Tuesday, February 4, 2020

NEWS: Chief Justice John Roberts will attend Trump's State of the Union speech amid his impeachment trial. (Rehnquist was absent from Clinton’s speech in 1999 when his trial was ongoing.)

Bloomberg Proposes $5 Trillion in Taxes on the Rich and Corporations https://t.co/Q07DPiv8N5 WE COULD SURE USE THE MONEY FOR HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION & INFRASTRUCTURE!

‘He misled everyone!’ Israeli leader David Elhayani fumes at Jared Kushner as Trump’s ‘peace plan’ spirals down the drain: The Washington Post -

“If we fail to hold this president accountable, then we fail the founders' intent. We fail our democracy. And I fear the injury that will result.”

Rand Paul is beneath contempt. He typifies the worst of @realDonaldTrump’s craven enablers. Any Senator excusing this dangerous behavior makes a mockery of public service. History will revile all of you.


This was not the process that Mainers and Americans deserved, and Senator Collins was complicit in letting that happen. Read my full statement

An Arizona man indicted in October for threatening to kill Rep. Adam Schiff told police he was likely reacting to a Fox News segment when he left the alcohol-fueled voicemail, according to newly filed court documents.

As with Kavanaugh, Collins covers her pro-Trump vote with a broadside against Dems, accusing them of "putting their “own political preference for speed over finality.'” Also offers silly argument that Dems should have charged bribery--silly in that they proved bribery.

BREAKING: We just filed a Hatch Act complaint against Jared Kushner for advocating for Trump's reelection while acting in his official government capacity

Pres. Trump claims he’d protect Americans with pre-existing conditions Ahead of #SOTU, Senate & House Democrats are standing with families to say: If he really cared about health care—he'd drop the lawsuit to sabotage health care for millions

BREAK - IOWA RESULTS **Mayor Pete topping in delegates!** Buttigieg 26.9% Sanders 25.1% Warren 18.3% Biden 15.6% (So far - around 2/3 of precincts counted)

UPDATE: @PeteButtigieg communications director just DELETED the tweet where she defended @RealDonaldTrump’s collusion with Russia in Feb 2017, criticizing @RobbyMook @HillaryClinton. Fortunately we archived it

NEW: "The underlying data, the raw data, is secure. It was always secure." Iowa Democratic Party Chair Tony Price says data from last night's caucuses is secure following technical issues that led to delay of results

Chinese authorities are spraying some chemicals in cities across China. #coronavirus

Trump’s defense has retreated to their last defense: He’s guilty as sin, but the voters should clean up this mess. We must ask ourselves: Can we trust the President will not continue to try to cheat in that very election? The sad and incontestable answer is: No, we can’t.

The current occupant of the White House and Republicans in Washington are *still* trying to obliterate our health care and the protections of 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions — Nancy Pelosi

Top Navy SEAL commander resigns after apparent disagreements with Trump

New FEC Records: The day Lev Parnas & Igor Fruman's arrest became public, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., returned $5,400 to Fruman. Wilson also refunded a $2,700 over-limit donation on New Year's Eve to Imaad Zuberi, a Trump inauguration donor prosecuted in NY & CA.

Rand Paul just read aloud his question on the Senate floor that names the alleged whistleblower. Roberts declined to read the question during the trial. Paul says he’s not outing the whistleblower bc he doesn’t know who it is.

Sen. Gary Peters said the W.H. engaged in a "systematic and unprecedented effort to cover up the scheme" in Ukraine. "A vote against the articles of impeachment will set a dangerous precedent, and will be used by future presidents to act with impunity."

“In my view the facts are clear, the conduct impeachable, and the obstruction unprecedented.” —@SenWhitehouse

If you're actually considering Bernie as a viable candidate, at least ask yourself why Trump, Kevin McCarthy, and Lindsey Graham are supporting him.

Brian Wilson has called for a boycott of The Beach Boys, the legendary band he co-founded, over its upcoming performance at a trophy-hunting event featuring Donald Trump Jr.

