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An Aggregation of my Online Presence

Peter Baker on Twitter

“The president of the United States praises the convicted felon who ran his campaign because “he refused to break” and give information to prosecutors.”
Peter Baker on Twitter

This sounds like the scene in Goodfellas where the mobsters praise young Henry Hill for not being a rat.

Lone Manafort Juror Blocked Conviction On All 18 Counts

Paula Duncan, a juror in the Paul Manafort trial, told Fox News on Wednesday that one holdout juror was the…
Lone Manafort Juror Blocked Conviction On All 18 Counts

‘Duncan said that for herself personally, her allegiance to the President made it difficult for her to contribute to the conviction of his former campaign chairman.’ The GOP is a crime family, not a political party. Until we face this basic fact, we can not fix this country.

Adam Schiff on Twitter

“In his praise for Manafort, now convicted of multiple felonies but refusing to spill the beans, to his ire with Cohen for a willingness to cooperate, to his absurd claim that turning state’s evidence should be outlawed, Trump acts more like a mob boss than a president.”
Adam Schiff on Twitter

Trump’s words and actions should be instantly recognizable as a call for “omerta” as policy. It’s horrible. But this was W’s policy during the torture memo and Plame investigation. Oliver North became a hero during Iran contra for following the GOP rules on Omerta. It’s a crime family, not a political party.

AP source: It's not just audio, Manigault Newman has video

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just audiotapes. Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her
AP source: It’s not just audio, Manigault Newman has video

There were recordings made in the white house and as far as I know, I’m the only one talking about an investigation. How do we know that she doesn’t have blackmail material on senior officials? This is a problem.

This Is 'Not Fine': New Evidence Of Russian Interference Meets Inaction, Frustration


Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr summed up how lawmakers and Trump administration officials have failed to acknowledge the dangerous problem of foreign influence operations in America on Wednesday, with an internet meme.
via This Is ‘Not Fine’: New Evidence Of Russian Interference Meets Inaction, Frustration
If not collusion, what is the possible reason?

Ride-sharing causes far more city traffic than it prevents: report


Uber and Lyft have long argued that they are a complement to mass transit, and that with the growth of their pooled-ride services they are reducing individual car use, congestion and pollution in this city and others. Not so, according to a report released Wednesday.
via Ride-sharing causes far more city traffic than it prevents: report
Incentivizing drivers to go into already crowded areas creates more traffic.

David Brooks is still an idiot.


The Democrats are emphasizing fighting grit these days, not compassion or technocratic expertise.
via What Is the Democratic Story?
If you google “david brooks profiles in timidity” you’ll see he often makes the exact oppisite argument. That the dems lack courage of conviction and lean on technocratic policy arguments. David Brooks doesn’t care what dems do or don’t. He’ll argue that it’s the wrong thing.

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.


WASHINGTON — As Russia’s virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million it has been allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections or sow distrust in democ
via State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.
This should have been a bigger story in March when it ran.

I was a real Republican, before the 'wingnuts' took over my party


About the same time the Trump administration had perfected its cruelty against families and children, the Hamilton County Republican Party in Cincinnati decided to hand out bumper stickers proclaiming, “Trump 2020.
via I was a real Republican, before the ‘wingnuts’ took over my party
These articles are disapointing. The wingnuts took over your party in the mid 1990s. It just took you this long to notice.