Friday, November 17, 2017

OOPS! I DID IT AGAIN

Kushner forgot. About Russia. Again 

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/11/jared-kushner-forgets-yet-another-russian-contact/ 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/kushner-missing-documents-senate-judiciary 

More: https://www.salon.com/2017/11/16/gop-senate-chair-jared-kushner-didnt-disclose-wikileaks-emails-about-russia/

Tightening the screws to force Michael Flynn to flip

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/does-cooperating-witness-have-info-flynn-tie-turkey-n821341
A gold trader who is close to Turkish President Recep Erdogan is now cooperating with federal prosecutors in a money-laundering case, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter, and legal experts say prosecutors may be seeking information about any ties between the Turkish government and former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. . . .

More: https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-the-feds-flip-turkish-businessman-reza-zarraband-could-he-bring-down-michael-flynn

Were Donald Jr's contacts with Wikileaks illegal?

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/donald-trump-jrs-messages-with-wikileaks-point-to-campaign-finance-violations/545903/?utm_source=feed

All eyes on Hope Hicks

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/hope-hicks-mueller-russia-probe-trump-244967
Hope Hicks may hold the keys to Mueller's Russia puzzle

Sure glad we built that Keystone pipeline. No one could have foreseen this

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/200000-gallons-of-oil-spill-from-the-keystone-pipeline/546158/?utm_source=feed
200,000 Gallons of Oil Spill From the Keystone Pipeline 

Another potential Trump nominee who hates the dept he is asked to lead

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/16/16667266/mick-mulvaney-cfpb-cordray-omb-joke

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/trump-plans-destroy-cfpb-appointing-mick

The men Trump wants to become judges

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/16/in-online-forum-trump-judicial-nominee-defended-kkk-statutory-rape/
In online forum, Trump judicial nominee defended KKK, statutory rape

http://rss.dailykos.com/~r/dailykos/index/~3/8tmtoIw89Bw/-Trump-judicial-nominee-doesn-t-believe-the-hype-about-pay-equity-or-sexual-harassment
Trump judicial nominee doesn't 'believe the hype' about pay equity or sexual harassment

The Senate ends another long-standing tradition to help Trump enact his extremist agenda

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/chuck-grassley-trump-court-picks-245367

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/grassley-blue-slips-new-approach

House passes a tax plan that has no chance in the Senate

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/house-passes-1-5-trillion-tax-overhaul-fate-far-certain-senate

A small hopeful sign

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/senate-announce-bipartisan-background
Senate To Announce Bipartisan Background Check Bill  

Sad!

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/full-text-al-franken-apologizes-for-allegedly-groping-woman-244978
Al Franken apologizes for allegedly groping woman

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/franken-asks-for-ethics-investigation-of-himself-sexual-misconduct-allegations
Franken Asks For Ethics Investigation Of Himself Over Misconduct Allegations

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/senators-in-both-parties-call-for-ethics-probe-of-franken-sexual-misconduct-allegations

Trump finally finds a case of sexual mistreatment of women he can get upset about

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-goes-after-franken-ignores-moore 

Meanwhile: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/trump-roy-moore-scandal-245559

The phenomenon of Christian scoundrels who use their faith to deflect criticism of their misconduct is hardly new -- but Roy Moore is playing this card to a disgusting degree

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/roy-moore-holds-press-conference-faith
Roy Moore Holds A Press Conference With Faith Leaders, Then Walks Out On It 

More: https://www.salon.com/2017/11/16/roy-moore-abrubtly-leaves-press-conference-when-reporters-ask-about-molestation-accusations/

Democrat Bob Menendez (NJ) gets a mistrial in his case -- but still faces ethics charges in the Senate

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/senate-ethics-committee-says-it-will-resume-inquiry-into-bob-menendez 

A Blue Wave in 2018?

