Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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NYT Article Suggests Bannon is Flagrantly Colluding with Russia

From The New York Times: The ferocity of the attacks coming from the faction of the party allied with Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, had General McMaster’s associates convinced that it was no coincidence. At one point on...
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The problem with the Republican strategy to blame Giuliani for Ukraine extortion? Trump’s own...

With the official impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s extortion of Ukraine beginning on Wednesday morning, the Republican strategy to defend Trump’s words and actions is to never, ever mention Trump’s words and actions. Which...
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Mitch McConnell Just Fractured His Shoulder In A Fall — Goodbye Gun Control Vote?

Mitch McConnell got back from the hospital after suffering a fall at his home in Louisville, Kentucky, Sunday. Normally, this would not be a cause for anything more than a sympathy card, but for the fact that 30 Americans died this weekend in two gun bloodbaths, and Democrats were eager to cancel the August Senate recess and get gun control legislation passed. Axios: The big picture: The injury comes as a number of Democrats and some Republicans have called upon McConnell to cancel the Senate’s August recess so that lawmakers can pass gun control legislation in the aftermath of two deadly mass shootings this weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded on Sunday that Senate Republicans put an end to to their “outrageous obstruction,” referencing McConnell’s refusal to bring two background check bills passed in the House this year for a vote on the Senate floor. Here’s Pelosi’s full statement: “In less than 24 hours, another American community has been devastated by the tragedy of gun violence. The hearts of all Americans break for the families and friends of those injured and murdered, and our prayers go out to everyone impacted in this latest act of terror. We give thanks for the brave first responders, who rushed into harm’s way to save lives and ensured that everyone received the care and support they needed. “We cannot allow another family or another community to suffer the pain and anguish of gun violence. We have a responsibility to the people we serve to act. The Republican Senate must stop their outrageous obstruction and join the House to put an end to the horror and bloodshed that gun violence inflicts every day in America. Enough is enough. “May it be a comfort to the entire Dayton community that so many Americans grieve with and pray for them at this terrible time.” With all due respect to McConnell, maybe somebody else could handle the matter and business as usual can proceed. Pelosi is right about taking immediate action before more lives are lost.
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Trump Aides Text ‘F**k My Life’ In Response To Latest Tweet Re-Focusing Attention On...

Donald Trump cannot leave well enough alone on twitter. In the past month alone he has 1. tanked his own Muslim travel ban by admitting that it was in fact a "travel ban," and the ACLU pounced on that like it was catnip; 2. made admissions about...
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Trump’s school safety plan: Arm teachers yes, age limits for guns no. And put...

The White House released its school safety plan on Sunday, and surprise! Arming teachers is in and raising the minimum wage for buying an assault weapon is out. It’s almost like the plan all along was to do nothing that might strengthen gun laws and...
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We need every advantage in November, so let’s not forego low hanging fruit.

I’ve said it repeatedly before, and the media has also proclaimed if from the mount. The biggest problem with the Trump administration, and Trump himself, is that they throw so much shit up against...
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Mike Pence Broke A Lot Of Laws Lying About Comey’s Firing And That’s What’s...

Liars eventually get hoisted by their own petard and it looks like the jig is up for Mike Pence. Law Professor Jed Shugerman was a guest on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show Friday and he explained...

Texas A.G. Did Nothing with a Hundred Threats to “Gun Down” Hispanics

An armed man in San Antonio named Ralph Pulliam sent Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton around “one hundred” email pages full of threats to Hispanics, including the threat to shoot Hispanics down in a “bloodbath.” The Attorney General is the state’s top law-enforcement officer. In response to these hateful emails promising murder, Attorney General Ken Paxton did exactly nothing. It gets worse. Local police did know of Pulliam, but did not have sufficient information to arrest him: Though Paxton’s office reportedly did not communicate the threat to local officials, police did frequently visit his house on 911 tips. At no point was he arrested or stripped of his firearms, because local authorities — who weren’t aware of the threatening messages — did not have any evidence he had committed a crime. In the wake of the report, police are now trying to build a case against him. Local police knew of Pulliam due of anonymous tips, but because A.G. Paxton did not communicate the actual threats, law enforcement could not act upon the vague 911 calls. In short, the A.G.’s failure to pick up the phone kept the man on the streets, a hand grenade waiting to go off. Now, the situation is garnering the notice it deserved, and a local politician is demanding answers: “These messages are clearly threats of deadly force against San Antonians based solely on the color of their skin,” wrote state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer in a complaint to Paxton demanding a meeting. “It is deeply alarming to me that despite the large volume and explicit nature of the messages from Mr. Pulliam, the Office of Attorney General has taken so long to cooperate with local law enforcement.” Texas, being its own worst enemy in this situation, does not have “red flag laws” which allow the removal of firearms (temporarily) from someone who has exhibited potentially unstable mental health or behavior constituting a threat. In case you wondered about Attorney General Paxton’s background in politics, it is just as one might expect of a Trump-supporting Texas Republican who ignores threats to kill Hispanics. Paxton, an extreme right-wing official who is under indictment for securities fraud and is leading the multi-state lawsuit to strike down Obamacare in full, has made his stance against gun control clear, suggesting at a GOP convention that merely talking about gun laws means “more people are gonna die.” Sounds to me like this guy is fine with “more people dying,” so long as he is in charge of who dies. Here is where many Republicans will tell you that Donald Trump is not complicit with respect to the rise in homegrown terrorists like Pulliam. Trump – in one of his first acts in office – stopped the immigration of people from eight countries, in theory, because these nations posed an increase terrorist threat to Americans. Americans could die at their hands. Meanwhile, Trump himself is stoking homegrown terrorism. In Trump’s America, and apparently in Paxton’s America, it is only terrorism if white people are killed by a brown-skinned Muslim. If a white Christian guns down Hispanics, he is a mentally-ill person who played too many video games. Doubt me? Ask yourself, would Attorney General Paxton ignore emails sent by a Muslim man threatening to kill “Baptist Infidels in Dallas” in “bloodshed,” signed […]
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Trump’s crooked Cabinet: Liars, thieves, and scoundrels edition

Barely a day goes by without a new story about mind-blowing, expensive malfeasance by another member of Donald Trump’s Cabinet.Not that we had hope for any of them at the beginning of Trump’s ...
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Stephen Colbert and his EPIC takedown of Michelle Wolf!!!

Leave it to Stephen Colbert to put everything in perspective on the Late Show.  In his monologue, Colbert says "Tonight, the news from Washington is about jokes. Who can tell 'em and who can...

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