Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Trump's Going to Cheat

There are 175,000 federal prisoners. Many are serving harsh sentences and deserve mercy. Yet, Trump uses pardons almost exclusively for: 1) Political supporters 2) Wealthy individuals 3) Contestants on his TV show And worse abuses are almost surely to come.

BREAKING: New poll has our campaign AHEAD of Senator Collins — 43% to 42%. Chip in now to help us win this race and defeat Collins this November

NEW — The son of one of Trump’s pardon recipients gave $85k to Trump victory this August. His wife gave $50k that same month. On top of that, they made an in-kind contribution for $75k in air travel.

President Trump’s budget proposal funds Justice Department efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This hurts all Americans with pre-existing conditions. If President Trump wants to protect health care, he should halt the lawsuit against the ACA

.⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ says he is the chief law enforcement officer in the country

Why do you want to run against Bernie so badly?

Trump threatens lawsuits over Mueller probe

BREAKING: More than 1,000 military veterans condemn President Trump's attacks on LTC Vindman. They write: "LTC Vindman and all of his colleagues should know that we stand with them even when their Commander-in-Chief does not. For all of us, right still matters...."

Per Kaitlan Collins of CNN, Bill Barr arrived at the White House shortly after 1P and Trump left the White House about 15 min later (for a 4-day swing out west).

Among those receiving pardons or commutations from President Trump: -Rod Blagojevich -financier Michael Milken, who became known as the "junk bond king" -ex-NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who pleaded guilty to tax fraud and lying to federal officials

A small taste of what is called “turning the jails inside out.” The crooks and allies come out and those opposing the leader or fighting for justice go in.

Wow. He is fucking insane. This is going to damage Republicans in Congress. Seriously

swamp pardons swamp

John Avlon: Trump is pumping up Sanders. It's a trap. [You should be concerned, at the very least. Ask yourself: Why?]

Here's an electropop version of the Constitution according to Donald. Apologies to Dua Lipa, and also our founding fathers. #NoRulesForDonald

Fascinating moment from my intv w/ Warren re: the double standard women face in politics when it comes to being aggressive, for instance, on debate stages. “You know, this is what women face all the time. It's always too much of this, too much of that.”

"By bragging about his professed ability to intervene in criminal cases - whenever he wants, to any extent he wants - Trump may very well want his allies to know they'll be protected, while simultaneously signaling to his enemies that they'll be hunted."

James Comey writes in Opinions: Justice is supposed to be blind. Bill Barr can’t see that.

Barr’s Justice Department designates a U.S. attorney’s office in New York state to receive Ukraine tips from Giuliani and others

BREAKING: Trump pardons Michael Milken, face of 1980s financial scandals

Bill Barr, you got some ‘splainin’ to do! Here are the 35+ questions that I, @jgeltzer, and @rgoodlaw have compiled for Congress (and the media) to ask the AG

UPDATE from my @WCKitchen team at the #DiamondPrincess ship ๐Ÿšข @SamBloch1 reports in as they get breakfast loaded for tomorrow....Field kitchen is now setup so we can send hot meals onto the ship & give crews a break!

Nothing says “I hate political corruption” quite like commuting the sentence of a corrupt Governor of Illinois who went to prison for withholding money from a children’s hospital until they paid him a $50,000 bribe

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

President Trump on Tuesday granted a full pardon to Edward DeBartolo, Jr., the former San Franciso 49ers football owner who was indicted for failing to report an extortion attempt by former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards

To put it another way, relative to the size of the US economy, Trump's deficits will require more borrowing than fighting and winning the Second World War - all per CBO.

It’s like he’s working up to something but what? It’s a mystery.

So Trump is on another pardon spree. Re-upping this piece on what the crimes and people Trump pardons tell us about his psyche

Kevin was required to see a therapist when he got to the US. She said their sessions would be private. Instead, everything he disclosed was passed to ICE, to be used against him in court. This is now happening in migrant child shelters around the country.

This. Pass it on

AMAZING! We've now got 71,363 regular citizens demanding Barr resign (in addition to the 2000+ former DOJ officials). Keep it going folks!!! If you haven't signed the demand by @CREWcrew for him to resign,

BREAKING - @ABC News has learned President Trump expected to commute the sentenced of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich via multiple senior level sources - more to come

Top intel office lawyer who handled Ukraine whistleblower complaint resigning

Fierce fighting flares in Donbas, Ukraine reportedly loses positions

Trump pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in gambling scandal His father (rumored to have mob ties) was biz partner of Les Wexner in 80s before Wexner worked w/Jeffrey Epstein (deleted last tweet to correct jr/sr info

And here's the letter to Nadler from Stephen Boyd:

Just in: DOJ says in letter to Nadler that US attorney for EDNY has been assigned to coordinate "several open matters" related to Ukraine, and the US attorney in Pittsburgh will be receiving new Ukraine info from the public (i.e. Giuliani). Here's the memo DOJ sent out on Jan 17:

BREAKING: Judge Jackson plans to sentence Roger Stone as planned Thursday. “I think that delaying this sentence would not be a prudent thing to do under all the circumstances."

