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President Trump is in a peculiar position: He runs the country, advised by his daughter and son-in-law — while also profiting from his own worldwide Trump Organization, run by his sons.

This arrangement has spurred a number of ethics and conflicts-of-interest concerns, numerous lawsuits and a consistent stream of headlines. Though President Trump has stepped down from managing his 500+ businesses and put them in a trust, he continues to own them. The top government ethics official has decried Trump’s arrangement as insufficient.

Meanwhile, the specifics of Trump’s financial ties — including his debts and actual sources of wealth — remain unclear. As the president often uses his own for-profit properties to host foreign dignitaries, and his Trump Organization continues to operate overseas and do business with foreigners, an archaic word emoluments has entered the daily lexicon of ethics watchdogs. It refers to an obscure but newly relevant constitutional clause.

Check out our video for a brief walk-through of what all this means, how it happened and why it matters.

Trump: The President Who Is Still A Businessman

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Mike Pence used a private email account for government business — and it was hacked

  • Emails obtained through public record inquiries by the IndyStar show Mike Pence used a private AOL email account to handle sensitive government issues as governor of Indiana. 
  • Pence used the email address to discuss personal security issues as well as the state’s response to terrorism.
  • The allegation is ironic, given that he was a harsh critic of Hillary Clinton’s handling of state business from a private email server.
  • Some of the emails the IndyStar requested couldn’t even be released to journalists, because the information they contained was “confidential and too sensitive.”
  • Hackers had no problem getting into Pence’s account. 
  • Back in June, scammers were not only able to access Mike Pence’s AOL account but also sent out a phishing email to his entire contact list, claiming Pence and his wife were trapped in the Philippines and needed money. Read more (3/3/17 1:07 AM)

These are the 81 executives who have met with Trump since he became president

Since his election, Trump has met with 81 executives to hear their thoughts on regulation, manufacturing, and trade. Looking at who the president has chosen to meet with offers insight into the direction he wants to take the country, as well as how he leads.

Here’s to the non-binary adults trying to deal with the fact that they can’t be out at work.

Here’s to the non-binary adults who can’t even try to be out with their parents because they’re trying to keep things ok for the grandkids.

Here’s to the non-binary adults who say “Oh it’s ok, I’m used to gender-specific binary pronouns” and die a little inside.

Here’s to the non-binary adults who have learned not to care.

Here’s to the non-binary adults who really don’t care about pronouns.

Here’s to the non-binary adults who have to gender-binary themselves for PTA meetings and talking to business owners and government officials.

Here’s to the non-binary adults who feel lost and without community because so much of the vocal and out enby community is very young.

Here’s to the non-binary adults who don’t feel welcome in the trans community and aren’t part of the cis community.

Here’s to the non-binary adults who feel guilty about calling themselves trans because they don’t “feel trans enough” or that they don’t deserve to call themselves trans.

Here’s to the non-binary adults who don’t identify as trans without any guilt about it at all.

Conditional Acceptance is like living on a high wire every day, and “passing privilege” is a painful myth, one that can leave us feeling miserable and crushed and empty.

Love yourself and honor that living in the closet isn’t a privilege. It hurts, and it’s ok that it hurts. You didn’t do anything wrong, the world did.

