Sunday, February 26, 2017


Let's put some details together: the Trump gang, in an act of unbelievable audacity, goes to the FBI and asks them to say there is nothing to the Trump-Russia story (the FBI refused). They went to the Republican chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence committees and asked them to say the same thing. They are punishing and characterizing as "fake news" ONLY THOSE news outlets who have aggressively pursued Trump-Russia stories. And they are trying to crack down on intelligence leaks that put Trump-Russia information into the public domain. 

These aren't the actions of people who believe that there is nothing to this story; they are the actions of people who know there is, and who are desperate to block anything new from coming out

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), vice chairman of the of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Friday that he has "grave concerns" about the independence of an investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's top aides and Russia.  "I have seen the press reports suggesting that the White House enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress to counter allegations regarding issues that are currently under SSCI investigation," Warner wrote in a statement.

The broader context of Russian election hacking

It's significant when Darrell Issa, investigation-crazy House Republican, calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump-Russia ties
Issa agreed with Maher’s call for a special prosecutor. “There may or may not be fault,” Issa said, “We need to investigate their [Russia’s] activities, because they are bad people.” “That’s certainly not the opinion of the Trump administration,” Maher responded. “I thank you for saying it publicly.” . . .

Trump apparently thinks when you ask for an intelligence assessment, the agency has to tell you what you want to hear
White House officials said a report disputing the threat posed by travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries included in President Donald Trump's executive order was "not the intelligence assessment the president asked for," according to a report published Saturday by the Wall Street Journal. “The President asked for an intelligence assessment. This is not the intelligence assessment the President asked for,” an unnamed senior administration official said . . . [read on]

The problem with the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism," which Trump uses so much, is that it equates terrorism with Islam. But most Muslims aren't pro-terrorism, and the religion itself doesn't condone such actions. Are the KKK, or abortion bombers (or for that matter the Crusades or the Inquisition) "Christian terrorists"? Here are some sensible comments from . . . the new National Security Advisor
McMaster told National Security Council staff in a meeting that the label "radical Islamic terrorism" is not helpful and that terrorists are "un-Islamic" . . .


Trump wants to deport all those damn Mexicans back to Mexico. Problem is, they're not all Mexicans -- and Mexico won't take them

Dumb, dumb, dumb
The son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained for hours by immigration officials earlier this month at a Florida airport . . . Mancini said officials held and questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?" When Ali Jr. responded that yes, he is a Muslim, the officers kept questioning him about his religion and where he was born. Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1972 and holds a U.S. passport.

I don't believe you can lay blame for the actions of every extremist nut at the feet of Trump. But when a guy shoots three people, thinking wrongly that they are Muslim, while yelling "get out of my country" -- well, you have to wonder

Trump And His Overdrawn Rhetorical Apocalypse

More details on the GOP Obamacare replacement plan. Millions would lose coverage


Finding out more about Scott Pruitt, already approved as EPA head
Pruitt lied to senators in saying he did not use a private email server for official state business
Tom Perez wins DNC chair, Keith Ellison Deputy Chair. Now, get to work!

Why Tom Perez won

Looking for hopeful signs?
Delaware Special Election Win Shows Energized Democratic Turnout 

Well, why SHOULD you hobnob with people you consider "enemies of the people"?
Pr*sident Trump bails on White House Correspondents' Association Dinner


Bonus item: Hilarious -- just slow down Trump's voice, and this is what you get

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Saturday, February 25, 2017


The Trump gang blackballs the news outlets who report on Trump-Russia ties
The White House picked which journalists could participate in the press briefing Friday. Reporters for CNN, the New York Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, and the majority of the foreign press were not among them.  The press pool, including NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox News, were allowed in, as well as several smaller conservative media outlets, including the Washington Times, the One America News Network, and Breitbart, which was formerly run by White House senior strategist Steve Bannon. Time and the Associated Press boycotted the gaggle, according to reporting from CNN. . . .

