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Conway defends Trump’s role on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

By LOUIS NELSON

Just as President Barack Obama has enjoyed regular rounds of golf during his eight years in office, Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Friday morning that the president-elect should be allowed to pursue his own hobby — “work” — by remaining an executive producer on his reality TV show while in the White House.

MGM Television confirmed to Variety Thursday that Trump will retain his executive producer credit for “Celebrity Apprentice” the business-themed reality show that starred Trump, a spin-off of his first show, “The Apprentice.” The two programs made Trump and his “you’re fired” catch phrase into even more of a household name, exponentially growing his fame by broadcasting him into millions of homes across the country. The show is scheduled to return next month, after a two-year hiatus, hosted by movie star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Conway did not outright confirm that Trump would remain an executive producer on the show during a Friday morning interview with CNN’s “New Day,” saying only that “perhaps he’ll consider staying on” if lawyers and protocol officers approve it. But she said Trump would be within his rights to do so, just as Obama enjoyed his own golf habit as president.

“Were we so concerned about the hours and hours and hours spent on the golf course of the current president?” Said Conway, who like her boss, regularly criticized the president for the amount of golf he played. “I mean, presidents have a right to do things in their spare time or their leisure time. I mean, nobody objects to that.”

Asked if Trump, who counts multiple golf courses in both the U.S. and Europe among his considerable real estate holdings, planned to hit the links as president, Conway said “maybe he will be. It certainly seems like there is a lot of time to do it, based on recent precedent.”

“The point is the same, whether it’s president Obama or president Donald Trump, the idea that these men are going to be all work and nothing else all the time is just unrealistic because it’s never happened in our lifetimes,” she continued. “You know, I know Donald Trump very well. And I can tell you that work is his work and work is his hobby. His preferred time is with his family but it’s followed very closely behind with work.”

Friday Five

1.  So many things to do this weekend.  So many….

2.  Starting to plan our New Year’s Eve party.  I think it may be a “Fuck You, 2016″ party.  Any suggestions as to games/activities we can plan?  You guys are way more creative than I am!

3.  I’m a pretty easy-going guy.  I firmly believe in the “Live and Let Live” way of life.  You do you and I’ll do me.  I won’t always agree with you, but everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. Going along with this, I normally don’t really get bothered or hateful towards other people.  I typically just kind of take people for what they are and how they treat others.  Again, I’m not really a judger.  But….I really can’t stand Kellyanne Conway.  I don’t think I’m alone.

4.  It’s supposed to get into the 20s here tonight and tomorrow night. hat’s unusually cold for SC.  I think I’m wearing shorts tonight.  So that means I’ll be sick by Sunday.

5.  Seriously, I need suggestions for New Year’s Eve.  I think we’re going to do a White Elephant gift exchange.  We’re going to call it “Let 2016 Screw You One More Time”.  That’s pretty much the theme for the whole night.  Send your suggestions!

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Conway: Former Ford CEO Mulally being considered for secretary of state
By LOUIS NELSON

President-elect Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Friday that former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is under consideration to be the next secretary of state.

Conway told Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” that “the secretary of state field has obviously broadened and widened” in a Friday morning interview, listing names already known to be in contention for the State Department job, including Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), David Petraeus, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, John Bolton and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).

She also named Mulally, who met with the president-elect Thursday at Trump Tower, as a possible pick to be secretary of state, the first time his name has been floated for a specific position. The former Ford CEO also sits on the board of Google and was previously the executive vice president of Boeing, a company Trump accused of fleecing the Department of Defense earlier this week.

“There are a number of people who have come in recent days and weeks to interview with the president-elect and the vice president-elect,” Conway said. “And everybody has such a different resume and they all have to have the same perspective, though. You have to be able to adhere to what will be the Trump doctrine, worldwide, and be willing to execute on his vision for that role as secretary of state over at Foggy Bottom.”

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Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump's TV Producer Conflict: Obama Played Golf!
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The Emolument Clause be damned! Trump is, somehow, the president and if the president wants to do it, it’s legal. If that sounds frightfully similar to the words of President Nixon, you’re right, but this is Nixon without the cover-up.

The problem with a US president working as a producer of an NBC TV program creates some nasty conflicts. If he’s working for NBC, won’t NBC be giving him far more positive coverage than they would if he wasn’t part of their lineup? Believe it or not, the positive press they provided in the election will seem like censure compared to the way they will rubber stamp every whim he has. Plus, think of all the advertisers who wish to curry favor with Trump, knowing how easily he can be bought. The term banana republic is seeming too innocuous.

And of course, nobody carries more water for Trump’s banana republic than his chief apologist, Kellyanne Conway, hired on the merits of her intense hatred for Hillary Clinton. She spoke with Alisyn Camerota, on CNN’s “New Day”:

CAMEROTA: Why is Mr. Trump going to stay on as Executive Producer of “The Apprentice”?

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For the most part comic books provide an escape. But the really good ones merely spotlight the harshness of reality. Instead of leading us on, telling us everything’s gonna be all right, these comics tell us the truth about ourselves. That we’re hopeless beings looking for meaning in this unfair world, and we’ll probably never find it.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #122 (July 1973)
Art by Gil Kane (pencils), John Romita Sr. (inks) & Dave Hunt (colors)
Words by Gerry Conway

Maria Kochetkova as Alice in Alice in Wonderland. English National Ballet. © Dee Conway.

Of her performances in Kenneth Macmillan’s production of Sleeping Beauty during January 2006, John Percival wrote “she is sheer delight in everything she does…this young Russian is tiny, but dances big, and she brings such zest, polish and joy to the stage.”

There was a lynch mob. There was a death without a trial, without a jury, without a sentence. There was an execution — that’s lynching.
—  Eddie Conway, former leader of the Baltimore Black Panthers, talked to Democracy Now! about the murder of Freddie Gray in Baltimore police custody. The head of the police union in Baltimore called protests against the police killing a “lynch mob.”