Monday, September 24, 2018

NBC's Pete Williams on @MSNBC: Rod Rosenstein appears to be staying put as Deputy AG, now attending a regularly scheduled meeting of top officials

Looks like the White House is lying to the American people by claiming that Rosenstein verbally resigned to WH Chief of Staff John Kelly. Who ultimately oversees the Russia probe could well hinge on whether he resigned or was fired, so this isn't just any white lie from the WH

#Breaking: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects that he will be fired after Friday’s report in The New York Times, but he has not resigned, NPR's @johnson_carrie reports.

Read the memo from Brett Kavanaugh to Judge Starr

Perspective: Ted Cruz bets on bigotry

Having Kavanaugh withdraw on his own, and doing so as soon as possible, is by far the least-worst scenario for the GOP, politically. Everything else is really, really risky.

Things just keep getting worse for Brett Kavanaugh and his Republican supporters

BREAKING: Trump says allegations against Kavanaugh 'totally political,' says 'I am with him all the way'

80,000 votes in 3 states put Trump in the White House. Now a meticulous analysis of online activity during the campaign makes a powerful case that cyberattacks by Russian hackers and trolls were decisive:

'Roger Stone sought contact with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, email suggests' The July 31, 2016, email from Roger Stone to Jerome Corsi was an explicit attempt by Stone to connect with Julian Assange using Corsi and Ted Malloch as intermediaries.

Jane Mayer on CBS: "We found classmates had been talking about this for weeks ... There'd been an email chain of Yale classmates of Kavanaugh talking about 'will this thing come out' long before Christine Blasey Ford came forward. We felt the public ought to know about this."

pro trump media concerned

We are calling on the Committee and Senator Grassley to immediately request that Mark Judge testify under oath about the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. They should not be hiding witnesses. The Committee works for the American people and this is a search for the truth.

Senator Feinstein is right. This is a lifetime appointment - there is zero reason to rush. The committee and the FBI should do a full investigation, giving Republicans time to do some soul searching.

Billionaires try to buy Supreme Court


the @NCA_UK or other organisations were ordered to drop their investigations into law breaking in the EU referendum.

If the name Louisa Garry—one of Brett Kavanaugh’s Yale classmates disputing Deborah Ramirez’s sexual misconduct claim— looks familiar, it might because she was recently featured in a pro-Kavanaugh ad by 501(c)(4) "dark money" group Judicial Crisis Network

If this is true, he must resign. We are not that party

Devin Nunes Is Infamous For Sabotaging The Trump-Russia Investigation. His Opponent Andrew Janz Is Running On Water.

South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham says he doesn't expect to be swayed against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh even after he hears from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexual assault

The Boys’ Club That Protects Brett Kavanaugh

Quick credibility check! Do we believe @ChuckGrassley that his staff didn't know, or do we believe @RonanFarrow & @JaneMayerNYer that "Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week... [then] issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote?"

One more flag from the New Yorker piece: Elizabeth Rasor, who dated Mark Judge for about three years, said that she felt morally obligated to challenge his account that "'no horseplay' took place at Georgetown Prep with women."

Trump And Japan's Abe Meet In New York Ahead Of U.N. General Assembly

California bans all restaurants from giving out plastic straws:

This @washingtonpost article yesterday about Brett Kavanaugh refusing to answer questions in prep session (to a friendly audience) about his drinking & sexual proclivities takes on new meaning in light of today's multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

As a former prosecutor, I know that people who engage in deviant sexual behavior don't just do it once. This appears to be the case with Kavanaugh. There are many judges @POTUS can nominate who don't have multiple sexual misconduct claims against them. Kavanaugh must withdraw

I think we can all agree his coaching career is at an end.

That is a HIGHLY irresponsible response to serious allegations of sexual misconduct. We are considering a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. It's critical that Ms. Ramirez's allegations are investigated by the FBI & I thank her for the courage she has shown by coming fwd.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Dianne Feinstein: "I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. I also ask that the newest allegations of sexual misconduct be referred to the FBI for investigation."

BREAKING: White House says new allegation against Judge Kavanaugh is "the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man" and it "stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.”

Left: An email Avenatti says he sent to the Senate, which refers to a woman being “used for sex by multiple men.” Right: Mark Judge’s ex in the NYer, describing his recollection of an “incident that involved him and other boys taking turns having sex with a drunk woman.”

I go case by case. @ronanfarrow fresh from sliming @SenFeinstein and exposing Prof Ford against her will comes with a threadbare story that detracts from Dr. Ford’s serious accusation. Accuser, even by her own account, could not remember because drunk. IMO this hurts Dr. Ford.

