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Ursula Faw
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Ursula Faw is a former radio newscaster and talk show host. She's a law school graduate and did legal writing and trial preparation the last twenty years of her career. Ursula Faw (ursulafaw) is a top recommended writer on the blogging site Daily Kos.
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Stormy Daniels Has A New Gig As Stand Up Comic, Sex...

Stormy Daniels never fails to surprise. Recently, she did a two show, one night gig in Houston and tried her hand at stand up comedy — which believe it or not, incurred the wrath of comedians. Daily Beast: “Doing standup is not a reward for being famous. Please leave the weekend gigs for actual female comics,” Laurie Kilmartin, a comedian and writer for Conan, wrote on Twitter. (“I’ve been writing comedy material for over 10 yrs. Would you like me to critique your bj skills? Your whole foot fits in your mouth so you’ll prob do great,” Daniels fired back.) But despite media exhortations that comedy could be Daniels’ “next big career move,” she seemed to have no airs about what she was doing Wednesday night. Her appearance at what is normally the designated open-mic night at the comedy club was little more than a book tour appearance dressed up as a comedy showcase. “I had no idea that comedians were such little bitches,” Daniels said of the furor her appearance caused, before she asked the audience to “be gentle, it’s my first time…I didn’t think I’d ever get to use those words again.” She had a few other great one liners like, “First of all, thank you for coming—which has a completely different meaning than my other job,” and she said this about her now-historic close encounter with Donald Trump. A few questions addressed her intimate knowledge of Trump—and elicited some of her best zingers of the night. When asked whether the presidential carpet matched the presidential drapes, she responded, “I don’t know, I’ve never been to the White House,” and she laughed off the answer to the most money she’s ever made from a single sex act with, “Really, I think we all know the answer to that!” The biggest comedian of the night was perhaps the anonymous audience member who asked “Did Trump scream your name or his during sex?” (“He really just kind of squeaked or grunted like you would have imagined. It was really unintelligible,” Daniels responded.) I’ve always liked Stormy Daniels. She’s got a good head on her shoulders and she doesn’t let anybody push her around. Trumpworld abounds with unique characters, but she’s genuinely one of the most interesting, as opposed to corrupt and perverse.
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Jared Kushner Agrees To Comply With House Democrats’ Document Requests, Salacious...

The wheels of justice move slowly, but, ultimately, they grind exceedingly fine. As you recall, a few weeks ago the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, (D-NY) asked 81 individuals and entities for records in their possession relating to the Committee’s investigation of corruption, obstruction of justice and ethics violations within the administration — standard Trump bill of fare, in other words. And the reply was likewise standard Trumpian. He lied and said that Obama never complied with any Congressional request, no siree, he stonewalled. Right. From 2011 – 2016 the Obama White House produced hundreds of thousands of documents to Congress on Solyndra, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, CAFE standards rule, Deep Water Horizon spill, ACA, ACA website, Clean Water Rule, and Ft Hood shooting. https://t.co/V3qA99TBxm — Eric Schultz (@EricSchultz) March 5, 2019 In any event, it’s an apples and snake fruit discussion, as usual, when Trump compares his circus side show to Obama’s scandal-free terms in office. Obama’s personal finances were never the subject of scrutiny, and he didn’t have relatives traveling around the world seeking to barter access to the office of the president and nuclear technology, in order to rescue themselves from their own perilous financial predicaments. There is no comparison between the two administrations, never was, never will be. In all events, Kushner is one of the 81 individuals/entities that was presented with a documents request, and according to his lawyer, Abbe Lowell, he has agreed to comply. The Hill: Kushner has also been asked to turn over any records related to the Trump Organization’s discussions to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 election, the publishing of hacked Democratic emails by WikiLeaks, hush money payments made to women alleging affairs with the president, contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia as well as events that unfolded within the administration, like the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, is one of several members of Trump’s family who have been asked for documents. Democrats have also asked for documents from Trump Jr. and the president’s other son, Eric Trump. Democrats did not specifically ask for documents from Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, although they did ask for information related to her. The panel is also asking Kushner to shed light on internal administration matters like Trump’s contacts with his former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker regarding topics like special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as the Southern District of New York (SDNY), which is probing the hush money payments. Kushner should know where the bodies are buried better than almost anyone. With respect to the document request relating to the firing of James Comey, Kushner is the ne plus ultra expert on that topic, being as how it was his idea in the first place. Trump went along with it, despite the screaming objections of Steve Bannon, who told Trump it was the worst move he could make, the “biggest mistake in modern political history,” to quote him. Bannon’s opinion was that the Comey investigation, if allowed to run it’s course, would have wrapped up in a few months. Bannon told MSNBC last year that he was a “witness of fact” to issues of collusion and obstruction. It will be interesting to see what issues Kushner is asked to testify about, after the initial […]

As Nation Braces For Mueller Findings, Delay and Chaos May Be...

