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Trump has been clobbered by the courts — and there may be more ahead – CNN

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Trump has been clobbered by the courts -- and there may be more ahead - CNN

WATCH: Donald Trump and The Snake | Zero Tolerance | FRONTLINE – FRONTLINE

When he took the stage at campaign rallies across the country, presidential hopeful Donald Trump often had a piece of paper in his pocket, ready to go if the moment seemed right.

On it was printed something unlikely: the lyrics to a song written in the 1960s by civil rights activist Oscar Brown Jr. Based on a fable, The Snake tells the story of a kind woman who takes an injured snake into her home to nurse him back to health only to be shocked when she is fatally bitten.

In Trumps hands, however, Browns words were imbued with a new and specific meaning.

As the opening scene from the upcoming FRONTLINE documentary Zero Tolerance explores, Trump recast the lyrics as an anti-immigration allegory equating people seeking to enter America with killer snakes who would inevitably cause harm to those who welcomed them. Trump built to a crescendo around the songs last lines, an exchange between the dying woman and the snake:

I saved you, I saved you, I saved you, cried that woman.And youve bit me, heavens why?You know your bite is poisonous and now Im going to die.Oh shut up, silly woman, said the reptile with a grin.You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.

Trumps embrace of that comparison kicks off Zero Tolerance, a FRONTLINE documentary premiering Tuesday, Oct. 22, that investigates how the president turned anti-immigration fervor into a powerful political weapon. The films opening moments depict Trumps use of The Snake in such a way that its never before been seen juxtaposing the then-candidates reading with stark images of men, women and children struggling to reach the U.S.-Mexico border.

As the documentary explores, Trumps comparison of immigrants to killer snakes was just the beginning. He would go on to make opposition to immigration the signature policy of his presidency, using virulent anti-immigration sentiment to animate his supporters and fuel a political movement. He continued to recite the lyrics to The Snake at several public events as president.

He tapped into something in a very profound way that began to redefine the debate in the political year of 2016 and continues to redefine the politics of the country today, Dan Balz of The Washington Post tells FRONTLINE in the above clip.

Trump didnt do it alone. The documentary, from veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team, tells the inside story of how an improbable group of outsiders Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions and Steve Bannon became the driving force behind Trumps most controversial initiatives, as part of a grand anti-immigration strategy they would call Zero Tolerance.

Miller is the only one still left in the Trump administration, but the film shows how the trios years of planning around immigration are still shaping decisions. Zero Tolerance is a must-watch look at how Americas immigration policies and the rhetoric surrounding them reached this moment.

Zero Tolerancepremieres Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST. Tune in or stream onPBS (check local listings), at PBS.org/frontline and on thePBS Video App. More than 30 interviews from the making of the documentary will go live on FRONTLINEs website in tandem with the premiere, in the newest installment of The FRONTLINE Transparency Project.

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Violent Video Was Product of Right-Wing Provocateurs and Trump Allies – The New York Times

But in July 2018, the doctored film clip was further altered to include new targets. Other news organizations, like PBS, NPR, Politico and The Washington Post, were added to the mix.

Mr. Trump was also depicted killing and maiming political enemies like Representative Maxine Waters of California, Senator John McCain of Arizona, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as Hillary Clinton and others.

The video, which had fewer than 1,000 views on YouTube as of Sunday night, had clocked nearly 200,000 views by midday Monday. On Sunday, TheGeekzTeam appeared to celebrate the videos success, posting a new video on Twitter that showed CNNs logo exploding after coming into contact with the phrase Trump memes.

An email to an address listed on the creators YouTube channel was not immediately returned. American Priority denounced the video shown at its event as not approved, seen or sanctioned by the organizers and denounced violence of any kind. But the groups founder, Alex Phillips, has his own longstanding relationship with Mr. Cook, and in the past has supported his work online.

In a video posted to Facebook in June, Mr. Phillips and Mr. Cook played down the idea that such content can foment hate and violence. As far as Im concerned, hate speech is a made-up word, Mr. Cook says in the video. You cant cause violence with words.

Mr. Phillips said he agreed. The truth hurts sometimes, he responds. Deal with it.

Annie Karni and Katie Rogers reported from Washington, and Kevin Roose from New York. Jeremy Peters and Kitty Bennett contributed reporting from Washington.

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Americans want an end to forever wars. But that’s not what Trump offers – The Guardian

The American people are tired of war. After 18 years of continuous conflict so long that fathers and sons have fought in the same war fatigue and frustration with the exercise of US military force abroad pervade our political culture. This is not new. Nominally anti-war candidates have won the past three presidential elections. Indeed, one of the many perverse features of the 2016 campaign was that the strongest denunciation of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq came not from the Democrat on the debate stage but from Donald Trump. So seemingly indifferent to the painful toll of endless war was Hillary Clintons campaign that it could very well have cost her the election.

Trump, of course, did not campaign as a principled anti-interventionist or anti-imperialist but as an amoral dealmaker, willing to pull the US out of entanglements deemed too costly or arrangements with allies deemed ungrateful. Yet he has governed, at least for the bulk of his term, much more like a conventional Republican than the flouter of the bipartisan foreign policy consensus he sometimes postured to be. Hawkish generals, neocons and hardcore Islamophobes have largely occupied the key policy-making positions in his administration. Instead of ending endless wars, as he has periodically pledged to do, Trump has mostly done the opposite: vetoing in April a resolution that would have ended US military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen; expanding US military presence in Saudi Arabia; and repeatedly risking armed conflict with Iran.

It is a sad irony that Trumps recent catastrophic decision to withdraw US troops from north-eastern Syria and approve Turkeys invasion may be the closest his administration has come to substantially contravening the foreign policy establishments dictates and actually reducing US military presence abroad. The withdrawal from Syria is the exact opposite of principled anti-interventionism: incoherent, inconsistent and likely to imperil already vulnerable progressive and democratic forces. As Meredith Tax writes, it is a colossal betrayal of the Kurds, many of whom have fought and died alongside US troops trying to expel the Islamic State from their territory, and a terrible blow to the revolutionary experiment in Rojava, which has offered the international left a glimpse of a new political paradigm in practice.

