As the government shutdown extends into the new year, public lands and national parks are struggling to handle the trash, waste, and other damage from visitors.National parks face overflowing trash, toilets in second week of shutdown
There is no more fitting metaphor for the Republican party than the piles of trash and overflowing toilets at our beautiful national parks and monuments.
A second round of Republican tax cuts would add an additional $3.2 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade, according to a new report released by a centrist think-tank. The package was taken up by a House committee on Thursday and is expected to head to a vote on the floor later this month.via New estimate: GOP’s second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit
This is burning down the country to collect the insurance money.
The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father
If the NY Times is fake news, Trump could expose them to the whole world by releasing his tax returns. He could release those returns and then make a big show of exposing the Times as being unfair to him, making things up, etc. He won’t. Why?
Trump for Prison shirt.
Judge T.S. Ellis said at a hearing in Manafort’s case that he will not release the names of jurors deliberating Manafort’s fate because he is worried about their safety. Manafort is being prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.Judge in Paul Manafort trial says he has been threatened and is now under US Marshal protection
Sixty former CIA officials warned President Donald Trump in a statement on Friday that “the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.”Ex-CIA officials: ‘Country will be weakened’ if political litmus test applied to experts
This is important. Trump is putting national security at risk for political reasons. This is dangerous.
“I would really like to see an apology from some of the people who wrote columns demanding that liberals give Trump credit for his obviously fake diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea.”Matthew Yglesias on Twitter
It’s always a con, there is nothing “real” about anything Trump says or does. No one should have been surprised that there was no progress with NK. It’s always a con.
from Facebook August 21, 2018 at 09:44PM
“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.
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.
“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.
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 herAP 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.
The Republican-controlled Senate has defeated a push by Democrats to set aside an additional $250 million for states to upgrade their voting systems to protect against hacking and other cyberattacks.via The Latest: Senate Rejects New Money for Election Security
If not collusion, what’s the reason for blocking this?
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?
One of the most chilling aspects of the Trump presidency for anyone with a baseline familiarity with history is the way his rhetoric has whipped up crowds at his rallies.via Trump approvingly tweets video of his rally crowd harassing a journalist
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.
Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.via The Nationalist’s Delusion
I missed this the first time around, but this is really worth reading.
(CNN)Sen. Ron Wyden accused President Donald Trump of assembling an “enemies list” of critics through his efforts to strip a half-dozen national security officials of their security clearances.via Wyden: Trump is starting an ‘enemies list’ with efforts to strip security clearances
The same people who worry about the chilling effect of keeping nazis from speaking on some random college campus seem oddly silent about the president no-platforming his enemies.
as we’ve learned in so many areas, there are rules and there are norms, and violating norms is possible if you decide you don’t care about them. “The judiciary is not supposed to be involved in choosing the judiciary,” says Hauser. “Sometimes we don’t have rules to prevent the most obvious misconduct because it’s just considered to be beyond the pale. But in 2018, we need to codify every single thing that is beyond the pale.”via Under Trump, everything gets trashed and degraded
This is a must read.
The chief aim of Foundations is to revive Evola’s fascist idea of traditionalism, which calls for the eradication of any trace of modern, polyethnic, egalitarian, feminist, and democratic cultures—“American globalism”—in favor of a vast, Eurasian, authoritarian empire of racially pure regimes in which women are confined to the home and breeding. That empire would unite regimes across Europe and extend to the United States and Latin America.via The Far-Right Book Every Russian General Reads
A must read.
For the better part of his presidency, conservative commentators and provocateurs dogged Barack Obama with accusations of disloyalty and subversion, questioning his commitment to American exceptionalism and accusing him of being a secret agent for foreign powers. But Obama never did anything remotely as damning as Trump’s inexplicable defense of Vladimir Putin on Monday, when the sitting president publicly sided with his Russian counterpart over the findings of American intelligence.via Donald Trump Is Fulfilling All of Those Obama Conspiracy Theories
Trump intends to bring about the collapse of the liberal international order, in its commitment to open societies and its institutions. Some near-forgotten anniversaries are worth commemorating.via America First, America Hated, America Alone
This is a must read.
The U.S. Army has begun quietly discharging some immigrant members, a move that could put those member’s immigration status at risk, The Associated Press reported Thursday.via Army discharging some immigrant recruits: report
This should be a bigger story.
As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as 3 are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings, according to attorneys in Texas, California and Washington, D.C.via Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone
How is this not a bigger story?
LONDON—It’s becoming a bourbon-soaked world out there. For about a decade now, more and more whiskey drinkers internationally, far beyond the drink’s home state of Kentucky, have been developing a taste for the American spirit. And Europe, which was the single largest destination for U.S.via Bourbon Is the Latest Victim of Trump’s Trade War
The next time someone tries to tell you that “both sides are equally bad,” please inform them that the Republican Party has at least four candidates one can reasonably assume are Nazi Party sympathizers. And the Democratic Party does not.via GOP Has At Least Four Actual Nazi Sympathizers On Their Ballot
This should be a bigger story.
the most immediately pressing issue is that this administration cannot be trusted to restrict the task force’s operations to investigating people who allegedly lied during the naturalization process. Trump’s White House has displayed a generalized hostility to immigration best summed up in its proposal to cut legal immigration in half. At the border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sought to criminalize asylum-seekers—who are pursuing a human right under international law and treaties to which the United States is a signatory—by preventing them from presenting themselves at official checkpoints and restricting the criteria for seeking asylum.via Surely the Trump Administration Will Follow All the Rules When Stripping People of Citizenship
We already know this will end with the administration attempting to forcibly deport people it perceives as political enemies. If you’ve been paying attention, this should be totally expected.
That one, over there.
President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is putting his loyalty to “family and country” before his old boss.Cohen says his loyalty is first to family and country, not Trump
this guy has a closet full of Trump’s soiled blue dresses.
But Kim signed some paper
This is not, of course, how populism works. It trades on either cultural or economic grievance. One’s enemies possess all the privilege, and we the people must take it back. Once you have declared that you already possess the privilege, the whole basis for it disintegrates.via Trump Calls His Supporters ‘Elite,’ Doesn’t Understand How Populism Works
He’s claiming status as both elite and victim.
ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody
The ACLU and partners submitted public comments opposing Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s request to the National Archives and Records Administration last year. As a result of the campaign and overwhelming opposition from the public, NARA decided to review ICE’s proposal more closely.
The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity
She did not use an official government Twitter account to discuss the episode, as Sanders did later. She did not use the power of the Oval Office to try and destroy someone’s business, as the president* found time to do later. She asked the staff what they wanted to do. She took a vote. She abided by their wishes. If there’s a more civil way of saying “no” to someone, I don’t know what it would be.
The Family Case Management Program, which President Donald Trump ended several months after taking office, was meant to keep track of immigrant parents and kids in removal proceedings without having to keep them locked up. It was relatively small ― about 950 families in five locations. But it was hugely successful: More than 99 percent of families in the program showed up for their court dates, and 97 percent participated in required check-ins with their case managers, according to a report from Geo Care, the private prison company that operated the program. And it reportedly cost the government just $36 per family each day, versus $319 per bed per day in a family detention center.via This Alternative To Detaining Immigrant Families Works. Trump Just Won’t Use It.
This should be a bigger story.
Trump Appointee Compiles Loyalty List of U.S. Employees at U.N., State
Mari Stull’s arrival at the State Department’s International Organization Bureau is triggering an exodus of top career staffers.
this is what a deep state actually looks like
President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethicsvia Trump: We must ‘immediately’ return undocumented immigrants ‘with no judges or court cases’
Trump would like to ignore the constitution and the conservative movement seems to be ok with this.
