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ASND has moved the vast majority of citations from the original, pre-election            Donald Trump page to a new page with the “Pre-Election” title:

https://anotherslownewsday.wordpress.com/liberal-republicans/donald-trump/pre-election/

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5 Big Fights Where Trump Is Backing Down

http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/06/but-he-folds-5-big-fights-where-trump-is-backing-down/

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In His Own Words:

Nets Suddenly Like Trump Tweets When He Attacks Conservatives

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kyle-drennen/2017/03/27/nets-suddenly-trump-tweets-when-he-attacks-conservatives

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President Trump has said, ‘My [original refugee moratorium] policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.’ But that’s not accurate.” [depending on how the wordsimilaris defined].

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-faqs-president-trumps-executive-order-on-immigrants-and-refugees

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President Trump’s recent statement that settlements might not be ‘helpful’ for peace shows that he may be falling for the same misconceptions that have governed American policy on both sides of the aisle toward Israel for decades.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/02/israel_needs_settlements_for_peace.html

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American presidents don’t poison prominent political opponents and it’s outrageous [for Trump] to even suggest it.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/02/trump_defends_putin_you_think_our_country_is_so_innocent.html

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Trump has repeatedly stated that he wants ‘free trade’ that is also ‘fair trade.’  Academic and political critics are quick to point out the oxymoronic nature of this statement.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/03/free_trade_fair_trade_and_reality.html

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The move would break a key campaign promise when Trump repeatedly said he would force Mexico to pay for the construction of the wall along the border…

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/01/05/congress-to-pay-for-trump-wall-not-mexico/

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Trump flip-flops on China/Taiwan

https://world.wng.org/2017/02/trump_reaffirms_one_china_policy

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… examining how to make the [CIA] and the other intelligence organizations more effective by candidly acknowledging their failures is quite a different thing from undermining them and accepting the words of one of America’s most fierce and discredited opponents, Julian Assange.

https://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2017/01/05/donald-trumps-inexplicable-attack-on-our-intelligence-agencies//?singlepage=true

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Trump: We Will Completely Eradicate Radical Islamic Terrorism From Face of Earth

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/trump-we-will-united-civilized-world-against-radical-islamic-terrorism

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Trump Says Only ‘Fools’ See Good Ties With Russia as Bad

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-06/u-s-says-putin-ordered-russian-hacking-during-the-2016-election

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Trump Outrageously Disses America While Defending Putin

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/02/05/trump-outrageously-disses-america-while-defending-putin/

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More to come — no doubt much more —  as Mr. Trump has more to say.

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It’s the Debt, Donald, the Debt

https://stream.org/debt-donald-debt/

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Trump Admin. promises to do nothing about the national debt

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/03/trump_admin_promises_to_do_nothing_about_the_national_debt.html

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$20 trillion debt deserves as much attention as Dow hitting 20,000

http://nypost.com/2017/03/20/20-trillion-debt-deserves-as-much-attention-as-dow-hitting-20000/

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His Proposals:

The Dark Cloud over the Trump Presidency: Obamacare 2.0

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/03/the_dark_cloud_over_the_trump_presidency.html

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Americans for Prosperity on TrumpCare: ‘This Falls Short of Republican Promises’

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/03/07/americans-for-prosperity-on-trumpcare-this-falls-short-of-republican-promises/

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President Trump betrays his base on Obamacare

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/03/president_trump_betrays_his_base_on_obamacare.html

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Trump threatens Republicans who vote against Obamacare lite

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/03/trump_threatens_republicans_who_vote_against_obamacarelite.html

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Trump’s plan B: Work with Dems to ‘improve’ Obamacare

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/03/trumps_plan_b_work_with_dems_to_improve_obamacare.html

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Federal Infrastructure Spending Is a Bad Deal
Trump should choose privatization over nationalization.

http://reason.com/archives/2017/02/09/federal-infrastructure-spendin

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The [original refugee moratorium] EO was rolled out in a haphazard way that damages any effort to have a serious conversation about refugee admittance and the security concerns of many Americans.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/30/heres-trumps-immigration-order-says-needs-fixed/

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Trump’s  [original refugee moratorium] executive order leaves new arrivals and many Christians in the lurch

https://world.wng.org/2017/01/christian_aid_groups_grapple_with_refugee_ban_fallout

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For some in middle class, Trump plan would mean tax increase

