Sunday, October 27, 2019

Chris Wallace grills Mike Pence for making ISIS kill partisan: ‘Why didn’t you tell Nancy Pelosi?’

Three veterans who served with Ambassador Bill Taylor, a key witness in the House impeachment inquiry who has come under attack by the President, defended him as a "man of honor," "public servant" and "role model" in interviews with CNN

How Ivanka Trump and Her Team Cry, Cajole and Carp to Get Her Out of Bad Press

TRUMP: We flew our airplanes low for an hour and ten minutes to the location. [Special Ops smacking their foreheads.]

Rep. Adam Schiff to @ThisWeekABC: "The idea that we would pull our forces away from this vital ally, the Kurds...and now we're sending our troops back in to protect oil? So we'll betray an ally, but we'll go back in to protect the oil? That sickens me."

Steve Lynch ain’t no liberal. If he’s been this vocal, then what they have must be staggering.

The number of bodies recovered from a mass grave in Mexico near the Arizona border has risen to 42.

"But I do want to secure the oil" says POTUS. We don't need this oil. If POTUS had just left it at the TelePrompTer statement, this would be a high point in his presidency. Instead, it shows his fecklessness.

POTUS now repeating Kremlin TPs in ISIS, which Russia has supported significantly while using "fighting ISIS together" as a point of leverage for getting in with the US. Does anyone think it was an accident Baghdadi was in Russia-held territory?

Adam Schiff: If "Bill Barr's Justice Department is doing a criminal investigation of people who properly looked into Russian means that Bill Barr, on the president's behalf, is weaponizing the Justice Department to go after the president's enemies."

So Trump looking for a standing ovation at the World Series today. He is still going to get impeached.

NEW: Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, the lawyers who represent the Ukrainian oligarch paying millions for dirt on Biden, also have another client: John Solomon. The arrangement raises new q's about potential privilege claims.

If there is not more commentary about how POTUS has made everything, EVERYTHING about his decisions on the Middle East about securing oil "for the tremendous money involved" -- then I'm not sure anyone is listening anymore. This is madness.

Russian defence ministry: “We are not aware of any assistance having being given to US Air Force flights into the air space of the Idlib de-escalation zone in this operation...”

The #projection is strong here

Meanwhile, Russia's Minister of Defense says they have no idea what Trump is talking about and casts doubt that the raid even happened. Note the snark quotes around "yet another" elimination of al-Baghdadi

He thanked the Russians before US Special Forces.

Trump said White House didn’t inform Pelosi or members of Congress because it would’ve leaked and leaks could’ve meant US special forces killed. But WH did alert Russia, Turkey, he says. Didn’t want those countries to fire on US helicopters—8 choppers flew in, very low, he says.

Rep. Adam Schiff to @ThisWeekABC: "The idea that we would pull our forces away from this vital ally, the Kurds...and now we're sending our troops back in to protect oil? So we'll betray an ally, but we'll go back in to protect the oil? That sickens me."

How telling he thanks Russia first.

JUST IN: Pointing to yesterday’s ruling declaring their impeachment inquiry valid, House investigation leaders demand that KUPPERMAN (Bolton’s deputy) honor their subpoena.

Mattis’s speechwriter says that Trump made clear his intention to “screw” Amazon by denying it the Pentagon contract. The decision to give the business to Microsoft—which has less experience than Amazon in handling classified data—reeks to high heaven.

Corruption is in character for a president who tried to solicit a bribe from Ukraine; was surrounded by felons; lied about his payments to a mistress; obstructed justice; continues to do business as a property developer; and even falsified a weather map.

When this administration makes contentious decisions—such as awarding a contract to Microsoft over Amazon—the presumption of goodwill has been replaced by a presumption of ill will and illegality. If that sounds harsh, you haven’t been paying attention

The fact that you even tweeted this shows you are a National Security threat.

Trump, “I’m going to build 16% of a wall.” Trump administration has acquired little of the private land in Texas it needs for border barrier

One year after James “Whitey” Bulger’s death in a federal prison, authorities have not brought criminal charges or explained why he was put within reach of organized crime figures from Massachusetts.

NEW: Philip Reeker detailed to impeachment investigators his role in supervising the chaotic fallout from Trump’s ouster of Marie Yovanovitch from “more or less his first day on the job,” according to a source familiar with his 8-hr closed-door testimony.

Marine combat veteran recounts "crushing" deportation to El Salvador. “I love America. I would fight for it again. I won’t turn my back on it. I really need it not to have its back turned to me.”

How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history. Inside America’s Unfair and Imbalanced Network

Due to overwhelming excitement about the first pitch by @chefjoseandres, @Nationals Park will open at 4 pm on Sunday for Game 5 ticketholders ⚾️ Don’t drive ⚾️ Arrive early ⚾️ Drink responsibly ⚾️ Cheer loudly

A recent poll found that of Republicans who cite Fox News as their primary news source, 98 percent oppose removing Pres.Trump. Media Matters CEO Angelo Carusone explains how the network is "the engine that is driving the misinformation."

In impeachment inquiry, Republican lawmakers ask questions about whistleblower, loyalty to Trump and conspiracy theories

Today marks one year since the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. Today we remember the 11 people whose lives were lost during the tragic events of October 27, 2018.

Dr. Phil : ‘Women Who Support Trump Are Damaged.’

YPG claim to have shared intel with the US which led to the alleged killing of Baghdadi (it’s still not been officially confirmed if he’s dead or not yet). Turkey also claims the same thing.

