Former Trump Officials Are Supposed to Avoid Lobbying.… — ProPublica

Former Trump Officials Are Supposed to Avoid Lobbying.… — ProPublica

But loopholes, some of them sizable, abound. At least 33 former Trump officials have found ways around the pledge. The most prominent is former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned in December after a series of ethics investigations. He announced Wednesday that he is joining a lobbying firm, Turnberry Solutions, which was started in 2017 by several former Trump campaign aides. Asked whether Zinke will register as a lobbyist, Turnberry partner Jason Osborne said, “He will if he has a client that he wants to lobby for.”

Among the 33 former officials, at least 18 have recently registered as lobbyists. The rest work at firms in jobs that closely resemble federal lobbying. Almost all work on issues they oversaw or helped shape when they were in government. (Nearly 2,600 Trump officials signed the ethics pledge in 2017, according to the Office of Government Ethics. Twenty-five appointees did not sign the pledge. We used staffing lists compiled for ProPublica’s Trump Town, our exhaustive database of current political appointees, and found at least 350 people who have left the Trump administration. There are other former Trump officials who lobby at the state or local level.)

As we’ve reported before, some former officials are tiptoeing around the rules by engaging in “shadow lobbying,” which typically entails functions such as “strategic consulting” that don’t require registering as a lobbyist. Others obtained special waivers allowing them to go back to lobbying. In a few cases, they avoided signing the pledge altogether. Legislation aimed at closing some of the loopholes is contained in the Democratic-led ethics reform package, HR 1, the “For the People Act,” which had its first hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee last month. (The same bill was proposed in the previous session of Congress, and the sponsors cited ProPublica’s reporting.)

via Former Trump Officials Are Supposed to Avoid Lobbying.… — ProPublica

Tamiflu Now Blamed For Suicide, Hallucinations, Confusion, And More

Tamiflu Now Blamed For Suicide, Hallucinations, Confusion, And More – Vaxxter

Tamiflu is one of the fastest selling antiviral medicines used to treat cases of flu. In fact, it is so popular that you can hardly find it on shelves these days. Many children diagnosed with symptoms of flu are given Tamiflu by E.R.’s. However, new reports of Tamiflu side effects has many parents questioning the practice of giving Tamiflu to children at all.

Hallucinations, speech issues, confusion, and poor motor function have been named as just a few of the potential Tamiflu side effects that could potentially affect a child who takes the medicine. Many children have already experienced these issues.

According to Fox 5 our of Missouri’s Ozark region.

The Wallens say their 2-year-old son, Steven, was twitching, hallucinating, and slamming his head in pain after taking the medicine after being diagnosed with the flu.

via Tamiflu Now Blamed For Suicide, Hallucinations, Confusion, And More – Vaxxter

Trump could be removed from office without impeachment

Trump could be removed from office without impeachment

A special body can be appointed to determine if Trump is fit to serve without him being impeached.

Two students at Yale Law School have been doing their research and have determined that Congress can remove President Trump by a little known clause in the Constitution, one that doesn’t involve Vice President Pence and a majority of his cabinet sending a letter to Congress about his fitness for office.

That 25th Amendment scenario itself is extremely unlikely anyways, because Trump could simply fire them before they got a chance to do it. This actually happened in an episode of House of Cards (spoiler alert).

Here are the two other ways Trump could be removed by Congress:

1) Appoint a panel of independent medical practitioners to judge the health of the president.

2) Appoint a body with no medical expertise because the 25th Amendment’s wording is very vague to allow the House to interpret the criteria for the President being “unfit to serve.”

via Source Politics Trump could be removed from office without impeachment

Covington Catholic teen Nick Sandmann’s family sues the Washington Post for $250 million – Vox

Covington Catholic teen Nick Sandmann’s family sues the Washington Post for $250 million – Vox

The Covington Catholic High School teen is back — and armed with a $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post.

