Tuesday, November 12, 2019

"The gap between Chang's actual qualifications and her claims appears to be the latest example of lax vetting by the Trump administration, which has become known for its many job vacancies and appointments made without thorough screening."


Rumor of new govt in Moldova on Thursday b/w socialists+democrats, likely returning human-trafficking slime Plahotniuc (currently evading arrest in US) to a position of influence. This was a totally predictable outcome of forcing Sandu into govt with pro-Russian forces


"According to six people who were there, Bolton also questioned the merits of Trump applying his business acumen to foreign policy, saying such issues can't be approached like the win-or-lose edict that drives real estate deals: When one doesn't work, you move on to the next."


Breaking via NBC: John Bolton derided Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner during a private speech last week and suggested Trump's approach to U.S. policy on Turkey is motivated by personal or financial interests, several people who were present told NBC News


All this time, Bill Barr knew that @TheJusticeDept had evidence that @realDonaldTrump committed perjury; Barr knew prosecutors working under him would rely on that evidence at trial. Yet Barr defended Trump using false statements of innocence. Bill Barr is obstructing justice.


Furthermore, this means Bill Barr knew @realDonaldTrump committed perjury as he held a press conference defending Trump


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Hey Republicans — that’s flat-out perjury. Same thing you impeached Clinton for. I’m sure you’ll do the right thing and act on your rock-solid values, right? Right?


Roger Stone asked for Jared Kushner's contact information to "debrief" the president's son-in-law about hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, an ex-Trump campaign aide says. Rick Gates was testifying at Stone's criminal trial in Washington.


NOW: @SpeakerPelosi and @SenSchumer are here in front of the Supreme Court to support #DACA recipients while #SCOTUS hears oral arguments. Tune in!


Wow. The DACA plaintiffs just emerged from the Supreme Court. And led the crowd of thousands in the chant: HOME IS HERE


In the run-up to 2016, W.H. senior policy adviser Stephen Miller "promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof's murderous rampage, according to leaked emails."


Judge Jackson says she expects to get to closing arguments tomorrow.


"He indicated that more information would be coming," Gates says after the bench conference.


With some last stipulations the prosecution has rested. Judge is giving the jury a two hour break. We are waiting on word what the defense plans to do.


Roger Stone told one of Trump’s top staffers in April 2016 that WikiLeaks had plans to dump information in the heat of the presidential race


Mulvaney says he will no longer seek a judge’s ruling on impeachment inquiry testimony, will follow Trump’s order not to cooperate


presidential perjury? On the left: Top campaign official Gates testifies that Manafort asked him to check in regularly with Stone about WikiLeaks disclosures and indicated "he would be updating" Trump On the right: Trump's written response to Mueller under penalty of perjury


Former deputy Trump campaign chairman, Rick Gates said in open court today at the Roger Stone trial that Trump directly informed by Stone about upcoming Wikileaks releases. The campaign also coordinated and planned their efforts around Wikileaks releases.


Trump denied in writing and under oath to Mueller any recollection of ever discussing WikiLeaks with Stone or being aware of Stone discussing WikiLeaks with the campaign. Gates testified he was in the car with Trump when he Trump talked to Stone about it.


Rick Gates direct is over. Brief but hardly lacking in substance, including government getting on record that Donald Trump himself talked about upcoming WikiLeaks disclosures based on conversation with Roger Stone


Trump ordered to pay Scottish government’s legal bills after losing court battle over windfarms near his golf resort


Did Russia kill White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier?


BREAKING - DOJ says it expects it will rest its case today against Stone.


BREAKING: Supreme Court deals blow to gun industry, rejects appeal and won't block lawsuit against Remington Arms by family members of nine people killed in Sandy Hook massacre.


Even Mitch McConnell is telling Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to get over his election loss last week.


Fingerprints from right-wing media figures are all over the Trump impeachment depositions


Interesting that the two recent potential late entrants to the Dem race are Mike Bloomberg (Wall Street billionaire) and Deval Patrick (Bain Capital). Almost like the Wall Street Warren Freak out continues..


