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The word "racist."

Up by 10,700 percent
Dictionary searches for the word “racist” spiked 10,700 percent over 24 hours earlier this week, according to Dictionary.com. This was apparently thanks to Roseanne Barr, star of the recently rebooted sitcom “Roseanne.”

Another side of the National Football League

Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff has just graduated from McGill University Medical School in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Duvernay-Tardiff has been and will continue to be the starting right guard for the Chiefs this Fall.


The Chiefs drafted Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round in 2014, and he became a starter the following year. All the while, he has gone back and forth between football and his medical studies. He has been a football player during the season and a medical student for a few months afterward.

Another con bites the dust

Former Navy Seal and Republican Governor Eric Greitens has resigned rather than be impeached by the Republican majority in the Missouri legislature. This hurts the Republicans chances of unseating Missouri's Democratc Senator Claire McCaskell.

Three ethical strikes for conservatives recently:
Strike One: Texas conservative Republican Representative Steve Stockman convicted on 23 felony counts.
Strike Two: Virginia conservative Republican & Freedom caucus member Tom Garrett resigns: alcoholism.
Strike Three: Missouri Governor Eric Greitens resigns; posted nude pictures of his mistress: revenge porn.

Conservative Republican Senator Slams Trump

"Not a role model for our kids."
"GOP senator doesn't want his kids 'to speak like' Trump"

Rising Republican Sen. James Lankford distanced himself from President Trump over the weekend, saying in an interview on Sunday he does not consider the president a "role model" for his children.

The former youth pastor at a Southern Baptist church in Oklahoma told MSNBC he would be disappointed if his own children began speaking or behaving like Trump.

"I don't consider the president a role model for my kids," Lankford said. "I don't want my kids to speak the way that he speaks, or to make some of the choices."

He added, "I don't tweet that way. I don't interact with people that way. I don't treat my staff the same way."

Several GOP lawmakers have criticized Trump's behavior and character in recent months, citing his outbursts on Twitter, incendiary comments about immigrants, and the ongoing scandal surrounding porn star Stormy Daniels' claims that the two had an affair. Just hours before Lankford's interview aired, his Republican colleague Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona refused to rule out a challenge to Trump in 2020.

Lankford said none of the issues that have arisen during Trump's first year-and-a-half in office "shocked me any" because Trump had already displayed his shortcomings during the 2016 election.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/gop-senator-doesnt-want-his-kids-to-speak-like-trump


Rudy Giuliani gets booed on his birthday

Yankees crowd loudly boos Giuliani on his birthday

President Trump's lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was loudly booed at Yankee Stadium's Memorial Day game on Monday, his 74th birthday.

After the Yankees' PA announcer said the former GOP presidential candidate was in the stands and wished him a happy birthday, the crowd erupted into boos.
http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/389631-giuliani-gets-booed-at-yankees-game?__twitter_impression=true

Another conservative Republican bites the dust

Cheers!
Representative Thomas Garrett (R-VA) announces he is an alcoholic and will not seek re-election.

On Monday Garrett said that he is struggling with alcoholism and will abandon his run for a second term in Congress so he can focus on recovery and his family.

Garrett, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, is the 44th Republican to retire or announce they will not seek reelection to the House this year, according to CNN’s retirement tracker. Many are leaving in anticipation of a strong Democratic performance in Congressional races this fall and out of frustration with partisan politics in Washington.

The former Virginia state senator was facing a robust challenge from his Democratic challenger, journalist and author Leslie Cockburn, who had raised more money than him and has more cash on hand.

On Friday, a Politico report quoted four unidentified former staffers who accused Garrett and his wife, Flanna, of ordering staff to walk their dog, carry groceries or perform other personal tasks for the couple – a practice prohibited by House ethics rules.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/rep-garrett-announces-he-is-an-alcoholic-and-will-not-seek-re-election/2018/05/28/40e8839a-62b2-11e8-99d2-0d678ec08c2f_story.html?utm_term=.9f37d1ff6a91 :spray

President Trump Job Approval Rating

Down two points from last week's Gallup Poll. That's not statistically significant though.
Gallup Poll. Rolling average. N=approx. 1,500 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.
"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?"
Approve: 40%
Disapprove: 55%
http://www.pollingreport.com/djt_job1.htm
http://news.gallup.com/home.aspx

U.S. falls one slot in world's best countries rankings

We're number 8! We're number 8!

Donald Trump pledged to "Make America Great Again." The world thinks he is doing the opposite.

The United States slips in this year's U.S. News Best Countries ranking, dropping to the No. 8 spot after falling one position from its 2017 ranking. Switzerland, an island of stable prosperity in a world of turmoil, remains the Best Country, according to a global survey of more than 21,000 persons.

The reasons for America's drop – the second straight year its ranking dipped – are fueled by the world's perceptions of the country becoming less progressive and trustworthy, more politically unstable and a president who after just a year in office is far more unpopular than any other head of state or company CEO.