Whatever you do, don’t look for the Mueller report to be filled with sensational details like Kenneth Starr’s exposition on Bill Clinton — although the comparison in “crimes” between a dalliance with a young intern compared to selling out the country, are not in the same ballpark in my book, never have been. In any event, the delivery of the Mueller report has been anticipated as a watershed moment in the Trump presidency and it will most probably be that. But not the way you think, not in terms of immediate resolution of outstanding issues and swift justice. Unfortunately, this isn’t television, and we’re not going to tie up all the plot lines into a nice conclusion, where justice is served and there’s a feel good ending.  More likely, we’re at the beginning of a long siege. In all events, it would be foolish not to prepare for that contingency. New Yorker: Though this report has achieved something like mythological status as a deus ex machina of the Trump Presidency, its formal submission to the Department of Justice will only begin a process that could, if anything, be more confusing and chaotic than much of what has come before. Neal Katyal, President Barack Obama’s Solicitor General, who drafted the Department of Justice special-counsel regulations, in 1999, warned, in a Times Op-Ed last month, that Mueller’s report is unlikely to have the heft or shocking details of Kenneth Starr’s. Instead, Katyal expects Mueller to issue a report that is in line with the regulations, which call for no more than a concise summary of the special counsel’s findings and allow for the document to be kept confidential. That said, Katyal has also observed, on Twitter, that the Attorney General is required to produce a second report for Congress that explains each of Mueller’s actions and inactions. From the outset, then, there will be, at minimum, two reports. There could easily be more. Attorney General Barr is not required to release the report that he receives from Mueller or the Justice Department’s views of any potentially illegal actions that the Mueller documents reveal. Members of Congress are free to issue their own reports about what they have learned, and some may release whatever they receive soon after they receive it. It seems highly possible that, instead of one text that addresses all of our questions, there will be multiple secondhand reports, of varying levels of trustworthiness, that will interact with our overwhelmed and fractured media and political system to spread more, not less, confusion. The greatest test of our democracy may be what happens next. Meanwhile, back at the White House, Trump and his aides are making contingency plans. Politico: Trump will almost certainly respond via Twitter — either to claim vindication, denounce Mueller with new relish or some combination thereof. If Mueller’s conclusions are not particularly damaging, Trump could make an address the nation. More likely, Trump would make his case at a series of boisterous Make America Great Again campaign rallies across the country. The Trump aides, including those in the White House press and counsel’s offices, are primarily focused on an outcome that has Trump being exonerated — the one they call most likely. In that case, a triumphal president will blast the investigation for spending more than two years and millions of dollars in an […]
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Rick Wilson Writes ‘Profiles In Chickenshit From The GOP’ As Trump...