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/11/kowabunga-epic-wave.html

Kellyanne goes into Fox World prepared with her preferred talking points and is frustrated when her monologue gets interrupted with real questions

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/16/kellyanne-conway-loses-it-on-fox-and-friends-after-hosts-ask-about-roy-moore/

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

STINKO

Everybody hates the GOP tax bill -- including a lot of Republicans

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/stephanie-ruhle-rants-against-special

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/15/even-republican-insiders-cant-stomach-the-gops-tax-bill/

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/15/1715801/--This-bill-is-like-a-fish-carcass-Lawmakers-sound-off-on-Republican-tax-plan-on-Twitter

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/11/republicans-invent-creative-new-way-to-punish-liberals-via-the-tax-code/

www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/11/republicans-kill-personal-tax-cut-in-order-to-save-the-corporate-tax-cut/

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/new-gop-tax-cut-plan-raises-taxes-on-almost-everyone-by-2027.html
New GOP Tax-Cut Plan Raises Taxes on Virtually Everyone by 2027

https://politicalwire.com/2017/11/15/voters-overwhelmingly-disapprove-gop-tax-plan/
Voters Really Don’t Like the GOP Tax Plan 

The politics of tax reform

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/15/senate-tax-plan-temporary-cuts-244926
New Senate tax plan hands ammunition to Democrats

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/15/1715812/-Republicans-awaken-a-sleeping-giant-by-promising-to-rehash-Obamacare-repeal-in-tax-cuts-bill
Republicans 'awaken a sleeping giant' 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-gives-dems-what-they-want-on-tax-bill-a-new-health-care-fight
GOP Gives Dems What They Want on Tax Bill: A New Health Care Fight

Why the Repubs decided to throw Obamacare repeal into the tax bill

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/15/16654750/senate-republican-health-care-corporate-tax-cut
Senate Republicans are cutting health care to pay for a corporate tax cut

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/11/republicans-targeting-health-care-to-pay-for-corporate-tax-cuts/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/senate-moves-to-insert-ocare-mandate-repeal-in-tax-bill

Now this

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-gop-tax-cut-bill-20171115-story.html
GOP tax plan in trouble after Republican senator says he won't back it

Trump promised a "major" statement following his return from Asia. Major? Not so much

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/15/1715933/-Trump-s-major-statement-fizzles-as-he-fumbles-with-a-water-bottle-and-refuses-Roy-Moore-questions

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/11/15/quick-takes-trumps-major-announcement-is-a-nothingburger  

More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/15/trump-who-labeled-rubio-a-choke-artist-for-needing-water-during-speech-needs-water-during-speech/
Trump, who labeled Rubio a ‘choke artist’ for needing water during speech, needs water during speech

Why Team Trump were such easy targets for Russian intelligence

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/manafort-page-papadopoulos-spies-like-us 

More: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/15/how-trump-walked-into-putins-web-luke
How Trump walked into Putin’s web  

The Trump admin rejects 4000 DACA applications as "late" -- including many that weren't

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/15/16650400/daca-renewal-deadline-rejected-lockbox-uscis
Many immigrants were punished despite doing everything right.

Trump only wants white guys as judges

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/360158-ap-trump-picks-white-males-for-judicial-positions-at-the-highest-rate

And what a crew! https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-judicial-picks-call-trans-children-satans-plan-says-gays-are-brainwashing-kids-and-more
 
It's only a matter of time

https://politicalwire.com/2017/11/15/trump-wants-pompeo-replace-tillerson/
Trump Wants Pompeo to Replace Tillerson 

More: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/15/pompeo-tillerson-state-cia-244905

Richard Cordray is stepping down as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Now what will Trump do?

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/why-richard-cordrays-retirement-the-cfpb-matters

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/15/richard-cordray-resigns-consumer-financial-protection-bureau-244933

Another one

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/senate-narrowly-confirms-david-zatezalo-mine-safety 
Senate Narrowly Confirms Retired Coal Boss To Oversee Mine Safety

Roy Moore's lawyer is, well, the kind of guy you would expect to be Moore's lawyer

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/15/roy-moores-lawyer-offers-a-bizarre-racially-charged-defense-for-his-client-on-msnbc/

Moore calls the fight over his election a "spiritual battle"

http://time.com/5024985/roy-moore-senate-spiritual-battle/  

It's dangerous to try to be a real reporter in Fox World

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/15/fox-news-viewers-declare-war-on-shepard-smith-for-debunking-uranium-one-conspiracy/

Sean Hannity gives Roy Moore 24 hours to explain himself or withdraw. 24 hours pass, and Hannity chickens out

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/15/sean-hannity-roy-moore-244962


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CRETAN PARADOX

Well, that's a lie right there 

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/sessions-testimony-house-judiciary/545912/?utm_source=feed
Sessions: 'I've Always Told the Truth'

More: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/jeff-sessions-now-recalls-papadopoulos
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has now changed his testimony once again . . .