My e-mail of moments ago with Mike Davis, Chief Counsel for Nominations for U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. We demand that this process be thorough, open and fair, which is what the American public deserves. It must not be rushed and evidence/witnesses must not be hidden.

I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify. The nomination must be withdrawn.

With another credible, corroborated allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, it’s time for him to do the right thing. Withdraw your nomination, Judge Kavanaugh.

This Ronan Farrow & Jane Meyer story is about a very disturbing allegation of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards Deborah Ramirez. You know what else is disturbing? Republicans renewed calls to accelerate the vote when they were told about this allegation last week

Rep. Steve King: "No man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court" if being accused of sexual assault is "new standard"

Nike has added almost $6,000,000,000 to their market value since their Colin Kaepernick ad, according to CBS.

“I’m not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh’s life over this.” Just another example of the GOP putting a man’s career over a woman’s life. And they wondered why she was nervous about testifying. Help elect representatives that care about women!

Hey look – guess who voted NO on the Violence Against Women Act in 2013!

Faculty at Brett Kavanaugh's Alma Mater Are Demanding Screeching Halt to His ConfirmationLooking into whether two profs told female law clerks THEY NEEDED TO LOOK LIKE MODELS FOR HIM!!! He is totally a sexist pig!

CNN’s Jake Tapper: “Doesn’t Kavanaugh have the same presumption of innocence as anyone else in America?” Sen. Mazie Hirono: “I put his denial in the context of everything that I know about him in terms of how he approaches his cases”

The defendants below, who could be very dangerous, were released because they could afford bail. Then law enforcement freaked out and they were put back in custody. Another example of why money bail is an irrational system. Danger to society should not be based on cash on hand.

Washington Post confirms Sarah Slanders™️ Deputy @RajShah45 shared Christine Ford’s name with Republican operatives before it became public. He essentially lit the GOP Bat Signal, alerting henchmen like @EdWhelanEPPC to hop to it.

12-year-old Nathalia was reunited with her family this past week. Now we must keep the pressure on to reunite ALL children who are still separated from their parents or loved ones.

In 2005, Judge Kavanaugh had a net worth of $91K, with $10K in the bank and $25K in credit card debt: In Feb. 2006, property records show he took out a $980K mortgage to finance the purchase of a $1,225,000 home — indicating a down payment of $245,000.

No prison for grandson of ex-Republican Virginia governor in rape case

Putin now has leverage over Israel, and no reason to give it up

Dem strategist: "Genuine concern" Russia will escalate interference efforts in 2018

Sent to us by friends in Maine: a full-page ad in a local paper by Maine’s Lincoln County Indivisible, calling on @SenatorCollins to be more like former Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith—a true moderate Republican who stood up for what she believed in—and vote NO on Kavanaugh.

Russia's Pro-Gun Influence Accounts Copied The NRA — And Sometimes, Vice Versa

Wait: I thought Brett Kavanaugh was a "neutral" judge who was an "umpire" who called "balls and strikes." @VP essentially admits -- boasts -- that Kavanaugh has a conservative, political, ideological agenda.

I’m a former US Attorney. If a judge/juror made a public statement that their mind was made up before all testimony is in, the trial would be prejudiced & I’d move for mistrial & have the judge removed. Mr. Leader, is this the message we want to send to victims of sexual assault?

Suddenly, Vulnerable House Republicans No Longer Bash Obamacare on Their Websites

"Boys will be boys"?

With Trump upending diplomatic ties around the world, European leaders are warming up to Putin

Hacks, Security Gaps And Oligarchs: The Business Of Voting Comes Under Scrutiny

Contractors: Trump tariffs making it more expensive to rebuild after hurricane

Lindsey Graham wants to know who paid for Christine Blasey Ford’s $300.00 polygraph Test. What I want to know is who paid Kavanaugh’s $200,000 credit card debt, $92,000 country club fees an $1.2 million mortgage when he gets paid $220.00 as a federal Judge?

Michael Bromwich, the former DOJ Inspector General, has formerly joined Christine Blasey Ford's legal team. He also currently represents Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

No amount of Kushner deals with CNN, Sinclair, the Times or other corporate news outlets will undue the damage this week did to the @GOP brand. Vicious combination of @EdWhelanEPPC fraud, @POTUS tweet, @ChuckGrassley’s bullying & @JeffFlake’s failure to act

Amid Kavanaugh allegations, some evangelical leaders focus more on the courts

After mopping the floor with Ted Cruz at the #TXSenateDebate this how @BetoORourke celebrated: By air drumming to "Baba o'riley" by The Who at a Whataburger drive-thru.

