Trump to address nation sandbagged by record low approval rating: NBC/WSJ poll
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President Donald Trump will address the nation on Tuesday night saddled with the lowest approval ratings of any new chief executive in modern American history, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll shows.
Just 44 percent of Americans approve of Mr. Trump's performance as president, while 48 percent disapprove, according to the survey. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush all had significantly positive net approval ratings at the outset of their terms.
A 52 percent majority calls early challenges the Trump White House has faced unique to his administration and an indication of real problems. Some 43 percent call them typical growing pains for new presidents.
These results signal difficulty for the president in his attempt to use his address to a joint session of Congress to broaden support for his policy agenda. Republicans hold enough seats in the House and Senate to answer his call for repealing and replacing Obamacare and overhauling the tax system without help from Democrats. But they have no consensus on either subject so far and little margin for error.
As is typical in the modern American party system, opinions on the president and major issues divide sharply according to party affiliation. Mr. Trump retains overwhelming approval from fellow Republicans. But some intra-party unease shows up when Americans are asked who they want taking the lead on national policy.
More say Democrats in Congress (37 percent) than Mr. Trump (33 percent). That's because 19 percent— including one-third of all Republicans —prefer that the Congressional GOP take the lead.
The survey underscores public relations challenges facing the media as well as Mr. Trump. Majorities of Americans say that the media is overstating problems in the Trump White House (53 percent) and has been too critical (51 percent).
By historical standards, Mr. Trump has fared well on his pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. Some 32 percent say they favor Neil Gorsuch's nomination, while 20 percent are opposed and 47 percent have no opinion. That mirrors findings with other recent court nominees.
Confidence in the economy, meanwhile, remains stable. A 41 percent plurality expects the economy to improve in the next year, while 36 percent expect it to stay about the same and 21 percent expect it to get worse. Those numbers virtually match sentiment from mid-December.
The telephone survey of 1,000 adults, conducted Feb. 18-22, carries a margin for error of 3.1 percentage points.
He needs to be impeached now. We need to get Master Grand Putin puppet out of our Oval Office the soonest.
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The RSISX index ended the week at IQ1092 (+1.9%) / $1112 (+2.7%) (weekly change) (+13.8% and +17.4% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 7.5bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD5.8bn ($4.5mn).
ISX Company Announcements
The CBI announced its capability to cover Iraq’s international liabilities and at the same time to finance its foreign trade. It confirmed that the reserves of foreign currency are within “international standards.” CBI announced the size of Iraq’s reserves of foreign currency at $49bn amount. (Alsumaria)
Economy Bank for Investment (BEFI) will hold a GA on Mar. 8, 2017 to discuss increasing the capital and electing new BoD. ISX will suspend trading of BEFI starting on Mar. 2, 2017.
Al-Ameen Estate Investment (SAEI) will hold AGM* on Mar. 6, 2017 to discuss and approve 2015 annual financial results. ISX will suspend trading of SAEI starting on Mar. 1, 2017.
New shares of Al-Arabiya Islamic Bank (BAAI) from the capital increase to IQD250bn through 150% rights issue resumed trading on Feb. 23, 2017.
Al-Kindi of Veterinary Vaccines Drugs (IKLV) resumed trading on Feb. 21, 2017 after discussing and approving 2015 annual financial results.
Kurdistan International Bank (BKUI) announced that the ownership of Khan Adil Disko increased to 35.9bn shares, which represents 8.98% of BKUI capital and ownership of Bahra Muhammed Yassin decreased to 31.8bn shares, which represents 7.95% of BKUI capital.
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U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 24 engagements against ISIS targets in Syria:
Near Shadaddi, a strike destroyed a vehicle-borne bomb.
Near Raqqa, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a tactical vehicle and a mortar system.
Near Dayr Az Zawr, seven strikes destroyed six oil wellheads, an oil tanker truck and a front-end loader.
Near Palmyra, seven strikes engaged two ISIS staging areas and an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed five storage units, three tanks, two vehicles, an oil storage tank, a pump jack and an ISIS-held building; and damaged two oil storage tanks.
