Friday, February 7, 2020

America fought two world wars and the Cold War for truth and freedom. What happened today to Lt. Col. Vindman, a Purple Heart patriot, is morally reprehensible. This is not how you treat American patriots.

"Let me assure you, the Department will not tolerate any act of retaliation or reprisal against" Col. Vindman.

Vindman, last November: "Dad, I'm sitting here today in the U.S. Capitol, talking to our elected professionals, is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union..." "Do not worry. I will be fine for telling the truth."

It was on official Pentagon letterhead and everything. And it wasn't that long ago. Maybe it was... satire?

We are losing our democracy people. It’s so close to being gone.

We are losing our democracy people. It’s so close to being gone.

I would also like to point out at the same time the Trump administration is in a swivet about Huawei, they’re also making moves to eliminate end-to-end encryption and demand back doors into all of your communication services and devices.

"His twin brother Yevgeny Vindman, a National Security Council attorney, was also fired and walked off the White House grounds alongside him."

The Republican Party has now fully put its fate in Trump’s hands

Joined CNN’s @NewDay this morning to talk about the fear that swept the Senate this week – and how the American people are going to see through it:

I wrote this about @ewarren after covering one of her rallies in August. Considering that a third-place finish in Iowa has earned her little more than erasure and misogyny from the political intelligentsia, I felt it might it be relevant to share it again.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie tried to dig up damaging information on a congressional aide who reported a sexual assault

Exclusive photos of Giuliani in Spain show Lev Parnas has lots more to share

A lengthy statement from Vindman’s attorney but it ends with this: “If we allow truthful voices to be silenced, if we ignore their warnings, eventually there will be no one left to warn us.”

A great patriot and brave hero has just been retaliated against by Donald Trump because he told the truth. Every American should speak out against this. If Colonel Vindman opens a GoFundMe account, America will flood him with support to sue Trump for years.

Congratulations to @lisamurkowski @LamarAlexander @JoniErnst and @SenatorCollins who all assured us @realDonaldTrump ”wouldn’t abuse his power again”

Breaking on @MNSBC: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has been escorted out of the White House. From Vindman's lawyer: "There is no question in the mind of any American why this man’s job is over, why this country now has one less soldier serving it at the White House."

The former gubernatorial nominee wants to take on Republican Sen. Jim Risch.

UMass Lowell poll: 62% of New Hampshire Democrats would rather see a giant meteor strike the earth and extinguish all human life than see President Trump get re-elected.

When you stop to think about it, this is a very, very interesting question. @GrahamDavidA sketches six possible answers:

“The classification of a letter from VP Mike Pence’s aide Jennifer Williams — centered on Pence’s call with the Ukrainian president — was the ‘last straw.’ ‘There was absolutely nothing in that document that should have been classified.’

#BREAKING: Miami Democrats file bar complaint against Matt Gaetz for his classified facility raid

“The extent of the Secret Service’s payments to Trump’s company isn’t known. The agency hasn’t listed them in databases of federal spending, as is usually required for payments over $10k.” Agencies allow themselves to be corrupted, or they don’t.

The Trump administration is abusing classification rules to hide information they find politically damaging. You're not allowed to do that

Tell me more about how he’s not jacked up on amphetamines

3 yrs ago TODAY, Mitch McConnell tried to stop @ewarren from reading Coretta Scott King's letter on Jeff Sessions' record on voting rights & race on the Senate floor, leading to the now famous "nevertheless, she persisted" whine that became a rallying cry for women under Trump.

Lev Parnas says he was often asked to arrange logistics for Giuliani and tend to the smallest of his needs. One photograph reviewed by CNN shows Parnas wiping Giuliani's face. My exclusive for @CNN on Parnas's stash of photographs and recordings:

Pelosi on Vindman’s expected departure from WH: “I’m stunned by it. I’ll talk to my colleagues about this because I know they have some concern about some of the interventions that the president has with our military. That’s such a shame. What a patriotic person,”

"you can curse the darkness or you can light a candle. I’m getting a fucking welding torch. Okay?" Carville at his finest:

Joe Walsh: "Challenging Trump for the GOP nomination taught me my party is a cult. Real conservatives think for themselves. Trump Republicans have been brainwashed."

