Monday, September 16, 2019

Alleged JPMorgan hacker Andrei Tyurin to plea guilty in NY next week - extradited last yr, he was accused in scheme to steal mils $ & data on 76mil people/cos, it was suggested his criminal connections could provide info on 2016 Russian election activity

Mitch McConnell's just a 4chan troll trying to distract from the House investigation into his wife at this point. It's the Party of Trump.

Any short-term spending bill should make sure that we’re keeping our end of the bargain and protecting America’s coal miners – including the 1,200 retired miners who will lose their hard-earned health care benefits at the end of 2019.

This succinct thread by @brett_mcgurk is how things are supposed to work when tensions are high: use reason, facts, & consensus; limit miscalculations; get other nations on board, develop a coordinated plan. This reduces unintended, a lot of people dying.

All the while, if this weekend's attack was launched from Iran, we should presume Tehran has priced in a Saudi or US response and prepared its counter, with another rung up the escalatory ladder. With everyone “locked and loaded” – it's a good time to slow down, and think.

The earth is getting warmer. The 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998.

Trump says the Saudis are a good country to help because they pay for things with "cash."

NADLER also made his strongest comments to date on impeaching Trump, saying it's "imperative." "Impeachment is imperative not because he's going to be removed from office -- the Senate won't do that -- but because we have to vindicate the Constitution."

Meanwhile in Russia... There was an explosion at a research center which stores one of the world's largest collections of viruses including small pox & ebola. All glass in the building was shattered per RFE/RL, but Russian gov't says no biohazards released

The Saudis bailed Trump out in 1991 when they bought his yacht. He had companies registered there up to Dec. 2016. They funneled $270k to his DC hotel 3 days after inauguration. The MBS visit to Trump Soho saved its profit margins for a quarter. And Jared has close ties with MBS.

During a halftime swearing-in ceremony of United States Armed Forces, soccer fans in Portland, Oregon, booed when enlistees were asked to pledge to “obey the orders of the President of the United States.”

BUSTED: NC GOP senator announces retirement after getting caught on video gerrymandering his district

Sadly for all concerned — including Justice Kavanaugh, his accusers, the entire Court, and ultimately the country and the legal system itself — there is no way this cloud will ever be entirely lifted.

Inbox: Today, Oversight Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi sent a letter requesting information and documents regarding "troubling questions" about whether Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is using her office to benefit herself and her family.

Trump says Mattis asked him to delay potential military action against "a certain country" because (according to Mattis) the military was low on ammunition. "That's a story I never told before. Breaking news."

BREAKING:Hardcore trolling from #Putin: "In order to defend their country,we prepared to help #SaudiArabia.Political leadership in Riyadh only has to take wise state decision,as did #Iran by purchasing our S300s& #Turkey w/ S400.The systems will defend any Saudi facilities"

#UPDATE: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tells @GLZRadio: Israel is prepared for the possibility it might be drawn into any U.S.-Iranian confrontation over a strike on a Saudi oil plant

Retired CIA expert: US far-right is getting duped by Russia and it’s ‘part of something bigger’

"More than 150,000 registered voters were improperly placed on an “inactive list” that could jeopardize their right to vote in Nov., the state Democratic Party said. KDP chairman Ben Self demanded the board immediately reactivate those registrations."

WikiLeaks Veteran: I ‘Cooperated’ With Feds ‘in Exchange for Immunity’

What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?

Mitch McConnell has ZERO respect for women and sexual assault victims.

MBS is a liar who covered up the murder of a Washington Post journalist. @realDonaldTrump is a liar who has lied about...well, everything. The word of neither of them should be the basis for war

NEW: Warren introduced a new anti-corruption plan and specifically references a case involving Trump's sister, where an investigation into her role in various tax schemes of the family and potential fraud ended abruptly

Joe Walsh on CNN on the cancellation of Republican state primaries: "I always want to pinch myself and remind myself that this isn't Russia. I do not live in Russia. I refuse to live in Russia. We can't just cancel elections in this country. That's what Donald Trump is doing."