From Fox News

Kshama Sawant is “Far Left” even by the standard of voters in Seattle. She ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™œ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ Hillary Clinton in 2016. She told Sanders supporters to vote for Jill Stein. @BernieSanders should explain why he had her speak at his rally

‼️ In advance of today’s conference call with Judge Amy Berman Jackson in the #RogerStone case, new counsel for the Government files a Notice of Appearance.

CREW has requested DOJ communications between DOJ officials, Attorney General William Barr, Trump, and Flynn or anyone representing him.

??? No, it has the aim of demonstrating that Trump is in control, and that his lackey is so loyal he WON’T resign even as he makes the AG look like a fool for suggesting that he operates independently of the President. Have we learned nothing about how Trump operates?

This and other POTUS tweets today has the obvious aim of inducing AG Barr to resign.

Why, oh why, can't I just ship all the Qanons, Flynn Red X cultists, B**nie B*os and Antivaxers to Bouvet Island to fight to the death over who is the more tendentiously stupid? — Rick Wilson

On economy, Trump picks a fight with Obama he cannot win Trump needs people to believe he's singlehandedly responsible for creating an economic nirvana unlike any ever witnessed by humans, but reality is stubborn

I haven't said a word about her. All I'm saying, and I will until I drop, is that Trump is desperate for Bernie.

As many have suspected, this could explain why SDNY hasn’t cooperated Parnas despite his lawyers claims about him wanting to. SDNY has a strict, across the board policy about cooperating fully on everything, not just some things. Ask Michael Cohen.

fox news published this story yesterday.

This is a BIG LIE. Even the IG report @realDonaldTrump always cites says the FBI investigation of the Trump-Russia scandal was *not* triggered by the Steele memos. Trump is pushing disinformation to cover up his complicity in Russia’s attack on the US. Shameless betrayal!

Not a cult

Things that have recently defeated The Wall, which Trump is stealing billions from the military to pay for: 1. A $100 saw you can buy at Home Depot 2. A stiff breeze 3. Seasonal rains 4. A $5 ladder

Former Department of Justice, FBI, and Pentagon officials propose specific questions to ask #BillBarr. By @jgeltzer @AshaRangappa_ @rgoodlaw Plus an invitation for readers to send in their questions to add to the list.

Britain to make social media platforms responsible for harmful content - Reuters

Sanders was ridiculously naive about the Soviet Union. The Trump ads write themselves.

Perhaps I am a cynic, but it is very interesting that Maine, Tennessee and Alaska (Collins, Murkowski and Alexander) each were awarded substantial sums of money for public projects within two weeks of Donald Trump's sham acquittal. Were they bribed?

In Tennessee, state lawmakers using campaign funds on personal expenses seems to virtually go unnoticed by authorities. In Massachusetts, it brought federal charges against a lawmaker today.

Trump tweeting about judges again in pending criminal mattters. If Barr meant what he said last week, I would think there is only one response.

Obama pushes Trump’s button on economy. Trump responds: "Did you hear the latest con job?"

Wow. Sanders calls out Bloomberg. Bloomberg hits back with a doozy about the toxic asshat Bros. About time someone called out Bernie’s asshole trolls.

.@ewarren on DOJ corruption: “We can’t let this moment go un-remarked. What the attorney general has done, we should all be calling for the resignation of the attorney general. If he won’t resign, remember the attorney general can be impeached”

When Trump screeches about Hunter Biden, here's what he's trying to distract you from

BREAKING: Liu Zhiming, the head of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, has died of coronavirus

This is true of ALL candidates, regardless of age or party

"This is a recovery that began 11 years ago."

I don’t understand trump supporters love trump because he’s racist but hate Bloomberg because “he’s racist?”

1. Donald Ayer served as Deputy Attorney General under President Bush. Here, he calls for the resignation or impeachment of the man who succeeded him in that office in 1990, and who now serves as attorney general: William Barr

What beats a 50 ft, billion-dollar wall? A 51 ft ladder @ $16. Smugglers have engineered camouflage hook-and-ladders made of rebar that blend in so well with the border wall that it can be hard to detect, according to U.S. Border Patrol.