The family of Nick Sandmann, the MAGA hat-wearing Kentucky teen captured in a standoff with a Native American elder in a video that went viral in January, filed a defamation lawsuit against the Post on Tuesday. The family’s lawyers allege the Post “engaged in a modern-day form of McCarthyism” with its coverage of the incident and “wrongfully targeted and bullied” Sandmann.

“The Post bullied an innocent child with an absolute disregard for the pain and destruction its attacks would cause to his life,” attorneys L. Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry wrote in the suit, which was posted on their website and which they say was filed in the Eastern District of Kentucky.

via Covington Catholic teen Nick Sandmann’s family sues the Washington Post for $250 million – Vox

Dylann Roof: The Charleston shooter was radicalized by the Trayvon Martin case. Are there others like him?

Dylann Roof: The Charleston shooter was radicalized by the Trayvon Martin case. Are there others like him?

[Dylann Roof’s] manifesto was very, very direct. But if you go onto websites like Stormfront and whatnot, you’ll see newbies who start getting involved in those threads and get more active. So that pattern is playing out on the Internet—it doesn’t always lead to someone killing people, but it’s certainly drawing people into those conversations.

And you can actually see, in these threads related to cases like Martin’s or Michael Brown’s in Ferguson, people who have not posted before?

You can. You can also go to the sections of the website that are for new members, and you can see the white supremacists talking them through. I should say though that this pattern is not a new one. The biggest bump in membership that the Neo-Nazi National Alliance got, throughout its first 15 years of existence, was during the L.A. riots, and that was way before we had the Web and all that, but it was the same kind of thing—like Ferguson, it drew people to that organization. So if the question is, do these things drive people into the white supremacist movement, the answer is yes.

What’s different about the way the new recruits talk on these websites, compared with the people who have been involved for a long time?

They’re usually less sophisticated, they haven’t bought into the arguments, so they’re oftentimes trying to logic things out. The truth of the matter is that the white supremacist websites don’t have that sophisticated of an ideology—it’s not that hard to understand. But you know, people will kind of wander in there and start asking questions. They might either fall for it all at once, or they might retort in different ways—it depends on the case.

And you’ve seen cases where someone explicitly says, “I came here because I saw this story on the news”?

Yeah. Absolutely. I’ve even seen people who are anti-racists slowly get converted to the racist position.

via Slate Dylann Roof: The Charleston shooter was radicalized by the Trayvon Martin case. Are there others like him?

5 signs America is ready to abandon Confederate emblems | MSNBC

5 signs America is ready to abandon Confederate emblems | MSNBC

Retailers and manufacturers are pulling Confederate merchandise: Since South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday called for the flag’s removal from outside the state capitol, a growing number of America’s major retailers — including Walmart, Amazon, eBay, Target, Etsy.com and Sears — have vowed to yank Confederate-related merchandise both online and in stores across the country. Prior to the moves, Confederate flag decor could be found on everything from pocket knifes to lady’s bikinis. Since the announcement that retailers would pull the merchandise, sales of the items have skyrocketed in online marketplaces. In one case on Amazon, sales for a single flag were up 3,600% from the day before.

Walmart, Sears and Amazon to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise

“Our intention is never to offend. We all recognize the great sensitivity around this and have removed the item from our website,” Target told CNBC after pulling a Confederate costume from its online store.

Flag wholesaler and manufacturer Valley Forge Flag Co. pledged to completely eliminate its line of Confederate flags from its list of future products.