IRS officials told @USGAO that “examiners do not review the national origin of sources of donations” in tax returns of nonprofits—even dark money political spenders—claiming it “plays no role in enforcing” campaign finance law on foreign money in elections

Antarctica just hit 65 degrees, its warmest temperature ever recorded

Plastic bottles are made of fossil fuels, they're hurting the Earth, we don't need 'em, it's time to get rid of 'em. With the help of youth climate activist Rebeca Sabnam, today we signed an executive order to BAN plastic bottles from City government.

New: Appeals court rules members of Congress don’t have standing to sue Trump over violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

When I questioned @CFPBDirector today, she admitted that she doesn't know basic facts about reverse mortgages. How can we trust her to educate the public about this financial product—one that can be particularly confusing for consumers—if she isn't able to offer these answers?

No doubt there is a lot more footage of Sanders in the KGB archives, videos that Putin will be happy to share with his friend Donald for a very reasonable price.

AG Bill Barr killed 7 Robert Mueller lines of investigations — 10 days after he submitted his report

Yeah, but keep Steve King, who promotes Nazis and white supremacists

Is @seanhannity saying Fox News now approves everything he tweets?

Why do so many Americans support Trump, an authoritarian figure who constantly betrays the values & principles Americans hold dear? The answer may lie in social justification theory, argues Dr. Kimberly Yost (@DocKimResists ). Read her article below

Reminder: Mitch McConnell took more money from Big Pharma than any other member of Congress in the last year. There is no way we will have sensible prescription drug pricing reforms unless we defeat the man who works for the drug lobby.

BBC News - Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the United States and its allies should consider taking a ‘controlling stake’ in Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson to counter China-based Huawei’s dominance

And this benefits Russia. Trump is as consistent as he is transparent. All roads lead to Russia. Good work Senate Republicans, you’ve neutered yourselves. Nov. 2020 can’t come soon enough. Want to save our country? Register. Vote.

It’s always hard to say you’re sorry, but for President Trump, it’s downright impossible. But @JohnAvlon says “there’s a method to the madness. Trump’s feelings and alternative facts will be amplified by allies...until his supporters believe they’re real.”

.......there is no such thing as "abortion after birth." that idea is medically and logically incoherent

WaPo Ed Board: Congress must continue to hold Trump accountable. "Committees that pursued the investigation of Mr. Trump's actions in Ukraine should continue ... Much that remains unknown, including whether the president extracted favors in 2017 & 2018.

Virginia to eliminate a state holiday honoring Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. It'll make Election Day a day off instead

Secret Service pays rates as high as $650 a night for rooms at Trump’s properties, documents show

If you’ve ever agreed to allow an app to use your location, your data is potentially being employed by the Trump administration for immigration enforcement

NEW: @realdonaldtrump’s company charges Trump’s own Secret Service agents while they protect him — at rates as high as $650/night for a room and $17,000/month for a cottage. Taxpayers pay.

.@SpeakerPelosi: Under Obama… • Unemployment dropped from 10% to 5% • Stock market went from 6,000 to 18,000 • Deficit was reduced by a trillion dollars • The US gained more than 14 million private sector jobs "[Trump] did not inherit 'a mess,' he inherited a momentum."

Attorney General Barr is the first AG in nearly 30 years who has refused to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Jeff Sessions, Alberto Gonzales, Janet Reno & more -- they ALL testified. It is outrageous and shameful. And the House shouldn't tolerate it any longer.

Joe Walsh ends Republican primary challenge against Trump

Fox News doctor: "Preventable illness is running rampant across the United States" because too many people have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act

Food Stamps are an ECONOMIC STIMULUS. This money goes directly back into the local economy and also - by the way - keep people from going hungry. SNAP is one of our most effective safety net programs. Cutting it is cruel and stupid. Pass it on.

