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Live Updates: Trump Rants On Twitter After Reports Reveal Campaign Aides Were In Touch With Russian Intelligence
Connections between President Trump's administration and campaign aides with Russians are roiling the nation. Catch the latest here.
By BuzzFeed News

Here’s the latest on the Trump administration and Russia:

  • The United States is facing political chaos as more and more reports emerge tying President Donald Trump’s aides to Russia. An FBI investigation is underway, members of Congress are calling for reviews, and the public, reporters, and intelligence community are looking for clarity amid many seeming contradictions.
  • Members of President Trump’s campaign had repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials, according to phone records and call intercepts first reported by The New York Times on Tuesday evening.
  • The calls were intercepted around the time that the intelligence community found evidence that the Russians had tried to interfere with the presidential election to get Trump elected by hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and releasing emails.
  • This come a day after Gen. Mike Flynn resigned as President Trump’s national security adviser after it was revealed he communicated with a Russian official about sanctions before Trump took office — which could have been illegal — then misled Vice President Mike Pence about it.
  • Trump has been aware of the situation with Flynn since Jan. 26, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said, adding that the White House was “reviewing and evaluating” the issue “on a daily basis for a few weeks.” But, on Feb. 4, Trump indicated he wasn’t aware of the scandal surrounding Flynn.
  • At noon Wednesday Trump is scheduled to have a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Trump went on a Twitter rant this morning after it was revealed his campaign was in contact with Russian intelligence. He started by calling out the “fake news media.”

Then moved on to “Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”

After that, Trump tweeted that the intelligence community was illegally filtering information to “failing” news outlets — “Just like Russia.”

Then he reminded everyone that Russia took Crimea during the Obama administration.

Distancing himself from the “scandal,” he said the real issue is the “un-American” handing out of classified information.

anonymous asked:

This past week since the election has been scary and depressing... and as someone who isn't over 18 I feel absolutely helpless. Do you know of anything that I can do to make a difference?

First, I empathize with you because I too, have been experiencing these feels. I apologize for not replying to this (way) sooner, but I was dealing with it in my own private way as well. Second, you should know that not only are you not alone, but the diagnosis for such emotional turmoil has been outlined distinctly by @robertreich

1. Normalizer Syndrome. You want to believe Trump is just another president—more conservative than most, but one who will make rational decisions. You’re under a grave delusion. Trump and his ultra-conservative cabinet pose a clear and present danger to America and the world.

2. Outrage Numbness Syndrome. You are no longer outraged by what Trump says or does because you’ve gone numb. You can’t conceive that someone like this is our president so you’ve shut down emotionally. Maybe you’ve even stopped reading the news. Please get back in touch and re-engage with what’s happening.  

3. Cynical Syndrome. You’ve become so cynical about the whole system—the Democrats who gave up on the working class, the Republicans who suppressed votes around the country, the media that gave Trump free air time, the establishment that rigged the system—that you say the hell with it. Let Trump do his worst. Well, you need to wake up. It can get a lot worse.

4. Helpless Syndrome. You aren’t in denial. You know that nothing about this is normal and you desperately want to do something to prevent what’s about to occur. But you don’t know what to do. You feel utterly helpless, powerless and immobilized.

Reich urges, “Instead of falling prey to one of these syndromes, I urge you to take action—demonstrate, make a ruckus, join with others, demand your members of congress also resist, commit yourself to changing American politics. Fighting Trump will empower you. And with that power you will not only to minimize the damage, but also get this nation and the world back on the course it must be on. We need you in the peaceful resistance.”

Recommended reading: Ross Douthat’s Books for the Trump Era’ (NY Times)‘Here are the books you need to read if you’re going to resist Donald Trump’ from Marie Myung-Ok Lee‘NINE MUST-READ BOOKS IN THE AGE OF DONALD TRUMP’ by NINA BURLEIGH

Also read: ‘The Future Is Better Than You Think’ by @peterdiamandis; ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined’ by Steven Pinker; ‘Tomorrowland’ by Steven Kotler; ‘The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark’ by Carl Sagan; and just generally familiarize yourself with Diamandis and those of his forward-thinking-future-doing ilk. Read ‘Peter Diamandis Is The Author Of Technology’s Future’ from @forbesmagazineonline to get you started. 