"Inexplicable and shameful." Hillary Clinton blasts delay of report on Russian interference in Brexit vote.


A secret ballot may be just the ticket for GOP cowards to do the right thing.


After removal from the Senate Judiciary Committee's schedule, a source says Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden is likely to withdraw this week and lacks the votes for confirmation


Here's a stunner from new Gallup Poll out today: Thirty-four million US adults report knowing someone who has died in the past five years who did not receive needed medical treatment due to their inability to pay for it


Federal health contract funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to Trump allies


The GOP’s new "defense" of Trump actually makes the case against him,


When the impeachment of Trump goes public, two men will be thrust into the national spotlight as each party’s lead inquisitor. One is a career congressional staffer. The other is a lawyer turned cable news pundit who spent a decade prosecuting mobsters.


Republicans to argue Trump's "state of mind" on Ukraine precludes impeachment


President Erdogan of Turkey warned Western nations that he would continue to release people who were thought to be members of the Islamic State and send them back to their home countries if governments continued to pressure Turkey with sanctions


I went to Roger Stones trial.


Regulators are looking into allegations of gender bias against users of the Apple Card. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said his credit limit was 10 times that of his wife, despite the fact that they share all assets and accounts.


Let me give President trump credit: he has helped show America exactly who Nikki haley, Paul Ryan, John Cornyn, Lindsey graham, kellyanne Conway, Bill Barr, pompeo, Hugh Hewitt, and so so many others who they truly are.


Fmr. First Lady Michelle Obama is using a celebrity "voting squad" to drive more Americans to the polls. Some of the celebrities involved in her "When We All Vote" initiative include Megan Rapinoe, Janelle MonΓ‘e, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Tom Hanks.


"The Donald Trump Song"


Britain’s Labour Party said it was subject to a large scale cyber attack on its platforms


The Abortion Law Heading To The Supreme Court Is Based On A Lie- really GOP,


"Strap in for a Wild Week as the Impeachment Inquiry Goes Public"


More than 2 years ago, the Trump administration unlawfully terminated #DACA. Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on 3 consolidated cases, including Make the Road New York’s case, McAleenan v. Vidal. We stand with all the plaintiffs!


President Trump compares some DACA recipients to "hardened criminals" in Tuesday morning tweet, but said if the Supreme Court rules the way he prefers, he will cut a deal with Democrats.


Rainy day in DC and there’s a long line outside the federal courthouse where Roger Stone’s trial will pick up in under an hour. Stone’s legal team just hopped in the back of the line, looking displeased. Alt right activist Milo Yiannopoulos just got in.


This is an attempt at massive gaslighting. Multiple officials have said their first phone conversation was fine. He knows that a significant percentage of the population will confuse this with the July 25th rough transcript, which is the whole idea.


There's some names we are familiar with. I hope the media finally get to the bottom of the "hunting trip" Don Jr took in Turkey straight after the 2016 election with Yalcindag, one of Turkish players mentioned in @KlasfeldReports tweet


General election 2019: 'Cyber-attack' on Labour Party digital platforms, Please note, this attack appears to have come from Russia.


There’s a Surprisingly Plausible Path to Removing Trump From Office


A new video from Republicans for the Rule of Law, reminding House Republicans how some of their predecessors rose to the occasion 45 years ago. Will at least some of today’s Republicans put country and Constitution first? The ad will air on Fox and will be promoted digitally.


BREAKING: Russian Hacker Alexei Burkov Extradited to United States.


I am pondering the delicious cruelty of Trump pulling Sean Spicer back into the spotlight, then unpersoning him once he lose Dancing With The Starts. #ETTD


ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS on Wednesday will preempt their regularly scheduled programming for live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee's open #ImpeachmentHearings. All major cable news networks, including Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and CSPAN will also offer live coverage.


The NRA has long burnished its image by attracting celebrities to its unpaid board. Two of them—actor Tom Selleck and rock star Ted Nugent—engaged in big-ticket financial transactions with the nonprofit


Boris Johnson is a national security risk. This is his personal decision. If the report contains information pertinent to the election, he is deliberately subjecting us to harm from a hostile foreign power for personal political gain.