The street outside 10 Downing, the British White House, was shut down tonight. In another alarming parallel to Trump, Boris Johnson is targeting people of Jamaican descent for deportation. But the Brits are not taking it lying down.

Why isn’t this front page news, @nytimes? Senate Republicans are still trying to corroborate Trump's unfounded claims about the Bidens.

The impeachment managers reached out to John Bolton to ask him to submit an affidavit under oath “and he refused,” Rep. @AdamSchiff tells @andersoncooper. “He will have to explain... why he is willing to put this in a book but not in an affidavit.”

Trump said the net worth of the bottom half has increased by 47%? Toootal bullshit. People in the bottom half hold just 1.6 percent of the nation’s wealth, while the top 5% have 70 % of all net worth.

This year's presidential race will be fought on electoral terrain that would have been unthinkable four years ago, before everything blew up

Peter Strzok, a patriotic career counterintelligence agent whose conduct in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has been vindicated by two independent IG investigations, today found himself targeted by his President in yet another unhinged attack....

Desperate plea to Congress: the Trump administration refused to turn over documents that would prove Trump’s crimes & abuses. However, they IMMEDIATELY turn over documents about Hunter Biden’s travel. Congress - Please go hard after this corrupt duplicity!

Trump has posted 34 tweets or retweets this morning. It is not 8 a.m. yet.

Watch through the end of the clip. Either Pence accidentally omitted the word “democrat” from his comment. Or the evil plan for a dictatorship slipped.

The Trump administration has bought access to a commercial database that maps the movements of millions of cellphones in America and is using it for immigration and border enforcement.

Friends, don’t let Trump get you down. Don’t listen to his gaslighting. They want us dejected & to feel beaten. We know what’s right. The truth is there was never going to be a #FairTrial in the Senate w/ the Rs terrified of mean tweets. Chin up, we press on

Nancy Pelosi called President Trump’s comments at a prayer breakfast ‘so inappropriate,’ and said Trump ‘really needs our prayers.’

Nope. Attorney General Barr suggests U.S. firms take financial interest in Huawei rivals Nokia and Ericsson

Your hometown paper the @FresnoBee endorsed you for over a decade, now they’re supporting my campaign. Ever think you’re just wrong, @DevinNunes? If you want to support us too, make a $10 grassroots contribution today!

RNC Funded Roughly 11,000 Automated Calls to Jam Up House Democrats' Phone Lines Amid Impeachment Battle: Report

Holy moly, a Sinclair-owned TV station in Charleston, SC used a mug shot instead of a photo of Jaime Harrison during a segment discussing his Senate campaign against Lindsey Graham

Emboldened, Trump allies may already be targeting his enemies in new ways

Donald Trump has put impeachment behind him, but he’s got another battle ahead with Democrats that’s been brewing for almost a year: access to his tax returns

Trump lambastes his critics as he moves to target perceived enemies over impeachment

If Trump was a doctor, would the trust his diagnosis? If Trump was a pilot, would you board the plane? If Trump was the architect, would you trust the building to stand? Trump is the very embodiment of incompetence, arrogance and unreliability. Register. Vote. Let’s fix this.

Keiler, "You have been watching the President .... with an unscripted, vindictive, at times profane, angry, rambling response to his impeachment acquittal. Borger: "An avalanche of grievances ... It was was mean-spirited, it was poisonous, it was spiteful."

Navy Secretary Fired by Trump Endorses Bloomberg

Barr inarguably committed perjury. When asked by Sen. Harris if anyone in the WH asked him to open an investigation, he first said he was “grappling w/the word suggested” then answered, “I don’t know.” BUT HE DID KNOW! That=perjury. “I don’t know” is NOT a perjury proof answer!

Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers fail to explain what happened to suspicious $12 million deposit that disappeared after his death.

UPDATE: In 2019, Dan Crenshaw received the maximum contribution, $10k, from a private prison company detaining migrants. I'm not taking a penny of corporate PAC $. RT and chip in so we can raise $10k to beat Dan and his corporate donors

Dating back to 2004, David Duke characterized Russia as the “key to white survival,” and American white supremacist Richard Spencer recently identified Russia as the “sole white power in the world.”

