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Mike Milken, an investment banker known as the "Junk Bond King" who was convicted of felony charges,
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c'mon, it was only 98 counts of racketeering and fraud, give the guy a break. Spanky does more than that before breakfast.

Seems to be a pattern of pardoning people for things he's doing himself, part of a strategy to normalise this behaviour? How unsurprising would it be to hear 'Fraud, they called it fraud, where I'm from it's called making a good deal, it's not like he had a gun, it's not like he stabbed someone'
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Old 19.02.2020, 17:10
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President Trump on Tuesday accused former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg of trying to “illegally” buy the Democratic nomination for president, taking aim at the billionaire businessman’s massive self-funding operation.

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What Mini Mike is doing is nothing less than a large scale illegal campaign contribution. He is “spreading” money all over the place........
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Donald Trump stated on February 1, 2016 in a campaign rally in Iowa:
"I'm self-funding my own campaign."
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Old 19.02.2020, 18:24
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I would like to thank John Rood for his service to our Country, and wish him well in his future endeavors!
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John Rood, who held one of most important Pentagon jobs, faced pressure to resign from some who lost confidence in his ability to carry out Trump agenda.

Rood was mtg with Esper this a.m.; letter was being drafted.

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Strange Trump tweet, if you look at the article he linked you find;
Rood was the official who certified in May to Congress that Ukraine was eligible to receive $250 million in security assistance [met the Pentagon anti-corruption targets].
Rood warned Defense Secretary Mark Esper against withholding military aid to Ukraine in an e-mail on July 25, the same day Trump asked the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in a phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

So basically "lost confidence in his ability to carry out Trump agenda" meant he did his job and did not lie about Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

They are building a Trump wall in India. Trump is about to visit India and he does not want to have the slightest glimpse of poor people. Maybe they will have to build a wall all around india!

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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

2020 Presidential election gets evermore Kafkaesque.....
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Seems he has spent most of it now so likely he will throw another half-billion on the table soon
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Seems he has spent most of it now so likely he will throw another half-billion on the table soon
From what I have read, Bloomberg's performance last night was a debacle and then some. He was ill prepared for the assault by Warren and Sanders.

Isn't that typical of billionaires though? They are so used to people cowering and "beckoning at the altar" so to speak that they rarely find themselves on the defensive! He looked like a deer in headlights from clips I have seen
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Meanwhile, I thought a Bloomberg/Hilary ticket might galvanize voters...
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Isn't that typical of billionaires though? They are so used to people cowering and "beckoning at the altar" so to speak that they rarely find themselves on the defensive! He looked like a deer in headlights from clips I have seen
Trump seems to do pretty well in such conditions.
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Trump seems to do pretty well in such conditions.
I think both Trump and Bloomberg are cut from the same cloth - in terms of power and doing anything/switching allegiances to get elected.
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I think both Trump and Bloomberg are cut from the same cloth - in terms of power and doing anything/switching allegiances to get elected.
Agree. Main difference is that Trump might be even more opportunistic.
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Agree. Main difference is that Trump might be even more opportunistic.
My thinking is: Trump is resilient to abuse/criticism. Bloomberg, in my view, has not had to face those who do not acquiesce to him on a daily basis because of his "status" and he is is also careful about his rhetoric and language. Trump could give a toss!
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Trump seems to do pretty well in such conditions.
Trump is fully aware of what others think of him. This has always worked to his advantage, because people can relate to being looked down on by (supposedly) more intelligent people. He was also always aware of the absurdity of the situation (him on that stage, leading the polls).
He also didn't ever air that strange "Because I deserve it and you are a moron anyway" aura that all his opponents have.

Bloomberg however I'm not so sure. Surely it must have come to his mind that not everybody would like to have two billionaires duking it out?
This looks a bit like the ESC, where last year's winner inspires lot of copy-cats for the music-style and clothing...

Most of Bloomberg's supporters are on this gig because he pays exceptionally well.
It's like a job for them (because it literally is).

