Tuesday, September 17, 2019

“How is it a hard vote when nine out of ten Americans support it?”@SenatorBennet calls on @SenateMajLdr McConnell to act on the House-passed Bipartisan Background Checks Act.

Doug Collins is ridiculous

I took my tweetstorm from earlier and made it a quick @medium post for your reading pleasure. "Corey Lewandowski Just Made the Democrats Look Utterly Bloodless"

Fittingly, the hearing ended with Doug Collins throwing a mini tantrum

In which @BarryBerke tears Corey Lewandowski a new one

Mr. Lewandowski showed the American public in real time that the Trump Administration will do anything and everything in it's power to obstruct the work of the Congress. Make no mistake, we will hold President Trump accountable.

With Senate inquiry looming, Facebook scrambles to look busy

The Trump admin has unveiled a new rule that will allow pork plants to have fewer USDA inspectors and run their processing lines as fast as they like.

Dear America, Lewandowski - not surprisingly - admitted that he is a partisan hack without a moral compass. Most troubling, however, was his claim of executive privilege when asked whether POTUS offered him a pardon. This stretches the privilege beyond its breaking point.

Trump says homeless people are living in "our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings" where people pay "tremendous taxes" and want "prestige." Says he's speaking to tenants who "want to leave the country." He adds: "We'll be doing something about it."

Lewandowski testified repeatedly before this that he hadn't read the report.

Lewandowski is getting shredded. Exposed as a serial liar. He maintains he never lied under oath. But it's hard to run for Senate, even in 2019, when you were just forced to admit lying on national television.

Attorney Barry Burke is beatin' Corey Lewandowski like a rented mule!

Dems moving to let staff counsel, Barry Berke, to question Lewandowski. Doug Collins says that Berke shouldn’t be allowed to question because he’s a “private consultant.” Nadler says “there’s no distinction between staff and consultants”

I took my tweetstorm from earlier and made it a quick @medium post for your reading pleasure. "Corey Lewandowski Just Made the Democrats Look Utterly Bloodless"

GOP op's try to shut hearing down. Nadler's response.

Mike Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia after US blames Iran

House Judiciary Cmte. Chairman Nadler: "The White House is advancing a new and dangerous theory of 'crony privilege.' It makes absolute immunity look good by comparison. Where are the limits? This is a cover-up plain and simple."

Lewandowski calls @RepSwalwell "President Swalwell" after Swalwell asks if the reason he's refusing to read the words on the screen is because he's ashamed of them. Considering Lewandowski just announced a possible Senate bid on Twitter DURING his testimony, this is pretty rich

......the House has passed an election security bill — Mitch McConnell refuses to take it up in the Senate

Lewandowski was involved in Trump’s repeated obstruction of justice. Trump asked Lewandowski 2x to have Sessions limit Mueller investigation. Lewandowski asked Dearborn to deliver the “obstruction script” to Sessions limiting Mueller’s investigation

PAUL MANAFORT’s ex-son-in-law “has shown an almost unbelievable compulsion to defraud others ... despite having been blessed with so many advantages,” prosecutors write in seeking a 15-year prison term for JEFFREY YOHAI for real estate fraud & other crimes

Corey Lewandowski is Exhibit A in @secupp's comment that the Forgotten Man was forgotten for a reason. Resentment, ignorance, and shamelessness wrapped in faux patriotism and the pretense of working-class virtue.

Cicciline asks for a contempt ruling. Nadler punts. FFS

Lewandowski who was never a WH employee refuses to answer what president asked him citing executive privilege.

Nadler finally warns Lewandowski that he's obstructing the legitimate oversight work of Congress -- and violating the law -- by refusing to answer questions.

.@Senatemajldr on gun legislation: "I know I'm the Majority Leader, but I'm telling you, I want to know what the President supports. It's not unimportant to my members."

“You’re not really here to tell the truth. You are here to participate in a continuing cover up....the American people deserve to know the truth." Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to Lewandowski about Trump welcoming Russian interference in the election.

DOJ notes it would be difficult, if not impossible, to enforce a judgment against Snowden while he's out of the country, which is why they've named his publisher in the suit — they want a judge to stop $ from being disbursed to Snowden

Wow. @RepJeffries catches Lewandowski in a demonstrable lie regarding his comments about taking dictation for Trump

BREAKING: Exit polls show Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu short of securing parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies, leaving his political future in doubt.

