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· Trump the ultimate target of Dems’ witch hunt
Democrats and the mainstream media are going to try to pick apart President Trump’s team, one by one, until they eventually get to their ultimate prize: Mr. Trump himself…
· The Target on Steve Bannon's Back
The ink on National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's resignation letter wasn't even dry when former Obama Chief Strategist David Axelrod announced the Left's new target…
· Wegmans faces Trump-related backlash
... Members of the National Organization for Women's Prince William County, Virginia Chapter is requesting that Wegmans stop selling Trump Winery items in its 10 supermarkets in the state, The Washington Post reported...
· How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency
… In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda…
· We will not pay: the Americans withholding their taxes to fight Trump
The new president has driven some to make a statement with their bank accounts – despite fears such a protest could send demonstrators to jail
Trump the ultimate target of Dems’ witch hunt
By Kelly Riddell - The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Democrats and the mainstream media are going to try to pick apart President Trump’s team, one by one, until they eventually get to their ultimate prize: Mr. Trump himself.
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was the first casualty — or rather, their first scalp.
Mr. Trump caved to the political pressure to dismiss Mr. Flynn after a transcript of a call he had with Russia’s ambassador was leaked by anonymous government officials. The transcript supposedly revealed Mr. Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the details of the call. When the intercept surfaced, Mr. Pence felt betrayed and trust was lost.
But as Bloomberg’s Eli Lake pointed out, the entire incident is as clear as mud, with the most likely outcome that Mr. Flynn was thrown under the bus by the administration.
“His tenure as national security adviser, the briefest in U.S. history, was rocky from the start,” Mr. Lake wrote. “When Flynn was attacked in the media for his ties to Russia, he was not allowed by the White House to defend himself. Over the weekend, he was instructed not to speak to the press when he was in the fight for his political life. His staff was not even allowed to review the transcripts of his call to the Russian ambassador.”
Mr. Lake also pointed out how highly unusual it is for the intelligence community to leak transcripts of calls they have secretly spied on — that these government intercepts are among the most tightly held government secrets because “selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity.”
That’s some scary stuff — and exactly what happened in Mr. Flynn’s case.
Intelligence officials leaked the intercept only after Mr. Flynn made it known he wanted to restructure the intelligence community, with rumors being his top target was DNI. This restructuring would’ve inevitably led to the shakeup and perhaps dismissal of many career intelligence officials.
But there’s more. And it’s even uglier.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Obama holdovers have plotted to undermine Mr. Trump’s national security plans before he even stepped foot in the White House.
“The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran,” the Beacon reported.
Who did these plotters include? None other than Ben Rhodes, the architect of Mr. Obama’s foreign policy plans, including the Iran deal, the Beacon reported.
This is some sinister crap.
And it’s not limited to Mr. Flynn. Democrats and the media aren’t going to ease up because of his resignation. They’re only getting started.
They’ve already called for Congressional investigations into Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia. And now they’re going after Kellyanne Conway, Mr. Trump’s senior adviser.
On Tuesday, the Office of Government Ethics recommended the White House probe and possibly discipline Ms. Conway because of a chatty interview she did with “Fox & Friends,” where she touted Ivanka Trump’s line of clothing and accessories after they were dropped by Nordstrom.
All of this is trivial nonsense — Ms. Conway was clearly defending her boss’s daughter in a glib fashion where she never intended for violate ethics rules.
But the Democrats are out for blood.
Next on the chopping block? Steve Bannon. He’s already had his name splashed in the press as a white supremacist (complete nonsense), and is now being portrayed by Time Magazine and others as the mastermind behind Trump’s presidency — the person who is really pulling the strings in the White House.
Many pundits have speculated because Mr. Trump is so thin-skinned and narcissistic, this sort of article would bother him, leading to Mr. Bannon’s demise.
Who’s left? Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Policy adviser Stephen Miller. Press Secretary Sean Spicer. And they’ve all received their fair share of negative press coverage within the last few days.
