Tuesday, July 2, 2019

"In 2017, Kentucky received $40 billion more from the federal government than it paid in taxes. That’s about one-fifth of the state’s G.D.P.; if Kentucky were a country, we’d say that it was receiving foreign aid on an almost inconceivable scale."

CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-LEGAL-MISADVENTURE: Does this raise an Anti-Deficiency Act question or a question of whether it is an illegally large in-kind campaign contribution?

The Trump administration said it would not include a citizenship question for the 2020 census, a week after its efforts were temporarily blocked.

Europe tried to trust Trump—but that's becoming impossible,

En este grupo creado hace tres años y con aproximadamente 9,500 miembros, se compartieron comentarios despectivos sobre las legisladores latinas que planearon visitar un polémico centro de detención en Texas, llamándolas “escorias” y “putas”.

As far as I’m aware, AF2 never left DC, FWIW

BREAKING: Office of the Inspector General releases new pictures of overcrowding at Border Patrol Facilities in TX. One senior manager calling this a “ticking time bomb.”

European satellite agency concludes that June was the hottest month ever recorded on earth, our planet.

Trump and Kushner PR firm Rubenstein registers as FARA agents.

Holy Crap

The number of billionaires in the US has more than doubled in the last decade, from 267 in 2008 to 607 last year, according to investment bank and financial services company UBS.

“We may intercede.”

BREAKING : VP Pence called back to DC for Emergency situation , cancels campaign event in New Hampshire

Russia sucker punched the King (US) and has continued with a series of right jabs and left hooks. Everybody knows that if you are going to take a shot at the King, you had better kill him. Because there will not be a second chance, and you will not survive the inevitable revenge.

Russia's Internet Research Agency spread disinformation in dozens of languages to weaken institutions around the world

President Trump's campaign files another FEC notice disavowing connections to two committees

#BREAKING: Putin cancelling his plans for today. The Kremlin says he will be meeting with his defence minister very urgently

When both White House and Kremlin are having unscheduled meetings I get itchy..

Secret-y Russian submarine sinks, killing 14. Russian subs/ships/EW disrupt NATO exercises. Putin cancels sched to meet DefMin. Pence turns back to DC mid-air. Another Tuesday in this dumb era. Meanwhile, Army engineers trying to park tanks w/o destabilizing Lincoln Memorial.

Press: Can you tell us what what happened? Why cancel New Hampshire trip? Marc Short, who was with Pence when VP was called back to WH: “There will be more later.” Press: When later? Marc Short: "Weeks from now.”

Fire aboard what Kremlin is calling a Russian Navy research submarine kills 14, with President Putins saying that included 7 officers with rank of captain, Russian media speculating that it was a nuclear vessel. Secrecy suggests clandestine role.

New — MIAMI HERALD to federal judge: More urgent than ever to unseal accused sex traffickers’ records so public knows the truth.

The brother of American detained in Russia tells me he was “surprised” Trump didn’t bring up at G20 with Putin: “TO NOT HAVE A PUBLIC STATEMENT OF SUPPORT THAT PAUL IS WRONGFULLY DETAINED IN RUSSIA IS HARD TO BEAR” - David Whelan, brother of Paul Whelan.

In which the President attempts to intimidate a private citizen who is set to testify before Congress.

Hey Congress, you good with Trump letting the RNC hand out VIP tickets to a taxpayer-funded event as a reward for big campaign donors? Are we the country that lets a politician use the military as a fundraising prop for his reelection?

America doesn’t need more hyper-partisanship. It needs to come together; to rally behind the idea of America. We’ve been terrible stewards of the Republic. If we want our children and future generations to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities we did, we must change course. Now.

#Russia's state TV says Trump wants to emulate Putin, citing his plans for a military parade (normally reserved for dictatorships) & quoting his interview with @TuckerCarlson wherein Trump praised Russia's foreign policy as an aspiration for the US to stop policing the world.

We also no longer have the tallest buildings, best roads and bridges, or best schools, not to mention the highest incomes. But we do have more billionaires than any other country. Whoop-de-doo.

#Russia's state TV host Evgeny Popov says that at the #G20, "Putin completely captivated Trump, we can now say with complete certainty that Trump is ours." Co-host Olga Skabeeva adds: "He wants the U.S. to be just like Russia... and himself to be just like Putin."

Julia Poff faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. @GovAbbott opened the box Poff sent to him. The poorly rigged bomb inside did not go off

LOOK HOW RUSSIA KEEPS LYING:@_EuropeanValues @_KremlinWatch and @uacrisis @hwag_ucmc launched two clips showing how Russia lies about the Skripal case and MH-17. Please share it so that people understand that Russia is a hostile regime.