The border crisis is a reminder that Trump has no idea what he’s doing
So you get instead what he’s delivered over the past two weeks — aggressive hostage-taking, lying, trolling, chaos, dissembling, and cruelty — none of which is going to advance Trump’s legislative goals or address the underlying issue of the northward flow of asylum seekers. Even the executive order he signed on Wednesday raises more questions than it will probably solve.
Trump’s executive order only protects against family separation for 20 days
Though President Trump declared that the executive order he signed Wednesday would “solve” the problem of family separation while parents are prosecuted for illegal border crossing, the order is really only good for 20 days, CBS News’ Paula Reid reports, citing a source familiar with the drafting o
He’s fishing for the level of cruelty people are willing to look past.
Trump aide Stephen Miller, meet your great-grandfather, who flunked his naturalization test
Eshman went on to pose, and then refute, what has become the most familiar objection to these stories, writing: “But it’s different now, you say. Miller’s forebears came here legally…” It is an argument that Megan Smolenyak, a former chief family historian and spokesperson for Ancestry.
Renowned Economist Jeffrey Sachs Rips Trump As A Gibbering, ‘Delusional’ Threat
He might be a “Manchurian Candidate” who is working as a “stooge” for some foreign power to destroy the U.S., Sachs wrote on CCN’s website Friday, referring to the spy movie thriller.
Worth a read.
Sounds about right.
“No president has ever given the public any indication of what that report might look like before its release.”Trump Hypes Jobs Report Hour Before It’s Released
Today, president Trump took a break from his normal hysterical ranting about leaking to leak official data before release. Any BLS employee would have been fired or worse for doing this. This is not normal.
no one noticed?
The week Trump went full dictator and no one tried to stop him | Will Bunch
It sounds bad when you describe it this way: The president of the United States explicitly violating a government rule to divulge secret jobs data, causing a billions-of-dollars move in the world’s financial markets.
We tried to warn you.
“Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?” Trump said on Twitter on Friday. “A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!”via Trump calls for comedian Samantha Bee’s firing after crude Ivanka slur
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? They’re ok with the president demanding people lose their jobs because he was offended?
from Facebook May 27, 2018 at 09:57PM
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans are demanding an investigation into why, if F.B.I. operatives managed to infiltrate the 2016 Trump campaign, they utterly failed to prevent a nightmarish despot from being elected.via Public Demands Investigation of Why F.B.I. Infiltrators in Trump Campaign Failed to Prevent Him from Being Elected
“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.
“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.
“I think it’s hilarious that so many Republicans believe that President Obama sent a spy into the Trump campaign to get dirt, and then didn’t use any of the dirt and just let Trump win the election. Brilliant plan!”Woke Romney on Twitter
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.
The Trump administration wants to roll back decades-old protections for America’s youngest workers by allowing teens to toil for longer hours under some of the nation’s most hazardous workplace conditions, a new report said Tuesday.
Well someone needs to work in those new coal jobs.
Fat Tony Defends Trump part 4
Giuliani says Trump repaid Cohen the $130,000 used as hush money for Stormy Daniels pic.twitter.via Giuliani: Trump reimbursed Cohen for $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels
It took weeks to go from “fake news” to “he didn’t know” and finally to “so what if he paid the porn star hush money before the election”
President Donald Trump at a Michigan rally warns Republicans to maintain the House Majority, otherwise he would face impeachment. Veuer’s Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more. Buzz60via President Trump warns if Democrats win midterms he will be impeached
Guy who promised his supporters he would use an extra-constitutional process to jail a political opponent is upset at the idea of a constitutional process being used on him.
The subway shover who donned a red “Make America Great Again” shirt and hat when he pushed a Hispanic man onto the Manhattan subway tracks last week spewed racial slurs at his victim and mimicked campaign statements made by President Trump, authorities said Sunday.via Subway shover in ‘MAGA’ hat spouted anti-Mexican slurs
Everyone knew this already.
The two later backtracked under questioning from Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesHouse Judiciary delays markup of prison reform bill Music bill backed by streaming services advances in the House Prison reforms groups battle over strategy MORE (D-N.Y.via Diamond and Silk say under oath they weren’t paid by Trump campaign; FEC filings say otherwise
They were paid protestors.
Sean Hannity remained Fox’s strongest Trump backer. An early supporter during the Republican primaries, Hannity’s boosting on air went into overdrive once Trump took the White House.
Also: water is wet, night is dark and gravity makes things fall to earth.
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.
Some 66% of Republicans classified by the researchers as “Always Trump” agreed that “because things have gotten so far off track in this country, we need a leader who is willing to break some rules if that’s what it takes to set things right”, according to a random sample of 2,019 adults.via Survey: two in three Trump supporters want a president who breaks the rules
This didn’t get the coverage it should have. This is scary. Much more so than Antifa every could be.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees asked a federal judge Friday to include prospective jurors from rural western Kansas because they are twice as likely to have voted for President Donald Trump. via 3 Men Accused Of Kansas Mosque Bomb Plot Ask Judge For Pro-Trump Jurors
This is terrorism and they think that rural juries will be more sympathetic to it.
Republicans long ago ceased to regard tax cuts as a normal policy position to be analyzed on the merits; they have become an article of faith like the virgin birth and Hillary Clinton’s awfulness.via Max Boot in the LA Times: If you back Trump for his tax plan, you have to own his racism, misogyny and amorality too
For many pedophiles, it’s impossible to make ends meet. These sex criminals are often shunned both socially and professionally, making it extremely difficult for them to find any sort of gainful employment.via A Second Chance: This Amazing Organization Helps Disgraced Pedophiles Rebuild Their Lives By Getting Them Elected To Political Office
There are clear answers if we elect a criminal, or if the president falls into a coma. But what if we just make a hiring mistake, as companies do all the time? What if we elect someone who proves himself or herself unfit for office — impulsive, conspiratorial, undisciplined, destructive, cruel?via The case for normalizing impeachment
Impeachment shouldn’t be a trivial thing.
How does President Trump continue to pass for an economic populist even as his policies and appointees are those of an economic royalist? The Republican tax plans he supports are a prime example: They favor corporations and uppevia Trump Ran for the ‘Forgotten.’ Then He Forgot Them.
This is a must read.
Trump is very easily manipulated by flattery.
Why does he disrespect the flag so much?
Repeal and Replace
The Trump administration is the most political correct administration in history.
This is what hitting rock bottom looks like, so what if he colluded.
weird citrus golem
President Trump is planning an official visit to it’s capital Covfefe
Trump is apologizing for America.
Trump being trolled by a fake Anthony Weiner. He should challenge him to a pussy grabbing contest.
The parents of these children brought them here to give them better lives. The children didn’t knowingly break any laws. These Dreamers grew up as Americans, believing they were entitled to the same rights and freedoms as their friends were. Yet when they became old enough to work or to go to college, they learned that there are limits on where they can study and what they can do. They had to live as second-class citizens—in the shadows of society.
This isn’t protecting the borders. This is punitive action against immigrants.
If this is true it’s both a good sign and an bad sign.
Worth a read. I don’t know if I trust the source but it is consistent with other statements made by Cantwell and others during the Vice documentary.
Trump’s Constant = 0.278
CEOs are accountable to shareholders and boards. Who are evangelical leaders accountable to?
If you weren’t in on the con, you were the mark.
Many sides the force has
We need a sign
Here’s a compilation of liberal protesters getting pushed out of the way by cars and trucks. Study the technique; it may prove useful in the next four years.