Shadow banished from Nevada’s caucuses

Iowa Dems say they plan to release a portion of the caucus results at 5 p.m. ET

During a Senate floor speech, Sen. Rand Paul repeatedly revealed the name of the alleged whistleblower at the heart of Trump’s impeachment while displaying a poster that identified the person

WATCH LIVE: Senators speak on floor ahead of tomorrow's final vote in Trump impeachment trial

Surprise, surprise...

This will be the easiest boycott ever. All he's gonna do is troll and lie and I'm tired of hearing his annoying, whiny voice anyway.

A Tennessee journalist wanted to see how a local official responds to open-record requests, so she asked to see a year’s worth of the requests and responses. Meanwhile, the records coordinator got permission to destroy many of them and did just that

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have sold the Palestinians out, once again: Opinion

Looks like Epstein's private security was linked both to Roger Stone's business partner AND the Gambinos.

Exclusive: The relationship between @DeutscheBank and @realDonaldTrump was more extensive than previously known. This is the surreal story, told in detail for the first time. From my book DARK TOWERS, coming Feb. 18.

After Trump whipped up hatred against Adam Schiff, an Arizona man has been accused by federal authorities of threatening to kill Schiff. In the accused's home, police found an AR-15-style rifle, two pistols & more than 700 rounds of ammunition

The Incomprehensibly Weak Case for Acquittal Without Witnesses

NEW: In his interview with Mueller's team, Stephen Miller talked a little about how the campaign worked with Cambridge Analytica: "KUSHNER and PARSCALE handled the relationship with Cambridge Analytica..."

Former House Oversight chair Jason Chaffetz, a key player behind the GOP's incessant Benghazi investigations, says Adam Schiff should lose his security clearance for spreading false information. Imagine that.

Putin imprisons anyone who is a threat to him. Not sure why anyone is surprised @realDonaldTrump -- a Russian asset -- plans to do the same.

JUST IN: House Judiciary Committee to hold oversight hearing with FBI Director WRAY on day of Senate impeachment vote — days after impeachment managers invoked him repeatedly on Senate floor.

New filing in United States v. Stone: Letter(s) in Support of Sentencing

MUELLER TOLD US that creating social and political polarization was the goals of our foreign enemy

it's great that the united states government is officially confirming this week that presidents are above the law, and hiding it behind a hazy, feel-good understanding of democracy that doesn't make any sense upon the slightest critical examination

“Is there one among you who will say ‘enough’?”

In other words, Israel embraces ethnic cleansing. This is a complete betrayal of Tikkun Olam and a betrayal of what it means to be a Jew.

Oct. Trial Set for Ex-Giuliani Associates Parnas and Fruman in Campaign-Finance Case

The presidents large adult fail sons are doing their best to sow distrust which is odd because I was told they were busy running their fathers “totally unconnected” real estate “business.”

It’s enormously important that the country understand exactly what the President did. When he sought to coerce an ally into helping him cheat in the next election. And that he’s at it still. We have proved our case. The Senate should find him guilty, and remove him from office.

Trump’s latest travel ban is intended to garner domestic support ahead of 2020 elections, but risks leaving the door wide open to Chinese and Russian expansionism in Africa.

China’s coronavirus cases have topped 20,000 and Macau is shutting down all of its casinos for “at least two week

Iran says it will execute Amir Rahimpour for allegedly giving its nuclear secrets to the CIA

Joe Biden: "We're in a battle for the soul of the nation" The Democratic presidential candidate makes a speech to supporters in Des Moines, with the official result of the Iowa caucus delayed by 'inconsistencies'

If we fail to hold this president accountable, it sends a terrible message to the nation: that one can get away with abuse of power, obstruction, cheating, and spreading false narratives—if you simply know the right people. I reject that. We are a nation of laws.

Trump's campaign escorted Bloomberg News reporter @JenniferJJacobs from an event in Iowa on Monday, "following a pledge no longer to approve credentials for the news organization."

Protesters will take to the streets in hundreds of cities and towns across the country on Wednesday at 5:30 PM local time to Reject The Cover-Up. Folks can find the nearest protest at

"Our country cannot take another four years of Donald Trump" Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar addresses supporters in Des Moines, as the official result of the Iowa caucuses is delayed by 'inconsistencies' in reporting from some precincts

The survey revealed an underwater current more than a mile wide where warm water from the Atlantic Ocean is able to flow directly towards the glacier, bringing large amounts of heat into contact with the ice and accelerating the glacier's melting.