There wasn't any doubt on 17 Sep 1939 that Stalin invaded Poland as Hitler's partner, and there isn't any doubt today.

This is so infuriating. The Republicans are engaged in total political warfare and the Democrats are waiting for tea and crumpets to be served. @dccc take the damn gloves off. Hold Lewindowski in contempt.

How much insult and contempt to do you need? How much obstruction and evasion is enough? Are you going to let this go? Of course you are. Trump and the House GOP are playing nuclear hardball and you idiots are at high tea. They're not bound by law or norms.

BREAKING: Exit polls in the three main TV channels in Israel predict Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has lost the elections with his right wing block not reaching 61 seats majority

Q: How do innocent people behave? A: Not like this.

It is clear House Democrats are not fully prepared to counter the political warfare style of Team Trump.

The behavior of House Republicans right now is DISGRACEFUL and an unacceptable standard for ANY member of Congress. They are all willing to dishonor their sworn obligations to their office and country for Donald Trump

So here's the deal;#Lewandowski needs a criminal referral and a court case. There is no point in not taking these people to court. Let's roll

"Sargent at arms, take that man into custody."

Lewandowski’s tactic at the start: Saying the WH “has directed I not disclose the substance of any discussion with the president and his advisers.” And then when asked about the Mueller report, he says he doesn’t know and needs to read the report to refresh his memory

WATCH LIVE: Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testifies publicly before the House Judiciary Committee in what the panel is labeling its first official impeachment hearing

Watch live: Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testifies in impeachment hearing

YouTube link via Washington Post

Barack Obama's statement on the passing of Cokie Roberts: “She was a trailblazing figure; a role model to young women at a time when the profession was still dominated by men...."

California Republican Rep. Paul Cook to retire from Congress, run for county supervisor seat

RIP Cokie Roberts

Yair Netanyahu retweets a photo of "record turnout" in Arab areas.... except this is a photo from Istanbul

Reporting in from Haitian village near Treasure Cay on Abaco. Great to see more of international community here now...as focus starting to shift to long term recovery...But @WCKitchen will continue to deliver meals every day until families can cook

Trump gives Hispanics the option to vote for their deporter.

JUST IN: Judiciary Committee Democrats have noticed a Sept. 23 hearing titled "Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting Off the Presidency"

Snowden’s book doesn’t mention a job at ‘one of Russia’s biggest websites,’ and former CIA officials suspect a darker reality

Hey Trump Voters If Trump didn’t obstruct justice, why is he forbidding the people who would exonerate him from testifying?

There is a direct line between Snowden's stealing a million+ classified NSA, IC & DoD documents then defecting to Moscow and the Russian intelligence operation to help elect Donald Trump 3 years later. If you can't see it still, you're not paying attention.

Is This Clown Really Going To Bumble Us Into A Shooting War?

Clinton rails against Facebook for allowing the spread of "Trump's propaganda"

Opinion: Get ready for a spectacular display of Trump’s corruption

Under the White House legal theory, witnesses are immune from subpoena if they have: - Worked for the President (or not) - When he was President (or not) - About conversations the President was in (or not) Wrong. Corruption isn't a privilege. And compliance isn't voluntary.

Mitch McConnell: The Man Who Sold America

Lewandowski "excited" about defending Trump in congressional hearing Tuesday

House Democrats have largely agreed to punt an ugly border wall fight with Trump until November, likely averting a shutdown this month — as long as the president backs the plan

That the MSM continues to give a platform to a traitor and defector who helps Vladimir Putin in his not-so-secret war against the West speaks volumes.

That the MSM continues to give a platform to a traitor and defector who helps Vladimir Putin in his not-so-secret war against the West speaks volumes

How Harvard scientists received back door support from Jeffrey Epstein after his conviction

Adam Schiff says that the acting Director of National Intelligence told him that there may be "privilege issues" with that whistleblower complaint, "which means that it would have to involve communications of the President or people around him."

Susan Collins says she doesn't regret her Kavanaugh vote 'in the least'

And...another former Bush employee. “Billingslea’s history promoting torture is well documented. As a senior Pentagon official during the Bush admin, he advocated for the use of torture techniques, often in contrast to the advice of top military lawyers.”