FOR THE RECORD: George W. Bush and the Iraq War created ISIS, not Obama. The Iraq War lasted for a decade plus. That means for a decade kids weren’t going to school, people couldn’t make regular money or keep businesses running, the government had no control outside of green zones, and the only economic opportunity was to join a militia in order to fight to survive and get food. Don’t bullshit. Obama inherited a clusterfuck occupation and largely got us out of it without any major terror attacks hitting US soil.
—  Levi Olson
Who You Might Have Been in Your Past Life
  • Look at your North/South Nodes
  • North Node in Aries/South Node in Libra: judge, lawyer, diplomat, peacemaker/mediator, socialite, designer; some kind of helper or life pertaining to balance and equality and helping others, but may have been taken advantage of by others
  • North Node in Taurus/South Node in Scorpio: detective, murderer, prostitute, powerful business leader, doctor (surgeon primarily); a life pertaining to dark matters and secrecy and power, but may have abused power
  • North Node in Gemini/South Node in Sagittarius: traveler, philosopher, religious or spiritual leader, teacher; a life of honesty and having to do with adventure and higher learning but might have been directionless
  • North Node in Cancer/South node in Capricorn: business leader, government-related profession, father figure, law-related profession, landlord; most likely wealthy and their status was of the utmost importance; a life of ambition and achieved goals, but might have been inconsiderate and controlling towards others
  • North Node in Leo/South Node in Aquarius: humanitarian, revolutionist, politician, visionary, activist, outlaw, scientist, astronomer or astrologer; a life pertaining to the unusual, opposite the norm and helping + figuring out the world rather than yourself, loved the outside world, but aloof and unaware to their inner world--family, friends and themselves
  • North Node in Virgo/South Node in Pisces: a dancer, artist, musician, poet, writer, a psychic, a martyr, a witch, an addict, a healer; something having to do with spirituality, expression of that spirituality and empathy, but often drained by others and scarified themselves for others who didn't do the same
  • North Node in Libra/South Node in Aries: warrior, soldier, military-profession/armed forces, pioneer, leader figure, rescuer, adventurer, reckless child, athlete; a life of selfishness, impulsiveness, perhaps violence and competitiveness, but also courageousness and initiation
  • North Node in Scorpio/South Node in Taurus: banker, farmer, builder, agriculturalist, merchant (primarily selling art), financier, fashion designer, musician; might have accumulated wealth; a life of being attached to material possessions and having obstinate views
  • North Node in Sagittarius/South Node in Gemini: a student of many things, an author, inspirational speaker, messenger, religious/spiritual follower, journalist, actress; a life of exploring many different aspects of what the world had to offer, but also a life of lies, infidelity and gossip
  • North Node in Capricorn/South Node in Cancer: nurse, psychologist, chef/cook, mother figure, teacher, physic healer, writer/poet, feminine-related professions; a life having to do with nurturing and nostalgia, but also dependency on others or vice versa.
  • North Node in Aquarius/South Node in Leo: actor/performer, artist, royalty or something close to it, magician, model, spokesperson, gambler; a life of inherited wealth and self expression, but a gambler of that wealth, dramatic tendencies, bossiness towards others and may have mistreated others for their own gain
  • North Node in Pisces/South Node in Virgo: mathematician, physician or nurse, veterinarian, maid or a literal servant-position for others, scientist, secretary, health-related professions; a life having to do with organization, perfectionism and structure, but may have been criticizing and judgmental of others who weren't the same/didn't have the same views

mike pence used a private email account to conduct government business as governor. it just got hacked.

here’s the kicker though: IT WAS ON AOL

is “illegal AOL email account got hacked” not the most Baby Boomer shit you’ve read this week

  • what she says: i'm fine.
  • what she means: i played 4 fuckin games thinking that by the end of it desmond miles would be this unstoppable badass assassin who would single handedly save the world and turn the tide against abstergo - i thought i would get an amazing modern game where we get to jump off skyscrapers and infiltrate businesses and government buildings in abstergo's pocket and walk around hacking computers and stabbing people and then taking a nap in the animus so we could play as anscestors but noooOOOOooooooOooOoO they had to go and fuckin kill him like i didn't just spend the last 4 games getting emotionally invested in a sarcastic piece of shit bartender i cAN'T BELI E VE
more teenlock headcanons

- ok so people seemed to like my first teenlock hc post so here’s some more.

