Trump approved Yemen raid — which left Navy SEAL and 30 civilians dead — without “sufficient” intel

  • Trump’s raid on an al-Qaida stronghold in Yemen was approved without “sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations,” according to a Reuters report.
  • William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL, was killed in the weekend raid, along with 30 civilians, including 10 women and children.
  • A U.S. military official who told Reuters the commander in chief approved the raid in the al Bayda province using ground surveillance that was “minimal at best.” Read more

Trump reportedly threatens to send troops to Mexico, insults Australia

  • According to the AP, during a call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump threatened to deploy U.S. troops into Mexico to stop “bad hombres” supposedly causing trouble along the border.
  • “You have a bunch of bad hombres,” Trump reportedly told Peña Nieto “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”
  • The White House has denied the report, according to Agence France-Presse correspondent Andrew Beatty. 
  • The AP noted Mexico’s foreign ministry also contested the tone of the call and said it was “constructive,” while CNN wrote that a different transcript of the call suggested the mention of troops was more of an offer.  Read more
  • In another phone call, with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the Washington Post reported, Trump “blasted … Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasted about” his electoral college win.
  • Trump thundered, "This is the worst deal ever,” in reference to a pre-existing commitment for the U.S. to accept around 1,250 mostly Muslim refugees from Australia.
  • After accusing Turnbull of trying to unload the “next Boston bombers” on the U.S. and saying the exchange “was the worst call by far” of the diplomatic calls he made that day, Trump apparently cut off the scheduled one-hour call just 25 minutes in. Read more

In tone-deaf tweet, Trump says everyone “will be thanking” him for firing Comey

  • Amid a firestorm of speculation that he fired FBI Director James Comey in order to stymie an investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to Russia, President Donald Trump let off a tone-deaf series of tweets about Democrats Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, ultimately saying the country “will be thanking” him for letting Comey go.
  • Trump began his Twitter tirade on Tuesday night, slamming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for being upset over Comey’s firing despite the fact that Schumer has said he had no confidence in Comey’s leadership. Read more (5/10/17 9 AM)

Comey reportedly thought he was being pranked when he first learned he was fired

  • Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly thought he was being pranked when he first saw news of his own firing, (New York Times)
  • Comey was speaking to FBI employees in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Times reported, when news that he had been fired came up on the screen of a television that was playing in the background. 
  • According to the Times, Comey saw it and “laughed, saying he thought it was a fairly funny prank.”
  • That’s when “his staff started scurrying around in the background and told Mr. Comey that he should step into a nearby office." 
  • At the time that Comey emerged and confirmed that he had been fired, he still had not heard directly from the White House, the Times reported. Read more (5/10/17 9 AM)

The White House is under pressure to clarify whether it has issued an apology to the British government for claiming the UK’s GCHQ intelligence agency spied on Donald Trump for the Obama administration.

Less than 24 hours after press secretary Sean Spicer repeated the allegation from a White House podium, British government sources briefed news outlets on Friday morning that the US had apologized. The Telegraph, quoting intelligence sources, even reported the apology came direct from Spicer and National Security Adviser, General H R McMaster.

In an on-the-record statement, a Downing Street spokesperson said the UK government “made clear the allegations were ridiculous and received reassurances that they would not be repeated” following a discussion with US counterparts.

But US officials have been disputed whether the Trump administration had gone as far as an apology. One administration source told BuzzFeed News: “The UK demanded an apology, NSC worked overnight to try and smooth things over.”

The ambiguity over whether it was an apology puts pressure on Trump aides to clarify the exact nature of the conversation. Trump is legendarily opposed to apologizing.

The White House told reporters on Friday that British ambassador to Washington Kim Darroch and Sir Mark Lyall, the UK national security adviser, had expressed their concerns to Spicer and McMaster, who had explained that Spicer was simply pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story.

The diplomatic row between the White House and its closest intelligence partner broke out on Thursday when Spicer cited Fox & Friends’ Tuesday show while trying to defend the president’s allegation of wiretapping. On the program, Fox News’ judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano claimed that three intelligence sources had told him Obama called on the services of GCHQ.

