Friday, April 19, 2019
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Twice as many companies to pay zero taxes for 2018 due to Trump’s tax...

You may owe taxes on your salary over the last year, but many Fortune 500 companies won't pay squat on billions in profits, according to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The...

Adam Schiff Says Of William Barr: Trump ‘Got His Roy Cohn’

If this is new information to you, Trump used to declaim, “Where are my killers,” i.e., where is Roy Cohn? Trump has long been searching for the Second Coming of Roy Cohn. Adam Schiff says that he’s found it. Today we learned: Barr still won’t commit to giving Congress the full unredacted Mueller report, Barr won’t request court approval to give us grand jury material, and Barr won’t even say if the White House has seen, or been briefed on, the report. Trump got his Roy Cohn. https://t.co/8eljMjgEeN — Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 9, 2019 Now the interesting thing about Roy Cohn is that while exuding an aura of invincibility by being acquitted of conspiracy, bribery and fraud, Cohn ultimately was humiliated and run out of Washington. 2/ In 1964, ’69 and ’71, Cohn was tried and acquitted of federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and fraud, giving him a perception of invincibility. “If you can get Machiavelli as a lawyer,” he said in The Autobiography of Roy Cohn, “you’re certainly no fool of a client.” pic.twitter.com/aV8b7IIAKI — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 4/ In 1980, Trump said of Cohn: “All I can tell you is he’s been vicious to others in his protection of me … He’s a genius. He’s a lousy lawyer, but he’s a genius.” (https://t.co/cKC9gC4oRM) — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 6/ Like Trump, Cohn was garish and resentful of those who spurned his Nuevo Riche trappings. (Cohn with a photo of himself and Trump, 1984). pic.twitter.com/nkURjrlecg — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 The idea of Trump and Roy Cohn together screams for brain bleach. 8/ Seated at a McCarthy hearing into communists in the Army, left to right, are Secretary of the Army Robert Stevens, Gen. Robert Young, Roy Cohn, and McCarthy. (Id). pic.twitter.com/uVR0FgW34O — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 10/ In a 1971, Cohn claimed his Sept 1963 indictments were a personal vendetta of Robert Kennedy. Cohn was indicted exactly 2 mos prior to JFK’s assassination. Cohn said RFK was in a meeting abt his case at the precise moment JFK was assassinated. 👀 (https://t.co/DRCHEh6x07$) pic.twitter.com/DtfoSTTLpJ — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 12/ In his countersuit, Cohn accused the federal government charges as “irresponsible” and “baseless.” The judge dismissed Cohn’s countersuit as “wasting time and paper.” 👍🏼 That case ultimately settled. It is instructive to review today, though. — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 14/ Interestingly, the court records of that case show Trump and Cohn most concerned with managing the media. They even argued on the record with the government attorneys over what the government’s press release about the disposition would say. Imagine that? 🧐 — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 15/ Wayne Barrett (1992): “Though Cohn was retained … to handle a single piece of litigation, he began … to assume a role … far transcending that of a lawyer. He became Donald’s mentor, his constant adviser on every significant aspect of his business and personal life.” pic.twitter.com/Jk0iTnqXlV — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 18/ A nice read about Roy Cohn and Trump’s swampy NYC associates: https://t.co/0AuqA3e0eN — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 30, 2018 20/ Stone & Cohn At Koch's Inaugural Party, New York, New York, January 1, 1982. pic.twitter.com/ZbVcE9858B — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) January […]
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Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller play good cop-bad cop on immigration, but the play...

Stephen Miller is the white nationalist troll in Donald Trump’s ear, steering immigration policy in ever-more-evil directions. But presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner apparently wants it known that he, too, has influence, and while Kushner’s...
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Mnuchin admits Treasury, White House lawyers discussed Trump’s tax returns. You bet they did

If there was ever any question about whether Donald Trump would abuse his power to stymie release of his tax returns, that was put to rest Tuesday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Testifying before...
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William Barr before Congress makes it clear that he is Trump’s tool on every...