- also all the pictures that john has on his phone are of sherlock

- his home screen is a picture that he took after one of sherlock’s ballet recitals and they’re in sherlock’s dressing room and sherlock has a bit of glitter sprinkled across his face and his hair and he’s blushing a bit bc john had just called him amazing and he has a goofy little smile

- sherlock’s home screen is a picture of them both.  sherlock had been trying to take pictures of john but was too shy to ask him to look at the camera and john had noticed and pulled sherlock close and tucked his curly head underneath his chin and it’s basically a picture of sherlock trying to hide his face in john’s chest while john is just laughing and usually sherlock would hate that he was in it but john just looks so happy and amazing and gorgeous 

- once sherlock had to get his wisdom teeth out and since sherlock’s parents are always away and care more about parties and mycroft has some government business john takes care of his boyfriend

- sherlock’s family of course is like rich af and sherlock is a Posh Boy so of course he has a driver and sherlock curls around john in the backseat

- hes loopy and a bit out of his mind 

- sherlock keeps complimenting john and saying how gorgeous he is and how much he loves him

- and he does it with a lisp

- sherlock is always pretty clingy but after the painkillers he will not let go of john

- and john thinks its adorable

- so he takes a picture of sherlock cuddled up against him and basically shows it to everyone he knows and he’s just like “that’s my boyfriend idk how it happened isn’t he beautiful?????”

- oh yeah and also john is really popular at their school c he’s the rugby captain and he’s really open about his relationship with sherlock

- now they’re basically the school’s power couple

- it’s great and they’re soft and adorable let them be happy ok?????

Trump’s Business of Government

The White House has announced that Trump will name his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to run a new Office of American Innovation – described as a SWAT team of strategic consultants staffed by former business executives, designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington and help make government work more like a business. 

It’s good to have fresh thinking about how government might function more efficiently. But it’s important to remember that government is not a business. The purpose of government is not to show a profit. It is to achieve the common good.

Precisely because there are many different views about the common good, government leaders must be capable of listening and responding to many different opinions and perspectives.

They must also be public educators – telling the public the truth, explaining the consequences of different options, and conducting public deliberation about what is best for society.

Above all, presidents should enrich and strengthen democracy – building trust in democratic institutions, avoiding conflicts of interests, and promoting tolerance and social cohesion.

So far, Donald Trump has done the opposite. He doesn’t need more business advice. He needs more advice about how to lead a democracy.

Holidays and Cultural Celebrations

Religious Holidays: the original holidays. These are consecrated days or part of a religious festival. These may or may not be celebrated by people not of the origin religion, though when they are it is often in a much different form. Some things a religious holiday may celebrate:
>In honor of the birth or death of prophets
>In honor of the birth or death of divine entities or demi-gods
>In memory or honor of miracles performed
>Days declared holy by the holy scripture; days with special requirements as declared by the holy scripture

National Holidays: holidays legally recognized by the government; often non-working days for government employees, national holidays may also be a day in which non-government businesses also close. Some things a national holiday may celebrate:
>Anniversary of the founding of the kingdom/country/state/town/etc
>Anniversary of important battles, whether local or national
>Anniversary of the birth or death of leaders, previous leaders, or other important figures
>Days to honor living veterans, deceased veterans, and those currently serving the country
>Depending on the government of the land, some religious holidays may recognized as national holidays as well.

Cultural Celebrations: due to the lack of religious or national recognition, these are generally only considered celebrations rather than holidays.
>These may have started out as a religious or national holiday that lost its original intent and transformed into something completely unrelated from its source.
>These may have started out as a random idea by someone who thought it would be fun, and who convinced others to join.
>These may be celebrated in a small area, or among certain individuals in a wider area.
>>A couple of examples: an annual neighborhood barbecue could count as a holiday in that neighborhood; pi day could count as a holiday to math and pie fanatics across the world, while not being a holiday to anyone else.

Monsta X reaction to their s/o being a very busy university student

requested by anon~

a/n: i hope you guys enjoy reading this! credits to the owners for these gifs :)

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Originally posted by hyungnu

Shownu; Being busy with university never really bothered Shownu though. Once you give him notice that you’ll be busy for a couple of weeks, this appa would totally be supporting you all throughout. He’d actually tell you to take some break or if ever you had any problem you can call him and ask him. Despite not being able to spend time with each other, Shownu would ask you for your schedule and would actually make time for you whenever you’re taking a break. He would also constantly send messages that would literally cheer you on and he would also call you from time to time, asking how you are or have you eaten or just take a break for awhile. Or he’d also be all ears when you have a rant or if you badly need him, he’d be there right away to make you relaxed and stress free.