Most vendettas end when one party is dead, but that’s because most people with a gripe are a hell of a lot more rational than Donald Trump. Two issues have come to light this week, as Trump just won’t shut up about the late senator, gone now for seven months. The first issue is that Trump can’t let the man rest in peace, and two, the GOP is a bunch of spineless invertebrates who won’t chastise Trump for his unspeakable poor taste, because they don’t want to incur his wrath. Rick Wilson, in his latest Daily Beast column, lets the GOP have it. Senators, even those of you who sincerely believe Trumpism is the only path forward for the GOP, a few simple questions remain: Have you no honor? No loyalty? No dignity? Even in this new regime where we always live in Year Zero, does nothing that came before Trump matter? Are there no heroes, victories, or role models where you’ll draw a bright line against Trump? Is there not one echo of the past you still find worthwhile or deserving of respect and honor as you talk about making America great again?? Silence or soft words amount to a defense of a president who cheated the draft to avoid service in Vietnam as he belittles and dishonors a man, no longer alive to respond for himself, who volunteered for both service and combat, flew from the heaving decks of aircraft carriers to bomb enemy targets and was shot down, captured, and tortured beyond imagination. All because you’re afraid of a mean tweet, senators? Is that all you are? Is that all you have left? Fear, silence, and humiliation? If that’s your thing, get a dominatrix, but don’t pretend you’re any kind of leader. That lays it on the line. Here are a few words on the topic from John Cassidy at the New Yorker. It should never, ever be forgotten what a resentful, self-absorbed, petty, and insecure husk of a man is occupying the Oval Office, and it never, ever will be forgotten. As he demonstrated again on Wednesday, [in Ohio] Donald Trump won’t allow it. […] As Trump’s diatribe continued, the members of the crowd, who had been chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” when he took the stage, mostly fell silent. He didn’t take the hint. Instead, he brought up yet another beef with McCain that has been festering somewhere in his fragile psyche, one that he hadn’t mentioned in public before. “I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted, which as President I had to approve,” he said. “I don’t care about this—I didn’t get ‘Thank you,’ ” he said, referring to the elaborate memorial service last summer, to which he wasn’t invited. “That’s O.K. We sent him on the way, but I wasn’t a fan of John McCain. . . . Not my kind of guy, but some people like him and I think that’s great.” Trump “didn’t get a thank you.” Well, that settles it. Now, we need to assemble a new rock band, and we’ll call it, “The Un-Grateful Dead.” Boy, would I like to believe that McCain is able to somehow surveille the scene back here and laugh his butt (or wings off — whatever he’s got there) over this. This is not even remotely normal, what Trump did […]
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More Bad Nunes-News: 2010 Video Shows Nunes Defending the “N” Word

It’s certainly no secret that the “R” in Republican stands for racism to many. Now, Devin Nunes puts yet another brick into that wall. Briefly, when ObamaCare was passed in 2010, there were Tea Party protesters, and some of them were yelling the “n” word, specifically at Rep. John Lewis. Incredible as it may seem, Devin Nunes found his way clear to defend that disgraceful behavior. BREAKING: Video of Devin Nunes defending protestors who yelled the "n-word" at US Rep John Lewis: "I think people have every right to say what they want. If they wanna smear someone, they can do it." Nunes is terrible. Dug up @TheDemCoalition. From 2010. pic.twitter.com/lk51mSSGW8 — Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) March 21, 2019 We’re glad you think that people have every right to say what they want. We think you’re a jerk.
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GOP Senator Johnny Isakson Calls Trump’s Attacks On John McCain ‘Deplorable’

Interesting that Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) chose the word “deplorable” to describe Donald Trump’s latest barrage against the late John McCain. Maybe the basket is becoming self-aware? GOP Sen. Isakson on Trump attacking McCain: “It’s deplorable what he said.” “It will be be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again” — Burgess Everett (@burgessev) March 20, 2019 Before we go any further, people ask why does Trump keep doing this? The answer is simple: one, he’s jealous of McCain in a general fashion, because he knows he’s a lesser man, and two, Sean Hannity keeps going on about how David Kramer was a colleague of McCain and Kramer was fundamental in bringing the Steele Dossier to light. Last weekend, when Trump went off on McCain again, Hannity had spoken, once again, of Kramer, McCain and the dossier, which riled Trump up. Something riled Trump up, in any event, and my guess is that it was Hannity’s show, since he lives, breathes, and reacts to everything on Fox News. Either Trump needs to get a grip, or Hannity needs to shut up about McCain himself, and right now I would say, there’s a greater chance of the latter happening. Isakson is not the first, nor will he be the last, to speak up for McCain. Daily Beast: The Georgia senator teased his remarks with an interview published Wednesday morning by The Bulwark, an online publication associated with the “Never Trump” movement. “When the president is saying that that he doesn’t respect John McCain and he’s never going to respect John McCain and all these kids are out there listening to the president of the United States talk that way about the most decorated senator in history who is dead,” said Isakson, “it just sets the worst tone possible.” Isakson served in the Army National Guard during the Vietnam War but did not see combat there, unlike McCain, who spent years there as a prisoner of war. “I want to elevate John,” Isakson said. “John was better than I am, and I know it. John was the best of my generation. John McCain was and is a great human being.” […] But Trump’s inability to resist disparaging McCain has made Isakson his most determined critic among Senate Republicans, at least on this front. He said the president’s long-running attacks on McCain showed an inappropriate “lack of respect” for the late senator’s military service. “If my kids started talking about John McCain was not a hero, or things like that, they’d have a serious conversation with me and I’d have it with them,” said Isakson. Isakson makes a valid point here, that the sitting president of the United States is supposed to be a moral standard bearer and set an example — not be a rude, stupid, petulant child, dissing his enemies on Twitter, even when they are dead and buried. Trump is merely showing the Republican party who he is — which is somebody who values himself, his feelings of the moment, and his own future, over any party allegiances or loyalties. This is the being the GOP put at the top of their ticket. Evidently, they don’t like some of the collateral damage that Trump is creating by just being Trump, and it’s high time that some of them started speaking out […]
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‘Man Gets Appointed By A Deputy and He Writes A Report’...

