Thursday, December 13, 2018

Nancy Pelosi said that she expects the Ways and Means Committee to "take the first steps" toward obtaining Trump's tax returns after Democrats take control of the House next month.

MORE: Casler says Trump invited teen beauty pageant contestants up to his suite: “He would line up the girls on the side of the stage & he would inspect them.. He’d be like, ‘You, you, & you, if you want to win I’m in the penthouse suite, come and see me’”

#Butina agreed to turn over any evidence of crimes she is aware of, submit a full accounting of her financial assets, sit for interviews with law enforcement (and waive right to counsel during those interviews) and testify before grand juries or in trials.

Maria Butina's guilty plea now casts a spotlight on the Americans she worked with, including prominent members of the NRA and her boyfriend, a longtime GOP operative

Donald Trump was the third person in the room in Aug. 2015 when Michael Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker discussed ways Pecker could help counter negative stories about Trump's relationships with women, @NBCNews has confirmed.

House GOP went to extraordinary lengths to prevent a vote to end U.S. support for a war in Yemen that is causing a humanitarian disaster. Why? Because they knew it would pass. Democrats will vote to end U.S. support for the war when we are in the Majority, only weeks from now.

Disgraced Trump fundraiser tried to use GOP contacts to score “billions” in Africa

"He tell me get dis haircut. It will be good. He not say why." - Melania Trump

"Thanks to Fox Nation, viewers can now gorge themselves on Fox's toxic slop all day without ingesting the traces of nutrients that might contradict the right-wing narrative."

"I don’t think that the Justice Department ought to take the position…that a president, merely by being in office, can be above the law, can escape the enforcement of the law by essentially waiting out the law, waiting out the statute of limitations,” Dem Rep. @AdamSchiff says.

In #@HouseTrump, former fed prosecutor Ken McCallion told me he thought Trump may have given intel to Putin via Bayrock: "Now that Trump was getting investments from the Russians, Putin could keep track of where their money went because Bayrock kept a ledger ."

OMG...self-admitted #Russian🇷🇺agent, Maria Butina, and her “boyfriend,” @GOP operative and federal grand jury target, Paul Erickson, sing “Beauty and the Beast.”#HoneyTrap

Ugh. Such a ridiculous and false claim. Neither the Democrats nor Obama gave US taxpayer money to Iran ! Sometimes I wonder if you know the facts and choose to ignore them or simply don't know the difference between fact and fiction.

Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Pat Robertson. Great moral forces!


That DHS memo is real, here’s the link — “DHS is committed to building wall and building wall quickly....FACT: Prior to President Trump taking office, we have never built wall that high.”

Like with everything else, when he says something will be paid for, it’s a big fraud.

Trump on a ‘days-long tirade’ complaining that ‘no one is doing anything’ to end his legal peril:

GOP senator to block unanimous consent on criminal justice reform bill

Sen. John Kennedy: "I think we’re going to have a shutdown."

"The president is running out of alibis,"

Despite repeated warnings over the past two decades, federal law enforcement officials in the United States have ignored the threat of violence from far-right extremists. Now, they have no idea how to stop it.

Democrats shift toward impact on jobs as climate change moves to the front of the 2020 agenda

Here's what to expect if there's a partial government shutdown

if you study cults you understand the focus is on one person, his beliefs... eventually in all cults, the leader himself takes a hit and goes down and I think we're watching that happen in increasingly faster motion"

Michael Cohen's sentencing statement apologizes to everyone except @StormyDaniels, the woman he actually harassed, bullied and threatened until she stood up and backed him into the corner he is in today.

EXCLUSIVE: Mueller's "Russia investigation" is set to go global. In court filings due to drop in 2019, prosecutors will unveil Middle Eastern countries' attempts to influence U.S. politics

The White House boosts a tax break that's attracted Jared Kushner, Anthony Scaramucci and other wealthy investors

Trump's former friends flip as he faces a new reality

A near-record number of journalists around the world are in prison for their work

The United States is losing the ability to defend itself

If you haven’t listened to health care hero Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) before, listen to him now. 70% of uninsured Americans don’t know that open enrollment at ends THIS SATURDAY. Please SHARE this far and wide to make sure your neighbors #GetCovered!

Sex robot conference cancelled over backlash to proposed speech by Steve Bannon

A technology company bidding for a Pentagon contract to store sensitive data has close partnerships with a firm linked to a sanctioned Russian oligarch, Viktor Vekselberg. The JEDI project is a huge cyber-cloud, which could ultimately store nuclear

Everyone Who’s Been Charged as a Result of the Mueller Investigation

‘Troubling gaps’ between Trump’s beliefs and intel community

Kind of stunning to step back and consider that three people who in the summer of 2016 were principal players around @realDonaldTrump and speaking for him are all convicted felons today.

House Intel Democrat @RepMikeQuigley says @realDonaldTrump has “has abused his power...forging ties w/a foreign adversary...a #conspiracy & obstructed this investigation. I believe my #Republican counterparts were COMPLICIT in that obstruction

Given the role of Wikileaks in election interference efforts and reports of Paul Manafort visiting Julian Assange, we’re calling on Secretary Pompeo to brief us on his recent meeting with Ecuadorian officials. The public deserves answers on foreign interference in our elections.

So let’s get this straight. Maria Butina is a Russian national - about to plead guilty to some mild espionage - had our National Security advisor record a video for her fake gun rights group? And... He hasn’t resigned?

Staffers at the Weekly Standard have been told to gather for an all-hands meeting Friday — and they're bracing for bad news about the conservative magazine's future

Media: @MaxBoot @NewDay: "No question that the president's legitimacy is called into doubt. ... He barely won anyway, only 80,000 votes in three states. @realDonaldTrump essentially acquired office by fraud and is now keeping office because of the immunity his office confers."