As in 2017, Canada remains the No. 2 in the survey. Germany, as it was in 2016, is perceived as the most powerful country in Europe – surpassing the U.K. to place at No. 3 overall, while the U.K. drops to No. 4. Japan rounds out the top five, the highest finish for a nation in Asia, a region which survey respondents increasingly believe holds many of the keys to the world's future. At No. 6 is Sweden and Australia moves up to the No. 7 position, surpassing the U.S.

The 2018 Best Countries rankings, formed in partnership with global marketing communications company Y&R's brand strategy firm, BAV Group, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, are based on a study that surveyed global citizens from four regions to assess perceptions of 80 countries on 75 different metrics.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/us-news-unveils-best-countries-rankings?int=undefined-rec

James Comey's FBI bagged this one

But Jeff Sessions' Department of Justice got the conviction.

A Trump Department of Justice Press Release:
Former U.S. Congressman Convicted of Mail and Wire Fraud, Campaign Finance Violations, Money Laundering and Filing a False Tax Return

A federal jury convicted former U.S. Representative Stephen E. Stockman for orchestrating a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations and the individuals who ran those foundations to illegally finance Stockman’s campaigns for public office and to pay for his and others’ personal expenses. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas, Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of the FBI's Washington Field Office and Special Agent in Charge D. Richard Goss of Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation’s (IRS-CI) Houston Field Office made the announcement.

Stockman, 61, of Clear Lake, Texas, was convicted of seven counts of mail and wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to make conduit campaign contributions and false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), one count of making coordinated excessive campaign contributions, two counts of making false statements to the FEC, 11 counts of money laundering and one count of filing a false tax return. Thomas Dodd, 38, of the Houston, Texas area, a former special assistant in Stockman’s congressional office, and Jason Posey, 46, formerly of Houston, a former Stockman congressional staffer, previously pleaded guilty to their involvement in the scheme.

“Stephen Stockman abused his position as United States Congressman to defraud charitable donors and then used the proceeds of his crimes to corrupt the election process and make a range of impermissible personal expenditures,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. “The Criminal Division is committed to preserving the public’s confidence in our government by investigating and prosecuting corrupt public officials. We also will continue to address the threat that illegal coordinated campaign contributions pose to the integrity of federal elections, and aggressively pursue these offenses at every appropriate opportunity.”

“This case was a fantastic collaboration between the Southern District of Texas and the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division,” said U.S. Attorney Patrick. “When public officials use their office to defraud donors and violate federal law, we will hold them accountable. Corrupt officials like former congressman Stockman make it harder for the honest ones to do their jobs.”

“Former Representative Stockman used his position as a Member of Congress to fraudulently solicit charitable donations for the purpose of keeping himself in public office,” said Assistant Director McNamara. “Today’s verdict shows that no one is above the law and the FBI and our partners will thoroughly investigate all allegation of violations of federal election system.”

“The integrity of our political system is paramount to maintaining our way of life,” said Special Agent in Charge Goss. “IRS-CI Agents along with the assistant of our Federal partners unraveled a scheme in which Stockman diverted considerable funds intended for charitable organizations for his own purposes that included funding his campaign.” This type of behavior undermines our democracy and cannot be tolerated.”

According to the evidence presented at trial, from May 2010 to October 2014, Stockman solicited and obtained approximately $1.25 million in donations based on false pretenses. Specifically, in 2010, Stockman diverted a significant portion of $285,000 in charitable donations to pay for his and Dodd’s own personal expenses and to further Stockman’s own interests. The evidence at trial established that in 2011 and 2012, Stockman and Dodd received an additional $165,000 in charitable donations, much of which Stockman used to finance his 2012 congressional campaign.

According to the evidence at trial, shortly after Stockman took office in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, he and Dodd used the name of a nonprofit entity to solicit and receive a $350,000 charitable donation. Stockman used this donation for a variety of personal and campaign expenses, including illegal conduit campaign contributions, a covert surveillance project targeting a perceived political opponent and payments associated with Stockman’s U.S. Senate campaign in early 2014.

Trial evidence also demonstrated that in connection with Stockman’s Senate campaign, Posey used a nonprofit entity to secure a $450,571 donation in order to fund a purported independent expenditure for a mass-mailing project attacking Stockman’s opponent. In reality, the independent expenditure was directed and supervised by Stockman. Only approximately half of the donation was spent on the mail campaign, and Posey used a portion of the unspent balance to pay for expenses associated with Stockman’s Senate campaign and to fund personal expenses.

Stockman was taken into custody following the return of the verdict. Sentencing has been set for Aug. 17.

The FBI and IRS-CI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Annis of the Southern District of Texas and Trial Attorneys Ryan J. Ellersick and Robert J. Heberle of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-us-congressman-convicted-mail-and-wire-fraud-campaign-finance-violations-money

Border Patrol leader throws Trump under the bus

President Donald Trump's decision to deploy members of the National Guard to the southern U.S. border with Mexico is "a colossal waste of resources," according to the leader of a union representing members of the U.S. Border Patrol.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, who represents roughly 15,000 agents, panned the measure that the president implemented last month to beef up border security and curb illegal immigration, regarding it as fruitless, according to a Los Angeles Times report released late Thursday. "We have seen no benefit," Judd said.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/25/border-patrol-union-criticize-trump-608624
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