Rhode Island’s state Senate passed a bill this week that would keep candidates off the presidential ballot in their state if they don’t release five years’ worth of tax returns, according to the Providence Journal. State Sen.via Rhode Island bill would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases his tax returns
Can we get this passed in Ohio and Florida?
Travel to the U.S. has been on the decline ever since President Donald Trump took office, and new data from the Commerce Department shows the slump translates to a cost of $4.6 billion in lost spending and 40,000 jobs, according to an analysis by the U.S. Travel Association.via Tourism to U.S. under Trump is down, costing $4.6B and 40,000 jobs
Tourism functions as an export. This is hurting US exports.
President Trump cited an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to U.S. national security as he acted Friday to maintain long-standing economic restrictions on North Korea, including the freezing of any assets in the United States.via Trump officially declares North Korea still a threat, despite his claim after historic summit
Neville Trumperlain got them to sign a paper!
“He’s not a perfect guy; he does some stupid stuff,” said Tony Schrantz, 50, of Lino Lakes, Minn., the owner of a water systems leak detection business. “But when they’re hounding him all the time it just gets old. Give the guy a little.”via As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper
The GOP demands it’s insults be accepted as politically incorrect free speech while it demands its opposition to act in the more comically deferential way possible.
If there was a dictator’s playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the “Instrumentalise Religion” chapter.via Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence
This should have been a bigger story.
The U.S. Navy is planning to build massive tent cities to house thousands of immigrants in several states, according to a document obtained by TIME.via Navy plans to build ‘temporary and austere’ migrant tent cities: report
I’m calling them “Trump Resorts”
The Tennessee Republican occupies the increasingly lonely position of an elected Republican who is willing to publicly defy the president.via Donald Trump has ‘cult like’ support, senior Republican senator says
This should have been a bigger story.
A scandal-plagued company that used to work for the CIA is poised to profit off the influx of immigrant children being forcibly separated from their parents.Defense Contractors Cashing In On Immigrant Kids’ Detention
at some point we will learn there was corruption in the way the contacts were awarded.
President Donald Trump amplified his heated immigration rhetoric on Tuesday, accusing Democrats of wanting “illegal immigrants … to pour into and infest our country,” language evoking images of pests, not human beings.Trump ramps up rhetoric: Dems want ‘illegal immigrants’ to 'infest our country’
it’s really hard to believe the “animals” comment was just about MS-13 when he keeps using terms like “infest” and “breed” when talking about immigrants.
Asked what he thinks of people comparing ICE to Nazis, acting director Thomas Homan replied with the Nuremberg defense.ICE Director: ICE Can’t Be Compared To Nazis Since We’re Just Following Orders - The Intellectualist
Just following orders!
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”
Arsonist puts out fire he started, demands praise for doing right thing.
Last week, it emerged that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (U.S.C.I.S.) had formed a task force in order to identify people who lied on their citizenship applications and to denaturalize them.via In America, Naturalized Citizens No Longer Have an Assumption of Permanence
The administration is already getting the next scandal ready.
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.
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.
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.
The job of the records management analysts working in the Old Executive Office Building next door to the White House has changed considerably under the Trump administration, according to a Sunday Politico report.via Trump Rips Up Papers When He’s Done With Them, Staffers Tape Back Together
This should be a bigger story.
Jeff Sessions reversed a decision by a Justice Department immigration appeals court that had given asylum to a woman from El Salvador who had been raped and abused by her husband.Sessions Says Domestic Violence Is Not Grounds for Asylum
This is sadism as public policy.
Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: ‘Excitement in the air’ ahead of Kim meeting Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs MORE “beclowned himself” and disgraced the United States at thvia GOP strategist: Trump 'beclowned himself’ at G-7 summit
Turns out, Ajit Pai was serious last year when he told lawmakers that the FCC didn’t want anything to do with cybersecurity. This past April the Associated Press reported “For the first time, the U.S.via FCC shrugs at fake cell towers around the White House
This should be a bigger story. The White House communications could be compromised and no one seems to care.
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.
It’s ok if you’re republican.
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.
The problem is the GOP. Talk around if you must. Chant both sides until you pass out. It’s the GOP.
The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
This isn’t Trumpism. This is the GOP.
“The President personally wanted Emmet there today,” the Trump lawyer said.Giuliani: Trump personally asked his lawyer to attend classified briefing on FBI informant
The right wing concern trolls who went nuts over Bill Clinton meeting with Lynch don’t give a crap about this.
This is a particularly extreme version of the “unitary executive” doctrine that conservative legal scholars sometimes appeal to (especially when there’s a Republican president), drawing on the notion that the executive branch of government — including the federal police agencies and federal prosecutors — are a single entity personified by the president. But to push that logic into this terrain would not only give the president carte blanche to persecute his enemies but essentially vitiate the idea that there are any enforceable laws at all.