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/jeff-sessions-has-a-strangely-selective-memory.html
Sessions: I Can Remember Only the Parts of 2016 That Exonerate Me

Sessions on using "I don't recall" as an excuse: https://thinkprogress.org/congressman-jeff-sessions-cross-examination-83235322d00a/
[October 2016] SESSIONS: Lou, that’s the way you lie. That’s the way people do it in court. I’ve seen it many, many times. Well, I don’t remember, but if. And she said 35 times before the FBI interview that she couldn’t remember? If you can remember and you don’t — if you say — and you say, I can’t remember, then that’s as false a perjurious statement as if you flat-out gave a false statement. [Watch!]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/14/a-brief-history-of-things-that-jeff-sessions-and-team-trump-could-not-recall-until-the-media-reminded-them/
A brief history of things that Jeff Sessions and Team Trump could not recall — until the media reminded them

Sessions shoots down speculation that he will appoint a special prosecutor to go after Hillary Clinton

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/11/jeff-sessions-is-probably-not-going-to-appoint-a-second-special-prosecutor/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/sessions-special-counsel-basis-jim-jordan

More:  https://thinkprogress.org/jeff-sessions-john-conyers-trump-functioning-democracy-meddling-1f5b1303965a/
Conyers moved on, asking Sessions, “Should the President of the United States make public comments that might influence a pending criminal investigation?” Sessions again refused to directly answer, merely saying that Trump “should take great care in those issues.” . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/sessions-influence-trump-doj-probes
Sessions: ‘I Have Not Been Improperly Influenced’ By Trump On DOJ Probes

Remember: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/11/14/trump-said-he-would-tell-his-attorney-general-to-appoint-a-special-counsel/
“If I win,” Donald Trump threatened Hillary Clinton during Sunday night’s debate, “I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.” And he left no ambiguity as to the intended result. “People have been, their lives have been destroyed for doing one fifth of what you have done. And it’s a disgrace.” “You know,” Clinton later responded, “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.” Trump couldn’t resist. “Because you would be in jail,” he broke in. 


The Incredible Grand Unified Hillary Clinton Conspiracy chart, c/o Louie Gohmert

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/all-hail-louie-gohmertsuranium-one-conspiracy-chart.html
For weeks, Republicans have been playing up a phony Hillary Clinton “scandal” involving something called Uranium One in a transparent effort to deflect attention away from President Trump’s Russia problems. (For a quick but effective debunking of the story, see here.)  On Tuesday, Republican Louie Gohmert, who could charitably be called one of the House of Representatives’ most eccentric members, brought a chart his staff put together detailing Clinton’s depraved deeds to a House Judiciary Committee hearing. And it turns out this thing goes much, much farther than anyone thought. . . .

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/11/14/16652876/louie-gohmert-conspiracy-chart
It’s not actually clear what the lines connecting different things mean. It’s not clear why some of them are green and others are black and dotted. It’s not clear why “Hillary Clinton Emails” and “Hillary Clinton Secret Server” are different things, or why they’re not connected. It’s not clear why the words “Obama” and “Mueller” are on there twice, or why the first mention isn’t connected to the second. It’s not clear why Bill and Hillary Clinton, who are right next to each other, are not connected by any sort of line (green, dotted, or otherwise). A lot of things aren’t clear about the chart — other than that it’s hilarious . . . 

More trouble for Donald Jr over his friendly contacts with Wikileaks -- and the dumbest excuse ever, from one of the dumbest (former) members of the Trump admin, Corey Lewandowski

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/steve-schmidt-trump-jr-conversing
Steve Schmidt: Trump Jr. Conversing With Wikileaks 'Is Despicable Beyond Words'

https://politicalwire.com/2017/11/14/trump-jr-s-messages-wikileaks-big-deal/
Why Trump Jr.’s Messages with WikiLeaks Are a Big Deal

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/donald-trump-jr-wikileaks/545894
Did Donald Trump Jr. Cross the Line With WikiLeaks?

