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Does the Soleimani assassination make sense in any way outside of Trump’s 2020 election...

Text conversation with a friend. On Tuesday, a friend texted me, asking me why John Bolton announced he would testify right after Donald Trump provoked Iran (a policy Bolton agreed with). I agreed, and told...
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‘Completely Lawless President’: Trump Reportedly Tried to Kill Another Top Iranian Commander on Same...

The Trump administration reportedly tried and failed to assassinate a senior Iranian military official in Yemen on the same day it killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani with a drone strike in Baghdad last week, nearly...
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Was ‘Imminent Threat’ His Impeachment? Trump Reportedly Admitted Soleimani Killed to Appease GOP Senators

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on Friday accused President Donald Trump of dragging the U.S. to the brink of war for political gain following a report that Trump privately admitted he ordered the...
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Trump failed to fulfill John Bolton’s deepest desire of bombing Iran, but tomorrow’s another...

People around the world no doubt breathed a tad easier Wednesday after Donald Trump chose not to hit back militarily in response to Tehran’s missile attack on bases in Iraq where American troops are stationed. There was no obliteration of...

Rick Wilson Publishes 11 Commandments To Worship Trump By

You probably saw Donald Trump’s addlepated, adderall-addicted, address Wednesday, wherein, between sniffles, he lied about cutting huge checks to Iran, when in fact, it was their own money which he claimed to give them. Sanctions were loosened, allowing Iran to profit whereas they wouldn’t have otherwise, but to hear Trump tell it, it was a charity give away. But then to hear Trump tell it, the Chinese are also cutting huge checks to the treasury, for tariffs, because he doesn’t grok that tariffs are a tax. Or, he hopes the American people won’t find out. Yesterday’s address was insulting enough, but then Lindsey Graham took to the airwaves and proclaimed that Trump’s words were equivalent to Reagan’s “Tear down that wall, Mr. Gorbachov” speech and that it would be quoted “long after his second term of office.” Oh yes, it will eclipse the Gettysburg address, so far as great presidential rhetoric is concerned, no question. Rick Wilson heard this nonsense, and blew up. He saw the hyperbolic unreal praise for the bullshit that it is, and he called it the “Saddamification of the party.” Sounds about right. Then he put together a list of 11 Rules for the GOP to follow, since this is the path that they’ve chosen. 2/ – Never be the first guy to stop clapping when Trump speaks. – It is always the Year Zero; memory and consistency is the enemy of loyalty in the Trump world. – Your superlatives are insufficient. Praising Trump properly demands a new vocabulary of obsequiousness. — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 9, 2020 4/ – Even when he’s wrong (and he’s almost always wrong), race for the TV cameras to proclaim that you and everyone else was simply unable to grasp the sublime complexity of his 47-dimensional chess game. — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 9, 2020 6/ – Never forget that if you don’t suck the chrome off the metaphorical trailer hitch, someone else in Washington will. It is a city without elected heroes. – He will let you die in prison. Prepare accordingly. — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 9, 2020 7/ – Snitch of get snitched on. Trust no one. Lie constantly. Don’t sleep in the same place more than two nights. Moscow rules. — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 9, 2020 Lindsey Graham and the rest of them seem to lose sight of the fact that Donald Trump’s cohorts all end up in prison, due to their misplaced loyalty and somehow they don’t think it could happen to them. If you missed Seth Myers take on Trump’s sniffling and stuttering mess, of a speech, here’s a clip. Very funny.    

‘Strike of Choice’: US Lawmakers Decry ‘Utterly Unconvincing’ Trump Briefing on Soleimani Assassination

Congressional Democrats emerged from a classified briefing presented by Trump administration officials on Wednesday afternoon and decried the "sophomoric and utterly unconvincing" body of evidence that was put forth to justify last week's assassination...

Administration Tells Congress “Do Not Debate or Discuss Iran, Trust Us”

