Wednesday, October 9, 2019

"They didn't help us in the Second World War, they didn't help us with Normandy." He says they're only interested in fighting for "their land." Trump suggests he has no problem with Erdogan being "tough" on the Kurds.

Fox News terminates Trey Gowdy amid reports he joined Trump's legal team

Good luck keeping the articles of impeachment short

BREAKING: Trump pressed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to help persuade the Justice Department to drop a criminal case against an Iranian-Turkish gold trader who was a client of Rudy Giuliani, according to three people familiar with the 2017 meeting

Happening right now at the Trump Tower Hotel in Las Vegas

Republican anger at Trump grows as Turkey launches 'sickening' attack on US allies

EXCLUSIVE: The White House says that it “has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.” But a senior adviser to Erdogan, @Gulnuray, tells me: “President Trump and President Erdogan have reached an understanding over precisely what this operation is.”

Trey Gowdy is reportedly joining the parade of Trump lackeys eager to debase themselves for him until they're backstabbed. But how does the Benghazi supersleuth feel about a White House that ignores subpoenas?

Your agony is delicious. you see the threat but you lack the courage to call out the problem by his name. You have to break with him, and you have to take the pain, because that's your punishment.

A forthcoming book contains 43 new allegations of alleged inappropriate behavior by Trump, including 26 instances of unwanted sexual contact

Susan Rice on President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria: "The message that that sends to all of our potential allies and partners ... when the president wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, we'll throw you under the bus"

Rep. Liz Cheney, a top Republican in the House, says it is "impossible to understand why President Trump is leaving America’s allies to be slaughtered and enabling the return of ISIS."

Turkey's Erdogan, Russia's Putin discuss Syria offensive: Turkish presidency

MUST READ: TY @tribelaw for this important new piece. "The time for waiting is over. The House must move on on impeachment articles now."

Our greatest allies in the Middle East getting murdered in real time.

Trump abandoned the Kurds & green-lighted Turkey’s military not to stop endless wars in the Middle East, but to please yet another brutal tyrant. How do we know? He vetoed ending U.S. participation in the barbaric Yemen war & approved troop deployments to Saudi twice since July.

Lawyers for Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz say they have not been able to find Epstein's alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, to serve her with legal papers.

It's been nine months since much of the funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund expired and Mitch McConnell still hasn't renewed it.

Turkish, Russian, and ISIS maneuvers in Syria today seem to be happening in sync with one another. Not the first time...

“I feel like a Kurd today,” former Netanyahu adviser tells @Halbfinger. In Israel, Trump's decision to leave the Kurds to fend for themselves against Turkey has many wondering if he might abandon them too.

From a member of European Parliament: The Turkish offensive is an absolute scandal. Solidarity with our Kurdish allies must go beyond mere words. The EU must sanction Erdogan's regime and NATO must suspend Turkey. Or we'll all be as complicit as Trump. This is now us, folks.

BREAKING: NATO's secretary-general urges Turkey not to "further destabilize the region" through military action in northern Syria.

Trump directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry and 2 top State Dept. officials to deal with Rudy Giuliani when the Ukrainian President sought to meet Trump, in a clear circumvention of official channels, according to two sources familiar with the conversation.

From a Senator who has propped up President Trump at every turn, this is pretty rich. Well done, Senator @LindseyGrahamSC ! I’m sure the Kurds are heartened by your calls for prayers. As Turkish troops approach.

#BREAKING Germany accuses Turkey of risking IS resurgence with offensive: minister

The @WhiteHouse letter denying the legitimacy of a co-equal branch of government is one of the canonical documents of the Trump age: unfounded in the law, mendacious, misleading, & corrosive to the institution that issued it & our union.

#BREAKING ISIS fighters have ambushed a regime convoy near Sukhnah town in the Homs Desert in Eastern Syria today. 17 regime fighters were killed. One of the heaviest ISIS attacks in that region since many months.

Render unto...Cheeto Jesus? The only way Donnie resembles Caesar is he's eaten the salad.

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Why are you always taking actions, or contemplating taking actions, that benefit Russia? Withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty helps Russia and hurts U.S. national security. Why do you kneel before Vladimir Putin?

The White House letter was pure scorched earth: it would not cooperate with the House. But it lacked much in the way of legal arguments, seemingly citing cable TV news appearances as often as case law. And legal experts cast doubt upon its effectiveness.

We have a president for whom betrayal comes naturally. This time, the cost will be measured in human lives.

Things are deteriorating in the U.S.- China trade war

Russia's Justice Ministry labels Navalny's anti-corruption foundation a "foreign agent."

Somebody ask Rudy if undercover New York City cops regularly testified this way when he was mayor because of safety concerns.

Arizona's most iconic species is being destroyed for Trump's wall. Devastating photos today from Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, taken by Marie Reilly.

Trump promised he would eliminate the budget deficit within eight years. Now, three years into his presidency, the deficit is 68 percent higher than when he started because all he knows how to do is run up debt and leave bills unpaid.

Turkey says its troops are set to cross the border into northern Syria “shortly”

Read ⁦@michaeldweiss⁩ on the nightmarish scenario that’s unfolding in the Middle East.

