Fox reporter Lawrence Jones III thought (or his bosses thought) his bulletin from the border could use a little agitprop for the rubes so he donned something that looked a little like a Kevlar vest for his turn on camera… But his vest couldn’t deflect this incoming: Iron Stache Randy Bryce made a good point…. Chef Andres got in on the fun… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]
Business Insider “Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was seen walking with the cast of “Queer Eye” in Washington on Thursday. The cast, known as the “Fab 5,” was there to pressure lawmakers to support the Equality Act, which aims to ensure federal protections for LGBTQ people. Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez strolled through Capitol Hill with four members of the cast of the hit Netflix show “Queer Eye” on Thursday and people who witnessed it could not contain their excitement. The “Queer Eye” stars were there to promote the Equality Act— legislation that would implement federal protections for LGBTQ people. The law seeks to build off of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended de jure segregation and prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” And she introduced them to the Speaker. Shareblue senior writer Oliver Willis had a take I completely agree with: Keep upsetting the apple-cart Alexandria.
Paul Ryan had some advice for drumpf’s favorite bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upon her arrival in Congress, advice she immediately discarded like an eighty-sixed bottle of Jäger…. Business Insider “Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan offered some advice to freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she arrived in Washington earlier this year, but she wasn’t interested in his guidance, Ryan said on Tuesday night. “I don’t think she really listened to a thing I said, you know, ‘just take it easy, just watch things for a while,'” the Wisconsin Republican remarked at an annual dinner in his hometown of Janesville, according to the Janesville GazetteXtra, a local news outlet in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin.” Yeah, like she’d be interested in anything that granny starver has to say… “Ocasio-Cortez has also long been a critic of Ryan’s. Six months before she stunned the political world by beating Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York primary, Ocasio-Cortez criticized Ryan’s decades-long push to reform entitlements. She argued that both she and Ryan received crucial government assistance following the deaths of their fathers, and that limiting those benefits for others would be “unAmerican.” “Get over it, Paul.Paul Ryan and I have something in common: both our fathers died when we were teens. Paul Ryan received Social Security payments that allowed him to go to college and later, Congress. My family received them too. But I don’t shut the door behind me. That would be un-American.” Not only is AOC more socially aware, cooler, better looking and compassionate than you, she cares about as much about the steady stream of drivel that issues from your pie-hole as she does about Tucker Carlson’s slanders. And, when the time comes and some smart Democratic Presidential nominee picks her as their V.P. choice, she’ll win. Because she’s not a loser. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
(Full disclosure, I support Harris at this time.) Just days after former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg announces he raised $7M in the first quarter of 2019, to much media hooplah and swooning, Kamala Harris almost doubles his efforts disclosing she raised $12M. According to Chris Cillizza, this is good news for….Mayor Pete. Twitter didn’t think much of that take: Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
(Above: House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal.) Elected Democrats promised us the beef. But, they haven’t even ordered yet. Huffington Post “WASHINGTON ― Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) can ask for copies of Donald Trump’s federal tax returns whenever he wants, but Neal is in no hurry and seemingly doesn’t care if Democrats don’t get the documents before the next election. Though the law is clear that the treasury secretary is supposed to hand over any returns requested by the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has all but said he’ll disobey the law ― meaning there will be a court fight. “I can’t substitute my timetable for the federal courts’,” said Neal, chairman of Ways and Means, when asked if he thought the case could be wrapped up by Election Day. “I’ve been very careful not to presuppose a timeline.” Democrats said they’d make the request for Trump’s returns after regaining control of the House of Representatives, but they’ve waited nearly three months to follow through. Neal has said only that he will make the request sometime this year, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has backed his cautious approach. Nobody knows how long a court case could take, though congressional Democrats generally say they figure it will take months if not a year. But there’s never been such a case before.” Knowing there will be a protracted and bloody court fight to obtain the returns, Neal and the Speaker won’t even commit to a timetable to asking for them. I can only conclude that some in the caucus don’t want to set a precedent. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]
Jim Carrey and Alessandra Mussolini collided like two ships in the night yesterday on Twitter. It started with this: And quickly escalated.. (This is the flower of the partisan, or beautiful hello, beautiful hello, beautiful hello hello hello, this is the flower of the partisan died for freedom) Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