An unstrategic, chaotic move that has already taken innocent peoples lives, Trumps Syria withdrawal should be a warning to those too easily seduced by the presidents erratic opposition to US foreign involvement an orientation grounded in the mercenary logic of the protection racket, not respect for international law or a commitment to human rights. It is crucial not to confuse the presidents cruel calculus with a genuine commitment to ending protracted wars, regardless of what he might tweet.

It is crucial not to confuse the presidents cruel calculus with a genuine commitment to ending protracted wars, regardless of what he might tweet

Trumps Syria withdrawal should also serve as a reminder to liberals and leftists of the urgent need to articulate a strong alternative to the policies of imperial maintenance a swollen defense budget, drone strikes and targeted assassinations advocated by Democrats and Republicans alike as well as to the cruel, cynical foreign policy of Trump.

This is a moral imperative: not only in light of US imperial maintenances direct human cost, felt most acutely by those whose countries and societies have been torn apart by US invasion or intervention, but also in light of what could be accomplished domestically by taking the substantial resources currently used to end lives abroad and reallocating them to improve and save lives at home through reinvestments in the countrys fraying social safety net.

And, in the midst of a presidential election campaign, it is a political imperative. Trumps re-election campaign may be mired in scandal and seemingly disorganized, but there is no doubt that Trump and his operatives understand the electoral benefits of an anti-interventionist posture; it worked for them before, and it could work for them again. The Syrian withdrawal should be understood with this in mind, as should Trumps proposed drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan. After all, the places where it matters that loved ones have returned from active duty are places where the Democratic nominee will need to win if Trump is to be defeated.

They will fail to do so if the Democratic foreign policy position is characterized by kneejerk defensiveness about the Obama administrations foreign policy legacy (eg Joe Biden) or the pabulum of American leadership (eg Pete Buttigieg) that, in practice, means sending more US soldiers, and civilians, in countries around the world, to their deaths.

Instead, the Democrats must put forward a vision of US foreign policy that pairs a principled opposition to endless wars with a commitment to begin a responsible, comprehensive pullback of US military presence abroad. Fears of a possible backlash to this are probably overstated. In ways not always intelligible as such, a war-weary people demands a respite.

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Architect of bin Laden raid says Trump is working to ‘destroy’ the country – CNN

"If you want to destroy an organization, any organization, you destroy it from within, you destroy it from without and then what you do is you convince everybody that you're doing the right thing," McRaven told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead."

"So when you take a look at what the President has done, he's undermined the intelligence community, the law enforcement community, the Department of Justice, the State Department. He has called the press the enemy of the American people and I will tell you, I've fought a lot of America's enemies. The press is not the enemy of the American people."

McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, added that Trump is also "undermining us from without."

McRaven's comments to CNN expand on his New York Times op-ed published earlier Thursday under the headline "Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President."

"...if this president doesn't demonstrate the leadership that America needs, both domestically and abroad, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office -- Republican, Democrat or independent -- the sooner, the better," he wrote. "The fate of our Republic depends upon it."

Trump has previously dismissed criticism from McRaven, labeling him a Hillary Clinton supporter in 2018.

CLARIFICATION: The headline and story have been updated to properly reflect McRaven's statements on CNN.

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Trump is on his way to an easy win in 2020, according to Moody’s accurate election model – CNBC

President Donald Trump pumps his fists as he arrives for a "Make America Great Again" rally at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, North Carolina, on July 17, 2019.

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President Donald Trump looks likely to cruise to reelection next year under three different economic models Moody's Analytics employed to gauge the 2020 race.

Barring anything unusual happening, the president's Electoral College victory could easily surpass his 2016 win over Democrat Hillary Clinton, which came by a 304-227 count.

Moody's based its projections on how consumers feel about their own financial situation, the gains the stock market has achieved during Trump's tenure and the prospects for unemployment, which has fallen to a 50-year low. Should those variables hold up, the president looks set to get another four-year term.

The modeling has been highly accurate going back to the 1980 election, missing only once.

"If the economy a year from now is the same as it is today, or roughly so, then the power of incumbency is strong and Trump's election odds are very good, particularly if Democrats aren't enthusiastic and don't get out to vote," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics and co-author of the paper along with Dan White, the firm's director of government counsulting and fiscal policy research, and Bernard Yaros, an assistant director and economist. "It's about turnout."

Three models show Trump getting at least 289 electoral votes, assuming average turnout. His chances decrease with maximum turnout on the Democratic side and increase with minimum turnout expected.

Of the three models, he does best under the "pocketbook" measure of how people feel about their finances. In that scenario, assuming average nonincumbent turnout, he gets 351 electoral votes to the generic Democrat's 187. "Record turnout is vital to a Democratic victory," the report said.

In the stock market model, Trump gets a 289-249 edge, while the unemployment model shows a 332-206 advantage. Across all three models, Trump wins 324-214.

"Our 'pocketbook' model is the most economically driven of the three. If voters were to vote primarily on the basis of their pocketbooks, the president would steamroll the competition," the report said. "This shows the importance that prevailing economic sentiment at the household level could hold in the next election."

Stock market levels also are key, and the two are intertwined. Zandi said that even a garden-variety 12% market correction around election time could sway the race, as could an unexpected downturn in the economy.

The results might come as a surprise given Trump's consistently low favorability ratings 40% in the latest Gallup poll and as most head-to-head matchups against Democrats show the president losing.

However, the report said that Trump's relatively stable ratings help provide a good benchmark for how he will do once election time comes.

Zandi said the race could come down a few key counties in Pennsylvania, which Trump flipped in 2016 after the state had voted Democrat in the previous five presidential elections.

Specifically, he said Luzerne County, in the northeast part of the state, "is the single-most important county, no kidding, in the entire election." The longtime Democratic stronghold favored Trump, 51.8% to 46.8% in the election.

Trump doesn't even have to win the county, but merely needs a strong turnout, Zandi said.