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/27/analysis-for-some-in-middle-class-trump-plan-would-mean-tax-increase.html

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Trump orders raises for overpaid federal bureaucrats

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/03/trump_orders_raises_for_overpaid_federal_bureaucrats.html

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… manufacturing jobs have declined in the United States largely due to automation, not international trade.  This trend will not be halted through protectionism. For Trump to claim that he will bring those jobs back would be as ludicrous as if President Calvin Coolidge had promised blacksmiths that he would protect their jobs from foreign trade.  It wasn’t trade that put the blacksmith out of business; it was the automobile and Henry Ford’s assembly line.  And the economy was better for it: more jobs, higher wages, cheaper and better consumer goods.

http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/02/18684/

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These are not the actions of a free-trade believer; they are the actions of a liberal nationalist.  Maybe he can do something to prove that he actually trusts the free market and free trade, instead of just crony capitalism, but he hasn’t yet.

https://pjmedia.com/video/trump-i-believe-in-free-trade-i-want-so-much-trade/

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Donald Trump’s ‘Economic Nationalism’ Supports Government Control Of The Economy
Steve Bannon explains President Trump’s ‘economic nationalism’ by taking a famous Reagan aphorism about government and turning it completely on its head.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/02/donald-trumps-economic-nationalism-supports-government-control-economy/

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It May Sound Good, But Economic Nationalism Will Not Make America Great

https://stream.org/it-may-sound-good-but-economic-nationalism-will-not-make-america-great/

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Why A Border-Adjusted Tax Would Hurt U.S. Companies

http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/20/border-adjusted-tax-hurt-u-s-companies/

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Why Protectionism Won’t Work for America

https://stream.org/protectionism-wont-work-america/

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Why Outsourcing Jobs Is Not Immoral

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/24/outsourcing-jobs-not-immoral/

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Globalization Is Good for the World

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/book-review-just-capitalism

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Global Trade is Why Your Television Did Not Cost $6,200 Like It Did in 1964

https://stream.org/global-trade-television-not-cost-6200-like-1964/

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… [Trump] has assembled the most antitrade team of presidential policy advisers since the 1920s.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-antitrade-warriors-1484609800

[Though that team may not actually win the antitrade game: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-10/civil-war-breaks-out-white-house-over-trade]

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President Trump needs to lower the volume on Mexico

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/01/president_trump_needs_to_lower_the_volume_on_mexico.html

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Auto Industry: Possible Border Tax Would Raise Prices, Even On American-Made Cars

https://consumerist.com/2017/01/31/automakers-possible-border-tax-would-raise-prices-even-on-american-made-cars/

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How Trump’s protectionism will cause more illegal immigration

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/how-trumps-protectionism-will-cause-more-illegal-immigration/article/2613522

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The Real Cost of Protectionism
Economic development always leads to some job loss to competition that is domestic         as well as foreign.

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/444238/print

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The pressure applied [by Trump] to Carrier (and Ford) is nothing other than a stealth welfare scheme – because the reality of this is that consumers will be subsidizing these workers’ pay by paying higher prices for products that would otherwise be lower.  This also puts the manufacturer at risk against foreign competitors who will now gain a competitive edge in labor costs.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/12/trumps_dangerous_game_with_carrier.html

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Trump’s ‘National Day Of Patriotic Devotion’ Is Creepy As Hell
Politicians have no business directing or defining patriotism — especially when their rhetoric sounds like 1950s-era Soviet sloganeering.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/24/trumps-national-day-patriotic-creepy/

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None of Barack Obama’s wrongdoings over the past eight years absolve Donald Trump    of his in the coming eight.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/02/07/first-step-in-kicking-authoritarianism-admitting-you-have-a-problem/

[ASND wonders how Mr. Harsanyi came to be so certain that Donald Trump will be President for eight years.]