Nothing to see, just FOX News promoting domestic terror.
How is this America first?
Cursed to forever live out his tweets
It’s not both sides. It’s the GOP that’s the problem.
This is the same party that called Obama a dictator and yelled about him shredding the constitution based on random rumors about FEMA camps and Jade Helm.
So publicly funded health care is tyranny. Voter disenfranchisement and nullifying democracy is fine somehow?
It’s the GOP. They’ve lost their minds.
Private. Email. Server. NSC Email. To. A. Private. Email. Server. Facepalm.
Wasn’t there some scandal about emails on private servers a few months back?
The full article is a must read
Birtherism didn’t just happen. The GOP spent 25 years sowing dragon’s teeth on Fox news and talk radio. And now you have a big orange Dragon.
And why Birtherism? Why didn’t they take a stand at Jade Helm. Or Vince Foster.
This is the GOP hitting rock bottom.
Stephen Miller and his dog whistles
Make America golf again
I predicted that the end of this three-part story would involve President Trump’s critics complaining that indeed he was “effective, but we don’t like it.” Or words to that effect. I based that prediction on the assumption he would get some big wins by the end of the year and it would no longer make sense to question his effectiveness, only his policy choices.My prediction is that someone will write an article that has some possible interpretation that someone thinks Trump did a non zero number of things and Scott will use it as proof that he was right all along.
five stages of trump white house meployment
Sometimes it’s really hard to convince someone that they’ve been conned. Scott is a mark who thinks he is on and con.
The talk about pardons is obstruction of justice with plausible deniability. It’s a signal to those who are tempted to talk to stay quiet. Hold the line and the president will pardon you.
Eleven hours under oath versus a private chat with his bros.
If Rand Paul didn’t exist, he would be dismissed as a strawman.
Don’t count on republicans staying home for the mid-terms.
Asking for a friend
Stop tring to convince the 35% that support Trump. They don’t care.
Those golf courses won’t play themselves.
Turns out platitudes and photo ops don’t save jobs.
Why does fake news need a real pardon?
Moose and Squirrel
To believe that this is a witch hunt is to believe a conspiracy theory. Worth a read.
When you hear that 30 to 35% of the country doesn’t care about Trump’s collusion with Russia, keep this in mind. Right wing media is downplaying what happened.
The stone age didn’t end because the world ran out of axe shaped rocks. Better things existed, people adapted. Coal is the past, not the future.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appeared on CNN Wednesday morning to issue an ultimatum: Congress would be “forced” to start investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails again if Democrats didn’t stop talking about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government.
Later in the summer, Russia provided help, releasing the Clinton campaign’s hacked emails. This release came three days after the Trump campaign changed the Republican platform so that it no longer supported arming Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.
FOX had to retract the story. That’s the best part. FOX got burned for thinking Trump was telling the truth.
Just a reminder that he trusts Putin over our intelligence agencies.
Trump Russia isn’t a conspiracy theory, it’s the finding of 17 intelligence agencies.
There are public documents explaining the current findings. There are independently verifiable claims. The investigations will make reports public. The investigation is being carried out by agencies and committees that have carried out similar investigations before. It isn’t being done any differently than other investigations by these groups.
It isn’t a conspiracy. It’s not happening in secret. It’s a legal investigation into possible criminal acts and possible obstruction of justice. It’s a perfectly normal function of these groups for basic government accountability to the public they serve.
The idea the media, the deep state and the prior administration are conspiring to fabricate evidence of colusion for some unknown nefarious purpose; that’s a conspiracy theory.
This is not normal. The presidents kids do not represent the US in an official position.
This should be a bigger story.
This is awful. And as usual, the working class white communities will blame Democrats while the GOP pushes policy that hurts those communities.
Do Trump supporters get dizzy from swinging back and forth from "accept the election results" and "let's talk about Hillary again" ?— sal denaro (@sdenaro) July 3, 2017
Worth a read
Is this winning? Doesn’t look like it.
the collusion story could still peter out. But Trump collected an inner circle of people whose most striking characteristic was anomalously close relations with Moscow.
he has said something untrue on at least 74 of 113 days. On days without an untrue statement, he is often absent from Twitter, vacationing at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, or busy golfing.
Just a reminder, this is not normal. All politicians lie. But they don’t just make shit up day in day out with no regard to reality.
“The deletions could be a violation of the Presidential Records Act, which says White House internal communications must be preserved.”
Remember during the campaign when Trump called this a criminal act and threatened to toss his opponent in jail over this? What happened to that?
The most common Obama-to-Trump voter is a white American who wants government intervention in the economy but holds negative views toward minorities.
Keep this is mind when Trump complains about the hateful rhetoric on the left. He lowered the bar.
Talking about how great a job you’ll do is easy. Actual policy is hard.
That’s the problem with sloppy wording that comes off like a veiled threat.
Most candles ever.
I wish I were more shocked about this. New talking point and the right shifts in unison and now supports anything to block any investigation.
He didn’t go into specifics because there were no plans. He doesn’t even understand the problems well enough to hire people to come up with plans. He doesn’t have a plan to defeat ISIS. There is no magic healthcare plan. He can not negotiate the trade deals to help workers. There are no plans. There is just Trump, his ego and golf. That’s all.
At this point Fox news should be viewed at state media in an autocratic regime.
Worth a read.
After Donald Trump’s surprise election victory, many people on the right and even in the center tried to make the case that he wouldn’t really be that bad. Every time he showed a hint of self-restraint — even if it amounted to nothing more than reading his lines without ad-libbing and laying off Twitter for a day or two — pundits rushed to declare that he had just “become president.”
But can we now admit that he really is as bad as — or worse than — his harshest critics predicted he would be?
Trump as bullshitter in Chief.
If you think investigating if the president has been compromised by a foreign power is less important than investigating Hillary one more time by looking into Loretta Lynch; you are a fundamentally ridiculous person.
Ex-FBI Director Comey released a statement ahead of his appearance before Congress, and it has heads spinning. I’ll tell you how things look through what I call the Persuasion Filter.
Could a trained lawyer sort out this complexity and at least tell you whether or not a law has been broken? Apparently not. Otherwise the lawyers on both sides would agree. They don’t.
Scott Adams doesn’t understand how law works? The lawyers for the defense would be working to find arguments that their client didn’t break the law, or did not intended to break the law etc. It’s ridiculous to suggest that Trump’s defense would have to agree that Trump is guilty for Trump to be guilty. Scott Adams is an idiot.
The GOP is focused on discrediting Comey and any possible angle that shifts this onto Hillary and Loretta Lynch.
Remeber this is not normal
Remember six months ago when Trump’s campaign argued that the Clinton foundation’s Saudi money would lead to things like this?
“I saw that Eric was getting billed,” Gillule adds. “I would always say, ‘I can’t believe that his dad is billing him for a charitable outing.’ But that’s what they wanted.”
Over the last three decades, the GOP has increasingly abandoned any affirmative agenda in favor of a negative one: to tear down whatever it can. That’s why the president, contra Never Trump, is the fitting leader for the Republican Party.
Until the Republicans oppose Trump, it isn’t just “Trumpism”. It’s the Republican party.
This isn’t three dimensional chess. This is one dimensional eating play dough.
“What I do not remember is a blanket request from the Obama administration not to respond to Republicans,” said a former longtime senior Republican staffer.“
The swamp just got 10 feet deeper.
The only reason conservatives hate this agreement is that liberals like it. It’s a non-binding agreement. The sole purpose is to make sure that those who live up to the agreement get a voice in the next phase four years from now. Pulling out serves no US interest other than Trump’s desire to troll the American public.
