Sunday, December 8, 2019

I talked today with @brianstelter about Fox News' Russia infatuation

Sure they will. The same way they cooperated in the Khashoggi investigation

On Kochs’ “wholesale pollution of land, air and water and... evisceration of American democracy,” hey, if you have to pollute American democracy to be “free” to pollute land air and water, well — that’s Kochland.

Inside Giuliani’s dual roles: Power-broker-for-hire and shadow foreign policy adviser

The party that ignores dozens of emolument violations and rampant nepotism by the White House is laser-focused on a job a VP’s son had years ago.

Former Republican Congressman admits he 'can't explain' Ted Cruz: 'You'd think he'd have more self-respect

Ted Cruz disseminating propaganda fabricated by the Kremlin to weaken the Unites States

Rep. Jerry Nadler: "I think the case we have if presented to a jury would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat."

Ask Ted Cruz about his relationship with Cambridge Analytica and the 2016 elections.

In several conversations in recent months, Attorney General William P. Barr has counseled Trump in general terms that Giuliani has become a liability and a problem for the administration, according to people familiar with the discussions

The nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist church. HT Rev. Karen Clark Ristine.

A new Trump rule will reduce government food safety inspectors in pork plants by 40% and remove most of the remaining inspectors from production lines. Reducing meat consumption greatly helps the environment-seems like a good time to give it a try.

Rep. Denny Heck: "I will go to my grave not understanding how some of my colleagues could simply turn the other way & overlook the president's behavior … his unrelenting attack, frankly, on the free press … his kind of vicious character assassinations."

.@realDonaldTrump: While you’re tweeting at us, Mr. President, we are working to uphold the Constitution and keep you accountable.

An extraordinary rush to the tweet Saudi talking points when facts weren’t even in.

Hong Kong refuses to give up! ONE MILLION people flooded the streets today. They will not stop demanding Democracy.

Nice of Mark Esper to be willing to go on Fox News to CONFIRM that some of the aid did NOT get released in time (meaning, Trump violated Impoundment Act). That's the second cabinet member to confirm on TV that Trump committed that crime.

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security has called for an investigation into a $400 million border wall contract awarded this week to North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel, a company Trump personally urged military officials to hire.

White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien says the administration is "working" on an official visit between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Trump. The meeting would come amid a highly contentious impeachment process.

Omg watch this video of @DevinNunes. Stay for all of it.

The “sickening” part is that @DevinNunes conspired with Giuliani’s indicted henchmen against our national security.

Where do Rudy Giuliani's millions come from? We found consulting deals in hotspots from Ukraine to Uruguay

This is Nazi rhetoric. Let’s be clear. This is straight eugenics/master race/dehumanization hate speech. These repellent toads (this wanker and the orange fascist) are not FUNNY.

Ukrainian fugitive Oleksandr Onyshchenko, who claimed to have dirt on Biden firm, and who was accused of embezzling $64 million from a subsidiary of Naftogaz, was arrested in Germany last week

What about the devastation of American families? And their terrible irreplaceable loss? Trump's empathy—insofar as he has it—is for the king & crown prince of Saudi Arabia. This is so far beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior for an American president. Yet he has normalized it

After Pensacola, keep thinking of this report from 2006, showing that post-9/11, Saudi school textbooks remained riddled with teaching of hatred of Jews & America, woven into math, every subject. Somehow doubt POTUS has raised this with his be$tie$

If Trump and Kushner didn't have business interests in the Middle East, would this be the American reaction to a Saudi terrorist?

Editorial in @GlobeOpinion: The 2020 election must be a time of reckoning on climate change

While an interesting analysis of competing Russian internal dynamics on Donbas policy, one important point is left out: the failed Russian Novorossiya which signaled that Moscow’s

Mike Pompeo may try to run for the open Senate seat in Kansas in 2020. He has 1,000,000 followers. Dr. Barbara Bollier is ready to go toe to toe with Pompeo, but she only has 3,800! Please RT and follow @BarbaraBollier! Pass it on.

Weekend Update(s) for you! #SNL

Investigators are trying to determine why the Pensacola gunman visited New York City with other Saudis days before the shooting.

The leaders of our NATO allies aren’t alone in seeing Trump as a dangerous joke — their citizens do, too, writes

Americans are sick of identity politics - particularly from Team Trump. Miller and Trump both need to go. After Stephen Miller's white nationalist views outed, Latinos ask, 'where's the GOP outrage?

Trump’s first instinct is to defend Saudi Arabia — even after a member of the Saudi military shot dead 3 and injured 8 in Florida. One analyst said Trump has become a “Saudi apologist.” Congress is increasingly disenchanted with the Saudis.

SNL cold open was HILARIOUS last night. Spoiler alert: Trump is a national embarrassment.

The North Koreans are testing missiles, Saudis are shooting our soldiers at our bases, Russia is using Trump's personal lawyer as a courier pigeon, and our European allies are mocking Trump at a NATO dinner. Sure feels like the US is not as respected as Trump says we are.