Strikes in Iraq
Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 84 engagements against ISIS targets in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
Near Beiji, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed five vehicles, two ISIS compounds and a tunnel entrance.
Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS-held building.
Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed 15 fighting positions, 11 mortar systems, three vehicles, three weapons caches, two ISIS-held buildings, two vehicle-borne bombs, a sniper position, an ISIS headquarters, two heavy machine guns, an artillery system, an unmanned-aerial-vehicle staging area and a supply cache; and suppressed 14 mortar teams, two ISIS tactical units, an artillery team and a rocket-propelled-grenade team.
Near Tal Afar, six strikes destroyed four ISIS headquarters, a vehicle and a tactical vehicle.
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve
These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said.
The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.
Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said.
The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.
(Source: US Dept of Defense)
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Iraqi forces, backed by coalition strikes, are making gains in efforts to liberate western Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists, Defense Department spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday.
“The have captured villages to the west of Mosul and they have penetrated the formal city limits from the south,” he said, adding, “We’ve seen some encouraging initial successes.”
About 75 percent of the Ghazlani military base southwest of Mosul has been secured, he said. In addition, Iraqi forces have a “strong foothold” on liberating the Mosul airport, Davis said.*The Iraqis have cleared terrain to the south and west of Mosul, he said, gaining 24 square miles within the last day, for a total of 100 square miles since the offensive began five days ago.
The captain pointed out the total territory gained since Oct. 17, when the battle for Mosul began, is about 1,500 square miles. That figure includes recently cleared eastern Mosul, he said.
Tough Fight Expected
Resistance around western Mosul is “moderate,” Davis said, with the terrorists using improvised explosive devices and indirect fire to “harass and slow down” Iraqi forces.*The terrorists have pulled back into west Mosul, he said, noting that the coalition expects a “very challenging fight,” since ISIS is entrenched in the area.
“That’s dense urban terrain, more dense than what we saw in east Mosul in a place where they are well-dug in,” the captain said.
Meanwhile, Iraqi forces continue defensive holding operations in eastern Mosul, he said, and the coalition continues to hit ISIS targets around Mosul. In the past 24 hours, Davis said, coalition forces conducted six strikes in a total of 80 engagements. Targets included ISIS tactical units, mortar systems, rocket launchers, anti-air artillery systems, fighting positions, vehicles and weapons caches, he said.
Coalition efforts are ongoing to support efforts to isolate the Syrian city of Raqqa, and operations for the city of Bab, Davis said.
Bab “does appear to be largely liberated,” he said, explaining the Turkish military and vetted Syrian opposition forces are conducting operations in the vicinity of the city.
Yesterday, the 112th day of operations to isolate Raqqa, Syrian Arab coalition forces conducted offensive operations northeast of that key city, Davis said.
Those efforts resulted in the clearing of large swaths of terrain along two axes and the taking of 67 square miles, he said, along with the liberation of several villages.
30-Day Plan to the President
The Pentagon will meet Monday’s deadline for the 30-day review that President Donald J. Trump ordered about the plan to fight ISIS, Davis said.
As the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, highlighted Thursday, the review is a “whole of government plan that deals holistically with ISIS,” he said.
Davis described the plan as a “framework for a broader plan.” However, he said, details of the strategy will remain private, explaining it is a “plan to attack an enemy and I don’t think we’re going to want to telegraph too much of it.”
(Source: US Dept of Defense)
(Picture: Iraqi soldiers practice weapon safety during urban environment training at Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb. 20, 2017. The soldiers were part of the junior leader course led by coalition forces in support of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Brecht)
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This is the first time I have logged in to Investors Iraq in about 4 years, yes its been a long time.
Just have a question, What is happening with all of the shares that Warka bank purchased on our behalf? Is there a site that we can visit or register with so that we can view all of our existing shares that we hold?
I received from Warka about half of my holding certificates years ago (in my own name) , but would like to know the status of my shares?