Just to show that every actor in this absurdist horror show is connected, WH counsel Pat Cipollone, who just sent the bizarre defiant letter to Pelosi, is an alumnus of Kirkland Ellis, AG Barr's staff from 1993, and Covington High School

Intelligence Cmte. member to Trump officials: “Why aren't you the whistleblower?”

BREAKING: Kurdish-led civilian administration in northeastern Syria issues a "general mobilization" call along the border with Turkey, as Ankara masses troops ahead of an imminent invasion.

The Justice Department still hasn't shared with Congress notes on interviews between Mueller's team and White House officials

Rpts: Official told whistleblower Trump's Ukraine call was "crazy"

Trump campaign threatens to sue Minneapolis Target Center for asking them to pay $530,000 in rally-related expenses up front. I can understand why they refuse to trust him, Trump STILL owes El Paso $500,000

The GOP-led Senate intelligence committee reaches a conclusion that it's GOP-led House counterpart did not reach back in 2018: that the online troll farm campaign was directed by the Kremlin to harm Hillary Clinton and benefit Donald Trump.

“Trump made a terrible call. It needs to be investigated. I fully support the impeachment inquiry, and all of these facts need to come out, and delay and obfuscation isn’t going to solve this problem.” Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich reacts to White House impeachment inquiry letter.

Keep up the drum beat: Why did Justice Kennedy retire so abruptly? What role did his son at Deutsche Bank play? Who paid off Brett Kavanaugh’s $92,000 country club fees plus his $200,000 credit card debt plus his $1.2 million mortgage, and purchased themselves a SCOTUS seat?

Manafort made contact with the entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2013. Johnson was on that committee. Johnson went to Russia on the 4th of July. Johnson went to Zelensky’s inauguration.

The Trump Organisation is refusing to accept a legal bill worth tens of thousands of pounds for a lengthy court battle it fought - and lost - over a windfarm development near its Aberdeenshire resort, say the Scottish Govt.

Facebook refused to take down an ad from the Trump campaign that promoted unsubstantiated accusations about Joe Biden. Facebook said the ad, which has been viewed 5 million times on the site, did not violate its policies.

Newsrooms are gearing up for the Trump impeachment inquiry with new hires, podcasts and newsletters

Turkish military, Syrian rebel forces to cross into Syria 'shortly': Erdogan's aide

One of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers has filed an amended complaint that names individuals and more than 20 corporate entities associated with Epstein that she says helped facilitate his abuse of her when she was 14 and 15.

Top Secret Russian Unit Seeks to Destabilize Europe, Security Officials Say

When the Kremlin wanted to target America and install its asset Trump, it aimed at our Achilles' heel: Racism. It worked like a charm. My own family has been profoundly wounded by this.

.@brett_mcgurk writes that revised U.S. goals in Syria must be modest, reflecting the unavoidable fact that Trump forfeited U.S. leadership at a decisive moment in the campaign, to the benefit of Iran, Russia, and Turkey

Pentagon won’t take over Islamic State prisons if U.S.-allied Kurdish forces withdraw, officials say

Opinion: What in the world is Lindsey Graham thinking?

Lindsey Graham: A president who doesn't comply with Congressional requests for information is subject to impeachment.

Pelosi responds: "The White House should be warned that continued efforts to hide the truth of the President's abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction. Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable."

Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump’s Bluff: ‘You Are Not Above The Law’

Trump has caves on Isil fight in Syria, Turkey says, as offensive looms

Devin Nunes' is the paranoid relative you don't want to see at Thanksgiving. But that relative is in Congress, spouting conspiracies and damaging our Democracy

Johnson faces cabinet revolt over no-deal Brexit

Farmers union president slams Trump’s boasting about billions in farm subsidies: ‘He’s bragging about socialism’

MSNBC, Washington Post to host November Democratic 2020 debate

Trump appears to throw Pence under the bus in legal filing

Russia's role in 2016 attack made explicit in new Senate report

Trump showing desperation in defying impeachment inquiry

Ed Meese an unlikely recipient of honor ...except by Trump

ICYMI: Jerry Falwell Jr. -you know, the anti-gay, religious leader, moral compass, holier-than-thou, Trump apologist- settled the Miami court case over that bizarre South Beach ‘pool boy’ thing..

BTW, Trump and Putin discussed #Syria in #Helsinki—and Putin wanted everyone to know about it.

President Jimmy Carter offers advice to Trump on the impeachment inquiry: "Tell the truth, for a change." Also tells him to ease up on Twitter and come clean with the public.

Unpaid bills pile up in Trump rallies’ wake

Jennifer Araoz, who was raped by Epstein as a teenager, has accused two of the financier's assistants of facilitating her abuse in an amended lawsuit against his estate.

Just sent @SecPompeo a letter flagging that the Feb 2019 spending bill prohibits pay to federal officials who prevent other officials from communicating with Congress. We refuse to bankroll this administration while they hold witnesses hostage. Sondland must testify on Ukraine.

Millions of Californians will lose power for a while because of the effects of climate change. Yes, 800,000 "customers," an astounding number in and of itself—but that's the number of accounts @PGE4Me is shutting down. This may become a regular occurrence.

...And finally there is the scary issue of the thousands of ISIS detainees and families, who may be breaking out of camps and prisons after Turkish attack--with NO American back-up plan. This is a major disaster coming at us because of Trump's decisions. Hours left to stop it...