Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Trump has no coherent strategy to solve the ‘escalating crisis’ with Iran: conservative columnist

Trump is at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida for the 13th consecutive day. POTUS spent 1 of every 5 days golfing in 2019 & 334+ days visiting Trump businesses as President —costing taxpayers over $118 MILLION before his 26th visit to Mar-a-Lago

Trump Slammed for Promoting Mar-a-Lago, His For-Profit Golf Resort, as the 'Southern White House' on Twitter

More Canadian firefighters ship out to battle Australia wildfires

750 soldiers with 82nd Airborne headed for CENTCOM, additional 4,000 troops expected to deploy as Iran tensions mount. North Carolina, it's our troops from Fayetteville that are being sent because of this mess.

Fox News is getting canned by multiple cable providers due to unprecedented fee hikes by Fox. Millions of viewers could lose Trump’s State TV this week. I’d say

Trump's “phase one” trade deal leaves China with a massive advantage

Our Baghdad embassy never got assaulted and trashed when Saddam was in charge. Just sayin'.

At least we have a totally sane, perfectly normal, not-at-all mentally impaired POTUS to help handle one of the most delicate foreign policy situations of the decade. Shit.

What a year... I won’t even try to summarise it - but nothing would have been possible without your support. So thank you! This coming decade humanity will decide it’s future. Let’s make it the best one we can. We have to do the impossible. So let’s get started. Happy new year!

Here's a look at climate change indicators for 2020.

Our brave military is being sent to war by a coward who faked a disability to weasel out of serving. @realDonaldTrump if you think you won’t burn in hell for your crimes you’re fooling yourself.

Trump on the ovality of the Oval Office: “There’s certainly no corners!”, “You look, there’s certain openness and there’s nobody out there, there’s an openness” and added “but I’ve never seen anybody out there”. The IQ of cactus!

Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy

Rand Paul doesn't seem interested in whistleblower protections, and neither does the Kremlin. Read our #4 story of the year on the Kremlin-funded media outlets leading the charge in outing the Ukraine whistleblower

The Tens began with the Arab Spring, raising hopes that liberal democracy could spread across the Middle East. But only tiny Tunisia has democratized. The rest of the region has seen an Arab Winter with hundreds of thousands killed in Syria, Yemen, Libya.

Trump has ‘checkmated himself’ by playing into Iran’s hands that led to embassy attack: Middle East expert

With blood, terror, and death, Russia and regime forces rang in the #NewYearsDay for Syrians. Scenes from the horrific massacre committed by the regime forces after targeting a school in Sarmin City with internationally prohibited cluster bombs this morning.

Warning - graphic

"Even lower than the Great Depression" U.S. Population Makes Fewest Gains in Decades, Census Bureau Says

If one of my parents uttered something this nonsensical to me I'd talk to a lawyer about obtaining guardianship.

During a bachelor-party trip to Nashville in 2018, a white New York City police officer kicked in a black woman’s door in a drunken rage and threatened her and her sons with a racist slur. He still has a job. Now thousands are calling for him to be fired.

Hong Kong's protest movement continues into 2020 with New Year's Day march. There have been more than 1,000 demonstrations in Hong Kong since June

Consumers & workers should thank @SpeakerPelosi & @HouseDemocrats for dramatically improving the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal that Trump proposed.

Donald Trump Promised to Eliminate the Deficit in 8 Years. So Far, He Has Increased it by 68%

Trump administration is quietly “gutting” tax law to give big new breaks to corporations

Trump pardoned war criminal pivots to selling supplements, clothing line and othe branding opportunities

Honestly we’re better off with him playing golf

Putin told the BBC: "I wanted to cuddle him like a kitten and it came out in this gesture. He seemed so nice. There is nothing behind it." Wtf

yes, another pedophile.

BREAKING: President Trump did not tweet “Happy Birthday, son” on Donald J. Trump Jr.’s 42nd birthday. He did, however, tweet about Vladimir Putin and his non-golf schedule (“The Fake News said I played golf today, and I did NOT!”).

Do not underestimate Trump’s re-election chances

“Ten states, including several in the Northeast and Midwest, are set to lose congressional districts, although seven in the West and South could gain seats.”