Notice how no one well accuse Ivanka Trump or operating a secret killing squad to kill her enemies. Those types of conspiracy theories are reserved for the Clintons.
This is the literal meaning of Triggered.
If only there were some sign that could have warned us about him.
Six months ago it was a big deal that Hillary used bitbleach to delete emails in accordance with the records act. Now Trump’s obstruction of justice will be called no big deal.
Seth Rich, when the walls feel.
Not Weirder Than Expected
Talking Points for Nixon Backers. See how many work for Trump backers.
Trump is building a wall around the swamp to keep ethics out.
This means the curse involves Melania as well
Trump must live out all of his tweets unless he finds a way to break the curse.
I have even come up with the hashtag of #Cult45 to describe Trump’s biggest fans. This is a nod to him being our 45th president and the old Billy Dee Williams TV commercial for beer whose famous catchphrase I imagine being transformed into, “Cult 45… they will believe him EVERY time.”
“I didn’t want to be depressed. I don’t want to feel that he’s not doing what he said, so I just choose to not listen.”
This is the saddest thing I’ve read in a while.
It’s sadder when you consider that after Trump, she’ll tune into right wing alt facts about how awesome Trump was doing until the liberals in the deep state and media made up all this stuff about him and Russia because they hate American.
Cursed by an old Gypsy woman, Trump is doomed to live out all his tweets.
James Comey and the Giant Impeach
The special snowflake in Chief plays the victim card.
This is what Fake News looks like.
It’s not both sides.
One year after watergate.
Anyone who swore an oath to Trump is in violation of their oath of office and should step down or be removed. We are a nation of laws.
The GOP doesn’t admit that W mislead the American people about Iraq or that Reagan traded arms for hostages. They will not admit that Trump was guilty.
“This is very common — in semi-authoritarian and authoritarian regimes,” Erica Chenoweth, a professor at the University of Denver, tells me. “Purges, summary firings, imprisonment: These are all things that authoritarian leaders do when they attempt to rid themselves of rivals within government.”
President Trump may think he has sent a stern warning to leakers and independent bureaucrats unwilling to toe the White House line. Instead, he may well have incited an internal rebellion.
They want #TrumpRussia to go away. I say, point out how close it is to Saint Ronny trading arms for hostages then covering it up.
Comey swore an oath to the Constitution and the rule of law that should supersede any loyalty to an administration or party.
It’s disgusting that Trump would make such a demand.
One of the ways organized crime enforces loyalty is by getting it’s members dirty to prove loyalty. Once dirty, you can no longer go to the authorities, since you’ll be guilty of crimes yourself. Sad to see the president acting like a mobster.
What do Bernie Sanders’ hair and CNN have in common today? They are both saying, “Comey” every time you look at them.
The news coverage of Comey’s firing has become excellent entertainment. This is the biggest cognitive dissonance cluster bomb we’ve seen since election night. This one has everything.
My cursory understanding of the topic is that Trump’s critics say he fired Comey to put a chill on the FBI’s investigation of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. This theory sort-of-almost makes sense, in a hypothetical and indirect way. I could see how taking out the top dog would make the underdogs at the FBI worry about going hard at the President. On the other hand, the people doing the actual investigation are professionals, and there would be too many witnesses if they did a bad job.
The critics were right. Adams dismisses the idea because he doesn’t see how bad Trump is at even basic things. Adams is suffering from cognitive dissonance. Trump’s critics are not.
Trump’s own answers are so bizarre and meandering that it seems overwhelmingly likely he is speaking nonsense out of ignorance rather than rank dishonesty
It is not normal for the POTUS to engage in witness tampering. It is not normal for this type of egregious action to happen via official communication channels.
Tax cuts and deregulation will not bring back the buggy whip industry.
It’s important to remember that this is not normal. No other administration has acted so shamelessly, no administration has worked to enrich themselves from the public this was. Not normal.
Remember six month ago when the Trump team claimed that Hillary needed to be locked up because her actions might have lead to the mishandling of sensitive information? They were mishandling sensitive during the transition.
Make cancer great again.
They voted to cut the taxes of liberal elites on the coasts while making their healthcare more expensive and worse. They thought they were in on the con. It never occurred to them that they were the marks.
Americans have been puzzling over how the religious right made a Faustian bargain with one of America’s most boastful violators of the “values” that the movement claims to uphold.
Worth a read.
If you aren’t in on the con, you’re the mark.
Trump is now pro deep state.
Why were the Benghazi investigations so large? I’d hate to think there is an ulterior motive here.
Meticulously documented paper trail of Trump, his campaign and his associates ties to Russia and Russian tied groups, as well as efforts taken to hide these ties.
It is now clear that the scandal was not Rice’s normal review of the intelligence reports but the coördinated effort between the Trump Administration and Nunes to sift through classified information and computer logs that recorded Rice’s unmasking requests, and then leak a highly misleading characterization of those documents, all in an apparent effort to turn Rice, a longtime target of Republicans, into the face of alleged spying against Trump.
Abuse of power. Stack this on the pile of impeachable offenses.
Trump has said so many wildly conflicting things that it is literally impossible for him to not contradict himself.
This is worth a read but I don’t agree 100% here. The white resentment narrative is largely about racism but not exclusively about racism.
Betting back to the gypsy curse theory, not saying I believe it but it does fit.
If Trump was cursed by an old gypsy woman to live out all his tweets, this would explain so much.
New theory going around is that Trump was cursed by an old gypsy woman to live out all his tweets.
I realize that the Dunning Kruger effect is controversial and might not actually exist; but Trump is acting exactly the way a person who over estimates his skill acts when confronted with his lack of skill. He retreats. He becomes child like and adopts the views of those who appear more skilled.
Two things not mentioned. Dishonest debate that attempts to turn critism of Trump into WhataboutHillaryObamaTheDems and dishonest defense of Trump based on WhataboutHillaryObamaTheDems. It is not necessary for Obama or Hillary or any Dem to be perfect for criticism of Trump to be valid.
“Trump is wealthy today because of government housing subsidies. While still a young man, he inherited his father Fred’s real-estate empire, worth tens of millions of dollars. The senior Trump made his fortune by building middle-class housing financed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). In the 1930s, Fred Trump built single-family homes for middle class families in Queens and Brooklyn, using mortgage subsidies from the newly created FHA in order to obtain construction loans. After his real-estate business fell on hard times, he revived his firm during World War II by constructing FHA-backed housing for U.S. naval personnel near major shipyards along the East Coast. After the war, he continued to rely on FHA financing to construct apartment buildings in New York’s outer boroughs.”
Worth a read.
The White House accused the Russian government on Tuesday of engaging in a cover-up of the chemical weapons attack in Syria last week, saying that United States intelligence had confirmed that the Assad regime used sarin gas on its own people.
Trump has no credibility. Even if he is right, no one will trust him on this.
Tell us more about poor poll numbers and attacking Syria.
Something should happen.
This chart actually shows that Trump didn’t inherit a mess but Obama did.
Watergate but stupid and on meth.
“It can reasonably be said that our dear leader is now the most ridiculed man on the planet. In fact, he may well be the most ridiculed man in history. For a preening narcissist who takes himself terribly seriously, being the butt of the joke heard round the world has got to hurt.”
I think this is fair.
Remember the photo op with the stacks of blank paper? They never planned to. If you’re not in on the con, you’re the mark.
Trumpcare is worse than doing nothing.
I was under the influence that he was going to help us.
Woman who voted for the leopards eating people’s faces party is surprised when a leopard attempts to eat her face.