  • appa nu (8:32 pm): Hey, [y/n]! I hope you’re doing well. Don’t forget to take a break, okay? I know you can do this and don’t forget to eat alright? I’ll call you in a bit. I love you and I miss you so so much! 
  • appa nu (9:15 pm): Baby, I bought some ice creams and some of your favorite dishes. Do you want me to go there and feed you? Don’t get too stressed okay?

Babe, how’s studying?”

“I haven’t been able to sleep for 2 straight days oppa and here I am, drinking my 6th coffee and I’ve never been so dead in my entire life.”

“You should take a break, babe. I’ll be there in a few and once I get there, you better be ready to take a break, understood?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Alright. See you soon, I love you and you can do it! Fighting!”

“I love you too!”

Originally posted by hyu-k

Wonho; By the minute Wonho knew that you’ll be busy starting today, he’d be sad. A sulky and pouty Wonho would actually appear. But then he would try to understand that you’re pursuing your dreams and all and that he needs to support you….. another but, he’d be super duper lonely. He would snap you tons of selfies and other stuff that he’s been doing with the boys. And he’d also call you from time to time, reminding you how much he loves you and how much he misses you and how much he’s there to support you with all his heart and soul (lol) and if ever you’re feeling lonely, he’s always available for you.

Hyung, what are you doing?”

“I’m waiting for the message?”

“What message?”

“Her reply.”

  • fluffybunny (6:05 pm): hey, baby! I know you’re busy studying and other school-related stuff but I just wanted to say that I miss you so so much and I love you so so much! Fighting! Don’t ever give up, okay? I’ll always be here for you no matter what. I’ll facetime you once you’re free, alright? Lovelots :* xoxo

What did she say hyung?”

“Here.”

  • mybaby (6:08 pm): Aww, I love you and I miss you so so much babe! Don’t worry, I’ll be done after an hour or so. I won’t give up, I promise. Thank you babe! *insert smiley face*

Originally posted by kihqun

Kihyun; Kihyun would actually be clingy to be honest. You weren’t able to message him that often since you’d be at the library, making your thesis paper with your partner or something. But then once you’ll go to their dorm and take a break for a while, he’d be extremely clingy. Back hugging you and all and would even tell you that you’ve become a lot prettier despite looking like a zombie. And when you’re at home while burying yourself in a pile of schoolworks, he’d actually barge in and start cooking some dinner for you since he’s scared that you might starve yourself to death. But then, when you’re away from each other, he’d also send you some texts of encouragement and all.

Okay…. the axial parts are the head, neck and body while the appendicular skeleton consists of–”

“Babe, I’m home! Do you want some kimchi jiggae?”

“Yes, please.”

“Alright, just wait for a couple minutes okay? *gives you a kiss on the cheeks*”

  • cutiehyunnie (11:24 am): Baby, don’t forget to eat okay? I prepared some bento box for you and I placed it inside your bag. Don’t stress yourself out okay? I know that you’re the brightest woman that I’ve ever known and I know that you can ace them all! I love you and just text me when you’re done okay? You don’t need to reply. 
  • cutiehyunnie (4:46 pm): Yah! How come your room is so dirty? Aigoo, now I have to clean all of this. I’ll let you pass this time since you’re busy with university. Come home early, okay?

Originally posted by jeonfhan

Minhyuk; This boy would not leave you alone. He’d be at your place whenever you’re home. He’d be playing by himself while you’re busy studying in your room. But then you wouldn’t be able to concentrate since he’ll be bugging you like if you wanted to eat Chinese food or something. However, when you’re at school and you’re busy running the student government, he’d literally send you tons of pictures of him and messages and video messages and voice messages, everything that can send his message! And when you don’t reply, he’d still continue to send you messages. And you’ll actually have 100+ messages coming from him.