The Moody's models have been backtested to 1980 and were correct each time except in 2016, when they ndicated Clinton would get a narrow victory. The authors attributed "unexpected turnout patterns" in Trump's favor caused the error and they adjusted for that in the latest projections. They also said the will be updating the projections as conditions develop and change.

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Trump Stuns Grieving Britons: Meet the Suspect in Your Sons Death – The New York Times

WASHINGTON President Trump said on Wednesday that he had tried unsuccessfully to arrange a White House meeting between the parents of a teenager killed in an August crash in Britain and the American driver involved in the crash.

The parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday evening but balked when he said that Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat whom British police are seeking for her involvement in the crash, was in a nearby room and wanted to meet with them.

I offered to bring the person in question in, the president told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. They werent ready for it. But I did offer.

The attempted intervention added another painful twist to a case that has enraged Britons in the weeks since Ms. Sacoolas, 42, claimed diplomatic immunity and left the country in the days after the crash that killed Harry Dunn, 19. Since then, British and American officials have said that Ms. Sacoolas's claim to immunity is no longer relevant since she has returned home.

Shortly after her 15-minute meeting with the president, Ms. Charles said Mr. Trump proposed that she and her husband meet with Ms. Sacoolas, but Mr. Dunn said that the meeting felt rushed and that it would not have gone well.

The bombshell was dropped not soon after we walked in the room, Ms. Charles told reporters. We would still love to meet with her, but it has to be on our terms and on U.K. soil.

Ms. Charles added that Ms. Sacoolas needs to come back and face the justice system.

In talking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said he had arranged the meeting at the request of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain.

He asked me if Id do that, and I did it, Mr. Trump said.

But an official in Mr. Johnsons office, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe a private conversation, denied that the prime minister had suggested that Mr. Trump arrange the meeting in the way it was eventually formatted. The president brought up Ms. Sacoolas when the two leaders spoke last week, but no plans were completed.

The prime minister asked the president to do all he could to help resolve this tragic issue, a spokeswoman for Mr. Johnson said in a statement The president agreed to work on trying to find a way forward.

The end result was not what either side had envisioned.

Ms. Sacoolas was said to be devastated by this tragic incident, according to a statement made on her behalf by her lawyer, Amy Jeffress. No loss compares to the death of a child and Anne extends her deepest sympathy to Harry Dunns family, the statement said.

A person familiar with what transpired said Ms. Sacoolas had wanted to meet privately with the family, but was directed to come to the White House to participate in Mr. Trumps plan.

Mark Stephens, a lawyer for the Dunn family, called the presidents surprise offer of a meeting a gargantuan miscalculation, and suggested that the meeting had been orchestrated for the benefit of the news media.

Mr. Stephens told reporters that the meeting was attended by the head of U.S. spying, and later clarified in a phone interview on Wednesday that he was referring to Robert C. OBrien, the presidents national security adviser.

This OBrien had effectively curated the idea that there would be a confrontation between the Dunns and Mrs. Sacoolas and that the press would film it, Mr. Stephens said.

White House officials denied the claim that the meeting had been arranged with the idea that the news media would capture it, and reiterated that the British prime minister had helped hatch the plan.

The president met with members of the Dunn family to personally offer his condolences for the loss of their son, Mr. Trumps press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. His intent was to do all he could to comfort the victims of a tragic accident. This was at the request of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Apart from expressing anguish at the familys loss through her lawyer, Ms. Sacoolas has not spoken out publicly about the crash, which occurred on Aug. 27 in Brackley, a town in Northamptonshire about 60 miles northwest of London near a Royal Air Force base that hosts a United States Air Force communication station.

The Northamptonshire police said it believed that Ms. Sacoolas had been driving on the wrong side of the road when her vehicle collided with a motorcycle ridden by Harry Dunn.

After the accident, the authorities said, Ms. Sacoolas told officers that she had no plans to travel abroad. But she abruptly left Britain, claiming diplomatic immunity and setting off an international uproar. On Sept. 5, Britain made a formal request for a waiver of diplomatic immunity to the United States Embassy in London. It was declined eight days later.

Despite being caught off guard by the presidents suggestion for an unplanned meeting with Ms. Sacoolas, Harry Dunns parents appeared grateful for Mr. Trumps interest in the case.

Ms. Charles said that the president was very gracious and very welcoming, and that though he did not suggest that Ms. Sacoolas would return to Britain, he said he would now push to look at this from a different angle.

I think he generally will look to try and resolve this in a way to help us, Mr. Dunn told reporters.

Last week, Mr. Trump described the death as a terrible accident, adding that it was a very, very complex issue because were talking about diplomatic immunity.

He also expressed understanding for Ms. Sacoolas, suggesting that he himself had driven on the wrong side of the road in Britain. On Wednesday, the president again expressed his sympathy for Ms. Sacoolas, whom he said had been confused by British driving laws.

I believe it was going down the wrong way because that happens in Europe, Mr. Trump told reporters. The roads are opposite. And she said thats what happened. That happens to a lot of people, by the way.

The president said that he had a beautiful meeting with the desperately sad parents, but that his involvement in the matter was through.

Now they say they only want to meet if theyre in the U.K., he said. And thatll be up to them.

Katie Rogers reported from Washington, and Iliana Magra from London. Adam Goldman contributed reporting.

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Staring Down Donald Trump, the Same Elephant in Every Room – The New York Times

Every now and then, the internet coughs up a viral video that has the quality of found art. It may be jittery amateur iPhone footage; it may be a spontaneous moment captured by a pool photographer covering a news event. But it has the elegance and integrity and uncanny formal symmetry of something scripted.

One remarkable example is a recent video of the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, shot at the United Nations in New York on the morning of Sept. 23. The clip begins with Thunberg standing at the edge of a lobby crowded with onlookers and reporters. The camera is tightly focused on her face, and we watch that face transform. Thunbergs eyes narrow and harden; her mouth twists into a skeptical scowl. Suddenly, the camera whizzes back to reveal the object of her glare.

President Trump has entered the room. He is flanked by aides and dignitaries, and his mouth is moving rapidly, as it often does. But what seizes our attention is Trumps imposing physical presence in the foreground of the shot. We watch him move, with an imperious rhinocerine trudge, into the center of the frame, until he obscures our view of Thunberg almost altogether.

