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2 minutes ago, theLion said:

None of which has happened since trumps election. 

 Trump was elected.

 

The economy is booming

 

Manufacturing is revitalized

 

Military is being restored

 

The rest is in progress...

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Just now, rippy38 said:

 Trump was elected.

 

The economy is booming

 

Manufacturing is revitalized

 

Military is being restored

 

The rest is in progress...

All of which was well under way while trump was still banging playboy bunnies. 

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1 minute ago, theLion said:

All of which was well under way while trump was still banging playboy bunnies. 

Wait a minute... I didn't think we were allowed to talk about past Presidents.

 

Is this a whataboutism?

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‘I thought Pecker would be the last one to turn’

David Pecker, 66, is the CEO of American Media Inc. (AMI), the privately owned print media portfolio that publishes Men’s Journal, InTouch, Us Weekly, the National Examiner, and the National Enquirer.

Pecker and Trump are longtime friends. Pecker proudly and repeatedly used his media power to protect Trump’s interests over the years. “Pecker is eager to use his media empire to help his friends, especially Trump, and unabashedly boasts about doing so,” the New Yorker wrote last year.

CNN reports that in 2015, AMI bought the story of a former Trump World Tower doorman who claimed to have knowledge of an alleged affair between Trump and an ex-housekeeper that resulted in a child.

“Source shall provide AMI with information regarding Donald Trump’s illegitimate child,” the contract stated. “AMI will not owe Source any compensation if AMI does not publish the Exclusive.”

The Enquirer was a particularly vocal pro-Trump media force in the 2016 campaign cycle. The tabloid published rumors of Sen. Ted Cruz having multiple affairs (Cruz blamed Trump for the story) and, most importantly to the current palace intrigue, was allegedly involved in coordinating Trump’s hush-money payments to both former Playboy model Karen McDougal (under the guise of paying her to write fitness columns) and adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

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Trump and Pecker (Photo: Dyson College of Arts and Sciences)
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“Holy s***, I thought Pecker would be the last one to turn,” one Trump friend told Vanity Fair upon hearing the news that Pecker had made a deal with prosecutors and provided evidence that Trump knew about the payments to Daniels and McDougal. (Trump denies foreknowledge of the payments, though his story has shifted over time.)

One year ago, when Time magazine’s publisher, Time Inc., was publicly up for sale, Pecker was reportedly interested in buying. Sources told Yahoo Finance at the time that employees at titles like Time and Fortune were concerned that Pecker’s ownership would hamper objective coverage of Trump.

As the New Yorker wrote at the time, “Time and the other magazines would survive, as the Enquirer does, as vehicles for Pecker’s cultivation of his friend, the President.”

But now the media mogul’s friendship with Trump has been severed in dramatic fashion. And in addition to Pecker, American Media’s chief content officer, Dylan Howard, also reportedly made an immunity deal.

Adding to the intrigue, the Enquirer reportedly has a physical safe in which it stashed documents and records of the hush-money payments as well as other damaging stories it killed in service to Trump (and other celebrities). According to the AP, Pecker and Howard removed the Trump-related documents from the safe after he was elected.

‘Weisselberg knows all the rest’

Then there is Allen Weisselberg, who has served as the chief financial officer and executive vice president of the Trump Organization for decades. All indications suggest that he still works for. the company.

“Cohen knew about the payoffs related to women and certain details,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who has been covering Trump since the early 2000s, tweetedon Friday. “Weisselberg knows all the rest.”

Weisselberg, 71, is a “reserved accountant associates say is prized by Mr. Trump for his loyalty” who became “the most senior person in the organization that’s not a Trump,” according to the Wall Street Journal. After being elected, Trump handed off control of his financial assets and various business interests to his two adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., and Weisselberg.

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Allen Weisselberg (Photo: JB Miller/Trump Organization)
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Yahoo News, citing a source familiar with the Trump Organization, reportsthat Weisselberg “was intimately involved in every aspect of the company’s finances and even helped craft the statement Trump debuted during the campaign describing his net worth.”

“Every bill went through him,” the source said of Weisselberg.

Prosecutors investigating Trump’s inner circle reportedly have a limited immunity deal with Weisselberg, who has provided testimony against former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. If his cooperation expanded, it could play a crucial role in multiple ongoing investigations.

However, there were indications Trump might not have given up on Weisselberg just yet and may be hoping the executive stays loyal. A source close to the Trump family spoke highly of Weisselberg, even after the reports of the immunity deal surfaced on Friday.

“Allen is an amazing person. Truly a class act. I have the highest respect for him,” the source told Yahoo News.