Babe, what do you want to eat?”

“Not now, Minhyuk.”

“Okay…”

“Hey babe–”

“Minhyuk. Not. Now.”

“Okay okay…”

“Babe–”

“Okay fine I want jjajangmyeon and tangsuyuk. Now shut up and let me review all these paperworks.”

  • minmoongie (2:30 pm): BABE I MISS U SO SO MUCH
  • minmoongie (2:33 pm): Babe, guess what? I just went out to buy some toothbrush and I saw some totoro onesie that you’ve wanted
  • minmoongie (2:33 pm): So I bought them for you as a reward for your hard work!
  • minmoongie (2:35 pm): Babe babe, have you eaten already? What do you want for dinner? I can order some chicken and send it to you? Babe, pls reply

Originally posted by bangtan-monsta

Hyungwon; He’d be sad. A sad pepe is a sad pepe. He would totally understand but he’d feel really lonely. So lonely. That a lonely pepe would be born. He wouldn’t be that clingy tho. He’d send you messages from time to time but then there would be times that he’d forget since he would probably fall asleep before sending the message. But then, when he’s able to send you a message, it’d be really flowery. Lol, it’d be a speech. And when he’s at your place, he’d wrap his arms around your waist and rest his chin on your shoulder while you continue doing your paperworks. 

  • pepe (8:46 am): Hey, I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to reply to you last night since… I fell asleep hehe. Anyways, I hope that my princess was able to eat breakfast today. Don’t forget to shower okay? I want you to fresh and ready to face the world. And don’t forget anything so that you won’t be stressed out later and rush back home to get it, okay? I also hope that you’ll be able to eat your lunch and dinner later. Don’t forget to rest since I don’t want the love of my life to be tired just like me. Anyways, I love you very much and I can’t wait to see you this week! I hope you’ll still be as sexy and beautiful and wonderful like the last time! :*

Mmm, you’re studying mandarin? *insert hyungwon’s sleepy voice*”

“Yes, babe.”

“Do you want me to help you?”

“No thanks babe. Just sleep, okay? I’ll wake you up once I’m done.”

“Okay. *rests his head on your lap while you study*”

“You’re so warm, babe. *nuzzles his face onto your stomach*”

“I know, I’m hot.”

“Hot like me, yes?”

Originally posted by timetoemptythetrash

Jooheon; He’d be really clingy. I mean more clingy compared to the other dudes. He’d constantly send you messages and even just random emojis, cute emojis that looked like him to be exact. Once he calls you, he’d be in full aegyo mode, like legit. Sometimes, he’d also whine when you’re not able to reply back or answer his calls but he’d also be pretty understanding to your situation since there are also times when he’s busy. When you’re able to rest for just a couple of minutes, he’d facetime you right away since he missed every single thing about you. He’d be all smiles when he sees you to be honest.

Omo, you look so cute with that sweater on babe!”

“It’s the same sweater that I wore yesterday tho.”

“But still, you still look cute hehehe!”

“Whatever babe. Anyways, I miss you.”

“Aww, I miss you more babe! Hey, are you free this Saturday? I want to go on a date with you.”

“I’m so sorry babe, I have a meeting the whole day for our department week.”

“How about dinner?”

“I guess it’s a date then.”

  • honey (3:21 am): (✿╹◡╹) don’t i look cute?
  • honey (3:22 am): (^ω^)i love you!
  • honey (3:25 am): ಠ_ಠ < he looks like changkyun lol

Originally posted by monbeboo

I.M; Changkyun would literally be curious with what you’re getting busy with. If it’s about something science-y, he’d literally call you and let you study out loud since he also wants to learn. Sometimes, the random facts that would come out from his mouth would also be part of the test!! Since you’re busy with university, you could rarely message him but then Changkyun on the other hand, has a lot of time in his hand and would constantly send you some random facts and some meme photos of the boys (lol). But then he’d also send you some sweet messages tho.

