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Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

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Yep. Professional. That's what they're supposed to be.

trump isn’t accustomed to having to deal with anyone other than fellow scam artist and conjobbers and slick talkers.



OMG. Their biggest fear should be about sprouting a zit on the day before Prom.

These are our kids. Presumably the most precious of gifts. They’re NOT supposed to have to deal with this shit. Their childhood innocence has been ripped from them (and those are the lucky ones - who are still alive) just so we can make sure guns of all kinds are sinfully easy to get.

There’s something VERY wrong with that.

Indeed. He's acting like a guilty man.

Even Trey Gowdy saw that.

Anybody who really was innocent would welcome any investigation because they’d have the confidence of knowing it wouldn’t turn up anything compromising or questionable. If they really were clean, there’d be nothing funky to find.

As Michael Avenatti put it, back at the start of this particular mess, “those who have nothing to hide - hide nothing.”

I STILL want to see those tax returns...

I believe he's a friend of Comey's.

First time I heard of him was when it was revealed that Comey shared his notes from "that" meeting with trump with Wittes, shortly after he met with trump. That was the meeting where trump told everybody else to leave the room, and then pushed him to "let this one go" on the Michael Flynn mess. Comey has since described how uncomfortable he was about that and documented everything in his notes - which he then shared with Ben Wittes. Wittes is a Brookings Institution guy who co-founded and runs a law-related website called Lawfare.

The Brookings Institution is a liberal-leaning think tank. Back during bush/cheney, when the talking heads were starting to come out on either side of the Iraq War and other blunders, TV and cable panels were populated by the rightward-leaning American Enterprise Institute (home of the PNAC), the rightward-leaning Heritage Foundation, the rightward-leaning Cato Institute, and the Hoover people. So that's at least four CON-covens. The ONE AND ONLY, SINGLE voice on the panel was inevitably from the Brookings Institution, usually Michael O'Hanlon - who isn't exactly immaculate, either. I noticed that he's on the list of PNAC signatories as well.

I digress, BUT - take a look down this list of signatories. MANY of the usual suspects, but some surprising ones, too.


Ironically, when I looked Wittes up, I saw he also has an affiliation with the conservative-leaning Hoover Institution.

Benjamin Wittes (born November 5, 1969) is an American journalist who focuses on issues of national security and law. He is a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he is the Research Director in Public Law, and Co-Director of the Harvard Law School – Brookings Project on Law and Security.[1] He works principally on issues related to American law and national security. Along with Robert M. Chesney and Jack Goldsmith, Wittes cofounded the Lawfare Blog,[2] which is devoted to the discussion of U.S. national security choices. Wittes is also a member of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on National Security and Law.[3][4] Wittes is a frequent speaker on topics of detention, interrogation, and national security, before academic, government, policy, and military audiences.

You can always leave a note on the windshield.

A thank-you or other thumb's-up. Needs no signature or identifier if you don't feel like it. Reinforce and reward GOOD behavior! If anything, you'll balance out any dirty looks or keyed car scars left by some asshole. Somebody who has these bumper stickers in public would probably appreciate knowing they're neither alone in their thinking nor shouting into a vacuum.

All the more reason to turn the top issue around so only the back shows, or better yet:

pick up ANOTHER magazine and just absent-mindedly return it to the rack - ON TOP OF that offending issue (which is in the rack backwards anyway).

If indeed lots of people get exposed to those headlines whether they buy that rag or not, or even minimally take it seriously, then there'll be that many people who do not see that front cover and its deceitful headline. You'll have done your share for truth, justice, AND what we used to know and cherish as "the American way."

Welcome to DU, Alethia Merritt!


She's been right on so many issues that it's frankly rather painful to think about them, much less try to list them all.

I find myself almost constantly in comparison mode. If Hillary were in the White House she rightfully and legitimately earned (AND WON), how differently things would play out.

The only thing that even minimally eases my angst is the realization that if she had prevailed, and she were our President now, she would be freakin' HOUNDED. Hounded by the republi-CONS, and Pox Noise, and the Sinclair people, AND hate radio, AND all the damn "think" tanks on the far right, and the so-called "Freedom" caucus, and all those jerks who simply hate her for the sheer delight of hating her - because MAN-oh-MAN we simply CANNOT have an Alpha female in this country. An Alpha female doesn't know her place and has no business doing a man's job. And all that other crap. Having had the White House stolen from her, she's in the private sector these days, and not a direct or first-line target. Her enemies all have other things on their plate now, and their desperate attempts to protect and excuse and cover for their deceitful and destructive pet orange weasel.

He's been a real-live weapon of mass destruction. Mental and character destruction, that is.

TRUTH destruction, in particular. He has been TREMENDOUSLY damaging, and for a nauseatingly long time.
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