Saturday, January 11, 2020

He sells troops.

Fascinating post by RT chief Simonyan: “There are 2 ideas how a country should act when it screws up...deny everything...or do like Iran. I prefer the latter. Iran acted like a man (muzhik).” So will Moscow change its position now on MH17 & everything else it’s denied?

WSJ SCOOP: U.S. officials warned Iraq that it risks losing access to its account at the New York Fed, where international oil sale revenue is kept, if it moves to expel U.S. troops

Election security officials are warning of possible retaliation from Iran for Trump's airstrike in the form of election meddling. "A determined adversary who wanted to disrupt our elections would have a frighteningly easy task."

Taiwan reelected President Tsai Ing-wen by a landslide, sending a stern rebuke to China in an election dominated by anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Tsai won almost 8.2 million votes, more than any Taiwan president since its first election in 1996

Interesting story on possible insider futures trading based on a tip off from Mar-a-Lago.

At the Lincoln Memorial, right now

Wisconsin lost 818 dairy farms in 2019 as farmers across the country suffer from Trump's trade war with China

Sean Hannutty threatened to publicize Republican senators phone #'s if they vote to allow witnesses. Im publicizing some of his sponsors

The IRGC air force shot down the Ukrainian airliner. The IRGC air force is THE entity that Ivanka and the Trump Org knowingly aided in money laundering and other illicit acts. It's all fact-checked and acknowledged by the Trump Org

A magnitude 6.0 quake shakes Puerto Rico, causing further damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools. The U.S. Geological Survey says it hit 8 miles south of Indios

Jill Biden responds to Sanders attack on her husband: "I don't like it that Democrats attack other Democrats"

This seems right to me: Make 2020 a referendum on Trump — or lose to him in the Electoral College again. @TheRickWilson has the formula. I’d listen to him. And I plan to read his new book. Not that I’ve got a lot of spare time.

Bingo. Amongst other things; this is a means to discredit the electoral process, and thus suppress voter turnout for the opposition party by making elections seem like a waste of time. They don’t need to hack your vote, they just need you to believe they did so you’ll stay home.

POTUS has jumped to an improbable 70mil followers and I feel bad for whatever parscale widget monkey is responsible for making the fake accounts to follow him and like his tweets and soothe his ridiculous ego.

Or maybe it’s time that any journalist or debate moderator asked Bernie about the support he got/still gets from Kremlin information campaigns and information architecture, which he has never addressed in any way? Because his breakout is inextricably linked to this?

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

"Why is angry populism on the left and right so prevalent?" ask the people who don't read the news. Fired Boeing C.E.O. Muilenburg Will Get More Than $60 Million

BREAKING: Trump concocted a blatant lie in a tweet Saturday morning, accusing Democrats of “defending the life of Qassem Soleimani” who he called “one of the worst terrorists in history.”

In 1999, GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich was forced to resign due to marital infidelities. The first choice to replace Gingrich, Bob Livingston, was also forced to resign due to marital infidelities. Dennis Hastert thus became Speaker. He'd later go to jail for molesting kids.

What makes this joker think we’re all going with him? Bill Barr Thinks America Is Going to Hell

NEW: The State Department just released 71 pages of former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker's calendars and text messages to American Oversight in response to our lawsuit. We've posted the records here, and we will be replying with updates as we review the files:

Trump acts like such a guilty man, invoking any legal hook to try to block testimony. He is terrified Americans would learn the truth. Any real President would let witnesses testify, partic in Republican Senate. I don’t see CJ Roberts sustaining exec Priv

Ukraine demands punishment for airliner downed by Iran

Trump really is a drug addict, just like he really is a serial sexual predator, liar, money launderer, mob associate, untreated dyslexic (no shame, but he hides it), openly racist, treasonous bully. But he’s counting on the press to give him a pass. Ask him.

The United States of Blackwater

So what do we do with a president who lies to justify military attacks?

Just think about what Trump’s privilege claim would mean. The President could break the law, and can’t be indicted for it (according to Barr’s Mueller decision) and now can’t be investigated and impeached for it either. That is the recipe for a King, not a President. It’s absurd.