This isn’t new. This came up during Bush43.
“You have the lawyer of the president of the United States, Jay Sekulow — and, on separate occasions, you have had Rudy Giuliani do this — basically lie to the American people repeatedly,” Bharara said.
This is not normal.
The meeting, which took place 11 days before the inauguration, preceded a $1 million contract Mr. Cohen received from a firm tied to the Russian oligarch.At Trump Tower, Michael Cohen and Oligarch Discussed Russian Relations
Cohen met with Collusivov Treasonivch.
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.
In return for pushing anti-Qatar policies at the highest levels of America’s government, Broidy and Nader expected huge consulting contracts from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to an Associated Press investigation based on interviews with more than two dozen people and hundreds of pages of leaked emails between the two men. The emails reviewed by the AP included work summaries and contracting documents and proposals.The princes, the president and the fortune seekers
The Republicans are the swamp.This quid-pro-quo story should have been bigger news.
A shadowy businessman convicted for having sex with underage boys is now wrapped up in Robert Mueller’s investigation.Trump’s collection of Russiagate deplorables now includes a convicted pedophile
The pizza gate conspiracy trolls are totally cool with this.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and promote Administrvia Emails Show Cooperation Among EPA, Climate-Change Deniers
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump alleged Tuesday — without providing any evidence — that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will meddle in the midterm elections to benefit Democrats.via Trump says, without proof, that Mueller team will meddle in midterm elections
In Trumpland, anything good is the result of his being perfect; anything bad is the result of grand conspiracies against him. Nothing is ever his fault.
“I’m not saying Mueller is illegitimate. I’m saying the basis on which he was appointed was illegitimate”Giuliani says origin of Mueller probe was ‘illegitimate’
Anyone want to compare to white water or Benghazi or any of the other GOP witch hunts? If it weren’t for double standards, would the GOP have any standards at all?
The motorcycle maker in January told Kansas City workers it would close a plant there. Days later, it announced a nearly $700 million stock buyback plan.Harley-Davidson took its tax cut, closed a factory, and rewarded shareholders
If you weren’t in on the con, you were the mark.
On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted. And tweeted. And tweeted.Donald Trump said 11 false things in just 5 tweets Sunday morning
nice point by point rebuttal.
Oh Flynn, you never fail to amuse.
If you enjoy bacon or ham, chances are you’ve eaten pork from North Carolina, where about 16 million hogs—10 percent of the US total—are raised each year.via Giant Hog Farms Are Fighting for the Right to Keep Polluting. The Trump Administration Is on Their Side.
If you insist we need deregulation to create jobs, please let me know how much pig shit you’re willing to have in your water.
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The survey results came a day after The Washington Post’s Fact Checker reported that Trump has made more than 3,000 false or misleading statements since taking office last year. Perceptions of the president’s honesty are largely divided along party lines.via Poll: 60 percent of Americans say Trump is usually dishonest
A Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday shows that if Democrats win control of the House, more than 70 percent of their supporters want them to begin impeachment proceedings.via Trump: If Dems win in 2018 midterms, they’ll impeach me
Guy who ran on a promise of an extra-constitutional jailing of a political opponent is upset at the idea of a constitutional process being used on him.
I’m starting to think the GOP wasn’t sincere in it’s concern about using personal devices for official government communications.
This is the same president, after all, who tapped to be the chief scientist at the Agriculture Department a talk-radio host who is not a scientist, named a brain surgeon to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development and floated the idea of his personal pilot as head the Federal Aviation Administration. A party planner, a bartender, a Meineke Car Care branch manager and a cabana boy all found plum administration jobs.via Larry Kudlow may have been more wrong about the economy than anyone alive
This is not normal.
while there are many conservative economists with appointments at top universities, publications in top journals, and so on, they have no influence on conservative policymaking. What the right wants are charlatans and cranks, in (conservative) Greg Mankiw’s famous phrase. If they use actual economists, they use them the way a drunkard uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.via Unicorns of the Intellectual Right
They don’t want to govern. They don’t want to debate policy.
In 2018, the Republican president Donald Trump, in an effort to alleviate the effects of…anyone? anyone? the rust belt manufacturing decline, implemented tariffs on…anyone? anyone? steel and aluminum setting off…anyone? anyone? a trade war with…anyone? anyone? China, which had the effect of? anyone? anyone? was is successful? anyone? anyone? no it wasn’t…
We are now 14 months into united conservative governance. Conservatives came into power with a clear plan to rip out Obama’s achievements and overhaul the whole modern state. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell planned on running everything through reconciliation. They also had a President who would sign anything. So how is it going?via Why Are There No Good Conservative Critiques of Trump’s Unified Government?