Above all, as Reich said, get involved. On the side of politics, simply engage with others so that you put yourself in a more inclusive mindset where ideas can foster into tangible alternatives or concepts for change and social action. Sign petitions, write to Congress, join Facebook groups and find out what’s going on in your area. On the forward-thinking, science side of things, stay informed on technology trends, economic reports on emerging industry, and frame your daily perspective with the future in mind, not the bleak picture being painted by the artists formally known as the party of Lincoln. 

Stay curious, my friend. March and Stand Up for Science. 

He swooped into politics, he declared, to subvert the powerful and rescue those who cannot defend themselves. “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”

To Trump’s faithful, those words were a rallying cry. But his critics heard something far more menacing in them: a dangerously authoritarian vision of the presidency — one that would crop up time and again as he talked about overruling generals, disregarding international law, ordering soldiers to commit war crimes, jailing his opponent.

Trump has no experience in politics; he’s never previously run for office or held a government position. So perhaps he was unaware that one of the hallmarks of the American system of government is that the president’s power to “fix” things unilaterally is constrained by an array of strong institutions — including the courts, the media, the permanent federal bureaucracy and Congress. Combined, they provide an essential defense against an imperial presidency.

Yet in his first weeks at the White House, President Trump has already sought to undermine many of those institutions. Those that have displayed the temerity to throw some hurdle in the way of a Trump objective have quickly felt the heat.

Consider Trump’s feud with the courts.

He has repeatedly questioned the impartiality and the motives of judges. For example, he attacked the jurists who ruled against his order excluding travelers from seven majority Muslim nations, calling one a “so-called judge” and later tweeting:

Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2017

It’s nothing new for presidents to disagree with court decisions. But Trump’s direct, personal attacks on judges’ integrity and on the legitimacy of the judicial system itself — and his irresponsible suggestion that the judiciary should be blamed for future terrorist attacks — go farther. They aim to undermine public faith in the third branch of government.

The courts are the last line of defense for the Constitution and the rule of law; that’s what makes them such a powerful buffer against an authoritarian leader. The president of the United States should understand that and respect it.

Other institutions under attack include:

1. The electoral process.

Faced with certified election results showing that Hillary Clinton outpolled him by nearly 3 million votes, Trump repeated the unsubstantiated — and likely crackpot — assertion that Clinton’s supporters had duped local polling places with millions of fraudulent votes. In a democracy, the right to vote is the one check that the people themselves hold against their leaders; sowing distrust in elections is the kind of thing leaders do when they don’t want their power checked.

2. The intelligence community.

After reports emerged that the Central Intelligence Agency believed Russia had tried to help Trump win, the president-elect’s transition team responded: “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” It was a snarky, dismissive, undermining response — and the administration has continued to belittle the intelligence community and question its motives since then, while also leaking stories about possibly paring and restructuring its ranks. It is bizarre to watch Trump continue to tussle publicly with this particular part of the government, whose leaders he himself has appointed, as if he were still an outsider candidate raging against the machine. It’s unnerving too, given the intelligence services’ crucial role in protecting the country against hidden risks, assisting the U.S. military and helping inform Trump’s decisions.

3. The media.

Trump has blistered the mainstream media for reporting that has cast him in a poor light, saying outlets concocted narratives based on nonexistent anonymous sources. In February he said that the “fake news” media will “never represent the people,” adding ominously: “And we’re going to do something about it.” His goal seems to be to defang the media watchdog by making the public doubt any coverage that accuses Trump of blundering or abusing his power.

4. Federal agencies.

In addition to calling for agency budgets to be chopped by up to 30%, Trump appointed a string of Cabinet secretaries who were hostile to much of their agencies’ missions and the laws they’re responsible for enforcing. He has also proposed deep cuts in federal research programs, particularly in those related to climate change. It’s easier to argue that climate change isn’t real when you’re no longer collecting the data that documents it.

In a way, Trump represents a culmination of trends that have been years in the making.

http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-ed-trumps-authoritarian-vision/

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The thing which has been bothering me to shit about the massive protests about the refugee ban and the outrage over the lack of heart or will to do something for these poor refugees is that many of the refugees, certainly the most prominent group of them (syria), are coming from areas that have the United States behind the misery they are suffering. This is an immediate and dramatic protest to help Muslims that has been absolutely absent for years and distinctly without recognition for WHY these people are suffering.

And here is a Yemeni refugee, who is a victim of a conflict waged primarily by saudi arabia (a MAJOR American ally) with a considerable amount of coordination and collaboration on Intel, airstrikes and logistics from the United States.