Mike Lee is not nearly as smart as he thinks. But for today, he’s doing some smart and brave stuff. Senator Lee, the senior senator from Utah and (h/t Charlie Pierce) self-described “konstitooshunal skolar,” acted like someone who had read the document, and he saved his best in response to learning something we Democrats have long known: The Administration doesn’t recognize Congress’s role or rights in any real government decisions, and thus Congress will not be needed with respect to Iran. To fully understand what is happening here, you need to know that the meeting was led by Mike Pompeo, Esper, and the National Security Advisor. Trump’s people. Therefore, please know, it was the Trump administration itself, in person, in front of a congressional committee members themselves, for only 75 minutes. The administration was there to provide a briefing and answer questions. .@SenMikeLee: "It is not acceptable for officials within the executive branch of government…to come in and tell us that we can't debate and discuss the appropriateness of military intervention against Iran. It's un-American. It's unconstitutional and it's wrong." pic.twitter.com/fVSE6b3EM0 — CSPAN (@cspan) January 8, 2020 The gang of 8 or gang of whomevers, met today with the administration. The congressional/senate side believed the meeting was unprofessional, “sophomoric,” “worst in 19 years,” or about what we’d expect after 3 years of attrition of the “good people” in the administration and rise of the vile and unprincipled. Congress had questions such as: “Why kill Suleimani now, what was the new threat you discussed? The attack saved lives, which ones?” The answers were nothing more than the “most general of generalizations.” Moreover, the elected officials from congress wanted to know if war with Iran was on the table, and they wanted to tell the Trumpers that war would require a congressional vote. After receiving nothing but “rope a dope” and “generalizations,” and “trust-us” for 75 minutes, the administration told Congress to not debate the Iran matter, nor take it up, or talk it up, because it would embolden the Iranians. Now having set forth the framework, here is Lee’s statement that should turn heads: “What I found so distressing is one of the messages was do not discuss, do not debate appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran.” One doesn’t have to be a konstitooshunal skolar to know that congress possesses the sole authority to declare war, and the sole authority to pay for anything anywhere, war or otherwise. This administration might want to rethink its “fuck-you, as two answers right off” approach in answering questions. Look at that quote, or go up and watch the video and look at Lee’s anger – real anger, he’s flustered. There is more going on here. Lee is scared. He just heard from an administration that didn’t believe he deserved their time. The administration certainly believes it has the ability, authority and rationale to tell Congress to “leave it to them,” while essentially ordering Congress to keep their mouths shut. Lee might well have had his first brief brush of fear as to where Trump could go, if unchecked. Lee’s anger is real. But anger is often used to cover fear. I have mastered its use as such. When I look at that man in the video, I see someone angry, but I see […]
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Because Trump Acting Like ‘Both an Arsonist and a Fireman’ on Iran, Congress Must...

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Wednesday held a news conference at the Capitol calling for a new War Powers resolution to curtail President Donald Trump's ability to unilaterally launch the U.S. into...

Iran’s Parliament Declares U.S. and Pentagon Terrorist Entities

There’s failed foreign policy and then there’s failed foreign policy — and then there’s Donald Trump’s version. three years of non-stop imploding credibility and the alienation of even our closest allies. Here’s what Iran is putting over their airwaves. Tiffany Salameh is a multimedia journalist for ABC7 in South Bed, Indiana. Bear in mind, this isn’t just coming down on U.S. troops. Our allies have troops over there, Australia, UK, Norway and Denmark. Germany began moving it’s troops out of Iraq, probably in anticipation of just this. NATO began shifting troops out as well. Video shows dozens of ballistic missiles heading for US base in Iraq. #IranAttacks pic.twitter.com/LOWXpOV0Bo — Tiffany Salameh TV (@tiffanysalameh) January 8, 2020 Meanwhile, it’s official,  the Iranian parliament approved a bill Tuesday designating all United States military forces as terrorist, following a declaration in Iran a few days ago by it’s foreign minister, that Trump was a “terrorist in a suit.” CBS News: The Iranian parliament approved bill on Tuesday that designates United States military forces as terrorists, days after American airstrikes killed top Iranian military leader General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. The bill is similar to the action the U.S. took last year when the Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. Members of parliament passed the bill declaring the U.S. military and the Pentagon terrorist entities, according to Iranian state media. Under the bill, the Iranian government will also provide $220 million to the IRGC to “reinforce its defense power in vengeance for General Soleimani’s assassination,” the news agency reported, as tensions between the U.S. and Iran rise. A senior U.S. official told CBS News national security correspondent David Martin that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered a direct attack on American interests in retaliation for the airstrike that killed Soleimani, his top military commander and friend. The official said the U.S. military was “extremely concerned” that the retaliation could come quickly. The last time I saw a moment this serious between the United States and Iran was 1979. I was the last person in line in Westwood (a neighborhood in Los Angeles, site of UCLA) to get a full tank of gas at one particular station. The gas station owner made that offer to me, with the proviso that I stand there for an hour with a sign “No More Gas.” He thought I was less likely to get shot at or run over, being a female and an American, than he was, being Iranian. i thought I should risk it, because I was afraid to leave and go look for gas elsewhere. Today, I got a full tank of gas this morning, while I can. We may go back to even/odd gas days, it’s not inconceivable. The younger people have no freaking idea just how bad this can get.  
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‘This Is a Nightmare’: Iran Launches Rocket Attack on US Airbase in Iraq

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran claimed responsibility for a missile attack on a U.S. airbase in Iraq Wednesday morning local time, confirming warnings that President Donald Trump's decision to assassinate Gen. Qasem...

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