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Immigration:

Immigration watchdog: Bush echoing Obama on radical Islam

http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/immigration-watchdog-bush-echoing-obama-on-radical-islam/print/

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Trump wants to legalize ‘Dreamers,’ admit huge number of new immigrants

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/12/trump_wants_to_legalize_dreamers_admit_huge_number_of_new_immigrants.html

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Trump violating the Constitution exactly as Obama did
One month into the Trump administration, President Trump has made it clear that he is going to continue Obama’s “Dreamer” program.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/02/trump_violates_the_constitution_exactly_as_obama_did.html

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The Mental Gymnastics of the Pro-Trump GOP

https://stream.org/mental-gymnastics-pro-trump-gop/

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Republican? :

Trump is nobody’s idea of a cerebral conservative, taking in history’s triumphs and failures before proposing policy.  He’s a visceral guy with a gut that makes decisions and a mind that justifies them afterward.  That kind of personality in charge of anything, let alone the most powerful government on Earth, is alarming.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/02/trump_and_conservatism.html

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Donald Trump Is Ideologically Gutting The Republican Party
The worst part of Donald Trump’s economic interventions is that he’s getting other Republicans to throw out the party’s free-market ideology.

http://www.wnd.com/2016/12/hillary-has-secret-reason-for-backing-vote-recount/

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Trump Should Focus Blame on Government, Not Just Boeing, Lockheed Martin

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/12/14/trump-should-focus-blame-on-government-not-just-boeing-lockheed-martin/?singlepage=true

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Trump’s Presidency Is Already Making Republicans Love Big Government More

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/09/trumps-presidency-already-making-republicans-love-big-government/

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Trump Expresses ‘a Lot of Respect’ for Clintons at Hill Luncheon

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2017/01/20/trump-expresses-a-lot-of-respect-for-clintons-at-hill-luncheon/

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Trump’s Response to Hillary’s Crimes Portends Disaster

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/11/trumps_response_to_hillarys_crimes_portends_disaster.html

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One of Trump’s high-court [pre-picked] “picks” mocked him on Twitter

http://www.wnd.com/2016/05/trumps-scotus-pick-has-mocked-him-on-twitter

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Trump, The Man:

[Trump] craves respect more than almost anything else, and yet respect remains agonizingly elusive — in part because he takes everything too personally…  The presidency… promises to only heighten [his] sense of entitlement to respect and exacerbate his inevitable resentment when he doesn’t receive it.  So we’ll continue on divided, angry and untrusting…  Trump will be the third president in a row to promise to unite the country, and he will almost certainly be the third in a row to fail.

https://stream.org/trumps-lust-respect-makes-national-unity-implausible/

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Not all negative media reports about the Trump administration are ‘fake news’ and the president’s endless trumpeting of half truths and lies about how well his administration is doing needs to be reported on and the record corrected.  Trump doesn’t want the press to report honestly.  He wants them to report on him positively.  In that respect, what difference is there between Trump’s need for adulation and the press’s desire to destroy him?   We’ve got a compulsive liar as a president and an unthinking, reflexively hostile media reporting on him.  We’re doomed.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/02/24/white-house-bars-ny-times-la-times-other-media-from-press-briefing/

[ASND hopes Mr. Moran would acknowledge his use of the word “doomed” was intentionally hyperbolic.  While similar attempts at prophesying apocalypses are common on the Internet (whence this article was gleaned), they are not common among respected writers thereon — which Mr. Moran usually is.]

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Report: Trump Refused to Prepare Campaign for Sex Scandals

https://pjmedia.com/election/2016/10/13/report-trump-refused-to-prepare-campaign-for-sex-scandals/?singlepage=true

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Trump: Time to fire the Secret Service

http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/trump-time-to-fire-the-secret-service/print/

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Religion:

Trump said little about his faith during the 2016 presidential campaign.  Unlike many other candidates for the Republican nomination… he seldom attends church, displays scant knowledge of the Bible or interest in prayer, and rarely uses religious [language].  Unlike his Republican predecessors [two Bushes & Reagan], he has not been outspoken about a commitment to Jesus Christ… Thus far [February, 2017] Donald Trump’s demeanor, character and policies seem to be little connected with the religious values he praised in his remarks…

https://stream.org/donald-trump-national-prayer-breakfast/

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For [Norman Vincent] Peale [and therefore for Donald Trump as well], ‘attitudes are more important than facts’…  The first fact that Peale’s [and Trump’s] positive thinking had to overcome was the fact of human frailty [a.k.a. ‘sin’]…  Thus the necessity of repentance recedes…  The self-sufficient faith Trump absorbed from Peale has no place for human weakness.  Human frailty, dependency, and sinfulness cannot be acknowledged; they must be overcome.  This opens up the possibility of great cruelty toward those who cannot wish themselves into being winners. A man who need not ask forgiveness need never forgive others. He does not realize his own weakness, and so he mocks and reviles every sign of weakness in his ­fellow men.

