Monday, September 9, 2019

Trump news: President says Bahamas full of black people.

NEW: Air Force crews—totaling more than 60 service members—have stayed overnight at Turnberry on least 4 occasions, 2 more than previously reported. Prestwick Airport arranged for free rides to & from the resort—and packed lunches!—on at least 1 occasion.

SCOOP. Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump’s Hurricane Tweets, Sources Say

Like AG Barr at DOJ, Commerce Sec Wilbur Ross violates the law, ethics rules & his oath of office to protect & conceal Trump's crimes, abuse of power & mental instability. The result in this case: Widespread anger & disgust among NOAA employees.

Chuck Schumer: "Two people in Washington can make sure the background checks bill passes: Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. It is totally up to them, totally up to them, and it is on their shoulders. They can't escape that responsibility."

.@POTUS always calls on Brian. Let that be a lesson to those of you who think that he is so out of line that Trump would not deal with him.

I asked if she agrees with Nadler that the committee is conducting "formal impeachment proceedings," and she said: "I really don't know what the chairman said. I do know that we've been on the path to [investigate] and that includes the possibility of legislation or impeachment”

"Trial of a Chinese businesswoman charged with lying to a Secret Service agent and trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club bogged down Monday before jury selection over her lack of underwear" because Florida

MORE: House Judiciary aides said the “goal” is to decide on articles of impeachment by year’s end and that “100 percent” they are conducting an “impeachment investigation.” Plus Pelosi supports the new resolution setting groundrules for hearings, per aide

BREAKING: House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs & Oversight Committees launch a wide-ranging investigation into reported efforts by Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and possibly others to pressure Ukraine to help the President's reelection campaign:

The committees will presumably look into Giuliani's work for the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine. That work was funded by an oligarch who attended the inauguration and claims he was paying Rudy to lobby for them. Rudy denies that

Breaking news: CNN has learned that @VP Mike Pence disagreed with holding Taliban peace talks at Camp David - aligning himself with national security adviser John Bolton. Both men raised concerns about holding the meeting on the week of the 9/11 anniversary. Trump overruled them!

Ex-UK Minister Says Johnson Isn’t Even Trying to Get Brexit Deal

Trump always saw Ivanka as his heir. But Don Jr. is the one who's emerged as a MAGA celebrity. As the two jockeyed for power, tensions within the family sharpened. (I'll post details from the story in this thread later. In the meantime, please read!)

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote to establish rules for hearings on impeachment, escalating the panel’s investigations of President Trump.

FUN FACT: The Trump Organization formed a partnership with Prestwick Airport in 2014. Trump’s up to his earlobes in this mess and lyin’ to the American people, as usual. This alone would be the end for any non-Putin elected president.

So you mean, we had a high level source inside the Russian govt that verified details of the operation against the United States in 2015/16, and POTUS and his advisers know and don't care, and that's why the IC is on edge?

BREAKING: SCHIFF sends a letter to Flynn's attorney's ripping them for refusing to comply with the Intel Committee's subpoena. Committee staffer says "General Flynn and his counsel have failed to cooperate with the Committee in all respects."

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the Trump administration would consider proposing a package of tax cuts in 2020, despite recent ominous financial indicators

Democratic lawmakers and aides have sketched out a robust 4-month itinerary of hearings and court arguments that they hope will provide the evidence they need to credibly portray President Trump as corrupt and abusing his power.

New: House Intel Committee chair @RepAdamSchiff sent a 5-page letter to Michael Flynn & his attorneys on Friday, saying he has “failed to comply with the Committee’s subpoena or cooperate with the Committee’s efforts to secure [his] compliance.” Flynn now has to appear Sept. 25.

It's Mike Pence's maternal line that goes back to Ireland. Richard Cawley, his grandfather, was born in Sligo Ireland in 1903. That's here.

Donald Trump’s former pal and onetime staffer Anthony Scaramucci says his ex-boss has big self-esteem issues. “President Trump is very intimidated by Justin Trudeau because he’s a good looking, smart kid and President Trump is like this orange fat blob.”

