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  1. "Move the eagle a little more to the left."
  2. This should be good. Trump wrote inauguration speech himself President-elect Trump has written his inauguration address draft himself, two senior Trump transition officials told CNN Tuesday. Last month, Trump told guests at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, as well as presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, that he planned to write the speech himself, but we've now been told that Trump has actually followed through. The decision is a departure from how Trump tackled speeches during the campaign, when he either delivered off-the-cuff remarks or relied on text prepared by his senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller. It's unclear exactly to what extent Miller has been involved in fine-tuning Trump's draft. LINK:
  3. I was just going to post that the circus will be in Washington DC later this week.
  4. I have a son who is 17. This would frighten the hell out of me. They'd problem all get a sudden case of bone spurs.
  5. Woman Who Claims Donald Trump Assaulted Her Sues For Defamation LOS ANGELES ― Summer Zervos, who claims President-elect Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a hotel room in 2007, filed a defamation lawsuit against him on Tuesday. Zervos is one of more than a dozen women who have accused the president-elect of sexual assault, including groping or kissing without consent. She publicly came forward with her story in October, not long after video surfaced of Trump boasting about grabbing women “by the pussy.” Zervos alleged that after appearing on the reality show, “The Apprentice,” she contacted Trump about potential job opportunities. She said he asked her to meet him at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he aggressively kissed her and placed his hand on her breast. Trump said in October that he “never met [Zervos] at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago.” His campaign presented a statement from a person he claimed was a cousin of Zervos raising questions about her credibility. Trump has generally claimed that all of the sexual assault allegations against him are false. Zervos said at a news conference on Tuesday that she was willing to drop the lawsuit, filed in New York, if Trump retracts his statements about her and acknowledges she’s telling the truth. If he refuses, she said, she’ll press for damages. She is one of several Trump accusers represented by feminist attorney Gloria Allred. Allred told reporters that prior to filing suit, Zervos passed a polygraph test regarding her allegations against Trump. Allred also said the lawsuit was filed in good faith and isn’t backed by private funding. The lawyer said she hadn’t been in contact with 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton or her campaign. “We’ve been doing David and Goliath cases for years,” Allred said. “We’re going to fight this battle because it’s the right cause. Enough is enough. Truth matters. Women matter.” Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks told HuffPost in an emailed statement that the lawsuit is “more of the same from Gloria Allred.” “There is no truth to this absurd story,” Hicks said. The lawsuit lands days before Trump’s inauguration. Americans are allowed to sue a sitting president for private conduct, which means Trump may be compelled to give revealing depositions if the case moves forward. Trump has refused to release his tax returns or his complete medical records. Crew members on “The Apprentice” also allege Trump made offensive statements on set, but that footage remains under wraps. Allred said she would seek any and all recordings relevant to the lawsuit. As of October, there were at least 75 pending lawsuits involving Trump and his businesses, according to a USA Today count. The paper identified at least 20 lawsuits in which people accused Trump or managers at his companies of “discriminating against women, ignoring sexual harassment complaints and even participating in the harassment themselves.” Many of the accusers have stories similar to the one told by Zervos. Rachel Crooks, who said Trump inappropriately kissed her on the mouth when she was 22, told HuffPost in November that she is “concerned for our country in general” and “how he has behaved with women is certainly one part of it.” Another accuser, Cathy Heller, has rented an Amtrak car to bring her supporters to the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21. One woman, who remains anonymous, filed a lawsuit accusing Trump of raping her when she was 13, but she withdrew it in November amid intense media scrutiny. During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to retaliate against his accusers. “All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” Trump promised at a Pennsylvania event in October. The same day, Allred warned Trump that if he decided to sue, the women’s lawyers would “welcome” the opportunity to question him under oath. “You can expect that many women who have not yet come forward publicly may decide to do so,” she added. Trump’s attorney threatened to sue The New York Times if the paper did not retract a story featuring allegations from two of the women. So far, the president-elect has not sued the Times or any of his accusers. The only person who’s being sued is him. This article has been updated with comments from the news conference held by Zervos and her attorney, and with a denial from Trump’s spokeswoman. LINK:
  6. Before you know it, the draft will be back. Pentagon readies aggressive ISIS proposals for Trump The Defense Department is prepared to provide the new administration with military options to accelerate the war against ISIS in Syria that could send additional US troops into direct combat, CNN has learned. These options would inherently increase the risk for US troops compared to what President Barack Obama was willing to accept. The options will be ready for President-elect Donald Trump to consider as soon as he takes office and would be presented by James Mattis as the new defense secretary and Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They would have the final say on any details being briefed to the new president for his approval. Options to deal with other hotspots, including Iran, are also being prepared, according to the defense official. The options had already been worked up by the military during the Obama administration, but the authorities to carry them out were never approved by President Barack Obama. New authorizations by Trump, needed to act on any of the proposals, would mean the US is expanding both its military strategy on fighting ISIS and signal the Trump White House is willing to take on increased military risk. None of the options being discussed contradict positions taken by Mattis publicly at this point. Discussing ISIS on the campaign trail, Trump pledged to "bomb the s--t out of them." And in September, he said, "I am also going to convene my top generals and give them a simple instruction: They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for defeating ISIS." US military planners and intelligence officials have now mapped virtually every airstrip and location in Syria that might have to be used by US troops, according to the official directly familiar with the details. One option would put hundreds, if not thousands, of additional US troops into a combat role as part of the fight to take Raqqa. Depending on progress in arming and training the full Syrian Democratic Forces -- a local fighting force -- in the coming months, the Pentagon could put several US brigade-sized combat teams on the ground, each team perhaps as many as 4,000 troops. There is no consensus on the size of any US deployment being proposed, because a final decision on how many to send would depend on what is done with issues like arming the Kurds, who are also US partners in the fight. The US troops would not enter Raqqa but would focus on territory outside the city, calling in airstrikes and controlling roads and towns around Raqqa. In addition, heavily armed US Special Operations Forces could be put in a direct combat role for the first time, beyond their current mission to advise and assist local forces. Another key option is for Trump to authorize the Pentagon for the first time to arm Kurdish fighters, who would be used to control villages and roads around Raqqa. The move would be highly controversial because it would surely anger Turkey -- a NATO ally -- which does not want to see Kurdish elements gain further military strength, the official said. But the Pentagon believes that the Kurds and Arabs who make up the Syrian Democratic Forces are the only local fighters able to take the ground around Raqqa, ISIS's self-declared capital and its most important stronghold in the country. Arab elements of the SDF are the ones who would eventually enter Raqqa, a predominantly Arab town. Currently, the SDF has about 50,000 fighters. The Kurdish YPG portion of the SDF is about 27,000, though it includes some Arabs. The Syrian Arab Coalition portion of the SDV has 23,000 forces, with some Kurds in the mix. Trump will be briefed on efforts to capture or kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. There have been multiple intelligence tips in recent weeks about Baghdadi's whereabouts, the official said. But none of them have been "real-time" sightings, only tips on where he had recently been seen. Military and intelligence officials are now working through that data to narrow down a possible location. A recent mission by the US Expeditionary Targeting Force outside Deir Ezzor was specifically aimed at capturing an ISIS operative who was believed to have intelligence on Baghdadi, but the person opened fire on the American troops, who then killed him. Another set of options aims to counter Iran's growing influence in the region, something Mattis has already indicated is one of his top priorities. US military commanders would like more authority to stop Iranian weapons shipments into Yemen through the Bab al-Mandab waterway between Yemen and the Horn of Africa, the official said. This authority could extend to trying to stop the buildup of shore installations along the Yemen coast using Iranian-supplied weapons to attack shipping and US military vessels transiting through the area. In October, the US conducted missile strikes against coastal installations being run by Iranian-supported fighters to attack US Navy ships. Additional options are being updated to ensure the Strait of Hormuz cannot be shut down by Iran. One area of increased US military activity in the coming days that Trump has not yet had a role in is Afghanistan. Within days, Afghan forces -- with support from US air and ground units -- will launch a series of operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan against the Taliban. These are likely to be the first intensified military operations of the Trump administration but have been long planned by the Pentagon, the official said. LINK:
  7. B Street manager/keyboardist was just on CNN a little while ago. I wonder if Trump will start tweeting about Bruce now.
  8. "Did Trump really come and meet with Moscow prostitutes? Firstly he is an adult, and secondly he is a person who for many years has organized a beauty pageant, socialized with the most beautiful women in the world. It is hard to believe that he ran to a hotel to meet with our girls of a low social class, although they are the best in the world," Putin said. "But finally, you know, what I want to say, prostitution is a serious, ugly, social phenomenon, young women do this connected to the fact that they cannot survive any other way and that is a problem of society but people who order false information and spread this information against the elected President, who fabricate it and use it in a political fight, they are worse than prostitutes," he added. LINK:
  9. Redditors Imagine If Barack Obama Tweeted Like Donald Trump LINK:
  10. Posting and pooping?!!
  11. Yeah, this was yesterday.