Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Trump is standing alone on North Korea. Allies and even his own advisers see a threat that he refuses to acknowledge.

Justin Amash, the 1st GOP Congressman to call for Trump’s impeachment, at a MI town hall: “I think we owe it to the American people to represent them, to ensure that the people we have in office are doing the right thing, are of good character, aren't violating the public trust.”

Amash accuses Barr of deliberately misrepresenting Mueller’s report to protect Trump

Why are foreigners being allowed to own where Americans grow their food again?

Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff says Robert Mueller drew up a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against Trump, then shelved it. A Mueller spokesman flatly denies this, but Wolff's book is still headed to publication, which is very telling.

"Thinking that they could ultimately control Hitler while enjoying the benefits of his popular support, the conservatives were initially gratified by the fulfillment of their agenda ..."

Senator Lindsey Graham to introduce bill increasing detention of migrant children from 20 to 100 days

"How many despots are on the Trump 2020 re-elect campaign at this point?"

A boat called "USS WASP" has airmen wearing patches that are essentially racist propaganda...you couldn't make this up if you tried.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin signed an agreement—and represented to the Senate—that he would completely divest from a Hollywood film company. He sold his stake to his fiancée and married her a month later.

Satellite Images Raise Questions About Iran Threat, Experts Say

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has retained shares in a construction-materials company more than a year after the date she promised to relinquish them, WSJ reports. The shares have risen nearly 13% since then, netting her a +$40,000 gain.

Elaine Chao doesn't just have outside business interests she promised to divest. She's promoted them on business meetings in China using the Department of Transportation logo—and the Kentucky flag, a nod to husband Mitch McConnell.

Trump’s tweet about the 1994 crime bill takes all of us for fools. His treatment of the Central Park Five fanned the flames for that legislation. He still has not acknowledged that they are innocent, despite their exoneration. Ask him about that this week.

One of the Trump administration’s top guys trying to challenge the scientific consensus on climate change says that “the demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.”

Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter shown leaving court in San Diego in December. (Gregory Bull/AP) By Eli Rosenberg May 27 at 5:19 PM Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, a Republican from California, told a town hall audience Saturday that he took a picture of himself with a dead combatant during his military service, according to local media outlets — a potential violation of the United States’ rules of warfare. Hunter, a Marine Corps veteran, made the remarks while speaking about the case of Eddie Gallagher, the Navy SEAL chief who is accused of killing an Islamic State prisoner under his care. Gallagher, who has pleaded not guilty, also took pictures next to the slain man, according to news reports. “Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of, too — taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” Hunter said at the meeting about border issues in the Southern California town of Ramona, according to the Times of San Diego. Hunter, who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan when he was on active duty (he later was deployed to Afghanistan as a reservist, as well), said he had taken pictures “just like that when I was overseas,” according to the Times. Hunter said he did not text or post the images. The San Diego Union-Tribune also reported that Hunter had made the remarks. The town hall was mostly focused on border-security issues. According to the Defense Department’s Law of War Manual, enemy military dead must be treated with “the same respect as would be afforded to, or expected for, friendly military dead.” “The respectful treatment of the dead is one of the oldest rules in the law of war,” the manual reads. “Enemy military dead must be protected from disrespectful or degrading acts . . . posing with bodies for photographs or leaving a ‘calling card’ on a body are also inconsistent with the respectful treatment of the dead.” [The al-Qaeda suspect was stripped naked and shot. Will Trump pardon his murderer?] Hunter did not respond to a request for comment sent to two staffers. The Defense Department did not respond to a request for comment either. Hunter himself faces legal peril after he and his wife, Margaret, were charged last year by federal authorities in connection with using $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for family vacations and other personal expenses. Both have pleaded not guilty; the trial is set to begin later this year, according to the Associated Press. The discussion about military treatment of foreign combatants has taken on an increased urgency in recent weeks after President Trump pardoned Michael Behenna, a former Army lieutenant who served five years in prison for the 2008 murder of an Iraqi citizen. Gallagher’s trial is scheduled to begin in early June amid speculation that Trump is considering clemency for him as well as other service members who have been accused or convicted of crimes. Trump tweeted approvingly of Gallagher in March, announcing that he would be more amenable to a less restrictive confinement as Gallagher awaited trial, and saying it was “in honor of his past service to our Country.” Hunter has argued in support of potential clemency for Gallagher, arguing that prosecutors were out to get him to advance their careers. “Unfortunately, Gallagher now joins Green Beret Matt Golsteyn, Navy SEAL Keith Barry and Army Lt. Clint Lorance as glaring examples of what happens when military prosecutors become more obsessed with career advancement and sensational headlines than executing the rule of law,” Hunter wrote in an opinion piece for USA Today last week. “Due to the Navy’s misconduct, Gallagher cannot expect to receive even a semblance of a fair trial. A pardon by Trump is fully warranted.” Hunter declined to comment about his own pending court case when asked by reporters before the meeting, the Union-Tribune reported. 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Dear Sirs. @USSWaspLHD1 your sailors/airmen are in clear violation of UCMJ bringing disgrace to the Wasp and the US Navy. Who ordered this? Who paid for it? What say you?