How many of us are on the list?

It increasingly looks like Trump is in bed not just with one butcher (Vladimir Putin) but with two (Putin and the Saudi Crown Prince MbS) and maybe three (adding Erdogan). An obscene orgy of greed and evil.

"Harris let loose and let her party know that she, like many black women before her, had been passed over, not really seen, and not afforded a seat at the table of power that they had helped set for so many others," said Sophia A. Nelson.

So let me get this straight: we can afford a $1.9T tax cut for the wealthy and corporations, but can’t afford $5.5B to make sure 700,000 Americans on SNAP don’t go hungry

19-year-old Mohammed Haitham from St. Pete was one of three victims killed in yesterday's mass shooting in Pensacola. He joined the Navy after graduating from Lakewood High School, where he was a track star. Friends said he died trying to stop the shooter.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters out in force

Katie Hill: "[Pelosi] told me I didn't have to do this, that the country needed me and that she wished I hadn't made this decision, but she respected me and what I felt I needed to do. I told her what I told everyone ... that it was the right thing to do."

Russia has been deliberately targeting veterans and active duty military since at least 2013/14 ramping up during Crimea but before that as well. All it took was a lame video of Putin saluting a war memorial in the rain for three seconds and a fake story..

How about when you're finished issuing statements of behalf of Saudi Arabia, you try doing it for the United States?

Those new jobs are mostly prosecutors and parole officers.

Narrator: Jared Kushner can’t do anything.

Shitbirds of a feather. @GovMikeHuckabee thinks legal bullying and harassment works. I suspect though he's about to get dragged and dragged hard.

ATT spokesman from Tuesday: “Like all companies, we are required by law to provide information to government and law enforcement agencies. In all cases, we ensure that requests for assistance are valid and that we act in compliance with the law.”

“The Supreme Court will consider whether states may require courts to be largely balanced with members of the major political parties.”

The Ivanka Trump-brand pendant appeared to be a favorite of Verma’s, based on a review of her public appearances and photos with Trump. Here she appears to be wearing it when announcing her plan for Medicaid work requirements in November 2017.

$16.8 Million In Campaign Funds Went To Trump Businesses, Latest Records Reveal

We don't need the King of Saudi Arabia taking care of American families, S.A. an enduring purveyor of jihadist terrorism around the world. We need a President who will protect American families, defend us against terrorism, rather than make excuses for Saudi Arabia.

So you're maybe wondering: how do you get to be US Ambassador to Denmark? Well ...

And if Bill Barr opens an investigation based on this junk, when he declined to investigate the Trump-Zelensky call, the Trump-DOJ takeover will be complete.

Even murder is purely transactional with this man. He is a person unburdened by morality, decency or civility.

Last time it was the day after Trump fired Comey and where he spilled a secret from a US ally to the Russians

Ex-US Army criminal Trump pardoned says he can't get a job 'even at Walmart or Target'. Former US Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, said it was "impossible to find a job" at a Walmart or Target, despite being granted a full pardon by President Trump last month.

You may have heard that yesterday the US ambassador to Denmark personally cancelled a talk at the Atlantic Council In Copenhagen by an international relations scholar deemed insufficiently pro-Trump. I posted yesterday about how unusual such behavior used to be

Paul Rudd, Jimmy Fallon, and James Corden made cameo appearances on "Saturday Night Live" to play world leaders making fun of President Trump.

“The US military believes that an unarmed American drone reported lost near Libya's capital last month was in fact shot down by Russian air defenses and it is demanding the return of the aircraft's wreckage”

John Kerry introducing Biden in Cedar Rapids. Says they worked together for 24 years in the senate. “The only team that’s worked more closely than us is Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.”

Jeanine asks Pence if Trump might replace him with Nikki Haley and his answer seems strange

Somehow missed that Tucker Carlson had an open white supremacist supported by Vdare on his show. What’s surprising is that his views aren’t all that different from the ones that Carlson spits out every other night.

It’s @DevinCow night at the White House

Ukraine is going after the corrupt prosecutor who worked with Giuliani on the Biden smear campaig

The Man Who Predicted Nazi Germany In 1919, John Maynard Keynes foresaw the chaos that would follow from the Versailles peace treaty.

A top British diplomat in Washington quit after saying she did not “trust” her political bosses and would no longer “peddle half-truths” on their behalf

Denuclearization is off the table in negotiations with the United States, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations says

Trump, speaking to the Israeli American Council: "You're not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me. You have no choice. You're not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that. You're not going to vote for the wealth tax!"

Senate GOP leaders have blocked action on the two bipartisan bills targeting Russia, the DETER Act and the broader Defending American Security From Kremlin Aggression Act.


Brutal: "The president's first instinct was to tamp down any suggestion that the Saudi government needed to be held to account...What was missing was any assurance that the Saudis would aid in the investigation [or] help identify the suspect’s motives"

The Saudis are paying money? Seriously?