How Russia Sows Confusion in the U.S. Vaccine Debate – Foreign Policy Putin finds a way to kill us with disinformation. They don’t need missiles or nukes, the stupidity does the trick

The Arctic’s thawing permafrost is releasing a shocking amount of dangerous gases.

This is what happens when people elect dumb fucks..we’re now $23 trillion in the hole with nothing to show for it! Epic fucking fail!!!

Bloomberg News: The W.H. is weighing a plan to dismiss Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council after he testified in Trump's impeachment inquiry, preparing to position the move as part of an effort to shrink the foreign policy bureaucracy

Donald Trump in church: “Let us prey.” (Bonus: he won’t even get this joke)

"Trump’s performances today told the world that corruption had triumphed. He learned exactly the opposite lesson of the one Republicans imagined,"

Barr is legit scary. Now consider 4 more years of DOJ as an extension of Trump-Barr worldview of an all-powerful executive

Stalin wrote some pretty good manuals on this.

Bottom line after President Trump’s speech: This was the first time in American history there was a bipartisan vote to convict and remove a president But the president orchestrated the largest cover-up since Watergate And Senate Republicans will have to answer for their votes

Trump praised Devin Nunes, whom phone records showed to be on the phone with Lev Parnas and Rudy Giuliani, who then contacted The Hill's John Solomon, right before the smear campaign against ousted ex-U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

Part of what makes Trump so potent in harnessing his base is that he genuinely feels bitterly aggrieved all the time, for his whole life, despite his immense privilege and power. It’s the molten core of Trumpism.

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Your remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast were petty, small and godless. I will pray for you

I’m not opposed to Bernie’s policies necessarily. Show me how to get to free health care/education and I may agree. But if I wanted those policies I wouldn’t want the grouchy, 78 year old self described socialist who just had a heart attack to be my standard bearer.

Compare Romney’s thoughtful, reasoned, honorable speech yesterday to Trump’s erratic, confused, narcissistic diatribe today. Who would you want your kids to emulate and look up to? That’s pretty much the basic question this country needs to answer

.@SpeakerPelosi: "I tore up a manifesto of mistruths…It was necessary to get the attention of the American people, to say this is not true…And I don't need any lessons from anybody, especially the president of the United States, about dignity."

Treasury Dept refuses to release Trump's tax returns, despite subpoena; but has complied with GOP senators’ requests for highly sensitive financial records about Hunter Biden & his associates and has turned over “‘evidence’ of questionable origin” to them

It always comes back to loyalty. Comey tried to warn us about that years ago.

Republican cowards in the Senate acquitted a repugnant pig. And now that vile shitbag is making them watch as he jerks off to their applause. This press conference makes me want to vomit for what these cowards have done to our country.

Marie Yovanovitch: “We must not allow the United States to become a country where standing up to our government is a dangerous act.”

The #DonFather Trailer *Just in case you missed it

Thank you @Newsweek for the article about our film!


.@SenMarkey tells @Lawrence how he felt when he cast his historic vote in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump -- and what it was like to watch Republican senators in the chamber.

This video on GOP crushing then candidate Trump is classic

Column: Call Trumpism what it is: a cult

Hope someone is keeping a sniff count. As an old cocaine addict now 33 years sober. I promise you all addictions are progressive and fatal

“We now assess the most predominant terrorist threat to the Homeland to emanate from U.S.-based lone actors,”

Pelosi: "I don't know what the president understands about prayer or people who do pray. But we do pray for the U.S. of America, I pray for him ... I pray hard for him because he's so off the track of our Constitution, our values, our country ... he really needs our prayers."

The death of a 34-year-old doctor who warned of the risks of the coronavirus has unleashed a wave of fury in China

BREAKING: The U.S. Treasury Dept. has complied with Republican Senators’ requests for highly sensitive and closely-held financial records about Hunter Biden and his associates and turned over “‘evidence’ of questionable origin” to them

The Trump administration on Thursday implemented plans to downsize two national monuments Utah, ensuring the lands previously off-limits to energy development will be open to mining and drilling.

