Friday, February 21, 2020

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Pelosi questioned Richard Grenell's qualifications: "It would be like sending me in for brain surgery, to do brain surgery on somebody. What?! Just doesn’t know the territory. And it’s very important territory. So what the president did is dangerous."

“Trump learned about Pierson’s remarks from Rep. Devin Nunes...said one person familiar with the matter. Trump’s suspicions of the intelligence community have often been fueled by Nunes...”

Opinion: When competence is not the goal

Jeffrey Epstein estate says its checks are bouncing, asks court for relief

WH official: Trump has been briefed on the information that Sanders campaign received an intelligence briefing on Russian interference efforts to benefit the Vermont Senator

In addition to the wealth of stuff I wrote here, @BernieSanders knew Russia was helping him A MONTH AGO and has said not ONE WORD about it. He and his Nevada-sized ego need to withdraw.

This whole campaign is beginning to feel like an episode of Homeland

YIKES: New @ODNIgov @RichardGrenell probably shouldn't even have a security clearance, because he failed to report lobbying work for a corrupt Moldovan politician who's now a fugitive, @iarnsdorf reports.

Oh boy!!! This is going to upset some @BernieSanders supporters. He likes to talk about prior judgments of others. He needs to be held to the same standards.

Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and threatening a witness. He did it to cover up for Trump. His sentence is justified. It should go without saying, but to pardon Stone when his crimes were committed to protect Trump would be a breathtaking act of corruption.

Russia is promoting Bernie bc they know he’ll lose against Trump. So it’s really a form of helping Trump. Mitch loves it

From @MaxBoot: Why the Russians still prefer Trump

Bernie Sanders was told the Russians were aiding his campaign a month ago. Yet he said/did NOTHING about it while Kremlin assistance boosted his campaign (again). Now Bernie throws rocks at the free press for reporting it, despite acknowledging it’s true. Ask why. 2016 redux.

Bernie Sanders @SenSanders doesn’t care who Putin wants to be President. He hired @DavidSirota to his campaign staff. Here is @patribotics reporting on all the pro-Russia tweets Sanders campaign guru deleted

I mean, this has to be the best headline for me this week. Or month. Or ever. Rick Wilson compares Donald Trump to a coke party: it’s fun until you find a dead hooker in the trunk

GOP, it’s time to play for Team America

This is your reminder that @BernieSanders has NOT been vetted. If anyone thinks Trump will not hammer Sanders on his long-ago praise of Socialist regimes in Nicaragua, Cuba and the USSR, you’re deluding yourself. It will badly hurt Democrats in November.

Why didn’t Sanders simply reiterate with his own mouth the statement his staff wrote and released for him? Why be irritated that the public has learned the important news he has known for a month? Haven’t we had enough of treating the media as the enemy for doing their job?

"As acting director of national intelligence, Grenell has access to any secrets he may want to review. And he has requested access to information from the CIA and other intelligence agencies, according to two people familiar with the matter"

Bernie still has not addressed the help Russia gave him in 2016. Will anyone force Bernie to address the help he's getting now? Trump will HAMMER him over this in the general election. Oh, that's massively hypocritical, you say? It sure is! But guess what? Trumpers don't care.

Amazing anyone could write a full op-ed about this mess and not mention the interference by Trump or his relationship to Stone. The issue ain’t AG command over DOJ; it’s using that command to run political errands for Trump.

He’s openly bragging about his lawsuit to “cancel that Obamacare.” He’s bragging about the possibility of as many as 1.15 million Nevadans losing their protections for preexisting conditions, and 282,000 losing coverage completely.

Hey Vladimir: get the f—- out of our elections!

Bernie's presser YOU WON'T INTERFERE RUSSIA! And Russia keeps on going on. He was one of TWO Senators to vote AGAINST RUSSIAN SANCTIONS. The other was #RussianRand Paul.

Is this an example of @ewarren getting things done?

Richard Grenell has wasted no time starting to shape his team of advisers, ousting his office's No. 2 official — a longtime intelligence officer — and bringing in an expert on Trump conspiracy theories to help lead the agency, according to officials.

Marie Yovanovitch has a book deal.

Breaking from WaPo: Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign. Not clear what form the interference has taken:

Breaking via WaPo: U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.

Will the next debate include questions to Sanders about how long he's known Putin has been helping him and WHY he thinks he's the recipient? Or are they going to spend all their time quizzing @amyklobuchar on her knowledge of global heads-of-state?