With Mr. Flynn’s firing, it’s now open season in the White House. Mr. Trump has given the Democrats their first taste of victory, and they’re hungry for more.
They’ll only be satisfied after his impeachment.
He needs to stand by his team, not cave to bad PR, and get to work on behalf of the American people.
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The Target on Steve Bannon's Back
By M. Catharine Evans, American Thinker
February 15, 2017
The ink on National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's resignation letter wasn't even dry when former Obama Chief Strategist David Axelrod announced the Left's new target. Speaking with CNN's Don Lemon Monday night, Axelrod essentially told the host that President Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is next on the hit list.
After speaking of Flynn with Lemon, Axelrod suddenly and unexpectedly shifted to Bannon.
From Daily Caller(Video), Axelrod said:
"You know a name that we haven’t heard mentioned tonight in all of these discussions, the name of Steve Bannon, who has taken a role on national security, that is highly unusual for a person in his position."
Two weeks ago, Axelrod defended himself when President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, brought up the fact that Axelrod himself sat in on national security committee meetings during Obama's presidency. In a CNN op-ed, Axelrod minimized his involvement, insisting that he "did not speak or participate" during meetings. Axelrod wrote that he "sat on the sidelines as a silent observer" in order to gain an understanding of the issues and the processes by which the president would make critical decisions. Axelrod also stated he was barred from highly sensitive meetings, unlike Mr. Bannon.
As Obama's master spin-meister, anything Axelrod says should be taken with enough grains of salt ... to fill an ocean. But if true, and he really did merely sit in observation at meetings, so what? Axelrod was as much a de facto president as Valerie Jarrett was during Obama's first term. It's highly unlikely he was not consulted on most foreign policy decisions, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, whether he attended classified meetings or not.
In fact, Obama and Axelrod are so close the latter slobbered all over his former boss in a post-election interview last December. "I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that I love you man, and I'm so...(breaks off). “Love you back brother," Obama responded.
President Trump's historic win has brought out the long knives...
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Wegmans faces Trump-related backlash
By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
via MyPalmBeachPost.com - February 15, 2017
Wegmans, the popular East Coast grocery store chain, is apparently joining the ranks of Uber, Under Armour and Nordstrom.
Members of the National Organization for Women's Prince William County, Virginia Chapter is requesting that Wegmans stop selling Trump Winery items in its 10 supermarkets in the state, The Washington Post reported.
"Certainly if Wegmans is carrying Trump wines, I personally will not shop there," Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women said.
The National Organization for Women, or NOW, was founded 50 years ago and has more than 500,000 members. It is the U.S.' largest feminist organization.
The company, which is based in Rochester, New York, sells five varieties of wine from Trump's Charlottesville winery, including Trump Blanc de Blanc and Trump Winery Chardonnay and has done so since 2008, before President Donald Trump bought that business.
Jo Natale, vice president of media relations for Wegmans, told The Washington Post, "Individual shoppers who feel strongly about an issue can demonstrate their convictions by refusing to buy a product. When enough people do the same, and sales of a product drop precipitously, we stop selling that product in favor of one that's in greater demand."
How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency
By Paul Sperry, Opinion, New York Post
February 11, 2017
When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.
In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.
He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.
Since Donald Trump’s election, this little-known but well-funded protesting arm has beefed up staff and ramped up recruitment of young liberal activists, declaring on its website, “We’re not backing down.” Determined to salvage Obama’s legacy,”it’s drawing battle lines on immigration, ObamaCare, race relations and climate change.
Obama is intimately involved in OFA operations and even tweets from the group’s account. In fact, he gave marching orders to OFA foot soldiers following Trump’s upset victory.
“It is fine for everybody to feel stressed, sad, discouraged,” he said in a conference call from the White House. “But get over it.” He demanded they “move forward to protect what we’ve accomplished.”
“Now is the time for some organizing,” he said. “So don’t mope.”
Far from sulking, OFA activists helped organize anti-Trump marches across US cities, some of which turned into riots. After Trump issued a temporary ban on immigration from seven terror-prone Muslim nations, the demonstrators jammed airports, chanting: “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!”