Trump cancels White House Christmas party for the press

Michael Cohen, Lanny Davis and the Russian Mafia


President Trump promised China would buy more soybeans. American farmers are still waiting

This is District Judge Ralph Strother who allowed a Baylor student who drugged and raped a woman to accept a plea of no jail time, and not being required to register as a sex offender. Judges enjoy a certain amount of anonymity. I think it's good to see the faces of enablers.

Cambridge Analytica’s Real Role in Trump’s Dark Facebook Campaign

House and Senate Finally Reach Deal on Sexual Harassment Bill

Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S., free Huawei executive

Weirdest thing is how it increasingly seems clear the Russians helped propel Brexit and the sitting UK govt is like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

New Democratic Congress Plans to Investigate Betsy DeVos on Five Fronts

Severity of Cohen's crimes not negated by his contrition

The US called on Turkey to not follow through on threats to attack US-backed forces in Syria, an incursion the Pentagon warned could threaten US personnel and derail the fight against ISIS

'They don't care': Facebook fact-checking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties

Davis: W.H. alerted to false Cohen testimony

Fox News’ Sean Hannity deleted Cohen-related tweets ahead of sentencing

Sen. Ron Wyden proposes bill that could jail executives who mishandle consumer data

This kind of puts a dent in the "You can't indict a President because it would cut into his presidential duties" argument, right?

If you oppose Trump, you should welcome Newt as COS. IT will be SPECTACULAR.

Michael Cohen will spend his 36 months in Otisville Prison Camp : A 2012 New York Post article on Otisville’s prison camp described it as a “walled Shangri-La” of bocce courts and horseshoe pits, with a commissary selling rib steak, salmon, and smoked oysters.

Case against Trump progeny clearer after Cohen, AMI deals

The Cuba "acoustic attack" mystery continues as a study offers more details on US diplomats' symptoms

Ex-CIA official pushes to declassify aspects of agency’s report on Khashoggi

Obama receives RFK Human Rights award at NYC gala

David Pecker sure made a lot of campaign contributions

Pepper spray and rocks being thrown in Budapest tonight. Crowd chanting "dictator" at Orban, the Hungarian prime minister

Flynn was being interviewed at that time as part of a counterintelligence investigation, not a criminal one (unlike Hillary) so no need for attorneys. The goal was to assess a national security threat, and I’m guessing they assumed that a military general would share that goal.

Another: Why did Flynn tell Kislyak the incoming administration intended to lift sanctions?

Butina Won’t Implicate Anyone, Can't Afford Defense, Father Says

This is the #POTUS calling for civil unrest. Never have we seen the likes of this before. #Trump doing Russia a huge favor here.

"What is going to put him in jail eventually... destroy anything he's ever built, and his children, is a 30 year dishonest criminal enterprise. One thing will take him out of the presidency, the other will ruin him forever..."

The New Authoritarians Are Waging War on Women

Cohen beseeches court for mercy, receives 3-year prison sentence

Cohen beseeches court for mercy, receives 3-year prison sentence

“Brazen” is when nepotism got you & your spouse govt jobs, led to you two getting to keep a giant investment portfolio, gets you assigned to a matter affecting that portfolio, and ensures there won’t be consequences, so you tweet about that matter a day after the AP exposes you

2019 wish: Social activists pressure Facebook/YouTube/twitter and other platforms into modifying their addictive UI and UX algorithms so they quit radicalizing young men into extremists for Neo Nazism & ISIL.

SMELLS LIKE RUMOB: Five Foreign Nationals Indicted on Murder-For-Hire, Money Laundering, and Immigration Charges

As Bobby Kennedy taught us, the thing about hope is that it travels through space *and* time, first splashing against the rocks, but eventually breaking down the walls of cruelty and injustice. And if we do our best with the time we’re given, others will take hope in our example

Cohen letting loose on Trump: "Recently the president tweeted a statement calling me weak and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds"

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford presented Sports Illustrated's Inspiration of the Year Award to Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar of sexual assault. "We all have the power to create real change."

NRA sponsored Butina into the United States after she had previously been twice refused entry. Wonder how they're going to spin this with Mueller

I am deeply disappointed in @SpeakerRyan for blocking a vote on the US role in the war in Yemen. History won’t forget his role in prolonging and abetting these humanitarian atrocities.

Mr. Trump runs the country just like he runs his businesses—into the ground. He's a veteran of the bankruptcy circuit. Here's why that matters

oh and Trump never showed up for work today. stayed in residence wing all day. the laziest man in America just wasn't up to the task of being president today. Imagine if Obama had ever done that. the entire wingnut outrage-industrial complex would have shit fucking roofing nails

It has been the great honor of my life to serve our country and the people of Florida. It’s hard to say goodbye to the work and people that I love, but I intend to keep fighting for all that we’ve worked so hard for on behalf of my fellow Floridians and all Americans.

Ivanka, all Jared’s conflicts are imputed to you under 18 USC 208. Every time you have helped implement & apply this policy —and that is a lot of times—that is potentially a separate criminal violation. Each with 5 years penalty. Just saying.

Secretary Pompeo discredits himself, the State Department, and our nation with his false statements this morning on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. To argue the Crown Prince wasn’t involved in this murder is to ignore the obvious and intelligence collected

Kansas state Republican switches party affiliation to Democrat Kansas State Senator Barbara Bollier announced she is leaving the Republican Party and becoming a Democrat. “Morally, the party is not going where my compass resides,” Bollier said.