Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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Breaking today – and Wow! “DOJ decides it should publicly ‘expose’ foreign election...

I can’t believe this isn’t headline news everywhere, including at Daily Kos!  Rod Rosenstein has really stepped up to the plate!  Considering what he’s just let himself in for with this, I’d say Rod Rosenstein has just proven himself to be a true...

Danger: Trump Signals Firing FBI Director, the Second Director Fired For Lack of “Loyalty”

FBI Director Christopher Wray agreed with the FBI I.G., accepting the conclusion in the internal investigation. Both the I.G. and Wray agreed with the report’s finding that FBI acted without any political bias in their investigation of Russian interference in the election. Wray also agreed that the FBI had absolute justification to investigate Russia and its actions with regard to the Trump campaign prior to the election. Of course, Trump finds their position unacceptable and may well have just signaled that he’s preparing to fire Wray. If he did fire Wray, he would obviously insert the most “loyal” candidate possible. I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me. With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019 My god, you asshole. I’m sorry folks but this is so obviously a signal that Wray is hanging on the thinest of threads and we will now expect Trump to fire Wray. Wray will be the second FBI director fired by Trump, and the termination will be based upon the lack of complete and total loyalty to the president personally. It is beyond outrageous and extremely dangerous. Traditionally, presidents knew the importance of appointing the best law enforcement director possible, without any regard for any political bent. Equally true is that any law enforcement candidate at the highest level prevented himself or herself from even adopting or considering any political consideration in any action. All candidates at that level were completely independent of the president to the point that Director Comey appreciated an invitation by President Obama to play basketball with a big group of all kinds of political positions, including Republicans, out of concern it would simply appear wrong. This independence has been embedded in our government without question. Trump cannot accept such a situation. He expects and demands complete loyalty to him because he alone is the government of the United States. He believes the constitution allows him to do “whatever I want.” He also could not care less that in reality, the constitution is written such that no president could adopt such a lawless position. Trump is the president that the framers feared most, the one that terrified them to such a degree he could be tossed out on his ass without any care that the he was a “duly elected president.” They meant what they said. An election doesn’t matter if the president broke from the limits in the constitution. FBI Directors were appointed for a period of ten years to ensure that no political considerations would enter into any equation. FBI Directors were simply not fired, period. Until Trump. The second firing in just a little over three years in a first term is beyond comprehension. Even Republicans should be terrified of such actions. But the framers never considered that there might be a party that simply accepted, like automatons, that their president is beyond question. The framers would find it abhorrent that a party, one in control of just one branch in the senate, would allow the president to basically takeover all government positions by requiring […]
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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...
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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...

The Stupidity Is Unprecedented

Stupid is as stupid does   Mama Gump Let’s just say that, after weeks of yelling and bellicose threats, your kid finally cleans up his room. OK, maybe “clean” is too strong of a word, but there’s definitely a discernible path from the door to the window and closet. As a reward for this Herculean effort, you give him a choice, he can a) take two friends to see the new Star Wars movie, with you paying, b) have two friends over for a pizza and video game party until 11, c) stay up until 1 AM as long as he doesn’t keep you awake with the noise, or d) steal the car keys nd a bottle of jack, and go get wasted behind the school with his friends. I know, it’s completely absurd and ridiculous on the face of it, right? But if you strip away all of the officialese and hyperbolic bullshit, this is exactly what the White House is trying to tell you was the scenario that led to Emperor Numbus Nuttus icing the number two Iranian general. On foreign soil. Without provocation or previous Iraqi approval. The scenario I painted as a joke in the first paragraph was carried out in full earnest by the Trump national security staff. For realz! According to the official White House “explanation” (read bullshit excuse), The option of chilling Soleimani was never meant to be an option for Trump to consider seriously. Oh, no, that last one was put in there almost as an afterthought, you know, like pinning a tail on the donkey, to show Traitor Tot how extreme the options could go. It was meant as a tool to steer Donnie Depends to a calmer, more reasoned, rational response. Are they for real with this bullshit? At this point, I honestly don’t know which is worse, the all encompassing stupidity of The $1 Store Caligula, or the all encompassing stupidity of the mental midgets who put the response list together. After all, we’re speaking about a congenital idiot here, a guy who thinks that Bloodsport should have gotten an Oscar! How could any of these idjits possibly think that they could talk this buffoon out of going all Call of Duty and shit, once that option had been presented to him? But this is just one shining example of the greater underlying problem. Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to President Trump’s Chief of Staff. Oh wait, you mean that he doesn’t have one, at least not a real one? Gee, that’s too bad, because this was a major part of his fucking job! In a sane, traditional White House, with a sane, traditional president with an IQ higher than the “keep warm” setting on the crock pot, the Chief of Staff is the ultimate guardian of the gates. In a normal, functional White House, that option would never have made it into the Oval Office, as somebody like John Kelly would have stripped it as a disproportionate response. And believe me, that option would have been stripped, simply because Kelly would have refused to admit the NSC monkeys to the Oval Office as long as that option was in the document, or a subject for discussion in the meeting. That’s how the system is supposed to work, the Chief of Staff controls the information that reaches the President’s desk, which is why the job is […]

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...

In Unprecedented Move, NYC Bar Association Calls for Congress to

The New York City Bar Association on Thursday urged Congress to launch a formal investigation into Attorney General William Barr, alleging recent statements and actions by the country's top law enforcement official show he...

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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