Or was, until rather recently…

You see.. The United States has quiiiietly been withdrawing their leadership role after report after report emerged of massive human right violations, horrific collateral damage, and war crimes committed by the Saudis against the populace in Yemen in their war against the Shiite Houthi rebels. And that doesn’t touch on how many civilians have been flatly killed in us airstrikes.

It’s like. Watching this clip. It’s like someone was part of a family who decided to collaborate with another family in blowing their neighbours house to shit. And now that someone is confronting a survivor of that blown to shit house and is upset they couldn’t let that survivor come over to their house as if they were a mere witness to it all.

If the old adage goes that republicans only care about your life when you are a fetus in someone’s womb, then it must be said that American democrats only care about your life once you become a refugee of an American instigated war.

It bothers me so fucking much that this level of organised protest never happens to prevent the wars that produce these refugees in the first place.

Tweet with video here, if you want to watch Pelosi’s crocodile tears in action, artfully shifting all blame onto trump to the face of someone who’s family has died because of the actions of the government she represents and the administration she defended:

https://twitter.com/CNN/status/826616799617761284

theguardian.com
BREAKING: Ryan and Trump lose big and Obamacare gets a reprieve (for now), as Trumpcare gets pulled from the House vote calendar today.
Weeks of negotiations over American Health Care Act fail to create GOP consensus around replacement bill in stunning defeat for Donald Trump
By Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs at The Guardian:

Donald Trump suffered a major legislative reversal on Friday as Republicans were forced to pull their repeal of the Affordable Care Act from the House floor.

After weeks of contentious negotiations over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Republicans were forced to admit defeat as they could not gain sufficient support from their own side for the plan to overhaul US health insurance.

Earlier this afternoon White House press secretary Sean Spicer had insisted the vote would go ahead at 3.30pm ET. “Has the team put everything out there, have we left everything on the field? Absolutely,” he told reporters at his daily briefing. “But at the end of the day this isn’t a dictatorship and we’ve got to expect members to ultimately vote how they will according to what they think.”

However, as the 3.30pm deadline slid by, first reports emerged that Trump had asked for the vote to be pulled. Minutes later House Republicans, short of votes, had withdrawn the health bill.

Many moderates in swing districts were wary of supporting the legislation, which included major cuts to Medicaid and was estimated by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to lead to 24 million fewer Americans having health insurance over the next 10 years.

Conservatives also objected to the legislation for keeping too much of the architecture of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), frequently referred to as Obamacare. Although the Republican leadership made a major concession to them on Thursday by removing the federal mandate that health insurance plans cover “essential health benefits” such as maternity care and mental health care, this was not enough to win them round.

As Nevada Republican Mark Amodei put it, the GOP caucus “didn’t spend a lot talking about a unified Republican vision for what we should do with healthcare in the House”. Paul Gosar, a member of the hard-right Freedom Caucus, which was instrumental in this setback, pointed a finger at White House staff.

The result is a major political blow to Paul Ryan, a healthcare policy specialist who led the effort in pushing the AHCA. It also leaves Trump in a vulnerable position. The president ran on a platform of repealing the “disaster” of Obamacare and replacing it with “something terrific”. However Trump, author of the Art of the Deal, failed to accomplish that goal in his first major attempt to negotiate on Capitol Hill.

Friday began with Republican leaders paving the way for an afternoon vote, but by midday it became clear that more than 30 Republicans were holding out and Ryan had to go to the White House to inform Trump he did not have enough votes to pass the bill.

However, the White House continued to insist that a vote would go ahead at 3.30pm as they tried to push the House Republicans to go ahead, even while they were short of the 216 votes needed for a majority and staring at defeat. Spicer said: “The question is can we get to 216. But make no mistake about it the president made clear last night, that this is it.”


Ryan and Trump get handed a big loss, as #Trumpcare WON’T be voted on this afternoon. With this news, Obamacare will stay intact as law (for now). This is a good day for America.

Fire, Water, Sun AU! // Im Jaebum

Originally posted by imbanny

Pairing: Jaebum x Reader

Genre: AU, action, fluff

Summary; Your entire town is being evacuated due to a roaring wildfire. Jaebum helps you escape, but you both get separated trying to run from the fire in the woods.

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So people talk about Dad!Might Dad Aizawa and Dad Mic but what if they’re all the dads? Just give Izuku all three of them as dads.

