Trump: Justice Dept should investigate identity of anonymous NY Times op-ed writer, because national security

Speaking on the never-ending campaign trail for his insatiable ego, Donald Trump today called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to harness the full power of the Justice Department to go after whoever wrote the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times that said all those mean things about him. Read the rest

Trump's insane new "Media Accountability Survey"

Orange Julius is at it again. Check out his latest, totally batshit Mainstream Media Accountability Survey.

Full of double negatives and odd rewinds, this survey from the Trump campaign puts in the usual half-effort of twisting words to try and get the response they want.

Fill it out! Have some fun!

Please list Boing Boing as a source of news that you trust. I sure did.

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'FICTION' — Mattis denies words attributed to him in Bob Woodward's new book

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis denies the words attributed to him in Bob Woodward's new book, 'FEAR: Trump in the White House.' Read the rest

Ian M. Smith, Homeland Security staffer tied to white supremacists, was in White House policy meetings with Stephen Miller

This guy worked for DHS. This is really bad stuff:

“Smith responded to a group dinner invitation whose host said his home would be 'judenfrei,' a German word used by the Nazis (...) to describe territory that had been 'cleansed' of Jews. Smith replied, 'They don’t call it Freitag for nothing.” Read the rest

Trump volunteer tries to block reporter from photographing rally protestor

Evan Vucci's incredible photo from last night's Trump rally in Evansville, Indiana, shows the moment one of his volunteers "blocks the lens of a photographer trying to take a photo of a demonstrator."

Evan is the AP's chief photographer in Washington, and you can follow him at @evanvucci. Here's the Instagram embed:

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A volunteer member of the advance team for #president #donaldtrump blocks the lens of a photographer trying to take a photo of a demonstrator during a #campaign rally in #evansville #indiana

A post shared by Evan Vucci (@evanvucci) on Aug 30, 2018 at 6:02pm PDT

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Trump on Mueller probe: 'I view it as an illegal investigation'

“I view it as an illegal investigation,” President Donald Trump said today, referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. Read the rest

FBI dumps all over Trump's Clinton-China hacking distraction

Trump repeating conspiracy theories does not make them true, Fox NEWS has to repeat them 30 more times.

Via Ars Technica:

The Federal Bureau of Investigations issued a terse statement today regarding President Donald J. Trump's allegation via Twitter that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private mail server had been compromised by the Chinese government. The official statement, issued by an FBI spokesperson in response to an inquiry by NBC News, simply read, "The FBI has not found any evidence the servers were compromised"—referring to the three email servers used by Clinton during and after her tenure at the US State Department.

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Trump's government denying passports to some Americans born near U.S.-Mexico border: WaPo

They served in the Army, Border Patrol and as police. They have legitimate U.S. birth certificates. But Trump's government is denying their passport applications and telling them they aren't U.S. citizens. Read the rest

'VIOLENT EXTREMISM': Former Homeland Security official linked to white supremacists, per reports

Atlantic reporter Rosie Gray obtained emails that show a former Homeland Security employee was involved in planning social events with white supremacists, self-described racists, and 'white advocates'. The DHS response: "This type of radical ideology runs counter to the Department’s mission of keeping America safe."

Emails reveal that a former Homeland Security Official official was connected to white supremacists. Ian M. Smith has since resigned from his position at the DHS. Read the rest

Trump's Orphans: 528 children still separated, 'severe attachment injuries' observed in migrant kids

Jacob Soboroff of NBC News has been covering the story of migrant kids separated from their families by Trump's violent policy at the Mexico border. Soboroff is in Florida today, where he stopped by a “temporary” HHS shelter for unaccompanied minors who entered the United States illegally. Read the rest

Devin Nunes flew to London to get info on ex-spy who wrote Trump dossier: Reports

Congressman Devin Nunes, who is an oddly enthusiastic supporter of President Donald Trump's personal legal interests and chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, unsuccessfully tried to meet the leaders of Britain’s three intelligence agencies on a recent trip to London, report multiple news agencies today citing sources familiar with Nunes' travel schedule. Read the rest

Now Trump's fundraising off his own threat to regulate Google's search results

ICYMI: Today, Pretend President Donald Trump feuded with an algorithm after Googling his own name.

Today the Trump administration threatened to regulate Google and internet search results, based on an early morning vanity search by Donald Trump. Democrats and Republicans said that would be a violation of free speech protections. So, Trump's "re-election campaign" [aka slush fund for whatever he wants] went and fundraised off the whole thing. Read the rest

Trump falsely claims Google is RIGGED to show bad things when you google "Trump News"

"Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media," Trump tweeted this morning.

"In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of... results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!"

The top response as of 8:30 a.m. EST was "You fucking moron", posted by an account with an elderly woman as its profile photo. Read the rest

Jared Kushner's family real estate business fined $210,000 by New York regulators

Not a good day for the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Read the rest

Donald Trump reviews the film 'Citizen Kane'

An internet classic from before he became president.

In 2016, Donald Trump shared his personal thoughts on 'Citizen Kane,' the iconic film by Orson Welles.

Trump identified the film back in 1992 as his “all-time favorite movie,” and said the same thing in an interview with Fox News in 2016.

In this Errol Morris clip, Trump explains why he loves it, and shares the advice he’d offer to Charles Foster Kane.

Trump's advice to Kane:

“Get yourself a different woman.”

This footage comes from a never-finished, never-released Errol Morris documentary on Citizen Kane, for which he interviewed Trump in 2002.

“I think you learn in Citizen Kane that maybe wealth isn’t everything. Because he had the wealth, but he didn’t have the happiness. The table getting larger, and larger, and larger, with he and his wife getting further and further apart as he got wealthier and wealthier—perhaps I can understand that. ... In real life, I do believe that wealth does in fact isolate you from other people.”

Trump concludes that “It was a great rise in Citizen Kane. And there was a modest fall.”

He learned all the wrong lessons from this film.

And as our Mark Frauenfelder wrote in 2016, this speech from the film “sounds like Trump's threat to imprison Clinton” during the 2016 campaign. Watch both below.

[via Ben Jacobs]

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Roger Stone denies not-yet-published story Trump knew of WikiLeaks DNC dump

Roger Stone's Instagram sure is weird.

In an Instagram video he posted today, longtime Trump consigliere Roger Stone said that a Ronan Farrow story soon to be published in The New Yorker reports that Stone explicitly told Donald Trump in October 2016 that WikiLeaks had obtained and was preparing to dump John Podesta's emails. Read the rest

VIDEO: Trump failing to get Mexican president on voicemail

Today Trump pretended to get rid of NAFTA, and the best part of the show was his attempt to get President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico on speakerphone to ceremonially announce the virtually identical imaginary replacement. Fortunately, he doesn't actually know how his phone works and an aide has to do it for him. Read the rest

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