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  1. Sebastian Gorka “is an American military and intelligence analyst, a professor, and a member of the national security advisory staff; currently he serves as a deputy assistant to the President of the United States, Donald Trump.” – Wikipedoa

    The Times of Israel reports: Top Trump aide a sworn member of Nazi-allied group – report

    Members of a Nazi-allied Hungarian group have said that a deputy assistant to US President Donald Trump is a formal member of their exclusive order.

    In a report published Thursday, representatives of the Vitézi Rend told The Forward that Sebastian Gorka took a lifelong oath of loyalty to their organization.

    While Gorka and the White House did not respond to requests for comment, the former Breitbart News editor was photographed and interviewed at Trump’s inauguration wearing the uniform and medal of the Hungarian group.

    The US State Department lists Vitézi Rend as a Nazi-linked group, which could render members ineligible for visas. Gorka became a US citizen in 2012.

    This isn’t new. Talking Points Memo: Did Gorka Really Wear A Medal Linked To Nazi Ally To Trump Inaugural Ball?

    During an interview with Fox News broadcast from one of President Trump’s inaugural balls, soon-to-be White House aide Sebastian Gorka wore a medal that some Hungarian news outlets and scholars identified with Miklós Horthy, the anti-Semitic World War II-era leader

    Gorka has the position of Deputy Assistant in the Trump Administration. He is a member of the Strategic Initiatives Group in the White House, set up by Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. From 2014 to 2016 Gorka was an editor for National Security Affairs at Breitbart News, working for Bannon.

    • Pete Kane

       /  March 17, 2017

      Classic Pete. Gorka: “The adults are in the WH………..The Alpha Males are back.” You have to love the language ‘drama’.

  2. I wonder if this was Russian hackers:

  3. Gezza

     /  March 17, 2017

    The latest helpful & informative tweets from THE DONALD OF THE UNITED STATES :


    [45th POTUS, 1st DOTUS]
    ……..
    I will be interviewed by ‪@TuckerCarlson‬ tonight at 9:00 P.M. on ‪@FoxNews‬. Enjoy!
    ……..
    In Nashville, Tennessee! Let’s MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
    ……..
    Thank you Nashville, Tennessee!

    [ Crikey. They must have done it. 😳 Job done? Ed. ]
    ……..
    A budget that puts ‪#AmericaFirst‬ must make safety its no. 1 priority—without safety there can be no prosperity:
    (link: http://45.wh.gov/NF9wr4)
    45.wh.gov/NF9wr4
    ……..
    [Not a bad effort. Ed.]
    ……..
    More Trump tweets may possibly be found here when The Donald has some spare time: https://mobile.twitter.com/realdonaldtrump
    ……
    Fri 17 Mar 2017. 0645 hours

  4. David

     /  March 17, 2017

    Watched his rally in Nashville yesterday, it was very good and hugely entertaining and a huge crowd and similar numbers outside.
    The speech should have been made by a Democrat and it vivdly shows why Trump picked up the blue collar and white women vote. Protecting jobs, safe neighbourhoods, proper healthcare for people who have smacked by Obamacare, tariff barriers, school choice and of course a good natured but brief hit on the dishonest media. God, apple pie, the military the usual stuff but the crowd was very enthusiastic and they looked like just normal middle class hardworking family people.

    • Gezza

       /  March 17, 2017

      Aljaz reporter in Washington spoke last night about all sorts of issues & probs with the planned phase one improvements to the US Health Insurance small-group-enrichment-system, apparently more than a few trump voters will some problems with their health cover? Don’t know the details. No doubt these will be readily available through the dishonest media.

      • Anonymous Coward

         /  March 17, 2017

        Even Breitbart has been running it down.

        • Gezza

           /  March 17, 2017

          Alan Fisher on Aljaz also said quite a few Republican Senators & Congressmen also not happy with TrumpBudget 1.0 A few Culture Vultures among them?

          • Quite a few vested interests I expect. Pork barrel spending to enhance re-election chances is rife in the US.

            • Gezza

               /  March 17, 2017

              Also questioning the slashing of state department funding & boosting of the military spend, & slashing of the aid budget (comparatively tiny, apparently) concerned that Trump is signalling an intention to pursue military diplomacy & losing its culivated reputation for helping poor countries.

            • I wonder how many jobs will be lost through slashed budgets, compared to how many new jobs will be created through import protection and manufacturing protection.

            • Gezza

               /  March 17, 2017

              Reporter’s conclusion is something will get passed but it won’t be this one. It’ll be sent back for more work.

    • Griff

       /  March 17, 2017

      • duperez

         /  March 17, 2017

        Security at gates is different these days. Have your bag searched, can’t take in some foods, can’t take the pram into the University Oval, can’t take in the umbrella in and other sundry items have to be left at the gate.

        At Nashville they probably let guns through. In normal circumstances they would have made entrants leave their brain at the door. They decided they didn’t have to bother.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 17, 2017

          Trump is still saying that 94,000,000 Americans are unemployed. In fact, these people are still at high school or university, are stay at home parents, are retired and on super or ill or disabled….wouldn’t that be about 25% of the population ? 25% unemployment would be disastrous. If one ssumes that 25% of the population are children, that would make it…..?% unemployed.

  5. Anonymous Coward

     /  March 17, 2017

    No self respecting despot would begin a countries slide into Fascism without first hobbling the Artists, Academics and Public Broadcasters.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 17, 2017

      Wasn’t Hitler an artist and a greenie?