Present Mic is the adrenaline dad who boosts your confidence 100 fold and goes on all the amusement park rides with you and he takes you mountain climbing and skydiving but if you get scared he’ll sit down and listen to you.

Toshinori/All Might as the Dad who doesn’t know what to do but he’s trying his best and he reads all the parent guidebooks and he takes you to school and has lunch with you and listens to your problems and offers advice.

Aizawa is the “strict” parent who lays down the rules and makes sure you realize the consequences of your actions but he actually has a softer side and on a good day he’ll let you give him a hug.

I’m sorry but i love these dorks and i immediately thought of this when i caught up-Kes

Good Cop

 Title : Good Cop

Characters : Jungkook of BTS & You

Genre : Smut, Hurt and Comfort, Fluff, Slight Angst

Rating : M

Summary : You are a good cop, Jeon Jungkook. Calm down.

Jungkook prayed inside his head that the shaking girl in front of him was dressed properly under the thick wrap of blanket.

Word Count : 4,263 words

A/N : I got a request for a Jungkook police smut and kinda wrecked my brain for something a little different than the usual police!jungkook fic, so here it is! This might stray a little from the usual bad cop x bad girl smut, but I still hope you all enjoy!

Please please please, like or reblog if you read (and enjoy) this! It would mean a lot to me! <3 

My Other Works : Bread Pudding (Jungkook of BTS), Submerged (Dream!Namjoon)Luna (Taehyung of BTS)My Favourite Pair of Eyes (B.I of IKON) , Friend from College (Zico of Block B) , Darling? (Jimin of BTS)

Go drop your requests guys! 

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Black Lives Matter launches tool that lets you mark yourself “unsafe” and black in America

  • The Black Lives Matter Global Network is giving Facebook’s “safety check” feature a twist, allowing black users of the social media website to mark themselves “unsafe” for being black in America. 
  • BLM activists are calling it the “Unsafety Check” and shared its website, MarkYourselfUnsafe.com, ahead of its official launch on Tuesday.
  • “From slavery to Jim Crow to prejudicial and deadly policing, America has never been a safe place for black people,” BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a statement. 
  • “We need to take action to continue to raise awareness about how racism impacts our families and communities.”
  • The feature is meant to be symbolic and is not meant to be a replacement for reporting an emergency to local authorities, BLM said. Read more

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How to deal with protesters as you walk to the clinic....

As an escort, these are things I WISH we had time to tell clients as they walk to the clinic. 

  • Protesters don’t have any concept of personal space or the word “NO”.  However, that doesn’t mean it is pointless to say it.  The protesters need to hear “GO AWAY” and “LEAVE ME ALONE, STOP FOLLOWING ME” repeatedly and LOUDLY (I’ll talk about why this is important later).  As clinic escorts, we don’t have the ability to block or run into protesters, that would be assault.  Protesters will try to make you stop walking, slow you down, get in your way.  ANYTHING to impede your progress.  My advice is to KEEP WALKING at YOUR OWN PACE. YOU set the pace.
  • Don’t hesitate to film protesters.  Film yourself saying go away, leave me alone, stop following me.  Film the protesters stepping in front of you and trying to slow you down.  If a protester touches you, film that too.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask an escort (if available) questions.  You can grab my arm or get behind me and hold onto my shoulders.  It is WHATEVER you want to do.
  • YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK WITH A CLINIC ESCORT.  We are there ONLY IF YOU WANT US! :)  Your consent and wishes are what we want to strive for.  If an escort approaches you (typically we will have an orange or pink vest that says CLINIC ESCORT on it), we will ask “Would you like us to walk with you?"  You DO NOT have to say yes.  Unlike the protesters, if you say "No Thanks!” we will let you be ;)
  • If you feel harassed or violated once you get inside the clinic, you have EVERY RIGHT to file a non-emergency report.  I would start with your local police department.  Also call the FBI and the Department of Justice.  The fact that a report of harassment is on record is what is important.  The more reports of harassment the police have on file from clients, the more likely police will come out and watch and reprimand protesters. If you would like to report a specific protesters, just ask an escort.  We typically know their names, just as they know ours.
  • Protesters can make you feel powerless and angry.  This is a way to take your power back and report harassment.

If you have any questions, I would call your local clinic.  Also you can ask me!