Someone asked, “What if he really thinks he did nothing wrong?” Then why work through @RudyGiuliani and not his diplomats? Why did the WH put the notes from his call w/Ukraine on a top secret server? These aren’t the acts of a person-or a WH-who thinks he did nothing wrong.


Croft testimony, pp. 52


NEW: Nikki Haley completely disgraces herself, claims she never had any concerns about Trump's truthfulness.


Opinion: It would only take three Republican senators to turn the impeachment vote into a secret ballot. It’s not hard to imagine what would happen then.


Why is Bolton aiding Trump’s ‘drug deal’ coverup?


JUST POSTED: Behind Trump’s Dealings With Turkey: Sons-in-Law Married to Power, a NYT investigation with @ddknyt. Not just Kushner. The sons in law of the Turkish President & the developer of Turkish Trump Towers are also influencing US Turkey relations


WATCH: Sen. Warren responds to Bill Gates' criticism of her wealth tax plan. "He doesn't get a bigger share of democracy than everybody else."


Facebook's top news executive has her own media outlet — and it's been savaging Elizabeth Warren


Opinion: Team Trump wants you to think he was the one duped this whole time


.@NBCNews has identified four candidates who have shared or promoted messages affiliated with the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory — either through campaign Twitter accounts or in interviews with the news organization.


The National Enquirer tried to secretly funnel more than $1 million to accused rapist and pedophile R. Kelly in exchange for a documentary series for the Enquirer’s parent company, AMI, that they hoped to sell to a network. It never ends with this lot.


Just a friendly reminder how long Stone has known his old buddy Manafort: since he was 17 years old. They met in high school at the 1968 RNC convention where Nixon was nominated as the GOP Presidential nominee. Stone met Trump approx 10 years later.


We are 358 days away from the 2020 election and Mitch McConnell has yet to take any concrete steps to protect our federal elections from hacking or foreign interference.


BREAKING: Former President Carter admitted to Emory Univ. Hospital for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls; procedure scheduled for Tuesday morning


We now know that Mick Mulvaney ordered the holdup of Javelin missile sales to Ukraine to avoid displeasing Putin! Every federal agency including DOD had approved the sale. As @SpeakerPelosi rightly said to Trump’s face, “All roads lead to Moscow.”


Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has told Democratic officials that he is considering making a last-minute entry into the 2020 presidential race, according to 2 Democrats with knowledge of the conversations


“If the American people only watch the first hour, they’ll hear plenty,” a Democratic source tells me about this week's impeachment hearings.“The first hour of each hearing is designed to be a blockbuster.”


The Trump administration had nearly 70,000 migrant children in custody this year. They are sent to 170 shelters where mental health experts say they risk being exposed to trauma that can cause lifelong problems.


BREAKING: 50 rockets fired from Gaza Strip into southern Israel after a senior Islamic Jihad commander was killed in Israeli airstrikes


Hi @PBS, please reconsider this decision and repeat the impeachment hearings during primetime hours--after the work day. This is one of the most important events in US history


Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of Rep. Elijah Cummings, has announced her bid for her husband's congressional seat. "He wanted me to continue this fight," she said.


Narrator: in fact, defamatory troll @TulsiGabbard quoted a now-retracted @NYtimes story falsely accusing @HilaryClinton before Gabbard smeared Secretary Clinton as the “Queen of Warmongers” [sic] among many other defamatory falsehoods about


Perry’s longtime political backer Michael Bleyzer and his partner Alex Cranberg submitted a bid to drill for oil and gas. They offered millions of dollars less to the Ukrainian government than their only competitor for the drilling rights


Today, a group of Veterans was forced to celebrate #VeteransDay in Mexico because our nation's government deported them, forbidding them from setting foot in the nation they risked their lives to defend.


Under Trump, the White House has become a quasi Kremlin satellite office, making national security decisions in service of Vladimir Putin rather than America. This is “America First.”


Hong Kong police open fire on unarmed protesters. Amnesty International called the shooting a “reckless use of force.” The human rights group is calling for an investigation.