But all bets are really off once COVID19 fully hits the US. Could be an interesting summer.
Then, all cards will be mixed again and everybody will be back at zero. Including Trump.
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Interesting re Coronavirus and how it will affect the US. My OH had a telephone call with his Dad who was a top level exec back in the day and flew often; now he ia paranoid about flying and refuses to fly as he feels he outlived stats re: airline disasters! To cut it short, my OH's paranoid Dad NEVER mentioned Coronavirus on the 45 minute call and they talked about politics, the economy and then some.

My OH remarked, "Clearly, no one in the US thinks this virus is an issue if my Dad did not mention it!"

That said, think about the situation in China... Surely, this has had a profound impact on the economy there...notwithstanding worldwide. Why exactly are stocks/equities going up given this environment?

I wonder how this virus will affect the global economy... Not good in my view...and maybe time to divest of stocks!
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Interesting re Coronavirus and how it will affect the US. My OH had a telephone call with his Dad who was a top level exec back in the day and flew often; now he ia paranoid about flying and refuses to fly as he feels he outlived stats re: airline disasters! To cut it short, my OH's paranoid Dad NEVER mentioned Coronavirus on the 45 minute call and they talked about politics, the economy and then some.

My OH remarked, "Clearly, no one in the US thinks this virus is an issue if my Dad did not mention it!"

That said, think about the situation in China... Surely, this has had a profound impact on the economy there...notwithstanding worldwide. Why exactly are stocks/equities going up given this environment?

I wonder how this virus will affect the global economy... Not good in my view...and maybe time to divest of stocks!
It will be an absolute, unmitigated disaster.
Economic, social, political.
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Interesting re Coronavirus and how it will affect the US. My OH had a telephone call with his Dad who was a top level exec back in the day and flew often; now he ia paranoid about flying and refuses to fly as he feels he outlived stats re: airline disasters! To cut it short, my OH's paranoid Dad NEVER mentioned Coronavirus on the 45 minute call and they talked about politics, the economy and then some.

My OH remarked, "Clearly, no one in the US thinks this virus is an issue if my Dad did not mention it!"

That said, think about the situation in China... Surely, this has had a profound impact on the economy there...notwithstanding worldwide. Why exactly are stocks/equities going up given this environment?

I wonder how this virus will affect the global economy... Not good in my view...and maybe time to divest of stocks!
"Why exactly are stocks/equities going up given this environment?" They are defying economic gravity! Even optimistic forecasts say Chinese production has halved; some say 80% down. Apple is one of the first to admit the effect, Boeing has other major problems. If the large US auto factories start shutting down due to delivery failures then likely WTSHTF there will be some dramatic falls.
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White House revolving door.....
Trump has dumped acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, and replaced him with a Trump fanboy, Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany. Grenell has zero experience in Intelligence work and was never a senior manager.

Also, Kash Patel, a former top National Security Council official who played a key role as a Nune's Hill staffer in helping Republicans discredit the Russia probe, is now a senior adviser for the new acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.

Apparently Maguire's mistake was to say the Russians are back interfering in the 2020 elections to help Trump. .

Interestingly, Grenell will be the first openly gay US Cabinet member.

Maybe Grenell will not last long? President Trump on Thursday said he is considering Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) to serve as the permanent director of national intelligence.

Meanwhile, Trump has released another storm of anti-judiciary tweets so now we can see if A.G. Barr is really interested in stopping such Trump tweets. I doubt Barr has the balls to resign.

US stock futures today showing Dow below 28,000 as the virus gets more headlines.
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US Intelligence agencies have warned that Russia is attempting to help President Donald Trump get re-elected
in November.

BBC News - Russia meddling to help Trump win re-election, US lawmakers hear
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US Intelligence agencies have warned that Russia is attempting to help President Donald Trump get re-elected
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BBC News - Russia meddling to help Trump win re-election, US lawmakers hear
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