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Trump Presidency

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by Bernnie Federko, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. Mondieu

    Mondieu TRIBE Member


    Ease up cowboy. You’re making too much sense!
  2. ndrwrld

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  8. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Rupert Murdoch vs. A.O.C.

    The New York Post’s relentless coverage of the freshman congresswoman from the Bronx has some in the newsroom speculating that the old man is taking the reins. But others say the tabloid is just manifesting its wizardry in the dark arts of the rag trade.

    Perhaps more than any of her senior congressional colleagues, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old freshman congresswoman from the Bronx, has dominated the left's post-primary, pre-2020 political landscape in a once-unfathomable, Obama-esque dervish. New Yorker editor in chief David Remnickinterviewed her several days ago. Voguegave her an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot in the fall. (Vanity Fair has featured her on a cover as well.) The virality of her tweets rivals those of the president. When Ocasio-Cortez arrived in the hallway of Capitol Hill for Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony last week, she received a celebrity’s welcome from the spectators who were milling about. At one point when Cohen was speaking during the hearing, the TV cameras shifted off of him and onto Ocasio-Cortez, as she got up to whisper something to another House member. As Margaret Sullivan posited in a Washington Post headline on Monday, “The ‘ravenous hysteria’ over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just reached a new level of crazy.”

    One of A.O.C.’s hometown news organizations, however, has gone to war with the budding representative for New York’s 14th Congressional District. “Where in the world does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez live?” the New York Post asked in an extensive February 23 exposé that cast doubt on the congresswoman’s residence in the Parkchester neighborhood, where she is registered to vote, according to the Post.“She may be America’s most famous freshman congresswoman, but in New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a virtual ghost,” claimed the article, which prompted a pair of sneering follow-ups (“Ocasio-Cortez covers tracks in address debacle”; “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she moved out of Bronx home where no one ever saw her”), and a takedown from the Post’s red-blooded editorial board: “A.O.C.’s self-inflicted wound—followed by another victim act.”

    This week, the Post’s A.O.C. crusade continued with a blistering “EXCLUSIVE REPORT” and cover story blasting the architect of the Green New Deal for her use of an automobile: “ECO TRIP; Gas-guzzling car rides expose A.O.C.’s green hypocrisy.” This time, Ocasio-Cortez had had enough. “The Post put the fact that I get into cars (while proposing a plan to invest in better car technology) on their front page,” she tweeted. “Pack it up folks, the Pulitzer’s been decided. No one can rival this kind of hard-hitting journalism.” (Representatives for the Post and Ocasio-Cortez declined to comment.)

    The New York Post takes glee in skewering progressives, especially when it comes to what the tabloid sees as their environmental sanctimony. The Post went after mayor Bill de Blasio for taking an S.U.V. to the gym, and it has delighted in taking shots at Al Gore’s use of a private jet. Similarly, the Anthony Weiner sexting scandals generated a prodigious collection of pun-laden tabloid covers, as did the blistering front-page circus that was Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

    In this sense, Ocasio-Cortez is just the latest recipient of the Post’s unforgiving hijinks. But even insiders acknowledge that the A.O.C. drumbeat has seemed “fairly relentless,” as one source put it. “The theory is that it is part of the new marching orders from the top.”

    The Post, as I’ve reported, recently reorganized its leadership ranks, including putting a new editor in charge of digital content, replacing the team that had been running digital for the past several years. Additionally, Trump-loving former Posteditor in chief Col Allan has returned to the tabloid in a consulting capacity.

    However, the real driving force behind the Ocasio-Cortez smorgasbord is probably a lot more obvious. “A.O.C. is the new Trump bump,” a second Post source told me, noting that coverage of her is consistently among the top-performing stories on nypost.com. In the past six days alone, the Web site has published 24 A.O.C. articles about everything from her ties to Bernie Sanders,to a former Greenpeace president calling her a “pompous little twit,” to a joke she made, apparently in reference to the Post,about using paper: “I need to admit something to you all. Frankly, I don’t know how my environmental reputation can recover.”