https://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/08/donald-trump-man-of-faith

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Trump has committed sins — everyone has — but the biggest problem with calling him a ‘baby Christian’ is that he has not repented.  In fact, he has  publicly declared  that he has not repented of his sins.  Trump actually said, ‘I’m not sure I have ever asked God’s forgiveness. I don’t bring God into that picture.’… This is no small thing… Repentance of sins — to God, against whom every sin is committed — is the central prerequisite of being a Christian.

https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/12/18/5-hard-truths-for-the-religious-right-after-2016/

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Social conservatives have new doubts about where the president stands on conscience protections

https://world.wng.org/2017/02/trump_sends_mixed_messages_on_religious_liberty

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Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Won’t Help the Baker, Florist, and Photographer
Federal protections will only go so far in the complicated tussle between faith and         LGBT rights.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/february-web-only/trumps-religious-freedom-order-wont-help-baker-florist-and-.html

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A rector who marched against Trump, gay blessings, gun control, Muslim outreach and ‘climate crisis’ solar panels on the roof: Meet Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s ultra-liberal church

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4196096/Trump-s-Supreme-Court-pick-belongs-liberal-church.html

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Twice-Divorced Paula White Praying at Trump Inauguration Is Exactly What We Expected

https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/12/28/twice-divorced-paula-white-praying-at-trump-inauguration-is-exactly-what-we-expected//?singlepage=true

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White… ma[de] history as the first openly, egregiously heretical female to “pray in”           a new President.

http://babylonbee.com/news/paula-white-shatters-glass-ceiling-becoming-first-female-false-teacher-pray-presidential-inauguration/

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Why Paula White is a Heretic
One [of many] example[s] is her affirmation of the statement that ‘Jesus is not the only begotten Son of God … He is the first fruit.’

http://theologyforwomen.org/2017/01/paula-white-heretic.html

[See, also…  http://politicreviews.com/who-is-paula-white-donald-trumps-spiritual-counselor/ and  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/01/03/evangelicals-should-be-deeply-troubled-by-donald-trumps-attempt-to-mainstream-heresy ]

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Mormon choir performance at Trump inauguration draws ire — [but only] from Mormons

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/23/mormon-choir-performance-at-trump-inauguration-draws-ire.html

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Obama’s favorite imam gets to pray with Trump

http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/mystery-obamas-favorite-imam-gets-to-pray-with-trump/print/

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Imam at Trump’s Prayer Service Recited a Condemnation of Jews and Christians

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/01/24/imam-at-trumps-prayer-service-recited-a-condemnation-of-jews-and-christians/

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Evangelicals ‘n Trump:

No, the Majority of American Evangelicals Did Not Vote for Trump

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/no-the-majority-of-american-evangelicals-did-not-vote-for-trump

[Maybe not, but if not, how does TGC explain these statistics?]

Trump Elected President, Thanks to 4 in 5 White Evangelicals

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/november/trump-elected-president-thanks-to-4-in-5-white-evangelicals.html

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Largest Evangelical Turnout in History Helps Trump Defeat Clinton

http://www.lifenews.com/2016/11/09/largest-evangelical-turnout-in-history-helps-donald-trump-defeat-pro-abortion-hillary-clinton/

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Homosexuality & Transgenderism:

Trump Keeps Obama’s International LGBT Envoy Randy Berry – Promoting Homosexuality and Gender Confusion Abroad

The third (so far) major pro-homosexual action by Trump

http://americansfortruth.com/2017/02/15/trump-keeps-obamas-international-lgbt-envoy-randy-berry-promoting-homosexuality-and-gender-confusion-abroad/

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The White House confirmed today President Donald Trump will not overturn the Obama administration’s 2014 LGBT executive order for federal contractors that limits how faith groups can work in government.

https://world.wng.org/2017/01/trump_s_stance_on_lgbt_order_stuns_religious_liberty_advocates

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Instead of letting Mr. Bannon’s team steer the conservative movement away from Biblical alignment, let’s [all] pray and actively push this ship back on the course toward true conservatism as it was understood by the pro-family, anti-homosexuality Founding Fathers… we’re at [a] fork in the road TODAY that will determine whether the Trump administration goes with the Bible or with the [LGBT] crowd tomorrow.  The results could not be more dichotomous nor more consequential.  If ever there was a time when Christian leaders needed to take a firm persuasive stand, it is NOW.  That means we need an immediate, unequivocal and robust rejection of the idea of the myth of the ‘gay conservative’ by the church.