BREAKING: US scrambled to get a top spy out of Russia after Trump revealed highly classified info

"Trump is all the things we’ve been saying for years—a selfish, boorish child, a psychopath, a congenital liar. But the more dangerous madness is the one afflicting Republicans. They are putting this republic in peril. Trump doesn’t know better. They do."

Exclusive: The US extracted one of its top spies from Russia in 2017, worried about exposure and Trump’s handling of intelligence

Pelosi & Schumer call on Trump to defy the NRA and get behind legislation, already passed by the House but blocked in the Senate, to expand background checks. "Please do not squander [this moment] by acceding to NRA-backed proposals or other weak ideas."

UK Parliament will be suspended from the end of Monday's sitting until 14 October, Downing Street confirms

Pro-Trump Troll Shoots Up David Hogg Effigy With Assault Rifle, Gets Banned From Twitter

Trump’s reelection is in serious doubt - The Washington Post

“...Falwell and his wife, Becki, consolidated power at Liberty Univ & how Falwell presides over a culture of self-dealing, directing university resources into projects & real estate deals in which his friends & family have stood to make financial gains.”

“Our father was a Nazi sympathizer, racist, anti-Semite and homophobe,” Curtis Ingraham, who is gay, wrote alongside a video of his sister. “Like father like daughter?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has confirmed it will suspend the U.K. Parliament later Monday until Oct. 14.

Dutch ex-model tells how she was raped by Jeffrey Epstein's French 'fixer' who boasted about his links to Harvey Weinstein

New filing in Doe et al v. The Trump Corporation et al: Response in Opposition to Motion

The White House press secretary has not held an on-camera briefing since March 11. This Wednesday will be the six-month mark of the drought..

“The House only has 13 legislative days in September before they leave for another two-week recess — and only 45 legislative days left in the year.”

How the NRA hijacked history

Trump Tariffs Will Soon Cost U.S. Families Thousands of Dollars A Year

Dear Prestwick Airport (@GPAPassenger), Do you have any comment about the corrupt relationship you seem to have with the U.S. President? Are you enjoying the extra cash flow you're getting from our military? By the way, #ETTD.

‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence

As we watch sea ice melt and fire seasons grow longer, the GOP remains the only major political party in the world that denies climate change is human caused.

Sneak peek at @TheAtlantic's next cover story: "Succession," a "deeply reported inside look by politics writer @McKayCoppins at the fight among the Trump children -- namely Ivanka and Don Jr. -- to succeed their father..."

Read this about the Trump Admin killing off the science units at the Agriculture Dept. Termination notices are apparently going out now -- most of these units will lose almost all their staff. Decades of priceless high-level scientific expertise, all off-loaded indiscriminately:

But they call Social Security and Medicare “entitlements” and look for ways to cut them -Chuck Grassley will apply for Trump's federal farm bailout cash for the second time

Second Amendment history: Until 1959, every law review article on the amendment concluded it didn't guarantee an individual right to a gun. Law review pieces saying the opposite started to appear in the late 1970s, some funded directly by the NRA.

Irish PM Varadkar: no-backstop equals no-deal Brexit - Reuters

Americans of both parties overwhelmingly support expanded background checks for gun buyers, according to Post-ABC News poll

Opinion: Cutting refugee admissions will have severe consequences for the U.S. military

Chrissy Teigen fires back at Trump: “What a pussy ass bitch”

If the G.O.P. is cancelling their own primaries because they are afraid Trump cant win, then why is he the horse they want to bet on in the general election? They must have some kind of plan to rig the Electoral College.

The reason every president the last 75 years puts their holdings in a trust, and lets everyone see their taxes, is to show the world, “hey, I'm not here to fuck you” He's here to fuck you.

New: Downplaying its role in the opioid epidemic, Purdue Pharma has embraced a federal statistic showing it was a minor player in the pain pill market. But when we took drug potency into account, Purdue’s importance soared.

