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Pete Buttigieg wants to broker 'peace deal' with Chick-fil-A: I like their chicken, not their polit

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/435877-pete-buttigieg-wants-to-broker-peace-deal-with-chick-fil-a-i-like-their?fbclid=IwAR0ND2jbArcx0G59fRHU53852WIBXUrPYxNQjt12C74qhLpXXfnkpcuPo4Y

Pete Buttigieg wants to broker 'peace deal' with Chick-fil-A: I like their chicken, not their politics
By Justin Wise - 03/26/19 02:07 PM EDT



South Bend., Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) said Tuesday that he could one day be in a position to broker a "peace deal" between the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain and the LGBTQ community.

"I do not approve of their politics, but I kind of approve of their chicken," Buttigieg quipped, drawing laughter on "The Breakfast Club," the hip-hop morning show on New York's Power 105.1.

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"We've got to find a way to use our identities to reach other people," Buttigieg said. "What can we talk about that brings us together? Because I have no clue what it's like to walk in the shoes of so many other people. But I can talk about some of the pieces of what I carry with me and see if it rhymes with their life experience."

"Good art has that. Good music has that. Good literature has that," he continued.


"Good chicken sandwiches," Charlamagne Tha God chimed in, before Buttigieg noted that good politics "ought to have that quality too."

Chick-fil-A has come under fire in recent years for its alleged donations to anti-LGBTQ causes. The fast-food chain also drew criticism when CEO Dan Cathy said in 2012 that the company supports "the biblical definition of the family unit."

Universities and airports have moved to ban the popular fast-food chain from their premises following the company's alleged support of anti-LGBTQ causes. The San Antonio City Council last week voted to bar Chick-fil-A from opening a new location at the city's airport.

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Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 26, 2019, 05:39 PM (11 replies)

WH will get the Mueller report before the public does in case it wants to make redactions, Barr says

Terrific. What could possibly go wrong. Please, someone, tell me this is illegal?
EDIT to add: msnbc is saying this is a lie, per DOJ official


The White House will get the Mueller report before the public does in case it wants to make redactions, Barr says
Sonam Sheth
2h


Attorney General William Barr will send the special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation to the White House before the public sees it, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday.

Graham said Barr told him he would send the report to the White House first in case it wants to claim executive privilege over any parts.

Mueller's full report is likely to contain crucial details about the motivations behind the myriad contacts and meetings President Donald Trump's associates had with Russians, as well as Trump's repeated deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump's defense lawyers have previously said they want a chance to review and "correct" the Mueller report before it's made public.


Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday that Attorney General William Barr told him he would send the special counsel Robert Mueller's final report on the Russia investigation to the White House before the public sees it, in case it wants to claim executive privilege over any parts.

Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, also said Barr told him it would most likely take "weeks, not months," to make a version of Mueller's final report public.

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https://www.businessinsider.com/barr-mueller-report-white-house-executive-privilege-2019-3?utm_content=buffer91eb6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer-insider-main&fbclid=IwAR3RrjHDBeBai9z3VoLK4Q7mGva-tDe09b6g7y5nebYRCdFTpRMJIoOrpjc
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 26, 2019, 04:06 PM (19 replies)

Alex Jones offers to execute 'scum' Rachel Maddow for treason over Mueller reporting

I wish she'd consider suing, getting this deranged animal somewhere where he can do no harm.

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/03/alex-jones-offers-execute-scum-rachel-maddow-treason-mueller-reporting/?fbclid=IwAR1oEV0Sis1_GwnW6XUgjgjshGY2WGAnbXR_jqeBDzbfYiepA46iH7pF0FM

Alex Jones offers to execute ‘scum’ Rachel Maddow for treason over Mueller reporting
By Bil Browning ·
Tuesday, March 26, 2019


InfoWars’ Alex Jones made incredibly disturbing comments about MSNBC broadcaster Rachel Maddow during a piece on the Mueller report. Maddow covered the story repeatedly – as did the rest of mainstream media.

During the segment, Jones called reporters “scum” and “traitors” and specifically focused on Maddow, saying he would gladly execute them for covering the special counsel’s investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

“If you’re found guilty of treason, and they want me to kick the switch to open that trapdoor and drop your neck down and snap that son of a bitch, I swear to God I’ll pull those levers all day,” he said as footage of Maddow appeared on screen behind him.


