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Self-Care Is a Self-Celebration for Trump at CPAC

the Gaylord National Resort and Casino
the Conservative Political Action Conference
the Secret Service
the Southern Poverty Law Center
Bless the U.S.A.
the University of California at Berkeley
the White House
the Oval Office
the Trump International
the Scottish Govt
Trump International Golf Club Scotland Ltd
the Trump Organization
Trump Co
The Promo ChallengeSamia
HomeStyle Harvest
Ars Technica
Trump White House
Blue Bottle
the American Dream
the Urban Institute
the Miami Herald
District Court Second Circuit of Appeals
the Internal Revenue Service
Ways and Means Committee
Oversight and Government Reform
Financial Services
Intelligence and Judiciary
monoxideNBC News
the League of Nations

Donald Trump
Candace Owens
Barack Obama
Hillary Clinton’s
Elizabeth Warren
Kim Jong-un
Lee Greenwood’s
Robert Mueller
Daniel Dale
Raisin Caine
Hayden Williams
David Fahrenthold
Donald Trump’s
David Frum
Tucker Carlson
Tucker —
LaToya Ali
Jim Bridenstine
Eric Berger
Doug Hurley
Bob Behnken
Roger Stone
Robert S. Mueller
Amy Berman Jackson
Paul Manafort
T.S. Ellis III
Epstein caseEpstein’s
Alan Dershowitz
Jeffrey Epstein
Alexander Acosta
Ilhan Omar
de Blasio
Richard Neal
Steven Mnuchin
Bernie Sanders
Jay Inslee
Lawerence Lessig
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

African American
African Americans

North Sea
the Atlantic Ocean

the White House
Falcon 9
the International Space Station
the Williamsburg Bridge

National Harbor
the United States
New York
North Korea
the District of Columbia
Palm Beach
New York City
West Palm Beach
West Virginia

