As noted in the headline President Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico at 9 p.m. eastern time.
Given it’s rally day, two things we can count on, a helicopter press gaggle as he departs D.C., for New Mexico, and tweets.
So far the President has tweeted 14 times.
House Judiciary has given up on the Mueller Report, sadly for them after two years and $40,000,000 spent – ZERO COLLUSION, ZERO OBSTRUCTION. So they say, OK, lets look at everything else, and all of the deals that “Trump” has done over his lifetime. But it doesn’t….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
….work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
House Judiciary has given up on the Mueller Report…
As the News Blender reported Thursday, the 12th, of September, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to determine their guidelines for future hearings and requests, regarding how they will move forward to decide if they file articles of impeachment against President Trump.
While Chairman Jerrold Nadler, did state that the hearings, the first impeachment hearing is scheduled for the 17th, would focus beyond the four corners of the Mueller Report, he did not say the Mueller Report was not to be included.
Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal.
He brings this up again later in his tweets.
Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund…”
USA Today in fall of 2017 reported that a system grew from a 1995 law that was known as the Congressional Accountability Law, that law was intended to make lawmakers subject to the same laws private sector work places follow against harassment and discrimination.
In the fine print of the law as the article explains, “The law was a well-intentioned and much needed effort to end Congress’ status as the “last plantation.” But some of the fine-print provisions — such as mandating that settlements be secret and having taxpayers pick up the tab for lawmakers violating the law — represent the opposite of accountability.”
They continue to explain that so far, since 1997 all the public knows is that:
Congress has paid more than $17 million to settle scores of workplace claims from a special Treasury Department fund created by the 1995 law.USA Today 2017.
Whether the claims involved sexual harassment, or discrimination against protected groups, is unknown. So is the identity of lawmakers and aides involved in alleged misbehavior.
CNN noted at the time, that the $17 million was paid over twenty-years, according to the Office of Compliance data provided at that time, the total amount of settled claims was 268.
The @nytimes. “This week, the Senate passed a milestone in confirming the 150th Federal Judge of Mr. Trump’s Administration to a lifetime appointment, far outstripping Barack Obama’s pace and fulfilling pledges by Mr. Trump and Mr. O’Connell to remake the Federal Judiciary….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
…..’These Conservative Judicial appointments will impact our nation for years to come,’ said Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who leads the Judiciary Committee and who has been speeding through Trump nominees.” The entire Court System is changing at a record pace!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
Hell of an autocorrect. pic.twitter.com/81GyMJvXNs— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 16, 2019
Mr. O’Connell =’s Mitch McConnell.
In summer of 2016 Politico reported that the Republican held Senate led by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (KY) confirmed only 20 district and circuit court Judges sent to them by then-President Obama.
It was a sharp contrast to the Democratic led Senate, during the final two-years of President George W. Bush where they confirmed 68 federal judges.
Because we have done so well with Energy over the last few years (thank you, Mr. President!), we are a net Energy Exporter, & now the Number One Energy Producer in the World. We don’t need Middle Eastern Oil & Gas, & in fact have very few tankers there, but will help our Allies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
The US did not become the #1 energy producer because of Trump; it happened under Obama in 2012.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 16, 2019
US is not a net energy exporter; the EIA predicts it will happen by next year.
US imported 30 million barrels per month from the Gulf as of June; that number has fallen under Trump. pic.twitter.com/L4gJ4z3UEO
CNN Business reported last week, that earlier this year the U.S. briefly overtook Saudi Arabia, and Russia, as the “world’s top oil exporter.”
They go on to say that according to the International Energy Agency, U.S. exports of crude topped 3 million barrels per day in June, pushing the total oil exports to almost 9 million barrel per day.
Authors note: I included both the Daniel Dale fact check and the CNN piece, because this oil price, shipping, importing, exporting, is completely out of my wheelhouse.
In truth, the problem is, I can’t for sure say, what I’m reading is factual, because I don’t know what is a reliable source, what’s opinion, or what’s simply not true.
