Monday, February 10, 2020

The #TrumpBudget cuts: - $500,000,000,000 from Medicare. - $75,700,000,000 from Social Security and its companion program, Supplemental Security Income. The best way to make sure these cuts never happen? VOTE HIM OUT!


Yesterday: 97 died of Coronavirus in China alone. Today: President Trump announced plans to cut funding for global health programs by 34%. It's like a unilateral, willing surrender to pandemic disease. Hard to believe.

"There will never be a wake-up call for corporations; the justice system doesn’t do that anymore."

BREAKING : Trump campaign boots local GOP bigwigs from New Hampshire event

As I wrote yesterday in the Daily News, autocrats always find "higher laws" to invoke when the law of the land stands in their way. That is Trumpism, enabled by the GOP.

Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's criminal case drags out further, as his sentencing set for later this month is postponed by judge. Next up could be a hearing where Flynn's former lawyers wind up essentially testifying against him

This new Quinnipiac poll is more evidence that the overwhelming majority of the American people reject

Dear Democrats who are contemplating @BernieSanders in November: Do you think Republicans are going to miss things like this? That they won't ram things like this down his throat? I'm not *certain* that it will work, but I don't want to run the experiment.

Kemp won the Governorship of Georgia by just under 55,000 votes over Stacy Abrams. As Secretary of State he was in charge of the vote count in his own race, that’s something illegal in some places

A federal district judge has dealt a blow to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on his voter roll purge. A 2018 federal lawsuit against Kemp, then in his role as secretary of state, challanged his removal of 700,000 voters from the state's voter rolls.

Trump says Xi told him "the heat generally kills this kind of virus." Since their call, Trump has touted this theory, saying the crisis might wrap up by April. One expert told CNN Trump's assumptions were "reckless," another said "we don't have knowledge" that his theory is true.

Quinnipiac poll Feb 5-9

Two days ago: "We will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare in Fiscal Year 2021 Budget.” -Trump Today: #TrumpBudget proposes $800 billion in cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Pass it on. — Nancy Pelosi

92% of Trump voters know a majority of Americans don't support their views, and know they can't win if they don't cheat.

The irony here is that these folks believed the FBI never should have *touched* the Steele Dossier because it originated as "opposition research." Giuliani has ADMITTED that his goal is to dig up oppo on Biden...but in this case, he has his own "special channel" to DOJ???

We held massive rallies to protest increased federal spending and debt under President Obama.

Florida man proposes cutting Medicare and Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars

Instead of arresting the presidents free lawyer, they’re using him as a source, which is terrifying.

More signs that something fishy may be going on with the Justice Department's handling of #Flynn case.👇 Excerpt is from @joshgerstein's report, quoted in @just_security's Early Edition

Trump re-told his story last week about how Van Jones made a speech about justice reform and thanked Al Sharpton but not Trump, but then apologized. None of this happened. Jones told me in October: "I literally do not know what he's talking about."

Tulsi Gabbard Defends Trump Firing Vindman Brothers. Really.

Before a luncheon with nation's governors @realDonaldTrump says Europe is treating us badly and the coronavirus "that virus" should "go away" in April when the weather gets hotter.

For those wondering, White House schedule today says: 3:30PM THE PRESIDENT greets Parkland Families Oval Office Closed Press I guess it is not all of the families as I only learned of this today through a reporter. My family and I were NOT invited.

County in Kansas is jailing people over unpaid medical debt

A budget isn’t just numbers, it’s a vision for our nation’s future. Trump’s grand plan for America’s future? Gut health care, retirement safety nets, environmental protections, education initiatives, and housing programs to pay for his tax cuts for big corporations.

Trump on coronavirus: "A lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat. As the heat comes in. Typically that will go away in April. We're in great shape, though.

Mitt lives in Utah, but shares a summer home with Nancy Pelosi in Trump’s head.

It’s time to start investigating Bill Barr, @RepAdamSchiff.

Asterisk @RealDonaldTrump says what?

