Sunday, March 17, 2019

Trump is turning U.S. foreign policy into a protection racket,

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel sent out this mailer to the GOP hordes. Instead of laying out a Republican vision for American policy (why bother?), it speaks of Democratic “sabotage” and predicts our “rioting mobs”. Dangerous rhetoric. Fear-mongering & gaslighting is all they’ve got.

Beto O'Rourke speaks in Waterloo, IA: "Perhaps most importantly, because the future of the human race literally depends on it, this window of twelve years within which we have to act to confront the crisis of climate change -- it is on us."

The GOP’s declaration of moral bankruptcy

Do you know why unilateral US sanctions do so much damage? B/c we’re the engine of the global economy. Europe is free b/c we and our allies kicked the Nazis back to hell, and sent the Soviet Union to the dustbin of history to free the rest.

I cannot overemphasize how often I hear influential pundits, politicians and gov't officials on Russian state TV say: "Americans are not our friends," "We don't want to be their friends," "They will never be our friends." Believe them, they mean it.

Russia Vows To Respond To Fresh EU Sanctions. Funny thing is that nobody in the EU cares. They’re not going on vacation to Siberia or keeping their money at Sberbank

Let's review, shall we? Trump is: Mendacious, narcissistic, draft-dodging, chickenshitty, bullshitty, chauvanistic...

Wrong. McCain’s associate David Kramer wasn’t briefed on the dossier until after the election, in late November 2016. Kramer then returned to the US and gave a copy to McCain, who then gave it to the FBI. Again, all well after the election.

Trump’s threat would make a hilarious SNL skit in itself if it weren’t so damn scary. Even if Trump is too dumb to realize how wildly unconstitutional his notion of retaliating against TV caricature is, the dictator’s instinct this reveals is appalling.

#Russia's state TV: Dmitry Kiselyov's Sunday show spends an entire segment slurring #Ukraine's President Poroshenko as "Porky," claiming that's his American nickname & predicting there might be blood, unless he is kept out of the second round of voting. Election interference 101.

Shortly after declining to mention Muslims in his condolence statement on the mosque massacre, Trump is standing up for a Fox News host who suggested that people who wear the “heejab” might oppose the Constitution.

The president is lying here about a dead Republican war hero. Every Republican member of Congress should be asked to comment on this. For the record, McCain handed the dossier to Comey AFTER the election. And not that it matters, but McCain wasn’t last in his class.

!! BREAKING: Several years ago, FSB launched two undercover private firms in Prague, posing as regular IT companies. In reality, they served as hacking entities. Czech counter-intelligence BIS dissolved this network in early 2018, @okundra report

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visiting a makeshift memorial at the Kilbirnie Mosque.

Cindy Yang, Mar-a-Lago guest who offered Chinese nationals access to President Trump, sparks concerns about the 'porous' club. Lots of twists and turns here, including a look at the Communist Party's influence machine.

NZ Prime Minister wants to discuss live streaming with Facebook

The Trump administration stood firm behind Boeing and its troubled 737 MAX — until it didn’t

Trump attacks John McCain for voting against Obamacare repeal months after his death

A lawyer for Iranian-American businessman Bijan Kian told a federal court that Kian would never be facing prosecution for an illegal foreign-agent scheme if he was not a business partner of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn

Half a decade has passed since Vladimir Putin annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. For Russia, the costs continue to mount

Gov. Newsom: Trump's reference to "invaders" less than a day after Christchurch gun massacre is "an outrage."

In these painful times, here's a story that will make your heart sing. A homeless boy named Tani living in a shelter was just named New York State chess champion. He's a reminder that talent is universal even if opportunity is not.

Sen. Tim Kaine: "The president should know that he's got to call out white supremacy, he should be doing that. He should be expressing sympathy to the Muslim victims of these crimes."

Prosecutors say the mothers and fathers charged in the college-admissions scandal weren’t just deep-pocketed cheats, but federal criminals

New filing in @Twitter v. Whitaker: Notice

JUST IN: Washington Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

Fox News refusing to say if Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show was cancelled after Islamophobic rant against Dem congresswoman

What in the propaganda bullshit is going on here?

Steele says he used unverified information to support details about web company in dossier

Ted Cruz campaign inaccurately reported loans from Goldman Sachs, Citibank loans, FEC says

BREAKING: President Donald Trump issues first veto, overrules Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding.

JUST IN: FEC fines Ted Cruz Senate campaign $35,000 for not disclosing $1 million in loans from Goldman Sachs and Citibank, first revealed by NYT in this 2016 story

Canada has added dozens of names to its list of Russian companies and individuals sanctioned over #Russia’s actions in #Ukraine – including two prominent Kremlin-linked businessmen who had been controversially excluded from previous rounds of sanctions

Czech Foreign Ministry says that we principally stand with Ukraine. And we despise the ugly Russian aggression which has killed 13 000 + Ukrainians who are defending their own country against foreign dictatorship.

'I have to take ownership of my words': Beto O'Rourke apologizes for teen writings, rhetoric towards wife

We’ve got a lot of American billionaires (& millionaires) still outraged that the Gilded Age ever ended. They’ve convinced middle & working class folk to vote in support of the Robber Baron class, by defining anything that helps them as “socialism.”

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