Wednesday, June 27, 2018

House rejects GOP immigration bill that Trump pleaded with GOP to pass

"We're going to use every tool available and we will possibly be creative about some new ones" to block Supreme Court Justice appointment before midterm elections -

NO new Supreme Court nominations by Trump to replace Justice Kennedy. NONE. He is in blatant violation of the Constitution and must be impeached. Senate and House Judiciary Committee hearings are way past due. I have had it with appeasement of aspiring dictators.

Wait, Justice Kennedy's kids were "backchannels" to...Donald Trump and Peter Thiel?


Chris Matthews: Dems must do to Trump what McConnell did to Obama

No, the president of Harley-Davidson did NOT call Trump a moron. I, however, did. — Stephen King

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The Supreme Court “should be made up of people who can base their decisions on the law, the facts, precedent, and uphold our Constitution. … I’m not looking for a Republican justice,” Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono says

President Trump Set To Meet With Russia's Putin

JUST IN: Court orders Trump voter fraud commission to hand over documents to Dem

Kagan accuses Supreme Court majority of weaponizing First Amendment in scathing dissent

Bill Clinton: "Poison has been poured down America’s throat" by Trump

Instead of “contributing to the welfare and safety of the country,” some ICE criminal investigators worry that the agency is “just becoming a political pawn for this administration.”

Putin starts convo with Bolton by claiming that the U.S.-#Russia relations are strained due in a great part to "internal political struggles in the U.S." Instead of reminding him that Russia invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, etc., Bolton compliments Putin on successful World Cup

#BREAKING: Trump White House hires ex-Fox News president for communications job: report

How Merrick Garlands seat was stolen

In 2016, Senate Republicans said that the American people deserve an opportunity to speak on Supreme Court nominees. Now that Justice Kennedy is retiring and @realDonaldTrump is president, will they silence them?

If hypocrisy were booze, McConnell would be dead drunk lying face-down in a gutter

“citing information from a source whose name was redacted, a sign that a former Manafort associate may have cooperated with the investigation.” No kidding. Why do you think tRUmp has been more unhinged than usual?

Feinstein: "There should be no consideration of a Supreme Court nominee until the American people have a chance to weigh in. Leader McConnell set that standard in 2016 when he denied Judge Garland a hearing for nearly a year, and the Senate should follow the McConnell Standard."

President Trump has pledged to nominate a replacement who will almost certainly vote differently than Kennedy on many issues, putting landmark decisions in jeopardy — from Roe v. Wade to same-sex marriage.

My full statement on Justice Kennedy's retirement:

This is a manufactured crises, plain and simple. Previous presidents have found ways to enforce our immigration laws without separating children from their parents. If the president won’t protect children and keep families together then Congress must.

I can’t recall a US official giving a press conference at Interfax rather than the US embassy. But John Bolton’s about to do it.

Ivanka Trump’s business received registration approval for three additional Chinese trademarks on June 7, according to records reviewed by CREW. On that same date, Trump agreed to lift sanctions against the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE.

I think the writers are building to a season-ending cliffhanger where Trump and Putin hold their summit on the same day that Mueller files his report on obstruction

Let’s call it like it is: the Supreme Court is turning itself into a political arm of the Republican Party. Weakening organized labor, upholding GOP gerrymandering, gutting voting rights laws. — Chris Murphy

Look who got into the kidnapping children for profit racket.

Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.

In case you haven't seen, here's the viral campaign ad from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that raised her profile.

Sotomayor’s searing dissent is worth savoring

2018 SCOTUS decisions

Today, I am inviting Mike Coffman to participate in one joint town hall - open to the public and free of pre-screened questions - in each of the district’s 3 counties. It’s time for our leaders to be held accountable to the people of Colorado, not corporate special interests.

This is why I KNOW @SpeakerRyan is a joke and a gutless COWARD: So easy to stand up to Maxine, but he has NEVER demanded an apology from Trump who has said and done FAR WORSE

.@NBCNews confirms as Russia once again announces breaking news before the White House: NSA John Bolton meets Putin today to arrange Trump July summit

Troubling to see Trump spread deliberate disinformation about today's Janus ruling.