And so we are also clear, these tweets Google search resulted in mostly blogs, that just post the tweets without much information.
Producer prices in China shrank most in 3 years due to China’s big devaluation of their currency, coupled with monetary stimulus. Federal Reserve not watching? Will Fed ever get into the game? Dollar strongest EVER! Really bad for exports. No Inflation…Highest Interest Rates…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
…The United States, because of the Federal Reserve, is paying a MUCH higher Interest Rate than other competing countries. They can’t believe how lucky they are that Jay Powell & the Fed don’t have a clue. And now, on top of it all, the Oil hit. Big Interest Rate Drop, Stimulus!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
On September 9th, CNBC News published an article titled China’s August producer prices shrink the most in 3 years.
From the article:
- The producer price index, a key barometer of corporate profitability, dropped 0.8% from year earlier in August, National Bureau of Statistics said.
- Analysts polled by Reuters had expected factory gate inflation to have shrunk 0.9% year-on-year last month, following a 0.3% decline in July.
China’s factory gate prices contracted for the second month in August and at a sharper rate, reinforcing the urgency for Beijing to step up stimulus as a deepening trade war with the United States heaps pressure on its manufacturing sector and the broader economy.
FYI: The article itself is very short.
As has been noted several times, the Federal Reserve Bank is scheduled to hold a two day meeting starting Tuesday.
CNN Business reported Sunday that while Chairman Jerome Powell does not feel a U.S. recession is likely, he does acknowledge that economic headwinds are intensifying.
Based on that it is likely that another rate cut is expected following the September 17th and 18th meeting.
Big Interest Rate Drop, Stimulus!
I still go back to if the economy is doing great as President Trump has repeatedly said, tweeted, and bragged, why does he want not only a big interest rate drop, but now a stimulus?
“The New York Times walks back report on Kavanaugh assault claim.” @foxandfriends The one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh – Assaulted by lies and Fake News! This is all about the LameStream Media working with their partner, the Dems.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
Given the follow-up tweet looks like it's the 7:30 one.— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 16, 2019
Left, Fox & Friends, 7:34 a.m.
Right, Trump, 8:06 a.m. pic.twitter.com/dhxwkGhcyT
“What’s happening to Justice Kavanaugh is a disgrace. This guy is not a good man, he is a great man. He has to go to his church with his family while these terrible reports are being written about him, a disgrace!” Dan Bongino @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
Left, Fox & Friends, 7:37 a.m.— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 16, 2019
Right, Trump, 8:16 a.m. pic.twitter.com/dsDppRM8ri
Just Out: “Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t recall incident.” @foxandfriends DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE WILL DO OR SAY. They are looking to destroy, and influence his opinions – but played the game badly. They should be sued!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
More chyron tweeting.— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 16, 2019
Left, Fox & Friends, 8:26 a.m.
Right, Trump, 8:35 a.m. pic.twitter.com/NnZesjqijc
On Saturday The New York Times published an opinion written by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, the author of an upcoming book, “The Education of Bret Kavanaugh: An Investigation.”
In their opinion piece, they explain that Deborah Ramirez, who during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing accused the now sitting Supreme Court Justice, of brandishing his penis in her face, during a drunken party, had the grades to go to Yale, but she lacked the money and experience to fit in with other students at Yale.
In the article, the writers explain that while they found during their ten-month investigation for their book, that Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation credible, Ramirez’s story could be more fully corroborated.
They also noted that Max Stier, witnessed another incident similar to Ramirez’s story.
We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly.The New York Times.
Just Out: “Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t recall incident.”
On Saturday when the piece originally appeared, the writers had left out that the unnamed classmate, that Stier says had Kavanaugh’s penis shoved into her hand during a different weekend party, were told by friends that she did not recall the incident.
On Sunday the New York Times, added the information, as clarification to the opinion piece.
We corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier; the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say she does not recall the episode.New York Times.
From the editor.
Editors’ Note: Sept. 15, 2019The New York Times.
An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.
They did not walk back the claim, as the claim came from a witness, Max Stier. The friends of the female say she does not recall the incident. She the female in question declined to be interviewed.