"There is no precedent for Trumpism. The American press has never been confronted with this kind of lite fascism. We are in completely new journalistic territory. How does objectivity survive in a world were one side is so completely nefarious?"

Steven Mnuchin may have gone against IRS warnings to help a friend get a major tax break Steven Mnuchin may have gone against IRS warnings to help a friend get a major tax break

At @lawfareblog, I wrote: "Much as al-Qaeda has used Osama bin Laden’s legacy as a propaganda tool since his death, were Baghdadi to be killed by U.S.-backed coalition forces, his legacy would almost certainly function as a recruitment tool for [ISIS]."

There’s a new character about to take the stage in the impeachment drama— Phil Reeker. Those who have worked with Reeker in the past describe him as a straight shooter, and Trump and Pompeo may not like what he has to say

Oh shit there is a video that backs up the ‘don’t congratulate Obama’ .. Can’t wait for the announcement..

Diplomat Reeker provided House committee with ‘a much richer reservoir of information than expected’: Dem lawmaker

The United Nations warned that it may not be able to pay its staff on time because the US owes it $1 billion

More social media photos show Rudy Giuliani a now-indicted associate Lev Parnas having a VIP experience at two baseball games between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in June 2019 and much more...

The probe of President Donald Trump’s conduct has created a cloud of uncertainty from Washington to Kyiv

Killing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will NOT distract US from impeachment. No distractions.

A House Republican who said he’d consider impeaching Trump announces he won’t seek a third term in 2020

Paula White: Christians will 'stand accountable before God' if they vote against Trump

BREAKING: A mass shooting has unfolded at a university event in Greenville, Texas. Early reports say two people have been killed and 20 injured after the incident at a homecoming party.

“The evidence of a quid pro quo is simply overwhelming. Yet, [Republicans’] hare-brained defenses continue.”

Turkey's Erdogan has announced he will "clear out" Kurdish forces from the Syrian border if Russia fails to do so. The Turkish leader's comments come as rights groups accuse the country of war crimes

What Was the Point of the Syria ‘Withdrawal’?

How long has Erdogan known Baghdadi was in Turkey-controlled Idlib?

Baghdadi is believed to have detonated his suicide vest, killing himself, @DefenseOne has learned.

Russia attacked Ukraine 21 times yesterday, October 26th. The invaders of Europe from Muscovy heavily shelled at the Svitlodarsk Bulge and opened fire on the Zolote disengagement area again. The Russians are using Minsk-prohibited 120 & 82 mm mortars.

Al-Baghdadi detonated suicide vest, official says

NEW @WSJ exclusive: Pompeo Discusses Senate Race in Kansas with Koch

This Trump supporter, who went viral because of this absurd video calling on immigrants to “respect our laws,” has been...arrested for identity theft.

The parent agency of the U.S. Border Patrol has purchased 33 million rounds of ammunition for its new handgun, and may buy more than 300 million additional rounds over the next five years

Billionaire Dan Gilbert donated $750K to Trump’s inaugural committee. He then received massive federal tax breaks for a multi-billion dollar real estate development, even though his project didn’t qualify for the program. America has socialism for rich, capitalism for the rest.

UPDATE: Over 90,000 people are under evacuation orders and PG&E has begun to cut power to 940,000 properties as wildfires engulf Northern California

#BREAKING: It is known that the #ISIL's leader, Abubakr al-Baghdadi traveled from the East of #Syria to this village in North of #Syria using #Turkey's territory almost a year ago. He was clearly aided & supported by #Turkish Intelligence Service & the Turkish backed militias!

The Kremlin colonization of the American conservative mind continues.

"Making sense of Trump remarks like these is a little like searching for coins in a septic tank, but there are important revelations nonetheless. This is the full text with notes."

Jim Mattis and John Kelly are an especially troubling example of the revolving door. After leaving government, where they facilitated the family separation policy, they joined the boards of companies who stand to benefit from that policy.

Another Trump Court Pick Rated ‘Not Qualified’ To Serve! * 10 yrs out of law school * Has never tried a case * rated Unqualified by ABA * federalist society member who clerked for Kavanaugh. * 37 years old, was just given a lifetime federal judgeship


Is this conservatism? No — John Kasich

BREAKING: The federal deficit for fiscal 2019 was $984 billion, a 26% increase from 2018


House Democrats have long wanted former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify publicly, but the Justice Department claims they’re now open to a closed-door interview

SNL: Bill Clinton and Donald Trump bond over impeachment

Wait, Baghdadi “detonated a suicide vest” versus a double tap by our special forces? the last sentence: 1) they “leveled” the building after the raid? 1a) did the special forces: collect or image all electronic devices? 1b) were civilians taken in to custody? 2) “U.S. Operators”?

Vladimir Putin is watching. Officials in Moscow have assembled one of the most comprehensive video-surveillance operations in the world—and that's just the beginning

Where is the money coming from in the 2020 North Carolina Senate race? Will it top the 2014 contest, which was the most expensive race in U.S. Senate history at the time?

This year’s winner of the Nobel prize for economics says, “You don’t boost growth by cutting taxes, you do that by giving money to people”

US lawmakers say that the video app TikTok could pose a national security risk, and are calling on regulators and intelligence agencies to investigate TikTok's ties to China.

The US military targeted the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a raid in northwest Syria on Saturday, a senior US official says

Trump’s efforts to attack the whistleblower are pointless. He’s not a fact witness. His role was limited to tipping off investigators to misconduct. Even if he’s deeply biased, that doesn’t change the facts. It’s a Trump distraction.