Peaky Blinders season 4 plot details emerge, Adrien Brody joins cast

Filming is officially underway for season four of popular British drama Peaky Blinders, and details are slowly spilling in.

The key information to take away from emerging reports is that Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody has signed up to the cast in an unspecified role.

Creator Steven Knight teased his appearance by saying: “He genuinely was the actor in my head when I wrote the part. I’m sure he will be a formidable presence in the world of the Peaky Blinders.”

Story-wise, the new batch of episodes will begin with Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) receiving a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve which sparks concerns that the Peaky Blinders are in mortal danger. Fleeing his country home, he returns to Birmingham to prepare for oncoming war.

Murphy will return alongside original cast members Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson Joe Cole and Sophie Rundle.

Tom Hardy, who plays baker Alfie Solomons, has also been spotted on the period drama’s set in Liverpool.

Brody, who regularly works with filmmaker Wes Anderson, remains the youngest recipient of the Best Actor Oscar following his performance in Roman Polanski’s war drama The Pianist (2002). He’ll next star in Unchained alongside John Malkovich and Antonio Banderas.

Peaky Blinders: Series 3 | Launch Trailer - BBC Two

Knight’s other BBC series, Taboo, was recently commissioned for a second series. Peaky Blinders season four, which is widely rumoured to be its penultimate outing, will return to BBC Two later this year.

Barack Obama draws criticism for $400,000 Wall Street speech fee

Barack Obama has drawn criticism for accepting an invitation to speak at a Wall Street conference for almost half a million dollars.

The former President will receive $400,000, equal to his annual pay as President, for a speech at Cantor Fitzgerald’s healthcare conference as a keynote speaker in September.

Mr Obama’s fee is nearly twice as much as Hillary Clinton has charged private companies for similar events.

The former President, who called bank CEO’s “fat cats” in the opening weeks of his administration, has come under fire for the Wall Street speech since reports first emerged earlier in the week.

Bernie Sanders has said he thinks it is “unfortunate” Mr Obama opted to receive the fee and argued the decision signifies the profound influence big business has on the political system.

“I think it just speaks to the power of Wall Street and the influence of big money in the political process,” the Democrat Vermont senator told Bloomberg.

“I think it’s unfortunate. President Obama is now a private citizen and he can do anything he wants to but I think it’s unfortunate. You have the former president of Goldman Sachs is now the chief financial advisor for President Trump, and then you have this, so I think it’s unfortunate”.

Senator Elizabeth Warren has also expressed her reservations, saying she was “troubled by” the speaking fee.

“I was troubled by that,” Warren said on SiriusXM’s Alter Family Politics during an appearance to promote her new book.

“One of the things I talk about in the book is the influence of money. I describe it as a snake that slithers through Washington. And that it shows up in so many different ways here in Washington.”

Meghan McCain, a Fox News host, went a step further and called Mr Obama a “dirty capitalist” for agreeing to speak at the investment firm.

“The great irony is that Saint Obama, who is supposed to representing everything that is good and utopian on the left, is actually a dirty capitalist like the rest of us,” McCain, who is the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain, said.

While Mr Obama is said to have signed a contract for the event, the company is reported to be waiting to finalise arrangements with the Chicago native before making a formal announcement.

Eric Schultz, senior advisor to President Obama, defended the President in a statement sent earlier in the week and challenged the notion hefty speaking fees compromise the former President’s principles.

“As we announced months ago, President Obama will deliver speeches from time to time,” he told The Independent. “Some of those speeches will be paid, some will be unpaid, and regardless of venue or sponsor, President Obama will be true to his values, his vision, and his record.

“He recently accepted an invitation to speak at a health care conference in September, because, as a President who successfully passed health insurance reform, it’s an issue of great importance to him. With regard to this or any speech involving Wall Street sponsors, I’d just point out that in 2008, Barack Obama raised more money from Wall Street than any candidate in history – and still went on to successfully pass and implement the toughest reforms on Wall Street since FDR.

“And while he’ll continue to give speeches from time to time, he’ll spend most of his time writing his book and, as he said in Chicago this week, focusing his post-presidency work on training and elevating a new generation of political leaders in America.”

Mr Obama, who left the White House almost 100 days ago, took to the stage in Chicago for his first public appearance since Donald Trump’s inauguration on Monday. Returning to the city he launched his political career in, he revealed his first post-White House project would focus on urging the next generation to become more politicised and civically engaged.