Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Today Trump pardoned Conrad Black who was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice. Obviously there were extenuating circumstances: last year he wrote a complimentary book titled “Donald J. Trump, A President Like No Other.”

The American people deserve to know if Republicans are leading the country into a conflict—maybe even war—in the Middle East. Acting Defense Sec. Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Dunford must testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee now.

It's not just happening in Alabama. It is happening all over the country in all of the states where Republicans have full control. This is what Republicans are doing with their control of state government.

Abortion isn't just legal in Israel, it's free. So all the anti-abortion #maga ppl praising Alabama & trying to kill #RoeVWade will probably start demanding we end all US aid to Israel, am I right?

Regardless of what you think of Jim Comey, as long as Lanny Davis is Firtash's lawyer, Lanny and Trump are on the same side. Proceed accordingly

Soon, Governor Kay Ivey will become the most hated woman in America by the majority of women across the country. I'd really hate that to be a legacy So I told her that. Will you? Do it if you can. PH; Switchboard 334.242.7100

#BREAKING: Alabama governor signs nation's strictest abortion ban, which makes performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases

"The project of a war with Iran is so crazy that it remains incredible that the Trump administration could truly be premeditating it," argues @davidfrum. "Here’s a word of caution from a veteran of the George W. Bush administration: Don’t do it."

George W. Bush’s economic adviser reportedly says Trump has decision-making ability of an "empty chair"

#Russia's state TV laments: "There is no reset with the U.S." "Those freaks in Congress are putting sticks into Trump's & Pompeo's wheels," complains Alexander Malkevich, editor of IRA troll farm offshoot, 'USA Really'. State TV host Olga Skabeeva groans: "We're so sick of them!"

Were they key counties? If so, how did the Russians know where to aim? Who helped?

300,000 Tennesseans without health care because of the decision to reject medicaid expansion. $7 Billion of our tax dollars rejected. Hospital after hospital closed. #ExpandMedicaid @GovBillLee Block grants are not the answer. They are "sabotage".

Meet the 25 white, GOP men who decided to effectively outlaw abortion in Alabama. Remember their names and #VoteThemOut,

NEW: Looks like Speaker @GlenCasada & co. have been using campaign donations to put the "party" back in the Republican Party.

This is a good time to remind you that Sheldon Adelson loves donating to Tom Cotton almost as much as he wants to drop a nuclear bomb on Iran. "Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business,'" Adelson said

In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran. — Donald J. Trump

I am voting NO on Louisiana District Court nominee Wendy Vitter. Her record of promoting junk science as a tool to attack women’s reproductive rights is disturbing & disqualifying. Only the worst people from @realDonaldTrump.

Trump declares national emergency to protect U.S. networks from foreign espionage, a move that appears to be aimed at China

My goodness... Larry Lindsey, Bush 43’s National Economic Council Director, met with House GOP leadership and said he enlisted psychiatrists to analyze Trump and that China views POTUS as a "total narcissist" -- "a 10-out-of-10 narcissist,"

A former President and husband to a Presidential Candidate could not speak to an Attorney General for 15 minutes while the plane waited on a tarmac, but Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence and Chief Justice Roberts are allowed to take Air Force 2 and spend the day together. Riiiiight.

Republican men are on a march toward overturning #RoeVWade. And thanks to Trump stacking the courts with anti-choice judges, they’re closer than ever. Women are scared, women are angry—and we have a right to be. If you’re an ally of women, now’s the time to make that clear.

From Ken Starr to William Barr, the Republican view of power hasn't changed: it's unquestionable when in their hands, illegitimate when wielded by the opposition

Children of LGBT U.S. citizens may be stripped of their birthright citizenship due to a policy that de-recognizes their parents’ marriage

Senate Dems introduce bill mandating paper ballots in US elections

The Wisconsin Republican Party’s finances are in bad shape after going all in for Scott Walker, who lost. The state GOP has been racking up $600 a month in interest on a maxed-out credit card

Mnuchin swears under oath he hasn’t taken ‘any direction’ from White House on blocking Trump’s tax returns

A.G. Barr shook hands with Nancy Pelosi at the Peace Officers Memorial Day service event and asked, "Did you bring your handcuffs?" She smiled and indicated that the Sergeant at Arms was present should arrest be necessary. NBC has confirmed this report.

Ohio farmer Christopher Gibbs, who voted for President Trump, says Trump’s comments about farmers being “patriots” during US-China trade war are “just a design to make me continue to be quiet. And I’m not going to be quiet”

“You’ll have to ask Russia,” is a pretty incredible response from a Senior @StateDept official about the Trump Administration’s views on #Russia’s nuclear capabilities.⁰⁰ The Senate Foreign Relations Committee needs answers so we can make informed policy decisions.

“Australia experienced a massacre and changed their laws. New Zealand had its experience, and changed its laws," Prime Minister @jacindaardern tells me. “To be honest with you, I do not understand the United States.”

