Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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Enabling weasel Paul Ryan wants us to believe he’s stopping Trump’s worst impulses. Sure,...

Donald Trump has put House Speaker Paul Ryan in a tough spot through his very existence as Donald Trump, and how Ryan has dealt with it shows a lot about the man. Ryan’s carefully crafted persona was boyish—Boy Scoutish—Republican policy wonk who just...

Steve Bannon has been removed from the National Security Council

Steve Bannon has been booted from the National Security Council: President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security...

FBI Agents Complain To Trump That Shutdown Undermines The Bureau — Maybe That’s The...

The impact of Trump’s shutdown continues to unfold. Here are the key points in more readable form. 1. FBI Special Agents are subject to high security standards that include rigorous and routine financial background checks to ensure that agents are routinely financially stable and responsible. Missing payments on debts could create delays in securing or renewing security clearances and could even disqualify agents from continuing to serve in some cases. 2. The operations of the FBI require funding. As the shutdown continues, Special Agents remain at work for the American people without being paid, and FBI leadership is doing all it can to fund FBI operations with increasingly limited resources — this situation is not sustainable. The important work done by the bureau needs to be funded immediately. 3. Pay uncertainly undermines the FBI’s ability to recruit and maintain high caliber professionals. Special Agents are skilled professionals who have a variety of employment options in the private sector. The ongoing financial insecurity caused by a failure to fund the FBI could lead some FBI Special Agents to consider career options that provide more stability for their families. These people are not getting a check tomorrow and so they petition Trump and  “our elected representatives to fund the Department of Justice (‘DOJ’) and the FBI because financial security is a matter of national security.” This travesty of a shutdown is grinding the efficiency of normal government functions to a halt. This is only going to get worse. As Snoop Dogg observed a few days ago, “He don’t give a f*ck about us.” That’s as simple as it gets. The government has been taken over by a clown imposter trying to play the role of “leader” and “big shot” because his outsized ego drives him to get attention in increasingly grandiose terms. The Republican party are complicit enablers to this fiasco. In tandem, Trump and the GOP are like termites, gnawing away at the foundation of our republic. We need to get as many of them as possible out of office because the advent of Trump has taken politics way beyond partisan considerations. Trump and the GOP are a cancer in the body politic. We need to excise them out so that we can survive.

House Republicans introduce amendments to defund the Congressional Budget Office

Faced with medical evidence that our nation's epidemic of gun violence is, in fact, preventable, conservative lawmakers passed laws barring the nation's government from investigating such things. ...

Mother Whose Son Survived Vegas Massacre But Not Thousand Oaks Makes Plea For Gun...

I hope that the NRA and their hired guns, like Marsha Blackburn, get to see this first person testimony, from a mother who just lost her son. That last tweet says it all.
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Republicans strip Rep. Steve King of all committee assignments after ‘white supremacist’ remarks

Last week, white nationalist Rep. Steve King wondered aloud to the New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?”. The inability to grasp why the language of white...

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats May Be The Next Body Through Trump’s Revolving Door

Job terminations in Trump world follow a predictable pattern. First, Trump gripes about how “disloyal” the person is, (disloyality is the one and only unforgivable sin), which gins up the rumor mill that another firing is in the works. Then, Trump goes out of his way to validate the person in question, and indeed the intended firee usually claims how totally happy s/he is in his or her position, and anything to the contrary is fake news. John Kelly was the poster child for this proposition. Next, comes innuendo, like “I think he sounds like a Democrat,” and “this is Washington, everybody leaves,” said with respect to James Mattis. Then boom, down comes the butter knife of Damocles. Right now, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats is at phase one. Washington Post:  In venting his anger at Coats, the president was following a familiar pattern that precedes his dismissal of Cabinet officials. Trump often grouses about disloyalty with the understanding that his interlocutors will speak to reporters, thereby putting the offending official on notice that their days are numbered. Trump is still “enraged” about Coats’s congressional testimony on national security threats last month, believing that the director undercut the president’s authority when he shared intelligence assessments about Iran, North Korea and the Islamic State that are at odds with many of Trump’s public statements, said one adviser who spoke with the president over the weekend. Trump had seemed to put the episode behind him and claimed shortly after the hearing that Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel told him they’d been “misquoted” in their comments at the televised hearing. But privately, the president has continued to fume, and this weekend he told the adviser that Coats, a former Republican senator from Indiana, is “not loyal” and “he’s not on the team.” “Not on the team,” is pretty much the same thing as “sounds like a Democrat.” However, another way to look at this situation, is that it’s a miracle that Coats has lasted this long. He certainly didn’t endear himself to Trump last July at the Aspen Security Forum, when a reporter asked Coats about the fact that Trump had just invited Vladimir Putin to the White House — a matter of which Coats knew nothing. His response, “Okaaaaay — that’s going to be special,” caused the room to erupt in laughter and the internet to explode. Trump was purportedly livid at that, accusing Coats of humiliating him in a room of important people. So far there have been 42 major firings or resignations, starting with Mike Flynn and ending with Raj Shah in December. Here’s a link to read the chart above in legible form. Needless to say, it’s described by that tired old workhorse of a word, “unprecedented.”  Poor unprecedented. That word is going to drop in it’s traces from exhaustion before this administration is over. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw56  
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Murkowski Tells CNN She’s Open To Delay On Kavanaugh Vote

This is encouraging. Key GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski tells CNN tonight she is open to delay in Kavanaugh vote, saying “if there are more questions that need to be asked and answered, then I think it would be appropriate for that time.” — Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) September 17, 2018 Anybody remember this? We’re seeing a […]

Trump claims he had no idea Flynn was a foreign lobbyist when he tapped...

It would be nice if the Donald Trump "administration" could go longer than three days or so between scandals, but nope. Wishful thinking . The White House says President Donald Trump was unaware ...
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Sick of Being Confronted, McConnell Vows GOP ‘Will Not Be Intimidated by These People’...

An apparently perturbed Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that the loud, outraged, and determined constituents who have been letting Republican lawmakers know just how much they do not want Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to...

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