  • i.am.changkyun. (10:23 am): Hey [y/n], did you know that the smallest penguin on the planet is only 16 inches tall?! Amazing right?!
  • i.am.changkyun. (10:26 am): Did you also know that there are more lifeforms living on your skin than there are people on the planet?
  • i.am.changkyun. sent a photo (11:45 am)
  • i.am.changkyun. (11:46 am): lololol just look at hyungwon hyung’s face as he devoured the whole turkey leg!!
  • i.am.changkyun. (8:56 pm): Hey, I know this is out of the blue but I love you and I’ve always believed in you. I miss you already. I can’t wait to hang out with you soon baby! Don’t stress yourself too hard okay? Or else I’ll be forced to stay there for two straight nights ;)

hey, what are you studying?

“the parts of the frog, why?”

can you read it out loud? I want to learn about it too!”

“Okay, fine. You’ve never fail to surprise me Changkyun.”

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dorks

Midheaven in Capricorn

Career Fields for the Capricorn Midheaven: Business, Education, Government, and Nonprofit

Arguably, the best Midheaven sign to have is the Capricorn Midheaven simply because it’s at home in the 10th House. The Capricorn Midheaven takes the lead all the time and they make sure of it. They are confident and ambitious in whatever they set their mind to and they truly do know what they’re capable of. They want the best for themselves and they will stop at nothing to get it. In their approach to the public life and their career, they aim to have a great reputation… almost spotless. Therefore, Capricorn Midheavens tend to be cautious in what they say or what they do in order to maintain an excellent image and reputation. They strive to be role models and usually they succeed.

Capricorn Midheavens should be careful to not get too carried away or lost in their career. They should be careful about becoming self absorbed or too into their public image. Someone with a Capricorn Midheaven prefers to work by themselves, a one-man job. They would much rather be their own boss, but they don’t mind starting from the bottom to get to the top eventually. Capricorn Midheavens are wise like that. They would also like to be respected, maybe feared, by their own peers and co-workers. They usually set great examples and expect others to take notes. Regardless of anything, the Capricorn Midheaven always makes a lasting impression.

Cheat sheets: Uranus - New Age and Rebellion

I rebel by…

Uranus in Aries: Being aggressive, assertive, determined, bossy, unpredictable, independent 

Uranus in Taurus: Being stubborn, opinionated, practical, headstrong, immovable

Uranus in Gemini: Being verbal, logical, intellectual, intuitive, versatile

Uranus in Cancer: Breaking away from family, being independent and erratic

Uranus in Leo: Being dramatic, arrogant, bossy, charismatic, charming

Uranus in Virgo: Modernizing old practices and health fads, improving and revolutionizing previously inefficient practices 

Uranus in Libra: Seeking independence in relationships, creating my own social values

Uranus in Scorpio: Delving in metaphysics, being emotionally unpredictable

Uranus in Sagittarius: Exposing hypocrisy, following unconventional beliefs

Uranus in Capricorn: Revolutionizing the world through business and government

Uranus in Aquarius: Fighting for equal rights and revolutionizing humanity itself

Uranus in Pisces: Following spirituality, being intuitive and visionary

I express the rebel in me through…

Uranus in the 1st House: My physical appearance, how I define myself

Uranus in the 2nd House: The things I spend money on

Uranus in the 3rd House: The way I carry myself and speak to others

Uranus in the 4th House: My relationship with my home and family

Uranus in the 5th House: How I express my creativity

Uranus in the 6th House: How I serve others and humanity itself

Uranus in the 7th House: How I treat my partners and my relationship values

Uranus in the 8th House: My sexuality and perception of death

Uranus in the 9th House: My education paths and travel choices

Uranus in the 10th House: My career and reputation

Uranus in the 11th House: My choice of friends and place in society

Uranus in the 12th House: My subconscious actions and hidden self