It can’t be understated that the malfunctioning app and multiple data sets to be released are the result of attempts to placate Sanders’ people.

Closing arguments in the Impeachment Trial have concluded. My final words to the Senate. Walk by Faith. Do the Right Thing. Faith in the Constitution. Our Democracy. The Rule of Law. And let’s continue our long, necessary and majestic march toward a more perfect union.

.@jack this is disputed directly by the Iowa Secretary of State, and appears to be election disinformation.

New emails reveal that the Trump administration manipulated wildfire science to promote logging

NEW: Trump's targeting of CNN is moving to yet another arena, the annual pre-SOTU lunch with TV network anchors. CNN anchors are being excluded from Tuesday's lunch

House Judiciary just announced FBI Director Christopher Wray will testify at cmte oversight hearing Wednesday at 10am.

NEW: Andrey Kukushkin, indicted for allegedly funneling Russian money to officials, was set to partner w/the V.A. on cannabis research just before he was charged. The chair for several of DoD's med research programs was in loop, raising natsec concerns.

The GOP doesn’t deserve to survive this debacle,

On health care, is Trump malicious or just incompetent? Yes.- yup. Not which is the bigger culprit but both are true- maliciousness and incompetence...

Former CIA engineer is going on trial on charges he gave leaked documents to WikiLeaks Schulte’s al­leged leak was par­tic­u­larly dam­ag­ing to na­t. se­c. be­cause it “ex­posed spe­cific, tar­geted hack­ing tools used against hi-level tar­gets abroad.”

44 year old Chechen blogger who was critical of the regime found murdered with multiple stab wounds in his hotel room in Lille France. This follows similar assassinations in Berlin, Vienna, Istanbul, Doha and Moscow

The Taliban killed or maimed thousands of Afghan civilians in 2019, as ongoing peace talks took place

Cotton qualified his remarks by saying "we still don't know where" the virus originated, but his comments come amid numerous conspiracy theories on its origins — including one alleging the virus "originated in lab linked to China's biowarfare program."

Fosun Pharmaceutical shares continue to climb on news it has developed a coronavirus testing kit

Since CNN cut away from Elizabeth Warren in Iowa last night to show Rick Santorum wax not so poetic, you can watch the entire @ewarren #IowaCaucus speech here:

Uhhh...political strategist should not be running companies that make voting software. Fucking Duh. “Acro­nym is led by McGowan, a De­mo­c­rat po­lit­i­cal strate­gist, & has sev­eral re­lated arms, in­clud­ing a PAC w/ a roughly $75M ad­ bud­get to tar­get vot­ers...”

“He was arrested in 2006 for manipulating doctors’ prescriptions in a quest for more oxycodone pills.”

“As the administration takes its cues from celebrities, political allies & Fox News, thousands of other offenders who followed Justice Department rules are waiting, passed over as cases that were brought directly to Trump leaped to the front of the line.”

1 dead, 5 wounded in shooting on Greyhound bus in California

Yesterday the most violent attacks by the Russian invaders against Ukrainian defenders occurred near Pavlopil, north-east of Mariupol in Donetsk oblast. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation violated the ceasefire 12 times on February 3rd. 1 UA soldier KIA; 1 UA soldier WIA

GA voters might consider the fact that GA's new voting system is 500X more complex than Iowa's caucus. Iowa's caucus at least has a paper record that was created in public. GA's "paper" record is not reliable and certainly not transparent. Will GA learn anything from Iowa?

CBS News asked @MikeBloomberg — who is campaigning in California during the Iowa Caucuses — about his feud with President Trump, and whether people want to see two billionaires fighting on Twitter. Bloomberg: "Two billionaires? Who's the second one?"

Reports: Jared Kushner angers Netanyahu camp by slowing annexation moves Netanyahu wants to move faster so he can “shore up right-wing support in advance of national elections here in March”

The biggest mystery left in Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal is whether any Democrats vote to acquit

The heart of America 'so much bigger' than Trump's heart, Amy Klobuchar tells voters. Live updates from #IowaCaucuses

The issues come after months of heightened criticism of the caucus process and calls for Iowa to lose its vaunted first-in-the-nation status.