A devastating fire season that has seen more than 12 million acres burn nationwide over a matter of months hit another crisis point Tuesday

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, denounced deadly U.S. airstrikes and warned President Trump that the Islamic Republic is poised to hit back

In my darkest imagination, I just envisioned a Trump call to Bolton. "Keep quiet and I'll give you a war with Iran..." Lurid? Crazy? Remember, Trump's great gift as a con man is that he seeing into the deepest needs of his marks...

The attack on our embassy in Baghdad is horrifying but predictable. Trump has rendered America impotent in the Middle East. No one fears us, no one listens to us. America has been reduced to huddling in safe rooms, hoping the bad guys will go away. What a disgrace.

"We haven't been able to get access via roads or via aircraft - it's been socked in [runways have been closed] or too dangerous."

New Zealanders in the South Island of the country have woken up to a red sun and orange skies on new year’s day, with the smoke from Australia’s catastrophic bushfires drifting east overnight

The President's week: 12/24: Golfed for 6 hrs. 12/26: Golfed for 4 hrs. 12/27: Golfed for 4 hrs. 12/28: Golfed for 5 hrs. 12/29: Golfed for 8 hrs. 12/30: Golfed for 6 hrs. 12/31: Golfing while our embassy is under attack. YOUR tax dollars are paying for this. Angry yet?

President Trump made more than 2,700 false claims this year. Some of them were innocent slips, some of them little exaggerations. But a large number of them were whoppers: deliberate, significant attempts to deceive and manipulate.

Holocaust education planned after jail guard’s Nazi salute

A slew of state laws take effect in 2020, including mandatory composting, child abuse registries and diaper-changing stations. One state will even begin banning expiration dates for gift certificates. Here are a few of the more notable changes.

“Russia is using the Middle East as a testing ground for how it can interfere with American electronics.”

“Since last spring, pilots flying through the Middle East, specifically around Syria, have noted that their GPS systems have displayed the wrong location or stopped working entirely,”

Apparently Egypt doesn’t have any dirt on the Bidens

Documents show that the Trump administration knew migrant children would suffer from family separations. The government ramped up the practice anyway.

Just the President quote tweeting a RIS agitprop disinformation traitor. No biggy

The US conducted airstrikes in Iraq over the objections of the Iraqi government. Now Iraqi protesters broke into the US Embassy. Trump’s malpractice in the region is making us less safe. Time for Congress to stop this foolish rush to war.

Reminder that before Rick Perry left the government, he established an office focused on Artificial Intelligence within the Department of Energy. Perry’s wife held stock in at least three companies working on AI development.

The jig is up: Bolton and Mulvaney have no excuse for not testifying

BREAKING - RUSSIA, IRAN, CHINA just announced they’ve SIGNED A THREE COUNTRY ALLIANCE on a UNIFIED NUCLEAR DEAL, further alienating TRUMP & NATO countries from the OBAMA five country nuclear agreement!

I hope everyone expecting a pardon from Trump or some other crook reads this, reconsiders their plans, shudders.

The unprecedented attack on an American diplomatic mission in Iraq marked a sharp escalation of the proxy conflict between the United States and Iran and plunged U.S. relations with Iraq to their worst level in years

Twitter Critics Go Bonkers When Ivanka Trump Says Family Separations Aren't In 'My Portfolio'

Minister: Texas gunman grew angry in past over cash requests

Australia's deadly wildfires are showing no signs of stopping. Here's what you need to know

Communist China threatens Canada and Sweden. As allies of Canada & Sweden, we should: 1) collectively tell China that if they do not stop, we will collectively expel their ambassadors as a symbolic gesture 2) publicly discuss Chinese government torture & concentration camps

China’s ambassador to Sweden threatens Sweden: "We treat our friends with fine wine, but for our enemies we got shotguns.” EU countries should stand up for Sweden and freedom of speech, telling China - stop threatening us or you lose our trust NOW.

All of these countries have accused Russia of trying to meddle in their elections. What is going on?

It's officially an election year! Get to work!

This a lie. This is just not true. Kim signed nothing binding regarding nukes or missiles. No Kim ever has. And Republicans used to know that the Kims shouldn’t be trusted. But now the GOP’s a cult of personality, right? So if the great leader says it’s true, it must be so

Watch this clip while keeping in mind that Giuliani is talking about an impeachment case in which his client could be removed from office

Do we get to blame Trump for this like they blamed Hillary for Benghazi?