    “At the end of the day, it’s tabloid nature,” the second Post source said. “It’s an easy shot at a liberal, but it’s also an easy shot at a new political darling.” And when Ocasio-Cortez punches back, the source continued, “it just adds more fuel to the fire, and you have to keep going.” A third Post veteran agreed with that assessment: “When someone reacts like that to Post coverage and they hit a nerve, the Post doubles down. That said, she’s going to be a great target for the Post for a long time to come.”
  9. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

    Manafort sentencing today.
  10. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

  11. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    Manafort sentencing underway. He showed up in a wheel chair (no doubt to try and gain some sympathy). Hope the Judge sees through his BS and nails him

    While I think it's a stretch he'll get 20. It would be nice to see 10 to 15
  12. What a joke. Dude has been caught lying red handed, fucked up his own plea bargain with the feds and was in the next room trying to hide when the FBI came for him.

    I hope they throw the book at him.
  13. 47 months, has to pay 6 million in restitution to government. Wtf

    Second sentencing for witness tampering next week.
  14. SneakyPete

    SneakyPete TRIBE Member

    47 months is a joke, but he'll get his ass handed to him in the other case. The other judge don't like him at all.
  15. wickedken

    wickedken TRIBE Member

    Guess he shouldn't have pissed off the only guy who could give him a get out of jail card.
  16. Mondieu

    Mondieu TRIBE Member

    I guess this sums up your perspective on the situation.

    He shouldn’t have pissed off the guy who had the power to keep him out of prison for being a wretched scumbag.

    Stay classy, WikiKen! ;)
  17. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

  18. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    Failure at Hanoi Has Taught the Administration Nothing
    Posted on March 7, 2019, 11:07 PM Daniel Larison

    A recent State Department background briefing on North Korea contained some worrisome statements:

    So nobody in the administration advocates a step-by-step approach. In all cases, the expectation is a complete denuclearization of North Korea as a condition for all the other steps being – all the other steps being taken.​

    Making North Korean disarmament the condition for everything else is never going to fly with Pyongyang. For one thing, it is the very offer that North Korea just shot down at Hanoi, and for another it would require them to have extraordinary confidence in the Trump administration to follow through on its end of the deal. North Korean officials have previously stated that the U.S. and North Korea do not yet have enough trust built up to make such an exchange, and the administration has already shown with reneging on the JCPOA that it can’t be trusted to honor agreements that were already made. The administration position is that North Korea must surrender everything first and hope for the best, and North Korea is not nearly desperate enough to consider such a lopsided proposal. The hardening of the administration position tells us that they completely misunderstand why the Hanoi summit failed, and it also tells us that the hard-liners have definitely won the internal debate over the direction that North Korea policy should take. Whatever flexibility or lowering of expectations that they were willing to entertain before now has vanished.

    The briefing was with an official who was pretty obviously special envoy Steve Biegun, and Biegun’s statements were so hard-line and unreasonable that they might as well have been uttered by Bolton. This doesn’t just mean maximalist demands on disarmament, but it also means absolute rigidity with respect to sanctions relief:

    QUESTION: Is the State Department currently considering giving exemptions to inter-Korean economic projects?


    South Korea has made some genuine progress in improving relations with North Korea, but unless it can proceed with planned economic cooperation its hands will be tied and its engagement policy will lose steam. U.S. inflexibility on granting exemptions for these projects will do damage to inter-Korean rapprochement while gaining the U.S. nothing on any other front. The administration is simultaneously undermining an ally that wants better relations with its neighbor and guaranteeing that the U.S. can’t make any progress in negotiations with the DPRK. Having failed at Hanoi, the administration is doing what all it can to repeat the mistakes that led to that failure.
  19. Bernnie Federko

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  21. ndrwrld

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  23. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

    Creepy. Doesn't look like her at all.
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