Trump tweets about his Foundation’s troubles, seemingly out of the blue. The civil case found gross mismanagement & shuttered the Foundation. Could there be more legal proceedings coming?

"US Border Patrol agents have also refused to return asylum seekers’ personal identification documents, Human Rights Watch said. Without identification, asylum seekers... typically cannot travel to seek asylum elsewhere, find safer locations within Mexico, or return home ..."

The Israeli aerial attack on Syria almost 48 hours ago was unprecedented. Many military targets (between 12-15) around Damascus and Homs were devastated, including air defense batteries. Syrian air defense could only intercept one missile.

NEW/SCOOP: For the last 4 years, consulting firm McKinsey has helped restructure the spying bureaucracy, including NSA, ODNI, and CIA. But the multi-million $$ overhaul—awarded w/o competitive bidding—has hindered decision-making and left many demoralized.

You need to stop treating the @whitehouse @realdonaldtRUmp, the @senategop and @HouseGOP as responsible politicians and treat them like the corrupt delinquents that they are!!!

President Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee said they had raised $105 million in the second quarter, dwarfing what President Obama raised in the equivalent period during his re-election campaign

slavery and convict leasing are synonymous

The UN Commission on Human Rights in North Korea says his regime’s crimes against humanity include “extermination; murder; enslavement; torture; imprisonment; rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence; ...the enforced disappearance of persons; and ...prolonged starvation.”

Joaquin Castro smuggled a camera into Border Patrol station — the detainees wanted pictures to be shared

Opinion: The reason the debt is so high? The U.S. is at war — with itself.

As a former agent, I can tell you that cruelty is the point. They have the ability to treat families humanely but choose not to bc Border Patrol does not value the lives of immigrants. This is taught in the academy & reinforced by management.

On Monday, a White House spokesperson said “It is sad but not shocking that the haters choose to attack Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to the president, when she is promoting U.S. efforts to empower women through strategic partnerships with world leaders.”

[Trump] allows strongmen such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia to murder, intimidate and attack Western liberalism under the protective cover of Trump’s narcissism.

A new study demonstrates that Trump's gains in popularity during the 2016 campaign correlated closely with high levels of social media activity by the Russian trolls and bots of the Internet Research Agency, a key weapon in the Russian attack.

Scenes Of Tearful, Flu-Stricken And Underfed Migrant Kids Emerge In New Accounts

1 false accusation of raping a white woman caused the #CentralPark5 irreparable harm. Not 1 credible accusation of raping more than 20 white woman has caused Trump to lose any support among ‘family values,’ evangelical, ‘christians.’ Praise the Lord and pass the rape kit.

What could go wrong for Trump on the Fourth of July? In 1970, protests and tear gas marred the day.

Happy bday Justice Thurgood Marshall, b1908. “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. “Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on”

For Pete's sake. You know, for ONE DAY I would like to live in a country that is no longer just living puppet theater of a psychological experiment being conducted on a mentally weak president by his television.


It's the Adderall talking.

President Donald Trump has alleged, without offering evidence to back up his claim, that Twitter is making it harder for people to follow him ― and could be breaking the law by doing so.

This redemption tour is going to be masterful, and the media is going to be totally complicit

I suggest anyone who dislikes Trump and the gop AVOID Washington display of dicktatorship celebration. We'll see just how many of his supporters still exist!!. I will Hopefully be as empty as his inauguration!! That is the REAL way to honor OUR ALMOST LOST DEMOCRACY ON JULY 4!

The video got 2.5 million views before being taken down. The entire right wing twitter ecosystem shared a hoax video from a fake account that is now suspended.

"In terms of sheer performance... this may be the biggest moment of the Trump presidency so far." — @jonkarl today on @ThisWeekABC. Chart by @MiekeEoyang, who says, "All Trump's predecessors got more out of North Korea without going there in person."

Scientists are worried Trump's pick would make NOAA's sexual harassment problem worse

“‘The United States has accepted North Korea as a nuclear-armed state.’ This is the headline,”

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the NEW Republican Party.. they are now the Party that Salutes murdering Dictator regimes. Wow, poor Ronald Reagan. All that work shot to hell.

Gold trader Reza Zarrab, who was convicted of the biggest money laundering scheme to Iran in U.S. history, had an office in Trump Towers Istanbul. The FBI, which arrested him, claims to have no records on Trump Tower Istanbul in response to my FOIA.