A few days ago, there was some talk about whether Trump would slow-walk federal disaster relief for the Oroville Dam area. As it turned out, he didn't, but the possibility was taken seriously for a while.  This is what makes the Trump presidency so unpredictable. No modern president would even think of taking revenge on a state that voted against him by refusing disaster aid. No modern president would dream of evicting news outlets from a press briefing because they had criticized him. No modern president would lie about easily checkable facts on a routine basis. No modern president would loudly cite every positive bit of economic news as a personal triumph. No modern president since Nixon would casually ask the FBI to take its side in an ongoing investigation. . . .

What Spicer said
Sean Spicer once said that banning media outlets is something only dictatorships do

Reince Priebus says that the media shouldn't use anonymous sources -- can you guess what comes next?
[Feb 18] “I think that the media should stop with this unnamed source stuff. Put names on a piece of paper and print it. If people aren't willing to put their name next to a quote, then the quote shouldn't be listed,” Priebus said.
However, the one member of Trump’s inner circle named in the article, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, spoke at length on two Sunday political talk shows about his contact with unnamed intelligence officials in the days following reports that Trump campaign associates had been in contact with Russian officials. . ..
Following reports that White House Chief-of-Staff Reince Priebus asked the FBI to dispute a story saying aides to President Donald Trump were in contact with Russian officials before the election, senior administration officials insisted that FBI officials came to Priebus to say the reporting was inaccurate. . . .

In these interviews, Priebus didn’t just dispute details of the Times report. He didn’t argue that it had been misread to imply evidence of collusion. He claimed that he had approval from the FBI and the intelligence community to deny the Times story in its entirety. And five days later, according to the Associated Press, the White House told reporters that FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and director James Comey “gave Priebus the go-ahead to discredit the story publicly.”  Is that true? . . . Preliminary signs suggest Priebus is fudging what the FBI told him about the Times story. . . . [read on] 

Now Trump attacks the FBI (because they wouldn't refute the Trump-Russia story?)
Trump Rages At FBI: 'They Can't Even Find Leakers' In Their Own Bureau

Trump puts the FBI on his low-life leaker list 

Trump tries to bully Homeland Security and Justice Dept to "help build the legal case" for his Muslim ban. The suggested implications are clear 

It didn't work 
Draft Homeland Security intel report contradicts Trump's rationale for Muslim ban


Trump says he loves the First Amendment -- all except for the free press part. And the free speech part
Trump Praises First Amendment, Calls for Media Suppression and Fewer Protests
Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states

Trump Knows How to Make Enemies, Not Deals
Each day brings more signs that President Trump has no regard for democratic norms, no understanding of how government works, and no interest in repairing these deficiencies.

Trump keeps taking credit

Is the Trump infrastructure plan dead?

For now?
Trump, Republicans may hold off on infrastructure plan so they can use it for the 2018 midterms

Trump's health care nightmare

Two Polls Show Highest Support Of Affordable Care Act Since 2010 

The GOP replacement plan -- what's in it? 

A nice analysis:

When will the working class realize they were HAD by Trump?
Trump ditches labor voices from CEO-heavy discussion of manufacturing jobs

See a pattern?
Gorka Linked To Anti-Semitic Groups During His Time In Hungarian Politics


The NRA is catching on to the new conservative discourse: attack, attack, attack -- and don't let the facts get in the way
The head of the NRA defines his new enemies: The ‘violent left’ and judges who ‘do violence’ to the Constitution

Theocracy watch
Why the Christian Right is rejoicing under Trump’s presidency  

Scenes from the Conservative Political Action Conference
Crowd Waves Russian Flags for Trump
Trump Attacks Media In CPAC Speech

“A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are. . . . Because they have no sources, they just make them up when there are none.”
CPAC Crowd Chants 'Lock Her Up' At Trump Speech 

CPAC speaker says the alt-right is actually “left-wing” 


Trump's comments, full text:

A tender moment between Reince and Steve
On Thursday afternoon, American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp hosted a conversation on the mainstage of CPAC with Steve Bannon, Trump’s White House chief strategist, and Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff. The two men shook hands and patted each other’s shoulders center-stage to (once again!) affirm that they were practically the best of friends, and were definitely, absolutely, 100-percent not backbiting and leaking on each other. . . .