Attorney General William Barr appeared before the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department on Tuesday morning to answer questions about the Justice Department. And while Democrats, as expected, spent much of their...
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Another Cheap Shot From Trump, Who Calls Rep. Nadler “Fat Jerry” Because He’s Threatened...

Jerry Nadler and Donald Trump don’t like each other, and that’s been the status quo since the 80’s, when Trump wanted the government to subsidize real estate projects in New York that Nadler considered harmful. Now, they clash again, in 2019, because Nadler wants the Mueller report released, and he wants records from 81 people in Trump’s orbit. Nadler recently was on Face the Nation, and here’s what he said about William Barr. “Remember [Barr] is a biased person. He is someone who is an agent of the administration, is an appointee, a political appointee of the president whose interests he may very well be protecting here.” Nadler has reason to feel this way. Don’t forget Barr’s 18 page memo in which he reached the conclusion that Trump had committed no obstruction of justice and then went on to say that Robert Mueller’s inquiry was “fatally misconceived”. Trump responded to Nadler’s efforts at transparency, regarding the Mueller report, in typical Trump style. He recently called Nadler by a sophomoric nickname, “Fat Jerry,” referencing the fact that Nadler had weight reduction surgery years ago. Trump calling anybody fat is truly an example of denial taken to the myopic level. Trump can’t stand Nadler because Nadler has his number, has had for decades.  Washington Post: “Jerry was on him from Day One,” said Linda Rosenthal, a former Nadler aide who later won his state Assembly seat. “He keenly understood that this was a man who would try to get the government to pay for all his mostly bollixed attempts at development . . . His casinos failed. He lost money on deals. He left the banks on the hook for his bad financial plans. . . . He was just such a braggart and such an insincere person, but Jerry saw through that.” Trump never forgave Nadler, and privately he has simmered about the chairman and his investigation, calling him an irritant who has long been out to get him and recounting their New York run-ins to aides. He was alarmed by the chairman’s early March demands to 81 of Trump’s close associates and business partners for a range of documents, including material on Russia’s election interference and the president’s finances. Trump has told White House aides to block the requests as much as possible, according to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss strategy. So, Nadler wants to know the truth and he wants to see all the documentation, both on Mueller’s report and on Trump’s finances. The heat is on, both from Nadler and from Adam Schiff and many other Democrats. Trump can toss out all the derisive nicknames he wants to, Nadler is going to hold his feet to the fire. Watch.
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Lobbyist-turned-acting interior secretary had loads of unreported meetings with fossil fuel execs

It’s another day, and another swamp creature-turned-governmental department head is meeting just about everyone he represents, except the American people. Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt seems to be steering away from his officially listed...
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Will Immigration Be The Next “Crack” In The GOP Senate Ceiling?