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Jones has been banned from most social media platforms for his nonstop conspiracy theories and harmful rhetoric. He is currently being sued by family members of the Sandy Hook mass school shooting for repeatedly claiming the tragedy was a hoax and the victims were actors.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 26, 2019, 12:08 PM (37 replies)

The Republican Crime Syndicate Is Real


3/26/19 5:00am
Read time: 4 minutes
The Republican Crime Syndicate Is Real
The problem isn't Trump -- it's the entire Republican Party. The rot is just too deep.
By Steve M.
The Republican Crime Syndicate Is Real Image from: DonkeyHotey


Jennifer Rubin writes:

... let’s say for the sake of argument that the [Mueller] report shows: 1.) Trump hired multiple campaign officials who had, collectively, more than 100 contacts with Russians and solicited a hostile foreign power’s help in winning the presidency; 2.) Trump lied repeatedly about his pursuit of a business deal with a hostile foreign power while running for president; and 3.) Trump took a slew of actions (from misleading the public to seeking leniency for Michael Flynn to intimidating witnesses in plain sight) that, if committed by anyone other than the president, would be grounds for indictment. Do the Republicans plan on running in 2020 under the banner: Leave the Russian patsy in power — or What’s a little obstruction between friends?


Yes.

Seriously, that's the Republican message: There was no collusion, and it's no big deal if there was because Russia hates gays, loves fossil fuels, and despises Europe -- just like us. So we should be Russia's friends.

If so, they will have to defend not simply Trump’s criminal innocence but also his fitness to serve after committing all of the above. They’ll have to explain why none of that rises to the level of “high Crimes and Misdemeanor,” and why the country should allow him to continue as the chief executive charged with enforcement of the nation’s laws and the Constitution. Even in the best-case scenario for Trump, the facts we know about already are damning; in a world without a political party reduced to know-nothing cultists, they would be disqualifying for office.


But the GOP is not "a political party reduced to know-nothing cultists" -- it's "a political party reduced to know-nothing cultists" plus people with such intense negative partisanship that they'd vote for a Charles Manson/John Wayne Gacy ticket if the ticket promised to lock up Hillary Clinton.

That’s not all. Maybe before the 2020 election we’ll learn the results of the Southern District of New York investigation(s) on allegations of conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws, defraud banks and cheat on taxes, and other possible crimes. Are Republicans going to back a president who’s found responsible for any or all or those, or, if the investigation is not complete, back a president who, in his second term, could be found to have committed multiple financial crimes?


Yes.

What’s the defense? Hey, everyone pays off mistresses and files false campaign finance statements!


Yes. The public already thinks all politicians are crooks, and all wealthy men are cheating horndogs. A large subset of the GOP voter base is supposed to care about character and traditional morality, but these people are Trump's most unswerving loyalists, because, to them, character and traditional morality mean hating Muslims and Mexicans and wanting Hillary Clinton locked up.

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https://crooksandliars.com/2019/03/republican-crime-syndicate-real-problem?utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_content=12575
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 26, 2019, 08:49 AM (0 replies)

Robert Reich: The Real Scandal of Donald Trump

https://prospect.org/article/real-scandal-donald-trump


The Real Scandal of Donald Trump
Robert Reich
March 26, 2019
Trump's threat to our democracy goes far beyond Russia.

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A president’s most fundamental responsibility is to uphold and protect our system of government. Trump has weakened that system.

When, as a presidential nominee, he said a particular federal judge shouldn’t be hearing a case against him because the judge’s parents were Mexican, Trump did more than insult a member of the judiciary. He attacked the impartiality of America’s legal system.

When Trump threatened to “loosen” federal libel laws so he could sue news organizations that were critical of him and, later, to revoke the licenses of networks critical of him, he wasn’t just bullying the media. He was threatening the freedom and integrity of the press.

When, as president, he equated neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, by blaming “both sides” for the violence, he wasn’t being neutral. He was condoning white supremacists, thereby undermining equal rights.

When he pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa county, Arizona, for a criminal contempt conviction, he wasn’t just signaling it’s OK for the police to engage in brutal violations of civil rights. He was also subverting the rule of law by impairing the judiciary’s power to force public officials to abide by court decisions.

When he criticized NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, he wasn’t really asking that they demonstrate their patriotism. He was disrespecting their—and, indirectly, everyone’s—freedom of speech.

In all these ways, Trump undermined core values of our democracy.

This is the essence of Trump’s failure—not that he has chosen one set of policies over another, or has divided rather than united Americans, or even that he has behaved in childish and vindictive ways unbecoming a president.

It is that he has sacrificed the processes and institutions of American democracy to achieve his goals.

By saying and doing whatever it takes to win, he has abused the trust we place in a president to preserve and protect the nation’s capacity for self-government.

Controversy over the Mueller report must not obscure this basic reality.

Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 26, 2019, 07:20 AM (5 replies)

Whether Trump obstructed justice isn't the attorney general's call to make. It's Congress' decision.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/whether-trump-obstructed-justice-isn-t-attorney-general-s-call-ncna986971?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma&fbclid=IwAR2dAf7fVPBbJrXQKHBPqB-43BB_5qPYPIMuzrSsMQ7uxdFUw-m9WDXbcu8


Whether Trump obstructed justice isn't the attorney general's call to make. It's Congress' decision.
The Mueller report didn't draw a conclusion about any obstruction of justice. Barr needs to show the evidence on which he based his decision.
March 25, 2019, 11:36 AM EDT
By Michael Conway, Former counsel, U.S. House Judiciary Committee


Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of the “principal conclusions” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’ still-secret report, released on Sunday, engages in sleight-of-hand when finding that President Donald Trump did not engage in criminal obstruction of justice.