Barr's failure to refute Sen Graham's claim that he is going to work directly with a person who is or should be under criminal investigation (Rudy is implicated by the allegations in the Parnas indictment & his own public conduct) is as good as a confirmation. Need hearings now.

Since AG Bill Barr has opened the door to Rudy Giuliani, and says @TheJusticeDept has “an obligation to have an open door to anybody who wishes to provide us information that they think is relevant,” it’s time to hear Lev Parnas, & #LetLevSpeak about Ukraine, POTUS & his minions.

Exclusive: Hundreds of Chinese firms seek billions in loans amid coronavirus outbreak - sources

Joe Biden says he's unlikely to choose a running mate who supports Medicare for All, essentially ruling out rivals Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

Have you noticed how all of Trump's "jokes" involve destruction of the Constitution or a federal crime?

"This budget is Trump's pledge that as long as he stays in office, slashing Social Security, Medicaid, and whatever's left of SNAP will remain a White House priority."

@UKZak writing for @Forbes magazine is reporting that Huawei has been hiring Russians who are experts in OFFENSIVE CYBER OPERATIONS . "Danger Will Robinson"

Poor people will take the hit to pay for Trump's bloated self-indulgent spendin'.

Sure it ends. One way is if 78year old has a second heart attack. Let’s see the medical records. People need to see if this is a risk worth taking.

Owning the libs by killing Democracy

Europe is slipping on all fronts without the diplomatic partnership of the U.S. I'd like to scream "this is the point stupid" to all those praising the current U.S. strategy of isolation.

This is significant coz of the douchefuqqery Elliot Broidy & Nader were doing with Saudi Arabia & UAE in 2016 via Kushner, Prince & Flynn. By 2016 KSA & UAE were done with Obama/Clinton coz of their support for Arab Spring

The race to become Germany’s next chancellor is now wide open: Merkel’s hand-picked successor abruptly quits

We’ve had enough...civility is overrated

A longtime climate skeptic and former Exxon boss has power inside JPMorgan. Climate activists want him out

I wanted to post this from Rachel’s Instagram account. We must take care of ourselves because we are going to need to be strong.

When the evidence is potentially incriminating against Trump, @LindseyGrahamSC doesn’t want to hear it. When there is NO evidence of wrongdoing against a self described “never partisan” Purple Heart recipient, Graham wants to go on a fishing expedition.

Crazy president wants more nukes because of course.

Extreme Events: Adjusting to Climate Change

The Justice Department is refusing to comment on @LindseyGrahamSC's claim that Bill Barr is taking dirt on the Bidens directly from Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the NYT reports: House Dems need to get on this. Protecting the country demands it:

“Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), whose district includes the reservation, said crews this week began blasting through parts of Monument Hill, which includes a burial site for the Tohono O’odham Nation.”

New: How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to the top of the Border Patrol, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in their wake.

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected efforts to contain the Wuhan coronavirus in the capital Beijing on Monday, the first time he has appeared on the front lines of the fight against the outbreak.

This $2.5M lakeside estate in Alpharetta, GA belongs to sanctioned Russian oligarch Boris Rotenberg. He and his wife own prime real estate worth millions in the Atlanta area, which stands abandoned

"This isn't how the president is supposed to treat military heroes who obey the law. Our military deserves better. Our country deserves better. Lt. Col. Vindman deserves better." This ad from @ForTheRuleOfLaw will run nationally on Fox and Friends Wednesday morning.

China's massive security state is being used to crack down on the Wuhan virus

Coronavirus: Four more people diagnosed in UK

Irish banks slump after Sinn Fein's strong election show

We have a lot more to learn. Maybe you can help! I’m looking for: -More invoices where Trump Org is asking taxpayers to pay -Govt employees who know about those payments -Trump Org folks who know how much they charged If you know something, I’m at

“while too many entrusted with political office continue to remain silent...”

thread: This week I was in Venezuela, mostly offline. I observed, from Caracas, the finale of the impeachment trial, Romney's last stand, the firing of civil servants. All around me, people nodded wearily: Yes, they said, we've seen this before...

Looks like Russia had another nuclear oops...