the Great Depression

Positivity     42.00%   
   Negativity   58.00%
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And then he said some more.He said many of the things he ordinarily says regarding his brief career in politics, starting with the Republican primary (he beat lots of candidates, didn’t you know) and the general election (the crowd is still chanting, “lock her up,” if you can believe it) and the media’s inability to grasp his sarcastic manner of speaking (he is a performance artist, and so he can’t be taken seriously when he does something like beg Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails in front of a large admiring crowd) and ending with the current day, where he is looking forward to another election. He regrets, he said, going so hard with the “Pocahontas” jab at Elizabeth Warren, because he should’ve really saved that for when he’s running against her next year.My theory about these public spectacles, which in no way mimic how human beings typically communicate, is that they are an exercise Trump must perform when he needs to process the stresses and disappointment of a particularly bruising period — like this last week, when he left Hanoi empty handed after failing to come to an agreement with Kim Jong-un as, back home in America, his former lawyer and fixer delivered damning testimony against him before Congress. [He] refers to a good friend of his in New York, a “stone-cold killer,” then says the man is “not even a good friend of mine” because he’d turn on him quickly, but he’s “very rich.” He says the unnamed man asked him what he was going to talk about today, and he said “I dunno.”Trump says his unnamed non-friend “chokes” whenever he has to make a speech to nine or more people, because of a fear of public speaking, even though “he kills people for a living, meaning mentally and financially.”Politico again:At one point, Trump regaled the crowd with a story about a general he said was named “Raisin Caine” (it wasn’t immediately clear who he was referring to). …He also insisted that nobody had left the speech early, but journalists present reported that in fact, some attendees were seen departing before the close of his remarks.And there was a new authoritarian promise for the base, notes the Washington Post:“If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like Hayden and many great young people, and old people, to speak,” Trump said, bringing onstage a young conservative, Hayden Williams, who was physically attacked last month while tabling for a conservative organization at the University of California at Berkeley.The executive order, Trump said, would “require colleges to support free speech if they want federal research” money. Spokespeople for the White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Trump told the CPAC crowd, meeting at National Harbor, Md., that he planned to sign the order “very soon,” but did not provide specifics or say whether a draft has already been prepared.When it came to peacemaking, he was the poseur-in-chiefAn American official later described [Trump’s grand bargain pitch] as “a proposal to go big,” a bet by Mr. Trump that his force of personality, and view of himself as a consummate dealmaker, would succeed where three previous presidents had failed.But Mr. Trump’s offer was essentially the same deal that the United States has pushed — and the North has rejected — for a quarter century. While some in the White House worried Mr. Trump was being played, the president seemed entranced — even declaring “we fell in love.” As Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim parted company, nearly a year of optimism and flattery was left poolside at the Metropole, steps from a meeting room with two empty chairs and flags that had been carefully prepared for a “signing ceremony.”The wall is closing in on emergency-flummoxed GOPOne by one, the Republican senators floated their ideas. On March 8, it will undock and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean around 8:45 a.m. ET.NASA has had to hitch rides with Russian space vehicles to get its astronauts to the space station since NASA retired the space shuttle program in 2011, reportedly paying about $82 million a seat.“Today’s successful launch marks a new chapter in American excellence, getting us closer to once again flying American Astronauts on American rockets from American soil,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote Saturday morning.More on why this is such an important flight from Eric Berger at Ars Technica:Although SpaceX has flown a cargo version of the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station since 2012, the crew variant of the spacecraft is entirely made over—from the exterior solar panels to the interior life support system. Administration officials have been meeting for weeks to devise a strategy to dramatically boost defense spending, fulfilling a promise to Trump’s base, while at the same time placing a strong new rhetorical emphasis on deficit concerns in a bid to undermine Democratic demands for more spending on nondefense programs like foreign aid, education and environmental protection.It’s a long-shot plan certain to face accusations of hypocrisy — especially since it’s coming from Trump, who once boasted, “I’ve made a fortune by using debt.” Privately, many White House officials also dismiss the notion that the federal debt is a major problem.Some are questioning the logical consistency of Blue Bottle, after the coffee chain announced it was going cash-lessIt appears Roger Stone doesn’t understand how much trouble he’s inRepublican operative and longtime Trump friend Roger Stone faced fresh legal trouble Friday after a federal judge ordered his attorneys to explain why they failed to tell her before now about the imminent publication of a book that could violate his gag order by potentially criticizing the judge or prosecutors with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.The order by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia late Friday came barely eight days after Jackson barred Stone from speaking publicly about his case, prompted by a photo posted on Stone’s Instagram account that placed a crosshairs next to a photo of Jackson’s head.Jackson also ordered Stone’s attorneys to explain by Monday why they waited until now in making that request to disclose the “imminent general rel[e]ase” of a book, which Jackson said “was known to the defendant.”Less than four in 10 Americans thought the Cohen testimony was credible, according to a poll by The HillWhile more respondents said they found Cohen’s testimony to be credible than those who said it was not, the overall results suggest the high-profile appearance by President Trump’s former personal attorney is unlikely to be a political game-changer.Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say they were unsure about Cohen. In a sentencing memo filed Friday in Manafort’s case in federal court in Virginia, his lawyers wrote that Mueller had unfairly impugned Manafort’s character.“The Special Counsel’s strategy in bringing charges against Mr. Manafort had nothing to do with the Special Counsel’s core mandate — Russian collusion — but was instead designed to ‘tighten the screws’ in an effort to compel Mr. Manafort to cooperate and provide incriminating information about others,” his lawyers wrote, quoting language Manafort’s judge in Virginia, US District Judge T.S. Ellis III, had previously used to question the special counsel’s office’s motivations.Meanwhile, the Miami Herald intends to unseal court documents related to the original Epstein caseEpstein’s defense lawyer and Trump fan Alan Dershowitz wants to use a page from the president’s playbook and ban press from new hearings related to the caseA court hearing on whether to unseal sensitive documents involving the alleged sex trafficking of underage girls by Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein — and the possible involvement of his influential friends — will play out in a New York City courtroom next week.An attorney for lawyer Alan Dershowitz wrote a letter to the U.S. District Court Second Circuit of Appeals on Tuesday, asking whether the media should be excluded from the proceeding because his oral arguments on behalf of his client could contain sensitive information that has been under seal.Epstein’s deal, brokered by then-Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, allowed Epstein to plead guilty to two prostitution charges in state court, and in exchange, Epstein and an untold number of others were given federal immunity. An analysis released last summer by the website found that Williamsburg had the highest number of crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists in the city; a more recent report found that three of the city’s most dangerous intersections for cyclists were in the vicinity of the Williamsburg Bridge.Could we finally see Trump’s tax returns?The top tax-writing committee in the House is readying a request for years of President Donald Trump’s personal tax returns that is expected to land at the Internal Revenue Service as early as the next few weeks, according to congressional aides involved in the process. HUD’s efforts to tighten federal carbon monoxide protections have been mired in a confusing patchwork of federal inspection standards and a slow-moving effort to reform them, according to an NBC News review of federal protocols and interviews with more than a dozen housing officials, industry groups and public health experts.Oh great, everyone wanted more of thisBernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are tiffing again.Almost three years after their Democratic primary came to an end, it’s clear that tensions are still raw for some in both camps as the Vermont independent senator embarks on his second presidential campaign.The week began with Sanders and Clinton allies hurling invective at each other through the press over a Politico story about the private jets Sanders requested from Clinton’s camp when he stumped for her in the 2016 general election.In the story, a former Clinton aide derided Sanders as “his Royal Majesty King Bernie Sanders” while a former Sanders aide called Clintonworld “some of the biggest a–holes in American politics” — and those were just the on-the-record quotes that sources were willing to put their name to.The week ended Friday with Clinton’s spokesperson firing back at Sanders after he said he has no interest in seeking any advice from Democrats’ most recent presidential nominee.Will anyone vote for the climate candidate?Today, Washington governor Jay Inslee announced that’s jumping into the extremely crowded field of Democrats running in 2020.

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