Monday, December 9, 2019
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Jared Kushner Is Toast. He’s Gotten Sued By Three Groups This Week And John...

If this hasn’t been the worst week of Jared Kushner’s life so far, it’s definitely a contender. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint Thursday against Kushner, in the form of...

Barr About to Blow Up Washington, Its Time to “Mueller” the FISA Report

In the next week we will have the new release from Barr, one that will again separate the partisan sides in this country, and once again Barr will re-write official findings and play-up his reading of materials. No matter how much we hoped that a neutral review would put the FISA bull shit to rest, that’s just not our reality right now. When Barr gets in the way we slump our heads and silently scream. It never ends. Reports are trickling out that Barr’s own appointed A.G. found only one questionable act, one which didn’t alter any outcome and that the FBI and intelligence agencies acted appropriately along the way. Then Barr rejected the central findings and will write his own conclusions. God help us. From a Salon column published in Rawstory: The official this time is the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, but according to news reports, Barr is maneuvering behind the scenes to counter central conclusions that there was nothing major amiss in the start of the investigation of all-things-Russia. Of course. Long ago, and I mean long ago, Barr made his conclusion based on Right-Wing news reports and isn’t happy about the truth as found by some weak-kneed pussss, weak kneed guy who doesn’t “get it.” The reports indicate that a low-level lawyer changed one email after the fact to bolster (not invent) a warrant, but even the re-wording “bolster” didn’t impact the outcome. Within the giant machine that is the federal government, FBI, DOJ, et. al., they were unable to find anything else nefarious. while one could question judgments made along the way by top brass at the FBI, the call to launch an investigation was totally kosher. In other words, no “witch hunt,” as charged by Donald Trump and his team of defenders. This is not news or in any way damning. In every giant investigation across several agencies, involving dozens of top people, there will be “questionable decisions.” That just “is,” especially when one side  needs a specific outcome. But Barr, who undercut the force of the Mueller Report before it came out last spring, apparently is telling associates within Justice that he personally disagrees with that conclusion. Barr is heavily invested in finding fault with the origins of the report, having separately hired Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham to find evidence of wrongdoing, even criminal wrongdoing. “Heavily invested.” Pffft. No shit? He is “heavily invested” without anything to do with the fact that he hired the special counsel. That’s nothing. He’s heavily invested because he knows what the entire Right expects and he’s their soldier, careers are at stake. Moreover, it is personal to Barr in that he needs Trump to win next year in order to avoid a Democrot-appointed A.G. who would review “questionable decisions” made by Barr. It is not hyperbole to say that Barr needs a victory next November to ensure his ass stays out of prison. He wouldn’t be the first A.G. finding himself in prison for trying to cover a lawless president. So here we go. Except this one is going to be worse than Mueller by a factor on a logarithmic scale because Barr only took the Mueller report from damning to nuetral. Now he is going to take a neutral report and make it criminal. Or […]
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Ivanka Trump tries to take credit for Kansas economy, state legislator torches her

The Trump clan seems to love taking credit for, well, everything. In November of 2016, Trump was elected. At the same time, in the Kansas legislature, Democratic candidates found success, growing the number of...
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Shocking everyone, McConnell agrees to pursue the Ukraine whistleblower complaint

Moscow Mitch McConnell might have found something out in the last 24 hours to make him more amenable to an investigation into just what the intelligence officer/whistleblower has to say about Donald Trump and...

Trump Hints That Barr Shut Down the Mueller Investigation

Trump said a lot of crazy things and told a lot of lies in his latest phone call to Fox and Friends, but one thing in particular caught my attention: Trump then complimented Barr, who...

Former Supreme Court Justice Kennedy asked Trump to replace him with Kavanaugh

This is gross. A new book from Ruth Marcus, a Washington Post deputy editorial page editor, details a secret meeting between Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and Donald Trump in April 2017, just before the...

Trump Considering Kellyanne ‘Hatch Act Barbie’ Conway To Replace Mulvaney as Chief of Staff

P.T. Barnum never concocted a three ring extravaganza the likes of which we have in Washington right now. In the center ring, we have the impeachment inquiry, with all roads leading to Putin; flanked by Syria/China, the end of foreign policy as we know it; and in the third showcase, the recurring spectacle of Homeland Security lacking a chief, and the non-building of Trump’s fantasy wall. One gets whiplash changing focus from one to the other, because of how fast developments break these days. But despite all that, Donald Trump wants to create more chaos, by contemplating yet a fourth chief of staff, in less than three years. Bloomberg reports that a disgruntled Donald Trump has been looking to replace Mick Mulvaney for some time now, but especially since his egregious quid pro quo gaffe, and has floated names including Steve Mnuchin and Kellyanne “Hatch Act Barbie” Conway. Mnuchin is not being seriously considered to leave his Treasury post and manage the West Wing, because to do so might upset financial markets, where the Batman Lego guy is considered a steadying influence. (Hey, this is 2019, remember?) but Conway might be. That makes a great deal of sense, because the only other go-to replacements are Jared and Ivanka, and the optics of that are simply grotesque. But Kellyanne in the role is not going to be too much better. Cliff Sims, Vanity Fair:   As I watched Kellyanne in operation over our time in the White House, my view of her sharpened. It became hard to look long at her without getting the sense that she was a cartoon villain brought to life. Her agenda—which was her survival over all others, including the president—became more and more transparent. Once you figured that out, everything about her seemed so calculated; every statement, even a seemingly innocuous one, seemed poll-tested by a focus group that existed inside her mind. She seemed to be peren­nially cloaked in an invisible fur coat, casting an all-­knowing smile, as if she’d collected 98 Dalmatians with only 3 more to go. I’m not sure the president ever fully understood that about Kellyanne. But what he clearly shared with her was a love of media attention. Unlike most human beings, Trump’s greatest fear wasn’t death or failure or loss. It was obscurity. If he was noticed, he mattered. And he didn’t care much if the attention was good or bad, as long as it wasn’t indifferent. Mentions in the press had long been his oxygen. Another Page Six scoop, another breath. A Time magazine cover, a shot of adrenaline. He spent his adult life keeping the brand going, whatever it took. He couldn’t just own a nice hotel, but the most beautiful hotel ever built. He couldn’t just have a difficult divorce, but the most sensational ever to hit the tabloids. He couldn’t just have a popular TV show; it had to be the most highly rated in history. He couldn’t be a good president; he’d have to be as great—greater, even—than Lincoln. The article goes on to say that Conway requested the author, Cliff Sims, to retract, or at least revise, a piece he had published in Vanity Fair, recounting an anecdote on Morning Joe, where Conway had demonstrated herself to be two faced, praising Trump on-air and then saying, […]
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Kirstjen Nielsen Gets A$$ Kicked in Scathing Resignation Letter: You HAVE To Read It!

Elizabeth Holtzman is resigning in disgust over Trump’s immigration policies.  And although she is resigning, she says it should be someone else who is leaving. In her letter addressed to Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, Holtzman says, “Although it is I who am resigning in protest against these policies, it is you who should be […]
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Oops! Republicans are now taxing churches with their new law and the churches are...

When Republican lawmakers jammed their massive tax cuts for rich people through Congress last year, they did it so arrogantly, so haphazardly, so outside-of-regular order that they royally screwed it up, introducing a whole mess of glitches that turned...
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Trump Picks His Former Caddy to Replace Hope Hicks as White House Communications Director

Donald Trump's lack of any political experience or intelligence has manifested itself in a multitude of ways. Most troubling are those wherein he implements policies that are overtly idiotic and harmful. But he also demonstrates his inability to govern...

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