This sequence lasts only a few seconds, but it is a complete narrative, a story told so deftly with such faithfulness to Aristotelian dramatic principles and so sure a command of cinematic clichs that its hard to believe that it wasnt cooked up in Hollywood. The blocking, the beats, the zipping camera movement and, especially, the exaggerated actions and reactions of the protagonists all seem designed to heighten the drama and to underscore, for anyone who may have missed the point, that we are witnessing a stark morality play. The episode even had a foreshadowing prologue. That morning, in a speech to the world leaders gathered at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Thunberg delivered a warning. My message is that well be watching you, she said. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And there she was, not long afterward, fixing the planets most notorious climate-change denier with what the internet quickly deemed a death stare.

The video rocketed around the internet, generating memes and quips, none of them especially clever: Make America Greta Again; This Greta Thunberg stare-down is life goals; Find yourself someone who looks upon your worst enemy the way Greta Thunberg looks at Trump. Julin Castro, the Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted out the GIF under the caption I think a lot of us can relate.

The eagerness of so many to claim Thunberg as their glowering proxy was curious. That withering death stare was directed at Trump but was it directed only at Trump? Thunbergs message, reiterated that day in her speech at the United Nations, is a broad generational indictment that spares no one, at least no one over 18, for their empty words and inaction on the climate crisis. The countless thousands who have crammed social media feeds with variations on the theme We are all Greta Thunberg are seeking an absolution that Thunberg is not offering.

In fact, the viral popularity of this video may have little to do with climate change, or with the scouring power of Thunbergs gaze. The clip concisely encapsulates an experience to which, as Castro suggests, millions of us can relate. The key moment comes with that abrupt shift in focal point, when the camera seems to jump up and flee, zooming away from Thunberg to document the arrival of the president. It is a jarring bait and switch, a visual joke with a grim punch line. Thunberg is a small person but a mighty moral force; Trump, it seems fair to assert, is in both respects Thunbergs antithesis. Yet the camera is drawn away, and Thunberg recedes from view, her sharp features and bright magenta blouse reduced to indistinct splotches. She is eclipsed by the person of Trump, who heaves into the center of the frame like one of those giant cruise ships that arrive in the harbor to blot out the sun.

Famous, powerful people are known to make grand entrances. It is part of the gig. But Trumps way of lurching into a room is inseparable from his propensity for creating chaos and obliterating meaning. Thank you very much, thank you very much, he booms as he steps into the United Nations lobby. He seems to be addressing this thanks to everyone in the room, as if all those present have just burst into applause. (They havent.) He is merely Being Trump, doing what he does when he shows up anyplace, whether its a meeting of the Group of 7 or a wreath-laying commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery or a Super Bowl party at Mar-a-Lago: subjugating the entire purpose of the event to his own ego and id. It is a demeanor that announces that if anything is going to get done today, it will happen in spite, probably in defiance, of the president of the United States.

Trump wound up attending the climate meeting for about 15 minutes. There were more pressing matters to attend to. He posted on Twitter a dozen times that day, including tweets mocking Mitt Romney, Joe Biden and Adam Schiff. He also directed a trolling tweet at Thunberg: She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!

We are not all Greta Thunberg, but all of us know what its like to be ambushed by Donald Trump. He pops up on your social media feed with hateful words and impulsive policy announcements. He flickers on TV screens in bus terminals and airport departure lounges, forever looming over your shoulder. He barges unbidden into your dreams. It is a condition of being alive in America in 2019. No matter who you are or what youre trying to accomplish, whether youre a 16-year-old working to save the planet or an ordinary citizen trying to make it through the day with some peace of mind intact, you will inevitably confront the specter of Trump, drifting into the frame in a cloud of disorder and bad vibes. Even the presidents most dedicated enablers scan the sky warily, awaiting todays cyclone, the next reckless, capricious twist of the plot. The door swings open, the president enters, all heads turn. The camera whips around, and suddenly, everything else better angels, higher ideals, common decency, common sense, beauty, truth blurs into the background.

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Trump moves to sanction Turkey after criticism from Congress – CNN

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There Is Definite Hanky-Panky Going On: The Fantastically Profitable Mystery of the Trump Chaos Trades – Vanity Fair

Traders in the Chicago pits have been watching these kinds of wagers with an increasing mixture of shock and awe since the start of the Trump presidency. They are used to rapid fluctuations in the S&P 500 index; volatility is common, of course. But the precision and timing of these trades, and the vast amount of money being made as a result of them, make the traders wonder if all this is on the level. Are the people behind these trades incredibly lucky, or do they have access to information that other people dont have about, say, Trumps or Beijings latest thinking on the trade war or any other of a number of ways that Trump is able to move the markets through his tweeting or slips of the tongue? Essentially, do they have inside information?

Theoretically, market regulators are supposed to be keeping an eye on big trades such as these, to try to figure out whether they are just happy coincidences or whether there is something more nefarious afoot. And they say they do. But calls to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where the trades takes place, the Securities and Exchange Commission, which regulates the equity markets, and to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates futures contracts, such as e-minis, were answered in different ways. Christopher Carofine, at the SEC, declined to comment. The CFTC did not respond to my inquiries, while a spokeswoman for the CME says the trades in question did not originate from a single source and they were of no concern.

There is no way for another trader, let alone an outsider such as me, to know who is making these trades. But regulators know or can find out. One longtime CME trader who has been watching with disgust says hes never seen anything quite like these trades, not at least since al-Qaida cashed in before initiating the September 11 attacks. There is definite hanky-panky going on, to the worlds financial markets detriment, he says. This is abysmal.

In the case of Trump, market manipulation also yields political dividends. Perhaps the most obvious example dates to late August, when Trump, desperate to reignite trade talks with China, boasted during the G7 summit that his counterparts in Beijing had come back to the table. Weve gotten two callsvery, very good calls, he told reporters. They mean business. The market rose more than 900 points over the next few days. But a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said he was not aware of any such calls. An editor at the Global Times, the state-controlled newspaper, tweeted that he knew of no calls made in the days leading up to the G7 meeting and that China wont cave to US pressure. Two U.S government officials later told CNN that Trump misspoke and conflated comments from Chinas Vice Premier Liu He with direct communication from the Chinese. According to CNN, the officials said Trump was eager to project optimism that might boost markets.