Apparently when the president boasts about his crimes, it doesn't count as evidence.

Congratulations to Bill Barr for sitting there yukking it up while the president spreads smears and lies about career FBI officials and attacks one of the most decorated prosecutors in DOJ history. Coward.

Kansas City Radio Station now broadcasting Russian State Sponsored Propaganda Radio

I have multiple sources inside the Justice Department that tell me when Barr became Attorney General he shut down *six* separate investigations into Trump and Trump related companies and surrogates. I'm told Barr has also prevented *two new* investigations from moving forward.

It’s actually hard to pick up that much sniffing with a dynamic mic. Trump is extra high today.

Republicans aren't mad at Romney because they believe Trump is innocent; they're mad at him because his principled stance not only exposes their blatant preference for party over country, but also reveals that they don't believe in the God they use as a crutch when convenient.

This is like a press conference except Trump is answering the questions he wishes reporters would ask. — Jim Acosta

An internal Fox News research briefing book obtained by The Daily Beast openly questions Fox News contributor John Solomon’s credibility, accusing him of playing an “indispensable role” in a Ukrainian “disinformation campaign”

"He shredded the truth in his speech, shredded the Constitution in his conduct, so I shredded the ‘state of his mind' address."

A draft executive order called “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” would establish a classical style, inspired by Greek and Roman architecture, as the default for federal buildings in Washington and many throughout the U.S.

Fact check: President Trump falsely claims former FBI Director James Comey admitted to leaking

Bill would repeal law requiring governments to post legal notices in newspapers

The head of Germany’s Christian Democrats comes under fire from a key rival in her party

This woman, running for Congress in #GA07 in #Georgia, deserves the follow of every American. She is Democrat @Carolyn4GA7 She came within 433 votes of beating the @GOP incumbent in 2018 -- closest race in the country! Chip in $5:

Six American oil executives who were granted house arrest after being held in a Venezuelan prison for two years have been imprisoned again.

After more than an hour speech, attacking his adversaries and praising his allies, Trump only apologizes to his family. “I want to apologize to my family for having them have to go through a phony rotten deal by some very evil and sick people.” He gives Ivanka a hug.

He’s stoned.

Donate to @SaraGideon if you're tired of Sen. Susan Collins putting party over country!

A CBS poll found: 11% of Trumpers trust MSM; 91% turn to Trump for “accurate information.” “Remember,” Trump told a crowd in 2018, “what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” Trump is spending $1B to suck more Americans into that alternate reality.

Many diplomats who testified after bracing for payback after Donald Trump's acquittal

TONIGHT: 7 candidates take the stage in the final debate before the #NHPrimary. It’s at St. Anselm College at 8pm.

The Treasury Dept that wouldn’t hand over Trump’s tax returns due to privacy concerns, hands over Hunter Biden’s taxes to the GOP Senate. Time to request Ivanka & Jared’s taxes. They’re part of the WH admin, it needs to be done as oversight

Kushner: Abbas, Olmert jealous they couldn't bring about peace themselves Jared Kushner spoke out against Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, saying that they are jealous of the peace plan for having the potential to accomplish what they could not.

The Trump family came in to the White House and immediately started figuring out ways to line their pockets with taxpayer dollars. Please share this video from @bravenewfilms that separates the propaganda from reality:


Lawrence: Prayer breakfast rant shows Trump doesn't understand what love is

Acts of defiance against a lie, an unhinged insult, cruelty as policy, and unconstrained criminality are NOT the low road or “getting down in the mud”. They are the only way to stop tyranny. Find your act of defiance - or recognize one in another & hold it up. Courage.

Vindman risked it all to tell the truth. May we all be so brave in the trying months to come.

Congress needs to ‘make it rain subpoenas’ to find out how many Trump investigations Bill Barr has squashed: Ex-prosecutor

Analysis: Can Trump be impeached again?