Run by old Obama aides and campaign workers, federal tax records show “nonpartisan” OFA marshals 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Registered as a 501(c)(4), it doesn’t have to disclose its donors, but they’ve been generous. OFA has raised more than $40 million in contributions and grants since evolving from Obama’s campaign organization Obama for America in 2013.
OFA, in IRS filings, says it trains young activists to develop “organizing skills.” Armed with Obama’s 2012 campaign database, OFA plans to get out the vote for Democratic candidates it’s grooming to win back Congress and erect a wall of resistance to Trump at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
It will be aided in that effort by the Obama Foundation, run by Obama’s former political director, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, launched last month by Obama pal Eric Holder to end what he and Obama call GOP “gerrymandering” of congressional districts.
Obama will be overseeing it all from a shadow White House located within two miles of Trump. It features a mansion, which he’s fortifying with construction of a tall brick perimeter, and a nearby taxpayer-funded office with his own chief of staff and press secretary. Michelle Obama will also open an office there, along with the Obama Foundation.
Critical to the fight is rebuilding the ravaged Democrat Party. Obama hopes to install his former civil-rights chief Tom Perez at the helm of the Democratic National Committee.
Perez is running for the vacant DNC chairmanship, vowing “It’s time to organize and fight . . . We must stand up to protect President Obama’s accomplishments;” while also promising, “We’re going to build the strongest grass-roots organizing force this country has ever seen.”
The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents.
“You’re going to see me early next year,” he said after the election, “and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.”
Added the ex-president: “Point is, I’m still fired up and ready to go.”
We will not pay: the Americans withholding their taxes to fight Trump
The new president has driven some to make a statement with their bank accounts – despite fears such a protest could send demonstrators to jail
Joanna Walters, The Guardian (UK)
Feb 15, 2017
Andrew Newman always pays his taxes, even if he hates what the government is doing with them. But not this year. For him, Donald Trump is the dealbreaker. He’ll pay his city and state taxes but will refuse to pay federal income tax as a cry of civil disobedience against the president and his new administration.
Newman is not alone. A nascent movement has been detected to revive the popularity of tax resistance – last seen en masse in America during the Vietnam war but which has been, sporadically, a tradition in the US and beyond going back many centuries.
“My tax money will be going towards putting up a wall on the Mexican border instead of helping sick people. It will contribute to the destruction of the environment and maybe more nuclear weapons. I think there will be a redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy elite and Trump’s campaign for the working man and woman was an absolute fraud. If you pay taxes you are implicated in the system,” said Newman, an associate professor of English and history at Stony Brook University on Long Island, part of the State University of New York.
“The government wants our money and if a lot of people were thinking about this kind of peaceful protest, it would get their attention,” he added.
Newman, 48, regrets that his 2016 taxes have already been automatically taken out of his paycheck. He intends to write to the government accusing the Trump administration of a planned misuse of those public funds. Then he will change his 2017 arrangements so that he will get a bill from the Internal Revenue Service, instead, and will refuse to pay it, donating the money to causes he deems more socially responsible.
He will be following the example of one of his heroes, Henry David Thoreau, who refused to pay tax that would fund wars and slavery and was jailed for it in 1846, and whose famous essay, Civil Disobedience, Newman often reads to his students. Martin Luther King Jr was a huge admirer or Thoreau’s argument about civil disobedience, and Mahatma Gandhi led salt tax protests and resistance that helped spur independence for India.
“I’ve been discussing this with friends and colleagues and they are extremely interested,” he said. “People are very responsive but they also say ‘I don’t want to go to jail.’”
He is far more likely simply to be fined and charged interest on the unpaid taxes by the IRS.
“There have been very few people who have spent time in jail for not paying taxes as an explicit act of political resistance,” said Ruth Benn, coordinator of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, a campaign group that encourages federal tax boycotts in the name of peace and advises citizens on how to go about it...
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