Kim Jong Un vows to unveil ‘new strategic weapon’

The Environmental Protection Agency’s science advisers rebuked the agency over its 2018 proposal to slash automobile fuel efficiency and emission standards

GOP Jesus

The 7 deadly sins of Donald Trump:

The President is deteriorating, and the entire Republican Party will let North Korea develop an ICBM force and let Trump bumble into nuclear conflict before rather than admit that he's unfit to hold the office.

This, by the way, is how the Russian government has been trolling East European countries for the better part of a quarter century. They are providing a service by showing America what we have been subjected to for all these years.

The first WaPo front page of the 2020s

Mitch McConnell's Wife, Elaine Chao, Caught Sending $97 Million Contract To Help His Re-Election Bid

R.I.P. Jack Sheldon, jazz musician and actor of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK fame. Everybody knows this voice

This would certainly benefit America Millions Of Cable Customers Could Lose Fox News This Week

Trump Org fires undocumented workers from Virginia winery-- but only after the grapes have been picked. @partlowj @Fahrenthold end 2019 with blockbuster once more exposing the gulf between president's immigration rhetoric and his company's hiring practices

My last day of the decade felt like the apocalypse. Been covering the Australian bushfires for the last 6 weeks, but haven’t seen anything like yesterdays fire that decimated the town of Conjola, NSW.

Since the Secretary of State is supposed to take responsibility for attacks on US facilities in the Middle East, I fully expect Mike Pompeo to spend the rest of his career being investigated and blamed for today's Baghdad embassy attack

Just the editor of Chinese state media outlet Global Times stating that China & America are in "confrontation" & "conflict" .

So the Koch Family is writing laws through ALEC and naming judges through the Federalist Society, not to mention the other orgs they support. They are dangerous.

It deeply enrages me that 35% of the country is blind - no joke. About 500 immensely wealthy white men are manipulating the prejudices of certain voters to enrich themselves to the detriment of the country.

Here's Trump's public schedule for tomorrow. (Public schedules don't include all of a president's activities.)

It's 2020. Have you checked your voter registration? Make sure you’re still on the rolls

“Two years after the tax cuts became law, their impact is becoming clear. Companies continue to shift hundreds of billions of dollars to overseas tax havens, ensuring that huge sums of corporate profits remain out of reach of the US government.”

And the greatest time of danger will be when the Russians decide that Trump is a short-timer and they've got to cash in their chips

When daddy forgets to tweet happy birthday to you.


Civil rights group to IRS: Investigate Florida megachurch pastor for hosting pro-Trump rally

Happy New Years, patriots. Some wise words to live by in 2020 as we continue our fight to save liberal democracy: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right... let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds...”

Chief Justice Roberts: Judges Are a Check Against 'False Information'

The two major @realDonaldTrump foreign policy initiatives: a bromance with Kim Jung Un and withdrawal from the Iran nuclear pact. Not looking very good this New Year’s Eve.

Wise words from John Roberts at the close of the decade: "In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital."

WATCH: Thousands of Iraqi protesters furious over deadly U.S. airstrikes storm the American Embassy in Baghdad, breaking down doors and setting fires

I introduced the Students Not Profits Act to protect students striving for a better future from predatory for-profit institutions looking to exploit their dreams.

So after 3 years of no international crises, @realDonaldTrump is facing one w Iran b/c he has rejected diplomacy & another w N Korea b/c he has asked too much of diplomacy. He will face both w little allied backing, less interagency process, & amidst impeachment. Happy New Year.

NEW: @realdonaldtrump's winery just fired at least 7 undocumented workers. Other Trump properties fired their workers a year ago. The winery kept them -- until the harvest was over

For people who don't know, besides all of the property loss, they're estimating that 30% of the Koalas have perished in the Australia fires. Here's another article with direct links for donations for Australia fires. Please spread the word.

Trump Tries To Hide His Golfing With Absurd Southern White House Lie

In case you forgot what the Benghazi hysteria was all about.

U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s alert brigade has been issued orders to deploy to Kuwait amid unrest in Baghdad: defense officials At least 500 paratroopers are already flying to region.

When third rate criminal defense lawyers get drunk on New Year’s Eve they become fourth rate lawyers. Watch this guy plead his client down to RICO.

I, for one, am sick of all the winning.

Say, Ambassador, before you push for a war with Iran, maybe you could testify to Congress about what's going inside this administration and whether we should risk a major conflict under the current Commander in Chief.

Now let's talk about the Niger Ambush

Former White House Ethics Chief Calls Bill Barr 'Most Dangerous Attorney General in US History'