It should be noted, that the article was an essay adapted from the upcoming book.
Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying knowingly that it was in their “airspace” when, in fact, it was nowhere close. They stuck strongly to that story knowing that it was a very big lie. Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia. We’ll see?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
In June of 2019 as the News Blender reported, Iran say they downed a unarmed and unmanned U.S. Drone, after it breached their airspace.
The U.S. disputed that claim.
Editorial thoughts on Iran and the U.S. tensions can be found here.
very big lie…
The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, “No Conditions.” That is an incorrect statement (as usual!).— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
Trump Says Meeting Iran With "No Conditions" Is Fake News… but It's Not https://t.co/ihxIZtD9BR— Snip🦈Bytes (@SnipBytes) September 16, 2019
The Washington Post‘s current tally of President Trump “misleading claims” is 12,019.
As of Aug. 5, his 928th day in office, he had made 12,019 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement the president has uttered.The Washington Post.
Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia.
As the News Blender reported on Monday, the U.S. believes that Iran, struck Saudi Arabia oil refineries. Iran say’s that not true, while Houthi rebels in Yemen, have taken responsibility.
“Democrats would rather talk about gun control than get something done.” Governor John Sununu @FoxNews @BillHemmer The big questions are, will they “move the goalposts” and, is this just a ploy to TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY? I hope NOT on both counts, but I’ll be able to figure it out!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
Democrats would rather talk about gun control than get something done.
Governor John Sununu appeared on Fox News show American’s Newsroom and said:
Sununu: Democrats would rather talk about the issue than get any legislation passed.
The exchange is in response to a question posed by Bill Hemmer.
Sununu is accusing the Democrats of moving the goal posts with Sununu explaining that the minute it appears that the Democrats and Republicans can reach a compromise on gun control, they draw a line in the sand saying without Universal Background Checks included in the deal, the deal would be dead.
For what it’s worth, the Democrats have been pushing for Universal Background checks, since forever.
They failed on the Mueller Report, they failed on Robert Mueller’s testimony, they failed on everything else, so now the Democrats are trying to build a case that I enrich myself by being President. Good idea, except I will, and have always expected to, lose BILLIONS of DOLLARS..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
….for the privilege of being your President – and doing the best job that has been done in many decades. I am far beyond somebody paying for a hotel room for the evening, or filling up a gas tank at an airport I do not own. These Radical Left Democrats are CRAZY! Obama Netflix?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
Good idea, except I will, and have always expected to, lose BILLIONS of DOLLARS..
In August, Forbes reported that President can’t lose billions of dollars, as his income isn’t anywhere near, billions of dollars.
Trump is not losing $3 billion to $5 billion. His income isn’t anywhere near $3 billion. And his net worth has not dropped by $3 billion since he went into politics—let alone $5 billion, which is more than he’s ever been worth. Forbes pegged Trump’s fortune at $4.5 billion in 2015. Today we estimate it to be $3.1 billion, a drop of $1.4 billion.Forbes.
for the privilege of being your President – and doing the best job that has been done in many decades.
This. Is. Not. Normal.
In May of 2018 former President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, reached a deal with Netflix.
Variety reported at the time, the deal would allow the Obama’s to produce series and movies, the amount of the partnership between Netflix and the Obama’s was not stated.
They go on to say in March of 2018, the pair signed the couple to a joint book deal that was reportedly to pay them $65 million for their respective memoirs.
To be very clear the book deal, and the Netflix deal arose, after President Obama, had been out of office for over a year.
The lashing out by President Trump is over allegations that he, since he did not, as the Hill noted Monday, “completely divest from his business has come under continued scrutiny, including recently after Vice President Pence spent two nights at a Trump property in Ireland and amid reports that Air Force pilots stayed at a Trump property in Scotland during refueling stops in the area.”
President Obama’s spokeswoman declined to comment when The Hill reached out for a statement following President Trump’s tweets.
This post will be updated within reason.
This is an Open Thread.
Authors note: There will be a rally thread.