The proof is in the Pudding....Donaldof Trumpler was placed in the Oval Office by his Grand Master Putin.....and now...the disease is out for the rest of America to be contaminated...Trumpler supporters will have to speak Russian in order to address and understand Donaldof Trumpler .....
The White House’s Various Connections to Newly Infamous Pedophilia Advocate Milo Yiannopoulos
By Ben Mathis-Lilley
There's an argument to be made that the best way to respond to Milo Yiannopoulos, the self-consciously provocative right-wing figure who just lost his speaking slot at the country's most prominent conservative conference because he once suggested it's acceptable for adult men to have sex with 13-year-olds, is to ignore him. The various white-nationalist, anti-Semitic, misogynist, and transphobic rhetoric that Yiannopoulos emits is transparently crafted to "get attention" and provoke backlash, the thinking goes—so why give him the satisfaction?
One answer to that is that unlike truly fringe figures like David Duke, Yiannopoulos does have a constituency—his Facebook page has 2 million followers—and his supporters include the president of the U.S. and some of the president's top advisers.
Before joining the Trump campaign, White House senior adviser Steve Bannon was the publisher of Breitbart, the far-right site on which Yiannopoulos posted much of his most infamous work, e.g. the column in which he wrote that American women should stop taking birth control because they need to "breed" in order to "keep the Muslim invaders at bay." Said Yiannopoulos of Bannon in a Washington Post piece: "He made me a star." Bannon has praised Yiannopoulos' work as "valuable." (Yiannopoulos resigned from Breitbart on Tuesday.)
In July, the Trump campaign held a Reddit AMA that was exclusively open to members of The_Donald, a subforum rife with anti-Semitism, white supremacist ranting, and various other forms of hate-speech garbage. (At the time, I noted that the word cunt had been used on The_Donald 458 times.) The_Donald's most prominent member was Milo Yiannopoulos, who'd just been banned from Twitter for inciting harassment of black actress Leslie Jones. Trump answered questions from only 12 users of the many who submitted comments; as you can see above, one of them was Yiannopoulos.
Just-ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn called Yiannopoulos "brave" and said he was a "phenomenal individual" at a November conference for young conservatives.
In February of this year, Trump tweeted a threat to revoke the University of California–Berkeley's federal funding because it had canceled Yiannopoulos' appearance on campus when protests against him turned violent.
With all these fans at the top levels of government, it seems like this Milo guy might just land on his feet!
Incidentally, some of the other users from whom Trump took questions during the Reddit AMA had previously used the The_Donald forum to refer to a high-profile victim of an alleged sexual assault as a "little whore," to refer to multiracial Daily Show host Trevor Noah as "filth from South Africa," and to refer to Black Lives Matter marches as "chimp outs." Again—these are the people Trump made time to take questions from during an exclusive campaign Q&A event.
We dumped about 2,000 tons of sewage in the White House on Jan. 20, and it's going to take a long time to clean it all out.
Folks, Yiannopoulos is gone, bye bye, hast la vista baby....now, we need to not only say goodbye to Donaldof Trumpler, but, to put a boot up on his rear end and kick him out of the White House front door.
Meet the 16-year-old Canadian girl who took down Milo Yiannopoulos
This is the real story of how the video that took down Milo surfaced.
The story of Milo Yiannopoulos’s fall from conservative grace ended when a conservative blog posted video footage of him making comments that seemed to rationalize pedophilia. But it started when a 16-year-old high school student in Canada decided Yiannopoulos was embraced much too closely by mainstream conservatives.
“I see Milo as this embodiment of the awfulness you see over the past few years with the general tilt of millennial conservatism,” said the teen. “It’s diverged from this traditional conservatism so much. You’ve seen it essentially become full of awfulness and all about attacking the left and not about actual principles. It has nothing to do with conservative ideology so much as it has with opposing the leftists, SJWs, and so on and so forth.”
Within days of his old statements coming to light, Yiannopoulos lost his spot at CPAC, his book deal, and his job at the ultra-conservative website Breitbart. But this 16-year-old helped take Yiannopoulos down by managing to get not just the left angry at him, but the right as well.