“Up to speed on everything I have up to this morning,” Nunes said. “There is no evidence of collusion.”
“I would characterize it this way, at the outset of the investigation,” Schiff said. “There is circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception.”
“The White House press corps took a lot of shit for laughing at this but, like, what are you supposed to do when somebody says something this insane and dishonest? ”
Get your popcorn ready.
Turns out that the Trump plan to cover everyone for less money and no limits never actually existed and we now have to debate how willing we are to have people die to “save” money.
“Cohn noted, the jobs that have been promised by CEOs meeting with Trump haven’t happened yet.”
This wouldn’t be the first time he attempted to take credit for something he had nothing to do with.
For a guy with nothing to do with Russia, he sure has a lot to do with Russia.
Once again, math has a liberal bias.
Dishonest Donny gets caught in lie while trying to distract from his failing administration. Sad.
When Trump claimed he had nothing to do with Russia, he was lying.
At this point it’s easier to list the Trump officials who haven’t been caught lying under oath than those who have.
The Trump Organization lists 17 golf courses among its properties, including 12 in the U.S. that probably would be subject to the rule. The golf industry, along with numerous business groups, has been trying to kill the rule since before President Barack Obama finalized it in June 2015. It has been under legal challenge and so far hasn’t been put into effect. Once it takes effect, it would raise costs for golf courses.
Conflict of interest?
83% of the statements were false. Sure, he acted normal and didn’t come off as a raving loon, but why are so many of his supporters so ok with being lied to?
If this is fake news, why is there so much lying and covering up?
“What’s changed is not Trump but the conservative movement. When he spoke at CPAC in 2011, conservatism was an ideology. By this year’s conference, conservatism had become a collection of grievances. It had become Trumpism.”
Trumpism is identity politics.
The first rule of Dunning-Kruger club is that you don’t know if you’re a member of Dunning-Kruger club.
for eight years, the Obama White House championed the practice of making government data freely available to the public in order to promote transparency and accountability, to serve as a resource for researchers, and to allow innovators to create new tools and services that spur economic activity and solve social problems.
While the Trump administration has not yet signaled that it will oppose open data across the federal government, its silence on the issue suggests that open data may not receive the same level of priority it has in the past. In sharp contrast, President Obama declared a “new era of openness” on his first full day in office and directed federal agencies to be more transparent.
After reading 20+ articles on what Trump supporters want most common themes seem to be
- End of political correctness
- Stop making fun of us
I think you can only pick one.
- Do something to help us
- Keep government out
Again, pick one.
- Protect our culture by building a wall
- Stop calling us bigots
I give up.
If there is nothing to the story, allow an investigation.
While the GOP Congress has ignored the president’s self-enrichment, refusal to disclose his tax returns, and clear violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, some have expressed willingness to investigate his opaque ties to Russia. Paul is not one of them. And not only does he see no need for investigation on Russia, Paul has staked out a stance against any investigations, period, on the brutally frank grounds that it would impair the party’s legislative agenda. “I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party,” he told “Kilmeade and Friends.” “We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do, like repealing Obamacare, if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans.”
I remember hearing so many libertarians advocating for Rand Paul back in 2015 and 2016 when the most recent libertarian moment was about to arrive.
This is not normal.
Trump supporters easily triggered and demand censorship. Sad.
Math has a liberal bias? Or the numbers don’t jibe with the President’s feelings so he’ll just get his own numbers.
There is no proof and Trump supporters are totally OK with Trump lying to them.
More time golfing than foreign relations. More time tweeting than in intel briefings. Mar-A-Lago + tweeting is about the same as work time. Non-work dwarfs work. His supporters would be upset if they cared.
The people who attacked Obama about travel costs never cared about the travel costs. They cared about attacking Obama. That’s why they don’t care about Trump’s travel expenses.
This isn’t 100% proof or even close to that. But you can no longer dismiss the dossier as a fabrication. Much of the claims could be true or at least, can not be easily disproven.
Can’t wait to hear how this is the fault of the dems!
Can’t wait to hear how this is Hillary’s fault.
“The Michael Flynn fiasco was the entirely predictable product of the indiscipline, deceit, incompetence and moral indifference that characterize Donald Trump’s approach to leadership.”
Chavez held post ejection rallies where he accused the press of lies and claimed to be a voice of the people against the elites. Huge press crackdown followed.
Give me an example of one thing that’s not true that got reported?
And the guy doesn’t give an example. He just quotes Trump over and over.
One million American citizens have signed this petition demanding the president release his tax returns.
This is while the president went on CNN and said it’s fake news and a distraction from the democratic losses.
A friend of Harward’s said he was reluctant to take the job because the White House seems so chaotic. Harward called the offer a “s*** sandwich,” the friend said.
I’m sure my friends on the right who were concerned about the cost of Obama’s trips to Hawaii will start demanding accountability now.
And good for them. Both stories should be heard.
Or they can just investigate emails and Benghazi 20 more times.
There is a wide gap, a chasm even, between what the administration has said and what it has done. There have been 45 executive orders or presidential memoranda signed, which may seem like a lot but lags President Barack Obama’s pace. More crucially, with the notable exception of the travel ban, almost none of these orders have mandated much action or clear change of current regulations. So far, Trump has behaved exactly like he has throughout his previous career: He has generated intense attention and sold himself as a man of action while doing little other than promote an image of himself as someone who gets things done.
It is the illusion of a presidency, not the real thing.
All talk, no action.
Something to keep in mind when you hear the right talk about paid protestors. Trump had paid supporters for his announcement.
Is everyone ok with a president that can not be questioned?
CBS This Morning on Feb 12th.
And I could issue a papal decree and it would be just as valid. Trump doesn’t seem to get that EO can be struck down by courts.
- How does this differ from political correctness? How does this differ from the critique of SJWs trying to silence and intimidate?
I’m starting to see one of the disadvantages of making this list so long: People don’t believe it. Rather than seeing each item and realizing that Donald Trump really is that bad, they’re starting to dismiss the criticisms entirely. “The List” has offically contracted Three Stooges Syndrome, which is why next week I’ll be paring this down to just ten or fifteen links. All the good arguments in the world don’t do a whit of good if no one bothers to read them.
Amazing list. With sources. It’s shocking when you see the last two weeks in list form. In a normal world, any one of those items would be a news cycle dominating scandal. In Trumpworld it’s just a placeholder.
If Trump read the times rather than watching Fox, he might have read the coverage he claims didn’t exist.
That swamp keeps getting deeper.
Fox news thinks being anti-fascist is an anti-Trump position. This is self-trolling. Fox news is trolling Fox news.
My guess is that he will ignore the data and argue around the numbers to justify his policy choices.
For a guy who isn’t Putin’s puppet he sure acts like a puppet.
Guys, the protests are working.
The world is laughing at Trump.
Trump is pushing you one step closer to Sharia law.
For a guy who isn’t Putin’s Puppet, he sure acts like Putin’s Puppet.
This is what happens when you put an intellectually lazy and totally unprepared man child in the White House. Expect more failures like this.
US Central Command said in a statement that an investigating team had “concluded regrettably that civilian noncombatants were likely killed” during Sunday’s raid. It added that children may have been among the casualties.
Who is Trump going to throw under the bus for this one? Expect every botched action to result in someone being scapegoated by Trump.
How does this make America safe?
Not the same story.
Thiel and the others who Trumpslained how he’ll be a moderate and we shouldn’t take him literally are fucking fools. They owe us all an apology and a promise to never talk politics again.
Trump infamously promised in his convention speech that he alone could fix the country’s problems, and that’s how he intends to govern — alone.