Indeed, this single Trump lie briefly inflated domestic markets by hundreds of billions of dollars. What this describes is, quite literally, market manipulation that constitutes criminal violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, commented George Conway, the conservative attorney and Trump critic.

Whether Conway is right or wrong is a matter of legal opinion, but given how fishy and coincidental the trading in e-minis seems to be these days, the SEC or CFTC would be doing a great service (and their job) for the American people by investigating who is behind these lucrative trades, and what they knew before they placed them. At the moment, what were getting from them is an indifferent shrug.

Federal regulators might start here: In the last 10 minutes of trading on Friday, August 23, as the markets were roiling in the face of more bad trade news, someone bought 386,000 September e-minis. Three days later, Trump lied about getting a call from China to restart the trade talks, and the S&P 500 index shot up nearly 80 points. The potential profit on the trade was more than $1.5 billion.

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Bernard-Henri Lvy: Trump’s Syria withdrawal is ‘a nightmare and completely predictable’ – The Guardian

As Congress joined the widespread condemnation of Donald Trumps withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria and exposed the Kurds living there to Turkish assault, the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lvy has launched a stinging attack on a fundamental betrayal of both the Kurds and American values.

It is a terrible deceit for democracy, a nightmare for the Kurdish people and, alas, completely predictable, Lvy told the Guardian in an interview.

Lvy published a book earlier this year, The Empire and the Five Kings, predicting that America would abandon its role in the region, leaving it to the ambitions of Russia, China, Turkey, Iran and Saudi-backed Sunni radical Islam.

I dont know which of Trumps justifications for the withdrawal of US troops is more stupid to say that the Kurds did not fight at Normandy, or to say, unlike Saudi Arabia, Kurds do not buy enough American goods.

I could not believe he would play his cards so openly or in such an obscene way, Lvy continued. It surpasses all my worst predictions.

On Wednesday, in a rare break with a president they are typically unwilling to criticize, two-thirds of Republicans in the House of Representatives, including all of the partys elected leaders, joined Democrats in approving a resolution opposing Trumps decision to greenlight Recep Tayyip Erdoans assault on the Kurds in semi-autonomous north-eastern Syria.

Turkeys president is fulfilling his war goals, and hes doing that with the encouragement of the United States, and to the indifference of the international community. As soon as his target is fulfilled, he will say I am a good guy and I will adhere to international pressure. And all of this will be done under the umbrella of the alleged peacemaker Vladimir Putin. It is a nightmare for the Kurdish people and, alas, predictable.

The other winner, Lvy asserts, is Iran. The practical consequence of the withdrawal of US troops is to aid its effort to establish a corridor of military control from Tehran to Beirut.

In a speech aired on Iranian television on Monday, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, boasted that Iran has now created territorial continuity by connecting Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Iran has completed it goal, Lvy says. Isis, which was on the edge of being defeated, has regained its head. That the word of America is becoming worthless is the source of great anxiety for Israel, and the US has no regional ally that can now sleep quietly.

On Thursday the US vice-president, Mike Pence, announced that Turkey had agreed to a five-day ceasefire in Syria,to allow Kurdish fighters to leave the strip of territory where they have set up their administration. Trump tweeted that it was a great day for civilization, but the deal essentially gives Turkey what it had sought to achieve with its incursion and places no obligation on Erdoan to withdraw his forces.

Lvy, no enemy to dressing simplistic ideas in shiny, philosophical costume, has made two films about the Kurdish resistance: Pershmerga and The Battle of Mosul, and he argues that when the US abandons the Kurds it abandons its own values.

This is an act of suicide for America directed by Donald Trump and we Europeans are taken in the process.

For the principles of America, for the values of America, for the creed of America, this is suicide. Whatever Trump says in the next hours, days or weeks, his words have no value, and it will take time for American words again to have value. For the moment they are worth zero.

Lvy is no stranger to controversy himself. He has written extensively about his love for America, has come under fire for his support of Frances burqa ban, his unconditonal love of Israel and claimed a role in encouraging the overthrow of Libyas Muammar Gaddafi, throwing the country into violent chaos.

Equally controversial has been his criticism of rape cases against Roman Polanski and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the IMF. Lvy claimed Strauss-Kahn, a friend, had been thrown to the dogs.

But he is deeply concerned over Americas retreat from its role on the world stage.

Lvy says his friends in America, from both sides of the political spectrum, are ashamed of what is happening.

We have seldom seen such a betrayal. Of course in all wars you have blood on your hands. Generally it is the blood of your enemies. In this case it is the blood of your friends.

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Turkey pushes Syria offensive against Kurds in spite of US President Donald Trump warning and sanctions today – CBS News

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Dohuk, Iraq Dismissing warnings from President Donald Trump and the imposition of economic sanctions, Turkey's leader has defended his attack on America's former Kurdish allies in northern Syria and insisted he will push on with the offensive until his government's "objectives have been achieved." Turkey considers the Kurdish militias who helped the U.S. defeat ISIS in Syria to be terrorists, and for years Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has wanted to push them back from his southern border, deeper into Syrian territory.

As CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reported on Tuesday, it may be hard to hear Mr. Trump's demands for a ceasefire over the deafening explosions on the battlefields of northern Syria.

Despite growing international pressure to bring an end to the violence, Erdogan's forces have, if anything, stepped up their military campaign to grab land before advancing Syrian regime forces arrive to retake key Kurdish cities.

On Mr. Trump's orders, the roughly 1,000 American forces who had operated for years in northern Syria, effectively shielding the Kurds from a Turkish offensive, have been ordered out, leaving the U.S. military largely out of the picture.

Retreating U.S. troops have been seen on the move, fearful of being caught between the advancing Turkish army and its allies pushing south, and the forces of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad as they push north. U.S. officials have told CBS News they intend to get all the U.S. troops out of northern Syria within a month.