How a 16-year-old took down Milo
Julia closely follows political news from her home in Canada, with a deep interest in American politics. She has been particularly alarmed by the recent rise of Yiannopoulos and others like him. So as soon as she heard Yiannopoulos would speak at CPAC, she was appalled.
Then an old moment popped in her head. She remembered hearing an obscure podcast, the Drunken Peasants, in which Yiannopoulos, responding to a video by YouTube pundit Kevin Logan, defended the idea of “13-year-olds” having sex with “older men,” arguing that child molestation provided a “sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship” for teenagers.
Her memory was right. She found the July 2016 clip.
She landed on the previously not-very-well-known conservative blog Reagan Battalion, which, after a bit of back and forth, tweeted out the video — leading not just to CPAC canceling Yiannopoulos’s speech, but to Simon & Schuster pulling his already controversial book deal and his resignation from Breitbart.
“I thought it would only get, like, 200 retweets,” Julia said. “I had no idea that it would blow up to the extent that it did.”
It ended up at thousands of retweets.
Here is the uncut 5 minute video of Milo Yiannopoulos advocating for Pederasty involving "13 Year old" and "older men." HIS WORDS.@Mschlapp pic.twitter.com/mAgmfpuyvu
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 20, 2017
She told Reagan Battalion that there’s more damaging stuff out there. In private messages, she linked the video to them, with specific timestamps for Yiannopoulos’s pro–child molestation comments.
She told me that the Canadian family is “more libertarian than anything,” but they’re nonetheless “devastated to see that Orange Julius win.” And in particular, they’re dismayed by reactionaries taking over the conservative movement and especially the alt-right, a movement that Yiannopoulos had become a leader for through his provocative, extreme work at Breitbart.
Julia and her mom have taken part in some activism before, including at a Women’s March last month. But when Yiannopoulos was invited to talk at CPAC, this Canadian teenager saw an opening. She worked to get his speech canceled — and she won.
This anti-Trump teenager is terrified by reactionary conservatism
The Canadian 16-year-old had a concise way of describing Yiannopoulos: “He’d be more accurately described as anti-liberal than he would be conservative.”
This is an accurate description of the reactionary movement Yiannopoulos is a part of. It’s not necessarily that they support any specific conservative policies or political ideals; they by and large just oppose social liberalism — multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, equality for people of all races, religions, and genders, and so on.
One of the reasons Yiannopoulos blended in so well with reactionary conservatives — despite being an openly gay man — is because he spouted the anti-feminist, anti-Muslim, and otherwise bigoted messages that the fringe movement trumpets. To them, his bigoted comments have become an example of Yiannopoulos standing up for “free speech” and against “political correctness” by plainly saying what many of them believe despite opposition from the left.
Yiannopoulos, for example, said that he “went gay” so he “didn’t have to deal with nutty broads.” He suggested that gay and transgender people are “disordered.” He set up the “Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant,” a college scholarship available only to white men to put them “on equal footing with their female, queer and ethnic minority classmates.” And he flashed his sexuality as a gay man in ways that he knew would offend liberals, like when he wrote an article headlined “My Grindr Profile Says 'No Whites' — Am I Racist?” in which he exoticized and stereotyped black men.
Yiannopoulos isn’t pushing the boundaries of free speech to make salient political arguments; he’s just said provocative things that denigrate minorities, women, and especially feminists — and even defended child molestation. All of this is meant to anger liberals, but there’s really not much substance there.
Still, reactionaries such as Yiannopoulos and the alt-right, despite initially remaining on the fringes of conservatism, have made an impact — most recently helping Trump get elected. They loved that Trump was essentially willing to do and say whatever he wanted, from decrying political correctness repeatedly on the campaign trail to proposing outright bigoted policies like banning Muslims from entering the US. This was the kind of candidate people like Yiannopoulos, who took to calling Trump “daddy,” had long hoped for.
