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MS-13 Gang Leader Getting Some Pretty Great Ideas From Watching ICE Work

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR—Praising U.S. law enforcement officials for the unfettered cruelty they have unleashed along the Mexican border, MS-13 gang leader Edwin Manica Flores admitted Tuesday that observing ICE’s work in recent weeks has provided him with quite a bit of inspiration. “Serious…
MS-13 Gang Leader Getting Some Pretty Great Ideas From Watching ICE Work

“we would have never thought of keeping kids in a cage like that—in fact, that’s kind of off-limits for us—but you can’t deny the genius behind it”

How Trump Came to Enforce a Practice of Separating Migrant Families

Inside the Trump administration, there is unease about the tactic, but immigration hard-liners like Stephen Miller never gave up on it after the idea was dropped early in Mr. Trump’s term.
How Trump Came to Enforce a Practice of Separating Migrant Families

there is no grand principal here, it’s just sadism. and make no mistake about it, the base supports this. they want the cruelty. they want callous mistreatment.

Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Monday that he will back legislation to prevent the separation of immigrant families along the border, solidifying Democratic support for the bill.
Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families

100% of Democrats, 0% of Republicans. This isn’t Trumpism, this is the Republicans.

Trump Calls Justice Dept. Report ‘Total Disaster’ for Fired F.B.I. Director

“Doesn’t get any lower than that!” Mr. Trump wrote of findings in a Justice Department report that detailed texts between F.B.I. agents who opposed his presidential bid.
Trump Calls Justice Dept. Report ‘Total Disaster’ for Fired F.B.I. Director

Comey gave into the GOP demands to re-re-investigate Hillary and now the same thugs that demanded he violate policy for the sake of their party and attacking him for the policy violations they demanded. The lesson here is that if you go along with Republican bully tactics, they will still throw you under the bus.

‘This Is Not America’: Outrage Spreads Over Trump Mural At Migrant Children Facility

Lawmakers, advocates and journalists are outraged at the the mural of President Donald Trump at a holding center for migrant…
‘This Is Not America’: Outrage Spreads Over Trump Mural At Migrant Children Facility

it didn’t take long to go from “liberals are overreacting” to murals of dear leader’s quotes in dentention centers where kids taken from thier families are kept in cages.

Paul Krugman on Twitter

“It’s normal to feel that people you disagree with politically are offering bad solutions to our problems. But Trump has brought something new: his policy agenda is almost entirely directed at problems we don’t have – problems that exist only in his warped imagination 1/”
Paul Krugman on Twitter

The whole thread is worth reading but the take away is this “his policy agenda is almost entirely directed at problems we don’t have – problems that exist only in his warped imagination” https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1005812808129372161

Steve Schmidt on Twitter

“TRUMP got taken to the cleaners because he is ignorant and monumentally unprepared. What did Kim Jong Un give up with regard to training his million man army ? 12,000 North Korean artillery pieces are locked , loaded and trained on Seoul. He learned Trump is a stupendous fool”
Steve Schmidt on Twitter

Trump Says Appointment of Special Counsel is ‘Totally Unconstitutional’

The president also said he has the power to pardon himself, raising the prospect that he might take action to immunize himself from the ongoing Russia investigation.
Trump Says Appointment of Special Counsel is ‘Totally Unconstitutional’

The 2nd amendment trolls who talk about the need to defend from tyranny are totally cool with the president declaring himself above the law and uninvestigatable. It was never about defending the Constitution.

Evan McMullin on Twitter

“The president says an investigation of him is “unconstitutional,” that he may pardon himself, and that he has “absolute” powers. He considers himself king and will eventually act as one to avoid the consequences of his corruption. Will we defend our liberty or will we go quietly?”
Evan McMullin on Twitter

Press aide who mocked McCain is out at the White House

Kelly Sadler, the White House communications aide who made a imprudent comment about Republican Sen. John McCain’s health, was quietly let go Tuesday nearly a month after making the insensitive remark, three people familiar with the matter said.
Press aide who mocked McCain is out at the White House

the right will circle the wagons and look for a liberal scalp to collect. they always do that when one of theirs gets fired.