But WATCH this:

Scenes from the Resistance

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Friday, February 24, 2017


Clearly the Trump gang has no intention of letting the FBI conduct a full and independent investigation of their Russia ties
Reince Priebus Asked the FBI to Assure Reporters There Was Nothing to the Russia Story. They Refused.
"The White House is simply not permitted to pressure the FBI to make public statements about a pending investigation of the president and his advisers," said Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that the problem was, once again, that the CNN was able to report the information in the first place. . .

A timeline of the three Trump-Russia scandals

Trump's "bad hombre"

Notice how often we are hearing the word "blackmail" in connection to the Trump gang's Russia ties


If there was anything reassuring about the first weeks of the Trump regime, it was that he nominated some relatively thoughtful, capable people to some Cabinet offices. Now those same people are being marginalized and cut out of the loop
A picture is beginning to emerge of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first three weeks as America’s top diplomat. It isn’t pretty. . . . [read on]


Not on the same page
Trump Says His Admin's Deportation Enforcement Is A 'Military Operation'
Kelly Promises 'No Mass Deportations' And No Use Of Military In Immigration Operations

[NB: This is becoming pathological: Trump blurts out something ridiculous from his fevered mind, and then his staff have to correct him.]
Spicer: Trump Was Using 'Military' As An 'Adjective' To Describe Deportations

[NB: Yeah, right.]

The commissioner of the New York Police Department is resisting President Donald Trump. Police officers in New York City will not comply with any warrants issued by federal immigration officials, Police Commissioner James O’Neill wrote in an internal memo . . . “It is critical that everyone who comes into contact with the NYPD, regardless of their immigration status, be able to identify themselves or seek assistance without hesitation, anxiety or fear,” O’Neill wrote.  O’Neill added that the police department does not conduct civil immigration enforcement.

How demanding that Mexico pay for the wall (they won't) is just another example of Trump's dominance politics -- and why we should oppose it

Oh, goody. Trump wants a new nuclear arms race

Trump won because of strong white working class support. They're about to be disappointed

More false Trump claims about money and jobs saved 

Bannon, Miller, and now this clown
Trump aide and anti-Muslim extremist Sebastian Gorka goes into meltdown over Twitter posts
Sebastian Gorka Disagrees With His Own Government’s Terrorism Statistics

Alt-Right Now: Steve Bannon Storms CPAC
Bannon vows a daily fight for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’

The Trumpians just can't give Obama credit for ANYTHING

Coming soon: a crackdown on marijuana use?

Jeff Sessions Rescinds Obama Order Restricting Use Of Private Prisons
Last year’s memo by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates came after the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found serious problems and more frequent reports of violence at privately run, for-profit facilities compared with federal public prisons. . . .

I should have known better than to say anything decent about Betsy DeVos

John Boehner lets out a dirty little secret
Former Speaker of the House John Boehner said Thursday that the idea that Congress would completely repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was “happy talk” and “not going to happen.” . . . "Republicans never ever agree on health care," he said. . . .

The House is bending over backwards NOT to investigate Trump

Not so secret
Republican lawmakers ‘go negative’ more often than Democrats, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis


How the press covered GOP obstruction against Obama, vs the Dems and Trump now

The Republicans, because they're Republicans, find a creative solution to dealing with protests. . . . make them illegal
A bill attempting to criminalize protest has passed the Arizona Senate—supported entirely by Republicans, of course—and is headed to the state House. The bill claims to be aimed at “rioting,” but rioting is already illegal. This bill says that anyone who plans or attends a protest at which something the government chooses to define as rioting happens can be prosecuted . . .


Is there another Supreme Court vacancy coming?

She's b-a-a-a-c-k!
Conway: 'Classic' Feminism Seems 'Anti-Male' And 'Pro-Abortion'
Conway To Town Hall Protesters: 'Come Up With Your Own Solutions'

When satire can't keep up with reality
Sean Spicer Does Melissa McCarthy Doing Sean Spicer 

Trump and the far right have a clear-cut favorite for DNC chair. Why should they care?

I like this kind of thinking
How the Democrats Can Hijack the Tax Reform Debate

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