http://www.scottlively.net/2017/02/02/milo-yiannopoulos-and-the-rise-of-american-nazism/

http://www.scottlively.net/2017/02/04/milo-yiannopoulos-and-the-rise-of-american-nazism-part-2/

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Trump and the LGBT Agenda

http://www.scottlively.net/2016/12/11/trump-and-the-lgbt-agenda/

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… in reply to Stahl’s questioning on same-sex ‘marriage,’ [Trump] said, ‘You have these cases that have already gone to the Supreme Court.  They’ve been settled, and I’m fine with that.’

https://stream.org/donald-trump-same-sex-marriage-church/

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VP Mike Pence Cheers Trump on LGBT Rights                                                                               Ivanka Trump, Husband Jared Kushner Helped Sink Religious Liberty Executive Order

http://americansfortruth.com/2017/02/10/vp-mike-pence-cheers-trump-on-lgbt-rights-ivanka-trump-husband-jared-kushner-helped-sink-religious-liberty-executive-order/

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Trump’s DOD Nominee OK With LGBTs in Military and Women in Combat

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/gen-mattis-says-he-has-no-plan-oppose-women-or-lgbts-serving-military

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Trump Joins Ranks of DNA Deniers

http://www.aim.org/aim-column/trump-joins-ranks-of-dna-deniers/

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Foreign Policy:

Trump Administration Foreign Policy at a Crossroads
Some promising developments, but Obama’s shadow remains.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/266158/trump-administration-foreign-policy-crossroads-joseph-klein

Trump Tweets Out His Two Rules: Buy American, Hire American.

That’s Actually Not Good For Americans.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/11990/trump-tweets-out-his-two-rules-buy-american-hire-ben-shapiro

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Trump Says He’s ‘A Smart Person,’ Doesn’t Need Daily Intelligence Briefings

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/12/11/trump-says-hes-a-smart-person-doesnt-need-daily-intelligence-briefings/?singlepage=true

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Trump Says He Gets Intelligence Briefings ‘When I Need It’;                                                      You Need It Daily, Ex-CIA Director Says

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/trump-says-he-gets-intelligence-briefings-when-i-need-it

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Ex-CIA chief says Trump risks blame for an attack if he skips [national security] briefings

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-intelligence-idUSKBN1431EY?il=0

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So what’s [Trump’s foreign] policy [in the Middle East]?  It’s a surprisingly difficult question to answer.  [He] say[s] [h]e want[s] Iran out of Syria, but [he’s] in league with the Iranians in some battles [esp. Iraq].  [Trump] want[s] a closer relationship with Egypt, but [Egypt’s president] Sisi clearly has his doubts, and is taking out insurance by working with Putin.  [Trump is] rhetorically tough against North Korea (an intimate of Iran), and slap sanctions against those who help them, but there is as yet no sign that [Trump] understand[s] we’re in a world war, nor that [he] ha[s] a global strategy capable of winning it.

https://pjmedia.com/michaelledeen/2017/03/25/does-trump-have-a-strategy-to-win-the-global-war/

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Trump’s Top Military Adviser Is Lobbying For Obscure Company With Ties To              Turkish Government

http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/11/claim-trump-military-adviser-linked-to-erdogan

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Trump gets dire warning: ‘We cannot trust the Russians’

http://www.wnd.com/2016/12/trump-gets-dire-warning-we-cannot-trust-the-russians/print/

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Moscow Issues Its First Nuclear Challenge to Trump
Russia has reportedly deployed its new cruise missile in an apparent violation of the Reagan-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, in effect since 1988.

http://dailysignal.com/2017/02/15/moscow-issues-its-first-nuclear-challenge-to-trump/

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US Commander: Russia’s Increasing Involvement in Afghanistan Intended to ‘Undermine the U.S. and NATO’

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/us-commander-russias-increasing-involvement-afghanistan-intended-undermine

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Putin Opponent’s Possible Poisoning a Test for the Trump Administration

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2017/02/02/putin-opponents-possible-poisoning-a-test-for-the-trump-administration-says-senator/

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Donald Trump’s praise for Vladimir Putin raises the prospect that he will try to promote American interests in the same disastrous way Putin has for Russia.

