Saturday, October 19, 2019
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Federal Prosecutor says revoking the security clearances of witnesses could be a Federal Crime

Because it could be witness retaliation to threaten someone who has provided truthful testimony to the government. Appearing as an analyst on Brian Williams’s MSNBC show, Former Federal Prosecutor Ellie Honig explained that retaliating...

Trump’s Lie Du Jour, ‘Ivanka Created Millions of Jobs’

Trump has a sugar coated vision of his elder daughter, Ivanka. He sees her as a “natural diplomat,” who should be the UN Ambassador, perhaps, and then go on to run for president. And he apparently sees Junior as the doofus that the rest of us do as well. The Atlantic: In our conversation, the president wanted to be clear: He was very proud of all his children. “Barron is young, but he’s got wonderful potential,” he said. “And Tiffany’s doing extremely well. Don is, uh, he’s enjoying politics; actually, it’s very good. And Eric is running the business along with Don, and also very much into politics. I mean, the children—the children have been very, very good.” But Ivanka, whom he sometimes calls “Baby” in official meetings, is “unique.” If Trump sees any of his children as his heir apparent, it’s Ivanka. “If she ever wanted to run for president,” he said, “I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.” At 37, she is old enough. But Ivanka has never talked with her friends about running for office, and the president said she has never expressed any interest about that to him. Still, while Don Jr. might be a hit at political rallies, Ivanka is the only child the president ever considered for an administration post. “She went into the whole helping-people-with-jobs, and I wasn’t sure that was going to be the best use of her time, but I didn’t know how successful she’d be,” the president said. “She’s created millions of jobs, and I had no idea she’d be that successful.” Nobody else has an idea about this particular success, either. There are no millions of jobs. Walmart and IBM have agreed to create programs to employ people, at Ivanka’s behest, but they are reskilling programs, for people who already have jobs. Just another example of how Trump can take a topic and make a self-serving narrative up out of whole cloth. John Kelly, evidently, is not in agreement with Trump about Ivanka being president. That John Kelly despised both Ivanka and Jared is no secret. When the retired Marine general was brought on as chief of staff, in July 2017, he saw a couple “playing government,” a phrase he would utter frequently. “He kind of walked in and looked at Ivanka like, What the fuck is Barbie doing in the West Wing?” the source close to her said. But if Kelly saw Ivanka as a headache, Jared was a consciousness-altering migraine. Kelly had little idea what Jared did all day—he could be text-messaging Van Jones about criminal-justice reform or catching up with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (implicated in the murder last fall of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi). Kelly struggled to hide his contempt. At one senior-staff meeting, when someone raised a question relating to foreign policy, Kelly, according to a person in the room, observed that having a clear read on the answer was hard for him, given that “we have about three secretaries of state now.” Jared, who was present, remained silent. The saga of Javanka is one for the ages. Never in history, has a sitting president hired his daughter and son-in-law as advisers, when they couldn’t even pass a security clearance without intervention from that same president.  But Ivanka has been quoted as saying that […]
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Republicans forced to admit they ‘misspoke’ about that promise of lower taxes for everyone

After repeatedly promising that all Americans would get a tax cut under their plan, Republicans have had to change their tune—or to, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did, admit that “I misspoke on that.” Just an innocent misspeaking, mind you,...
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Jared’s Father Charles Kushner Calls Ethics Watchdogs ‘Jerks’ Praises Jarvanka’s Noble Sacrifice

Charles Kushner, sire of Jared and once maker of exclusive wallet designs (in federal prison, alas) met with reporters from The Real Deal, a real estate publication and things got off to a rocky start. TheRealDeal: “Are you guys going to be assholes today, or are you going to give us a fair shake? Because […]
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Bannon tries to walk back his statements … while Wolff trips him up

Now that Steve Bannon has seen the money and influence taps turned off and he’s thrown back on only the millions that he scammed while at Goldman Sachs, he’s decided that a slightly more conciliatory tone toward Donald Trump is in order. It seems that...

Never Doubt That God Has A Sense Of Humor — Look At This Trump-esque...

A blind worm has just been named after Donald Trump. You have to admit the resemblance is uncanny. Washington Post: EnviroBuild, a London-based sustainable building materials company, saw a resemblance between the serpentine creature, which is nearly blind and burrows underground, and Trump, who has called the evidence of global warming a “hoax.” EnviroBuild, which paid $25,000 for the naming rights at an auction this month, said on Tuesday that it chose “Dermophis donaldtrumpi” in recognition of the president’s position on climate change. The announcement came on the heels of a weekend agreement by climate negotiators in Poland on the rules for implementing the Paris pact, which Trump considers counter to U.S. interests. As an amphibian, the company noted in a news release, the Dermophis donaldtrumpi is especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of climate change and is “therefore in danger of becoming extinct as a direct result of its namesake’s climate policies.” The naming rights went up for sale Dec. 8 at a “Species Legacy Auction” sponsored by Rainforest Trust, a Virginia-based conservation nonprofit organization that called the event “the largest species-naming auction in history.” The privilege of naming the “unusual wormlike” species, the trust said, drew the highest bid of any item in the auction, the proceeds of which benefited wildlife conservation.
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The strange tale of how Michael Flynn became National Security Advisor

The job of assembling candidates for positions in the Trump White House was given to outgoing New Jersey governor and perennial Trump punching-bag, Chris Christie. Christie’s team brought Trump a list of possible NSA nominees that they considered...
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Cruella DeVos… Not For Long, According To Insiders

Well, well, well.  It looks as though Cruella DeVos may not be darkening the doorways in the education arena for too much longer— good news for us all, even as there’s bigger and better news rocketing through the cybersphere.  This is hugely important....
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McConnell talks tough on Syria, without mentioning either Trump or a sanctions vote

Moscow Mitch McConnell has been forced into making a second statement on Donald Trump's disastrous decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. He is "gravely concerned" he says. "Withdrawing American leadership from this pivotal...

The new number two in the Interior Department: A lobbyist against environmental protections

Even in the context of Donald Trump's other anti-government, pro-corporate hires, his choice of industry lobbyist David Bernhardt for the No. 2 position in the Department of the Interior is ...

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