Mueller made no such conclusion.
Rather, Trump’s hand-picked attorney general, William Barr, in consultation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, decided that the evidence found by Mueller was insufficient to convict Trump beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal trial.

Mueller apparently adhered to the principle of seeking “just the facts.” And facts matter: Neither Congress nor the public know the facts found by Mueller regarding obstruction of justice. A White House that famously promulgated a theory of “alternative facts” will find that the actual facts found by Mueller’s investigation matter.

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Taking this cue, the 2019 House of Representatives would be well served to direct the Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment inquiry. The special constitutional obligation of Congress to conduct impeachment provides the strongest argument for the courts to order the release of the full Mueller report, if Barr balks at doing so.

Importantly, the Founders believed that the impeachment power of Congress should be readily available if the president engages in acts — even if they are not criminal acts — that undermine the separation of powers or constitute a presidential abuse of power.

Even leaving aside the investigations of federal and state prosecutors in New York and elsewhere, President Trump is premature in claiming his exoneration by Barr’s letter. Congress, the public and history are entitled to decide if Mueller’s recitation of facts warrants the indictment or impeachment of President Trump for obstruction of justice.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Mar 26, 2019, 05:53 AM (13 replies)

Justice Department now says courts should strike the entire ACA

https://www.axios.com/justice-trump-court-affordable-care-act-unconstitutional-ab8bf281-65fc-4b91-8606-d1f3f65818d6.html

Sam Baker14 mins ago
Justice Department now says courts should strike the entire ACA


The Justice Department now says the courts should strike down the entire Affordable Care Act — not just its protections for pre-existing conditions. The department signaled its new, broader position in a legal filing Monday, part of a lawsuit challenging the law's individual insurance mandate.

Why it matters: A ruling striking down the entire ACA would upend major parts of the health care system. Millions of people would lose their health care coverage, and a host of seemingly unrelated policies — including new experiments in how Medicare pays for care and an entire class of prescription drugs — would also go out the window.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Mar 25, 2019, 09:29 PM (3 replies)

House Committee Chairs Demand Full Mueller Report

https://politicalwire.com/2019/03/25/house-committee-chairs-demand-full-mueller-report/

House Committee Chairs Demand Full Mueller Report
March 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard


“Six Democratic committee chairs in the House sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Monday requesting that he submit the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation to Congress by April 2,” NBC News reports.

“The top House Democrats argued that providing the report ‘in complete and unredacted form,’ along with the underlying evidence and materials, would be fully consistent with the Department of Justice’s practice and precedent with Congress.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Mar 25, 2019, 07:53 PM (1 replies)

Sarah Sanders invents treason, suggests death penalty for Democratic leadership

https://boingboing.net/2019/03/25/sarah-sanders-invents-treason.html?fbclid=IwAR3gt0GPZSWJKfqsGdcKosgmK96hC2t8pALfVWOl1505CTtJQ2nNAeoQr-E

Sarah Sanders invents treason, suggests death penalty for Democratic leadership

https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1110240177643872256

Emboldened by her bosses non-exoneration, Sarah Sanders seems to use lies to call for the death of her enemies.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Mar 25, 2019, 06:58 PM (21 replies)

Mitch McConnell Just Blocked A Move To Release The Mueller Report

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/03/25/mitch-mcconnell-mueller-report.html

Posted on Mon, Mar 25th, 2019 by Jason Easley
Mitch McConnell Just Blocked A Move To Release The Mueller Report


Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just blocked a measure by Sen. Chuck Schumer to make the Mueller report public.

Steven Dennis reported:
https://twitter.com/StevenTDennis/status/1110287128515301376

If the report is so great for Trump, why did McConnell block this measure?

The Republican cover story on the Mueller report is falling apart. There are obvious cracks appearing in the Trump PR scam of “total exoneration.” If the report is so great for Trump and the Republican Party, why won’t they support releasing it to the public? If the report contains everything that Trump and the White House claim it does, Mitch McConnell should have never blocked the resolution and the vote should have been unanimous in support its release.

The reality of the information that is slowly trickling out does not match what Trump and Barr are selling. Mueller wrote his report with the full expectation that Congress would get it. Mueller’s report is intended not to charge Trump with a crime, but to provide investigative evidence and the facts.

The Trump administration and their Republican Senate enablers are hiding the Mueller report because they don’t want Democrats in the House and the American people to read the special counsel’s findings.

Mitch McConnel is helping Trump to hide the Mueller report because what it contains could lead to Republican defeat in 2020.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Mar 25, 2019, 05:48 PM (42 replies)
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