http://thefederalist.com/2016/09/15/donald-trump-apologists-dont-get-national-interest/

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Russia is using the Syrian civil war as a live-fire boot camp to train Iranian troops as the region’s dominant military force. And the U.S. seems unable — or still unwilling        [under Trump] — to respond effectively.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/opinion/article132535024.html

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Bolton: Counter-Terror Cooperation With Russia ‘Difficult if Not Impossible’ Because of Russia’s Partnership With Iran

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/bolton-counter-terror-cooperation-russia-difficult-if-not-impossible

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Trump’s Rhetoric on Russia Throws US Under the Bus
There are plenty of ways Trump could rebuff criticism of Russia without impugning              the United States.

https://stream.org/trumps-rhetoric-russia-throws-us-bus/

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Donald Trump seems poised to continue Obama’s mistakes when it comes to Russia, namely in his belief that they aren’t a threat to us, our interests abroad, or the sovereignty of other nations.  So far, he has shown little to indicate that he would oppose Russia in any meaningful way in foreign conflicts.  This includes his stance on NATO, which just last week he reiterated by calling the organization ‘obsolete.’

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/23/u-s-leaders-fiddle-russia-makes-strategic-moves-libya/

… &

Trump has already made the first mistake in negotiating with the Russians: telling them that there is anything to negotiate…  [Instead, Trump has] to accept we’re in a war           [w/ Putin] and that we have a lot to lose…  [Trump needs] to learn to fight [Putin’s]       ‘one war machine’ with a unified machine of our own…  This will also strengthen and quicken decisionmaking on critical issues in the US — something we will also need to replicate within NATO.  [Trump] must (re)accept the notion that hard power is the [only] guarantor of any international system: security is a precondition for anything (everything) else.  It’s also important [for Trump] to acknowledge that a more isolated, more nationalist America helps Putin in his objectives even while it compromises our own.  We need to accept that America was part of, and needs to be part of, a global system — and that this system is better, cheaper, and more powerful than any imagined alternatives…  The truth is that fighting a new Cold War would be in America’s interest…  Trump should set the unpredictable course and become the champion against the most toxic, ambitious regime of the modern world.  Rebuilding American power — based on the values of liberal democracy — is the only escape from Putin’s corrosive vision of a world at permanent war.  We need a new united front.  But we must be the center of it.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/putins-real-long-game-214589

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Why Electing Donald Trump Could Make Political Correctness Worse
We could see further polarization and entrenchment from both an increasingly militant cultural left versus an increasingly nasty and brutish Trumpian right.

http://thefederalist.com/2016/11/07/electing-donald-trump-make-political-correctness-worse/

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Trumpeters:

Fellow Republicans, Don’t Sell Your Souls for Bannon and the Alt-Right

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/11/21/fellow-republicans-lets-not-sell-our-souls-while-drunk-on-victory/

… &

Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon Tolerates Racism to Achieve           Political Goals

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2016/11/17/donald-trumps-chief-strategist-tolerates-racism-to-achieve-political-goals

… &

Savage warns Trump on Priebus: Looks like ‘Jeb Bush won’

http://www.wnd.com/2016/11/savage-warns-trump-on-priebus-looks-like-jeb-bush-won/print/

… &

Man Who Constantly Calls People ‘Snowflakes’ Deeply Offended By Slightest Criticism Of President Trump [Satire]

http://babylonbee.com/news/man-constantly-calls-people-snowflakes-deeply-offended-slightest-criticism-president-trump/

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Donald Trump Is The New Jesse Ventura

http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/23/donald-trump-is-the-new-jesse-ventura/

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Trumppointees:

Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge

https://www.propublica.org/article/trumps-defense-secretary-cites-climate-change-national-security-challenge

and…

New national security adviser McMaster doesn’t believe in radical Islamic terrorism

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/02/new_national_security_advisor_doesnt_believe_in_radical_islamic_terrorism.html

…. &

NSA pick McMaster told the National Defense University that “the Islamic State                   is not Islamic.”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/265893/mcmaster-pick-score-one-swamp-robert-spencer

…. &

More Evidence That McMaster Shares Obama’s Views on Islam and Terror

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/03/14/more-evidence-that-mcmaster-shares-obamas-views-on-islam-and-terror/

and…

Heather Wilson is a very bad choice for Secretary of the Air Force.  She is straight out of the DC swamp.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/03/heather_wilson_swamp_creature.html

and…

Trump Retains LGBT State Department Official, Frustrating Christian Conservatives