New #FactChceker --> President Trump’s claims about VA firings

US military officers awarded ‘Pride Pins’ for visits to Trump’s Scottish resort: report

Ilhan Omar: If Trump lies about ‘weather maps and crowd sizes,’ he cannot be trusted with war powers

Analysis: Trump is handing Democrats an opening on the economy

Big oil and farmers clash - with key swing states in play - over biofuels and it's consuming President Trump's agenda

Sheriff helped plot his own deputy’s killing over ‘racially offensive’ tape, prosecutors say

Fears of ‘collateral damage to democracy’ swell as Trump weighs withdrawing from global postal pac

"Sergeant at arms, take that man into custody."

“Federal prosecutors are seeking a 15-year prison sentence for Jeffrey Yohai, the ex-son-in-law of Manafort, on fraud charges — roughly double the time Manafort received...”

We shouldn't be surprised NBC is caping for Snowden. Look no further than it's subsidiary Euronews. It is majority-owned(53%) by Egyptian mogul, Naguib Sawiris, of Media Globe Networks. He uses the platform to spread his pro-trump rhetoric.

Fuck Joe Manchin

Pentagon urges restraint after strikes on Saudi oil facilities

Bomb explodes near Afghan election rally, killing 24, but president unhurt

A fire broke out after a blast at a Russian biological research facility that's one of only two centers in the world known for housing samples of the smallpox virus.

This makes Trump's subservience to Putin tantamount to treason. Time to arrest the traitors. Exclusive: Russia carried out a 'stunning' breach of FBI communications system, escalating the sp...

Update on the murder of Chechen by Russian hitman in Berlin - killer has not said anything to investigators - a sense that the Germans may be trying to keep things quiet to avoid a Skripal-style diplo scandal

LIVE: U.K. Supreme Court hearing into Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue Parliament begins

Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, faces a grilling about obstruction of justice allegations from Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee

50K people have been killed in the civil war in Yemen 85K children under 5 have died from extreme hunger and disease Millions more are on the brink of starvation None of this bothered Trump He got upset when a Saudi oil field was hit in a drone strike, killing no one

Republicans Don’t Believe in Democracy Do Democrats understand what they’re facing?

"The prince is good at posturing and intimidation, but not so great when it comes to the fundamental defense of his country," writes

Trump might be known for his tweets, but Facebook is taking priority in the aggressive digital strategy for his 2020 campaign. For more of @JuddLegum’s research and reporting, sign up for his newsletter at

The last three years represent a sharp decline in US life expectancy. When did trump become President?

Saudi Arabia has ‘a great deal of explaining to do’ on how its oil assets were attacked, says former US diplomat

Where’s Eric Prince?

Trump’s acting intelligence chief told to turn over whistleblower complaint or face public questioning by Congress

Lol. This would be the third US (former) ally Putin will successfully capture in Middle East. The arms sales are the necessary first pledge.

.@Schwarzenegger is right: Nearly 60 million Americans live under the rule of a party that didn't win the majority of their votes. And we need to fix it.— Hillary Clinton

"One of the worst things that happens [in sexual assault cases] is when we are not willing to believe the victim and take them seriously. Take them seriously. Investigate the case." -Sen. Kamala Harris

.@MSNBC, how much money do you hope to make by helping Putin market anti-American propaganda? Do you think there is one word of Snowden's whiny-baby poor-spied-on-American-citizens "autobiography" that hasn't been pre-approved by the Kremlin?

There is no conceivable privilege so that sounds like witness tampering and every person in the @whitehouse who touched it can be charged in 2021

I lived with Kavanaugh at Yale.The FBI never returned my call. Many were in the same place; they tried to get in contact with FBI, with no luck. Now GOP senators are claiming FBI report showed 'nothing they didn't already know'. Bullshit

Tried to view “tent courts” in Laredo where migrants are in asylum hearings. DHS employee at entrance told us NO ACCESS to media or public -even to lawyers that don’t have clients- due to the facility being located at a port of entry. He said it was a PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE.

It's surreal that most of official Washington gets up every day, goes to work, and pretends that the President isn't dangerously incapable of doing the job intellectually or temperamentally. If your uncle posted this drivel on Twitter, your family would have a meeting about it

Not only did Collins cast the last holdout vote on the premise that Kavanaugh would uphold the right to an abortion (!), but she accepted an obviously fraudulent investigation.

Kids, let this serve as a lesson on why it’s bad to work for a mobbed-up

White House concocts excuses to protect Trump from testimony

House probing Chao on questions of conflict with family business

8 years of Trump's tax returns sought by Manhattan D.A.