A journalist who works for Russia's state-run press posted video on Tuesday allegedly from inside the abandoned U.S. base in Manbij, right on the western edge of the Kurdish territory, saying: "I'm now at the American base. Let's see how they're living." The reporter also posted video of himself operating a steel barrier meant to thwart suicide truck bombs. There were no Russian troops seen at the base with him, nor any of Assad's forces who they back.

America's quick exit changed the landscape of northern Syria dramatically and immediately. D'Agata and his team not only had to avoid Syrian regime forces as they headed for the Iraqi border on Monday, but the Turkish military and its allied extremist militias, and an emerging ISIS threat, too.

Tens of thousands of Kurdish civilians have been caught up in the widening chaos in the region. Victims of indiscriminate shelling have packed into over-stretched hospitals and D'Agata saw for himself how under-resourced the facilities are.

One surgeon told CBS News they're desperate for medicine and equipment, and on the verge of collapse.

The United Nations estimates at least 160,000 people have been displaced by the fighting already, and that figure keeps climbing.

Defending the offensive in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, Turkey's Erdogan said his country had "reached its limit," dealing with the 3.6 million refugees from the Syrian conflict who have sought shelter in his country.

Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish fighters - forces who were once America's most loyal ally in the fight against ISIS - as terrorists who must be eradicated.

Kurdish commanders told CBS News on Tuesday that some American troops had actually requestedtheir help in Kobani, where the U.S. has its biggest base in the region, to keep the advancing Syrian regime forces out of the area until they're able withdraw.

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2014 photo shows earlier ties between Trump and indicted Giuliani associate – POLITICO

In between, on March 14, Jaros posted, Shout out to my ukranian boss and brother Lev Parnas thank you for eberything you and your team doing for me, i cant repay you enough!!!!!!!! and i want to meet the donald soon!!!!!!

That post suggests the meeting captured in the photo was not a chance interaction, and that Parnas had discussed his access to Trump with Jaros.

President Donald Trump alongside Lev Parnas.

Trump has sought to distance himself from Parnas, the Florida businessman at the center of a ballooning scandal over illicit foreign influence in his administration and, more broadly, the American political system. But the photograph and post provide further evidence that the two men are more closely tied than Trump has let on.

Other Facebooks posts by Jaros around that time describe Parnas as a business partner. Jaros does not reveal the nature of their work together, but on March 14, 2014, he posted, three letters llc!!!!!!!!!!!! on his Facebook page. May 28, 2014, he posted, two words foreign investments!!!!!!!!!!!! on his Facebook page. On May 22, he posted, i was told today some people i deal with have 300 mllion in dong in their posession.

A year later, on May 12, 2015, he posted a photo of Parnas sitting in the backseat of a Rolls Royce with the caption, the big homie, okk, one call and bammm!!!!!!

Jaros is an itinerant musician and music producer, who has worked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Queens, New York; Atlanta and Minneapolis, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The profile also describes it as his job to "negotiate and close deals centered on gold oil, rough diamonds" for a business called Gabriel and Jaros Holdings. Jaros's work appears to be lucrative. He regularly posts photos of large piles of cash on his social media accounts.

Jaros did not immediately respond to requests for comment made over social media. A lawyer for Parnas, John Dowd, said he did not know anything about the photographed interaction and declined to answer further questions.

Following the unsealing of Parnas indictment last week for campaign finance violations over alleged schemes to buy political influence on behalf of foreigners, Trump said he did not know Parnas or his business partner and co-defendant, Igor Fruman. I dont know those gentleman, he told reporters before boarding Marine One en route to a campaign rally in Minneapolis. Maybe they were clients of Rudy. Youd have to ask Rudy.

On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal described Parnas attendance at a Trump campaign fundraiser attended by the candidate and Giuliani in October 2016 as his first known appearance in Mr. Trumps circle. Parnas, 47, told The Washington Post that he sold Trump Organization condos while Trumps father, Fred, was still running the business.

POLITICO reported on Friday that the French newspaper Le Figaro interviewed Parnas at the Trump campaigns invite-only election night party in 2016, and that Parnas described himself to the paper as a friend of Trumps.

Those are not Parnas only ties to the campaign. His son, Aaron, volunteered for the Trump campaign in Florida in 2016, according to a 2017 profile in The Palm Beach Post.

A man answering the phone at a number listed for Aaron Parnas hung up after hearing they had been reached by a reporter. The person did not respond to follow-up text messages.

In May 2018, Parnas posted a photo of himself with Trump at the White House with a caption describing an incredible dinner and even better conversation, in a screenshot captured by The Campaign Legal Center. Later that month he posted a picture of himself with Fruman and Donald Trump Jr. in Beverly Hills, with the caption Power Breakfast!!!

Spokespeople for the White House and the Trump reelection campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Susan Wiles, who co-chaired Trumps 2016 campaign in Florida, also did not respond to a request for comment.

Marc Caputo contributed to this report.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story cited a French newspaper report. The report appeared in Le Figaro.

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Last February, not long before he reported to prison, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen testified that his boss had regularly inflated his personal assets when it served his purposes to do so, like to obtain loans, and deflated them when reporting lower numbers was to his benefitlike, for instance, in order to reduce his tax liability. Shortly thereafter, the House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoenaed Donald Trumps longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA, for eight years of his financial records, a move the president did not respond well to, suing committee chairman Elijah Cummings and fighting tooth and nail to keep such information under lock and key. Last week a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the subpoena, which Trump is likely to appeal again, possibly to the Supreme Court. And based on a new report by ProPublica, which highlights apparent tax fraud by the Trump Organization, you can understand why!