Comptroller Joseph Otting: "No one has been more tougher on Wells Fargo than myself…" .@SenWarren: "You mean at the OCC? That's a low bar." Otting: "I would disagree with that. I find that insulting that you would make that comment." Warren: "Good."

Update in the Butina case: She is appealing her sentence to the D.C. Circuit.

#Russia's state TV host Olga Skabeeva taunts a Ukrainian guest by citing lack of Western support for #Ukraine. Skabeeva claims that in his talks with Sergey Lavrov, Mike Pompeo didn't even mention Nord Stream 2 and failed to bring up Ukraine at all during his meeting with Putin.

White House lawyers told Rep. Nadler today that Congress' Russia investigation is not a "legitimate exercise of oversight authority," and said they would decline to comply with some requests for evidence because of "our respect for the rule of law."

Perspective: Almost 16 million voters were removed from the rolls. We should be alarmed.

An unusual group on Air Force Two today: Vice President, Senate Majority Leader, and Chief Justice all on the plane. Rare to have that trio together, particularly on a flight.

‘Mitch McConnell is no leader. He is the epitome of unprincipled power.’ — (at)RBReich explains how the Senate majority leader is willfully destroying the Senate for partisan gain

"Once upon a time, presidents and Republicans paid more than lip service to the notion of Congress actually being a co-equal branch of government."

By casting eschewing diplomacy with Iran, says Senator @timkaine, President Trump “is raising the risk of unnecessary war.”

Trump's stackin' up obstruction charges like firewood for the winter. If we don't impeach this tyrant, we're no better than he is.

The dirty little secret of the ‘Trump Doctrine’: There isn’t one

"I don't want my children to experience a war." Many Iranians are concerned over the recent U.S. military buildup in the #PersianGulf.

Just Wow. Trump Jr. is going to “return the favor” come election time to Republicans who protected him from being subjected to full questioning pursuant to the subpoena he received from Senate Intel Comm.

Mnuchin indicates he won't comply with a subpoena to hand over Trump’s tax returns

Schiff: "We don’t know what happened to the counterintelligence investigation that James Comey opened." Adds that he has "not been able to get clarity" on whether it's been closed. "We have been seeking to get it, to get an answer from " DOJ.

Trump’s tariffs will cost every US household about $800 — and these everyday items will all cost more

JUST IN: ACLU sues Ohio over fetal "heartbeat" abortion ban

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck charged with $2,000,000 fraud scheme

NEW: White House will NOT sign Christchurch call to action, an international pact to stop extremism on social media, amid free speech concerns

Criminals hate cops.

Washington ranked as top state, Louisiana, Alabama last in US News rankings

The TSA is said to be redeploying hundreds of agents to the Mexico border—including the Air Marshals?

Trump lies about piles of Bald Eagles dead under windmills!

U.S. President Donald #Trump has dismissed as "fake news" a report that said the White House was reviewing plans to possibly deploy up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack U.S. forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.

Trump. Barr. McConnell. They all have shown that their true allegiance lies with the special interests – not the American people.

Didn't Lindsey Graham say back then before the election that his email account had been hacked into? Then when he played golf with Trump later on is when he became Trump's "best friend". Trump must've shown him then the compromising emails and/or photos that Russia had stolen.

Is this Venezuela? - time to smear the investigators of Trump - another contract hit - go Barr - we’re keeping a cell for you with a rug on the cold concrete floor -

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Sochi, Russia: "I am here today because President Trump is committed to improving this relationship."

No End in Sight’ for Farmers Feeling Pain of Trump’s Trade War

People of Alabama: Plan-B is available over the counter and has a shelf-life of four years.

Thank you, @senwarren, for signing on as a co-sponsor of my bipartisan bill to halt the Trump administration's march to war with Iran. We can't wait until it's too late. Contact your senators & urge them to co-sponsor the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act TODAY.

Justice Department lawyers: Trump is too busy to deal with emoluments case

Justice Department lawyers: Trump is too busy to deal with emoluments case

The State Department ordered all non-essential government employees to leave Iraq right away.

If we get France to pass a Magnitsky Act it would be like hitting the jackpot in terms of hitting Putin’s cronies who all have properties on the Côte d’Azur (article in French)

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister: "As for our position, and in response to your question why Russia is taking such a stance in support of dialogue, of viewing all the issues by Venezuelans themselves with no ultimatums and no pre-conditions."

Donald Trump Jr. Strikes Deal for ‘Limited’ Interview With Intelligence Committee

Weird, I keep hearing that Democrats are the ones offering people free stuff in exchange for their votes. It must have been the Democrats offering billions to farmers hurt by ... no, wait, that's Trump again.

Alabama politicians just voted to reject any exceptions for rape and incest after seeing rape Alabama survivors in the gallery and hearing their stories.

Though a translator, Putin praised the Mueller Report, saying "on the whole he had a very objective investigation and he confirmed no traces whatsoever of collusion between Russia and the incoming Administration, which we said was absolutely fake."


Did Ukraine come up in Pompeo-Putin talks? Putin aide Ushakov after the meeting, per Interfax: "There was no Ukraine at all."

No increased Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US.