      • Anonymous Coward

         /  March 17, 2017

        Not one that was ever good enough to get a grant. Failed Artists can get quite bitter, a wounded ego is a dangerous thing.

        • Blazer

           /  March 17, 2017

          not as dangerous as a severe depression inflicted upon people.

      • Pete Kane

         /  March 17, 2017

        Well a vege and a teetotaler, at least.

      • PDB

         /  March 17, 2017

        He was anti-Jew, sounds like a lefty to me?

        • Blazer

           /  March 17, 2017

          Jews love playing the victim.Hitlers disdain came from Jewish bankers introducing sanctions on Germany raising money for boosting the economy.By barter and creative funding, the Nazis managed to create 6 million new jobs,and restore pride and dignity to a nation devastated by the harsh conditions of the Versailles treaty.

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  March 17, 2017

      Well it would be a leak if it wasn’t public knowledge already, Vault 7 was over a week ago, everybody knows not only that the CIA was hacked, but also some of what was taken.
      Lame Hit.

  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 17, 2017

    trumps first budget proposal is already being shot down in flames

    Donald Trump isn’t a details guy, which is why his skinny budget is skinnier than most. Every president sends these proposals to Congress to specify their general spending preferences. Trump’s plan is especially sketchy when it comes to how it actually pays for everything. As a political vision, though, it couldn’t be clearer: a kind of banana republic militarism designed to fleece taxpayers, enrich defense contractors, punish agencies deemed disloyal and screw the poor at every turn.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/16/trumps-budget-dream-paranoid-strongman-vicious-scrooge

    The eighth straight year of austerity for non-defense discretionary spending, and it’s about to get a lot worse.

  7. Pete Kane

     /  March 17, 2017

    First couple of minutes of this has Tyrone Ventura’s take on Meadows Trump tax story. Some validity I must say.

    • Pete Kane

       /  March 17, 2017

      Actually follow the rest of the tale and one sees why Trump’s looking at a ‘military top-up’.

      • Gezza

         /  March 17, 2017

        Too hard going for me, that presenter. Had to abandon viewing after 10 minutes Pete.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 17, 2017

          I save much more time by abandoning video viewing before it starts, G.

  8. Zedd

     /  March 17, 2017

    Mr Ts claims that ‘Obama ordered wire tapping of T-tower’ has been totally refuted by the CIA !

    The guy is either ‘so full of his own importance’ OR hes just a RAVING/tweeting Lunatic 😀
    How can ANYONE take him seriously ?! 😦

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 17, 2017

      there’s no either/or about trump. He’s full of his own importance AND a raving/tweeting lunatic

      Meanwhile he and his sidekicks like Baghdad Bob Spicer continue to peddle a line of bullshit that because he used quotation marks in one of his 4 tweets, he’s somehow off the hook. No worries that there were no quotation marks in the other 3 or that he’s offered no evidence whatsoever.

      Aaand meanwhile trumpophiles continue to worship the dirty ground his shadow falls on

      • Zedd

         /  March 17, 2017

        fair point JB.
        I actually wonder whether all the hair-dye has soak into his brain ? 😀

  9. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 17, 2017

    Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate intelligence committee have rubbished Donald Trump’s incendiary claim that Barack Obama placed Trump Tower under surveillance.

    “Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after election day 2016,” the Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina and the Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia said in a joint statement on Thursday.

    Their counterparts on the House intelligence committee, the Republican Devin Nunes and the Democrat Adam Schiff, both of California, announced the same conclusion on Wednesday.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/16/wiretapping-trump-tower-senate-intelligence-committee

    Clapper also denied any surveillance, Comey requested the DoJ to denounce trump’s line of bullshit, and Sessions also denied the claim…

    Such an unusual bipartisan concord reached between the Republicans, Democrats, FBI, CIA, Sessions… and yet the trumpophiles still support the tinfoil-hatted one

    • PDB

       /  March 17, 2017

      The problem with your position Blogg’s is that Trump, the Democrats and MSM are ALL as bad as each other – highlighting Trump’s many failings whilst ignoring the obvious problems with the other parties to this huge joke of a country is somewhat disingenuous.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  March 17, 2017

        The problem with your response PDB is that you conflate trump with the Dems and MSM – sad, so sad.

        despite their many weaknesses, neither the dems nor the msm can be accused of such blatant bullshittery as the trump admin or the fool himself.

        He’s suffered two stinging rebukes in the past two days. On Wednesday it was the House Intelligence committee and now it’s the Senate Intelligence committee. He lied again. How is that Bowling Green Massacre? Or Swedens terrorist attack? Or the voter fraud where trump won the popular vote going for everyone.

        Meanwhile his healthcare bill is DOA and the courts just gave him another immigration vasectomy.

        Let’s put this charade to bed, PDB. trump maliciously lied in a vain effort to taint Obama. He can’t be trusted and his administration’s credibility is in the toilet.

        • PDB

           /  March 17, 2017

          “neither the dems nor the msm can be accused of such blatant bullshittery”

          A perfect example where you have tunnel vision………carry on ranting

      • duperez

         /  March 17, 2017

        The problem with your position PDB is that while Trump the Democrats and the MSM all might be as bad as each other only Trump is the President of the United States and in most senses the others are irrelevant.

  10. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 17, 2017

    So, no real news today – just red rags and media bulls.

    This one explores the broken US budget management with some insight. If Trump can get these alligators out of the Senate’s political swamp he will be achieving magic:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/03/15/how-can-trump-change-the-predictable-budget-battle/