Thursday, December 5, 2019

Trump Campaign Uses Footage From Poland, South Africa in ‘American Dream’ Thanksgiving Ad


The Russification of the Republican Party GOP lawmakers used to oppose the president’s embrace of Putin and the Kremlin. Not anymore.


Betrayal, paranoia, cowardice. We've been here before.


Pelosi announces intent to impeach Trump as constitutional clash intensifies


House Ethics Committee warns Rep. Hunter to refrain from voting on House floor after guilty plea


Former Playboy model Karen McDougal is suing Fox News for defamation over an assertion by Tucker Carlson that she tried to extort money from Trump


Opinion: The Trump administration decides not enough Americans are hungry


Rudy Giuliani is back in Ukraine, and officials in Kyiv appear to be keeping their distance


The President’s personal lawyer continues to announce US policy—specifically that official US assistance hinges on Ukraine criminally investigating Joe Biden, the President’s political rival.


I've said this before, but the truly terrifying thing is how very close Trump and Giuliani and Sondland came to succeeding. Zelensky had scheduled the interview with CNN! If the plot hadn't been revealed before then, we'd be in a completely different world right now.


Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, 16, lay motionless on his Border Patrol cell floor for more than 4 hours. An agent logged three welfare checks, but no one helped him as he died of the flu. My investigation with Susan Schmidt and @mrym_jml for @propublica.


NATO counterintelligence exposes details of Russian murder on foreign soil. It's full spectrum war against democracy


NEW: The House Ethics Committee has sent a letter informing Rep. Duncan Hunter that under House rules he is not permitted to vote now that he has pled guilty to a crime.


The Treasury Dept. says “Evil Corp.” is responsible for over $100 million in theft, making it one of the biggest cybercrime sprees in history. Here’s what you need to know about this Russia-based cybercriminal group.


NEW: Rudy Giuliani teams up with a Seth Rich conspiracy theorist to save Trump


North Korea threatens to resume insulting President Donald Trump and consider him a “dotard” if he keeps using words that provoke the North. Trump recently revived his “rocket man” nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


You know what the Founders had in mind? Men of probity, diligence, intelligence, dignity, and character serving in the office you've now besmirch. You're an asterisk, joke, a trifling pretender who wouldn't understand patriotism if it bit you on your enormous ass.


‘Not sure how they sleep at night’: Outrage erupts as GOP senator blocks Armenian Genocide bill at Trump’s behest


Russian representative to the UN thanks ⁦ @realDonaldTrump ⁩ for the tour of the White House. After China representative notes they saw the “china room,” the Russian ambassador jokes he did not see a “Russia room.” We’ll take care of that, Trump quips back.


๐Ÿ”ฅWHOA๐Ÿ”ฅ@RudyGiuliani just met in #Ukraine with Andriy Derkach, a pro-#Russia๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ"shady Ukrainian lawmaker...who graduated from an academy run by the KGB (and) posted photographs on Facebook of the 2 men meeting at an undisclosed location."


Apple Threatens To Pull Out Of Russia Market Come 2020


Why didn't you tell the public candidate Trump was paid by Putin? You knew. You told others in private. Why not tell the FBI? Did you know of other treason?


For what it’s worth, Pelosi privately tells her caucus that she prays for Trump — and that they should too. This isn’t some righteous indignation for the cameras. She was legitimately pissed.


The Salem “witches” were innocent


BREAKING: REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBER REGISTERS AS FOREIGN AGENT FOR SAUDI ARABIA


Question. Rudy is in Ukraine right now. He’s flying first class, staying in finest hotels. Who’s paying?


DON’T MESS WITH MAMA! “I don't hate anybody…As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone…So, don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."


When toddlers throw temper tantrums they also command a room is all I’m saying here.


Impt note on future: If the Senate doesn’t vote to convict Trump, or tries to monkey w his trial, he could of course be retried in the new Senate should he win re-election. Double jeopardy protections do not apply. And Senators voting on impeachment in the next months know this.


