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Post time 2019-2-8 11:07:01 |Display all floors
The following are excerpts from Jack Holmes' February 4, 2019 article headlined "Trump's ‘Executive Time’ Is Just as Appalling As You Thought It Was" with the subheading "The president spends a huge amount of his time watching Fox News and tweeting and playing golf. Maybe that's better than the alternative."

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At some point, being the President of the United States became a cushy job. It was probably around the time we elected a know-nothing real-estate crook who billed himself as a Businessman who makes Business Deals. But now that the White House is graced with the presence of Donald Trump, American president, it seems the job has gotten a whole lot easier. Maybe El Jefe is just that smart, and just that efficient with his time, that he can afford to spend 60 percent of it watching cable news and tweeting and calling people to talk about what he sees on the teevee....

Trump, an early riser, usually spends the first 5 hours of the day in Executive Time. Each day's schedule places Trump in "Location: Oval Office" from 8 to 11 a.m. But Trump, who often wakes before 6 a.m., is never in the Oval during those hours, according to six sources with direct knowledge. Instead, he spends his mornings in the residence, watching TV, reading the papers, and responding to what he sees and reads by phoning aides, members of Congress, friends, administration officials and informal advisers.

There are days where he has half an hour of scheduled meetings and seven hours of Executive Time. Since the midterms in November, Trump has had around 77 hours of scheduled meetings and 297 hours of Executive Time. Axios grants that he has some unscheduled get-togethers and actual work-related calls during these very presidential periods. But what percentage of those seven hours is he just melting his brain with more cable news? We know for sure that a good share of his morning Executive Time is devoted to watching Fox & Friends, the dumbest show on television, which he then live tweets verbatim as God's own gospel. This has made it one of his core sources—if not his number-one source—for information. Steve Doocy is running the country, at least whenever Ann Coulter takes a day off....

Citing multiple in-person episodes, these intelligence officials say Trump displays what one called “willful ignorance” when presented with analyses generated by America’s $81 billion-a-year intelligence services. The officials, who include analysts who prepare Trump’s briefs and the briefers themselves, describe futile attempts to keep his attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible.

What is most troubling...are Trump’s angry reactions when he is given information that contradicts positions he has taken or beliefs he holds. Two intelligence officers even reported that they have been warned to avoid giving the President intelligence assessments that contradict stances he has taken in public....

Jesus Christ. The president is not known as a Book Reader, but it continually astounds just how fundamentally incurious he is about the world. He doesn't know much, and he doesn't much care. He's a walking case study for the Dunning-Kruger effect, where ignorant people are ignorant of how ignorant they are, and so actually believe they know everything there is to know. (On the flip side, well-informed people are often more acquainted with the vast amount of knowledge they still do not have. This leads them to be less confident about their skills and abilities.) The president doesn't know what he doesn't know, so he thinks he knows it all.

Sunday's schedule leak is not at all surprising to anyone who's been watching this ongoing national disgrace. It's not just how painfully obvious it is that Trump spends a reported four to eight hours watching television each day. (Just look at an account from his former aide in Team of Vipers, which suggests Trump engages in some characteristic projection while giving White House tours, accusing President Obama of watching basketball all day, pause for appreciation of racist undertones, in the same room where he installed a giant new TV to watch cable news all day. That is, when he's not watching cable news in the White House Residence.) He also spends a gigantic share of his time playing golf.

According to the Washington Post, the president just took an unprecedented 63-day break from visiting Trump Organization properties while in office. When he is visiting, it has the effect of advertising for those properties, of which Trump retained full ownership despite a sham divestment, while he's purportedly serving the American public. Another side-hustle in The Great American Heist. He took the break, and admirably so, because he'd single-handedly shut down the government over funding for his Big, Beautiful Wall, and it might have looked bad to go down to sunny Florida while 800,000 federal workers were missing paychecks.

But his record of visiting his properties, and playing lots and lots of golf there, is astounding.

But Trump has passed a perhaps more notable milestone: He has gone over two solid calendar months without playing golf. Until about September, Trump played golf at a prodigious pace. It was rare that he would go more than a week or two without playing a round, either heading to his private club in Virginia or flying to New Jersey or Florida to play at one of his clubs. Once September rolled around, though, the pace slowed as he replaced his primary form of exercise with his other energizing pastime — holding political rallies — as the midterm elections approached....

