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A silent thread to say: FUCK TRUMP

Fuck trump.

A question For DU Lawyers. esp. those with Constitutional/Government Expertise.

Is it legal to force/coerce/ask Legislative branch employees to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with the Executive Branch?

Two article from Politico mentions that this has happened. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-immigration-congress-order-234392
"Like other congressional committees, some staff of the House Judiciary Committee were permitted to offer their policy expertise to the Trump transition team about immigration law," a House Judiciary Committee aide said in a statement. "However, the Trump Administration is responsible for the final policy decisions contained in the executive order and its subsequent roll-out and implementation.”

The work of the committee aides began during the transition period after the election and before Donald Trump was sworn in. The staffers signed nondisclosure agreements, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Trump's transition operation forced its staff to sign these agreements, but it would be unusual to extend that requirement to congressional employees. Rexrode declined to comment on the nondisclosure pacts.

and this: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/bob-goodlatte-staff-trump-immigration-order-234424

The Virginia Republican told lawmakers that he approved his staff to work for the Trump transition team. He said his staff gave policy advice but their work for Trump officials ended on Jan. 20, the day of the inauguration.

He also told lawmakers his staff had no input on the timing or the rollout of the immigration order, which bans travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries and halts the refugee program.

POLITICO reported Monday night that Goodlatte staffers helped the administration craft the executive order but did not inform their chairman or GOP leaders on the Hill of their work on the policy. Sources said the staffers signed nondisclosure agreements so they could not talk about what they were working on.

Goodlatte's staff has said he was unaware of the executive action. And his staff has not responded to multiple questions about their signing of nondisclosure agreements, which would bar them from discussing the controversial policy with their boss or republican leadership.

I cannot believe this is normal or legal, and that is why If anyone is a lawyer, I would love input.

Pay-to-Play already happening at Trump's hotel in DC:


For foreign diplomats, Trump hotel is place to be

About 100 foreign diplomats, from Brazil to Turkey, gathered at the Trump International Hotel this week to sip Trump-branded champagne, dine on sliders and hear a sales pitch about the U.S. president-elect’s newest hotel.

The event for the diplomatic community, held one week after the election, was in the Lincoln Library, a junior ballroom with 16-foot ceilings and velvet drapes that is also available for rent.

Some attendees won raffle prizes — among them overnight stays at other Trump properties around the world — allowing them to become better acquainted with the business holdings of the new commander in chief. (snip)

In interviews with a dozen diplomats, many of whom declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak about anything related to the next U.S. president, some said spending money at Trump’s hotel is an easy, friendly gesture to the new president.

“Why wouldn’t I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, ‘I love your new hotel!’ Isn’t it rude to come to his city and say, ‘I am staying at your competitor?’ ” said one Asian diplomat.

...and so it goes.

Ed Shultz just dug a deeper hole.

I can't find the earlier OP that was posted on DU, but I did read them. If someone can find the link I would be more than happy to bump it.

and now this:


Is this a glitch?


For background, this is the host thread about this alert: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1243176050#top

It was locked and after a lack of consensus, it was re-opened.

The thread was unlocked by a host with no name and then the OP was able to self-delete.

I am fine with a self-delete -- that is always a personal choice, what I don't understand is how a host with no name can unlock a thread.

My first post here and I want to say this:


with all love and that stuff, (I am really happy we're FINALLY here! )


Sending prayers and love to our DU friends that are affected by the flooding in Europe.

Vote Blue No Matter Who. A message from George Takei: Sanders Supporter:


We went to Château d'Amboise, Clos Lucé and Château de Villandry

It was only a day trip but we managed to see these three:

Château d'Amboise:

Clos Lucé: (There is a tunnel that connects Lucé to d'Amboise for DaVinci)

and Villandry. (The gardens were still starting to pop but they were amazing nonetheless)

Have fun! I can't wait to get back there and spend a week!

Leaving tomorrow for Paris!

I can't even begin to tell you how exited I am. This has been a place I've wanted to visit since I was in my teens!

Due to an awful lot of life circumstances over the past thirty years it never seemed to happen.

The tickets were booked last November. We have a Flat rental in the Panthéon neighborhood and it's about a 3-5 minute walk to the Seine.

We will be making the rounds to museums and walking around and eating and playing in the city. We are spending one day in the Loire Valley to visit some vineyards, etc., and will be tryinig to Visit Da Vinci's final resting place.

The rest is all Paris in the springtime!

I hope to be providing pics when we return in two weeks!

to all my DU friends!
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