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McConnell Would Block Biden Supreme Court Pick In 2024


McConnell Would Block Biden Supreme Court Pick In 2024
June 14, 2021 at 10:20 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled that Republicans, if they win back control of the chamber, wouldn’t advance a Supreme Court nominee if a vacancy occurred in 2024, the year of the next presidential election,” The Hill reports.

Said McConnell: “I think it’s highly unlikely — in fact, no, I don’t think either party, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jun 14, 2021, 10:23 AM (26 replies)

Eric Boehlert: It's worse than Watergate

It’s worse than Watergate
Abuse of power
Eric Boehlert
3 hr ago

Stunning new abuse-of-power revelations remind us of the Trump administration’s complete disregard for democratic principles. We now know that over a span of years it took extraordinary legal measures, including gag orders and secret tribunals, in pursuit of email records from reporters at CNN and the Washington Post. Team Trump also unleashed the courts on Democratic members of Congress and their families trying to obtain private phone records, as well as secretly targeting a key White House attorney, who possibly fell under suspicion for not being sufficiently loyal to Trump.

The disturbing portrait now in focus is one of a Republican White House that for four years worked in tandem with partisan prosecutors to systematically politicize the vast powers of the Justice Department, which often treated Trump’s allies leniently, and used unprecedented tools to target his foes. It was Trump recklessly using the executive branch to gather private information on members of the legislative branch, as well as members of the media.

The emerging scandal already eclipses Richard Nixon’s Watergate in terms of the benchmarks we use to gauge Washington, D.C. abuse of power. It’s “Nixon on stilts and steroids,” Nixon’s former White House Counsel John Dean recently told CNN. "Nixon didn't have that kind of Department of Justice.”

It’s worse than Watergate because the White House abuse of power was purposely powered by the Justice Department. This would have been if U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell had helped plot the Watergate break-in, instead of a band of rogue Nixon sycophants. This is worse because it’s institutional abuse conducted by political entities with boundless authority, such as the White House and the DOJ.

“Taken together with the Republican Party’s refusal to hold Trump to account for the Capitol insurrection and its nationwide efforts to restrict voting, the new allegations also indicate that the freedoms and core values that have underpinned American life for two-and-a-half centuries remain in almost unprecedented peril,” stressed CNN’s Stephen Collinson.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jun 14, 2021, 09:43 AM (39 replies)

Putin Says Navalny Might Not Get Out of Prison Alive

If you believe him regarding decision making, I have a bridge to sell you.


Putin Says Navalny Might Not Get Out of Prison Alive
June 14, 2021 at 7:35 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied ordering a hit on political rival Alexei Navalny, but in an interview with NBC News he did not guarantee that the jailed Kremlin critic, who survived being poisoned with a nerve agent, would get out of prison alive.

Said Putin: “Look, such decisions in this country are not made by the president.”

Washington Post: Biden will give Putin a list of demands. The Russian president may ignore them.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jun 14, 2021, 06:54 AM (4 replies)

Republicans Shrug at Warnings of Democracy in Peril


Republicans Shrug at Warnings of Democracy in Peril
June 14, 2021 at 7:44 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

New York Times: “Almost daily, Democrats warn that Republicans are pursuing racist, Jim Crow-inspired voter suppression efforts to disenfranchise tens of millions of citizens, mainly people of color, in a cynical effort to grab power. Metal detectors sit outside the House chamber to prevent lawmakers — particularly Republicans who have boasted of their intention to carry guns everywhere — from bringing weaponry to the floor. Democrats regard their Republican colleagues with suspicion, believing that some of them collaborated with the rioters on Jan. 6.”

“Republican lawmakers have systematically downplayed or dismissed the dangers, with some breezing over the attack on the Capitol as a largely peaceful protest, and many saying the state voting law changes are to restore ‘integrity’ to the process, even as they give credence to Mr. Trump’s false claims of rampant fraud in the 2020 election.”

“They shrug off Democrats’ warnings of grave danger as the overheated language of politics as usual.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jun 14, 2021, 06:50 AM (5 replies)

Snake In The Grass Rod Rosenstein Plays Dumb On DOJ Spying On Democrats


Posted on Sun, Jun 13th, 2021 by Jason Easley
Snake In The Grass Rod Rosenstein Plays Dumb On DOJ Spying On Democrats
Even though he would have been in charge of the investigation, former Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein claims to know nothing about DOJ spying on Democrats.

CNN reported:

Ex-top Trump Justice Department official Rod Rosenstein has told people in recent days he was not aware of a subpoena that targeted the data of Democratic members of Congress while he was deputy attorney general, a source familiar with Rosenstein told CNN on Saturday.