We’ve all seen the Simpson’s meme, “Man shouts at cloud.” Trump did a variation on that today on the White House lawn, incoherently declaiming over and over, “Man gets appointed by a deputy, who never got a vote,” interspersed with the usual repetition of how “incredible” the 2016 election was, 63 Million votes, so on and so forth, Trump’s broken record. Clearly, he’s upset, and naturally, it goes without saying, that he has no remote clue how government works. NATURALLY, Mueller “never got a vote.” He’s not an elected official. He doesn’t need to be an elected official to do the job of the special counsel, to which he was appointed — and lawfully so — by Rod Rosenstein. All Trump did today was showcase his abysmal ignorance of the way things work, one more time. “No collusion, I have no idea when it will be released,” the president said. “It’s interesting that a man gets appointed by a deputy and he writes a report, you know, never figured that one out. Man gets appointed by a deputy and he writes a report.” “I had the greatest electoral victory in the history in the country, tremendous success,” Trump added. “Tens of millions of voters and now somebody’s going to write a report who never got a vote. We’ll see what the report says. Let’s see if it’s fair. I have no idea when it’s going to be released.” “I just won an election with 63 million votes or so, 63 million. I had 206 to 223 in the electoral college, 306 to 223, and I’m saying to myself, ‘wait a minute, I just won one of the greatest elections of all time in the history of this country,’ and even you will admit that and now I have someone writing a report that never got a vote?” Trump said. “It’s called the Mueller report. So explain that because my voters don’t get it, and I don’t get it.” The explanation is simple, you weapons grade plum, as the Scots have been known to call their least favorite American cousin. You are the architect of your own adversity. You should have never listened to your son in law and fired Comey. By firing Comey, you and you alone set up the situation by which Mueller was hired to do his investigation. And if Comrade Cheeto doesn’t remember, the rest of us do, the week he fired Comey he bragged to his Russkie buddies in the Oval Office, “I got rid of a nut job.” And the press was not invited to the Oval Office that day in May, it was just Trump, Kislyak, and Lavrov — but any intimation of Russian collusion upsets Trump so much? In any event, take a listen to the video, because Trump is bouncing off the walls. VIDEO – @realDonaldTrump: ‘I Don’t Mind’ if Mueller Report Is Made Public https://t.co/DDjg5b4ObJ — Grabien (@GrabienMedia) March 20, 2019
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George Conway Says He Tweets About Trump To ‘Keep From Screaming’...