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Women working in Trump’s White House only make $0.80 to the man’s dollar

  • The country’s gender wage gap goes all the way to the White House, according to a new CNN analysis.
  • Using the findings from the White House’s annual report to Congress, which was released on Friday, the outlet found women working in Trump’s White House earn an average salary of roughly $83,000, while their male colleagues earn an average of roughly $104,000.
  • That disparity works out to women making just $0.80 to the man’s dollar, a pay gap falling just below the national average: As of April’s Equal Pay Day, women made $0.82 for every dollar earned by a man.
  • However, the White House’s pay gap problem isn’t specific to Trump. Read more (7/3/17)

Trump will keep White House visitor log secret

  • Trump will reverse an Obama-era policy to release White House visitor logs, Time reported Friday, a move that will allow the so-called “swamp” to meet with White House staff and influence policy out of the public eye.
  • Trump decided to keep the logs secret in order to allow him to meet with and seek counsel from a wide variety of people, Time reported, “with some discretion.”
  • But the decision flies in the face of Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. Allowing visitors to meet with Trump and his administration in secret will shield the Trump administration from questions about influence seekers. Read more (4/14/17 2 PM)

Took a nap, woke up & this is happening.

Apparently, when asked if there were more strikes to come, the White House responded “we’ll see”.

Reporters keep stating that Trump was “very moved” by images of the gas children from the recent chemical attacks. Trump made the announcement from his Mar-A-Lago resort.

Gassed Syrian children that the Trump administration based a whole platform off of banning their entry into the United States.

When I was asked to do a song from In the Heights at the White House in 2009, I chose instead to do “Alexander Hamilton” because I felt like I was meeting a moment. This was a president that I had worked hard to help elect, and I wanted to show something about the American experience and do something new there because I felt like I was part of something. And now, with the show opening as Obama’s presidency is winding down, it feels very fitting and full circle. I don’t know what his legacy will be. I do know that the thing that Hamilton and Obama have in common is that they’re totally improbable stories — except they happened.
—  Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Hollywood Reporter
8/12/15 (x)
The Sliver Flapper

(an old era story with a harry styles twist, i imagine Zaria as Rihanna)

The 1920s. A fast and exuberant time. Hardly a day went by without the shake of a flapper dress and a party around the corner. Sure the old money types hated anyone who came from New Money, but that didn’t stop them from trying to make new connections.

Harry Styles was of New Money. He was an artist who sold his work to get by, which he surely did. There was always a gossip about what his next painting would be about amongst the women, and the men went on and on about how much the next one would cost.

Harry was a private kind of guy, he hardly attended parties and when he did he was always either accompanied by family or friends. He dressed sharply when he did appear. Suits of velvet in various colours (a community favourite was a rather dark blue) and neckties in shapely bows when he did appear made everyone question the mysterious man that was Harry styles.

He stayed up in his big white house, and it was reported that he had no servants. When asked at a party if this was true, Harry Styles merely smiled and replied that he believed all people were equal. This stirred a head shake in the richer community. After all if he was going around saying things like that surely other people would pick up on the idea.

Harry was a legend. When the lights stayed on all night up at that big white house that meant he was working on something, when they stayed off that meant he was hardly doing a thing.

Harry Styles hadn’t released a new painting in years, some people were saying he was losing his touch, others were saying that it was something so big that he kept the lights off so that no one would know he was working.

People wanted the truth, and it was delivered when a brave soul from the paper walked up to his front porch and asked for an interview. Harry agreed, much to the joy of everyone, and he had a story to tell.


On a bright Sunday afternoon, when the churches had just let out and the parties were just beginning, Harry Styles decided he was going to go for a stroll. He did this often usually when he was about to create something.

Behind his house, if he walked far enough, was a quaint little park with a swing set and a pond covered by a bridge. He’d never seen anyone else at the park the first few times he visited, but after a few month a particular girl started showing up.