The anti-Trump: “I have no patience for toadies and sycophants,” Bloomberg said. “My ego doesn’t need the stroking. I hate to break this to you, but I’m not insecure about who I am – and I’m comfortable with people disagreeing with me and telling me so.”

We need a President who’s willing to take things on — someone who isn't afraid of making unpopular decisions. The Affordable Care Act and Social Security weren’t popular at first, but we had Presidents willing to fight for them. That's the kind of President we need right now.

Fire @TomPerez. Right away.

“This is a man of the lowest character.”

Bill Barr never answered this question because he did not want to lie under oath

I’ve been to CPAC. None of those twerps could take Romney

Climate change isn’t just a threat to our environment. It is a threat to the global economy and our national security. Trump doesn’t seem to grasp the urgency of climate change, or believe in it at all. I will restore American leadership and fight for future generations.

Alternative facts, gaslighting everywhere, lying normalised. Does this mean the 2020 election will not be “a choice between parties or candidates or policy platforms, but a referendum on reality itself.” Disturbing and dystopian. Worth careful reading and reflectio

This question to William Barr is about to become very important.

The Obamas’ documentary won an Oscar, Trump’s show couldn’t get an Emmy.

Afghan forces are claiming victory in some Taliban-controlled areas. Civilians say they’re still in danger.

The UK may have only left the European Union, but its next opportunity to stagger blindly off a cliff is just 20 weeks away

Trump to propose cuts -that include $130 billion to changes to Medicare prescriptions, $292 billion from cuts in safety programs - such requirements for Medicaid and food stamps - and $70 billion in rules for disability benefits.

Evercore strategist recommends investors stay in a holding pattern rather than assume there will be a coronavirus pandemic

Matthew Kupfer: After Iowa caucus, US needs Ukrainian-style elections

Pockets of currency turbulence are emerging, a potential signal that the foreign-exchange market could be less stable in 2020

"American Factory," the first Netflix film from former President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's production company, is officially an Oscar winner.

Apparently the people who attend CPAC are so patriotic that if a sitting US Senator and member of the Republican Party showed up .... they’d quite possibly kill him?

Is @PeteButtigieg about to be ensnared in some cuckoo conspiracy theory?

Kim Jong Un canceled a big parade with no real explanation just as the South Korean press reports coronavirus has hit North Korea hard and could explode there

Anwar is a photographer who volunteered with his local fire department. The Trump administration deported him—without a chance to see his attorney or say goodbye to his family—to war-torn Yemen, where he fears for his life. We must end this cruelty

Susan Collins is officially the most unpopular Senator in the country. Mainers deserve a Senator who will put them first.

Yes, please. Federally-funded elections only. No more purchasing of power.

We are in a climate emergency. We have to get Donald Trump out of the White House and treat climate change like the existential threat that it is — before it's too late.

Israel Drawing Up Map for West Bank Annexations, Netanyahu Says

No, the “process” was set up sometime b/t Sep 2018 & d Feb 2019: Sep 2018: @SenateDems send letter to @TheJusticeDept requesting investigation into Rudy & Ukraine. Dec 2018: Barr nominated, Gov shutdown Feb 2019: Barr confirmed Mar 2019: Giuliani openly working on Biden op

By enabling Russia's malign economic activities, some European countries are feeding the Kremlin’s cycle of influence, weakening democratic structures, and threatening transatlantic security. Read the @CSISEurope Kremlin Playbook 2

'why won't they do something. why is nothing happening. trumpf owns everything, we'll never win' This kinda talk can please move on. We will not tolerate this debbie downer, John Q fuck it crap. Go drag on someone else. It's not welcome here

“The #Pentagon’s misguided National Defense Strategy, for example, never met a threat it couldn’t inflate or a challenge it didn’t see as requiring a military solution.”

Barack and Michelle Obama's new production company has already won an Oscar. 'American Factory' won Best Documentary Feature. Centered around a manufacturing plant in Dayton, Ohio, it was the first film produced by the Obamas' production company.

I'm not known for having a lot of sympathy for arguments about sexism, but this is when I think: "Okay, so you don't have electability concerns about a gay-married 38 year old small-city mayor, but two experienced U.S. Senators don't cut it because: Women?" Wow.