Chambliss, responding to the IVF argument from Smitherman, cites a part of the bill that says it applies to a pregnant woman. "The egg in the lab doesn’t apply. It’s not in a woman. She’s not pregnant."

bc trump has copies of the report and the russia is manufacturing the fake mueller report to flood the inter webs when mueller testifies.

Alabama's total abortion ban will be challenged in court, and it will likely be overturned. That is the point. Alabama plans to appeal this case all the way to SCOTUS. If a similar ban is upheld (most likely in the 5th Circuit), it will force SCOTUS to hear it. Roe is the target.

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the FAA Stephen Dickson will appear before the Senate Commerce Committee to mark the beginning of his confirmation process.

In the wake of a vast money laundering scandal, Danske Bank has brought in a former Deutsche Bank executive to help deal with the fallout

Please comment with support for my 11-year-old daughter. She was removed from class and sent to the principal’s office for the rest of the day last Thursday for shouting, “Stop it, put your hands down now,” to a group of students giving the Nazi salute.

Alabama passes bill making abortion criminal

49 Republican senators voted to confirm a man who called Obama an "un-American imposter" to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge, and enough Democrats were absent to make that a majority.

Graham is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee! That he is telling a witness to not testify seems would be enough to be removed from the committee and censured.

#Florida-based RM Broadcasting has been ordered to register as an agent of #Russia under the Foreign Agents Registration Act #FARA.

Cramer: 'I don't trust this market at all' because it's so dependent on Trump tweets

Senator Graham wants Trump Jr. to ignore Senate subpoenas

Lawrence's Last Word: the NRA is finally attacking the right enemy

Chambliss, responding to the IVF argument from Smitherman, cites a part of the bill that says it applies to a pregnant woman. "The egg in the lab doesn’t apply. It’s not in a woman. She’s not pregnant."

Shhh—No need to fear Russia, says Russiophobia report paid for by Russia

Foreign adverseries have figured Trump out

Lindsey Graham is introducing bill to increase detention of migrant children from 20 days to 100 days - bill would also end allowing asylum seekers to make claims at the border & require applications at consulates in their country,

He's a National Security threat #LindseyGrahamResign

#BREAKING Putin praises "quite objective" Mueller report

2014- Sempra under investigation for corruption, influence-peddling, money-laundering, and organized crime.

UPDATE: After publishing our initial story, I learned that Wilbur Ross and Chuck Johnson did, in fact, meet in the summer of 2018.

Clandestine intelligence gathering in violation of the laws of another country to support specific US intelligence taskings is “spying.” Using legal techniques to expose foreign spies who are subverting the US and using Americans to do it is a counterintelligence investigation.

#LindseyGrahamResign trending after Trump Jr. comments

Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on Lindsey Graham: "I never heard of a senator saying disobey a valid lawful subpoena issued by the chairman of another Senate committee ... You can't not show. Somebody will show up with handcuffs."

Senator Graham & his ilk bear responsibility for damage being done to our national interests—at home & abroad—by acquiescing to Mr. Trump’s incompetence, corruption, & malevolence. Who will shun political expedience & do what is right? “Who among you is wise and understanding?”

We cannot let the Trump Admin drag us into yet another war in the Middle East. This is exactly why the President doesn't have the constitutional authority to declare war. That's Congress’s job – and that's why I'm supporting this legislation to prevent a war with Iran.

Iran halts some commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers

VIDEO: #LindseyGrahamResign demands are flooding Twitter amid an increasing backlash over the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman's comments encouraging Donald Trump Jr. to ignore a Senate subpoena.

They are making egregious laws to ensure scotus arrival so Kavenaugh and Gorsuch can kill Roe.

Worth pointing out that this is an easily verifiable lie. Our steel industry isn’t booming.

Photos obtained exclusively by CNN show migrants at the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol station over the weekend, many of whom are children, sleeping on the ground on rocks and covered by Mylar blankets.

DOJ won't say why Rudy Giuliani hasn't registered as a foreign agent under FARA law

Russian hackers successfully tapped into the voter registration files of two Florida counties in 2016

EXCLUSIVE: What was the matter of "international import" troll Charles C. Johnson sought to discuss w/ Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross? We obtained their email exchanges, which include Ross communicating through a non-governmental address about govt business

Companies from Coca Cola to Home Depot are passing the costs of tariffs on China on to... consumers.

What FBI agent would dare investigate a president if the result is being investigated to death with no basis?

Barr corrals top intel officials to 'review' Trump probe origins

Trump lawyers deny Congress's authority on presidential crimes

Absence of counterintel in Mueller report puts spotlight on Wray

Trump lawyers may need lawyers over fallout from Cohen lie

Senate Intel bends to conditions for Trump Junior testimony

22 Senators voted against including an exception for rape or incest in Alabama’s new draconian abortion law.

Senate Republicans held a vote on a judicial nominee over the objection of BOTH home-state senators. Neither @SenKamalaHarris nor I have returned a blue slip on Kenneth Lee. A Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member’s blue slip has never been ignored before.