Ding-dong, the witch is dead, the wicked witch, the witch is dead   The Wizard of Oz RIP (Rot In Prison) Kirtjen Nielsen. The Kommisar of Kiddie Kages now finally joins her former boss, General John Kelly, in the “Shit scraped off of the bottom of my shoe” category of the Trump administration yearbook, and like Ebeneezer Scrooge before her, the only ones who will mourn her departure are the chain link fencing salesman. What brought about this stunning fall from grace? Apparently she dared to defy Der Gropinfuror’s demand that she reinstate the insane child separation policy that he himself had halted by executive order. But Wait for the McGuffin before you start rushing out and giving her credit for having belatedly developed a soul. She didn’t balk at reinstating the policy due to any noble aspirations for human dignity and decency. She opposed the move because with the influx of family units seeking asylum, they simply don’t have the space to house all of the new separated arrivals, and also, she didn’t want her name on a document that will directly defy a standing court order prohibiting the Trump administration from reinstating the policy.And for the mortal sin of using logic and law, she became “Kamikaze Kirstjen.” Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. Let’s just take a step back and look at why the policy was toxic enough to force His Lowness to have to back away and look like a spineless wimp to his base. The audio, video, and still images of toddlers being ripped screaming and kicking from their parents arms, and lying on concrete floors wrapped in nothing but tin foil blankets offended everybody with a soul marginally larger than Heinrich Himmler. Unfortunately for Trump, that included a sizable number of GOP Senators, who publicly broke with him over the policy when their constituents started erecting barricades in front of their offices, and receptionists quit rather than field any more phone calls. And just the “report” that Trump is considering reinstating child separation has a GOP stalwart like WI Senator Ron Johnson “concerned,” and Johnson isn’t even up for reelection in 2020 fer Crissakes! Trump appears to be dead set on reinstating this policy to rev up his base in the run up for 2020, and his designated hitter for Nielsen feels that he has a reach around work around to the legal issue. Mainly, offer the family nits the option of staying together in detention in concrete floored dog runs for an indeterminate amount of time, or choose to be separated, and spend an indeterminate amount of time in concrete floored dog runs, but at least they can’t see how miserable each other are.Almost certainly, any attempt to reboot the policy would lead to an immediate court injunction pending civil litigation, but Trumpenstein would already have scored his cheap points with his base by trying to stop the flood of immigrants, only to be once again stymied by the courts. If Trump insists on moving forward with this policy, it is going to place McConnell, and his Senate caucus in an untenable position, for two reasons. First, there were only 8 GOP Senators up for reelection in 2018, and they could safely insulate themselves from the issue by shyly backing away from […]

Government Under Trump Is Grinding To A Halt, Neilsen’s Termination Makes One More Unfilled...

You may recall Donald Trump on the campaign trail talking about government and about how he “alone could fix it.” Yep, he’s the only one. Let’s take a look at the record, shall we, of just what Trump hath wrought. New Civil Rights Movement: With Kirstjen Nielsen’s ouster there is no Secretary of Homeland Security, no Secretary of Defense, no Secretary of the Air Force, no U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, no Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, no Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, no Secretary of the Interior, no Administrator of the Small Business Administration, no Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director, no Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator, and no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. This is staggering. This is simply stunning, and yet this is the new normal in the Crazytown that is the Trump administration. While Trump obsesses on throwing red meat to his base, which is largely what the Nielsen termination was about, and tweets, the government is not staffed and it’s not being run. We are almost three years in to this administration, and a lot of the broad brush strokes of governance have yet to be done. Not convinced America is in crisis yet? Think about this. At the Dept. of Defense, 25% of key positions as of April 1 remain unfilled, according to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service. At the State Dept., that number jumps to 39%. Homeland Security: 44%. Granted, some percentage of those are nominated and awaiting Senate confirmation, but if Democrats are holding them up, there’s reason to believe it’s the quality of the nominee that’s the problem, given Trump’s record. As The Post notes, there are currently 140 key positions requiring Senate confirmation for which the Trump administration has never nominated anyone. Trump simply is not up to the task of doing the job he was elected to do. This has been apparent since square one. When Trump was elected and went to the White House for briefings, even he said that he “didn’t realize the job was so big.” Trump is an ego running riot. He knows he can’t do the job, he doesn’t even like the job, but his ego won’t allow him to do what any decent man would do, which is to admit error and step aside. It’s debatable whether he would even step aside and not seek re-election. Don’t hold your breath for that one. Trump wants to keep the facade of leadership going. He wants the rallies, the screams of the supporters. That’s his drug. The fact that he can’t give them anything in return is inconsequential. The bottom line is that America is more vulnerable than she has ever been and God forbid we are attacked, it could be truly catastrophic. We have to win in 2020. America can’t take much more of this neglect. Government is an engine, and like any fine tooled machine, it must be maintained, it must be serviced. What we have going on now, is government set out to pasture, like a junker, to mold and rot. We don’t need another four years of this, we’re going to be lucky to get into the White House and fix what’s already been damaged. And that will take years. Trump and his cabal of crooks […]
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Trump ignores the law in naming acting homeland security secretary after Nielsen’s resignation

After Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned Sunday, Donald Trump moved swiftly to announce her temporary replacement. But, characteristically for Trump, he ignored what the law says about that. “I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the...

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