I'm a Republican, but Kavanaugh Must Withdraw His Nomination

New: KT McFarland, the former deputy nat sec adviser, has revised her statement to investigators about a key event in the Russia probe after her initial claim was contradicted by the guilty plea of Michael Flynn

President Trump's tariffs could mean a 2,000,000 drop in car sales and cost 715,000 American jobs, auto industry group warns

Christine Blasey Ford ACCEPTS request to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The exact terms and timing are uncertain as Ford’s attorney asks to continue negotiations today with committee staff.

Breaking —> @GarrettVentry, a comms adviser to Senate Judiciary Committee on SCOTUS nomination, abruptly resigned after NBC began looking into an allegation of sexual harassment. Statement from committee spokesman

The sudden firing of Alex Azar and his replacement by Brett Kavanaugh in the troubled Alex Kozinski chambers now needs to be plumbed for any light it sheds on whether Kavanaugh looked the other way as Kozinski sexually harassed his female clerks

In practice runs, #Kavanaugh grew frustrated when it came to questions that dug into his private life, particularly his drinking habits & his sexual proclivities. He refused to answer some questions altogether, saying they were “too personal.”

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Wow, these ladies are terrible people.

I told you there was more. It wasn't just Trump admin shorting FEMA to fund detention facilities. They are siphoning money they couldn't appropriate from programs meant to save American lives.

McConnell: GOP will "plow right through" and put Kavanaugh on Supreme Court

Beto O’Rourke was asked “What can you do for Black women in Texas?” This was his response.

Mark Judge’s own family says they fear him.

Walking up Fifth Ave.

Get your Trump baby balloon at .

Former senior Trump aide Jason Miller has been accused of secretly administering an abortion pill in a smoothie

He violates every one of my rules — huge debt, buying a house he can’t afford, borrowing against 401k, buying tickets and country club fees that he can’t afford —not what a Supreme Court justice should be doing

Spokesman for GOP on Kavanaugh nomination resigns; has been accused of harassment in the past An adviser for the Senate Judiciary Committee has resigned amid questions from NBC News about a previous sexual harassment complaint.

Trump hits McCain for voting against Obamacare repeal just weeks after his death

.@BetoORourke: "People looking back at this moment will not be able to believe that a country with $21 trillion in debt, with the greatest levels of income disparity that we've seen since the Gilded Age, would find as its solution $2 trillion in tax breaks for the rich."

President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was defaced yet again this week, this time covered by wooden bars affixed with industrial, double-sided tape

NEW: Jerome Corsi, another associate of Roger Stone, met Friday with a federal grand jury convened to hear testimony in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, source tells

Americans are rationing insulin as prices skyrocket

New: Trump HUD Secretary Ben Carson believes the Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations are part of a centuries old Socialist plot that began in England with something called the Fabian Society.

We are experiencing mass trauma at the hands of @POTUS It's real. It's not your imagination and you are not alone. We r witnessing the highest office in the land minimize a womans abuse.

No jail time for a former air traffic controller who violently beat a woman, strangled her and masturbated on her. He was given a pass. Our country is gross

Franklin Graham: Attempted rape not a crime. Kavanaugh "respected" his victim by not finishing.


China cancels trade talks with U.S. as tariff threats escalate: WSJ

Lawrence: Republicans have no intention of fair hearing for Ford

Turkish President Erdogan receives a luxury jet worth about half a billion dollars from the emir of Qatar

Minnesota Republican state Rep. Jim Knoblach abruptly dropped his re-election bid Friday, after Minnesota Public Radio reported that his grown daughter is accusing him of sexual abuse.

I know all about verdicts. I put criminals like you away for life. What you’re doing, spending taxpayer dollars to fund your lavish lifestyle, is criminal. Your time is up, buddy

Ted Cruz says armed guards will protect America’s students from school shootings. He fails to mention the armed guards that weren’t able to stop shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Parkland and Santa Fe

"We are running for this state, for this country, for each and every single one of us." Watch Beto's closing statement:

No Justice for Dr Ford per MD Governor

Judiciary Committee calls off Kavanaugh hearing set for Monday

Ed Whelan could have some problems with the law here

Court docs allege former Trump aide Jason Miller secretly drugged a stripper he got pregnant with an abortion pill. It killed her unborn baby and she nearly died. In a panic, Miller tried to force her to sign an NDA, presumably in exchange money.

I’d say the jig is up.@EdWhelanEPPC was snooping around Ford’s LinkeIn profile BEFORE her name went public

Six of Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar's siblings are denouncing him in a new campaign ad and endorsing his Democratic opponent.