Bill Barr asked Trump to stop tweeting about DOJ cases. Trump has made a mockery of him in the eight days since.

Hey @BernieSanders why have you voted against every sanctions bill against Russia?

Sanders: "Unlike Donald Trump, I do not consider Vladimir Putin a good friend ... The Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us up and, unlike the current president, I stand firmly against their efforts, and any other foreign power that wants to interfere."

If the Russians want to re-elect Trump makes perfect sense they want Sanders to win the Democratic nomination on the theory that Trump would beat him easily.

Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker at Oxford Union this evening: “I am never going to deny that Russia tried to interfere in 2016. They tried to interfere in 2018. And they're trying to interfere in 2020.” CNN has obtained a recording of Whitaker's remarks.

Coronavirus Now a ‘Tremendous Public Health Threat’: CDC

(@realDonaldTrump apparently doesn't want us to know this.) — Rep. Eric Swalwell

Army Sec. McCarthy on the importance of allies: "when we were doing the invasion of Afghanistan, walked into a hangar in Oman even before we were going to launch 3 days later & you see 22 SAS so we never go to war alone, especially allies like Great Britain that are always there"

Americans deserve a President who is focused on a health care plan to lower premiums. As President, I’ll get it done. — Amy Klobuchar

Cleanse it with fire. Sink it in the depths.

Bloomberg’s massive Vegas Strip ad campaign is impossible to miss

Mike Bloomberg - The NRA put Bernie Sanders in Congress, And Other Inconvenient Facts. A thread:

If Bernie dosn't get tagged with #SovietSanders by the end of next week, someone's not doing their job right in the opposing campaigns

Guess socialism is allowed when Republicans do it.

‘We are not going back! We are going forward!’ - John Lewis

Among those traveling in India for Trump trip next week will be

I asked a senior White House official if Trump really removed Maguire over the Russia briefing. Official didn’t mince words. “That’s absolutely why. Anyone from here on out that opposed POTUS will get fired.” That bad, I asked? “Yup,” official said. “He’s not f***ing around.”

Rep. Devin Nunes went to President Trump afterward to tell him about the intelligence briefing that Russia is already working to interfere in the 2020 election

Starting next week, immigrants can be denied green cards on the basis that they’re applying for green cards. Yes you read that right

NEW: Data shows that Miami’s “anti-human-trafficking” raids before Super Bowl LIV wound up arresting about 150 sex workers for misdemeanor prostitution with virtually no nexus to “trafficking” at all

Trump's farmer trade bailout is already more than 2x the size of the 2009 auto bailout

The video by the @BernieSanders campaign implying support from MFOL is a lie. The MFOL group does not endorse candidates. MFOL exists because of what happened to my daughter and 16 others. Shame on this campaign for this dishonesty and they need to be called out for it.

Trump has another rally today, that’s called a ‘three in a row’ in the touring world. I did many of them with septuagenerian rockers. It ain’t easy under the best of circumstances. For Trump today it damn well might be a disaster. Watch for the addiction ‘tells’ @realDonaldTrump

The Republican Party is sending out a fundraising letter that calls itself a "Census" just as the decennial count is about to begin, the @latimes reports. "Official document. Do not destroy," it says. We obtained one that arrived in Florida. Take a look

Trump's danger to America has reached the point where Presidents Carter, Clinton, Bush, and Obama must issue a joint statement and hold a joint press conference to call for the removal from office of the President. They owe it to the nation

Here’s an idea. Why not hold House hearings on what every American should watch for and be on guard against in terms of how Russia or any other foreign actor tries to influence our election? Or maybe a network do a one hour special? No one knows what meddling means.

With Joseph Maguire's ouster as acting DNI, by the end of today, almost all of the senior US government roles created after 9/11 literally aimed at preventing the next 9/11 will be either vacant or lack permanent appointees. My latest in @WIRED

That's a lot of money for a political party to pay to the head of the party

Don’t mince words. Trump is abetting an attack on our country.

Happy birthday to one of my heroes — someone who believed our right to vote was more important than his own life. Thanks for making good trouble for 80 years,

"We should impeach him. We should impeach him" -- Trump calls for President Obama to be impeached

Your periodic reminder that dozens of women were sexually assaulted inside the Sanders' 2016 campaign and when recently asked about it, Bernie Sanders dismissed them, claiming that he was "too busy" "running his campaign" to notice.

Johnny McEntee called in White House liaisons from cabinet agencies for an introductory meeting Thursday, in which he asked them to identify political appointees across the US government who are believed to be anti-Trump, per 3 sources familiar w meeting.