Perspective: Trump’s offense is as impeachable as it comes. So no, it can’t wait for an election.


Trump and his minions wanted Ukraine to falsely assume the responsibility for Russia’s interference in the U.S. elections—thereby, allowing Trump to “invalidate” the Mueller report and lift the sanctions


The most glaring takeaway from this revelation is that Nikki Haley chose NOT to save the country.


White House aides want Trump to stop saying his Ukraine phone call was ‘perfect’: CNN’s Jim Acosta


Turkish President Erdogan, responding to EU sanctions, says he could release Islamic State prisoners and return them to Europe.


Alan Dershowitz was reprimanded on-air by Fox News host Stuart Varney for branding the woman who has accused him and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexually assaulting her as “sleazy”


Apparently @danielsgoldman will be doing the questioning for House Intel Dems this week. Dan and I tried a Genovese Family Boss and two hitmen on a case involving RICO, two murders, one attempted murder, and two murder conspiracies. (All guilty, now doing life).


The European Union's top court says that EU countries must oblige retailers to identify products made in Israeli settlements with special labels, a ruling likely to spark anger in Israel


Give a lot of money, get access to the president and other powerful political figures. An old story. But a new review of documents by CREW has revealed a interesting beneficiary: a Turkish businessman with close ties to Turkish President Erdoğan


157 Republicans Just Opposed Renewing The Violence Against Women Act


BREAKING: former British army officer, who helped start Syria emergency response group #WhiteHelmets, has been found dead — just days after #Russia foreign ministry menaced him, accusing him of being a spy


Mitch McConnell received donations from voting machine company lobbyists before blocking election security bills

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Every Republican for himself: McConnell told senators in closed door meeting to come up with their own Trump defense

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Nearly a month before Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, top officials in Kyiv were so concerned about the fate of U.S. political and military support for the country that at least two inquired about the matter with Washington


Wheeler cut the workforce, stopped scientists from speaking, suppressed words they don’t like, & now they’ll go after your private health information. Long term? Destroy environment for profit & pre-existing conditions will take away health


Napolitano has questioned how seriously Trump takes his oath of office, and said he governs like a mafia don.


Important to note that pinning the blame of 2016 election interference on Ukraine opens the door to the lifting of Russian sanctions. There are few things Putin wants more.


1. Justice Kennedy retired abruptly to make way for Trump’s Brett Kavanaugh. 2. Kennedy’s son Justin signed off on Trump’s loans at Deutsche Bank. 3. Deutsche Bank destroyed copies of Trump’s tax returns. Raise your hand if you demand a damn explanation for that shady shit


Israel kills a senior leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza airstrike


Trump administration models corruption even as it scolds Ukraine


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter hospitalized in Atlanta for bleeding on the brain. More here


To Exonerate Trump, Republicans Embrace Russian Disinformation


This detail about the Ukraine scandal does not get enough attention: “Five officials who dealt with Ukraine have resigned since September.”


Trump reportedly called Bolton at home to complain about a CNN story that said the Navy was pushing back against Russian aggression in the Black Sea. When CNN portrayed the move as a response to Russia, the White House told the Navy to cancel the maneuver


Unless this president is removed in this impeachment process, the repair of our standing with Ukraine is going to be job one for the next president of the United States. Whoever replaces Trump will have this as day one, job one as the cleanup for what this guy's already done


Monday, November 11, 2019

What must the Ukrainians think of us? We've been so condescending and patronizing and even pushy with them about how corrupt *they* are...


Opinion: If officials believe Trump is a danger to the country, they have a duty to say so


“During my service to our country as the secretary of state, at no time did I, nor to my direct knowledge did anyone else serving along with me, take any actions to undermine the president,” Rex Tillerson said


James le Mesurier, backer of Syria’s White Helmets, found dead in Istanbul


White House at war with itself even as it fights impeachment inquiry


Trump impeachment inquiry: Who testified before Congress and what they said


Since Republicans want Hunter Biden to testify, Democrats should call Ivanka Trump


Catherine Croft testified that the role of OMB is typically limited "to the budget side of things. So it was rather unusual to have OMB expressing concerns that were purely policy-based and not budget-oriented."


