Trump’s step to dismantle our democracy:
1) exec branch: leave agencies unstaffed or staff them w/regime members who will deconstruct from within
2) 4th estate: put major brands in hands of allies (Time, CNN, etc) & strike down FCC barriers for consolidation (Sinclair).

3) judicial branch-see Week 54: add new positions and rush thru appointments unfilled by Obama etc. McConnell removes barriers
4) legislative branch-threaten and bully GOP House and Senate into complicity and submission.

Trump has made dramatic progress quickly in deconstructing our democracy. The guardrails there to stop him are disappearing. I fear us putting all our eggs in the Mueller basket, cuz Trump will do something to undermine the investigation to save himself when it becomes necessary.

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Jun 30, 2018
I know we're all focused on Justice Kennedy's son working at Deutsche Bank at the time the bank lent Trump over $1 billion as other banks would not lend due to all of Trump's bankruptcies. Also of note, is this $300 million loan
mentioned in my book, Week 36, Trump got $300 million in loans from Deutsche's private banking group after Deutsche's real estate group had said no. That is highly atypical. NYT reporting today says Kennedy worked in the real estate group, so he was likely not involved
Can't stress enough as a former banker, it is highly atypical for a private wealth area to loan when a real estate group (the experts on real estate) says no. This was likely in addition to the money Kennedy's group lent.
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Jun 28, 2018
I’m struggling for that silver lining today, and truly there is none. Trump is meeting with Putin who helped him “win” the 2016 election just before our next election. He has changed the world order by cozying up to authoritarians, alienating our allies, which strengthens Russia.
He has turned America against itself, and we have lost our global and moral leadership. Hatred and bias has been legitimized. People of color, with disabilities, the poor, women, LGBTQ have been victimized in our country. Each week. And now we stand to lose rights fought
for over generations: civil rights, gay marriage, abortion, healthcare and more. Today, we must ALL be woke and fight. The short-term battle is calling every single Dem and same GOP senator and getting friends to do the same to block a Trump SCOTUS nominee until the midterms.
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Jun 1, 2018
THREAD: this is an important story on Kushner and kleptocracy that needs some breaking down. Bloomberg reports two South Korean firms have purchased $100 million in debt in a Kushner Cos. apartment deal in New Jersey.…
This is a deal that Kushner Cos and their partner had trouble financing. Then in early 2018, shortly after the CEO of Citigroup met with Kushner at the White House, Citigroup made a $200 million loan in March. The South Korean firms are buying part of that.
This is also the same deal that in Week 26, Kushner drew scrutiny when his sister mentioned him by name and the EB-5 visa program, visas which allow immigrants a path to a green card for investing $500,000, to market the refinance to Chinese investors.
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May 31, 2018
If you take a step back, recent news items form a frightening mosaic: Trump and his regime do not value the lives of people who are brown or black. This manifests in many ways but most startling may be the open effort to dehumanize,
something Hitler did with the Jew (calling them "untermensch"). Roseanne uses "ape," Trump uses "animals," then Trump tries to obscure his comment adding violent to "violent animals" - which either way is dehumanizing.
And so when brown and black lives don't count,
you can see how easy it is to lose track of 4,600 Puerto Rican lives, or separate brown children from their parents at the border, or round them up at work or school and send them away, or end their temporary protection because their skin is black,
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May 25, 2018
AZ ICE has lost 1,475 immigrant children.
These are the important stories that need national coverage - not Rudy f*kcing Giuliani!
Here's some of the allegations against Border Patrol in a recent report by the @ACLU…
Sounds like these children are being trafficked:
"The Office of Refugee Resettlement reported at the end of 2017 that of the 7,000-plus children placed with sponsored individuals, the agency did not know where 1,475 of them were."
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May 20, 2018
Week 79 is the longest list, with 176 not normal items.
This week included ZTE, Qatar, Amazon, “animals,” housing immigrant children at military bases, financial disclosure and more.
See what you missed in the chaos!…
To put 176 not normal items into perspective. This is the chaos in which we live, forget, normalize and lose ourselves and democracy.
If this week’s list isn’t a wake-up call, I don’t know what is.
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