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/14/1715465/-The-Wikileaks-Trump-Jr-shows-a-conspiracy-and-that-Wikileaks-is-an-absolute-fraud
Wikileaks is a neutral, nonpartisan agency only interested in transparency. An organization that would never contact one side in an election and both solicit help in spreading a story . . . [read on]

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/11/14/wikileaks-looks-like-a-russian-front-organization/
WikiLeaks is ostensibly a radical transparency organization, not a disinformation center. So, why would they want want to encourage Donald Trump to pursue a campaign to delegitimize the results of an American election based on no facts? This was Russia’s goal, obviously, but there’s no reason it should have been a goal for WikiLeaks. . . .

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/lewandowski-dont-think-knew-wikileaks-ties-russia-back-then
Lewandowski: I Don’t Think We Knew Wikileaks Had Ties To Russia Back Then

Follow the money

https://politicalwire.com/2017/11/14/russian-payments-included-suspicious-memo-line/
“On Aug. 3 of last year, just as the U.S. presidential election was entering its final, heated phase, the Russian foreign ministry sent nearly $30,000 to its embassy in Washington. The wire transfer, which came from a Kremlin-backed Russian bank, landed in one of the embassy’s Citibank accounts and contained a remarkable memo line: ‘to finance election campaign of 2016.'” 

Trump's own tweets on Russia and Wikileaks are substantial evidence against him

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trumps-tweets-may-be-his-undoing

What did Trump accomplish in Asia? Not much

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/14/was-trump-asia-trip-a-success-244890

More: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/opinion/susan-rice-trump-china-trip.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=5107E0DD31C5A9B38DA3C00634327B48&gwt=pay&assetType=opinion
Susan Rice: Trump Is Making China Great Again 

Trump: Obama wasn't as friendly with dictators as I am

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-makes-another-bizarre-story-about-obama

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/trump-tweets-awesome-video-of-him-being-totally-awesome.html
Trump Tweets Awesome Video of Him Being Totally Awesome

Now Congress isn't so sure it's a good idea for Trump to have sole control over nuclear weapons

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2017/11/nothing_can_stop_trump_from_launching_a_nuclear_weapon.html
 
Brett Talley is one of the worst judicial nominees, ever. How in the world can the Repubs talk themselves into confirming him?

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/things-get-worse-trumps-most-outlandish-judicial-nominee

Because the Republican tax plan isn't overburdened enough with dubious provisions, Senate Repubs go along with Trump's demand that they include doing away with Obamacare's individual mandate too

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/14/1715615/-Senate-tax-cuts-bill-will-take-health-insurance-away-from-4-million-people-in-the-next-year

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/14/republicans-undermine-their-own-tax-reform-bill-to-repeal-obamacare/
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/14/why-repealing-obamacares-individual-mandate-is-so-crucial-for-tax-reform/
 
More: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/14/16651184/gop-tax-bill-medicare-cut-paygo
Republicans’ tax bill could trigger a $25 billion cut to Medicare 

Funny

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/11/ceos-tax-cuts-wont-prompt-them-to-invest-more/
  1. Tax cut backers say corp rate cut will encourage investment by businesses
  2. During interview with Gary Cohn, WSJ asks CEOs to raise hands if they'll boost investment if rates cut
  3. Few CEOS raise hands 
  4. Cohn asks: "Why aren't the other hands up?" [read on]
The national GOP has a problem. They want to shun Roy Moore, but they don't want to lose this senate seat. If they criticize him too hard he will lose -- hence the new bright idea, hope he wins. . .  and then expel him and replace him with somebody else

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/new-gop-plan-elect-moore-so-that-he-can-be-expelled.html

Even Bannon and Hannity are starting to back off Moore -- now what about Trump?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/steve-bannon-and-allies-have-second-thoughts-about-roy-moore-sources-say

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/hannity-gives-roy-moore-24-hours-come
 
Trump? https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/14/trump-moore-alabama-senate-244906 

Fun in Alabama

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/new-doug-jones-ad-is-all-republicans-disgusted-by-roy-moore.html
New Doug Jones Ad Is All Republicans Disgusted by Roy Moore

Bonus item: Put this on your Christmas shopping list
Famed columnist Michael Wolff gained extraordinary access to the Trump White House to write a new book, and now everyone on Pennsylvania Avenue is alarmed about what he might publish. The best-selling author spent months inside Trump's West Wing, documenting the heated conversations and internal strife that has plagued President Donald Trump's first year in office. . . . 

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