Worth a read.
Even conservatives in the Reagan era who preached the gospel of limited government saw some value in the actual practice of governance. Today, all that voters on the right seem to demand of their elected officials is headline fodder and comfort in the face of a more multicultural future. They voted less for a president than an emotion, and Trump’s results thus far bear that out. Even their few efforts to shape legislation have been darkly comical. A government that works is a pretty important thing, yet this one will always be more skilled at reproducing gruel for cable consumption than it will be at forming policy.via The Worst Government Possible, on Purpose
>From Rollingstone, worth a read.
A lot of people believe to this day that the Tea Party uprising and the subsequent eight years of hysterical, unremitting, norm-violating opposition to Barack Obama was about small-government philosophy and a devotion to low taxes and less regulation, and had nothing to do with social backlash against a black, cosmopolitan, urban law professor and his diverse, rising coalition.via The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: it’s not honest about US conservatism
But that kind of credulity can only stretch so far, and Donald Trump has stretched it to the snapping point. He abandoned the Very Serious conservative script entirely and the right ate it up. He pledged not to cut Social Security or Medicare, condemned free trade, and insulted the military and intelligence services, and they ate it up. He is a thrice divorced, self-admitted sexual predator wallowing in the kind of material ostentation that gives David Brooks nightmares, and they ate it up.
David Roberts in VOX does a great job explaining how Trumpism is conservatism. This is a must read.
This would help.
(CNN)On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump promised to fill his Cabinet with the “best people in the world.” As President, Trump has indeed hired a fleet of high-flyers – though not in the way most voters might have hoped.via The Trump cabinet is traveling in style. Thanks, taxpayers! If you weren’t in on the con, you were the mark.
Sergey Naryshkin of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service and Alexander Bortnikov of its Federal Security Service met with Pompeo to discuss the US’s and Russia’s mutual interest in counterterrorism.via 3 Russian spy chiefs visited the US days before Trump decided against new sanctions on Russia This is an insane story. It should have been covered more.
British researchers from Oxford University have proved definitively that Trump supporters share more “junk” political news over Twitter and Facebook “than all other groups combined”.via Terrifying British Study Shows Trump Supporters Are Now Basically Unreachable Nothing we didn’t know.
Corey Robin is the author of “The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump.” The New Yorker described the first edition of this book as “the book that predicted Trump.via Trump is a typical conservative. That says a lot about the conservative tradition.
Policy driven principled conservatives are the fringe. The angry reactionaies are the base. We need to stop kidding ourselves.
As the GOP Congress scrambled last year to roll back as many Obama-era regulations as possible, one target was a Department of Labor rule on worker drug testing.via Trump’s strange plan to issue a rule that he already repealed
This is oddly incompetent even by Trump standards of oddly incompetent.
Dozens of employees have been working at the White House and handling sensitive information without permanent security-clearance, according to a new report. The staffers have been granted temporary approvals while the FBI completes the backlog of background checks, U.S.via Jared Kushner and Dozens of White House Staffers Handle Sensitive Information Without Permanent Security Clearance
But her emails. There should be a major investigation on why this happened.
This is from last year.
Cynthia McFadden and Katie Tur talk about a mini-baby boom in Florida, thanks to foreign women who have enough disposable income to stay in America until their children are born. McFadden said **most of the medical tourists are from China and Russia**.via Russian ‘Birth Tourists’ Become Yet Another Trump Revenue Stream
Trump has an open borders for anchor babies policy for his buddies. If you weren’t in on the con then you were the mark.
The president’s submission to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics claims tens of millions of dollars in income from his real-estate empire.via Donald Trump Reports He’s Getting Rich as President
If you weren’t in on the con then you were the mark.
If you weren’t in on the con then you were the mark.
All those media-trust studies have a tendency toward the rote. Yes, we already knew that the public had little trust in the country’s journalistic organs. Yes, we knew that finding credible sources could be a harrowing pursuit for the public. Yes, we knew that an increasing portion of the U.S.via Study: 42 percent of Republicans believe accurate — but negative — stories qualify as ‘fake news’
Most of the time, “Fake News” just means “I choose to ignore facts I do not like”
On Jan. 9, an operator in Atlanta manning the public contact number for CNN received a phone call. According to a federal arrest affidavit unsealed Monday, the male caller launched into a threat. “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. F — k you, f — king ni—rs.via ‘Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down’: Mich. man arrested for threatening to attack CNN hosts
Where do you think he got the idea that CNN is Fake News? This story didn’t get the coverage it needed.
Tonight the same Republicans who attacked Obama for using a TelePrompter will praise Trump for using one properly.