Mocked by peers behind his back at a NATO meeting in London, Mr. Trump abruptly canceled a news conference and bolted early, only to fly home to a capital in the throes of judging whether he is fit for office. SAD.


Analysis: White House on impeachment trial: Bring it on


Democrats are charging toward a Christmastime vote on removing Trump—a situation Nancy Pelosi hoped to avoid but which now seems inevitable


I joined @Maddow last night to share what I took away from yesterday’s #ImpeachmentHearing: The tremendous amount of uncontested facts we have about Trump's abuse of power. The gravity of the moment—the cost to our democracy if we don’t hold the President accountable.


LIVE today at 10:00 AM Eastern: Justice and State Law Enforcement Officials Join U.K. Law Enforcement to Announce Computer Hacking and Bank Fraud Charges Against Russian National


Asked by @HowardStern if she's "upset" with @BernieSanders for taking his time endorsing her in 2016, @HillaryClinton replies, "No, disappointed. And I hope he doesn't do it again to whoever gets the nomination. Once is enough."


MAGA: "If Donald Trump is wrong, I don't wanna be right."


President Trump’s version of Happy Holidays? Tax breaks for corporations and no breaks for hungry people. This will affect nearly 100,000 Georgians.


"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another..." Let right be done


Mamas, don’t let your babies grow-up to go to a school where Jim Jordan is a wrestling team coach. There. I fixed it


More lies to the American taxpayers paid by the American taxpayers


This is an example of why Trump needs to go NOW..! - 'Trump nominee who is anti-IVF and surrogacy was deemed unqualified. She was just confirmed.'


The President’s direction, more than a dozen members of the administration have defied congressional subpoenas. The following slide lists those who have refused to comply at the President’s direction


BREAKING: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces drafting of articles of impeachment against President Trump.


NEW: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers remarks on the impeachment inquiry: "In the course of today's events, it becomes necessary for us to address, among other grievances, the president's failure to faithfully execute the law."


Rep. Cicilline: "Mr. Chairman, I ask for unanimous consent that a document which lists the 400 pieces of legislation passed by the House; 275 bipartisan bills languishing in the Senate be made part of the record in response Mr. Gaetz's claim that we're not getting the work done."


SecDef Esper: Northeast Syria pullback is complete for U.S. troops


There appears to be zero people of color in this promo for Fox Nation's "All-American Christmas," which "celebrate[s] America and our traditions."


Diaz...would hang six sets of identical golf outfits: six white polo shirts, six pairs of beige pants, six neatly ironed pairs of boxer shorts. She would smear a dollop of Trump’s liquid face makeup on the back of her hand to make sure it hadn’t dried ou


Hey @mattgaetz, Florida’s 1st Congressional district doesn’t include territory in the State of Georgia. It also doesn’t include any part of Russia. Try representing your constituents for a change.


Ex-Infowars staffer: We made up Shariah Law threat stories


Trumpers: "The joke's on YOU. We *love* it when world leaders laugh at Trump. It proves they're globalist cosmopolitan college boys who don't care about us ordinary farmers collecting billions in subsidies."


Leon Panetta compares the Trump Administration to the Mafia


You fucking lummox @mattgaetz you can't impeach someone who isn't the president you absolute lush. Go fuckin home you're drunk.


I sat next to this moron on a plane ten years ago. He had watched West Wing and recognized me. He talked the entire flight. When we landed, he asked for a picture. I said sure. It exists. My suffering is profound and unique. I ache for his children. I really do.


“WH counsel Pat Cipollone met w/ Senate Repubs for lunch to denigrate the impeachment proceedings in the House & plot strategy for the likely Senate trial, the latest example of increasing coordination between Trump & senators who will determine his fate.”


Republican Rep. Tom McClintock: "How many on the panel actually voted for Donald Trump in 2016?" Prof. Pamela Kaplan: "I don't think we're obligated to say anything about how we cast our ballots ... I have a right to cast a secret ballot."