Federal authorities subpoenaed Weisselberg in April to testify about Cohen to a grand jury and reportedly granted him immunity related to those matters on Friday. Weisselberg helped arrange for Cohen to be paid $420,000 by the Trump Organization as reimbursement for his payments to Clifford ($130,000), McDougal ($150,000), and other entities. (When asked by Yahoo’s Hunter Walker if there were payments to other women, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not answer.)

“I’ve spoken with Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up,” Cohen told Trump in an audio recording of a September 2016 conversation about buying the rights to McDougal’s story.

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Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, exits federal court on Aug. 21 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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It is not clear if authorities are interested in Weisselberg’s knowledge of Trump’s finances beyond the arrangements connected to Cohen. Ryan Goodman, a former special counsel for the Defense Department, cautioned that there is “nothing (yet) in public record to suggest prosecutors gave [Weisselberg] immunity to go after anything other than the hush money payments/campaign finance law violations. This does not necessarily open the floodgates to Trump’s finances, etc.” 

That said, authorities seem to be increasingly curious about Trump’s financial empire: The day after Cohen’s guilty plea, New York State investigators subpoenaed the Long Island native as part of a probe into the private Donald J. Trump Foundation. (Cohen, who agreed to a three-to-five-year prison sentence with his plea deal, personally called tax officials after receiving the subpoena.)

Weisselberg is the longtime treasurer of the Trump Foundation, a charity that New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood accuses of a “pattern of illegal conduct” and “willful self-dealing.” The foundation was mostly shut down shortly after Trump won the 2016 election.

Trump’s “world is closing in,” Yahoo Finance Editor in Chief Andy Serwer said on Friday’s Final Round (video above). “And this guy, supposedly, really knows where the bodies are buried. The deep state of Donald Trump’s organization rests within his brain and his knowledge base.”

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Donald Trump presents a check to members of Support Siouxland Soldiers during a campaign event at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, in January 2016. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)
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What is also unclear is the level of involvement Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating connections between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign — along with “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

This week, Mueller’s team successfully convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight of 18 charges by providing reams of evidence detailing complex, corrupt financial dealings related to Manafort’s international lobbying and tax evasion. Trump may fear that his own business secrets are vulnerable too. And if anyone could shed light on those arrangements in detail, it would be Weisselberg.

Trump “is terrified,” Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio told Politico on the morning after Cohen’s plea deal — even before reports emerged that Pecker and Weisselberg received immunity. “This is 40 years of deceit coming home to torment him.”

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The threat of tariffs and impending trade war caused a surge in US exports in the second quarter. China and other countries hurried to buy up products, and exporters rushed to get them out before tariffs were put in place. Soybean exports were up more than 50 percent in May from the prior year.

 

Ahead of the GDP report’s release, Morgan Stanley economist Ellen Zentner in an op-ed for the New York Times warned of such a scenario where growth numbers could get a temporary boost from parties trying to get ahead of the trade war, characterizing it as “doomsday prepping.”

 

“Global companies are stockpiling raw materials, intermediate goods, and finished goods before tariffs take effect and raise the prices of those goods,” she wrote. “Once the bite of tariffs hits demand, companies will no longer need to build inventories, and this boost to economic growth could end.”

 

Eric Winograd, an economist at Alliance-Bernstein, told Politico that the growth burst tied to exports will be “paid back in the next quarter.”

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2 hours ago, rippy38 said:

 Trump was elected.  

... with the help of the kremlin.

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The economy is booming

The economy is nuanced and broad.  Trump inherited a good economy to boost.  The relative boost is addition of low wage, part-time jobs.  Wages are still down & stagnant.

 

Some people include the stock market into the economy bubble - I don’t.  More than half americans aren’t even in the market.  And 70% of the market is controled by 3%. Which is short for millionaires/billionaires.

 

And thanks to Paul Ryans tax cut, millionaires and billionaires have much more money for stock buy-backs, and are valued higher.  

Meanwhile that relief came at the expense of entitlements such as medicare, medicade, child care programs, veteran programs, the enviornment, etc...

 

That said, trump gets credit for not derailing it... yet.

 

Fingers crossed he doesn’t.

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Manufacturing is revitalized

Not really.  Tarrifs are to hurt manufacturing jobs - they already have. 

And there’s more to come.

 

Coal industry had a slight uptick, but thats due to regulatory cuts, not job creation.

Coal is the rotary phone.  It’s still around, but its an investment into the past.

 

Besides, innovation, technology are what is hurting manufacturing.  Many decades ago, the US balked at all the regulations.  And countries like China said bring it on.  Now, even china is automated.   Human labor manufacturing is down world wide due to technology.

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Military is being restored

Every president/government (OVERLY) funds the military.  This is not new or a trump precedent. 

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The rest is in progress...

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