The result? He’s now averaging a round of golf about once every 5.4 days, down substantially from the pace of once every 4.6 days he was playing at the end of his vacation in New Jersey in August. In fact, this is the slowest overall average rate he’s seen since his August vacation in 2017.

That is still an amazing amount of time spent playing golf, which Trump and his aides have sought to obscure—again via the Post:

When Trump plays with private citizens, the White House does not release the names or acknowledge that he is playing at all, though video footage taken through the shrubs has captured him. Aides say on occasion, members at his clubs have given the president bad ideas they’ve had to thwart.

There’s another reason for the caginess. The president “insisted on trying to maintain the public perception that he was always working,” former White House staffer Cliff Sims wrote in his book, “Team of Vipers,” explaining why the White House rarely says he golfs.

Another reason is that it's another example of his rank hypocrisy. Trump attacked Obama relentlessly for playing golf—in line with conservative suggestions the first black president was "disengaged," another piece of obvious code—and then played golf nearly twice as often for much of his presidency. According to the Post, to match Obama's record of playing every 8.8 days in office, Trump would have to never play a single round until May 2020. If this weekend is anything to go on, he ain't gonna make it:...

Anyway, it's all just reassurance that everything is exactly as it appears. The president spends a huge share of his time contracting brain disease from cable news and tweeting about it. Some other time is spent calling his old friends, who reassure him he's doing great and all his problems are caused by The Very Biased Media and The Open-Borders Democrats. And some, I assume, is spent being president....  (End excerpts)

Source:  esquiredotcom

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Post time 2019-2-9 12:33:33 |Display all floors

Shifting the embassy to Jerusalem is his insurance. He will live out his term with no problem regardless of what evil he does. He is apparently planning to go into Venezuela to steal gold and oil.
9/11 was an inside job.
No second plane.It was a bomb.Bomb in the other building.
You KNOW without a doubt the videos are fake,right ?!
Planes don't meld into steel and concrete buildings.They crash into them !!!!!!!
It's amazing how the building ate the plane !!!
Imagine those fragile wings cutting slots in massive steel columns !!!!!
How STUPID can they think the people are to believe that crap ??!!

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Post time 2019-2-9 14:10:06 |Display all floors
petera Post time: 2019-2-9 12:33

Shifting the embassy to Jerusalem is his insurance. He will live out his term with no pro ...

re:  "Shifting the embassy to Jerusalem is his insurance. He will live out his term with no problem regardless of what evil he does. He is apparently planning to go into Venezuela to steal gold and oil."

  Yes, the embassy deal is alive insurance...

     Going into Venezuela is simple greed and following Masters orders

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Post time 2019-2-10 02:58:10 |Display all floors
reedak always uploads excellent articles. Period.

This U.S. president, according to this article, is lazy as hell, while still wanting to give the impression that despite all his faults, he is a hard-working guy out to MAGA.

Nothing could be further from the truth, as is shown by the content of this article coming from people who have been close to him at the White House.

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wchao37 Post time: 2019-2-9 13:58
reedak always uploads excellent articles. Period.

This U.S. president, according to this article, i ...

There has always been articles about POTUS, free press.

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain

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Post time 2019-2-12 19:33:41 |Display all floors
This post was edited by parcher at 2019-2-12 19:37

So as we near the end of muellers investigation, still no word from the man himself. 2 yrs in and likely tens of millions of tax payers money, there are signs the public have been conned, and they will never find out what muller had or did not have.
The justice depaetment does not require mueller to make any statements about his findings, so get ready for the biggest spin of all time....The public however will not accept anything less, than evidence proving Trump working  with the russians, and thats why mueller is stalling this as long as possible ..... ..... .     ..his career is hanging by a thread.   
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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Post time 2019-2-12 20:36:51 |Display all floors
parcher Post time: 2019-2-12 06:33
So as we near the end of muellers investigation, still no word from the man himself. 2 yrs in and li ...

.his career is hanging by a thread.   

He will be O.K.

