Friday, October 18, 2019

Paul Ryan: We got ours with the tax cuts, now you all have to...

If he’s not offering up Medicare or Social Security or Medicaid or food stamps to the gods of the “Debt Crisis” (manufactured by his tax cuts scam), he’s threatening our lives. When Paul Ryan says he wants to “fix” health care, he’s essentially...
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Paul Ryan Claims He “Has Assurances” That Trump Won’t Fire Mueller. Right.

The Hill: “I received assurances that his firing is not even under consideration,” Ryan told reporters during his weekly news conference on Tuesday. “We have a system based upon the rule of law in...
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Nunes threatens to hold Sessions ‘in contempt’ for not turning over documents he doesn’t...

Devin Nunes appears to have about the same aptitude for reading that Donald Trump does: None. He has routinely demanded documents from the Department of Justice be handed over to him that, given the chance to review instead of actually take into his...
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The Honeymoon’s Over. Trump Has Ivanka Looking For A Replacement For John Kelly.

Donald Trump may have originally referred to John Kelly affectionately as “Chief” but that sentiment has been eroding for some time.  Kelly calling Trump “uninformed” to Democratic lawmakers was blasphemy, and...
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How Democracy dies? Voter Suppression + Court Packing + Killing Net Neutrality

Virginians (and, well, the majority of Americans vicarious) felt rather good a few weeks ago. We turned out and turned many Republicans out of office while keeping a Democrat in the Governor’s mansion.  It felt good .. but basking in the sun can’t last...
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Bannon’s interview on 60 Minutes… an hour we can’t get back

Charlie Rose interviewed Steve Bannon for CBS 60 Minutes, broadcast on Sunday. Most revelations were teased in terms of the criticism of current Catholic church policy on immigrants. More useful ...
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After rewriting ethics rules to allow it, Trump stocks his government with lobbyists

If Trump and his fellow Republicans fill the swamp any deeper you'll need to charter a boat to visit the Washington Monument . Federal agencies issued just a handful of waivers exempting political ...

Another One Bites The Dust. H.R. McMaster Is No More, Will Leave Early Next...

The optics of naming yet a third National Security Adviser in a year were considered terrible, but apparently there are some considerations that outweigh optics. H.R. McMaster, the man who said Trump had the intelligence...
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Mike Pence’s Indiana abortion law declared unconstitutional

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has ruled an Indiana abortion ban signed into law by then-Gov. Mike Pence in 2016 unconstitutional. The law would prevent women from having abortions based on the gender, race, or disability of the...

Another Day, Another Lie. Trump Not In Oval Office Despite His Boasting

The Big Ball falls at midnight, representing the beginning of 2019. Just think if it was filled with Trump’s lies. If they were the size of a gumball, they would weigh the flimsy ball down. If they were the size of a softball, they wouldn’t fit, there are so many thousands of them.  The Washington Post has a Fact Checker’s database which keeps a catalog of all Trump’s lies. For example, in the seven weeks leading up the midterm elections, the current occupant made 1,419 false or misleading claims — an average of 30 a day. That’s pretty good. Assuming he was awake 16 hours, that’s one every thirty minutes. Here’s a lie from this morning. The inference is clear. He wants the base to know that their *resident is working hard for them, not even taking off New Year’s Eve. No, Sir, he’s on the job. Except that he’s not. Maybe the Marines are screwing up and that’s why the guard isn’t at his post. Or, maybe Mick Mulvaney has decided to change security protocols. Or, maybe Trump is just telling a bald-faced self serving lie. Again. Think of how life in Washington would change dramatically if Trump had only one New Year’s resolution, not to lie anymore. But I don’t think he even knows he’s lying. Fabricating reality comes so easily to him, like breathing to the rest of us. It’s now becoming an old saw around Washington, first there was Washington who could not tell a lie, then there was Nixon who could not tell the truth, now there is Trump, who cannot tell the difference. This much is certain — Trump spends an awful lot of time thinking about his wall. Or, his metaphor, if you want to use Lindsey Graham’s formulation. 2019 is the Year of the Pig in the Chinese calendar, but in Trump’s lexicon, it is the Year of the Wall. And a fascinating year it’s going to be. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw56  

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