Turned out swell when Erdogan accused his military of plotting a faux coup, purged officers who weren’t excited about working with Russia, then started leaning on the Kremlin to keep control. Why not recycle the playbook? Because to be clear, this is what graham is saying.

Thread:Trump lies to the people who love and trust him. Why wouldn’t they believe him? Like 1930s and 40s Germany- it’s too insane to believe this world leader is lying to us. But he is. And it’s dividing a nation who, truly, mostly agrees on what is right and wrong. These people are...

I figured it out!!!!! @LindseyGrahamSC is QAnon

You didn’t have to meet Lev Parnas to be in the loop, @LindseyGrahamSC. Incredible how you voted to hide witnesses and evidence to protect the President at trial, and now endorse a back channel to continue the same political smear campaign. Why not just #LetLevSpeak? We’re here.

Turkey sends hundreds of tanks, armored personnel carriers and commandos to the neighboring Syrian province of Idlib

RNC funded roughly 11,000 automated calls to jam up House Democrats' phone lines amid impeachment battle:

On this day in 1950 before the Ohio County Republican Women's Club in Wheeling, WV, Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-WI, claimed he had "here in my hand a list of 205 (State Dept employees) that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party..."

Singapore’s coronavirus outbreak has spread to its financial center, with temperature screenings at the front doors of several towers

Hypocritical pool boy toy @JerryFalwellJr says of Romney... "I think he should keep his religion in his personal life...Some people have always worn halos to hide their horns...Jesus reserved his harshest criticism for the pharisees...hypocrites, wolves in sheep's clothing."

Now do Medicare fraud.

Until recently, China reportedly ignored offers of help from the World Health Organization and the CDC.

Soviet leaders often invoked higher laws, state interests, and syllogisms when the letter of the law was inconvenient. The "right people" decided what was right. For today's GOP, that means Trump.

HE. WILL. F💰CKING. BANKRUPT. US...laughing all the way to the land of unjust enrichment $2 TRILLION the GOP are NOT fiscal conservatives. FULL STOP Trump’s new budget proposal expected to show how far he has moved away from some 2016 campaign promises

‘That’s retaliation’: CBS host stuns @LindseyGrahamSC as he backs Trump’s firing of impeachment witnesses

The Sunday news shows today are completely dominated by Democratic presidential candidates. This Week, Meet the Press, State of the Union, and Fox News Sunday have no major guests besides Dem candidates. Trump's impeachment acquittal happened less than 100 hours ago!

We have actual public servants to investigate crime. They are bound by rules and public disclosure requirements and may not work for anyone else. Giuliani is not a government employee, and not bound by the rules. He is a private attorney for Donald Trump and other paying clients.

This is a lie. Mueller concluded that Russia interfered in our election, and Trump’s campaign worked to benefit from it. Trump’s lies are damaging our institutions and national security

Norway sends strong signal it will not accept Russia’s encroachment on sovereignty at Svalbard

The federal minimum wage: 2009: $7.25/hour 2020: $7.25/hour That’s unconscionable. The House voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and it’s time the Senate does the same.

The Cow-MAGA brigade wants to speak about anything but Trump’s abuse if power, the Mob, Money Laundering, & it’s intersection w Russia. While we talk about Trump’s ridiculous appearance, myself included, Devin now wants us to speak about Trump skin pics today. I sense a pattern

Bill Barr's daughter Mary Barr Daly's ENTIRE career was in drugs, prosecuting narcotics cases as a US Attorney+Dir. of opiod Enforcement, but on the day her daddy became AG she ran to the TREASURY Dept to supervise Trump's tax returns+Deutsche money laundering & Biden disclosures

Asked about a potential running-mate: “Who will be your Mike Pence, who will look at you with adoring eyes?” ⁦@ewarren⁩: “I already have a dog.”

Brad Pitt: "They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week. I'm thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing."

“Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.”

I told you

Deal reached to cut bankrupt Puerto Rico's debt by $24 billion