Republican farmer: Trump is backstabbing the people who elected him

Nor is he really investigating crime. He’s meeting with a hand selected seamy bunch – – basically pro-Russian criminals – – to get some bogus information he hopes he/Trump can sell back here as legit.

At the State Dept. dinner for the Kennedy Center honorees Mike Pompeo wondered aloud when he would be “loved”. Then Linda Ronstadt got up to get laurels, looked the fucker right in the eye and said “maybe when you stop enabling Donald Trump”. Icon.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal may own more of Twitter than Jack Dorsey does, but he is in trouble at home, being one of dozens of Saudi billionaires arrested by forces loyal to MBS, in Nov 2017. He was later released in early 2018

What did he say about cutting Jamal Kashoggi into pieces with a bonesaw?

This statement is really something because it showcases both Trump’s racism and his anti-Semitism

BREAKING: A Trump health appointee sought to have taxpayers reimburse her for the costs of jewelry and clothing, including a $5,900 Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, stolen on a work-related trip

Will Trump stop Putin from building a pipeline he says he opposes? Although the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill by a 20-to-2 vote in July, it was never brought to the Senate floor.

What’s wrong with this picture? Collins is whining that he has *wait for it* too many documents. How about the position @realDonaldTrump has put Congress in by giving us ZERO documents? Spare me.

The FBI has agents and legal attaches for this purpose. Treaties permit them to work with their authorized law enforcement counterparts to obtain evidence. No legitimate reason to send a private lawyer like Giuliani to Ukraine to investigate crime.

Rep. Schiff’s collection of call records appears to be consistent with statutes, but statutes can’t override the Constitution. Instead of just blasting Schiff, do you think GOP leaders will also vote to reform subpoena laws or end unconstitutional Patriot Act/FISA authorities?

Challenger takes on S.C. Senate race with rags-to-prominence story, record fundraising

The US House passed legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act. If Mitch McConnell refuses to take it up in the Senate, he’s confessing that he believes the GOP can’t win without voter suppression.

Trump said that Giuliani will deliver a report to Congress & Barr about information he uncovered during his latest trip to Ukraine. "He's going to make a report, I think to the attorney general and to Congress. He says he has a lot of good information"

While the King has his pocketbook open, can he also take care of the 9/11 victims (and first responders)?

If this feels like an effort to minimize the backlash against Saudi Arabia . . . A coverup of sorts. Well, it probably is.

NEW: Israel has "never had a better friend in the White House," President Trump said to the Israeli-American Council in South Florida tonight. Earlier this evening, he headlined a closed-door @FloridaGOP fundraiser in Aventura.

A Powerful Statement of Resistance from a College Student on Trial in Moscow

The NAS Pensacola shooter is identified as Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani. Anyone with information regarding his activites is encouraged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. FBI Jacksonville is not aware of any credible threat toward the Pensacola community at this time.

Remember how it was revealed that when Mueller was examining the Russian hacking by looking at the GRU's emails he discovered direct communication with Roger Stone? I do.

Scenario unfolding #Pensacola is terrible. Yeah, impeachment, I got it, but this should be top priority in America today, Saudi shooter hosted dinner party to watch mass shooting vids, another Saudi student filmed outside, Saudi students unaccounted for

NEW: @USNavy identifies the sailors killed in the @NASPCOLA shooting Friday: - 23yo Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson from Coffee, Alabama - 19yo Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham from St. Petersburg, Florida - 21yo Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters from Richmond Hill, Georgia

Meanwhile, inside the White House. What happened to separation of church and state

Very strange watching Trump and Pompeo essentially issuing statements on behalf of the Saudi government.

Facebook, Twitter and the digital disinformation mess

The line-up will include Barry Berke and Stephen Castor who will make opening statements on Monday. Daniel Goldman & Barry Berke will present evidence, according to staffer working on the impeachment. Expect member questioning period to look like last week's.

For anyone who lived through the Cold War, this is literally unbelievable

I am overwhelmed by the support I have been receiving after my participation in celebration of NATO's 70th anniversary was vetoed by the American Ambassador to Denmark. In the interest of free speech, you can see the draft of my intended lecture here:

Leader McConnell has been wasting time all year by shutting down the United States Senate. 90% of the 300+ House-passed bills stuck in his legislative graveyard are bipartisan!

Everyone should read this report by @KrisGoldsmith85 on how enemies of democracy are using social media to impersonate veterans and spread disinfo. Please amplify

Matt here. Rarely comment on the president, but having someone who is not Jewish tell Jews what they should or shouldn’t think is beyond the pale and it should not go unchallenged.

Our radical hypocritical RC AG Barr beats his faith on the stump, and then wants to execute prisoners in defiance of the Pope’s pro-life stance on capital punishment; the SCt stalled his game, however, while another RC devotee Kavanaugh issued a dissent.

The Saudi student who fatally shot three sailors at a U.S. naval base in Florida hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, a U.S. official said,

BREAKING: Here’s video we just dug up of Eric Trump in Ukraine. Let’s make this viral