when even the hosts at Fox News, a.k.a. the Trump Cheerleading Channel, are turning against him.

    Fox News' Tucker Carlson says Trump is 'not capable' and hasn't kept his promises

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...B8Vd?ocid=AMZN

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    Despite hating illegal immigrants and calling them "animals," Trump hires them for cheap labor. In 1980, he hired several undocumented Polish immigrants to demolish a 12-story building in Manhattan. He's hired many undocumented Latinos to work on construction projects. And today we learn that several undocumented immigrants are working at Trump's golf club in New Jersey.

    Undocumented workers say Trump National Golf Club hired them despite their immigration status

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/undocum...ration-status/

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