Provision of Javelin missiles to Ukraine formally held up by White House in 2017 and 2018 because of concerns that "Russia would react negatively to the provision of Javelins to Ukraine"...


We can readily survive a one-term Trump presidency, @MaxBoot writes. Second-Term Trump is more likely to inflict damage — to our democracy, our environment, our world order — that is incalculable and unfixable.


Trump accused Democrats Monday of scheming to alter witnesses’ transcripts from the impeachment inquiry, but a lawyer for a key witness said his client’s transcript looks fine


Under Mick Mulvaney’s leadership, the OMB put a hold on the delivery of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine in 2017 because of concerns their arrival would upset Russia, according to former White House official Catherine Croft


!!!: The two policies Trump officials & defenders have cited as him being “tough on Russia” were -1- the Ukraine military aid and -2- the javelins. Now we know 1 was delayed for Biden investigation and 2 was blocked due to Russia reacting “negatively”.


“All Roads Lead To Putin”


JUST IN: House investigators have released transcripts from two more key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry. Diplomat Christopher Anderson: State Department Ukraine specialist Catherine Croft:


ANDERSON says the WH canceled a "routine" naval freedom-of-passage maneuver in the black sea after a CNN report made it appear to be a repsonse to Russian aggression. The move was rescheduled later for the 5th anniversary of the Russian invasion of Crimea.


"Nine Russian business people who gave money to the Conservative Party are named in a secret intelligence report on the threats posed to UK democracy which was suppressed last week by Downing Street..."


Protesting Trump at the NYC Veteran’s Day Parade. Trump deports vets, fires them (Vindman), and privatizes their health insurance.


Dear media friends: Please take a close look at Robert Bensh, one of the people Rick Perry wanted on the Naftohaz Supervisory Board. Read the article below that Bensh wrote in 2014 blaming the pro-democracy movement for “provoking” Russia’s invasion.


Public Document Clearinghouse: Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry


"In about 40 hours the public phase of the impeachment proceedings into Donald J. Trump will commence. There's no shortage of damaging new testimony from a parade of witnesses who have already delivered closed-door depositions..."


"Trump sent a tweet Monday afternoon appearing to lament signing the Whistleblower Protection Act. But Trump actually did not sign the law, which was passed by Congress in 1989."


After push from Perry, backers got huge gas deal in Ukraine


this ad is absolutely devastating for Senate Republicans


Mitch McConnell thought it was funny to sell "Cocaine Mitch" t-shirts after cocaine was found on a ship in Colombia owned by his wife's family. But it's Colombia, not Kentucky, that's laughing. Because 58,000 tons of Colombian coal were on that ship, too.


New: A judge has ruled that Trump can't sue New York state officials in DC federal court to stop the release of his tax returns.


Analysis: 13 Republicans and Trump appointees who have indicated his Ukraine call was hardly "perfect"


NOW: US judge dismisses Trump suit against House Ways and Means challenging ability to obtain New York state tax returns. Judge Carl Nichols: "Mr. Trump has not met his burden"


McConnell refuses to buy into Matt Bevin’s election ‘irregularities’ complaints: ‘We’ll have a different governor in three weeks’


Watching Nikki Haley is like watching a vulture circling over the dying Trump administration. She wants no part in killing it -- too risky -- but she's ready to feast when it's gone.


Bold move. As a veteran, is it okay to be offended by this effort + the fact the date of Veterans Day is wrong + this occurs just a few days after his charity was penalized $2M for bilking veterans? — Mark Hertling


Unless of course your names are Khizr and Gazala Khan…


Donald Trump’s #VeteransDay message: “...you can shoot me, but you’ll have to kill us all.”


Trash trucks literally surrounding Madison Square park to protect Trump from boo-ing


There are various reasons that cause a Member of Congress such as Peter King to retire. One of them is that he has a kick ass challenger, @VoteJackie4NY. Jackie is a combat veteran, educator and public servant. Help Jackie and we can flip another GOP seat to Blue.