Our troops are worthy of a commander-in-chief who respects them. Instead, they’re being led by a self-centered man-child.

“The DNC is dropping “six figures” to acquire “tens of millions” of cellphone numbers through a variety of vendors. It’s plan is to boost Democratic voter outreach, fundraising, and data collection ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign...”

Love this story. Russians who loaned Marine Le Pen €9m Euros are now suing to get their money back. Looks like the loan has been passed to some pretty serious characters for collection.

Macau, the world's biggest gambling hub, is asking casinos to close temporarily to curb the coronavirus spread

Kenneth Starr, who tried to remove President Clinton from Office for lying about sex, says how terrible the house was to rush the impeachment process while he and Republicans won’t even take one week to hear from witnesses. Have you no shame? Have you no honor? Clearly you don’t.

Opinion: Jared Kushner’s incompetence is surpassed only by his arrogance

The GOP likes to says there’s lots of voter fraud. Trump created a commission to address it in 2017 but it folded 8 months later because it couldn’t find any. The real issue has always been voter suppression by the GOP. It will be worse in 2020.

Showing up at a moment like this and saying you won is really a cheap thing to do. I hope Buttigieg pays for this. Complete opposite of Klobuchar's humor and reassurance.

Reports of record turnouts at multiple precincts is mighty good news for Dems.

This is absolutely completely garbage but it’s nice to know that she has feathered hair like princess Diana

After 2016 I have to ask, who who thought it was a good idea to use an app in caucus results reporting? Absolute incompetent madness

What are the odds he makes it 10 mins into the SOTU without mentioning impeachment?

The Iowa Democratic Party is manually verifying all of the precinct results from the caucuses, chair Troy Price says. "We are validating every piece of data we have against our paper trail," he says. It's taking longer than expected. No timeline set for release. Hangs up.

Iowa caucus: Beating Trump outweighs agreeing on issues, poll shows

Yes, @lisamurkowski, the media made Trump engage in attempted extortion and obstruction, and then then you had to vote to acquit because journalists wouldn't stop reporting on stuff. You hear that a lot in places like Turkey and Russia, too. It's a global problem, really.

"Yet the impeachment process has achieved something. It has removed deniability from the Republicans. They were enablers; now they are accomplices."

Here's the President of the United States, dicking around during the national anthem, fake conducting, pointing like an idiot, doesn't have his hand over his heart and actually moves to sit in the middle of the song. This is the REAL enemy

FBI releases Mueller interview with Jared Kushner — but almost completely redacts

The @GOP’s cowardice and complicity are on full display, courtesy of @LisaMurkowski

Leak: Man Who Bankrolled Brexit Boasted of WikiLeaks Backchannel

NEW: The Iowa Democratic Party’s inability to deliver a caucus result left rival campaigns seething—but not Joe Biden, whose rough night turned buoyant amid the chaos

One of the biggest donors to Trump's super PAC last year was guy named Joe Pizza

Gym Jordan's Hometown Paper Called Him “Guided by bigotry, seized by conspiracy theories, dismissive of facts and truth, indifferent to ethics, contemptuous of institutional norms and ruthlessly dedicated to the success of a demagogue.”

The blast radius of this Iowa debacle is widening. The state probably loses its protected status. #ResignTomPerez trends on Twitter. Stop Bernie conspiracies are metastasizing. Buttigieg’s all-too-clever victory declaration may end up costing him, witness new nickname #MayorCheat

So far, I've seen maybe 6 or 7 black people at the #IowaCaucuses out of the thousands of people shown on TV.

Someday we will find out what turned Lindsey. It will not be pretty.

Cynthia McFadden explains app at the center of the #IowaCaucuses delay.

Iowa Democratic Party officials delayed results from the state’s caucuses after discovering “inconsistencies” from some precincts, turning the opening event of the Democratic nomination race into a political deb

WATCH: "The president's behavior is shameful and wrong," Sen. Murkowski says, but adds that "I cannot vote to convict. The Constitution provides for impeachment, but does not demand it in all instances."