This should be a much bigger story.
If you’re a constitute of one of the GOP senators or representatives who is speaking out against Trumps unamerican and inhumane actions, contact them and thank them. Especially if you’re a democrat. This isn’t us and then. This is American values versus Trump.
What produces manufacturing decline is not “trade deals” but stupid industrial and macroeconomic policies–like those of Reagan, and now Trump.
This is a must read.
Remember when conservatives cared about the constitution and states rights? Man that feels like ages ago.
If David Axelrod told Fox or Breitbart or even Rush to keep their mouth shut, what would the response be like?
We need a crackdown on people who own multiple homes. They should show ID, a recent blood test and answer last nights final jeopardy.
This is the shadow shutdown in action. No one is answering the phone. No one is doing the work needed. The vital services will not be provided. Is this making America great? Is this what a great nation looks like?
We need a major crackdown on people with multiple homes to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
What about the millions of Swamp Creatures, CHUDs and pod people who voted illegally for Trump?
Trump has been resentful, even furious, at what he views as the media’s failure to reflect the magnitude of his achievements, and he feels demoralized that the public’s perception of his presidency so far does not necessarily align with his own sense of accomplishment.
Why isn’t he getting credit for the things he hasn’t done yet?
Given how much attention Trump paid to Hillary Clinton’s private email server, you’d think he’d be careful about opening himself up to similar scrutiny.
So when does the “lock him up” chanting start?
I’m sure all the people who chanted lock her up will be really upset to read this.
This is what political correctness actually looks like. Facts are being silienced by the state to protect a political party.
Does Russia have them?
Yes they do. Are you all just figuring this out for the first time?
[image: frank luntz tweets: marriot lobby full of drunk, angry protesters harassing paying customers. if you are still in dc, avoid this area. hashtag womens march. tweet includes picture of starbucks crowded with peacefully sitting women, all presumably sipping tea.]
(ok ok technically not a trumpgret but testimony to level of denial needed to be overcome by trumpgretters. plus funny)
Look at that angry crowd and their cups of tea. It’s practically a riot.
there was nothing for those hoping to see a more pragmatic, moderate President Trump take office, or to hear him admit that the world is complex and less pliable than he pretended on the campaign trail. All populists are at heart conspiracy theorists, who pretend that easy solutions exist to society’s woes and have only not been tried to date because elites are wicked and deaf to the sturdy common-sense of decent, ordinary folk.
Worth a read. This is not normal. Vaccine conspiracies are a fringe that can not be normalized.
We need to stop pretending he is going to grow up. He isn’t.
This is bizarre. This is not normal. You won. You were sworn in. Stop being so needy. This is not how adults act.
The transition is a mess. This is bad.
He seems hell-bent on ushering in an era where expertise is not just ignored, but actively disdained. This has manifested itself all over his still-short list of appointees, but the nominees related to science and health seem particularly egregious. These are Trump’s “unspecialists”—anti-experts, candidates that would be laughed off as absurdities if we weren’t living in the middle of a Philip K. Dick dystopia.
Trump’s description of this country being a mess of crime and high unemployment is largely false. We have problems. We even have some growing problems with substance abuse. But crime is nearing historic lows and the economy is growing.
If you think the country is falling apart, you’re living in a bubble.
Delegitimizing the institutions that might report inconvenient or damaging facts about the president is strategic for an administration that has made a slew of impossible promises and takes office amid a cloud of ethics concerns and potential scandals.
I think the lies are just going to get more and more brazen and the defenses of his lies more and more bizarre.
“Government Sachs” is back.
That swamp just got ten feet deeper.
The thing to keep in mind here is that these jobs are technocrat jobs and the people in the blacklist are life long Republicans with experience in government. It’s spectacularly bad judgment to block these people when the Trump administration is so understaffed.
They want to be treated like special snowflakes and spared the humiliation of answering questions about the jobs they’ll do.
Why are we still saying Trump isn’t doing enough to avoid conflicts of interest? He’s made clear he wants to profit off his presidency. Let’s accept that. That is what he wants to do. If you’re a journalist, start documenting the details. If you’re an activist or politician start mobilizing against his corruption.
The collapse has been almost total, and shockingly uncritical. A few resisters aside—in the press, the names Jennifer Rubin, Max Boot, and David Frum come to mind—even those who know better, or did, have allowed the ancient habits of hatred to overwhelm their normal sense of right and wrong. Republican legislators who, a year ago, would have been aghast at any politician who praised the brutal dictator Vladimir Putin now have little trouble swallowing their tongues when Trump insists that Putin’s good opinion, however earned, is “an asset.” Those who made a fuss about pursuing any possible conflict of interest among Obama’s appointees now meekly allow the most conflict-ridden and least “vetted” of candidates for high office to walk through largely unmolested. And the insistence of the leader that he has no obligation to release any record of his financial entanglements, with the bold repeated lie that an “audit”—whose existence can’t be confirmed and wouldn’t matter anyway—prevents him from doing so, is simply and mutely accepted. The collapse—motivated for some by opportunism, for others by the intimidation of the mob—is complete.
This should be a bigger story.
Trump is getting the bigger dressing room.
Ignore the sex tape talk. The FSB doesn’t have to have a sex tape in order to claim that a tape exists, assuming they have heard Mr. Trump describe something a sex act.
Focus on the possible quid pro quo.
This is NOT 100% verified. If this is true (and time will tell) this is an impeachable offense.
what could possibly go wrong?
This is what political correctness actually looks like. In this case, the facts are being sanitized to protect the special snowflake in chief.
That swamp keeps getting deeper.
“The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans believe people are fundamentally bad, while Democrats see people as fundamentally good,” said Mr. Watts, who was in the area to campaign for Senator Rand Paul. “We are born bad,” he said and added that children did not need to be taught to behave badly — they are born knowing how to do that. “We teach them how to be good,” he said. “We become good by being reborn — born again.” He continued: “Democrats believe that we are born good, that we create God, not that he created us. If we are our own God, as the Democrats say, then we need to look at something else to blame when things go wrong — not us.”
That’s not actually what Democrats believe.
“The risk here is disillusionment by the voters who voted for change and are going to end up with a plutocracy,” Potter said.
No one who paid attention to Trump’s actions rather than his words will be shocked by this. If you are, you were conned. The swamp just got ten feet deeper
This should have gone viral. It’s basically correct.
Reading this, you might wonder why it is that in the real world, economists actually do try to develop complex computer models of the economy. The answer is that the alternative method Ross and Navarro are proposing doesn’t even remotely work.
This is 101ism. The idea that a simple Econ-101 level understanding of a topic will just scale up to the macro level. The assumption that every market will work like a guns and butter chart from day three of Econ 101 is easily disproved, but this doesn’t stop 101ism. People like simple solutions. This DSGE charts are hard, have Greek letters and lots of math. 101ism sells.
Any promises left to break?
“We need to take action,” the president said. “And we will — at the time and place of our choosing.”
Does Trump see the trap here? If he ends the investigation and reverses the sanctions he will be sending a clear signal that he is Putin’s puppet. If he doesn’t then Putin will want to pressure him to reverse leading people to ask if he owns Putin something.
This guy has the ear of President Trump.
(via dancing with the stars)
(via this is it in a nutshell)
Too late. That database exists and it’s called Facebook. It even links Muslims to other Muslims. Who they are related to, where they went to school, how Starbucks misspelled their names….
To my friends on the right and those who support Trump. Is Shep smith a democratic shill also? Is Fox News biased against republicans?