She was beyond beautiful, her skin was a rich, caramel brown, and her curly brown hair was pushed up in the most elegant way. Harry, at first, always lakes back to his house not wanting to bother the girl, but when he stumbled upon her the next time he’d made a point of being loud so she’d know that he too came to this pond.

She’d eye him carefully from the other side of the pond, as if it was wrong for them to be in the same place at the same time, and in most places it was. She was safe here though, even with him there.

When she felt there was no apparent trouble with her being there, she’d started to come more often, sometimes she would be closer to his spot and sometimes she’d be farther. The next time Harry walked to the pond, it took all he had to march right up to her and introduce himself.

“I’m Harry” He’d said, thrusting his hand out for her to shake.

She stared wide eyes, as if she could not believe that the white guy from across the pond had finally come over.

“Zaria” She said when she’d gotten over her shock.

They shook hands and from that moment on Harry Styles and Zaria Taylor-Garland had become friends.

Zaria was a flapper at a club downtown. It was for people of colour only, but Zaria had convinced the guy at the front door to let Harry in on more than one occasion.

He’d never gotten to see her perform, because he felt he would be out of place in the crowd, but she’d promised him a special dance for his birthday.

When the day arrived he sat at a front row table dimly lit by a candle. The curtain came up and Zaria stood in the middle, only a singular light shining on her. Even from here, Harry could see her bright green eyes shining from the adoration.

From in the back someone cued the band and Zaria began to dance. It was nothing like Harry had ever seen before. She twirled and shook and leaped. The entire room was silent save for the music that kept her going. The way she moved her body was dangerously seductive and Harry knew that like himself, the other men of the audience were holding their breath watching her dance.

When at last she’d finished her dance and the lights had come back on, the audience began to applaud. If Harry had not been in the room, he would’ve sworn it was thunder.

He’d decided in his mind that night, he was going to paint her and she was going to be his muse. All he could think about, before he slept, while he slept, when he woke, and throughout his day was Zaria dancing up on that stage.

He couldn’t even tell anyone. He had just witnessed the most spectacular thing he’d ever seen and he could not tell anyone. So he painted it. He’d gotten out his silvers and his browns, colours he’d never actually used before and he painted her. It took him weeks upon weeks, but he never let up. He could not forget for one moment what he’d seen with his own eyes.

He would go to the pond and when she did not would pace back and forth. He was filled with too many questions. Had she got caught? Did people know she was waiting for him? Was it his fault?

When he wasn’t at the pond he resumed painting. He didn’t turn the lights on, he knew it was an urban legend that when the lights were on it meant he was working. He would never reveal this painting. It was too bold, too beautiful and the world was not yet ready to accept it.

When it was done, he hung it in the empty space above his mantle. He would not ever allow himself to forget the beauty and grace that was Zaria. He sat in his chair and cried to himself.

He wanted to know what had happened to her. He needed to know what had happened to her. He went to the part of town where people like him didn’t usually venture. He asked about her, no one would tell him. In his mind and in his heart he knew that he would not see her again, but he had that painting and that was all that matter to him in that moment.

He returned again to his house and pulled his chair into the middle of the room. He sat and he looked at his most magnificent, magical, glorious painting yet. He sighed a sign of deep content and he turned the lights on. Every time he painted now, it would be in the memory of her.

He walked out the door, to his latest subject. Only he could feel the magical pull of that little pond covered by the bridge.

(Please don’t steal my stories ILY, you can find me on twitter @/flwersuits, snapchat @/croptopsandcats, and instagram @/flwersuits)

Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia scandal is sabotaging the White House’s agenda

  • Reports suggest Trump Jr.’s ill-advised Russian gambit is sabotaging the administration’s policy agenda well outside of the White House. 
  • With Republicans in Congress already struggling to pass a wildly unpopular Affordable Care Actrepeal and move on to other complicated issues like tax cuts, the revelations have undermined the GOP’s ability to present a united front across branches of government.
  • “It’s sucking the oxygen out of the room, everybody knows that,” Sen. John McCain told CNN. “I think it’s very difficult when you have this overwhelming barrage of new information that unfolds every few days. I think it’s obvious.” Read more (7/12/17)
There are already leak investigations going. They’re going to be aggressive from what we can tell. The White House and the DOJ want them to be aggressive, and it’s a real concern. You don’t want to be involved in putting somebody in jail, even if you didn’t do it directly, and some of these people are taking risks to speak to us.
—  New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg on sources leaking to him 

anonymous asked:

Hi Sasha. Hope you have seen Liams picture. But you know, this time I wasn't suprised at all? Like I checked my phone and scrolled through instagram and was like OK so the baby is out now. That's it. I remember with Louis's I was still very suprised with how far Modest would go, now kinda use to it,lol.

Hey nonnie. Yeah, I reblogged it. Absolutely, this was expected. So it’s not shocking. And being a curious person, I’ve been reading about showbiz shadiness for years. I know that unfortunately, real kids get caught up in celebrity bullshit. Louis and Liam are far from the most scandalous. As hard as it is for us to wrap our minds around, the hard truth is that the truth often has very little to do with certain celebs public narratives. And it’s literally been that way for decades. We’re all kinda late to the party because for so long we’ve been wracking our brains trying to reconcile this madness. Like, somehow, legally, morally, ethically, this can’t be allowed to happen and so it must end eventually. And yet, worse has happened and people got away with it.

You know, I just have to be philosophical about it. Both these babygates aren’t gonna end in paternity scandals. And Louis’ situation has persisted a long time.  So these kids, regardless of how they came to be, may be on the record as Louis and Liam’s for the foreseeable future. I feel for the kids. I feel for Louis and Liam because I still believe neither wants to do this. For sure there’s fuckery afoot. And that’s not cool. It’s just kind of…sad.

1D for sure made a deal with the devil. I dunno who or where the exorcist they need is. They need a squad like the people working on taking Trump down. Some angry people in the intelligence community. Some bored people at the State department. Some messy people in Congress. Mix with a few scared people in the White House, some over it reporters and an ex MI-6 agent and maybe we could blow the lid off 1D’s shit. Maybe. Like I said before, Simon Cowell is slicker with his bs than Trump. LOL and *sigh*

White House: 'The clock has now run out' on North Korean nuclear program
A senior White House official issued a dire warning to reporters Tuesday on the state of North Korea's nuclear program, declaring "the clock has now run out and all options are on the table."
By Jeremy Diamond, CNN

Washington (CNN)A senior White House official issued a dire warning to reporters Tuesday on the state of North Korea’s nuclear program, declaring “the clock has now run out and all options are on the table.”

“The clock has now run out, and all options are on the table,” the official said, pointing to the failure of successive administration’s efforts to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear program.The comments came as two senior White House officials briefed reporters ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week in Florida. The briefing took place on the condition of anonymity.


Well, I’m trying to be an optimist lately because SOME OF Y'ALL say I’m mad and attitudinal all the time. So, four upsides of nuclear war with North Korea:

1. We don’t have to hear about the threat anymore because it’ll be happening.
2. Global warming will cease to be a real concern.
3. North Korea is a lot closer to The Kardashians than me over here in NYC, so maybe they’ll get taken out first (sorry, West Coast).
4. The epic I Told You So from Hillary will spawn all sorts of cute memes.

See? I can find a silver lining.

An inside look at One America News, the insurgent TV network taking ‘pro-Trump’ to new heights
Fox News competitor is gaining viewers and influence in conservative circles.
By http://facebook.com/fisherm

Mark Fisher at WaPo:

One America News is an obscure TV channel struggling to emerge from the cellar of the cable ratings, but it is nonetheless one of President Trump’s favorite media outlets. It’s not hard to see why: On One America newscasts, the Trump administration is a juggernaut of progress, a shining success with a daily drumbeat of achievements.

One America — a tiny father-and-sons operation that often delivers four times as many stories per hour as its competitors — promises “straight news, no opinion,” promoting itself as the antidote to the Big Three cable news networks’ focus on punditry and the one big story of the moment.