“We hope that this decision will show our support for those affected by the recent events in Charleston and, in some small way, help to foster racial unity and tolerance in our country,” the company wrote in a statement Tuesday.

via 5 signs America is ready to abandon Confederate emblems | MSNBC

Subpoena CDC Vaccine Whistleblower Dr William Thompson to Testify before Congress | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Subpoena CDC Vaccine Whistleblower Dr William Thompson to Testify before Congress | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

We the People ask that President Trump order and direct HHS/CDC to make Dr. William Thompson, unconditionally and without gag order, available for questioning before Congress to make declarations, confessions and to answer questions regarding his revelations in 2013/2014 to Dr. Brian Hooker. These revelations are regarding fraudulent acts by him, other CDC personnel and unnamed individuals. These acts include hiding and destroying evidence that proves a relationship between some or all vaccines and serious injury and neurodevelepmental disorders, including autism. This was recently confirmed by Vaccine Court expert witness Dr. Zimmerman, who was dismissed by DOJ/HHS in a Vaccine Court case for confirming such relationship. See tinyurl.com/Zimmerman-Autism.

via Subpoena CDC Vaccine Whistleblower Dr William Thompson to Testify before Congress | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Subpoena CDC Vaccine Whistleblower Dr William Thompson to Testify before Congress | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Subpoena CDC Vaccine Whistleblower Dr William Thompson to Testify before Congress | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

We the People ask that President Trump order and direct HHS/CDC to make Dr. William Thompson, unconditionally and without gag order, available for questioning before Congress to make declarations, confessions and to answer questions regarding his revelations in 2013/2014 to Dr. Brian Hooker. These revelations are regarding fraudulent acts by him, other CDC personnel and unnamed individuals. These acts include hiding and destroying evidence that proves a relationship between some or all vaccines and serious injury and neurodevelepmental disorders, including autism. This was recently confirmed by Vaccine Court expert witness Dr. Zimmerman, who was dismissed by DOJ/HHS in a Vaccine Court case for confirming such relationship. See tinyurl.com/Zimmerman-Autism.

via Subpoena CDC Vaccine Whistleblower Dr William Thompson to Testify before Congress | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is ‘not well at all mentally’, former White House ethics chief says

Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is ‘not well at all mentally’, former White House ethics chief says

Donald Trump must be removed from office as he is “not well at all mentally”, a former White House ethics chief has said.

Richard Painter, who served as George W Bush’s ethics lawyer between 2005 and 2007, told cable network Msnbc Mr Trump’s national emergency declaration over illegal immigration was “clearly illegal” and the product of the president’s state of mind.

“The president is not well at all mentally. I think he’s an extreme narcissist. He has been denied what he wants, his wall, and he is having a hissy fit,” said Mr Painter.

“He is out of control, and he will not take no for an answer from Congress. And he’s going do this. He is going to insist on doing it, he is going to tear the country apart. It’s unconstitutional, it’s illegal.

via Yahoo Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is ‘not well at all mentally’, former White House ethics chief says

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Loser Brother Once Hanged a Dog — And Her Family Tried To Cover It Up

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Loser Brother Once Hanged a Dog — And Her Family Tried To Cover It Up

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ brother, David Huckabee, once hanged a dog at camp when he was 17. His father, then Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, tried mightily to squelch the news by pressuring law enforcement, but multiple accounts emerged that David was involved in the dog’s death.

I thought everybody knew this story and some of you may, but a well-informed person I spoke with recently had no idea, so I thought I’d better get the news out there because it’s hard to understand Donald Trump’s press secretary’s moral compass without understanding something about her family.

The story begins when Mike Huckabee’s youngest son David was 17 and working as a counselor at Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, Arkansas, in 1998. One day, David Huckabee and a 19-year-old fellow counselor named Clayton Frady came across a stray dog. The pair of young men captured the dog, and then killed the dog. As a result, both David Huckabee and Clayton Frady were relieved of their duties as camp counselors.

Then in late 2007, shortly after his father had launched his initial presidential bid, the governor’s son popped up on the radar once more in less-than-desirable circumstances. Police reports indicated that the then-26-year-old David was arrested in a Little Rock, Arkansas, airport as he attempted to board a plane carrying a loaded Glock pistol, which the younger Huckabee claimed he had forgotten was in his suitcase.

via Political Flare Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Loser Brother Once Hanged a Dog — And Her Family Tried To Cover It Up

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