Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Joe Biden: "Talking to dictators is one thing; embracing them is another. So far, this is not a deal that advantages the United States or makes us safer."

Putin says that Trump’s tariffs will teach Europe a lesson!

BREAKING: Senior Justice Dept. lawyer resigns over Trump’s lawless refusal to defend the ACA’s pre-existing condition protections

It’s no longer a question whether the NRA and Russia colluded together to help Trump get elected. I’d like to ask my opponent @danaRohrabacher How much did you know and when?

NEW: In a major rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Senate has adopted a measure that would block the administration's deal with Chinese telecom giant ZTE

Trump looking to erect tent cities to house unaccompanied children

Watch the Brennan Center's @mcpli discuss partisan gerrymandering and the upcoming Supreme Court decisions that could determine how Americans are represented in Congress on @MSNBC this Sunday, June 17th at 9PM

The DNC quietly voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies, HuffPost has learned.

Nunes Intel Cmte staff were told by DOJ to preserve all emails and communications hinting they could be under investigation

Feud erupts between DOJ and Nunes, with Rosenstein now threatening to call for a House investigation into Nunes staffers after DOJ rebuts account of heated, closed-door clash

: "U.S. Deepens Role in Yemen Fight, Offers Gulf Allies Airstrike-Target Assistance"

Judge approves AT&T - Time Warner Merger

Dotard retaliates

MUELLER argues in new court filing that disclosing certain evidence to Russian companies charged with influence operation could reveal identities of cooperating witnesses.

Robert Mueller warns of active Russian meddling, seeks disclosure lid

Rob Reiner: "I don't think there's a line" when it comes to going after Trump

There is no law that requires children be removed from their parents. That’s the policy choice of the Trump administration. If he won’t end this horrific policy, Congress must.

Trump at his news conference: "As an example, they have great beaches. You see that whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, 'Boy look at that view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo?' ... Think of it from a real estate perspective."

Corker, fired up on floor, says GOP won’t let him get a vote on floor because they are scared about fighting w Trump. “We might poke the bear!” referring to Trump. “My gosh if the president gets upset with us we might not be in the majority,” he says, referring to his colleagues

.@RepCummings : Far too many people are still not participating in our growth or benefitting from our nation’s success.

The FBI's San Juan bureau is planning to make arrests "in the not too distant future" of contractors they believe misused federal funds in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

This is what happens when a government believes people are “illegal.” Kids in cages.

The moment when the president of the United States justifies the use of concentration camps, summary executions, and forced mass starvation. Deplorable.

This is a flat out lie. Every repeal bill decimated coverage and pre-existing condition protections. CBO said many millions would lose coverage and costs for pre-x would skyrocket

Did Trump let classified information slip? Jeremy Bash on MSNBC said “I’m not sure he should have said that."

Kushner expanded ties to Israeli financial firms as he oversees Middle East policy - A credit line Kushner & his dad hold w/Israel Discount Bank increased approx $5 to $25 million last year & he did deal w/Psagot Investment House Israel’s largest asset mgr

Schumer on the Senate floor: "It is worrisome, very worrisome that this joint statement is so imprecise. What the U.S. has gained is vague and unverifiable at best — what North Korea has gained, however, is tangible and long lasting ... We've legitimized a brutal dictator."

Studies suggest that states with legalized marijuana reduce opioid-related deaths. The evidence grows stronger by the day: we have to legalize marijuana.

Let’s Make A Deal: You’ll be a real world leader. I’ll sway the midterm elections. And together we will save the world from the bloodthirsty Canadians.

.@realDonaldTrump wants $65 million for a new low-yield nuclear weapon that the military did not request and will make the world more dangerous. I’m introducing an amendment to the NDAA to cancel that program and put those funds toward nonproliferation activities in #NorthKorea.

Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House.

Rudy Giuliani had an affair with married woman before divorce

NEW: Michael Cohen has told friends that he expects to be arrested any day now, according to a source close to Trump’s former lawyer

So neither the troops there nor the South Koreans were aware that Trump had agreed with Kim Jong Un that he would stop the U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises?

NEW: Pence’s press sec tells @lachlan that reports he said military exercises with Korea will continue are “false”

Michael Avenatti: The Russians Are Trying to Run a Smear Job on Me

Open lines of communication are always preferable to the possibility of military conflict, particularly nuclear war. An objective assessment of the result of the summit with North Korea, however, reveals dangerous concessions by Trump, and no new commitment or specifics by Kim

President Trump says he got North Korea to commit to destroying a major missile testing site but "we didn't put it in the agreement because we didn't have time."

So, enough about the G7 meeting and this silly NK summit. These are distractions tRUmp wants us to focus on. He doesn’t want us focusing on the fact Manafort’s recently indicted “business associate” = ex-GRU. Why? B/c there’s no such thing as a retired Chekist.

