Sassy Trump: "On Many Sides"

All words are Trump's own.

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U.S. court tosses murder conviction of Blackwater guard Nicholas Slatten in massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians

A U.S. Federal appeals court today threw out the murder conviction of former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten, who had been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.

Slatten and other former staff of military security contractor Blackwater (renamed Xe Services, now Academi, run by Erik Prince, brother of Trump DOE chief Betsy DeVos) were the focus of a high-profile legal case that has stretched on for a full decade.

Dozens of people from Iraq traveled to the United States for the trial, as we reported ten years ago here on Boing Boing. And the judge who sentenced Slatten to life in prison decided he was a nice guy who deserved a break (from the death penalty).

From Reuters:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered a new trial after tossing out the murder conviction of former security contractor Nicholas Slatten.

The three-judge panel said Slatten should have had a separate trial instead of being tried alongside his former colleagues. At a new trial, Slatten would be able to introduce evidence that one of his co-defendants had fired the first shot.

Separately, the court said Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan Liberty, who were all convicted of manslaughter and other offenses over their respective roles in the incident, should be re-sentenced because their 30-year prison terms were too long. The court also threw out one of Liberty's convictions for attempted manslaughter.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller is using multiple grand juries in Russia-Trump investigation

Special counsel Robert Mueller is using at least two grand juries, one in VA and one in D.C., to investigate possible coordination between the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and Russia, USA Today reports, citing a lawyer involved in the case.

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Trump begs Mexico president: 'I have to have Mexico pay for the wall – I have to'

"But the fact is we are both in a little bit of a political bind because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall – I have to.” -- Trump to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on a January 27, 2017 phone call.

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Watch Trump's terrifying speech to cops encouraging more police brutality

“Don't be too nice” to “thugs,” said the President.

Yep. In a speech to police in New York today, Donald Trump said it's okay for officers to physically abuse suspects. This is where we are, America.

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Every lie Trump has told as president, a very long list by the New York Times

Trump told public lies or falsehoods every single day of his first 40 days in office, and he hasn't stopped yet.

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Kushner and Trump meet with Tech CEOs including Apple's Tim Cook, Alphabet/Google's Eric Schmidt

Executives from Google, Apple, Intel, Adobe, and other Silicon Valley tech firms met with Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner today, to talk about reducing government waste and improving information technology services.

Trump administration officials in attendance included Mike Pence, Steve Mnuchin andWilbur Ross.

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Watch: Stephen Colbert celebrates Mueller forming 'Obstruction of Justice League' to investigate Trump

Make Justice Obstruction Again.

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Putin offers Comey asylum in Moscow

Russian President and funnyman Vladimir Putin joked today that if fired FBI director Jim Comey feels persecuted by U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia will grant him asylum as it has with NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

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Should we feel bad about feeling schadenfreude?

The YouTube channel Nerdwriter1 digs into the phenomenon of schadenfreude (“the pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune”) and what it can tell us about human psychology and the rise of Donald Trump. Read the rest

Special counsel Mueller is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice charges

Praise leaks. The Washington Post reports that special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. The investigators have also been looking for possible evidence of financial crimes among Trump associates. If Trump did anything shady, he's probably getting very nervous right about now.

This should all get interesting pretty quickly. Perhaps Trump will fire Mueller first, or maybe Trump will try and pardon himself, or he could just pull a Sarah Palin and just walk away from the job.

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Read the Trump team's pathetic anti-Comey talking points

These RNC talking points to Trump allies on Comey's testimony tomorrow are making the internet rounds. Pretty rich. You can also see these words and phrases start to percolate through statements coming from various members of Team Trump, on social media and in the press. Fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence panel is expected to start at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday. Hold on to your butts.

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Trump to launch new 'American Idea' budget hotel chain with 'patriotic' theme

The Trump Organization is set to launch a budget-minded “three-star hotel chain with a patriotic flair, echoing President Trump’s campaign slogan about putting America first and reflecting the organization’s promise to enter into new deals only in the United States,” the New York Times reports:

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Trump won’t block Comey’s testimony in Congress on Thursday

The White House says President Donald Trump won't invoke executive privilege to block former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired, from testifying to Congress this week. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, and it's a very big deal.

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Condom ad features Donald Trump

Platinum FMD created this series of spec ads featuring the tagline "some people should never have been born." Read the rest

Macron rewrites Trump campaign slogan as "Make Our Planet Great Again"

Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, rewrote U.S. President Donald Trump's 'MAGA' campaign slogan today in protest of the administration's absurd withdrawal from the Paris climate accords. "Make Our Planet Great Again," says Macron. We're in alignment with Nicaragua and Syria, says Trump.

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Reporters laugh as Sean Spicer is forced to justify Trump's 'covfefe'

Spicer was ridiculously forced to cover the boss's latest tweeting-of-himself-in-the-foot.

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