A reminder that the guy who wants to pardon accused war criminals before they even go to trial faked donations to a wounded warrior nonprofit so he could buy himself clothes and is under indictment.

A U.S. subsidiary of that corrupt Brazilian meatpacking company that got $62 million in farm subsidy funds from the Trump admin has been hit with a lawsuit accusing it of illegally dumping slaughterhouse waste into Colorado waterways, HuffPost reports.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao still owns Vulcan Materials shares she had vowed to divest https://t.co/CA9rzL3jHV via @WSJ Because they lie about every single thing, and @HouseDemocrats sit twiddling their thumbs.

Texas's acting Republican secretary of state has resigned just months after leading the botched voter purge of suspected noncitizens that erroneously also targeted U.S. citizens, efforts that drew rebukes from a federal judge and voter rights groups.

Turkey gives the first hint of a delay in the delivery of a Russian missile-defense system

Opinion: Tech platforms must move against the anti-vaxxers now

Opinion: The Trump coverup no one is talking about: The emperor has no money

A new victim of Trump's trade war: Chinese tourism

We’d really like to do another billboard in Kentucky. First one is up. Now for the second. please shop or donate to support.

Even for Donald Trump, this was AN ASTOUNDING LIE. In a rally last week in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, Trump insulted workers' & voters' intelligence by saying: "Nobody's going to close our plants anymore. They're all coming back."

Republicans who repeat blatantly untrue talking points should not go unchallenged. That assists Trump in his war on the truth. Republicans would like to bury an already-completed IG report that found Strzok and Page did not influence the investig

Crazy Is as Crazy Does

French minister Le Drian urges Saudi and UAE to end war in Yemen

Fmr. fed prosecutor Joyce Vance: "What is crucially important to remember here is that two FBI agents can't launch a coup against a president, even if they want to ... Our system is set up so that independent judges must sign off on warrants and wiretaps."

President Trump has long waged a war against American intelligence agencies by tweet, but his new attorney general is poised to professionalize the fight

Trump’s latest, potentially most far-reaching, attack on climate change policy: altering government studies that measure how the planet is warming

Giant robot Trump tweeting on toilet while shouting 'I'm a very stable genius' shipped to UK for protests

Trump HUD Official: 'I Honestly Don't Care' If I'm Breaking Federal Law Lynne Patton said she may have violated the Hatch Act, then called anyone mad about it a “liberal snowflake.”

Drugmaker J&J set for trial in opioid case

Angela Merkel: We have to face-up "to the specters of the past." The German Chancellor has said "there is work to be done" in Germany to face up to the dark forces that are finding mainstream support there and in other parts of the world

In KY, Gov Bevin said vaccine mandates were un-American. In OR, GOP used vaccine mandates to bash Dems as violating parental rights. And in California Senate, all 10 Republicans opposed a measure aimed at stopping bogus medical exemptions from vaccination.

The true story of the Boston Red Sox catcher who spied on Hitler

#BREAK Facebook says Zuckerberg and Sandberg will defy Canadian subpoena, risking contempt vote

This is disgusting. And unethical. Another norm broken. If you think this has happened before or that this is OK, you’re kidding yourself.