Documents obtained by reporter Heather Vogell show major discrepancies in how the presidents companies reported expenses, profits, and occupancy rates for two buildings, making the properties appear more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax authorities, just as Cohen testified. At 40 Wall Street, for example, the Trump Organization told Ladder Capital that the building was leased at 58.9% on December 31, 2012, and then shot up to 95% a few years later, knowing that lenders wanted to see rising occupancy levels, or leasing momentum, which was critical to obtaining a new $160 million loan with a lower interest rate. (Based on the figures the Trump Organization gave to them, Ladders underwriters predicted 40 Wall Streets profits would more than double after 2015.) Yet, per ProPublica, as of 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, the building had never met profit expectations, lagging by more than 8%, which experts say is extremely unusual given the amount of due diligence underwriters are meant to do.

According to Kevin Riordan, a financing expert and real estate professor at Montclair State University, the rise in occupancy that the Trump Organization claimed was unusual, and what do you know? Documents submitted to tax officials showed no such surge. Instead the company told tax officials that the building was already 81% leased in 2012, the same figure it reported as of January 5, 2013. There was a story crafted here, Riordan said. Its contradicted by what we see in the tax filings.

Also at 40 Wall Street, insurance costs for 2017when Don Jr. and Eric had taken over the day-to-day businesswere listed at $457,414 in loan records and $744,521 in tax documents, while Trump claimed to tax authorities in 2015 that he paid the actual owners of the building $1.65 million for the right to lease it out, despite telling the loan servicer the figure was $1.24 million. It really feels like theres two sets of booksit feels like a set of books for the tax guy and a set for the lender, said Riordan. Its hard to argue numbers. Thats black and white.

These discrepancies are versions of fraud, according to Berkeley professor of finance and real estate Nancy Wallace. This kind of stuff is not okay. And by not okay, she means potentially criminal. Per Vogell, New York Citys property tax forms clearly state that whoever signs them affirms the truth of the statements made and that false filings are subject to all applicable civil and criminal penalties.

Meanwhile, documents for the Trump International Hotel & Tower contain similar inconsistencies that, coincidentally, all worked out in Trumps favor. The Trump Organization told tax officials it made roughly $822,000 renting space to commercial tenants at the building in 2017, but claimed to loan officials that the amount was $1.67 million. Examining eight years of data for the property, ProPublica found that the Trump Organization reported gross income to tax authorities that was typically only about 81% of what it reported to the lender. The business also seemed to leave out income it received for leasing the roof for TV antennas on its tax documents, leaving the line for that type of income blank on nine years of filings. And if you guessed such figures did appear on loan documents, as major sources of income, congratulations, youve cracked Trumps (alleged!) scam.

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Donald Trump and Beto O’Rourke are coming to North Texas at the same time. Here’s what to expect – WFAA.com

DALLAS For the second time in a year, President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke will hold political rallies at the same time in the same state.

Trump's "Keep America Great" function in Dallas and O'Rourke's "Rally Against Fear" event in Grand Prairie are both scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17.

Here's what to expect:

Trump's rally will be held at the American Airlines Center at 7 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets can be reserved here.

O'Rourke's rally will be at the Theatre at Grand Prairie. Doors open at 6 p.m. Find out more information here.

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Nearly 20,000 people are expected to attend Trump's event at the AAC. People are allowed to line up beginning at 6 a.m. Some were already camped out Wednesday.

Expect heavy traffic around this area all day. So far, the following roads will be closed:

In addition, the sidewalks lining the north and west sides of the AAC will be closed to pedestrians.

Those traveling to the Theatre at Grand Prairie for O'Rourke's rally may fare better on the traffic front, as long as you beat the evening rush. We'll share any more info on road closures as it becomes available.

Trump's "Keep America Great" rally will focus on his initiatives for job growth in Texas during his time in office.

President Trump looks forward to celebrating the good news of the Trump economy and the vast accomplishments of his administration with the great men and women of Texas," Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. COO Michael Glassner wrote in a news release earlier in October.

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O'Rourke's "Rally Against Fear" event will be in direct opposition to the president and appears to be planned in response to Trump's trip to Texas.

"It's on us to declare [Trump's] hatred, racism, and division does not belong in Texas," O'Rourke wrote in the tweet that announced the rally.

O'Rourke might also speak about gun control. The former Texas congressman has repeatedly called for assault weapons bans following mass shootings in Gilroy, Calif., El Paso and Odessa.

RELATED: Beto O'Rourke wants mandatory buyback of AK-47, AR-15 rifles

Impeachment may also be a topic that both men discuss in September, the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform panels announced a subpoena of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for documents related to his interactions with Ukranian officials.

Trump faces an impeachment inquiry after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi formally started that process last Wednesday over allegations that Trump pressured the leader of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden's family.

O'Rourke has repeatedly called for Trump's impeachment.

We'll be at both rallies and will have updated coverage online and on WFAA Channel 8.

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‘To me it will always be Columbus Day.’ Trump dismisses criticism of Christopher Columbus – USA TODAY

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Donald Trump weighed into the ongoing controversy over Columbus Day on Wednesday, slamming some who have eschewed the holiday's namesake.

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WASHINGTON President Donald Trump, who made his support for the "Merry Christmas" greeting a part ofhis campaign,weighed into the ongoing controversy over Columbus Day on Wednesday, slamming some who have eschewed the holiday's namesake.

"To me it will always be called Columbus Day," Trump said during a press conference at the White House with Italian PresidentSergio Mattarella.

"Some people don't like that," he said. "I do."

For many Americans, the second Monday in October is a celebration of Italian heritage andChristopher Columbus'1492 voyage to the Americas. But agrowing number of cities, states and universitiesare abandoning shipand replacing Columbus Daywith Indigenous Peoples Day, also known as Native Americans Day.

At least eight states, 10 universitiesand more than 130 cities across 34states now observe Indigenous Peoples Dayas an alternative to the federally recognized Columbus Day, which they say glorifies the mistreatment and colonization of Native Americans.

Mattarella also weighed in Columbus.

"It seems to me that he did a good job back then,"Mattarella said.

Contributing:Grace Hauck

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Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His Resort – The New York Times

WASHINGTON A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, according to footage obtained by The New York Times.

Several of Mr. Trumps top surrogates including his son Donald Trump Jr., his former spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis were scheduled to speak at the three-day conference, which was held by a pro-Trump group, American Priority, at Trump National Doral Miami. Ms. Sanders and a person close to Mr. Trumps son said on Sunday that they did not see the video at the conference.

Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, said on Twitter Monday that while Mr. Trump has not seen the video, based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns it.

The video, which includes the logo for Mr. Trumps 2020 re-election campaign, comprises a series of internet memes. The most violent clip shows Mr. Trumps head superimposed on the body of a man opening fire inside the Church of Fake News on parishioners who have the faces of his critics or the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies. It appears to be an edited scene of a church massacre from the 2014 dark comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service.

The disclosure that the video was played shows how Mr. Trumps anti-media language has influenced his supporters and bled into their own propaganda. Mr. Trump has made attacks on the news media a mainstay of his presidency, and he tweeted a similar but far less violent video in 2017. In recent weeks as he has confronted impeachment proceedings, he has ramped up his attacks on the news media, repeatedly calling it the enemy of the people.

A person who attended the conference last week took a video of the clip on his phone and had an intermediary send it to a reporter for The Times. Parts of the video were posted on YouTube in 2018 by a user with a history of creating pro-Trump mash-ups.

The organizer of the event said in a statement on Sunday that the clip had been played at the conference, saying it was part of a meme exhibit. He denounced the video and said his organization was looking into how it was shown at the event.

Content was submitted by third parties and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference in any official capacity, said the organizer, Alex Phillips. American Priority rejects all political violence and aims to promote a healthy dialogue about the preservation of free speech. This matter is under review.

Organizers declined to say exactly where at Mr. Trumps resort the video was shown.

A person close to Mr. Trumps son said he was unaware that the video had been played at the conference. Ms. Sanders said she was unaware of the videos existence until a Times reporter contacted her.

I was there to speak at a prayer breakfast, where I spoke about unity and bringing the country together, Ms. Sanders said. I wasnt aware of any video, nor do I support violence of any kind against anyone.

A spokesman for Mr. Trumps campaign said he knew nothing about the video.

That video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence, said Tim Murtaugh, the spokesman.

A DeSantis spokeswoman did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The video depicts a scene inside the Church of Fake News, where parishioners rise as Mr. Trump dressed in a black pinstripe suit and tie walks down the aisle. Many parishioners faces have been replaced with the logos of news media organizations, including PBS, NPR, Politico, The Washington Post and NBC.

Mr. Trump stops in the middle of the church, pulls a gun out of his suit jacket pocket and begins a graphic rampage. As the parishioners try to flee, the president fires at them. He shoots Black Lives Matter in the head, and also shoots Vice News.

Some of those in the church try to apprehend Mr. Trump. He fends them off and makes his way toward the altar, knocking over several pews. He wrestles a parishioner with a Vice News logo as a face to the ground and then shoots the person at point blank range. In the background, the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, is seen trying to get away.

From there, Mr. Trump attacks a range of his critics. He strikes the late Arizona senator John McCain in the back of the neck. He hits the television personality Rosie ODonnell in the face and then stabs her in the head. He strikes Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California. He lights the head of Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential rival, on fire.

He takes Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, hostage before throwing him to the ground. Then he strikes former President Barack Obama in the back and throws him against a wall.

Others shown in the video include Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former President Bill Clinton; the film producer Harvey Weinstein; and Representative Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is overseeing an impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump.

The clip ends with Mr. Trump putting a stake into the head of a person with a CNN logo for a face. Mr. Trump then stands on the altar, admiring his rampage, and smiles.

The video is similar in style to one Mr. Trump tweeted in July 2017, in which he is shown at a wrestling match body slamming CNNs logo and beating it up. The president was roundly criticized for encouraging violence against journalists by posting that clip, but his supporters enjoyed it, and helped make the tweet viral.

Throughout his 2016 campaign and presidency, Mr. Trump has sought to demonize the news media, partly out of frustration about the coverage of his administration and partly because he likes to have an opponent to target. Mr. Trump has also sought to undermine confidence in the mainstream media, some of his advisers acknowledge privately, to make people doubt the accuracy of less favorable accounts of what goes on in his administration.

The president said at a rally on Friday that there was an unholy alliance of corrupt Democrat politicians, deep-state bureaucrats and the fake news media.

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Prosecutors flag that DOJ is not in sync with Trump on tax returns claim – POLITICO

The Justice Department brief filed in the case last week said the effort to use a criminal subpoena to obtain Trumps tax returns raised significant constitutional questions and should be put on hold so its effects could be reconsidered by a federal district judge.

But Justice officials did not go as far as Trump lawyers, who argued a sitting president is off-limits to state prosecutors.

Vances team also scoffed at arguments from Trump and the Justice Department that impeachment is the mechanism the Constitution prescribes for misconduct by a president. The prosecutors noted Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to Congress last week defying its demands for information in an impeachment inquiry.

The reality is that Appellant has refused to participate in the very impeachment process that he presents here as the bulwark against placing a president above the law. His core position on every one of these matters is that the United States Presidency places him beyond the reach of the law, Vances office wrote.

Prosecutors also emphasized their argument that allowing Trump to fend off the subpoena would threaten investigations of other individuals who could be charged, regardless of whatever legal protections a president may claim.

Vances office hs said it is investigating various matters relating to the Trump Organization, including how the business recorded hush money payments to two women who claimed sexual encounters with Trump, Stephanie Clifford, whose adult film name is Stormy Daniels, and Karen McDougal.

Cohen, Trumps former attorney, has pleaded guilty in federal court to arranging those payments as part of an effort to get elected Trump to the presidency in 2016. Court documents filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan alluded to Trump as a co-conspirator in that case, but he has not been charged. Justice Department policy bars charging a sitting president with a crime.

A three-judge panel of 2nd Circuit judges is scheduled to hear arguments on Trumps appeal next week.

The dispute involving the Manhattan district attorney is one of at least four ongoing court cases involving efforts to obtain Trumps financial records.

Last week, Trump lost the first of those cases to reach a federal appeals court. A panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 against his attempt to block a subpoena from the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Trumps attorneys have indicated they plan to go to the Supreme Court if lower courts dont back his demands to quash the subpoenas.

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