NFL Owner Testifies Under Oath that He Changed His Mind About Hiring Kaepernick After Trump’s Comments

An NFL owner testified under penalty of perjury that he changed his mind about hiring NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick because of President Trump’s comments, Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos told me on my podcast “Straight Aim” Tuesday . The Kaepernick legal team has already conducted more than 14…
NFL Owner Testifies Under Oath that He Changed His Mind About Hiring Kaepernick After Trump’s Comments

I keep hearing that the problem with SJW protests is that it leads to a chilling effect that silences debate. In this instance, Trump is acting exactly in that way and yet the right wing concern trolls seem not to care about any chilling effect? They also don’t seem to care about the president telling private companies how to conduct themselves.

BREAKING: New Trump Executive Orders Target Federal Worker Protections

The Trump administration unveiled a set of executive orders late Friday afternoon aimed at weakening unions that represent federal workers…
BREAKING: New Trump Executive Orders Target Federal Worker Protections

“Simon said the new executive orders will make it easier for managers to make decisions based on “political loyalty.”” Under the Republicans, facts and reason come second to political correctness and identity.

New Poll: Most Americans don’t realize Robert Mueller’s investigation has uncovered crimes

“A majority of Americans — 59 percent — say in a new survey that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and the 2016 campaign has not yet uncovered evidence of any crimes, even though in reality, Mueller has already obtained five guilty pleas and 17 criminal indictments.”
New Poll: Most Americans don’t realize Robert Mueller’s investigation has uncovered crimes

This is in less than 1/3 of the time spent on the Benghazi investigation.

Rob Reiner on Twitter

“Richard Nixon was driven from office over obstruction of justice and abuse of power. Donald Trump, at a minimum, has done those things in plain sight. Difference is current GOP is ok with that. Today’s WH mtg. with DOJ is a big shot over Democracy’s bow. We’re heading for war.”
Rob Reiner on Twitter

Meathead has a point.

Yes, a Reasonable Prosecutor Would Have Ordered an Investigation of the Trump Campaign | National Review

I find the notion that the Russia investigation itself was corrupt from the beginning to be so bizarre as to border on fantastical. There was ample reason to investigate whether the Trump campaign had improper contacts with Russians. … The CIA, NSA, FBI, and the Republican-run Senate Intelligence Committee agree that this disruption operation morphed into an effort to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
Yes, a Reasonable Prosecutor Would Have Ordered an Investigation of the Trump Campaign | National Review

This is the national review saying this.

Chris Hayes on Twitter

“This MS-13 nonsense has precisely the same structure as the racist drug war rhetoric of the crack years. Politicians would use wildly racist language to describe drug dealers, but if called on it would say “oh so you’re defending drug dealers?””
Chris Hayes on Twitter

We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists – Member Feature Stories – Medium

Reactionary centrism is an ideological stance that isn’t really centrist at all. It can elevate a speaker in the mainstream media as a liberal-ish critic of liberalism and make someone feel good about being above it all and not taking sides, but it’s increasingly a stance that leads to sloppy thinking, especially as the Republican party continues to lurch rightward and away from democratic rule.
We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists – Member Feature Stories – Medium

I used to call this hippie punching. agreeing with liberal principals while attacking actual liberals based on straw man liberal caricatures.

Moderates Go Down In Key House Primaries As National Democrats Fret

A trio of moderate Democrats went down to more liberal opponents Tuesday night in key House primaries, the latest skirmishes…
Moderates Go Down In Key House Primaries As National Democrats Fret

This is the most underreported story of the 2018 election cycle. DCCC backed moderates are being pushed out by more liberal candidates. State and local party committees are being restaffed by more liberal staff.