Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Saudis pay cash, just like Putin, and it's always been the only measure Trump understands--or thinks he understands.

This clip is from January 2018. It’s circulating again today because Trump says so many absolutely preposterous things that people can’t recall the ones from last week, let alone 2 years ago.

TRUMP: "They got rid of the lightbulb that people got used to. The new bulb is many times more expensive. And I hate to say it -- it doesn't make you look as good. Being a vain person that's very important to me. It gives you an orange look. I don't want an orange look."

The new nexus: infowar and the armed forces. 46% of US service personnel now see Russia as an ally, a trend “predominantly driven by Republicans who have responded to positive cues from President Trump about Russia,” @RonaldReagan Institute reports. Average US pop: 28%.

Pentagon Concerned Russia Cultivating Sympathy Among US Troops

The Framers worst nightmare is what we are facing in this very moment. President Trump abused his power, betrayed our national security, and corrupted our elections, all for personal gain. The Constitution details only one remedy for this misconduct: impeachment.

One year ago today — the “counter” never showed up. It’s almost like Trump and Rudy talk big but don’t deliver.

Having failed to succeed in getting a foreign government to investigate his political rival, Trump turns to the Justice Department.

Previously unpublished data shows that the foreign service is losing people at an alarming clip. In the first two years of Trump's presidency, nearly half of the State Department's Career Ministers retired or were pushed out.

House Judiciary Dems are on Capitol Hill today prepping for what is likely to be a packed and consequential week. Among other things, they are huddling with Laurence H. Tribe, the constitutional law professor at Harvard, to discuss impeachment.

My deeply personal story, out today in the @nytimes. Trigger warning: suicide (they don’t offer one in the paper.) — Katie Hill

BREAKING: US official: Base shooter hosted dinner party to watch mass shooting videos night before fatal attack.

Trump misspeaks and accidentally proposes to end the world. His derangement is cascading swiftly.

#BREAKING: Justice Dept report expected to clear FBI of misdeeds in Russia probe

L.A. Times Editorial Board: "We've seen enough. Trump should be impeached."

"Concerns must yield to the overwhelming evidence that Trump perverted U.S. foreign policy for his own political gain. That sort of misconduct is outrageous and corrosive of democracy. It can't be ignored by the House, and it merits a full trial by the Senate."

The brother of 23-year-old Joshua Kaleb Watson, who died in Friday’s shooting at the Pensacola Naval Base, has spoken out.

For @NYTmag, Josh Owens, a former video editor for Infowars, shares his account of his time working for Alex Jones. "Once my beliefs began to shift, I saw the virulent nature of his world."

NEW: In my latest piece for @Playboy, I write about how El Paso has become the Trump administration's lab for its most draconian immigration policies:

“The leak of classified UK-U.S. trade documents online, tied to a previous Russian disinformation campaign, has all the hallmarks of an attempt to interfere in Britain’s upcoming election.”

“The leak of classified UK-U.S. trade documents online, tied to a previous Russian disinformation campaign, has all the hallmarks of an attempt to interfere in Britain’s upcoming election.”

“The leak of classified UK-U.S. trade documents online, tied to a previous Russian disinformation campaign, has all the hallmarks of an attempt to interfere in Britain’s upcoming election.”

Republicans no longer even pretend to support voting rights.

What William Barr doesn’t understand about law enforcement

Saudi Arabia - How many hijackers on 9/11? How many foreign fighters to Iraq, Syria? They murder a Washington Post journalist. An ally? I don’t think so.

Saudi Arabia - three of their officers were allegedly seen filming the shooting

Trump jokes that environmentally friendly lightbulbs "gives you an orange look." "I hate to say it, it doesn't make you look as good. Of course, being a vain person that's very important to me."

Mitch McConnell is packing the courts with rightwing extremists while everyone is distracted by Trump’s impeachment

Rep. Val Demings schools AG Barr on policing comments

Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law turned WH Senior Advisor, has been elevated to a bigger role, in addition to his existing list of White House duties: US-China trade negotiator

More than 500 law professors say Trump committed "impeachable conduct"

The FBI should greet Rudy when he lands at JFK.

Willie Geist: "Have you spoken to a single GOP colleague in the Senate who's even considering voting for impeachment?" Sen. Chris Murphy: "Yes." Geist: "You have?" Murphy: "Yes."