Longest serving FBI Director since J. Edgar Hoover.
First FBI Director to be appointed to serve an additional two years after his 10-year term expired.
Awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and two Navy Commendation Medals for his service in Vietnam.
Oversaw the prosecutions of Manuel Noriega, John Gotti and led the investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Mueller helped transform the FBI into an agency focused on national security as well as law enforcement, gathering intelligence and countering terrorism globally.
1973-1976 - Associate attorney at the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro.
1976-1982 - Joins the US Attorney's office in the Northern District of California.
1982-1988 - US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
1988-1989 - Partner at the law firm of Hill and Barlow.
1990-1993 - Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice.
1993-1995 - Becomes a senior partner in the law firm of Hale and Dorr.
1995-1998 - Joins the Homicide Section of the US Attorney's Office in DC. Mueller becomes the section chief in 1997.
1998-2001 - US Attorney for the Northern District of California.
July 5, 2001 - Nominated to be director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by President George W. Bush.
July 13, 2001 - The Justice Department announces that Mueller will undergo surgery for the treatment of prostate cancer. Officials state that Mueller was diagnosed in April.
September 4, 2001 - Sworn in as the sixth director of the FBI.
July 26, 2011 - Congress passes legislation to extend Mueller's term another two years from the usual fixed 10-year term. The extension of his term passes the Senate with a vote of 100-0.
September 4, 2013 - Steps down after a 12-year term as the Director of the FBI. James Comey succeeds him as the new agency director.
2014-2017 - Partner at WilmerHale law firm.
September 2014 - Begins a nearly four-month independent inquiry into the NFL's investigation and how it gathered evidence in the domestic violence case involving Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens. He later releases a 96-page report outlining his findings, concluding "the NFL should have done more with the information it had, and should have taken additional steps to obtain all available information about the February 15 [2014] incident."
October 27, 2016 - Booz Allen announces it has hired Mueller to conduct an outside review of the firm's security and management processes after a contractor to the National Security Agency with Booz Allen was charged in August with stealing government property and unauthorized removal of classified materials.
May 17, 2017 - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints Mueller to serve as special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between Trump's campaign associates and Russian officials. Rosenstein will oversee Mueller's work because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign.
June 15, 2017 - Mueller's spokesman says the special counsel's office has hired 13 lawyers, with plans to hire more.
October 30, 2017 - In connection with Mueller's Russia probe, Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates are indicted on 12 counts including conspiracy to launder money, making false statements and conspiracy against the United States. Separately, a court filing is unsealed revealing that former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI pertaining to the Russia probe.
December 1, 2017 - Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleads guilty to making false statements to the FBI. He agrees to cooperate with Mueller's team.
December 16, 2017 - Lawyers representing the Trump transition team write to members of Congress accusing Mueller's team of obtaining unauthorized access to tens of thousands of transition emails during the course of its Russia investigation, including what they claim to be documents protected by attorney-client privilege. Mueller's representatives deny the accusation.
January 25, 2018 - The New York Times reports that Trump had ordered the firing of Mueller in June 2017. White House counsel Donald McGahn reportedly threatened to quit instead of carrying out the order.
February 16, 2018 - Mueller's team indicts 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
February 23, 2018 - Gates pleads guilty to lying to the FBI and conspiracy. As part of his plea agreement, Gates will cooperate with Mueller's team.
April 10, 2018 - The New York Times reports that Trump considered firing Mueller in December 2017, marking the second attempt to do so.
April 10, 2018 - During a press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says that Trump "believes he has the power to fire Mueller."
April 11, 2018 - A bipartisan group of senators introduces legislation that would make it harder for Mueller to be fired. The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act protects Mueller by ensuring he can only be fired for "good cause" by a senior Justice Department official.
April 17, 2018 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tells Fox News he will not allow a vote on the Mueller protection bill, explaining that he feels it is unnecessary.
July 13, 2018 - Mueller's team indicts 12 members of the Russian intelligence agency, GRU.
August 21, 2018 - Manafort is convicted on eight out of 18 counts after a trial in Virginia.
September 14, 2018 - Manafort agrees to cooperate with Mueller's team and pleads guilty to conspiracy charges in lieu of going on trial a second time. If he fulfills his agreement to cooperate, prosecutors will drop other charges including money laundering and bank fraud.
November 7, 2018 - Sessions is fired. Trump appoints Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
November 20, 2018 - Trump submits written responses to questions from the special counsel.
November 26, 2018 - In a court filing, Mueller's prosecutors accuse Manafort of violating his plea agreement and committing federal crimes by lying to the FBI and the special counsel's office.
November 28, 2018 - A Senate vote on a Mueller protection bill is blocked by Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah.
November 29, 2018 - Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress and signs an agreement to cooperate with Mueller's team.
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