Saturday, February 8, 2020

Sanders stretched truth on VA record, some vets groups say

Meet Attorney General Bill Barr's daughter Mary Barr Daly. Barr arranged for his daughter, a lawyer, to get a top job at Treasury working directly with Treasury Sec Steven Mnuchin on the *same day* he became AG. Her job: Protect Trump's taxes and provide Biden dirt to GOP.

Americans consistently have expressed little confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Republicans are now 21 points more likely than Democrats to express confidence him (31% vs. 10%), the widest partisan gap in our polling.

Democratic strategist James Carville on Pres. Trump's electoral strength: "He got 44.8% in 2018. He suffered the worst electoral defeat in the House ever ... but yet, the media is going, 'Oh, he's so strong, he's so powerful, he's so this.' No he's not!"

BREAKING: U.S. and Afghan military forces have been fired on while taking part in an operation in eastern Afghanistan, with multiple American casualties reported, a U.S. official says. The number and extent of injuries are unclear.

We still don’t know how much Trump is profiting at taxpayers’ expense. He refuses to tell us. But with $650 a night hotel bills, we know it’s a lot. Americans deserve to know what the President is charging the American people for his vacations.

Following Pres. Trump's acquittal, Rep. Schiff says "the American people are going to have to remain vigilant and not become inured to all the falsehoods, all the deceptions, all the gaslighting that this administration seems to try to do on a daily basis"

This SCARES ME TO DEATH...And it should scare you too..!!!

Something that occurs to me during this court forum: There are now 269 days until the presidential election. Antonin Scalia died 269 days before the 2016 election; Republicans argued that it was too close to the election to replace him.

Days after leaving a 2-decade career as a healthcare lobbyist, Colin Roskey joined the Department of Health and Human Services in January. He's one of 281 lobbyists we found working for the Trump administration. An ethics watchdog called it "staggering.

"Alex [Vindman] is a top 1 percent military officer and the best Army officer I have worked with in my 15 years of government service. He is brilliant, unflappable, and exercises excellent judgment." -- Dr. Fiona Hill, July 2019 evaluation of LTC Alexander Vindman

Trump really learned that lesson: Trump is discussing firing Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, w/advisors. Why? Trump is upset he let the whistleblower complaint get to Congress-in other words, that he followed the law.

Dear Democrats, 1. Fire Tom Perez. He couldn't manage a Lemonade stand. 2. Hire a motherfucker. It takes a motherfucker to beat a motherfucker. 3. Stop attacking each other and go after Trump. 4. Stop being nice. 5. Treat Trump like the cancer he is and remove it.

What was striking about last night’s debate is just how much Trump is dictating the terms of the primary.

Trump son blows up justification for firing Vindman and Sondland, admits both were fired.

The little girl Trump said at the State of the Union was trapped in a “failing government school,” and announced a scholarship for, was already attending a sought-after charter school free, and her mom says it’s great, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The WHO and CDC want to help China combat coronvirus. But Beijing is refusing.

SCOOP: Trump's South Africa ambassador, a successful handbag designer, forced out her top career diplomat at the embassy as she tried to elevate her son to a senior embassy post, officials tell me. Part of a trend of Trump envoys pushing out their #2's

My cheat sheets for what we know about @realdonaldtrump charging his own Secret Service while it protects him. I’ll update these as we learn more.

The death of a hero doctor who warned of the risks of the coronavirus has sparked a rare crisis of confidence in the Communist Party

Lt. Col. Vindman is an American patriot — Joe Biden

Socialism is when the state takes control of the means of production, including all industries and enterprises of any significant size or importance. Sort of like Barr is arguing for doing right here.

Putin’s Revenge- from 2016 Putin met with Russian troops shortly after he took power on the first day of the new millennium, January 1, 2000, he told them their mission included “restoring Russia’s honor and dignity.” He wanted to make Russia Great Again

Last year, Americans visited the library more than they went to the movies, live sporting events, museums, concerts, amusement parks and casinos, among other activities, according to a Gallup poll

Forget coronavirus. We’re not ready for the next global virus outbreak

Trump and his allies are poised to wage what could be the most extensive disinformation campaign in U.S. history this year—and we’re not ready. My new feature for the March issue of The Atlantic:


One of the things that struck me in this article was the number of people willing to throw away America to make money as consultants spreading disinformation. I figured some people would throw away the country for power. But throwing it away for money?