A federal judge has turned down the Justice Department's bid to keep secret several financial disclosure forms acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker submitted before his filings were formally accepted by ethics officials


#BREAKING Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyer is charged with money-laundering: judiciary


It's a good ad, but I wince at the impending revenge upon Canada


.@TheRickWilson is the hero we don't deserve. Read this.


World food prices surge in November, lifted by meat, vegetable oils: U.N. FAO


Lawsuit in Ohio State sex abuse scandal brings number of victims to nearly 350 Cc


This is why the media is just hopelessly hackable. Any story or claim, no matter how dumb, has to be covered, has to be debunked and therefore dignified. It’s a broken model that’s been weaponized by bad faith actors. And it just keeps going.


Prof Turley says an act, to be an impeachable offense, must be a crime. That would exclude the most serious impeachable acts, such as a deliberate refusal by a president to defend the country against foreign attack.


Testify in Congress against the maniac who is tearing it apart


Big Agri Business gets billions of dollars in direct payments; poor people get cut off from food. Has nothing whatsoever to do with free markets or smaller government or fiscal responsiblity. It's about hurting people that don't support Trump and helping those who do. That's it.


Never-before-seen photo shows Donald Trump and Melania posing with Jeffrey Epstein's 'madam' Ghislaine Maxwell in October 2000 in New York City.


As many of us have long argued, the Wall's "state of the art" 13th century technology is easily defeated by the 14th's century invention of a ladder.


Harris Exit Raises Hard Questions About Race And Power


Constitutional law expert Michael Gerhardt just warned Congress that a failure to impeach President Donald Trump could set a dangerous precedent for future commanders in chief: “If what we’re talking about is not impeachable, nothing is impeachable.”


"Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell wants to be a gripping, outrage-inciting drama. Unfortunately, what it turns out to be is a MAGA screed vilifying the president’s two favorite enemies: the FBI and the media."


In Turkey, Erdogan said men & women can't be equal because their "nature is different." In Russia, Putin decriminalized domestic violence. In Hungary, the gender equality unit was shut down. In China, the Communist Party quashed female activists.


Putin may not like it, but the facts are clear: Russia—not Ukraine—interfered in the 2016 election. Russia targeted the very heart of our democracy and they’re still trying. It’s unacceptable for Republicans in Congress to distort the truth.


China’s schoolchildren are now the smartest in the world, according to an OECD study

Way to go Betsy DeVos!

We have no chance at all to compete with China in the 21st century if we continue down this anti-fact, anti-science, anti-education path. Zero ... chance ... at ... all.


Smith & Wesson Web Site Hacked with 'Magecart' to Steal Customer Payment Info


BREAKING - POMPEO, KUSHNER & NETANYAHU met in LISBON today as TRUMP returned to USA to discuss the POSSIBILITY OF AN IRAN WAR beginning in the next few months!

Those guys could use a war right now to try to cleave to power.

Why is Kevin McCarthy @GOPLeader blocking Congress from investigating @Jim_Jordan❓ Professional referee says he told Jim Jordan that Ohio State doctor performed sex act in shower, & Jordan laughed saying, “Yeah, yeah, we know."


Military: Sailor Kills 2 at Pearl Harbor, Takes Own Life


“Our elections become less free when they are distorted by foreign interference,” Karlan said. “But that distortion is magnified if a sitting president abuses the powers of his office actually to invite foreign intervention.” At stake? The right to vote.


"We cannot allow the president to benefit from his own obstruction of justice and obstruction of Congress."


The DNC has sent a letter to Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook ahead of the 2020 elections, warning: “...we have significant remaining concerns about Facebook policies that allow the platform to be used to spread misinformation and undermine our democracy."


Notable: WaPo reporting Durham, like the DOJ inspector general, has come up empty-handed as well.


They laughed you out of Europe.


