Trump gets rolled by Republicans in Congress!!!!

Sunday night, April 30, 9:45 PM EDST

Top Capitol Hill negotiators have reached a hard-won agreement on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September.

Aides to lawmakers involved in the talks announced the agreement after weeks of negotiations. It’s expected to be made public Sunday night.

The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during President Donald Trump’s presidency. It denies Trump a win on his oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but it gives him a $15 billion down payment on his request to strengthen the military.

The measure rejects White House proposals to cut popular programs such as funding medical research and community development grants. It adds $1.5 billion for border security.

Maybe this explains why Trump went on a Twitter rampage earlier today — he has lost, he has lost big time and he knows it!!

Meanwhile —

10:35 p.m.

The top Democrat in the Senate is welcoming the deal on a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York says the pact is a “good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table.”

The bill rebuffs President Donald Trump’s request for a down payment on the border wall with Mexico. Trump said repeatedly during the campaign that Mexico would foot the bill for the wall and Mexico says it will not.

Schumer says the measure ensures that “taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall.” He also says unrelated policy provisions have been omitted and the bill funds medical research, education and infrastructure.

I’m with Bill Maher: Fuck a bunch of Trump voters . . . I’m through talking to you morons

Bill Maher’s “New Rules” commentary Friday advised liberals to stop trying to convince Trump supporters that they’re wrong by using facts. “You’re wasting your breath.”

“Trump supporters aren’t changing their minds because the problem isn’t in the mind. It’s lower. It’s emotional,” Maher said. “He could have Ann Frank’s skeleton in his closet. They’d all vote for him again.”

Asking why, Maher walked through the cultural crisis many of the undervalued white voters face that Trump managed to harness. “I think it’s a gut feeling that the world has changed and they don’t like it,” he said. “Trump is going to change it back to the way it was.”

Speaking occasionally in a thick southern accent, Maher railed against “damn Mexicans” flooding baseball fields like “the parking lot at Home Depot.” He was furious about two boys kissing on the kiss-cam. “And did I mention Bruce Jenner has tits now?”

Trump voters ask: “I ain’t no racist, but why does American need to have a black Santa Claus?” Maher responds: “I think I speak for most liberals when I say, I don’t care about black Santa. I don’t think it’s going to make the Little Drummer Boy start cutting himself. But to Trump voters, making Santa black is unthinkable. It’d be like making Jesus Middle Eastern.”

Maher revealed that looking at the hit musical Hamilton, many Trump supporters see America’s founding fathers turned into a band of hip-hop revolutionaries funkified with their muskets.

“This is why building that stupid wall is still a key issue for them,” Maher explained. “It represents keeping out not just immigrants but everything that is new and different and scary and unfamiliar.”

Maher said that his new “character” got used to having people bend over backward so that he would feel comfortable. “Trump voters, they’re not exactly racists. They just think that everybody who’s not white is doing it to show off.”

Maher named famous black actors whose names are things like Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o. In the 1950s, Maher said that they would be forced to change their names to accommodate whites.
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“If you ask a Trump voter what exactly it means to get their country back or make it great again, they can’t tell you specifically, but they know the Hollywood Squares was never supposed to look like this,” Maher said showing a woman twerking on the new remake of the game show.

Latest reports from the White House

Two reports from unnamed sources with connections inside the White House.

First:  National Security Adviser McMaster has had enough.  He has started to purge (that’s the word the source used — “purge” ) Trump favorites from the NSC.  His ultimate target is Steve Bannon.

Second:  Two federal grand juries have been empaneled to hear evidence against the Trump machine.  One is looking into money laundering on behalf of the Russian mob, using Trump condo purchases to launder mob money.  The second is looking into violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Trump invites murderous thug from Philippines into the White House; didn’t clear it with NSC or State Dept

President Donald Trump invited brutal Philippine strongman Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to the White House without first consulting the State Department or the National Security Council to ask about our country’s relationship to the Duterte regime, said The Hill on Sunday.

According to the New York Times, both the National Security Council and the State Department were caught completely by surprise when the White House announced on Sunday that Pres. Trump had invited Duterte to Washington — in spite of the fact that the Philippine president has overseen the mass execution of 7,000 people as part of his government’s “war on drugs.”

“Now, administration officials are bracing for an avalanche of criticism from human rights groups. Two senior officials said they expected the State Department and the National Security Council, both of which were caught off guard by the invitation, to raise objections internally,” reported the Times.

Human rights groups heaped scorn upon Trump’s decision, calling it ill-advised and under-informed.

“By essentially endorsing Duterte’s murderous war on drugs, Trump is now morally complicit in future killings,” said John Sifton — Asia director of Human Rights Watch — to the Times. “Although the traits of his personality likely make it impossible, Trump should be ashamed of himself.”