BREAKING: Photographic evidence has surfaced of Trump’s second son Eric in Ukraine as Congress and prosecutors continue their investigation into the White House and Trump Organization. A photo was posted Friday by Democratic strategist Scott Dworkin

Rest up this weekend. Next week starts at a sprint.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to travel to D.C. next week, WaPo reports, for his first visit to the U.S. since his controversial Oval Office meeting with Trump in 2017 when Trump disclosed highly classified information to Lavrov

Top Russian diplomat, Sergei Lavrov, to visit Washington in first visit since 2017 Oval Office controversy. One day before the meeting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin in Paris

To be fair, our intelligence services know too

Why are we training Saudi nationals inside the United States in shooting guns and flying planes? Pensacola shooter was training in the US for 2 years

Per Washington Post, Trump has complained to aides that he doesn't have a plan to counter Elizabeth Warren on student debt and worries she'll seize the populist mant

I can’t erase from my mind the images of Carlos Hernandez Vasquez twitching and dying. In America, kids are sleeping on cement slabs, covered in foil blankets, denied medical care and compassion. To all those bible-quoting, Trump-defending “Christians” out there...God is watching

Susan Collins hasn’t even announced she’s running for reelection yet. But she’s coming under vicious attack over the airwaves in Maine as she prepares to launch her bid for a fifth term

Joe Biden should come out & publicly offer President Putin a deal: you publicly release everything you’ve got on President Trump, & I’ll commit to unilaterally withdrawing all sanctions on Russia when I take office. Let’s see if the GOP still argues bribery doesn’t matter.

There is a laser focus in the impeachment inquiry report on the president specifically. But there is one part that stands out for not focusing on the president..

This whole scam is one giant cash grab for Trump & his kids. They’re a family of grifters-they don’t care how many kids die in cages; or mass shootings, how many folks lose healthcare and foodstamps, it’s all a way for five people from 5th Ave to get richer.

She knows her audience. More accurately, she knows what they don't know. The contempt for her own viewers is really, in its way, admirably open.

Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN.

I am still hopeful that Republicans will find a way to remove Trump either by 1. 30 R senators being absent for the vote. 2. 3 Rs caucusing with Ds to create an anon vote rule. 3. 20 Rs just biting the bullet and voting to convict.

Schiff: Pence aide provided new impeachment evidence — but VP's office classified it

"So to take stock" writes @Hal_RTFLC "Devin Nunes has claimed a news network, a few farmers, a social network, a fictional cow, and a few journalists have done almost a billion dollars in damage to his feelings...this may be difficult for him to prove."

Respected top UK diplomat in Washington Alexandra Hall Hall quits since she can no longer defend the way her government handles Brexit.

The scary part about narrowing the Democratic field

‘I haven’t had a personal cell phone for years’: Trump demands retraction from CNN — in tweet sent from his iPhone

Documents obtained by The Daily Beast show the Justice Department supports a gun restriction that Senate Republicans claim is too “political”

This was incredibly reckless. The hostage and an innocent bystander on the highway were killed by cops. What the fuck were they thinking getting into a shootout on a busy highway?

Trump denies report that he still uses personal cell phone for calls

The USDA gave its final approval to the first of three rules that are ultimately expected to cut more than 3m from the food stamp rolls. The rule will remove 700,000 people from the food stamp program by enforcing federal work requirements.

Tapper asks Pelosi if she failed to meet the standard she set for impeachment because she said earlier this year it must be bipartisan. "No, I'm saying the Republicans have failed to meet the standard of honoring their oath of office," she said.

A UPS driver was working a new route when he was taken hostage and killed in an outrageous police shootout

Breaking: House just passed bill to restore & expand Voting Rights Act. This is big first step to strengthen country’s most important civil rights law that SCOTUS disastrously gutted

⁦.@MollyJongFast⁩: Why Lisa Page has been such an intense and constant target of Trump?s ire

SCOOP: Tensions among top Trump health officials @SecAzar and @SeemaCMS got so bad that HHS has involved an outside lawyer to investigate claims of sex discrimination.

NUNES says on WABC tonight that he intends to subpoena six news organizations he claims had inquired about his alleged trip to Vienna, even though only Daily Beast and CNN reported it. "We're going to subpoena every one of those news agencies," he said.