(above: Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner (R) with some guy…) As Mark Sumner’s excellent Daily Kos diary from this morning states, William Barr’s decision — albeit in reaction to vehement criticism — to release a redacted Mueller Report to Congress by mid April, though a step in the right direction, is by no means completely satisfactory and we should keep pushing for the appropriate House Committee Chairs to get an unedited version. But former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, this morning on AM Joy seems confident that even the black lined version will contain substantial evidence of drumpf’s misdeeds. PoliticusUSA “I would say, Joy, that’s contrary to the May 2017 appointment letter which set out the jurisdictional mandate, the scope, if you will, of Bob Mueller’s investigation. And it was worded much more broadly than that. In the first of three paragraphs, it said that Bob Mueller is directed to investigate any contacts or coordination between members of the Trump campaign and Russia. That’s a fairly broad mandate. So I don’t understand and I don’t think any of us will ever understand until we see the full Mueller report. Why Bill Barr would try to constrict the actual scope of Bob Mueller’s investigation? But what I remain confident of is that in those 400 pages, without even counting the attachments, Bob Mueller will have done a thorough job and we will all see what it is he found. And when he can’t clear the president of obstructing justice, I suspect what he found is going to be pretty dramatic.” And that make’s sense when you think about it. The AG has already stated that Mueller couldn’t exonerate drumpf of obstruction. Whether Barr sought to protect himself from obstruction charges with that statement, or whether he thought that a tacit admission of guilt would satisfy the media and the admin’s critics or he was angling to buy time for the right wing’s spin to take hold, he cannot now edit out evidence he has already admitted is there. I suspect that what we are seeing play out, in real time, is Barr’s attempt to extricate dumbass and the GOP from valid charges of obstruction while also insuring that he, unlike Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell, does not end up in ClubFed himself. Surely Barr is savvy enough to know that, unlike his former clients in the West Wing, drumpf will not be able to keep his big stupid mouth shut long enough for him to work his black magic and disappear the consequences of his crimes. Barr would do well to heed Rick Wilson’s warning in the title of his book Everything Trump Touches Dies. That would include whatever tatters of your good name remains, Mr. AG.
Joe is no one’s favorite here, but credit when it is due… Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
Jeez, the evil of these people… Washington Post “In the week after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 students and staff members and renewing calls for gun control, the National Rifle Association fell silent. But the day after the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting, an NRA training coordinator based at the group’s headquarters in Fairfax City sprang into action behind the scenes. He sought information countering the official version of the grisly, and familiar, events, which involved a lone gunman and a legally purchased firearm. For support, he turned to Wolfgang Halbig, a conspiracy theorist intent on proving that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 26 students and staff members dead in Newtown, Conn., in 2012, was a hoax. “You have included me with a lot of Information since the Sandy Hook Incident and I do appreciate it very much,” the NRA coordinator, Mark Richardson, wrote on Feb. 15, 2018, according to emails published by HuffPost on Wednesday. “Concerning what happened in Florida yesterday, I have been asking the question and no one else seems to be asking it.” ….The subject line of his (Halbig’s) emailed response included, in all caps, the name Avielle Richman, one of the 20 students killed in Newtown. For years, Halbig has accused Richman’s parents of falsifying the first-grade girl’s death, writing on his website that their intention was “to steal money from hard-working Americans.” Jeremy Richman, her father, a neuroscientist who had founded the Avielle Foundation in his daughter’s name, died in an apparent suicide on Monday, following the apparent suicides of two teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting.” Decent gun owners who are still in the NRA really need to rethink their pact with the devil. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
So, a sunlight group The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was in court today filing a motion to unseal the case of the mysterious “Country A” that is refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by Mueller in connection with his now shut down investigation and reveal that country’s identity. Their argument was that now the Mueller investigation is now officially belly up, the public deserves more transparency in the case. They were surprised by the government’s reply: ABC News ”A federal grand jury impaneled by special counsel Robert Mueller is still conducting a “robust on-going” investigation – even after his team has concluded its work and disbanded – a federal prosecutor testified Wednesday during a court hearing about a subpoena dispute with an an-unnamed, foreign-owned company. The disclosure was made during an effort by media organizations to persuade the court to identify the foreign firm that has, thus far, refused to honor the subpoena issued by the Mueller team. And it has added a new mystery to the already confounding dispute – why would the grand jury handling the Mueller case still be in the throes of a “robust” investigation if the special counsel’s work has concluded? …The Reporters Committee, a First Amendment watchdog group, filed a motion to unseal the case and reveal the identity of the foreign company argued on Wednesday that the public deserves more transparency in this case now that the special counsel’s investigation has concluded. Judge Beryl Howell said that depends on whether there’s still an on-going grand jury investigation, and asked the government whether that’s the case. Assistant District Attorney David Goodhand replied, “It is continuing robustly.” Townsend, the attorney seeking the records, told ABC News she was not sure what to make of the disclosure.” Me neither. Only the shadow knows… Please follow me on Twitter @durrati