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Don’t tell me what I need to know - Just tell me what I want to hear!

tax celebration 1The current occupant of the White House is far from hesitant about demanding loyalty from those who serve in the White House, his cabinet or Congressional Republicans. If you don't believe me, you can just check with former FBI Director Jim Comey or read his new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” or ask those, like Reince Priebus, who sat around the table in the White House and took turns sharing how honored they were to serve the president.
If you need another example of the rampant sycophancy crucial to dealing with this president, you can also check with the swarm of Congressmen who took turns coming to the microphone on the South Lawn of the White House praising the president in the aftermath of passing that horrendous tax bill.
Senator Orrin Hatch even went as far as stating Trump may be the greatest president ever. Really, now!

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Baking chocolate chip cookies for the President

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Two Clarksburg cousins visit the White House for culinary fun

Twelve-year-old Natalie Elder Dalton (at right) and her nine-year-old cousin Celia Sheehan, (at left - both in peach) along with other members of their family in the White House briefiing room. PHOTO BY SENTINEL STAFFTwelve-year-old Natalie Elder Dalton (at right) and her nine-year-old cousin Celia Sheehan, (at left - both in peach) along with other members of their family in the White House briefiing room. PHOTO BY SENTINEL STAFF  Two cousins from Clarksburg earned bragging rights after spending Friday at the White House, baking in the kitchen and sharing time with the President and First Lady of the United States.

Twelve-year-old Natalie Elder Dalton and her nine-year-old cousin Celia Sheehan, combined their love of cooking with their hope of meeting the man who “was keeping them safe,” and penned a letter to President Donald Trump.

Dalton, who attends Hallie Wells Middle School, explained how much she and her cousin would love to cook for him, either at his home or hers.

Soon, they were baking cookies with the First Lady and several White House pastry chefs and sharing their delicious results with President Trump in the Oval Office.

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About that White House Press Christmas party

IMG 0341The annual White House Christmas party for reporters is always worthy of a few jokes.
During the course of the year a popular joke among the press corps is “Man you pissed them off. You won’t get an invitation to the Christmas party.”
Apparently April Ryan, the African-American reporter from American Urban Radio Networks, did just that. She angered the Trump administration so much she didn’t get invited to this year’s Christmas party.
“I’m okay,” she said later. “Everybody’s more upset than I am.”

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"...To Curry Favor.."

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Maryland and D.C. file suit against Trump claiming emoluments clause violation

Brian FroshMd. Attorney General Brian Frosh. PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEY WASHINGTON D.C. – Attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia announced Monday that they are suing President Donald J, Trump for violating one of the U.S. Constitutions antcorruption clauses.

At a press conference Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine filed a lawsuit against the president, citing his real estate properties – including the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. – and alleged business deals between foreign governments at the Trump Organization as evidence the president violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.

The Emoluments Clause is a portion of the Constitution the states the president cannot receive a title of nobility from a foreign government or a salary other than the one Congress pays the president.

“I can tell as I look that as I look out the window and see the tower of the Trump International Hotel, we know exactly what’s going on every single day,” Racine said. “We know that foreign governments are spending money there in order to curry favor with the President of the United States.”

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The missing Russian and the POTUS check

spicerI found a missing Russian in Washington D.C. yesterday.
He’s a funny guy and an easy guy to get along with overall. Boris Epshteyn, an assistant to the president, a friend of President Trump’s son and a well-known surrogate on the television circuit for this administration has gone walk about.
Last week the administration quietly acknowledged Boris has left to “pursue other interests in the administration,” according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“Paulie, you won’t see him around no more,” Clemenza warned us as he made spaghetti sauce and the Corleones went to the mattresses. Sorry. Strong sense of déjà vu.

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The politics of a local tragedy

Sanchez mug shot

Somewhere in this county right now a 14-year-old girl is confused, angry and hurting. Dragged into a bathroom at her high school and repeatedly raped, she has been violated and her humanity torn from her in a way no child should ever face.
An 18-year-old illegal immigrant stands accused of the crime along with a 17-year-old juvenile illegal immigrant – one of whom was facing deportation hearings - and because of who they are the story has taken on national significance.

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The case of the growling dog

Sean SpicerWhen approaching a growling dog wagging its tail, which end do you believe?
That’s the conundrum facing reporters in the White House press corps as the new administration works its way into a second month in office.
On the one hand we have a president calling the media the enemy while Tuesday press secretary Sean Spicer told assembled reporters the president has a “Deep respect for the First Amendment and the press.”

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Spicer's suit isn't the problem

 

Sean SpicerSo much has gone on in the first three weeks of President Trump’s first term it makes one wonder whether or not he will need to run for a second term.
He apparently intends to implement all of his campaign promises as quickly as possible. He’s told us there’s a new sheriff in town. He’s told us he intends to keep his word. He’s told other members of government to get on his side – because it’s his way or the highway.

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