Trump administration diverts nearly a half-billion dollars to migrant children in custody

Analysis | "Kavanaugh will be on the U.S. Supreme Court": McConnell just erased any doubt about Republicans' intentions to hear Ford out

Nearly 50 Yale Law faculty members call for FBI to probe allegation against Kavanaugh

Ronald Reagan's Daughter Defends Brett Kavanaugh Accuser

Republicans play deadline games with Kavanaugh accuser

On Sunday, Ford noticed that — even before her name became public — Whelan appeared to be seeking information about her. That morning, Ford alerted an associate via email that Whelan had looked at her LinkedIn page.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Republicans stunned to learn voters understand exactly what their tax cut did

The PR firm best known for its work with the Swift Boat Veterans in 2004 helped Ed Whelan stoke his wild Kavanaugh alibi

Former Pres. Barack Obama: "The Republicans in Congress right now? They're no check on the White H

The same day Trump Jr. emailed "if it's what you say I love it," $3,300,000 reportedly began moving between two of the men who orchestrated the Trump Tower meeting: Aras Agalarov and Ike Kaveladze. Mueller is examining the transaction, BuzzFeed reports.

The governor and lieutenant governor of Alaska -- both independents -- issued statement opposing Kavanaugh's nomination

Trump’s comments on Christine Blasey Ford just triggered a wave of women posting their experiences with sexual assault and explaining their decisions not to report their attackers. Their stories are gut-wrenching.

NBC confirms ABC report: Michael Cohen is providing Mueller's team with info on Trump's possible biz dealings with Russia and any contacts his campaign had with Russia during the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

.@SenateMajLdr & @ChuckGrassley You’re demanding a female outside counsel to question Ford instead of your 11 cowardly Rep men. Shameless. But you can authorize any of the 6 Rep women senators to do so: Collins Murkowski Fischer Capito Ernst Hyde-Smith

NBC News: 4 career Justice Department officials were in the room when Rosenstein made the remark, including Scott Schools (who would later sign-off on McCabe's firing). FBI attorney Lisa Paige was also there. Two people say Rosenstein's remarks were sarcastic:

WaPo clear: Rosenstein is the person rebutting this BS “said the wire comment came in response to McCabe’s pushing for an investigation into the president. Rosenstein responded with a sarcastic comment along the lines of, “What do you want to do, Andy, wire the President?””

FEINSTEIN: Dr. Ford has told Congress she can’t come before Thursday. GOP has announced that a hearing will be held on Wednesday.

"The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the Department and are advancing their own personal agenda.” - Dep AG Rosenstein statement to CNN

Trump is willing to put sources from allied countries at risk to try prove a conspiracy theory. Ironically, by alienating our allies, Trump reveals his true colors. What's it called when you support an enemy during wartime?

Rod Rosenstein must be fired today. @realDonaldTrump

Let me be 100% clear: no one associated with Andrew McCabe or his team shared, read, described, whispered or blinked in Morse Code any part of his memos with any reporter.

FWIW, the NYT story out today re: Rosenstein wanting to secretly record tRUmp for 25th amendment, doesn’t sound like anything Rod would do. But it does sound like something Conway/Miller/Bannon invented. As usual, NYT is carrying water for the WH Obstruction of Justice machine.

PayPal bans Alex Jones, saying Infowars "promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance"

The Planners Of The Trump Tower Meeting Moved Millions, And Mueller Is Now Investigating

I have a constitutional duty to advise and consent. That means asking questions of a nominee for the #SupremeCourt who has been credibly accused of sexual assault.

NEW: John Dowd, while heading Trump's legal team, tried to send money from the WH legal defense fund to lawyers for Gates + Manafort. When that was rebuffed, he solicited donors + pledged $25K of his own to Manafort's fund. He didn't follow through

I will not forfeit my ability to question #Kavanaugh and anyone else who comes before the committee with testimony, no matter how uncomfortable it may make the 11 men across the dais

As we get closer to the election, be on the lookout for #provokatsiya designed to divide, inflame, and scare more GOP voters to the polls. It will look like the left is behind it, but it’s really the kook-right/Kremlin. Keep your heads, and the ship on an even keel, patriots.

It’s the cover-up they can nail you on! Kavanaugh to Hatch to Whelan: if true, Kavanaugh should not be confirmed: Ed Whelan’s tweets have created a second Kavanaugh scandal

Nunes & Trump were blocked from their selective release of highly classified docs by law enforcement. Nunes said the release was designed to help him & the GOP win the midterms. What does it say about Nunes that he would risk lives to win an election?