NEW: Fox has quietly stopped booking Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing. Neither has appeared on Fox Business since diGenova's anti-Semitic Soros screed (last interview 11/13), or on Fox News since the Fruman/Parnas arrests

Former Ohio State wrestlers support Jeffrey Epstein accuser

Another accident. Russian billionaires have a lot of accidents. Russian billionaire killed by vehicle while walking his dog in England.

AG Barr has deliberately misrepresented the Mueller report. He has started examinations of the conduct of Intell/FBI personnel without a predicate-for political reasons. He is protecting the President. He does not stand up for the good people he leads. He is not fit to lead DOJ. — Eric Holder

Dear Germany, why do you keep building up Russian geopolitical pipeline over the heads of your own allies, even as the Russian government kills in central Berlin? Putin must be punished and stopped, not funded

We are ass deep in traitors. Thank you. Great piece. A must read. @TheRickWilson

Lamborghini spotted by my brother-in-law in Miami.

Regarding @RudyGiuliani 's meetings in Kyiv on behalf of @realDonaldTrump , this Kyiv Post cover looks even more relevant today

News: The daughter of one of the GOP's top gerrymandering experts says she will upload a tranche of her late father's files by Monday. Republicans sought to keep these documents private in court:

I wrote a book, “Football for a Buck,” about the USFL. Donald Trump repeatedly disguised his voice on the phone, pretending to be a VP named “John Barron.” He would serve as a source, then tell the reporter he could have “Mr. Trump” call him as a second source. This is 100% true

John Barron and David Dennison could not be immediately reached for comment

“West Virginia’s governor is calling for the firing of several Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees after a photo emerged showing more than 30 participants in a basic training class performing a Nazi salute.”

Pelosi: "I’m not on a timetable. I’m on a mission."

This is the second shooting on a naval base in the last week. It is time for @senatemajldr to wake up and #dosomething about gun violence. We are failing the American people every day we don’t pass life-saving gun safety legislation. We simply can’t wait any longer.

Sleeper Cell: The Fourth of July Traitors Has Putin activated the "Prostrate Eight" to defend Trump?

Schiff tells @sbg1 his staff reached out to Bolton’s lawyers. “Hey, if you’re sincere, the McGahn ruling ought to persuade you,//They made it clear, ‘No, you subpoena Bolton, he’s going to sue you, and this will be tied up indefinitely in the courts.’”

Calling on all journalists in Ukraine, please help American readers understand the backgrounds and histories of the people with whom Giuliani has been meeting in Kyiv. — Michael McFaul

Putin isn’t just fighting Ukraine. He is fighting the whole world order, created by Reagan. He is dismantling the Reagan legacy. So far - successfully. Weirdly, with enthusiastic help of some ppl in the US. — olexander scherba

"I feel so bad for the children": N.C. towns cancel Christmas parades after demands to remove Confederate groups

Watching the need to defend Trump infect every Republican is like watching a zombie plague spread.

The disruption in US-Ukraine relations caused by Giuliani’s activities and the resulting impeachment inquiry have led to fears that Zelensky will cut a bad deal with Putin, due to a growing sentiment that Ukraine can no longer count on support from the US

This should be unanimous, not partisan. Impeachment in the House is not a conviction. The trial happens in the Senate. All the House does is charge impeachable conduct. All we need is probable cause. That threshold is easily met with the existing evidence.

Hi, former NSA lawyer here. This is not how it works. At all. It's not how the law works. It's not how NSA works. It's not how phone records work. That's all. Have a good evening.

THREAD: The Capitulation Resistance Movement (CRM) is a coalition of patriotic Ukrainian pro-democracy/anti-surrender activists, led by eminent Ukrainian professionals. Their founding document, the UKRAINIAN DOCTRINE OF SECURITY AND PEACE, is brilliant

Says the guy who presided over the Republican loss of the House in 2018. In Kevin’s brilliant mind, sacrificing one’s principles, dignity and honor in order to keep losing is a sacrifice worth making repeatedly.

Russian transgressions met with increasingly weak US response

Report suggests possible intimidation of IRS whistleblower

House Intel wants Pence to declassify extra impeachment testimony

Gingrich's past exposes disingenuous Christmas impeachment gripe

Republican impeachment defense a string of bad faith complaints

The Boston Globe editorial board comes out for impeachment

Opinion: "Lock her up"? We now know Trump did far worse.