Thursday, January 2, 2020

"Mitch McConnell is trying to help his swing-state senators in 2020 with this idea of a quick, no-witness trial. But he may be sending them to early retirement."

Evangelical Pastor Says God Raised Up Trump to Begin End Times and Second Coming

Ivanka and Jared included in presidential delegation to Davos

Bill Taylor departs post as top US diplomat in Ukraine

Trump Covering Up Scheme to Use Justice Department to Punish CNN

That DCBS investigation? One person involved gave Bevin's camp more than $10K. He posed for photos with the family. Investigation was halted this summer, social workers threatened with termination if they so much as looked at files of the case.

Klobuchar hits Trump for spending 1 in 5 days last year at a golf club

If you’re not terrified, you’re not paying attention.

It’s with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today. I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. I’m going to keep fighting for an America where everyone counts—I hope you’ll join me in that fight.

Schumer has released a statement about the new @just_security reporting showing acting Pentagon comptroller Elaine McCusker's warnings to OMB about potential illegality of Ukraine funding hold. But he does not call for McCusker's testimony in the Senate impeachment trial.

FBI records show the DOJ is gearing up to prosecute Andrew McCabe: report

EXCLUSIVE: @just_security has obtained unredacted versions of Trump administration emails about Ukraine aid. They show the Pentagon repeatedly sounded the alarm that the freeze on funding was in violation of the law.

Congregants at the megachurch where “Evangelicals for Trump” are rallying tmrw are *afraid* of Trump’s visit. Liberty students wonder whether Falwell’s religion is even Christianity anymore. Evangelicalism and Trumpism really do seem to be parting ways.

American farmers received more than $22 billion in government payments in 2019, much of that due to Trump's trade war with China. It was the highest level of farm subsidies in 14 years. "'Trump money' is what we call it."

Prosecutors have a stronger hand going after insider trading following a court ruling that lowered the bar for bringing cases

Ecologists at the University of Sydney estimated that 480 million mammals, birds & reptiles have died in the blazes that have swept Australia since September, including a third of the koala population in their main habitat in the state of New South Wales.

Australian Magpie mimicking fire engine sirens This is where we are now. This is where we are

They come in the night: Drones — lots of them — flying in precise formations over the Colorado and Nebraska prairie. Sheriffs say they don’t know who’s flying the drones — or why.

Trump's recent retweets have conspiracists in overdrive: “Best case is we’re up getting a medal at the White House,” one QAnon luminary gushed

Tourists flee, residents evacuated as Australia’s wildfires are expected to grow this weekend: The "largest mass relocation of people out of the region that we’ve ever seen"

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to be removed from National Security Council

Every day that Donald Trump remains in the White House puts the future of our planet at risk. We have to beat him this November and take immediate action to address the climate emergency.

One of Trump and Pompeo’s nightmares: their own Benghazi. “Pompeo has long dreaded having a Benghazi-type event on his watch and would be horrified if Americans died in a similar event, in part because of his criticism of Hillary Clinton during Benghazi."

Reuters sources say this is punishment by China for UK's stance on Hong Kong. Note how China is using its economic power to force a political outcome. This is what agreements like the TPP were designed to protect against

Farmers Got Billions From Taxpayers In 2019, And Hardly Anyone Objected

Reminder that prior to the Trump admin it had been YEARS since a detainee died in custody. Now it’s more than one a month....

Jacinda Ardern showed Scott Morrison how to lead during a national crisis

The Embassy Attack Revealed Trump’s Weakness

The NRA is falling apart. Happy New Year!


As a second day of clashes unfolds, the U.S. is sending more troops to the Middle East.

Turkey’s parliament is expected to authorize President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to order the deployment of troops to Libya

In 2020, global 'techlash' will move from words to action

Smoke from Australia's wildfires has traveled over 1,200 miles to blanket parts of New Zealand's South Island, and images show it's turned the country's iconic white glaciers in the Southern Alps brown

Stuart Stevens has seen everything in GOP politics, but not this: “Republicans are now officially the character doesn’t count party... the deficit doesn’t matter party, the Russia is our ally party, and the I’m-right-and-you-are-human-scum party.”

Aleksandr Bastrykin, Head of Russian investigative committee who is on the Magnitsky list for gross human rights abuse is welcomed in Finland by the chief of police for “police cooperation.” Hard to imagine what legitimate police business he could discuss.

Attorney General William Barr's defense of President Donald Trump amid impeachment is raising questions about potential conflicts of interest as legal experts accuse the Justice Department chief of ignoring his responsibility as the nation's top...

Trump trend: LGBTQ mentions quietly axed from discrimination guidelines

Inbox: Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the Presidential Delegation that will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 20 to January 24, 2020.