Trump says he’s considering Rep. Douglas Collins for permanent DNI post; Collins says he doesn’t want it

I’m not a Bloomberg fan, but he’s right here: Trump has decimated America’s farmers.

If Bernie wins nom & loses general in an electoral (& potentially popular) landslide, then everything he’s melded to his persona dies w/ that loss. If you want any of the change he’s promising, I can’t think of a more self-sabatoging move than to vote for him. There. I said it.

Let’s recap: your tax scam lavished PERMANENT cuts for big corporations. You could have secured the benefits earned by Kentucky’s miners afflicted by Black Lung for a DECADE. Instead, YOU insisted on only a 1-year "fix" ... Total B.S.

Reminder in light of the new 2020 Russia news: Senate Republicans blocked an effort earlier this month by Democrats to unanimously pass three election security-related bills. Sen. Marsha Blackburn opposed each of the requests

A pro-Trump Republican candidate challenging Ilhan Omar is wanted for arrest on a felony shoplifting warrant

Defeat the Russians by deleting Facebook. Problem solved.

The Trump administration overruled the Centers for Disease Control and flew 14-coronavirus infected passengers in a plane from Japan back to the United States with more than 300 uninfected people

From Russia's point of view, this makes a lot of sense: Trump has been good to them—"our wrecking ball," as one Russian political insider told me. And interference in the Democratic primaries worked last time, too. If it ain't broke...

Trump announces he plans to redistribute wealth from the American businesses that actually pay tariffs to farmers who are hurt by his trade war, but whose votes are crucial to his reelection hopes

The party that nominated Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry needs to have a come-to-Jesus meetin' about nominatin' a candidate that can beat Trump nationally, particularly in PA, MI, WI, OH, AZ, FL and NC.

Medicare-for-all could put millions of jobs at risk, and that could be a bump for Donald Trump this election

Lets not forget the past. 45's personal lawyer rigged polls in 2016. Dont believe Wisconsin is in 45's pocket. All this disinformation is put out to demoralize us. Dont give up..

The "president" is unraveling at a rapid pace. He's completely unhinged, and yet MSM are still covering him as though he is normal. It is NOT normal, NONE of this is normal. The country is burning, and there's a stark raving madman at the helm. Will MSM ever wake the eff up?

Rep. Jim Himes tells @TheLastWord that, following the reports about Trump, Maguire and the Russia intel briefing, the "signal has been sent to the very highest levels of the intelligence community," that you are supposed to be in service not to the Constitution, but to Trump.

Elizabeth Warren has kindly written up a contract for Michael Bloomberg to release his accusers from their NDAs

Exactly. Stop with this, “he thinks it de-legitimizes his win” horseshit. That’s Haberman drivel. donald is owned by Putin. Fully. The destruction of our intelligence community is not about his ego. It’s about his treason.

Dear Intelligence community, You know what Trump's doing. You know what Russia's doing. The country that you took an oath to protect needs you. Be brave. Become a whistleblower.Tell the world the truth. The oath you swore includes protecting this nation from the President.

How epidemiology puts the COVID-19 virus in perspective.

Well librulism, we’ve had a good run...

Trump’s Fury at Intel Briefing Shows Vladimir Putin’s Bet Keeps Paying Off.#Russia is not sick of winning.

E. Jean Carroll, who helmed the "Ask E. Jean" column for the magazine since 1993, was let go from her position in December, according to a court filing.

This is hardly the first chapter in the Klobuchar-Buttigieg feud. The Daily Beast reported in December that Klobuchar’s camp saw strategic upside in going after her fellow Midwesterner, a fellow competitor for the “nice vote.”

Trump criticised for appointing loyalist Grenell as acting spy chief

With eleven days to go until Israel's election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to build thousands of new homes in a part of Jerusalem that the international community holds as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

What an evil power grubbing man. Unworthy of his position.

US intelligence confirms Russia wants Trump reelected. US officials disloyal to Trump are hereby FIRED. Trump has ordered aides to “identify and remove officials across the gov’t who aren’t defending his interests, & he wants them replaced w/ loyalists.”

Analysis: The White House denies Julian Assange’s pardon claim. Here’s what we know about it.