Trump doesn’t seem to grasp that blue staters are real Americans too

The EPA is about to change a rule cutting mercury pollution. The industry doesn’t want it.

Bill Barr must resign. Click here to sign the petition:

Barr’s America is not a place that anyone, including Trump voters, should want to go—a banana republic, where all are subject to the whims of a dictatorial president." And now the authoritarian a-historical Fed Society is haven of anti-constitutionalism.

While calling Mike Bloomberg racist, Fox's Charles Payne attacks "all these fake, phony black leaders" who call Trump racist "because he did what other landlords did in the 1970s. I'm not saying it was good, but" it wasn't as bad as stop-and-frisk.

Right-Wing Activists Discussed Wiretapping Seth Rich’s Family, Three People in the Room Say

“In a major legal defeat for the Russian government, a Dutch appeals court on Tuesday reinstated an international arbitration panel’s order that it should pay $50 billion compensation to shareholders in former oil company Yukos.”

The year is 1988, we are at the height of the cold war. An American named Bernie Sanders visits the Soviet Union, and returns spouting USSR propaganda. Nothing odd here.

New NPR/PBS/Marist national poll: @MikeBloomberg is at 19%, bringing him to 4/4 qualifying polls. He has now qualified for tomorrow’s NV debate.

NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Sanders Leads, Bloomberg Qualifies For Debate

Mike Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, setting up the first face-to-face showdown between the self-funding billionaire and the other top candidates for the nomination

Racist, homophobic gun nut, Kaitlin Bennet, received a warm welcome from protestors flipping her off and throwing drinks at her car. She complained that the police watched it happen and didn't intervene. Thank you for your service, officers.

Holy shit

Trump says he created the greatest economy of all time. Turns out, it ranks 6th out of the last 10 presidential terms. Either he’s lying, or he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Maybe it’s both?

Infected Americans have been allowed to leave two ships in the last few days.

During President Trump's State of the Union, he announced a scholarship for a young student. Turns out, Betsy DeVos paid for it herself, and that's a problem.

"This college was accredited by a DeVos-sanctioned group. We couldn’t find evidence of students or faculty."

A short film produced by the United States Department of War released in 1943 Made to educate viewers about prejudice & discrimination Its to make the case for the desegregation of US armed forces. It is held for preservation by the U.S. National Archives

'Don't be kidnapped by China': Taiwan tells WHO in bid for separate virus tally

Every day more and more corruption is exposed by this administration! Barr needs prosecuted for trying to fix a court case against Erdogan, a foreign entity!!! Get him out NOW!!!!

It is unknown exactly how long COVID-19 can linger on contaminated surfaces and objects with the potential of infecting people, but some researchers are finding clues by studying the elusive behaviors of other coronaviruses

Donald Trump vilifies the press. He threatens his opponents. He says he wants to run for a third term. That sounds more like an authoritarian dictator than a U.S. president. So today, we must ask ourselves: Is it #PresidentsDay or #CaudilloDay?

"I didn't take this decision to sign this letter lightly, but the time has come to let the current DOJ employees know we are with them... [Barr's] no longer enabling the president to destroy the rule of law, he's now the driving force"

THIS THING'S ON FIRE! You just added another 1,000 signatures in 6 min, with a big assist from @PiperPerabo and @MrJonCryer! Now 41,000 regular folks demanding Barr's resignation, in addition to 2,000+ former DOJ officials. Add your name. Here's a link

Question: what happened in the locker room @Jim_Jordan

Bad news from #Ukraine. An eruption of fierce fighting on the front line in Donbas, in the area where both sides' troops pulled back not long ago. Comparisons to 2015 emerging.

I see nothing

Trump leaves no fascist tool untouched.

“Republicans owe Vindman a public apology” - @washingtonpost Which one? The firing of Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman was the more egregious of the two

Bolton declined Schiff's invitation to present an affidavit in Trump's impeachment trial when his testimony really, REALLY mattered. The Republic? Nah. Bolton would rather have the cash. Whoever leaked those pages to the Times should just leak the entire thing to the Internet.

Very sorry Devin Nunes, but Lev Parnas will not be able to attend. Any questions, please call him on his cellphone.

Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330)

Bankruptcies for farmers in 2019 were the highest they have been since 2011.

”Who can explain why these Pro Russian ‘rebels’ on Russia’s border that want to join Russia never run out of Russian weapons, Russian soldiers, Russian ammo, Russian fuel, Russian spares or Russian propaganda...”