Iowa Dad: "Biden. It's very important. Biden is electable, Bernie isn't." ... Tur: "So your top priority is beating Trump?" Iowa Dad: "No. It's my only priority."

Opening arguments then no witnesses then closing arguments. That’s not a trial. The Constitution requires a trial. Chief Justice Roberts must declare a mistrial. Impeachment trial of President Trump: Live updates

Chief Justice Roberts allowed this: Senate Republicans Walk Out On Impeachment Trial Closing Arguments

Kenneth Starr’s argument—impeachment should not void voting—is an argument against any and all presidential impeachments. It’s an argument he didn’t make in 1998. It’s anti-Constitutional. It’s purely transactional—which is pure Trump.

A win in Iowa is supposed to vault candidates to some new orbit and produce more victories ahead. But the theatrics of Iowa have been ruined

Who’s offended by Ken Starr invoking MLK, talking about cheating, and chiding the House Managers for not following the rules?

Perspective: A Trump ally’s "$25,000 cash giveaway" for black voters could mean legal trouble

The House could short-circuit any attempt at prosecuting @AmbJohnBolton if he is subpoenaed and testifies under a grant of immunity by either a vote of the full House or 2/3 of the committee he appears before

The one thing no one has reported on his how many of Bernie's staff and supporters have either appeared on or worked for Russia Today (Thom Hartmann, Sirota, Nina Turner, Jeff Weaver). Bernie has also appeared on RT. Pretty sure this isn't true of ANY other campaign or its staff.

“IT’S PAYBACK TIME”: WITH ACQUITTAL CERTAIN, TRUMP PLOTS REVENGE ON BOLTON, IMPEACHMENT ENEMIES Trump, says a source, wants Bolton to be criminally investigated for possibly mishandling classified information. Romney, Schiff, and Nadler are also in West Wing crosshairs.

Although I had hoped a few more Republicans in Congress would stand on principle, I had always expected most would ignore impeachable conduct even if it stared them in the face. Most members of Congress are quick to abandon their stated principles when power is at stake. — Justin Amash

Lead impeachment manager, HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff: "Senators, we are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies." "It is midnight in Washington."

Schiff: Somewhere in the bowels of Trump's Justice Department, Main Justice acknowledged 24 emails showing the president's thinking on Ukraine. Schiff points out that admission released the midnight after Senate blocked witnesses. ICYMI

“The cy­ber­se­cu­rity wing of the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity re­cently of­fered to do some se­cu­rity test­ing on the app but the Iowa De­mo­c­ra­tic Party de­clined the out­reach, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.”

I see the Democratic Party is in fighting trim and totally has its shit together as we all ride into battle against Donald Trump in just nine months.

Sounds like Senator Murkowski offered every reason in the world to vote to acquit Trump and against allowing witness testimony except for, "He didn't do anything wrong." And it's everyone else's fault. She's a senator, not an unstained bystander. Where is the responsibility?

Asked if the House should subpoena John Bolton now, Amy Klobuchar told me: “Somebody should subpoena John Bolton

Ken Starr genuinely thinks he is an American hero and statesman, doesn’t he? Citing MLK in breathy tones. Spare us all.

Letter in @GlobeOpinion: Troubling allegations of brutal conditions at Mass. prison

Nevada Dem federal account paid Shadow $58k in August, Iowa Dems state account paid Shadow $63,183 in two payments over Nov & Dec, suggesting app wasn't developed until just months ago? Both caucus states. Shadow is a spin-off from PACRONYM, a new Dem dark money/superPAC hybrid.

More on Shadow from @Robillard and co. Would not want to be on donor calls tomorrow!

Democrats’ Iowa Caucus Voting App Stirs Security Concerns Caucus workers will use the app on their personal smartphones, prompting questions of possible vulnerability

Who could have ever predicted that attempting to record votes using an untested mobile app from a vendor the Iowa Democratic Party refused to disclose could be so problematic

Okay, it sounds like we're looking at an epic cluster fuck number counting implosion here.

Beware of conspiracy theories #IowaCaucus

At least the Iowa caucus is so absurdly confusing that there's no way Russia can hack it.

who thought this was a good idea?

Women torn between gender solidarity and electability over Trump