This is the real reason Obama expelled all those diplomats right after the 2016 election. And Trump knew about this when he said Putin didn’t interfere in the election.

The right-wing hysteria clearly implies that the allegations against Kavanaugh are false. But if the right-wingers really thought the allegations were false, why demand bogus investigation by the FBI? Why not a real one?

BREAKING: Citing security concerns, Colorado has become the first state to stop counting ballots w/ printed barcodes. The state's secretary of state felt it was necessary to ensure Colorado maintains its position as a national leader on election security.

8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A.

💰GM paid zero federal income taxes on $11b in profit in 2018. 🤑Their CEO raked in $22m in compensation last year. 👩🏾‍🏭They can afford to pay their workers a fair wage with excellent benefits

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler: "Frankly, we are concentrating our resources on determining whether to impeach the president. Personally I think the President ought to be impeached but we have to concentrate on that for the next few months."

Ukraine’s foreign minister tells @ChristopherJM that Western governments "are pushing us to make some progress" in ending the war in the Donbas. "We hope they are equally pushing the Russians."

Elaine Chao Investigated by House Panel for Possible Conflicts

#BREAKING Russia offers Saudi missile defences after attack

NEW: If Andrew McCabe ultimately does face charges, he’ll have some big names lined up as character witnesses. Over a dozen high-ranking ex-officials have committed to defending him, including Eric Holder, John Brennan, James Clapper and Susan Rice.

Elizabeth Warren rolls out a sweeping anti-corruption plan Monday that seeks to build a proverbial wall between lobbyists and policy making

Just a quick reminder that Trump & @HUDgov have actually *worsened* our nation's homelessness crisis by: -Cutting programs for affordable housing -Allowing shelters to refuse LGBTQ+ ppl -Evicting mixed-status immigrants from subsidized housing -Tripling/raising rent

Exclusive: Russia carried out a 'stunning' breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil

Opinion: The Kavanaugh revelations and why the Supreme Court is broken

We shouldn't be surprised at Trump's acknowledgement that the Saudis dictate our options. Even if he's never been so forward about it, he's long ceded our foreign policy to Riyadh. The war in Yemen. Brinksmanship w Iran. Even looking the other way when they murder a US resident.

The headline says it all. Justice Sotomayor warns the Supreme Court is doing “extraordinary” favors for Trump

EXCLUSIVE: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin served in an official capacity for a business run by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s most infamous associates.

Opinion | Dictators and the Internet: A love story

Saudi attacks threaten U.S. gasoline price hikes, particularly in California

At least one Judiciary senator was told of the latest allegation against Kavanaugh last fall. Grassley’s chief counsel during the confirmation fight today said Grassley’s office has no record of Max Stier reaching out with the accusation

Pelosi and Schumer say they spoke to Trump this AM, telling him any gun bill that does not include universal background checks “will not get the job done,” saying they “promised” to join Trump at “a historic signing ceremony at the Rose Garden” if he gets McConnell to let it pass

I’d like to say this isn’t what DOJ does, but who really knows anymore.

Unless the IC has a lot more information - radar tracks, point of origin of launch, heat signature from a cruise missile launch, human intelligence, satellite imagery of the attack profile - there are still more Qs than A’s. A satellite photo of before and after isn’t evidence.

It’s simply amazing how the Saudis call all our shots these days. We don’t have a mutual defense alliance with KSA, for good reason. We shouldn’t pretend we do.

Saudi Arabia should fight their own wars, which they won't, or pay us an absolute fortune to protect them and their great wealth-$ trillion! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2014

Remember that George W Bush, who people now think is a swell guy because he once passed Michelle Obama a breath mint, personally lobbied swing Senators on behalf of Kavanaugh after the sexual assault allegations came out

Over the course of this week -- which saw the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks -- the president first wanted to invite the Taliban to Camp David and now wants to go to war for Saudi Arabia.