Rep. Jim Himes: Maguire needs to ‘come forward’ following Russia briefing reports

Sen. Warren on reports that Russia is interfering to help Trump in 2020 election

Elizabeth Warren on her private conversation with Mike Bloomberg during the debate

Trump complains that South Korean films are winning Oscars and that we need more like "Gone With The Wind," a movie that even in 1939 was recognized as being racist as hell

Agency That Handles White House, Trump's Private Communications Suffers Massive Data Breach: Report

Kash Patel, a former acolyte of Rep. Devin Nunes, who helped discredit Russia probe, is now a top adviser in the Office of National Intelligence.

We are now in a full-blown national security crisis. By trying to prevent the flow of intelligence to Congress, Trump is abetting a Russian covert operation to keep him in office for Moscow’s interests, not America’s.

Elizabeth Warren used to teach contract law.

Watching CNN's townhall with @ewarren There are policies we don't agree on. But she is an indefatigable cheerleader of women, made so genuine in this pursuit by her own life story of getting way off track, clawing it back. It's wonderful. Keep shaking the pom-poms, Liz.

It's like somebody has launched a decapitation strike against US intelligence capabilities.

Agent for Russia. That’s the tweet — Eric Swalwel

Someone should probably explain to Trump that his oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States” does not, in fact, mean he should kill the Office.

A brave judge sent away a man who’s deserved it for years—and reminded us of what this country can be again,

WOW. “For covering up for the President”. ABJ making case a pardon would be corrupt

Imagine if HRC had won in 2016 and “purged” all DOJ people who worked on her case. Would that look like a fair and impartial Justice Department?

Having lived in Vermont, and having been one of his constituents, I think he is a fraud and always has been. I think people taken in by his angry honking and finger shaking are suckers. But I’ll vote for him if I have to

Opinion: The Trump administration’s green card Catch-22

After Pearl Harbor & 9/11, we went to war because we understood the cost of failing to rise to the challenge. Our main advantage was political will. Since the Kremlin's attack in 2016, we have failed. Re-upping this w/ @MarkHertling after today's news

How is Devin Nunes still ranking member of HOUSE INTEL and where is Congress in its investigation into him? We need answers and we need them now.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) went all-in on the Trump impeachment trial cover-up, and now his Senate seat rating has been changed to lean Democrat.

Added color: Trump was also reportedly angered that said report was delivered in @RepAdamSchiff’s presence.

As the #coronavirus continues to spread, these are the three possible scenarios experts believe could be the future of the outbreak

NEWS: The UK, Georgia and international partners have exposed Russia’s military intelligence service as being responsible for significant cyber-attacks against Georgia last year

“In a lengthy and damning review of former columnist John Solomon, the Hill newspaper ripped Solomon — and itself — for publishing misleading and poorly attributed articles last year…”

Coronavirus on #G20 agenda as China reports uptick in cases

South Korea ups emergency response as viral cases surge

In the immediate run up to the U.S. presidential election and on Election Day, the homepage of YouTube is set to advertise just one candidate: Donald Trump. great scoop

Shout out to court reporters!

Trump takes risk putting political loyalty over expertise at ODNI

Prosecutor disavows Barr bigfooting of Stone sentencing

Trump attacks US intel over report that Russia backs his reelection

‘Colorado Rocky Mountain High’ you can see the Adderall sheen dripping from his nose in this clip.

He attacked the prosecutors. He attacked the judge. Now, he’s attacking a member of the jury, a private citizen who met her civic obligation. This is wrong. It’s an abuse of power. And it should anger all of us.

As a note, @FPRI has been analyzing Russian influence, they still support trump. Here’s the analysis.

Lou Dobbs and Tucker Carlson, two of Trump's favorite TV hosts, are calling for Judge Amy Berman Jackson to be impeached. So, what exactly did she do? Get this: She sentenced Roger Stone to 40 months in prison... LESS than what the DOJ asked for, even after Bill Barr intervened.

I don’t generally retweet campaign commercials, but this. Very much, this.

Many young GOP staffers will watch today’s Roger Stone sentencing. Is it ok to lie in politics? Lie to law enforcement? Tamper with witnesses? Do we want an ethical GOP? Or thousands of mini Roger Stones in our party? Honesty and ethics need to count

In 2019, farm bankruptcies filed by family farms increased -- for the 5th year in a row. It’s time to put an end to this trend and get our farmers the help they need. Proud to fight alongside them to get legislation like the 2018 Farm Bill passed into law.

Against the advice of the CDC—Mike Pomoeo overruled infectious disease doctors & allowed people infected with Coronavirus to fly back to the US—on planes full of healthy people. *CDC warned Pompeo—infected individuals would spread the disease on the plane