It amazes me that the same people who trashed the Iran deal—a deal literally written with countless verification & compliance measures because the West assumed Iran would try to violate it—are now celebrating North Korea's vague, non-binding "pledge" that recycles 1990s language.

Trump at his news conference: "As an example, they have great beaches. You see that whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, 'Boy look at that view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo?' ... Think of it from a real estate perspective."

It's bad when Kim Jong Un looks at you like you are the crazy one.

Trump drops fat joke...If they were actually in NK, KJU would have had him executed on the spot.

For anyone saying that Democrats are hypocrites because they aren't thrilled that an American President is legitimizing a despotic tyrant who murders his family members in order to stay in power, please watch this

Did Kim Jong Un ask for emergency aid for his starving people?

Washington Post hits Trump for "alienating allies while fawning over dictators"

.@POTUS says his meeting with KJU was not recorded but its ok because "I have one of the great memories of all time"

BREAKING: Anxiety, depression, suicide, opioid use, healthcare & education costs, mass shootings, hate crimes, wealth inequality are at all-time highs While the rich get richer & Trump travels the world doing meaningless political stunts, America is corroding from the inside...

There’s lots of ways to make money @robbiewilliams, but selling your soul to a dictator shouldn’t be one of them. Shame on you. This message is on behalf of Sergei Magnitsky, Boris Nemtsov, Anna Politkovskaya, Natalia Estimirova, victims of MH17, 10,000 dead Ukrainian soldiers...

Maine will try a whole new way of voting on Tuesday

Social media mocks Ivanka Trump for tweeting fake Chinese "proverb"

Americans launch #ThankCanada campaign after Trump attacks Trudeau

Here's something that's still obscure: there are 3 emoluments clauses in the Constitution: one dealing with foreign governments, one with state governments and one with Congresspeople increasing their own pay

The Supreme Court’s decision allows Ohio to purge inactive voters from the rolls.

does not appear President Trump struck much of a deal

Florida man kills 4 children he held hostage then takes own life, Orlando police say

Foundation run by Ukrainian steel magnate Viktor Pinchuk paid BOLTON $115,000 for speeches in September 2017 and February 2018, new disclosures

A federal judge sharply criticized DOJ's argument that Trump’s financial interest in the Trump D.C. hotel is constitutional.

South Korean Blue House spox: “At this moment, the meaning and intention of President Trump's remarks requires more clear understanding.”

It's judgment day for AT&T's merger with Time Warner

President Trump says North Korean beaches could make a great location for condos, they could also have great hotels

Net neutrality is officially dead. Here's what's next.

Reminder: the United States has a trade surplus with Canada, according to the US Trade Representative’s own stats.

The Terrible Arguments Against the Constitutionality of the Mueller Investigation

House Democrats ask the Justice Department and the FBI to conduct a criminal probe of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's actions in office

The President of the United States wants insurance companies to be able to tell people with pre-existing conditions they can't get the health care they need to stay alive. This is heartless.

A senior White House official recently defined the Trump foreign policy doctrine for me: "We're America, Bitch."

Trump and Kim just allowed Singapore government TV cameras into their lunch but not WH pool. Trump said to Host TV: “Are you getting a nice photo... So we look nice and handsome and beautiful and perfect?"

Attorney General Sessions limits asylum for domestic violence victims

EXCLUSIVE: After historic summit, @ABC News' @GStephanopoulos asked Pres. Trump, “How do you trust a killer like that?”

Norwegian Prime Minister says US is losing global influence

Singapore summit a big moment for Trump, huge for Kim Jong Un

An MSNBC panel notes that while Donald Trump has a lot riding on not humiliating himself with North Korea, the stakes, as well as the benefits for Kim Jong Un are infinitely higher both at home and on the international stage.

This is Otto Warmbier, an American college student jailed in North Korea for stealing a poster. Here, he begs for forgiveness. When Kim Jong Un returned 22-year-old Otto to the U.S., he was deaf, blind, and died within days.

We are watching what looks like a campaign ad or movie trailer about the Trump Kim summit before Trump’s news conference.

Trump political showmanship not to be overlooked in summit news

Rachel Maddow and Nicolle Wallace point out the extent to which the Singapore summit is a political performance and media spectacle for domestic consumption for Donald Trump.

Kim killed his half brother using nerve agent. He's executed men by flame thrower and mortar rounds. He's killed much of his own family. He executed his mentor. His people starve; North Korea is a giant prison camp.

Trump just said "it's an honor" to meet a murderous dictator that runs death camps and indiscriminately murders his citizens. Trump must live every day with the regret he was born too late to honor Hitler and Mussolini as well

Disturbing Sight