The Washington Post characterizes the George Conway-Donald Trump twitter tempest as “a remarkable public spat,” here’s what Conway himself says about it: Conway also suggested his own tweets questioning the president’s mental health were aimed in part at avoiding conflicts with his wife. “It’s so maddening to watch,” said Conway, a longtime Washington attorney who is well-known in conservative circles. “The mendacity, the incompetence, it’s just maddening to watch. The tweeting is just the way to get it out of the way, so I can get it off my chest and move on with my life that day. That’s basically it. Frankly, it’s so I don’t end up screaming at her [wife Kellyanne] about it.” It won’t surprise you that George Conway has followed the exact same story arc as all the other villains in Trump’s world. First, Conway was a “top trial lawyer” with a “truly great voice.” Conway was on the condominium board at one of Trump’s buildings, and Conway gave Trump advice. Now, that they’re on the outs, Conway is of course a “total loser” and digitial director Brad Parscale assures the world that Conway doesn’t even know Trump. Wrong. During the transition, Conway said he also rode in a black SUV with Trump, his wife and Stephen K. Bannon to a costume party at the home of GOP megadonor Rebekah Mercer. Trump had heard about the party and wanted to attend. During the car ride, Conway said the president was fixated on John Bolton’s prominent mustache — and that it was a reason not to pick him as secretary of state. Since then, Trump picked Bolton as his national security adviser. In spring 2017, Conway said his wife arranged a call with himself, the president, Vice President Pence and senior adviser Jared Kushner to evaluate lawyers for the Mueller investigation. A speakerphone was used, Conway said. “He wanted to know my opinions on a variety of lawyers who were being considered to be his outside counsel. He asked me for my opinions on each of them,” Conway said, adding that there were “all these people in the room making it a nonprivileged conversation.” When the movies start being made about this mis-administration, the characters of George and Kellyanne will get quite a send up. And that makes sense, because as divided as the country is over Trump, it’s still fairly rare that married couples are fighting over the man. It’s enough of a phenomenon to have been noted, but not one that is frequent, and certainly not amongst Trump’s very own staff. This Conway spat is one for the books. Kellyanne doesn’t want to talk about it, which is understandable, but the Post reports that she did talk about it, at length, and in public no less, at a British Embassy party for members of Congress last month. Prominent journalists were there, including Maurren Dowd, Andrea Mitchell and former Washington Post journalist Sally Quinn. Conway reportedly said that “she and the president think her husband is jealous of her,” and that the “president has kept her at a prominent place in the administration because he trusts her and wants to “protect her.”‘ I can’t imagine Kellyanne being so dumb as to think that Trump wants to protect anybody but Trump. The only reason he wants Kellyanne where she […]
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Trump Insults George Conway, Digital Director Lies, and Family Feud Escalates

This isn’t right, but it isn’t surprising either. Brad Parscale, one of Trump’s digital media directors, lies about George Conway “desperately wanting” a job from Trump, and Trump chimes in “total loser,” a sophomoric insult on top of a lie. Sounds like vintage Trump administration so far. A total loser! https://t.co/vm3Vv2f9jf — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2019 It also didn’t happen that way. George Conway was offered a job in the Justice Department and he turned it down, in 2017. “I am profoundly grateful to the President and to the attorney general for selecting me to serve in the Department of Justice. I have reluctantly concluded, however, that, for me and my family, this is not the right time for me to leave the private sector and take on a new role in the federal government,” he said in a statement.”Kellyanne and I continue to support the President and his administration, and I look forward to doing so in whatever way I can from outside the government,” he added. Conway, however, was not to be outdone, and this was his reply. Congratulations! You just guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism! Great job! https://t.co/Dk9bI3sBs7 — George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 19, 2019 This was the article that first got me to really understand you, @realDonaldTrump. Once someone understands narcissistic personality disorder, they understand you—and why you’re unfit and incompetent for the esteemed office you temporarily hold.https://t.co/5RPQL9xntA — George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 19, 2019 As stated before, what I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall of the Conway kitchen.
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Devin Nunes Sues Twitter Because Parody Accounts Hurt His Fee Fees

Donald Trump is not the only one who hates being poked fun at. Devin Nunes is now bringing legal action against Twitter, for two parody accounts, @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow. Nunes is claiming anti-conservative bias, and good luck proving that one up. The law is clear about public officials and satire. More or less, if you put yourself in a fishbowl, don’t be annoyed when people watch your every move. In any event, here are some excerpts from Nunes’ complaint. Per Fox News: Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and some accounts called “Devin Nunes Mom” and “Devin Nunes Cow.”https://t.co/rP8srxu2hI pic.twitter.com/3zywEF8Yqo — andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) March 18, 2019 Here’s the standing law: According to many courts, a public official is a government employee who has, or appears to the public to have, a significant role in the business of government and public affairs. Such people are considered to be held in a position that would draw or even demand public scrutiny. They also are considered to have significant ability to defend themselves regarding such public scrutiny and therefore cannot claim defamation unless the statement is not only proven to be false, but the defamer is proven to have shown reckless disregard for that falsity. New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254. Nunes is spinning his wheels on this one. But maybe he’s trying to set a precedent, so Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, and the whole lot of them can sue. Don’t hold your breath.

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