Unhealed wounds of Kavanaugh confirmation reopened by new report

WH says Corey Lewandowski can’t talk about conversations with the president not contained in Mueller report. Lewandowski was never a WH employee.

Richard Stallman has resigned from his post at MIT

Corruption has put our planet at risk. Corruption has broken our economy. And corruption is breaking our democracy. I know what’s broken, I’ve got a plan to fix it, and that’s why I’m running for President of the United States.

"He happens to be Hispanic, but I've never quite figured it out because he looks more like a (white Anglo-Saxon Protestant) than I do."

Why does POTUS sound noncommittal re Saudi/Iran funfest when SecState is way out front? Two POTUS quotes today: -- we're pretty much sure we know who it is -- the Saudis pay cash He's waiting for a better offer.

A high-ranking Soviet bioweapons official who defected to the United States in the 1990s claimed that smallpox had been moved to the Vector Institute in order to conduct bioweapons research

"The Saudis are going to have a lot of involvement in this if we decide to do something ... and that includes payment and they understand that fully," Trump tells @jonkarl when asked if he thinks it's the responsibility of the Saudis to defend themselves

Opinion: The hardest job for the next president may be fixing Trump’s mess

2020 is about the direction America goes, not just for four years, but for generations to come. There’s a lot at stake in this election, and I know people are scared. But we can't choose a candidate we don't believe in just because we're too scared to do anything else.

A high-ranking Soviet bioweapons official who defected to the United States in the 1990s claimed that smallpox had been moved to the Vector Institute in order to conduct bioweapons research

Nadler responds: "This is a shocking and dangerous assertion of executive privilege and absolute immunity. The President would have us believe that he can willfully engage in criminal activity and prevent witnesses from testifying before Congress."

You know, if 5 and 6 year old kids can cope with active shooter drills, then gun owners can deal with background checks, waiting periods, and red flag laws.

How is this not a bigger story? The prime minister of America’s closest ally and “only democracy” in the Middle East, an ally backed by self-styled liberals and progressives throughout Congress, has had his official FB page suspended for hate speech.

President Trump asks his supporter Steve Cortes in the middle of the rally: "Who do you like more, the country or the hispanics? He says the country, I dont know. I may have to go with the hispanics to be honest with you. we've got a lot of hispanics."

#BREAKING Exclusive: information obtained through an intl criminal probe into encrypted comms firm Phantom Secure (used by global criminal syndicates) produced evidence that led to investigation and arrest of the RCMP's Cameron Ortis

Reps. Cummings and Krishnamoorthi to Elaine Chao: "The Committee is examining your misstatements of fact, your actions that may have benefited the company in which you continued to hold shares, and your compliance with ethics and financial disclosure requirements."

Just finished reading The Billion Dollar Whale and was blown away. I thought I had seen it all with Russian kleptocracy, but the story of the money stolen in Malaysia in 1MDB and all the enthusiastic Western enablers was unbelievable.

Republicans fear a scandal involving Texas' House speaker could give Democrats majority for first time in almost two decades

Remember what was said on Friday when Ortis was arrested? His arrest was part of a "wider operation" by "NATO Allies" and "Five Eyes" . I have questions about what he was doing 2016. Also why Trump had the sads for Canada from day

Joe Walsh: The Republican party is a cult

Acting-DNI Joseph Maguire defies law to hold whistleblower report

Most American teens are frightened by climate change, poll finds, and about 1 in 4 are taking action

Afghan officials say a sticky bomb attached to a police vehicle went off near a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in a northern province. There was no immediate word of casualties. Ghani was there but is safe and unharmed, according to his campaign.

Just saw a new poll of #KYSen from @AARP: Mitch McConnell: 47% Me: 46% Unlike McConnell, I’ll always stand up for everyday Kentuckians, not dirty special interests. Contribute now to help me defeat Mitch and defend democracy

By #negotiations the U.S.’s doesn’t seek a fair solution, rather -as they say- they want to make demands for Iran to submit. For such negotiations they should go after those who act as their ‘#MilkingCows’. Islamic Republic, is a Republic of believers in God & of dignity.

The FEC still won't tell @CREWcrew and America...just who paid to elect disgraced Eric Greitens as governor of Missouri? Several million still unaccounted for.

Trump’s acting intelligence chief told to turn over whistleblower complaint or face public questioning by Congress