Lawrence: No Republican contested evidence of Trump's impeachable conduct


Sen. Warren on impeachment: ‘I hope we hold him accountable’


Lawrence and Rachel on Democrats' secret weapon in impeachment hearing


Sen. Warren on health care: ‘I will sign anything that helps’


Trump is under pressure from two senators to block a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany by sanctioning companies involved in the project


Barack Obama's ambassador to Russia calls out Fox News host Tucker Carlson for defending Putin


#Chile | More of the feminist resistance today in Santiago. They sing "A rapist in your way" as part of the protests against the government of Sebastian Piรฑera.


Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuses began by 1985, targeted 13-year-old, lawsuit claims


BREAKING: Trump admin. has formalized work requirements for recipients of food stamps, a move that will cause nearly 700,000 people to lose access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Investigation into Giuliani's business dealings widens: U.S. federal prosecutors have interviewed a second executive at Ukraine's state-owned Naftogaz.


156 days ago Stephanie Grisham became White House Press Secretary. Stephanie Grisham has held 0 White House Press Briefings in 156 days.


Devin Nunes two and a half years ago....


Turley has his own opinion article used against him


This is not accurate. The committee obtained Giuliani's and Parnas' call records. They happened to show that both men were calling Nunes


Today, @JonathanTurley testified to Congress that an impeachable offense must be a crime. But in 2014, when Republicans were talking about impeaching Obama, he wrote it's a "myth" that an impeachable offense must be a crime


The latest online-induced panic shows how viral Facebook posts can stoke paranoia and make people believe that spotting something as common as a white van, can be deemed suspicious and connected to a nationwide cabal.


Among the graduates of Harvard Law School: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex), Tom Cotton (R-Ark), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Gov Ron DeSantis (R-Fla), Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Chief Justice John Roberts


Biden says he would consider Harris for vice presidential slot


Murphy: Trump inconsistency 'an absolute foreign policy disaster'


Mueller report to inform Trump impeachment considerations


Democrats confident in impeachment evidence despite Trump blocks


Legal experts emphasize stakes of impeachment for nation's future


Impeachment hearing takes vital step of consulting Constitution


Get it now?


After hearing President Trump’s inauguration speech, @HillaryClinton says she began to get nervous. And it sounds like she wasn’t the only one. “George W. Bush says to me, ‘Well that was some weird sh-t.’”


A consultant known for urging cities to stop “enabling” homeless people, in part by blocking charities from handing out food, has been tapped to lead the agency that coordinates the federal government’s response to homelessness


tucker carlson pronounces the word "rather" like the delicately coiffed frozen food heir that he is. is this your populist?


Trump will pitch a fit about this ad


Trump's entire life has basically been a revenge march fueled by moments like these. There is nothing he hates more than important people laughing at him.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

.@DavidCicilline eviscerates GOP defenses of Trump: Q: "It is not hearsay when [Trump] tells the president of Ukraine to investigate his political adversary?" A: "It is not." Q: "It is not hearsay when [Trump] then confesses on national television to doing that?" A: "It is not"


I commend Matt Gaetz for helping prove that Trump's Ukraine machinations are so awful, they have really brought skeptics around to favor impeachment. They don't call him #PizzaGaetz for nothing, his shtick really falls flat.


Harvard law school alum Neil Gorsuch hardest hit


Some Republicans and conservatives as well as George Papadopolous have believed and asserted that Mifsud was a plant designed to bait Papadopolous and kick off the criminal investigation. Here’s the Post’s story with more details


Trump & Melania all smiles as they pose with Jeffrey Epstein's madam Ghislaine Maxwell at a hookers and pimps-themed party in a never-before-seen photo obtained exclusively by https://t.co/s8uPkafIx2 Maxwell procured children for Jeffrey Epstein to rape


William Barr is bad at being a bad Attorney General.


Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were named 144 times in the Democratic report. They weren't mentioned at all in the Republican assessment


Michael Gerhardt: "If what we're talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable." Full #ImpeachmentHearing video here


The prosecutor Barr picked to lead probe of origin of Trump-Russia investigation has said he sees no evidence to back right-wing conspiracy theories that it was a trap or set-up. scoop from


BREAKING: Trump admin. has formalized work requirements for recipients of food stamps, a move that will cause nearly 700,000 people to lose access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Collins finishes up by saying it’s OK to attempt to commit crimes as long as you bungle it and get caught and it doesn’t actually happen. Oh, and also a stream of lies, aimed at the low information voter GOP base.


Breaking news: Barr’s handpicked prosecutor tells inspector general he can’t back right-wing theory that Russia case was U.S. intelligence setup


They laughed this idiot out of the NATO Summit.


Trump is using trade war tactics as an extortion tool with our NATO allies. He told Germany that if they didn’t comply with the amount HE thinks they should be contributing, then he’s going to punish them with tariffs. The man thinks he rules the world


Here is an article from Jonathan Turley from 2014 explaining some "myths" about impeachment and using President Obama for context. Under his own arguments Congress should move forward with impeaching Trump immediately.


The Traitors Among Us — Rick Wilson


Rep. Matt Gaetz called this remark “mean.” Does anyone believe this was a slight against Barron Trump rather than a play on a word?


Karlan did not attack Barron. She was asked to draw a parallel between the behavior of a king and that of Trump and she used that context to show that Trump has always had projected a grandiose version of himself to paint himself as nobility, right down to how he named his child.


Ah. Of course. "Rep. Duncan Hunter is showing no signs of stepping down from office despite his guilty plea Tuesday on a felony charge. Asked about when he intended to resign, Hunter blew off the question. 'Good talk,' Hunter told a Politico reporter."


Pamela Karlan: “What would you think if, when your governor asked the federal government for the disaster assistance that Congress has provided, the President responded, ‘I would like you to do us a favor.’ I’ll... send the disaster relief once you brand my opponent a criminal.”


TURLEY: "I've been friends with Bill Barr for a long time."


Melania's Dad went out to play golf in one of Trump’s discarded red baseball caps. When Trump spotted him, he blew up & ordered his father-in-law—in front of other golfers—to remove the hat & get off the course. “Nobody could wear the red hat but [Trump].”


Matt Gaetz argues that with the time consumed by this impeachment process, Congress could do things that Republicans declined to do when they controlled all three elected branches of the federal government


President Trump’s campaign released a Thanksgiving-themed ad earlier this week celebrating America’s inherent greatness. But some of the video’s Americana imagery was taken from foreign countries


Feldman: “Lt. Col. Vindman...states very clearly that you have to understand that the POTUS has so much more power than the President of Ukraine, that when the President uses the word ‘favor,’ the reality is he’s applying tremendous pressure, and that relates to abuse of office.”


Opinion: Senate Republicans won’t remove Trump, but they might not lie for him


AG Barr reportedly traveled to Italy in pursuit of information that could help discredit the Mueller investigation. We’ve requested documents to show how much this excursion cost taxpayers


Who’s paying Rudy to do this? Who’s his client?


"While the president can name his son Barron, he can't make him a baron," said Pamela Karlan.


Esper rebuked in Trump impeachment report for failing to provide documents


Wow. I just watched Republicans lie about my book in the impeachment hrng. Compare what they said my book said w/what I actually said. They’re trying to distract from their cowardice re a lawless president who tried to cheat to win reelection. They omitted the yellow highlighted


SCOOP: Federal prosecutors investigating Giuliani interviewed the CEO of Ukraine's gas company Naftogaz and have sought in recent weeks to talk to a key US embassy staffer


Turley: "The problem with what the president is doing is that he's not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He's becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch."


Here is Prof. Turley in 1998 arguing that President Clinton should be impeached because he had "deprived himself of the perceived legitimacy to govern" with his conduct. Turley thinks oral sex triggers impeachment but abuses of power involving national security don't.


Jonathan Turley is not finding support from Fox News legal analysts Andy McCarthy and Andrew Napolitano. Both have said that he is “simply wrong."