Yet another two year investigation, yet another conclusion that the FBI didn’t shirk its investigative responsibilities. Huh. I’m starting to sense a pattern here.

"A Republican strategy here is to simply try and short-circuit everything so that you don't have a real trial... I've never heard of a trial where the judge and jury announce in advance the verdict, at least not in America"

"The Senate has heard testimony from witnesses at every trial it has completed in its 231-year history."

Questions pile up about Trump’s claim that Soleimani was going to ‘blow up’ a U.S. embassy

the room next door - President Trump and Windmills

And today Angela Merkel is in Moscow for the first time since years. How to reduce tensions in the Middle East will be high on the agenda, but also the confrontation in Libya. And unavoidably the Donbas conflict.

Almost lost for words. On Russian gov’nt paper website, senior Russian senator argues that Iran admitting it shot down PS752 proves Russia didn’t down MH17: he claims that western intel quickly proved PS752 but lacking re MH17. Expect more attempts by Moscow to muddy the waters.

Hannity is a traitor. We already know about his connections with Assange and Russians - Fox News needs to fire him. This is worse than any MeToo scandal. At best, he’s an ignorant college drop-out that doesn’t deserve his salary. At worst, he’s destroying our democracy.

Michael Moates tried to make the jump from hanging out with the White House press corps and dabbling in conspiracies to running for Congress. It did not go well.

Judge Igor Tuleya of Poland has been labeled an enemy of the state, threatened with violence, forced to evacuate his courtroom for fear of anthrax attacks and demonized in the right-wing media for fighting the government's campaign to control the courts

Trump claims Saudi Arabia has already deposited one billion dollars “in the bank” in exchange for US troops being sent. He then goes on to talk about South Korea paying $500 million for US troops defending them against North Korea.

Last week, Rep. Jim Jordan sent an email to his supporters warning that former Attorney General Eric Holder is trying to use the courts to “steal” his congressional seat and replace him with a “radical liberal.” There’s just one problem: It wasn’t true.

Save the Date: Roger Stone is slated to be sentenced on Feb. 6. Stone, Trump’s buddy and long-time adviser, was convicted on 7 felony counts of lying to investigators, obstructing a congressional probe and witness tampering — crimes that carry a max sentence of 50 yrs. in prison

There's growing concern Islamic State could make a comeback as Iraq seeks to expel foreign influence

What began with a drone attack on Soleimani ended with 176 people, including 138 passengers on the way to Canada, dead

Let's be clear - if there was evidence of imminent attacks on four embassies, the Administration would have said so at our Wednesday briefing. They didn't. So either Fox News gets higher level briefings than Congress... or...wait for it... there was no such imminent threat.

As time fades, only the critical facts are taught. Our children and grandchildren will know the following:@SpeakerPelosi passed the Affordable Care Act and is the first woman to be Speaker of the House.@realDonaldTrump was impeached for abusing his power.

I’ve gone back and forth on whether the “cult” framework works. It does.

Trump has positioned his moves against Iran as an attempt to scare it into a more submissive stance toward the U.S. They could have the opposite effect

A convoy of U.S. troops was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s province of Kandahar on Saturday, according to Reuters

The legal group wrote Barr's behavior "threatens public confidence in the fair and impartial administration of justice."

New report says Trump admitted he was pressured to kill Soleimani by Senators over impeachment

Letters inviting people to fill out their 2020 census forms will begin arriving in mailboxes as early as March 12.

From The Post's Editorial Board: "Suicide by cop" is a persistent problem. Here’s how to prevent it.

In the same week he ordered the hit on Suleimani, @realDonaldTrump sent his friend Kim Jung Un birthday greetings. I wonder if he asked the parents of Otto Warmbier to sign the card?

Trump's Deputy Press Secretary Mocked After Falsely Claiming Obama Killed Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi: 'Just do a Google Search'

Previously on OUR DUMB PRESIDENT: Laura desperately tries to steer Donald away from bragging about doing war crimes but he bats her away and keeps blathering.

