Omarosa tapes: She has video, not just audio, reports AP.

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Omarosa Manigault Newman “has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation” of rampant fear and loathing inside the Trump White House, The Associated Press reported on Friday. Read the rest

Feds ask court to force Facebook to break Messenger's end-to-end voice encryption for MS-13 gang probe

In secret court proceedings, the U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to help wiretap Messenger. Facebook has declined, so the Justice Department is asking a judge for an order of contempt. Read the rest

Trump "cancels" military parade

There'll be no triumph for Trump: a day after its price tag was reported to be heading toward $100m and the Pentagon delayed the festivities, he has "cancelled" the forthcoming military parade that, all in all, could never have matched the totalitarian splendor of his imagination.

President Donald Trump sought to cast blame Friday for the cancellation of his planned military parade on Washington city council officials, saying they had inflated the cost. Soon after the President tweeted, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser claimed she "got thru" to Trump about costs for the parade, which at one point was calculated to run about $12 million but had soared to an estimated $92 million by the time Trump canceled the event.

Bowser shot back: "Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad)." Read the rest

Trump had stupid argument with Vietnam veterans about Apocalypse Now

President Trump got into an argument with Vietnam veterans in which he insisted that Apocalypse Now featured the use of Agent Orange, not napalm: “It was really fucking weird.” Read the rest

Omarosa 'believed to have as many as 200' tapes of Trump White House conversations

The New York Times reports that 'the Omarosa tapes' have the grifters occupying the White House absolutely terrified. Read the rest

Boston Globe receives threats after Trump slams coordinated editorials

Following the lead of the Boston Globe, close to 350 newspapers across the country ran editorials today in defense of a free press after President Trump declared the media was the "enemy of the state." This greatly displeased Emperor Trump, leading to a Twitter tirade this morning. Read the rest

Trump: "Maybe hate is what we need if we're going to get something done"

Here's a montage of Trump's hateful, racist remarks through out the years.

"Maybe hate is what we need if we're going to get something done." "I have absolutely no compassion." "A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white." "If I were starting off today, I'd love to be a well educated black because I believe they really do have an actual advantage." And that's just in the first part of the video. Nothing new here, but still shocking that he sits in the White House.

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White House "can't guarantee" there's no tape of Trump using N-word

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders won't deny the existence of a tape of Trump using the worst racial slur. Trump's former aide Omarosa Manigault had released a recording of another aide plainly discussing the fact of its existence.

Sanders:

"I can tell you that I've never heard it. I can also tell you that if myself, or the people that are in this building serving this country every single day, doing our very best to help people all across this country and make it better -- if at any point we felt that the president was who some of his critics claim him to be, we certainly wouldn't be here."

As usual, everyone thinks this will destroy him. It's more likely to normalize the word again for all the white people who use it under their breath anyway, and in no time at all we'll have articles at The Atlantic about how decades of political correctness denied America its most powerful and politically expressive language. Read the rest

Trump campaign going after Omarosa for millions of dollars

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The Trump campaign organization has filed for arbitration against Omarosa Manigault-Newman, claiming she violated a 2016 non-disclosure agreement. The former reality show contestant/White House staffer has been blanketing the media with secret recordings she made during the 2016 campaign and while she worked in the Oval Office.

From The Washington Examiner:

In a statement, a campaign official said, “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. has filed an arbitration against Omarosa Manigault-Newman, with the American Arbitration Association in New York City, for breach of her 2016 confidentiality agreement with the Trump Campaign.”

The official added, “President Trump is well known for giving people opportunities to advance in their careers and lives over the decades, but wrong is wrong, and a direct violation of an agreement must be addressed and the violator must be held accountable,” added the official.

Things have become increasingly nasty between the President and Manigault-Newman, with Trump praising General Kelly, his chief-of-staff for "firing that dog."

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Nailed it: Milton Glaser's 'Space Force' logo

Bloomberg Businessweek asked eight designers to come up with logos for Trump's inane "Space Force." Milton Glaser nailed it.

The image represents the relentless intrusion of our president in every aspect of our lives and future. The image can be read as his next conquest or simply that there is very little inside that skull.

I <3 Milton Glaser.