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/trump-retains-lgbt-state-department-official-frustrating-christian-conservatives.html

and…

Obamacare Architect — Ezekiel Emanuel — Now Advising Trump On Replacing It

http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/20/obamacare-architect-now-advising-trump-on-replacing-it/

and…

Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, former Miami U.S. attorney Alexander Acosta, cut a non-prosecution deal with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein a decade ago  [later found guilty in a child sex abuse case] rather than pursuing a federal indictment that Acosta’s staff had advocated.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/labor-nominee-acosta-cut-deal-with-billionaire-in-sex-abuse-case-involving-40-underage-girls/2017/03/21/d33271a8-0d85-11e7-ab07-07d9f521f6b5_story.html

and…

Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Advisor after it’s revealed the Justice Department warned Trump he was left vulnerable to blackmail over his ties with Russia

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4221958/Michael-Flynn-compromised-DOJ-warns-White-House.html

and…

Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s replacement choice to run the Department of Labor, advocated for easier immigration and amnesty for people who previously had come to the United States illegally.

http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/immigration-hawks-express-trepidation-trump-labor-pick/

and…

Trump’s Interior Dept. pick — Ryan Zinke — supports big government control of lands

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/12/trumps_interior_dept_pick_supports_big_government_control_of_lands.html

and…

Trump’s pick as labor secretary: Legalizing immigrants is ‘the right thing to do’

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-labor-secretary-pick-said-legalizing-immigrants-the-right-thing-to-do-223550268.html

… &

Trump’s ‘shifty and vague’ stance on 1 top immigration issue
President-elect’s Labor pick pegged as big fan of amnesty, hiring of foreign workers

http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/12/trumps-shifty-and-vague-stance-on-1-top-immigration-issue/

and…

Top Obama Adviser Ben Rhodes Declined Interim Security Clearance by FBI in 2008

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/01/05/report-top-obama-adviser-ben-rhodes-declined-interim-security-clearance-by-the-fbi-in-2008//?singlepage=true

and…

Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Trump’s choice to serve as attorney general, seemed to break with the next chief executive on a number of key issues during his confirmation hearing…

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2017/01/10/sessions-to-senate-no-muslim-ban-abortion-and-same-sex-marriage-settled-law//?singlepage=true

Trump’s SecState pick decorated by Vladimir Putin

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/12/trumps_secstate_pick_decorated_by_vladimir_putin.html

… &

Tillerson’s Assault on Scouting

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/tillersons_assault_on_scouting.html

… &

Tillerson helped make Boy Scouts go ‘gay’

http://www.wnd.com/2016/12/tony-perkins-tillerson-helped-make-boy-scouts-go-gay/print/

… &

“[In Tillerson] Mr. Trump appears to have picked someone in his own image: a tycoon and a deal-maker, a social liberal who succeeded in business.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/12/a_big_whoops_for_donald_trump.html

… &

Rex Tillerson’s Moral Indecision

https://stream.org/rex-tillersons-moral-indecision/

and…

Trump keeping Comey as FBI head

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/315814-trump-keeping-comey-as-fbi-head-report