Moving words by Elizabeth Warren given after the debate

.@AliVelshi talks with @CongressmanRaja, a member of the House Intelligence Committee who questioned Lt. Col. Vindman during the impeachment inquiry, about Vindman being fired by Trump today.

Kremlin Annex

People are worried that the fight against Trump is unwinnable. Well, I’ve got a record of winning fights they said were unwinnable—from creating the CFPB to unseating a popular Republican senator. When we fight, when #WePersist, we win!

Now Russian-Syrian bombers stoop so low as to attack a maternity hospital in Syria's Idlib province.

Palestinians deny US charges of incitement, blame Trump plan

Wow, watch Joe Biden’s reaction as Pete Buttigieg responds to a question about Republicans investigating his son

Amy Klobuchar: "I do not have the biggest name up on this stage. I don't have the biggest bank account. I'm not a political newcomer with no record, but I have a record of fighting for people."

If Esper had integrity, he'd resign over the treatment of Vindman. What Esper has is a non-qualified Raytheon company deferred compensation plan

Bernie Sanders frankly looks like shit. His physical health looks like it is deteriorating and his campaign is being, at best, cagey about his wellbeing following his heart attack. It's not "out of bounds" to bring this up. He's applying for the most stressful job in the world.

Rick Wilson drops the mic in ferocious attack on cowardly Republicans for unleashing ‘monster’ Trump on US

U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus dies in Wuhan, China, reports say

This photo has not been altered. This is the president

Midnight in Washington

NEW: Feb 8, 2020. China #coronavirus infections now top 34000. Death toll hits 723. *US: first known American death; embassy in Beijing confirms to @CBSNews: '60-year old died Feb 6 *Hong Kong: 14-day quarantine now in effect for *all* entering via mainland China

Breaking via NYT: Trump fires Gordon Sondland hours after dismissing impeachment witness Alexander Vindman. "I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union."

Friday Night Massacre: Trump fires two impeachment witnesses

“Feinstein says firings are ‘as clear a case of retribution’ as she’s seen in 27 years as a senator”

Breaking via NYT: Trump fires Gordon Sondland hours after dismissing impeachment witness Alexander Vindman. "I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union."

Some close to the White House had suggested that the Vindmans’ firing was just part of a general downsizing of NSC. Enter Trump Jr:

Yang is wrong. He just referred to what Trump has done as "mistakes" rather than crimes. He just dropped way, way down on my list.

So Klobuchar was the only one to agree with Biden that a socialist on the top of the Dem ticket is a problem!? It reminds me of how Trump won the GOP primary, with the rest afraid of offending his base, hoping to collect them.

President Trump is exacting his retribution, removing those who complied with subpoenas, came forward, and testified about his misconduct. These are the actions of a man who believes he is above the law — Precisely the kind of conduct Congressional Republicans enabled.

It’s less like the White House and more like the center of a continuing criminal enterprise.

I worked at the National Security Council for 3 years. Everyone on our team experienced a very emotional moment when they handed in their WH badge for the last time. I am extremely angry with Trump that he denied the Vindmans an honorable, dignified departure. So petty. THREAD

Defense Secretary Esper promised there would be no retaliation against Lt Col Vindman for his testimony. He and his brother were removed and escorted from the White House today. All eyes are on you, Mr. Secretary.

Thank you, Senate Republicans, for giving us now an unchecked, unhinged president. He has indeed “learned his lesson.”

U.S. lawmakers nominate Hong Kong protesters for Nobel Prize

.@JoeBiden had the best moment of the debate so far: "He [Trump] should be pinning a medal on Vindman and not on Rush Limbaugh... I think we should all stand and show Col. Vindman how much we support him!”

Vindman's brother, "a decorated Iraq war veteran, was escorted off of the grounds of the W.H., suddenly and with no explanation, despite over two decades of loyal service to this country. He deeply regrets that he will not be able to continue his service."

Secret Service skipping reports on payment to Trump resorts: WaPo

Witnesses left scattered in wake of Trump impeachment scandal

Esper guarantee against retaliation proves faithless for Vindman