Previously: A 'Space Force' recruitment video via Jimmy Kimmel

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Omarosa turned down $15k a month to stay silent about Trump

In her new book "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House," Omarosa Manigault-Newman claims she was offered $15,000 a month to stay quiet about all things Trump after she was fired from her position as Director of Communications for the White House Public Liaison Office. The person who allegedly offered her the money if she agreed to sign an NDA? The President's daughter-in-law Lara Trump.

After she was fired, Manigault Newman wrote, she received a call from Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, offering her a job and the monthly contract in exchange for her silence.

The proposed nondisclosure agreement allegedly said Manigault Newman could not make any comments about President Trump or his family; Vice President Pence or his family; or any comments that could damage the president. It said she would do “diversity outreach,” among other things, for the campaign, according to her account.

Interesting coincidence - $15,000 a month is what Trump's former bodyguard Keith Schiller is making at his new job working for the RNC on security preparations for the 2020 Republican Convention. He started at the RNC just a few short weeks after leaving his White House job as Trump's longtime personal bodyguard.

Omarosa Manigault Newman says she refused hush money, pens White House memoir calling Trump racist [Washington Post/Josh Sawsey][Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters] Read the rest

A 'Space Force' recruitment video via Jimmy Kimmel

Aliens are coming. We need these guys to defend us. Read the rest

Omarosa secretly taped Donald Trump

Lordy, there are MORE tapes!

The Daily Beast is reporting that professional reality show villain Omarosa Manigault-Newman secretly taped Donald Trump during her time in the Oval Office as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison. Her new book "UNHINGED: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House" comes out next week.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell The Daily Beast that Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the infamous former Apprentice star who followed Trump to the White House, secretly recorded conversations with the president—conversations she has since leveraged while shopping her forthcoming “tell-all” book, bluntly titled UNHINGED.

For months, it has been rumored that Manigault had clandestinely recorded on her smartphone “tapes” of unspecified private discussions she had in the West Wing. Audio actually does exist, and even stars Manigault’s former boss.

Good thing Trump only picks the best, most loyal and trustworthy people.

Omarosa Secretly Recorded Trump—And Played the Audio for People, Sources Say [Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng, Maxwell Tani/Daily Beast] [Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images] Read the rest

Russian asbestos firm loves Trump

Know who loves Trump? Folks in Russia who make asbestos.

Nearly a thing of the past, asbestos causes lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. The Trump Administration is eager to bring asbestos back, because sanity had almost eliminated it. New EPA regulations are opening up opportunities for Russians to sell asbestos in the US.

Via EWG.org:

One of the world’s biggest producers of asbestos, a Russian company with ties to Vladimir Putin, is praising President Trump for allowing asbestos to remain legal in the U.S.

The company’s applause for Trump comes as Russia is poised to become the leading importer to the U.S. of asbestos, which causes diseases that kill an estimated 15,000 Americans a year. A recent study led by Jukka Takala, president of the International Commission on Occupational Health, found the death toll from asbestos exposure may be much higher, at nearly 40,000 Americans a year and more than 255,000 a year worldwide.

On June 25, the asbestos producer Uralasbest posted photos on its Facebook page of pallets of its signature product, chrysotile asbestos, wrapped in plastic adorned with Trump’s image. Trump’s picture is at the center of a large red seal declaring: “APPROVED BY DONALD TRUMP, 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.”

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West Hollywood unanimously approves permanent removal of Trump's Walk of Fame star

Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has become a honeypot for vandals, MAGA-hat cretins, and all sorts of shenanigans, so the West Hollywood City Council unanimously voted to remove it permanently. Read the rest

Rick Gates: I committed bank and tax fraud at Paul Manafort's direction, embezzled 'several hundred thousand' dollars

Rick Gates, on the witness stand today in the trial of Paul Manafort, says he committed crimes with Manafort, and embezzled “hundreds of thousands” of dollars from Manafort. Read the rest

Trump on the UK: "They call it Great Britain. They used to call it England, different parts."

It is important to remember that the President of the United States of America is plain stupid: "I have great respect for the U.K. United Kingdom. Great respect. People call it Britain. They call it Great Britain. They used to call it England, different parts."

For the record, the part formerly known as England is still known as England, the United Kingdom is no— oh, never mind.

From Brilliant Maps, with the caveat that Ireland is actually much closer to Britain:

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