"In the nation’s biggest, most important red state, Trump’s disapproval rating has consistently lagged behind many of the 30 states he carried in 2016. This potentially puts the state — a must-win for the president if there ever was one — in play.

Mulvaney’s aide Robert Blair was just promoted. His qualifications: he was on Trump’s call with Zelensky and then refused to cooperate with Congress.

Multiple large trades, resulting in billions in profit, occurred shortly before geopolitical events or statements by @POTUS that moved the markets significantly. @RepKathleenRice & I are former prosecutors. Here are our letters asking for investigations.


“It’s exactly the same,” musician Linda Ronstadt said, comparing Trump's treatment of Mexicans to Hitler's treatment of Jews.

A 'Jew Coup'πŸ‘‡ I don't even have words This is so repulsive to me But wait I do have words... We're ALL under attack If you're Black or Brown or Jewish or LGBTQ or if you stand with someone who's Black/Brown, Jewish, LGBTQ then Trump and his cult are after us all. It's DANGEROUS

NY GOP leader arrested for New Year’s Eve DWI — five days after tweeting there is ‘no excuse for driving impaired’

Such a powerful image... I'd say it's also an allegory for future generations - children abandoned by our leaders to deal with a burning world alone - except it's happening now

Bloomberg is a hard pass. Washington Post story on Magic Mike & his bootlicking of Beijing & other entanglements

It could really be this simple: Trump waited to put tariffs on Argentina until he got his trademarks

$300 billion. That’s the amount of money needed to stop the rise in greenhouse gases and buy up to 20 years of time to fix global warming, according to UN climate scientists

Sputnik to close its operations in Estonia after nearly three dozen of its employees resigned following what they said was pressure from Estonian police.

Hey @nytimes. Was Hitler trying to “wean” us from Judaism? WTF is wrong with you?

Helicopter crash kills Taiwan’s top military officer, 7 others

The UN may not make its Syria inquiry public or assign blame for attacks. We got their incident list and spent months investigating to determine culpability and make our findings public. The evidence-packed story is here:

When pundits underestimate Trump and Rudy and their impeachment strategy, remember Trumpists smear tactics beat HRC and Franken, two of the best we had.

"On average, a wave of liberal protesting in a congressional district can increase a Democratic candidate’s vote share by 2% and reduce a GOP candidate’s share by 6%."

I don’t know that McGahn has criminal culpability/exposure such that he can (legitimately) plead the 5th. Recall, McGahn refused to commit the crimes Trump asked him to commit. But if he invokes the 5th, Congress can extinguish (or “trump”) it by granting him immunity.

Some thoughts on Republicans for 2020: “Trump didn’t hijack the GOP and bend it to his will. He did something far easier: He looked at the party, saw its fault lines and then offered himself as a pure distillation of accumulated white grievance and anger.”

JUST IN: A mass evacuation has begun in Australia, as the country faces a humanitarian crisis from the country's deadly wildfires, with gas, food and water beginning to run out in some regions

The False Romance of Russia

We need a justice Dept that would let Bozo 🀑 know to stop manipulating the stock market, Martha Stewart went to prison for less than this! He's not above the law

This is completely off the rails behavior, but because it's not outright extortion of a foreign country at war with Russia, we've just gotten used to it.

How Russian trolls operate. A warning. “They want Americans to distrust the entire political system and disengage from democracy itself.”

The Fantastically Profitable Mystery of the Trump Chaos Trades

Trump is openly calling for his trial to be as corrupt as possible

Exclusive: Drugmakers from Pfizer to GSK to hike U.S. prices on over 200 drugs

Guess which justification for immunity Netanyahu chose

America's fetishized gun culture leads to so many unnecessary deaths of good people. Our range of choices has never been simply, "Continue this insanity OR ban all guns at all times," but the gun lobby has spent millions to convince us that it is.

How rogue can Turkey go?

'Humanitarian crisis' is developing in New South Wales, Australia, as a result of bushfires

My latest: The awful irony at the core of Trump's disinformation against the Bidens is that Joe Biden *actually did* combat corruption in Ukraine, while Trump used it as a cover story to advance *his own* corrupt personal and political ends:

That edited Biden clip demonstrates that targeting Black voters with disinformation will be the strategy for 2020. I’m no Biden fan, but if you don’t think the point of that clip is “let’s convince Black voters that Biden is in the Klan,” then you learned nothing from 2016.

New Sanders aide apologizes for role in race-baiting ‘99 website

Not a coincidence that deceptively edited video of Biden magically appeared right after a poll showing Bernie falling way behind Biden with Black voters.