Patti Davis warned "the image of a president who has a moral compass" is fading from our collective psyche

Best economy ever? Not really. Judged by growth at least, Trump's economy ranks 6th out of the last 10 presidential terms,

Disappointed to see @BernieSanders supporters attacking @fred_guttenberg. Attacking the Parkland families is a weird way to get your guy nominated?

How many of those 1 former coaches called for action when the athletes reported that the Doctor assaulted them over 170 times?

No problem. If MAGA needs to see at night, they'll just light a cross.

Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly is No. 1 in US in Senate fundraising

Boy Scouts of America Bankrupt? What a moment

The world is on fire. Late night is overcrowded. Can Trevor Noah’s "Daily Show" cut through the chaos?

Ask the kids in cages on the border about what a wonderful, fucking handshaking selfie taking, guy he is.

Petition: Attorney General Barr must resign

On #PresidentsDay, we remember the leaders who showed strength in moments of fear, who brought us together in moments of division, and showed empathy in moments of pain. Then we remember that today, our President is Donald Trump. In November, let's end this chapter of history.

Former Obama adviser: John Bolton is ‘motivated above all by profit’

Lawrence: Top priority for Dems is a candidate who can beat Trump

BREAKING: John Bolton spoke publicly for the first time since the impeachment trial. He was asked whether he thought Trump's July 25 call was “perfect.” Bolton says “you'll love Chapter 14” of his book.

Anybody who buys his book is an asshole. Except the one journalist who highlites it and sends it to @SenatorCollins

For the record, I’m not reading Chapter 14. Or any other chapter. — Mark Hertling

Watch this video and re-Tweet. Bill Barr plants his own daughter in the Treasury Department to provide cover for @realDonaldTrump

Are you really willing to sacrifice 243 years of progress b/c you can’t get over yourselves? We have to be better than this. We have to stand up and reclaim the institutions that protect our freedom, and demand the Constitutional rights that make us strong. That’s who we are.

Whoa! Philadelphia U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, who heads the independent Federal Judges Association, said the group “could not wait” until its spring conference to weigh in on a deepening crisis that has enveloped the Justice Department and Attorney General William Barr.

Sources tell NY Magazine that Obama expects to campaign often and loudly in the general election, even if he has to step in to try and unite liberals, moderates, and progressives beforehand.

Murkowski got her grant, and here’s Susan’s payoff.

They were one of the first families separated at the border. Two and a half years later, they’re still apart.

Now I've seen everything.

Former OSU wrestler Adam DiSabato calls out Rep. Jim Jordan

Trump wants a continuous bar fight so he can steal everybody’s wallet while they’re not payin’ attention.

Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

MUST WATCH: @staceyabrams breaks down why caucuses are undemocratic and reminds us that the Democratic Primary has only just begun.

Just no words. Tribe: Pentagon failed to consult on border wall

@BarackObama #HappyPresidentsDay

I thought this was the Daily Dot, but no, Dershowitz really said it, in an interview with Breitbart News

Wow! Don Winslow’s take-no-prisoners’ video is a must watch!

Watch this!

More than 2,000 former Department of Justice officials are calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign, according to the group Protect Democracy.

South Korea warns of economic ‘emergency’ from coronavirus

Mueller reported that Putin propped up only two candidates. Trump and Bernie. Bernie was asked what he knew and when. He never answered the question and blamed Hillary.

Republicans owe Vindman a public apology- GOP flunkies indeed

Desecrating Native sacred sites to build Trump's hateful border wall is unacceptable. We must respect tribal sovereignty. No project impacting Native sacred sites should proceed without the free, prior, and informed consent of the Tribal Nations concerned.

We need to build a big coalition to win in November. We need our fired-up Democratic base, but we also need Independents and moderate Republicans to join our team to defeat Donald Trump. I’ve built that coalition every time I’ve run and won in a purple state. I can do it again.

Don't believe everything you read, half the crowd @BernieSanders had yesterday in Carson was from California or Oregon. (I know, I looked at the license plates in the parking lot while knocking doors for @JoeBiden). Biden is the one with the momentum!

Pelosi warns Democrats 'must be unified' to ensure Trump isn't reelected

A White House official said President Trump still has confidence in the attorney general amid the stepped up calls from former Justice Department officials for William Barr's resignation.

BREAKING: John Bolton spoke publicly for the first time since the impeachment trial. He was asked whether he thought Trump's July 25 call was “perfect.” Bolton says “you'll love Chapter 14” of his book.

Federal judges' association calls emergency meeting after DOJ intervenes in case of Trump ally Roger Stone

Barr interfering in some cases that are not yet public

Rule of law already broken where it involves Trump