This will be sent down the memory hole, like Saddam and 9/11. Republicans will just know that Trump won the popular vote, actual facts be damned.
ICE contracted with Palantir, founded by Trump adviser Peter Thiel, to create an intelligence-sharing database used to track and deport immigrants.
The swamp just got ten feet deeper.
Hints of systematic corruption.
Worth a read. This is not normal. In any other administration, this would be a huge scandal. Under Trump this is being played off as an ethical rounding error.
These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history.“
Both of these statements are false.
The CIA didn’t say Saddam had WMD. That was the Bush 43 White house.
And his EC victory was the weakest since Bush 43 in 2000. It wasn’t a landslide.
There were 33 Benghazi hearings.
How about 1 on Russian hacking.
Two Energy Department employees who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the questionnaire and said agency staff were unsettled by the Trump team’s information request.
This is what actual political correctness looks like.
Does this count as treason?
The next thing that happens involves a giant bolder
Philip Mudd joins “The Situation Room” to share his thoughts on Donald Trump’s transition from candidate to president, referring to it as a “clown show”
Michael G. Flynn, the son of the pick for national security adviser, had posted on Twitter about a fake Hillary Clinton story that led to an armed encounter in a pizzeria.
I guess we should all thank Trump for doing the obvious thing here.
(via 4 tweet tragedy)
Why doesn’t Paul Ryan or Reince Priebus care about Trump’s conspiracy theorizing? Because there’s no partisan incentive to do so. Indeed, there’s an even stronger incentive to ignore what the president-elect says. As speaker of the House, Paul Ryan will have huge influence on the scope and direction of domestic policy.
Trump will probably pursue what is essentially a permanent political campaign, injecting himself directly into conversations. Berlusconi has often used television, especially his own commercial channels, to that end. Instead of giving interviews he cannot control, Berlusconi has often worked with favored acolytes, or simply talked directly to the camera. When he was in office, many a political talk show was interrupted by a phone call from the prime minister demanding to have his say.
The swamp just got ten feet deeper.
Steven Mnuchin, the financier who has been tapped to run Treasury, joins other wealthy investors chosen by Mr. Trump, a sign of possible tax cuts and deregulation ahead.
All those smug Trump fans saying that Clinton was the candidate of Goldman Sachs.
Compare what Trump said versus what Trump did. Is it the same? Is Carrier _paying a tax_ or _accepting tax money_ ? Now ask yourself if the Carrier deal is a *good* deal based on what Trump ran on.
Journalists need to understand what Trump is doing and refuse to play by his rules. He is going to use the respect and deference typically accorded to the presidency as an instrument for spreading more lies. Reporters must refuse to treat him like a normal president and refuse to bestow any unearned legitimacy on his administration.
Trump’s proxies need to be asked over and over again to provide evidence. When they are unable, they need to be asked why they are unable to defend the president’s assertion and if they believe what the president said. You can not play he said she said here.
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowksi on Thursday called for the New York Times’ executive editor to be jailed for releasing some pages of the President-elect’s tax returns.
Calling for the jailing of journalists is not normal.
Trumpgrets: schadenfreude therapy
Worth a read.
George replied, “There is no evidence that there were millions of illegal votes, zero.”
Conway continued to whine about the media and legal recounts that are being conducted and cried, “Why can’t you allow this President-elect to form his government the way that President Obama and Secretary Clinton had suggested they would like him to do?”
by looking at Census data from 2013 to 2015, which show the impact of the full implementation of Obamacare. Over that period, the number of uninsured Americans dropped by 13 million; whites without a college degree, who voted Trump by around two to one, accounted for about eight million of that decline. So we’re probably looking at more than five million Trump supporters, many of whom have chronic health problems and recently got health insurance for the first time, who just voted to make their lives nastier, more brutish, and shorter.
Krugman does the math.
in this case it comes with one minor caveat: evidence is not needed if you’re a Trump voter. Period. Alysin Camerota of CNN’s New Day is a bit flummoxed over a group of these folks.
It’s no use asking for proof. They don’t have proof and their opinions on voter fraud as based on feelings, not facts.
Trump Backers Go to Court to Block Vote Recounts in 3 States
“In an election already tainted by suspicion, previously expressed by Donald Trump himself,” she said, “verifying the vote is a common-sense procedure that would put all concerns around voter disenfranchisement to rest. Trump’s desperate attempts to silence voter demands for recounts raise a simple question: why is Donald Trump afraid of these recounts?”
Someone on reddit did the math on the Carrier deal. It’s a bad deal.
More importantly, it’s the opposite of what Trump ran on. Tough guy Trump talked about taxing companies that moved jobs to Mexico. Here he is giving them money while they move a net 200 jobs to Mexico.
“If Hillary Clinton wins this election and they don’t shut down the Clinton Foundation and come clean with all of its past activities, then there’s no telling the kind of corruption that you might see out of the Clinton White House,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt.
Presumably Cotton will take the lead in advising Donald Trump to “shut down” his business activities and “come clean” on what came before. Surely Cotton wants to be consistent.
So what are Trump’s views? Very simple. For elderly savers, Trump favors higher interest rates. For big developers, he favors low rates. For consumers, he wants a strong dollar. For exporters, he wants a weaker dollar. Each group will get what they want, but not all in the same universe. You see, Trump’s monetary views are best described as a wave function, which will collapse to a single outcome on January 20th. Trump is the first post-modern candidate, the first to understand that truth is what the voters let you get aways with, and that the multiverse offers the possibility of achieving seemingly irreconcilable aims.
When Ivanka was a kid, she got frustrated because she couldn’t set up a lemonade stand in Trump Tower. “We had no such advantages,” she writes, meaning, in this case, an ordinary home on an ordinary street. She and her brothers finally tried to sell lemonade at their summer place in Connecticut, but their neighborhood was so ritzy that there was no foot traffic. “As good fortune would have it, we had a bodyguard that summer,” she writes. They persuaded their bodyguard to buy lemonade, and then their driver, and then the maids, who “dug deep for their spare change.” The lesson, she says, is that the kids “made the best of a bad situation.” In another early business story, she and her brothers made fake Native American arrowheads, buried them in the woods, dug them up while playing with their friends, and sold the arrowheads to their friends for five dollars each.
Her “bad situation” was being wealthy; her solution was to compel her servants and bodyguards, you know, the little people, to give her more money, and to lie to her friends to trick them into giving her yet more money. And she’s completely oblivious to the ethical problems with what she did!
(via Up is down, rich is poor)
Worth a read.
As Krugman notes, 6 million non-Hispanic whites gained insurance between 2013 and 2015; considering 66 percent of white people without a college degree (and therefore likely uninsured before Obamacare) voted for Trump, Krugman reasons at least 3.96 million non-college educated Trump voters will lose their insurance.
Sure you’ll lose your healthcare, but think of the tax cuts coastal elites will get.
When people start throwing Nazi salutes in public, it has a way of clarifying where everybody stands.
Some white nationalists themselves have a term for the split: the alt-right versus the “alt-lite.”
Extremely competitive work visa programs face an uncertain future at best.
Blocking H1B visas is a form of protectionism.
It’s a good thing our tech sector isn’t an important growth industry like coal is.
In many of the president-elect’s international development ventures, his business partners have close ties to foreign governments.
This is the story the latest tweet storm is distracting everyone from.
In a post on Twitter, he said he would “terminate” the pact President Obama made if Cuba is unwilling to make “a better deal for the Cuban people.”
I’m going to guess that the “better deal for the Cuban people” he speaks of involves building a Trump Plaza Havana.
And this is happening while everyone talks about his newest dumb tweet.