But since its inception in 2013, and especially since Trump began his march to the White House, One America’s owner, Robert Herring Sr., a millionaire who made his money printing circuit boards, has directed his channel to push Trump’s candidacy, scuttle stories about police shootings, encourage antiabortion stories, minimize coverage of Russian aggression, and steer away from the new president’s troubles, according to more than a dozen current and former producers, writers and anchors, as well as internal emails from Herring and his top news executives.

OAN, based in San Diego, made its first splash in the opening weeks of the Trump campaign, when the channel became the first to carry Trump’s campaign speeches live and in full — a decision followed quickly by the owner’s directive that other candidates’ rallies not be given the same treatment, according to internal emails.

Since then, OAN has become a reliably sympathetic voice of the administration’s goals and actions. Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has a deal to appear regularly on the channel. The network’s White House reporter, Trey Yingst, has become an administration favorite who was called on at the daily news briefings 27 times in Trump’s first 100 days in office. On Friday, OAN won a seat in the White House briefing room, albeit in the back row and shared with the BBC.

In a volatile TV news landscape where the longtime ratings leader, Fox News, is suffering through a period of internal turmoil, One America has tried to elbow itself into the big leagues, publicly wooing former Fox star Bill O’Reilly to join OAN. Although O’Reilly didn’t take the bait and the channel is available in only about 30 million homes, a far cry from Fox News’s 90 million, One America is growing — in viewer numbers, in influence in Republican circles, and as a potential alternative for conservatives and libertarians who believe Fox’s commitment to a right-wing perspective is weakening.


OAN’s journalists include conservatives, moderates and liberals, but employees across the political spectrum said they often chafed at the restrictions that came down from “Mr. H,” as they called Robert Herring.

“The owner of the company became the de facto news director,” said a former OAN producer who quit because the coverage of Trump had become “too slanted.” “He has a ton of influence over every aspect of the newscast. He has stories written on his whim.”

“We started out with the premise of news straight down the middle,” said Cassie Leuffen, an anchor at OAN from its birth through the 2016 election. “But the bias does reveal itself in the story selection. The owner really felt this was what was needed. He saw the popularity of Trump before almost anybody, and Trump became our bread and butter.”

Christopher Wood, one of OAN’s first news writers, recalled, “We’d have staff meetings on Wednesdays, and Mr. H. would say he wanted more stories from Breitbart, the Drudge Report and other conservative sites. It was his way or no way.”


In 2013, the family created its second channel, One America News. Robert Herring’s idea was to provide something that had gone missing from the cable news landscape — a basic headline service covering national and international news. Herring, long an active donor to political campaigns, had no journalism experience.

The channel he created is a rapid-fire cavalcade of headlines. Most stories run well under a minute. Almost all of the reports are read by the anchors over video footage provided by the Reuters, Associated Press and Euronews services, as well as by RT, the Kremlin-funded news outlet that a U.S. intelligence report calls “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine.”

OAN has only four correspondents of its own, based mainly in Washington. Earlier this month, in 16 consecutive stories, those reporters interviewed only conservative lawmakers and experts — a sharp contrast from Fox and MSNBC, which, despite their overt political leanings, routinely include the other side in their reports.

OAN breaks its cycle of half-hour newscasts only for two hours of evening opinion shows — The Daily Ledger with Graham Ledger and Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler (replaced On Point With Tomi Lahren) — both of which are guns-blazing nightly tributes to Trump. Ledger is a tough guy who takes no prisoners. Talking about people coming into the country from majority-Muslim countries, he says, “If they won’t take a bite out of a pulled pork sandwich, we probably won’t let them in the country.” Wheeler leans more on clever snark and verbal eyerolls: “How many innocent people have Islamophobes killed this week? Yeah, that’s what I thought.”


Robert Herring often asked job candidates about their political views, according to seven current and former employees. “He’d flat out ask, ‘Who did you vote for? Are you a Bernie supporter? Are you for abortion?’” one anchor said. “It’s not like you wouldn’t get hired if you were liberal. But when it came to decisions about what stories we did, he made it clear he wanted the conservative ones.”