Record breaking year
that was then, this is now
What a difference a year makes.
Comcast reportedly fired about 500 salespeople shortly before Christmas, despite claiming that the company would create thousands of new jobs in exchange for a big tax cut.via Comcast fired 500 despite claiming tax cut would create thousands of jobs
If you weren’t in on the con, you were the mark.
How to protect yourself from the deep state.
Socializing the risks, privatization of the rewards. This is crony capitalism.
This is from last summer and it’s getting worse.
They want to blow up the deficit. If the deficit grows, they’ll say we need to cut social spending. If the deficit shrinks, they come up with some other reason to say we need to cut social spending. They don’t care about the economy. If the economy is bad, they’ll say we need more tax cuts and deregulation. If the economy is doing better, they’ll say we need more tax cuts and deregulation.
They only care about cutting taxes. Nothing else.
How funny would it be if Manafort, Kushner and Flynn showed up dressed as Turkeys fighting for that pardon?
If you weren’t in on the con you were the mark.
No one on MSNBC defended Anthony Weiner the way Hannity is defending Moore.
Just a reminder: this is not normal. He was there on US business, not Trump business.
Forty-six percent of Trump voters polled just after the 2016 election either thought that Hillary Clinton was connected to a child sex trafficking ring run out of the basement of a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., or weren’t sure if it was true.
Motivated ignorance is scary. How many of them will vote for Roy Moore?
Their satisfaction with Trump now seems untethered to the things they once said mattered to them the most.
Worth a read. It’s shocking and sad.
Trump sides with Putin against US intelligence agencies. This is not normal.
By the same logic, anytime the CIA talks to Russian agents it, too, is “colluding” with Russia.
Fox News conservatism replaced National Review conservatism. And now Infowars conservatism is replacing Fox News.
If you didn’t read it last month, read it now.
If you wanted Hillary under constant investigation and ever increasing scrutiny, you should have elected her President.
The dreamers that grew up here and have only known this country? They have to go. A member of Trump’s golf club? He can stay.
The GOP is the swamp.
This is not normal. Trump clearly lied and Trump very clearly, told his staff to lie. And now they refuse to admit this when shown proof they lied. Not normal.
His base doesn’t care if he lies. His base cares that he insults Obama and makes liberals mad. If that takes lies, so be it. If it takes clearly obvious made up statements, who cares. As long as he wrecks things. Nihilism.
Too busy golfing to show up. Sad.
They reveal a president raging against enemies, obsessed by slights, deeply uninformed and incurious, unable to focus, and subject to destructive whims
Commander in chief disrespects the flag a few days after he threw a tantrum about peaceful and respectful protests and no one cares.
Double secret probation!
polls in Virginia have been surprisingly close, and the key campaign theme for Gillespie has been an unhinged allegation that electing Northam governor will lead to Virginia’s citizens being terrorized by the Salvadoran gang MS-13.
It sounds too stupid to be true, but the brutal reality is that, per the Washington Post, “Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie has released four ads” — four, not one — “that try to tie his Democratic rival for governor, Ralph Northam, to MS-13 gang violence.”
Just lies on top of lies. No shock here.
A decade ago this would have been in the Onion. This is reality now. This is the world Trump supporters created.
The draft dodger who insulted a gold star mom, a POW and a JAG with 30 years service is making this about respect for the troops.
Take a moment to think of all those who were oh so very concerned about Hillary’s emails that are now totally unconcerned about Jared and Ivanka and Mike and Scott and Don Jr. and Eric and John and the eight others who did what Hillary did except worse and after making it a major campaign theme. Think about them answering every issue of Trump’s fitness for office with Buttermails!
Now, can you think of a single reason why you should take those Trump supporters seriously?
Everything that was dismissed as liberal conspiracy theories last year is being independently verified.
If only Corker were in some position to hold Trump accountable.
If the POTUS or his staff thinks congress works for him and not the people, they should resign or be removed from office of their post.
I can think of few things as hostile to American values as objecting to peaceful acts of conscience. Clearly the administration loves dictatorships and hates freedom.
Removing data isn’t something you do when the facts support your politics. This is political correctness. This is the most politically correct administration in US history.
Remember how billionaire Trump wouldn’t need anyone’s money and therefore wouldn’t be beholden to anyone?
This is not normal. Law enforcement is being asked to lie for politically motivated reasons.
We are getting close to so what if we colluded with Russia
Don’t worry, I’m sure the same people who chanted lock her up will demand a full investigation. They were very concerned about the use of private email and there is no reason to think it wasn’t sincere.
Somehow this is free speech but kneeling is offensive.
Tolerance of intolerance isn’t tolerance, it’s intolerance.