U.S. intelligence agencies determined that the Russian government actively interfered in our elections. Russian state propaganda gave little doubt that this was done to support Republican nominee Trump, who repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin and excused the Russian president’s foreign aggression and domestic repression. Most significantly, U.S. intelligence agencies have affirmed that the Russian government directed the illegal hacking of private email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and prominent individuals. The emails were then released by WikiLeaks, which has benefited financially from a Russian state propaganda arm, used Russian operatives for security and made clear an intent to harm the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
This is so much worse than any of the Clinton email or Clinton Foundation stories. It should be investigated.
What’s keeping him from calling for a recount?
If Clinton had won - she had some progressive programs,” he continued. “The left could have been organized to keeping her feet to the fire and pushing them through. What it will be doing now is protecting rights that have already been achieved from being destroyed. That’s completely regressive.
Haven’t any of these people raised children? Don’t they know about bait and switch? Have none of them been paying attention to Trump’s Twitter strategy for the past 17 months? For anybody who has read a half-dozen of Trump’s tweets, the pattern is obvious. He compiles these tweets precisely in order to elicit strident protest. It doesn’t matter to Trump that the cast of Hamilton was polite and respectful to Pence. It doesn’t matter that being rude to officeholders is an inalienable right—hell, a responsibility!—of all Americans. To Trump’s followers the content of any one of his rebukes matters less than whom it’s directed at—New York liberals and their fellow travelers in this instance. He could have tweeted something equally belligerent about the “unfair” treatment his daughter Ivanka is receiving in the press for having attended his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and he would have earned the same satisfying comeback from his foes.
It is not normal for the DOJ to use the “feeling gracious” standard to decide if someone should be procecuted. The phrase abuse of power comes to mind.
Part of the Russian operation’s success is that we cannot measure the effect. Did the DNC emails depress the Sanders vote for Clinton? Did the Podesta emails turn off independents? Would voters have responded differently if major media had reported the email releases not as legitimate news but as an intelligence operation by a hostile foreign power aimed at undermining the integrity of U.S. elections? There are no clear answers. But there are certainties: The email operation increased negative stories about Clinton, fueled an immense propaganda attack and diminished coverage of actual issues. The large polling lead Clinton gained after the debates slipped significantly under this barrage of negativity — even before FBI Director James B. Comey’s bombshell.
We just spent a year discussing Hillary’s email server. This is actually worse. Much worse.
This is not normal.
Let’s spend 10% of the time spent on Benghazi investigating this.
This is not normal.
This is not normal.
It’s not normal for a president to fill posts with people who contradict the policy goals and campaign promises made.
This is not normal. This is a deeply defective administration from the start.
I’m guessing it’s for the position of white house pet.
How a misinformed Twitter post the night after the presidential election fueled a nationwide conspiracy theory and became a talking point for a world leader — even as it was being proved false.
Think of it as a bailout. We taxpayers are bailing out Trump University. Because that’s totally fair.
Trump’s plan is not really an infrastructure plan. It’s a tax-cut plan for utility-industry and construction-sector investors, and a massive corporate welfare plan for contractors. The Trump plan doesn’t directly fund new roads, bridges, water systems or airports, as did Hillary Clinton’s 2016 infrastructure proposal. Instead, Trump’s plan provides tax breaks to private-sector investors who back profitable construction projects. These projects (such as electrical grid modernization or energy pipeline expansion) might already be planned or even underway. There’s no requirement that the tax breaks be used for incremental or otherwise expanded construction efforts; they could all go just to fatten the pockets of investors in previously planned projects.
If you voted for new infrastructure, you were conned.
Special snowflake in chief is demanding the press hold him to “participation trophy” standards so his feelings can be spared.
“ The Ford situation provides the first look at what news about the Trump administration will be like once the president-elect is sworn in come January. On one side, there’s the traditional media, already plenty maligned after an exhausting election. On the other, there’s the collection of media entities that have formed around Trump. Let’s call it the Trump News Network (TNN for short).
TNN provides a way for Trump to leapfrog the traditional press entirely. Particularly for supporters of Trump, TNN will serve as their primary news source, unchecked by the much-loathed mainstream media. For the rest, it’ll be a well-oiled propaganda machine capable of muddying the waters of even straightforward news. ”
“recently he’s found out that Trump’s charitable foundation made an illegal campaign contribution to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (this reporting is based, in turn, in part on work done by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington). Then when they found out they had broken the law, they kinda sorta corrected the error but didn’t actually follow their legal obligation to get the money back.
It’s all at least a little suspicious”
High crimes and misdemeanors as of day one.
Trump Drops Threat of New Hillary Clinton Investigation
Also, I’ve decided not to announce a Papal decree. Because, like Trump, I lack the authority to do so. I’m also refraining from asking Starfleet to violate the prime directive. Same reason.
Trump’s base thought you could repeal and replace Obamacare in 100 days. It’s a waste of breath to explain how complicated a transition is. They’ll just blame any Trump failures on Obama anyway. Use this time to document all the ways Trump is conning them.
> by asking for Secret Service protection for family members who fly on his plane, Donald Trump can directly funnel taxpayer money into his own pocket.
> Justin Bachman at Bloomberg has the story:
> For any of the Trump or Pence clans assigned a protective detail due to safety risks— and the rancor of the 2016 vote could well produce many — Secret Service travel on a Trump-owned plane means the agency would need to reimburse the aircraft’s owner. In this case, the president.
I’m going to assume that the tea party folks will rise up against this violation of the Constitution.
- Former Trump University Workers Call the School a ‘Lie’ and a ‘Scheme’ in Testimony - The New York Times
- The Right Way to Resist Trump - The New York Times
“the incoming president, in other words, is actively soliciting business from agents of foreign governments. Many of these agents, in turn, said that they will accept the president-elect’s offer to do business because they want to win favor with the new leader of the United States.
In an exclusive exchange with ThinkProgress, Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who previously served as chief ethics counsel to President George W. Bush, says that Trump’s efforts to do business with these diplomats is at odds with a provision of the Constitution intended to prevent foreign states from effectively buying influence with federal officials.”
…so the tea party will now call on Trump to follow the Constitution, right?
The meeting, with Indian executives linked to an apartment tower bearing Mr. Trump’s name, raises questions about how he will separate his business dealings from his politics.
He isn’t. Or he won’t unless congress forces him. He will use the office for financial gain for himself and his children.
I’m going to assume that Trump supporters would have been totally OK with Chelsea Clinton sitting in on meetings with her mom in the oval office while running the Clinton foundation. Totally OK with it.
This is not normal.
Keep the focus on the high crimes and misdemeanors, not the temper tantrums.
Trump voters demand safe space where no one will say mean things about them. Make America Politically Correct.
The media needs to view Trump as an unreliable narrator. Check everything he says and report the actual truth and how he has contradicted it.
The special snowflake takes a break from insulting everyone and decides to feel insulted. Maybe he needs to go back to his safe space in Trump tower?
I am confident that those who were concerned about the potential mishandling of confidential material because of Hillary’s email server will hold Trump to the same high standard and demand that his kids and son-in-law be fully vetted before having access to confidential material.
The lawsuit against Trump University claims that Trump and the organization defrauded its students. Back in May, Trump said Curiel was biased against him because he was “Mexican.” Curiel was born in Indiana.
I’m sure the people who were upset about the publicly disclosed connections by the Clinton initiative will be really upset about this. Here we have the campaign working closely with the Russians without any disclosure of potential conflict of interests.
This is bad. This means that the slots will be filled with B list people or worse. It also means that the transition will be really rocky.
This is what we said would happen