40 years of racism and abuse, yet VisionQuest will be paid $5 million to warehouse migrant children


The Latest: Tanks arrive in DC ahead of July 4 celebration

Trump’s plan to give a partisan speech with tanks and military aircraft while flanked by military leaders is the stuff of authoritarian regimes like China & N. Korea—and is particularly worrying as his latest attempt to politicize independent institutions

Analysis: What we learned in Texas after Hurricane Harvey

PROPAGAND-OFF! Fox News vs. North Korean State TV

"The Russian government sent more than $1.4 million to a Florida-based company (RM Broadcasting) airing Kremlin propaganda in the nation’s capital over the last two years, according to recent foreign agent registration records."

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who is ultimately responsible for the Flint Water situation, began an appointment at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, drawing ire of many who fault him for the lead water crisis in Flint.

Ted Cruz tried to pay himself back for loans to his campaign, more than the law allows... he’s being investigated... so he compared himself to Rosa Parks. Just when you think a Republican can’t go any lower, GOP delivers.

Analysis: Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. women’s team take on Trump

Ivanka Trump’s business has registered trademarks in EIGHTEEN of the G20 countries. Why was she meeting with world leaders at the G20???

Trump administration "misses deadline" to print Census forms

"Irresponsible": cost of Donald Trump's July 4 military parade blasted by National Park advocacy group

Does anyone else get a creepy feeling the Trump cabal is lining up Ivanka to replace Trump should he become non viable as a candidate in coming election ?

Rep. Tim Ryan responds to Facebook border patrol group scandal: “This is not a FUCKING joke.”

This is quite the chart, via Mother Jones, showing the effects of gerrymandering:

This. Corporate greed is at the heart of Trump's policy to cage children. $250/day to house a migrant child at a standard HHS shelter. $750/day charged by FOR PROFIT Caliburn International Corp. in Homestead. Paid for by THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

It’s July....DEMS (4/3): Hand over Trump's tax returns by 4/10

United Technologies is chronically late delivering engines for the Pentagon’s costliest program, the F-35

"We have to bear in mind that words kill. Words kill as bullets." - @UN_GP_RtoP's Adama Dieng on the dangers of hate speech

French President Macron urges Iran to immediately reduce its stocks of low-enriched uranium and stick to the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

How Trump’s Washington Helped a Hedge Fund Titan Move On From an African Bribery Scandal

Images of human crises can seize our attentions and, in some cases, propel us toward action or least new insight.

Yeah, so, this is bad. 4th of July is not a military holiday. But I guess, with the Pentagon absent civilian leadership, the military just doesn't say no to POTUS anymore as he re-enacts his Man in the High Castle fantasies? Has the WH announced a patriotic youth movement yet?

Russia paid radio broadcaster $1.4 million to air Kremlin propaganda in DC

It’s not clear whether Trump brought up the Indonesia projects during his talks with Moon. But the meeting represented the latest example of the blurred lines between Trump’s official diplomatic work and his business interests

Tanks on July 4, entering North Korea, calling MBS a friend, Ivanka with world leaders, a new livery for Air Force One: everything Trump personally does in office is self-aggrandizement, as if the U.S. government were the Trump Organization

What we saw today was horrifying. That’s why we need to continue to shine a light on what’s happening at our southern border. We have to make sure that when Congress allocates funding, there are oversight provisions.

'Straight Pride Parade' organizers say they received suspicious envelopes in the mail. They were full of glitter

HOW TO RIG AN ELECTION The G.O.P. aims to paint the country red by Victoria Collier An exploration into the current situation and the history of vote-rigging

Man named as unindicted co-conspirator in crimes tied to cheating to win 2016 election now threatening to violate the Constitution to win a decade of elections.

New: Our deep dive on the “enigma” at the center of the Mueller probe, Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud. Trump allies claim he’s a Western intelligence agent. But we found lots of signs that point to Russia

New study: Russian propaganda may really have helped Trump in 2016 Trump's gains in popularity during the 2016 campaign correlated closely w/ high levels of social media activity by the Russian trolls & bots of the IRA, a key weapon in the Russian attack

The United States Constitution mandates that the census occur every 10 years. Under federal law, the census must begin on April 1, 2020

A secret Facebook group allegedly run by Border agents is under fire for depicting @AOC in vulgar images and mocking migrants. Ocasio-Cortez, who's one of several Dems touring detention centers today, said the officers were "sexually threatening towards me" after her visit

Don’t underestimate what Trump is doin’ here. He showin’ us he can command the military to mobilize in our streets without question or oversight. Expect to see more displays of military control, especially if he loses in November 2020.

MUST READ THREAD: "The Trump administration has stopped promoting government-funded research into how higher temperatures can damage crops and pose health risks."