This terrified a lot of liberals and conservatives, including the Canadian teenager who helped bring down Yiannopoulos. With Trump and his support from reactionaries, they were worried that we were seeing the mainstreaming of a fringe of the far, far right — and that could have horrible consequences for the Republican Party, America, and the world.
“America is a global power, and it affects the entire world,” Julia said. “Whatever Trump says now in terms of foreign policy does change the course of world history and does alter not just America’s position in the world but it will also affect Western civilization’s position in the world stage.” To this end, she added, “There’s not a politician in American politics today that would be worse than Donald Trump.”
There’s a lesson for the broader conservative movement in this story
Still, that an anonymous Canadian 16-year-old had the ability to take down Yiannopoulos — by teaming up with a conservative blog like the Reagan Battalion — shows the resistance against Trump and reactionaries more broadly really can work.
Consider CPAC’s position: They thought they would get away with inviting someone as inflammatory as Yiannopoulos, despite his past bigoted remarks. In doing this, they were pushing the boundaries of the acceptable — potentially letting a hateful man speak in detail about his ideas on a mainstream conservative stage, supposedly in the defense of free speech.
Then it all backfired. And CPAC, along with Yiannopoulos’s publishers and Breitbart, disowned him.
If you’re an organization like CPAC looking at all of this, it will probably make you think twice about giving someone like Yiannopoulos a platform. Maybe these reactionaries really are a dangerous kind of breed of conservatism, and they should be treated as such.
The Canadian teenager said she hopes this is the lesson conservatives draw from the Yiannopoulos debacle. And more broadly, she hopes that her actions will push groups like CPAC to stand up for traditionally conservative values instead of embracing provocative figures just because they attack the left.
“You shouldn’t have to feel intimidated to stand up for what you believe in,” she said. “Hopefully they’ll realize that you can’t keep being this reactionary movement — if you can even call it that. You can’t just keep looking for enemies to attack and pointing the finger. Eventually, you have to stand up for something.”
What if the 'New Iraqi Dinar' refers to the latest currency of the dinar and this is the Iraqi dinar that could benefit from the massive appreciative to those that hold this latest and greatest? Think about the ratio of IQD1 versus IQD2. It is probably 98% to the 2003 currency. I have also been concerned of why they issued a new Iraqi dinar with the reason is that security is much safer and durable. If that is the reason then the CBI could say that the first version will only be exchanged by dropping the three 000's which is essentially what we paid for or a little more. If this occurs in one way or another, I don't thing we have any legal path to force them to accept and exchange our 2003 currency at what we all expected. Maybe I am a little paranoid but this is a major reason that I started buying ISX stock (In my good name) in 2006 which is 75% of my total $$ speculation. Looks like we will know the direction, soon. Good luck!
Look a little closer at the article, in the fifth paragraph it states (the NEW dinar), and goes on to give the 1.2 dinar per dollar. The new dinar? What is the new dinar? Also I stated above I was concerned about dropping three zero's off the paper currency, that could only happen if the exchange rate is 1000 to one dollar, at 1200 hundred it appears they will simply move the decimal place over three places. It is hard to believe that Iraq has the equity to support all those dinar in print. Last I checked it was around 27 trillion? Curiously though if you divide that by 1.2 dinar to the dollar it comes up to around 22 trillion dinar which is very close to our debt which is 20 trillion dollars, can't help believing this is no coincidence. Haven't posted anything for quite some time, there seems to be a lot of interest in what is happening in Iraq since Trump got elected. Has any one else noticed how much gold surrounds Donald Trump? He hung gold curtains in the oval office, all his buildings have a lot of gold fixtures and even his hair is gold colored! MAGA!
Yes, and there are some individuals that are so politically blinded, that they fail to see beyond what is in front of their noses. The only thing they believe is what they see (they can't read) in their pointless memes....lol....