December 8, 2015 — Governor Mike Pence

After "diplomatic equivalent of a multiple-car pileup," U.S. allies brace for NATO summit

America's largest nail maker — located in a country that voted 79% for Trump — may be about to go out of business because Trump's trade wa

Ex-Republican Operative Steve Schmidt: 'The Party of Trump Must Be Obliterated. Annihilated. Destroyed'

Jack Daniel's forced to raise price of whiskey by double digits in response to tariffs

Prosecutors to get more than 4 million files from Michael Cohen

Debt soars under Trump tax cuts

Donald Trump said the national debt would destroy our country. Now he is expanding it. Ron Klain explains how Donald Trump and Republicans are contributing much more to the debt than President Obama. David Corn says Trump and Republicans want to add to the debt with more tax cut bills.

I dissent

A New Korematsu The travel ban ruling will be the Roberts court’s shameful legacy.

The Supreme Court's travel ban decision wasn't just misguided, it was hypocritical

Rants by judge in Manafort case suggest interesting trial ahead

Rachel Maddow notes that even though Robert Mueller won a battle in court in the Paul Manafort case, the judge included in his ruling an extra helping of criticism for the special counsel.

Pruitt staff had extensive relationship with lobbyist tied to "sweetheart" condo deal, emails show

#Russia's state TV: The host, Vladimir Soloviev, who frequently boasts of being friends with Putin, jokes that perhaps Trump and his representatives are traveling to Russia "to make deals with our hackers, so they can rig the midterms in favor of Trump's team."

Ginsburg, Sotomayor Issue Scathing Dissent Of SCOTUS Travel Ban Decision

CBO: Ballooning national debt could hurt U.S. economy, increase likelihood of crisis

SCOTUS disavowed Korematsu, the case that upheld Japanese American internment, while USING THE SAME LOGIC to uphold the Muslim Ban.

In a private meeting, Swedish PM Stefan Lofven explained to Trump Sweden is not a member of NATO, but sometimes partners with the alliance. Trump responded that the U.S. should consider the same approach

Trump's appeal isn't all that different from Putin's

Japan in talks with U.S to try to avoid adverse impacts from Iran sanctions

18 A.G.s sue Trump admin over family separation border policy

Maura Healey, Massachusetts attorney general, talks with Rachel Maddow about an lawsuit filed by 17 states plus Washington, D.C. against the Trump administration to stop the border policy of separating children from parents at the border.

TRADE Trump’s trade war triggers recession fears

ACLU charts follow-on strategy against Donald Trump's Muslim ban

Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, talks with Rachel Maddow about why the Supreme Court decision allowing Donald Trump's Muslim ban is not the end of the legal road for challenging the policy in court.

Trump is denying a report that shows refugees make America billions

Sonia Sotomayor in her dissent of the Supreme Court's travel ban decision, lashed out at President Trump, quoting anti-Muslim statements that he made as a candidate and, later, as president

The federal debt is headed for the highest levels since World War II, CBO says

I went down to the border protection processing center in McAllen, Texas so I could see what’s happening there with my own eyes. They wouldn’t let cameras inside, but I can tell you what I saw:

Even "Mark Zuckerberg" is there rounding out the rogue’s gallery of players in the weirdest of international conspiracies.

Judge bars separation of immigrants from children, orders reunification

Why these 7 countries are listed on Trump's travel ban

Bots/trolls are propagating threats of civil war. Don’t ever fall for calls for violence- violence begets violence- peaceful protests and dialogue always, as our adversaries only desire that we descend into violent conflict with ourselves.

Hey look! It's the president using an official statement to advertise one of his businesses again!

President Trump’s trade war is pushing companies like Harley-Davidson to move American jobs overseas. Now the president is threatening them with higher taxes for the fallout from his own trade policies. That’s not how we do business in the United States.

Big Oil won a battle in court this week, but the war is far from over

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousts 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's 14th congressional district, CNN projects

Russian energy minister says met with U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin on sanctions

SCOTUS conservatives repudiate yet echo Korematsu on Muslim ban

Rachel Maddow looks back at how the infamous Supreme Court decision in the Korematsu case was eventually exposed as a sham when the truth behind the government's reasoning was exposed, and reads Justice Sotomayor's dissent in the Trump Muslim ban case which points out that the animus behind Trump's policy doesn't have to be exposed because he tweeted it