[Why does  ASND  include that report on this page?  Here’s why…                                    

Serious claim: FBI’s Comey ‘falsely’ denied surveillance
‘Orwellian Big Brother’ intrusion on Trump, other citizens in public and private sector                                                                                                                                            http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/whistleblowers-lawyer-comey-falsely-denied-evidence-of-surveillance/print/                                                                                                                              and…                                                                                                                                     Former U.S. Attorney: Agents See FBI Chief Comey as a ‘Dirty Cop’
http://spectator.org/former-u-s-attorney-agents-see-fbi-chief-comey-as-a-dirty-cop/
… &
Ex-DOJ official: ‘Comey has to go’
http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/ex-doj-official-comey-has-to-go/print/
… &
FBI Agents Say Comey ‘Stood In The Way’ Of Clinton Email Investigation
http://dailycaller.com/2016/10/17/exclusive-fbi-agents-say-comey-stood-in-the-way-of-clinton-email-investigation/#ixzz4NO8xK4MF
… &
Nothing James Comey Says About The Hillary Clinton Investigation Makes Any Sense
By protecting her inner circle, the Department of Justice gave Hillary immunity.
http://thefederalist.com/2016/09/28/nothing-james-comey-says-about-hillary-investigation-makes-sense/
… &
Comey’s Corrupt and Shameful Conduct Revealed
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/08/comeys_corrupt_and_shameful_conduct_revealed.html
… &
The decision to wait for late Friday on Labor Day weekend to release the FBI’s investigation notes of Hillary Clinton’s email practices offers further evidence of the politicization of the agency.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/09/fbi_holiday_weekend_document_drop_is_devastating_to_hillary.html
… &
[Comey] accommodate[d] Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and [Obama] by finding clever excuses to overlook Hillary’s obvious criminality while excoriating her ethically.
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/10/comeys_mess.html
… &
The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham
NSA Analyst: We now have incontrovertible proof the Bureau never had any intention of prosecuting Hillary Clinton
http://observer.com/2016/09/the-fbi-investigation-of-emailgate-was-a-sham/
… &
Sharyl Attkisson provides an essential guide to the FBI’s report on Hillary’s emails
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/09/sharyl_attkisson_provides_an_essential_guide_to_the_fbis_report_on_hillarys_emails.html
… &
The Case Against James Comey
Not since Hoover has an FBI director shown such a lack of accountability.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/james-comey-fbi-accountability-214234
… &
[Under Obama, we] have no Department of Justice. [We] have no FBI.
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/09/the_mark_of_soros_charlotte_north_carolina.html
… &
What Happens When You Can’t Trust the FBI and the Department of Justice?
https://pjmedia.com/diaryofamadvoter/2016/09/23/what-happens-when-you-cant-trust-the-fbi-and-the-department-of-justice/?singlepage=true
… &
FBI Director Comey Said ISIS Fighters Welcome Back From Syria in 2014, Now Warns of ‘Terrorist Diaspora’
https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2016/09/29/fbi-director-comey-warns-of-coming-isis-terrorist-diaspora-he-publicly-welcomed-back-in-2014/
… &
Here’s The Real Reason Obama [Didn’t] Throw FBI Director James Comey Under The Bus
Criticism of Comey only makes the appointment of a special prosecutor more likely, and that’s the last thing Obama wants.
https://thefederalist.com/2016/10/31/heres-real-reason-obama-wont-throw-fbi-director-james-comey-bus/
… &
Comey has separated the pay-for-play scandal from the email scandal, which allows him to ignore that Hillary used the private email server to hide the pay-for-play scheme.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/11/comey_backs_down.html                          … &
Comey’s Hanoi Confession                                                                                   http://spectator.org/comeys-hanoi-confession/
… &
FBI Notes: Security Agent Said Clinton ‘Blatantly’ Disregarded Security and Diplomatic Protocols
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/fbi-notes-security-agent-said-clinton-blatantly-disregarded-security-and
… &
The FBI’s Own Investigation Summary Proves Hillary Clinton Broke The Law
http://thefederalist.com/2016/10/17/the-fbis-own-investigation-summary-proves-hillary-clinton-broke-the-law/                                                                                                                                             and…                                                                                                                                          Comey: Dunno much about the Russian I took                                                                                  http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/03/comey_dunno_much_about_the_russian_i_took.html ]

and…

Conservative backlash grows against a leading Supreme Court candidate
President-elect Donald Trump named Pryor… during a primary debate last February. Trump included him on a subsequent list…

https://world.wng.org/2017/01/supreme_discontent

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Trump’s Justice Department Continues to Enlist ‘Reformed’ ISIS Fighter in Risky Deradicalization Scheme Similar to Other Efforts Around the Globe — Including Here in the U.S. — Which Have Failied Spectacularly

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/03/10/justice-department-enlists-reformed-isis-fighter-in-risky-deradicalization-scheme/

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EPA critic: Trump still needs to dump climate deal

http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/epa-critic-trump-still-needs-to-dump-climate-deal/print/

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[Despite all of the above (especially over  here  ), there are many people (at least since Trump was nominated by the Republicans in the summer of 2016) who are saying things like the following.]

I believe God is seeking to impart to President-elect Trump, Vice President-elect Pence and every prospective cabinet member the very heart of the ultimate Father and the Great Shepherd.

https://stream.org/god-capturing-heart-donald-trump/

[Nobody Important  has never met Donald Trump so I have no way of knowing — or even guessing — whether such wishful thinking is also true.   Time will tell,  though,  as it always does.]

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