For all the old hands, (:) and new ones), the IQD became a searchable currency in the Bloomberg currency section on their home page. Those who've been around remember the days when some wondered if it would ever show up anywhere like that. Started about 4 days ago, but I waited to post to make sure it would still be available. It also feels good that the fact that a U.S. Treasury delegation visited CBI just days before. I was in Iraq LONG ago, when Bremer was still there, and there were 24 U.S. Treasury people working at the CBI then. The only way I know is that there was a plot to kidnap them, which went out on the warning wires in the Green Zone. So if they've been there that long, an ordinary delegation visit wouldn't be news, these must have been higher ups, no lightweights. Hope springs eternal.:cool:
Ivanka Trump’s Jewelry Company in Trouble for Unpaid Taxes
Reports have emerged that Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry has unpaid taxes.
Ivanka Trump‘s clothing and accessories label has made headlines in recent weeks as retailers have either dropped or distanced themselves from her wares. The latest controversy surrounding Ivanka’s businesses relates to her fine-jewelry company.
Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry owes $5,165.06 in unpaid taxes, according to a warrant filed by the New York State Department of State on Jan. 27. The company, which is based in New York City and has fine-jewelry boutiques around the world, is officially listed as Madison Avenue Diamonds LLC on the document.
Despite stepping down from her role with her fashion brand last month, the 35-year-old daughter of President Trump is still listed in business filings as the chief executive officer of her jewelry companies in Florida and New York, according to ProPublica.
The Trump organization told ProPublica that Ivanka formally resigned from “positions of management and authority” on Jan. 18, but the changes haven’t yet been filed. “We are taking steps to update records in the various states and other jurisdictions consistent with governing law,” the company said in a statement.
Coincidentally, Trump posted a photo on Twitter of her with daughter Arabella at the U.S. Supreme Court Building.
Arabella & me at the Supreme Court today. I'm grateful for the opportunity to teach her about the judicial system in our country firsthand. pic.twitter.com/1YXHyZ9ADZ
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 22, 2017
This news comes amid the intense media scrutiny that has surrounded the fine-jewelry company as of late. Just weeks ago, high-end retailer Neiman Marcus announced it was dropping Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry owing to poor sales performance. At the time of the announcement, the company released the following statement to the Cut:
“Neiman Marcus has a very small Ivanka Trump precious jewelry business which is comprised 100 percent of consigned merchandise (merchandise owned by the vendor). Based on productivity we continuously assess whether our brands are carried in stores, on our website, or both.”
Trump’s namesake jewelry line was also in the news when she wore a $10,800, 18-karat yellow gold diamond bangle from the label during her family’s first postelection interview, in New York City.
After the interview, one of the company’s employees sent an email to journalists offering style details on the expensive bangle. That led to a firestorm on social media, with many users commenting that Ivanka’s hawking her products on national television was a conflict of interest. At the time of the incident, the brand’s president, Abigail Klem, said in a statement that a well-intentioned employee, who was still making adjustments postelection, was to blame for the release. “We are proactively discussing new policies and procedures with all of our partners going forward,” said Klem.
The backlash from the event, along with a number of other high-profile incidents in which Ivanka was attacked for sporting her own products, may have led to her stating that she would relinquish her power in her companies.
Like Father Like Daughter....what is so weird about it?...that you folks have to bust you rear end working like an overworked horse while your rich friends are getting richer and richer by the day....without paying taxes...just like Donaldof did.....
Muhammad Ali’s son detained under Trump immigration ban
Muhammad Ali’s son was detained at Fort Lauderdale International Airport earlier this month — in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, it was revealed Friday.
Muhammad Ali Jr. was traveling from Jamaica on Feb 7 with his mother Khalilah Ali when immigration officers detained him in a small room and questioned him for 30 minutes, the Miami New Times reported.
Ali Jr., who has no criminal record and carries a US passport, was repeatedly asked about his religion, his rep told the New Times.
“This is an outrage,” Chris Mancini, a former federal prosecutor and friend of the family, told the paper.
“I don’t know what is going on with Mr. Trump’s claim that his ban is not religion-based. We do not discriminate in this country based on religion.”
Khalilah Ali showed immigration officers pictures of herself with her former husband — legendary boxer Muhammad Ali — and they chose not to detain her.
Muhammad Ali Jr. did not have a picture of his father at the time.