Rights groups said that it would be impossible for Duterte to obtain a visa to visit the U.S. if he were not a head of state, given the number of human rights abuses of which he stands accused.

In the past, Duterte called former President Barack Obama a “son of a whore” due to his mixed-race heritage. He has called for “separation” between the U.S. and the Philippines and has combined his administration’s “war on drugs” and “war on Islamic terror” to strip citizens of their civil liberties and empowered the police to murder suspects without repercussions.

The Hill quoted Duterte from September as saying, “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts [in the Philippines] … I’d be happy to slaughter them.”  And this, folks, is the type of person that Donald Trump admires.

Perhaps this photo explains why Trump is so close to the murderous thug (read the sign closely):

“Nothing personal . . . it’s just business.”

American rightwing has been duped and recruited by Putin

In recent years, finding themselves increasingly ideologically alienated in the U.S., certain members of the far right have found sympathetic “kindred spirits” among Russia’s well-connected elite.

According to a bombshell report published Sunday night by the Washington Post, some current and former members of the U.S. intelligence community believe that forces within the Russian government are actively cultivating these relationships with disaffected members of the conservative fringe, although it’s unclear why.

The Post report begins with Brian Brown, president of anti-LGBTQ hate group the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Brown grew up thinking that Russians were the enemy, but now that his own country has largely embraced the sanctity of same-sex marriages, Brown feels more at home among his anti-LGBTQ Russian counterparts.

“What I realized was that there was a great change happening in the former Soviet Union,” Brown said of a 2013 visit to Russia, where gay men and lesbians are routinely attacked in the street, beaten, raped and — in the Republic of Chechnya — rounded up into internment camps, tortured and executed. “There was a real push to re-instill Christian values in the public square.”

The Post said, “From gun rights to terrorism to same-sex marriage, many leading advocates on the right who grew frustrated with their country’s leftward tilt under President Barack Obama have forged ties with well-connected Russians and come to see that country’s authoritarian leader, Vladimir Putin, as a potential ally.”

However, intelligence officials familiar with Russian intelligence techniques and the special fondness that Russia has of using unwitting agents — also known as “useful idiots” — to carry out its goals are skeptical that these powerful Russians are cultivating U.S. friendships out of the goodness of their hearts.

“Is it possible that these are just well meaning people who are reaching out to Americans with shared interests? It is possible,” retired CIA Russia expert Steven L. Hall told the Post. “Is it likely? I don’t think it’s likely at all. . . . My assessment is that it’s definitely part of something bigger.”

Vladimir Putin and his allies have held meetings and summits with disgraced former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, top officials from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and anti-LGBTQ leaders like Brown.

The Post discussed Republican Nashville attorney G. Kline Preston IV’s relationship with billionaire Russian senator Alexander Torshin — who Bloomberg News accused of being deeply involved in Russian organized crime and money-laundering. Preston introduced Torshin to NRA president David Keene.

Torshin is a personal friend of Mikhail Kalashnikov — the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle — and a passionate supporter of gun rights. He has also helped finance a push in Russia to align the government and the Russian Orthodox church.

Attorney Preston sees Russian authoritarians and southern Republicans as natural allies.

“The value system of Southern Christians and the value system of Russians are very much in line,” Preston told the Post. “The so-called conflict between our two nations is a tragedy because we’re very similar people, in a lot of our values, our interests and that sort of thing.”

Torshin worked hand-in-hand with “a photogenic activist originally from Siberia named Maria Butina,” the Post said, to build a Russian gun-rights movement. Butina has formed relationships with a number of U.S. conservative leaders and is now a graduate student in Washington, D.C.. She insists that her alliances with right-wing Americans have been purely of her own volition and never at the prodding of Russian officials.

“No government official has EVER approached me about ‘fostering ties’ with any Americans,” she told the Post in an email.

Hall was skeptical, though, telling the Post that it’s highly unlikely Putin would look favorably on a real gun-rights group in his country. He suspects that Torshin’s group is in truth “controlled by the security services” in Russia and serving as a honeypot of sorts for gullible American conservatives.

For a detailed accounting of Torshin and Butina’s machinations in U.S. politics and an account of how Franklin Graham — grandson of pioneering televangelist Billy Graham — was wooed by Pres. Vladimir Putin himself, read the full Post report here.

Trump claims record-breaking crowd — video, photos show row upon row of empty seats

At his Harrisburg, PA rally on Saturday celebrating his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump claimed that the crowd at the expo center was a record-breaker and that people were lined up outside to get in, but the building was too small.

According to TheHill.com, journalists on the ground in Harrisburg reported that the venue had rows of empty seats.

Empty seats — just like his inauguration.