Taiwanese, motivated by the lessons of Hong Kong, turn out in droves to vote

What more does the Senate need? Trump obstructing justice in front of the entire nation. Why is he afraid of Bolton?

Turkey and Russia will inaugurate a third natural-gas pipeline between their countries, deepening Ankara’s reliance on Russian energy

Friday, Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared to threaten to publicize Republican senators’ phone numbers if they vote to allow witnesses to be called during the Senate impeachment trial, which could begin as early as next week.

It seems that @SiemensDE have the power to stop, delay or at least interrupt the building of the huge Adani coal mine in Australia. On Monday they will announce their decision. Please help pushing them to make the only right decision.

New details of Trump’s involvement in the 2016 payoff scheme: On June 27, 2016, after Trump learned that Karen McDougal was shopping around her story of an alleged affair with him, he called David Pecker and asked: Can you make this go away?

Trump’s desperation to silence Bolton is the best reason for Bolton to defy his impeached former boss

The final, inevitable collapse of the right-wing media’s Uranium One conspiracy theory is a cautionary tale for journalists who trust Peter Schweizer's reporting

First he illegally withheld needed defense funding from Ukraine to help his re-election. Now he's killing foreign military leaders for the same reason. When will Republicans realize they're enabling a monster?

Trump used military resources for personal political gain to get acquitted of using military resources for personal political gain

The Constitution is clear: "Congress—not the President—has the power to declare war."

"Again & again, President Trump's national security officials have contradicted each other about how imminent a threat Soleimani posed, whether they had specific intel on the threat & even what that threat was."

"Orange is the New Black" actress Yael Stone has said she is giving up her US green card and returning to her home country of Australia in order to reduce her carbon footprint and fight the "climate war."

Bloomberg, Steyer ad spending dwarfs rest of 2020 field -by a lot

Iran plane crash apparently the consequence of stoked hostilities

Steyer spending suggests explanation for surprise polls in NV, SC

Another vindication for Clinton as probe reportedly hits dead end

Tornado Warning including Waskom TX until 12:45 AM CST

National Average Rent in 2009: $886 National Average Rent in 2019: $1476 National Minimum Wage 2009: $7.25 National Minimum Wage 2019: $7.25

Jeffrey Epstein Gave $850,000 to M.I.T., and Administrators Knew

Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared to threaten to publicize Republican senators’ phone numbers if they vote to allow witnesses to be called during the Senate impeachment trial, which could begin as early as next week.

"We need to ask some uncomfortable questions. What happens if @BernieSanders becomes the nominee & then suffers another heart attack? ... Will such an incident effectively hand @realDonaldTrump a second term?"

A Russian warship "aggressively approached" a US Navy destroyer while it was operating in the North Arabian Sea Thursday, ignoring warnings from the US vessel and increasing the risk of a collision, the US Navy says.

Trump administration gives crooked Brazilian meatpacker another taxpayer-funded bailout despite bipartisan outrage

"Barr, who served as attorney general during the George H.W. Bush administration as well, was among the conservative voices in Washington who had previously suggested there was possible criminal wrongdoing in the Uranium One matter..."

George Conway and Neal Katyal argue: "Holding the first article back, and letting the second go forward, would be a powerful and precise response to McConnell ... Trump would be forced to undergo two impeachment trials instead of one."

After Rep. Matt Gaetz circulated an email to all other Republican members urging them to vote to curb Trump’s Iran power, other Republicans fought back, private emails show. Gaetz was ratted out to White House. POTUS not happy.

If Quds force was truly planning attacks on 4 US embassies, Iran was essentially preparing for war with the United States. If not, Trump is fabricating peril to US diplomats in effort to prop up rationale for Soleimani strike.

Many conspiracies are connected by a set of malicious, profiteering actors, and The Hill should have to pay for independent investigation/debunking of all of Solomon's deliberately false and manipulative lies, and everyone should STOP LINKING TO THE HILL.

BREAKING: Iran said it unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner this week because of a human error, @AP reports

Truth is to Trump what kryptonite is to Superman. — Stephen King