President Trump signed the travel ban on Jan. 27. A federal judge in Seattle blocked the order a few days before Ali’s flight and the directive is currently ensconced in a legal battle.
Customs and Border Protection did not comment about Ali’s encounter.
A Muslim Woman Tried to Work in Trump’s White House, Lasts Only 8 Days
Rumana Ahmed is a Muslim. She wears a hijab. And she has been working at the White House since 2011. Under President Obama, she was promoted to work at the National Security Council from the Office of Public Engagement. Since then, she has served as an adviser to President Obama, particularly in how he addressed and considered American Muslims. When Donald Trump won, most people in her shoes would have walked away instantly and found a new job. After all, Trump had traversed the country for two years spouting racist, xenophobic, sexist drivel, with a particular focus on anti-Muslim rhetoric.
But that's not what Rumana Ahmed did. She decided to stay on despite her disagreements, because protecting what America stands for is even more important when what it stands for is threatened. Then, eight days after the inauguration, she had to quit. Ahmed wrote an eye-opening piece about her experience for The Atlantic, which shows just how quickly the White House's culture changed on January 23, 2017.
The weeks leading up to the inauguration prepared me and my colleagues for what we thought would come, but not for what actually came. On Monday, January 23, I walked into the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, with the new staffers there. Rather than the excitement I encountered when I first came to the White House under Obama, the new staff looked at me with a cold surprise. The diverse White House I had worked in became a monochromatic and male bastion.
But it wasn't just the whiteness that was surprising. It was the dysfunction. It was as if the entire national-security apparatus had been set on fire.
Decision-making authority was now centralized to a few in the West Wing. Frustration and mistrust developed as some staff felt out of the loop on issues within their purview. There was no structure or clear guidance. Hallways were eerily quiet as key positions and offices responsible for national security or engagement with Americans were left unfilled.
But perhaps the most painful and infuriating part of Ahmed's account is when she finally—after eight days! That's how fucked up this administration is!—decided to quit after Donald Trump's Oh, are those Muslim countries? I didn't even realize! Muslim ban was signed.
The evening before I left, bidding farewell to some of my colleagues, many of whom have also since left, I notified Trump’s senior NSC communications adviser, Michael Anton, of my departure, since we shared an office. His initial surprise, asking whether I was leaving government entirely, was followed by silence—almost in caution, not asking why. I told him anyway.
I told him I had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim. I told him that the administration was attacking the basic tenets of democracy. I told him that I hoped that they and those in Congress were prepared to take responsibility for all the consequences that would attend their decisions.
He looked at me and said nothing.
It was only later that I learned he authored an essay under a pseudonym, extolling the virtues of authoritarianism and attacking diversity as a “weakness,” and Islam as “incompatible with the modern West.”
You should read her entire piece, as it is a reminder in these dark times of what patriotism actually looks like. Because, as we continue to learn, especially in Trump's America, it's not minorities in America who are the threat.
I have said it many times....Donaldof Trumpler is a racist bigot....and here is the proof...what more you need folks!!!
GQ Trump attacks FBI on leakers of Russia reports: 'FIND NOW'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the FBI on Friday for failing to stop leaks of national security information to the media and directed the agency to find those who pass on classified information.
Trump's comments come amid media reports saying the FBI refused a White House request to knock down news stories saying members of Trump's team were in frequent contact with Russian intelligence agents during the presidential campaign.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the nation's top law enforcement agency, did not answer a request for comment on Trump's remarks on Twitter.
"The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security 'leakers' that have permeated our government for a long time. They can't even find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW," Trump wrote.
News reports by CNN and The Associated Press said White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked Andrew McCabe, the FBI deputy director, to deny a Feb. 14 New York Times report that said Trump's presidential campaign advisers had been in frequent contact with Russian intelligence officers. The request came after McCabe told him privately the report was wrong.
Ahh...now Donaldof want the FBI to stop those who leaks the real stories because they are already tired of Donaldof.......I guess Donaldof don't want the public to know what he was doing with his Russian Master...Grand Putin.....