Germany is set to ban glyphosate — Monsanto's cancer-causing weedkiller! Meanwhile, the US is actively criticizing countries for banning this toxic pesticide.

When candidates say, "At least Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are pretending to be interested," shit, that is not enough. Neither is poll-testing your message. Gun violence is a life or death issue—and we have to represent the bold ideas of people all over the country

Is this a good time to remind everyone that the government of Saudi Arabia owns the entire 45th floor in Trump World Tower?

I’m running against Susan Collins for Senate. I’m tired of hoping that Susan Collins does the right thing when she has shown time and time again that she puts Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell ahead of Mainers. If you’re with me, please make a contribution to our campaign today.

Ohio farmers are expected to lose $528 million this fall. And that’s the loss AFTER they receive $352 million in federal payments.

Minnesota police announce arrest in synagogue fir

Do-over vote: Israel is heading into an unprecedented repeat election on Tuesday with no guarantee there will be a more decisive result than the inconclusive one last April as the country's electorate remains deeply divided.

“A lot of people are rushing very fast to conclusions and they’re using cognitive dissonance to ignore some issues.… I don’t think we’ve eliminated any possibility just yet.” -- Gen @MarkHertling tells me the attack could've originated in Yemen, Iraq, Iran or even Saudi Arabia.

Is this a write-off as a medical expense? The Trump depression: Experts see a serious psychological depression taking hold in America

Iran rejects 'baseless' accusations it had role in Saudi oil attacks

Opinion: The gig economy has costs. We can no longer ignore them.

Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament reaches the U.K.’s top judges this week, forcing them into the political arena on an issue that’s divided the courts and the country

As Brett Kavanaugh’s biggest defender, @SenatorCollins Collins should take the lead in demanding an investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee as to whether Kavanaugh lied under oath and whether the FBI curtailed it’s probe.

Thousands More Jeffrey Epsteins Are Still Out There They operate with impunity, continuing to sexually exploit children.

Marine animal experts fear return of 'the Blob'

Eighty percent were appointed by Presidents who did not win the popular vote.

Pennsylvania has lost 8,300 manufacturing jobs this year, while Wisconsin has lost 4,000. Factories are slumping in the Midwest and that is bad news for President Trump's reelection chances

Under our Constitution, the power to commence war lies with Congress, not the president and certainly not Saudi Arabia. We don’t take orders from foreign powers.

Ted Cruz: Nobody gives a shit about sexual assault or the FBI being instructed to ignore it.

The US should never go to war to protect Saudi oil.

Purdue Pharma, the narcotics manufacturer blamed for triggering America's opioid crisis through its aggressive marketing of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, according to WaPo.

Brett Kavanaugh: Calls for impeachment are mounting after fresh sexual assault allegations. Here’s how it could happen

A “higher authority” told the Director of National Intelligence to violate the law. Hmmm . . . could it have been “The Chosen One”?

Barr again reaching for the norms of corrupt, authoritarian regimes, testing House Democrats’ spine. Will they act before it’s too late?

EXCLUSIVE: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin served in an official capacity for a business run by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s most infamous associates.

Colin Kaepernick's Nike ad wins Emmy for outstanding commercial

BREAKING: More than 49,000 United Auto Workers members go on strike at 55 General Motors facilities over contract dispute

How much of MBS's bitch are you, really?

Here’s video of Pompeo and Mnuchin saying what Trump just called “fake news” — that he would meet with Iran without conditions. In light of the bombing of Saudi oil facilities, Trump is pretending they didn’t say this and blaming the media.

Brett Kavanaugh trending is good reason to bring back one the best twitter videos of all time.

You know who else agreed with @BetoORourke that civilians don’t need AR-15’s? The inventor of the AR-15, according to his family

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu canceled his appearance at an election rally outside Tel Aviv tonight. Reports claim he received "an in-depth study suggesting he might lose (Tuesday's) election". Officials say he called instead for an emergency meeting of his Party.