In the channel’s first couple of years, OAN writers, producers and anchors said they were mostly left alone to determine the content of the newscasts. After Trump announced his candidacy, things changed.

“We should ALWAYS take the trump speeches live in their entirety,” executive producer Lindsay Oakley wrote to her staff early in the campaign. “I don’t want producers’ personal feelings getting in the way of the news content we provide. Trump is being treated unfairly by the mainstream media and we need to provide the other side. . . . Not to mention we have loyal viewers that tune in specifically to see the Trump speeches live because no one else carries them. We also see some of our highest ratings during the Trump speeches.”

Oakley did not respond to requests for comment. Her email warned producers that failing to put Trump speeches on the air “will result in a written warning/write-up from here on out.”

OAN employees recounted receiving reprimands signed by Robert Herring or being called into his office to be dressed down for “insubordination” when they ran stories he disapproved of.

“Please please please avoid ferguson stories!!!” Oakley wrote after OAN aired a report on Ferguson, Mo.’s battle with the Justice Department over reforms to the city’s police and court systems following an officer’s shooting of an unarmed black man. A story that aired three times on the channel “made police look bad and Mr. H. has told all of us not to do that. Please just avoid ferguson stories all together.”


Early hire Christopher Wood said he was fired in October 2015 after he decided to lead off a newscast with excerpts from an interview that the family of Michael Brown, the victim in the Ferguson shooting, gave to another network. “That was my downfall,” Wood said. “I got a very, very angry email from Mr. H. saying he wanted the story pulled and we weren’t to run it again.”

OAN staffers complained to Herring when the channel produced and aired a promotional spot that depicted a black police dispatcher refusing to send help to a white caller whose house was under attack. When employees called the spot racially incendiary, Herring agreed to take it off the air, but it remains on OAN’s YouTube channel, where it has attracted more than a million viewings.

Herring pushed stories about Planned Parenthood’s purported promotion of abortion that he’d seen on CNS News, a conservative site. He passed on to OAN producers a report that Hillary Clinton was ending her campaign because of “a brain tumor found during my recent colonoscopy,” but Herring warned producers not to run the story “until you fact check twice.”

Herring often said OAN’s purpose was to give viewers the news they needed to make educated choices. But he increasingly directed the newsroom to cover stories that reflected his personal views, employees said. For example, producers said, Herring ordered that OAN minimize coverage of Pope Francis’s U.S. visit in 2015 because the pope had urged comprehensive action against climate change.

White House Breaks Tradition By Not Holding Eid Al-Fitr Celebration To Mark End Of Ramadan
By Salvador Hernandez

The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, arrived Saturday without a celebration at the White House, ending a presidential tradition going back at least 20 years.

President Donald Trump and the First Lady did issue a statement Saturday marking the end of Ramadan, but did not host an event at the White House to mark the religious holiday.

Instead, the couple attended the wedding of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Scottish actress Louis Linton, according to White House pool reports…

The decision not to host an Eid celebration was not a big surprise considering that no invitations had gone out to Muslim leaders in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Still, people across the country still took notice of the administration’s decision.

anonymous asked:

President Geno, First gentleman Sidney. The D-men are the secret service and the forwards are White House staffers. Jake and Conor are PA's for the president and his husband and while they are good at their jobs it's also terrifying. Olli is Sid's primary bodyguard for public functions because he looks charming and unassuming and not at all like he'd kill a man to save Sid. Sid is much better with the White House Staff and reporters than he is with diplomats because he's just a regular guy


White House Warns Reporters Not to Report on Instructions About Not Reporting on Thursday’s Press Conference
Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images. The Trump administration, acting on the fairly sound logic that its supporters don't care in any way whatsoever about the civic principle that the government should be scrutinized by a free press, has started to cut down on the number of press conferences it gives that occur on camera. Wednesday, the administration announced that Thursday's* press briefing by Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be one such no-video affair, then introduced a Kafka-esque twist by declaring that the announcement itself was "NOT REPORTABLE."