Putin's really getting his money's worth out of this guy. Trump's diversion of Pentagon money to build his wall is worse than just budget gimmickry — it's dangerous

To ethics lawyers, the most extraordinary aspect of the daily merging of President Trump’s official duties and his commercial interests is that it has now become almost routine

A deeply disturbing, decades-long pattern of lies & deceit in the Trump family. It’s obscene. Melania is cozy in the WH, and migrant kids are in cages. Melania’s ‘Einstein Visa’ Was Based on Her Having a College Degree — Which She Lied About Having

BREAKING: The US Air Force has ordered a sweeping review of its use of Trump resorts for overnight crew accommodations. It comes as POLITICO uncovers yet another overnight stay at Turnberry by at least a dozen USAF crew members in September 2018.

What the NYT makes clear but does not quite spell out: Trump's top priority in Afghan peace process was to ensure that he personally and nobody else got the Nobel Peace Prize. We're now resuming the war because Trump could not bear to see anyone else get credit for ending it

They took 130 victims of the hurricane off the boat!!!

The U.S. government is apparently turning away hundreds of Bahamians, @BrianEntin reports, forcing them to get off a ship bound for Florida

Taliban leaders said they accepted the idea — as long as the visit came after the deal was announced. That would become a fundamental dividing point contributing to the collapse of the talks. Trump wanted to be perceived as the sole, ultimate dealmaker.

Where is Marco Rubio?

Why did the U.S. share nuclear power info with Saudi Arabia after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi? The Trump administration is well aware MBS & the Saudi government plotted and executed Khashoggi’s brutal death. U.S. intel confirmed.

Sleepless Donald Trump Targets Chrissy Teigen & John Legend in Late-Night Tweets: 'I'm Cackling,' She Responds

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford announced he will challenge Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 presidential nomination

*New* Democrats will take steps this week to speed up the impeachment process & compile evidence to establish instances of possible obstruction of justice & abuses of power by Trump. They will take the 1st formal vote on impeachment. This is significant.

Incredible scenes. Kashmir is now rallying for freedom.

More Russian illiberal democracy

Big Thread: The Firehose of Falsehood is a Russian technique that builds on Soviet methods— but modern tools make it more effective: The Internet, social media, and amateur journalism outlets. The Firehose of Falsehoods is “rapid and continuous” stream of lies

Hundreds like Renard Oliver and his baby now have to get off the ferry from Freeport, Bahamas to Florida. He was trying to evacuate — told he could leave with Bahamian passport and police record like normal but then ferry crew says US Goverment called and changed plan last minute

“The president’s counsel may respond in writing to information and testimony presented to the committee in open session,” the resolution says. Also committee staff would be allowed to question a witness “for an additional hour equally divided between the majority and minority.”

This exchange between Chrissy Teigen and #PresidentPussyAssBitch should be placed in the Smithsonian because it's a very important part of our history as a people.

The Trump administration is rolling back regulations on the natural gas.

Senator Chuck Grassley Is Applying For A Federal Farm Bailout Again

Big problems on the ferry from Freeport to Florida — announcement just made that any Bahamian without a visa must now get off. This is not normal. Nornally Bahamians can travel to USA with passport and a printout of their police record. This is a mess.

Jeanine accuses the NYT of manipulating their bestsellers list so Michelle Obama’s book would place higher than her own

Lindsey Graham was just photographed with prominent white supremacist Geert Wilders. But the picture was taken down fast!

Bullied student's homemade University of Tennessee shirt adopted by school for official design

When I see this guy where I'm shopping, I call 911 each & every time. If I'm LUCKY, there are not 10 dead by the time the police show up. That is not filing a false report, that's self preservation & responsible citizenship in a country where there is mass slaughter every day.

If you believe the DOD just randomly decided to start spending nights at a luxury golf course in Scotland, well, Donald Trump has a rapidly depreciating asset to sell you. Taxpayers aren’t responsible for bailing out Trump’s failing businesses. The corruption is in plain sight.

"Elections" in Saint-Peterburg today

JP Morgan creates "Volfefe index" to measure Trump tweets' impact on market