The attorney general at the time of the Apple subpoena, Jeff Sessions, was recused from all matters related to the Russia probe, so a related leak investigation would have fallen under Rosenstein, CNN has reported. Former Attorney General Bill Barr, who took office a year after the subpoena was issued, also said Friday he does not recall discussing a probe of lawmakers.

Rosenstein and Bill Barr are playing dumb. There is no way that they could not have known about the spying operation on Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee, their staffs, and their families.

Rosenstein would have been in charge of the investigation while Jeff Sessions was Attorney General and Barr renewed the subpoenas multiple times.

America already learned about Rod Rosenstein when he handcuffed the Muller investigation, and then lined up behind Trump and Barr to shut Mueller down.

AG Garland must fire the DOJ officials who carried out the spying operation, and both the House and the Senate investigations will subpoena Rosenstein because he is not telling the truth about what was really going on at the Justice Department.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Jun 13, 2021, 11:50 AM (0 replies)

Lara Trump Recklessly Urges Residents Near Border to 'Arm Up and Get Guns'

Vile, every last one of them.


Lara Trump Recklessly Urges Residents Near Border to ‘Arm Up and Get Guns’

Allison Quinn, News Editor
Updated Jun. 12, 2021 11:34PM ET /
Published Jun. 12, 2021 11:23PM ET
via Twitter

Lara Trump appeared on Fox News late Saturday and stoked fears about immigrants crossing the southern border before urging residents there to “arm up and get guns.” The former president’s daughter-in-law began by accusing Vice President Kamala Harris of “laughing off the crisis at the border” and then declared that Border Patrol and ICE agents are “being made a mockery of” as immigrants supposedly just stroll over the border. Apparently having forgotten about the events of Jan. 6, when similarly incendiary rhetoric vilifying authorities led to thousands storming the U.S. Capitol, Lara Trump took her fear-mongering to the next level with a message to residents near the border. “I don’t know what you tell the people that live at the southern border,” she said. “I guess they better arm up and get ready, and maybe they will have to take matters into their own hands,” she said, urging migrants against the “dangerous journey.”

Posted by babylonsister | Sun Jun 13, 2021, 06:55 AM (15 replies)

Who is being hospitalized for Covid-19? The unvaccinated

womp womp

Who is being hospitalized for Covid-19? The unvaccinated
NBC Universal
Erika Edwards
June 11, 2021, 5:39 PM

There are only three Covid-19 patients at Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital, on Long Island, New York — a far cry from when the hospital, which is part of Northwell Health, had as many as 600 patients during the peak of the pandemic.

All three patients, who are in the intensive care unit, have one thing in common, said Dr. Hugh Cassiere, director of the hospital's critical care services: They're unvaccinated.

The trend appears to be occurring at hospitals nationwide.

"I haven't had anyone that's been fully vaccinated become critically ill," said Dr. Josh Denson, a pulmonary medicine and critical care physician at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans.

It's been the same for Dr. Ken Lyn-Kew, a pulmonologist in the critical care department at Denver's National Jewish Health: "None of our ICU patients has been vaccinated."


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jun 12, 2021, 06:01 PM (37 replies)

Alex Jones May Get Trump Locked Up By Claiming White House Coordinated 1/6 Attack With Him


Posted on Sat, Jun 12th, 2021 by Jason Easley
Alex Jones May Get Trump Locked Up By Claiming White House Coordinated 1/6 Attack With Him
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says that he was in conversations with the Trump White House, and they coordinated the 1/6 attack on the Capitol.


Jones said, “Then the White House told me three days before, we’re going to have you lead the march. The Secret Service before Trump finishes thirty minutes before. We’ll lead you to a point, take you out of the front row, and lead you to the place where we want you to start the march, and then Trump will tell people go and I will meet you at the Capitol.”

There are two very big ifs here, but if the video is accurate, and Jones is telling the truth, the White House coordinated the 1/6 attack with the insurrectionists.

There are independent reports that appear to support some of Jones’s claim as Trump White House officials were in contact and coordinating with the domestic terrorists who attacked the Capitol before January 6.

If Jones’s story is true, and given his relationship with the former president, there are strong indicators that it could be, Trump and his administration tried to overthrow the government on January 6, 2021.

If substantiated, the story could provide enough evidence to lock up members of the Trump administration, Alex Jones, and Donald Trump.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jun 12, 2021, 05:08 PM (32 replies)

Biden Refuses Joint Press Conference with Putin: White House


Biden Refuses Joint Press Conference with Putin: White House

Nico Hines, World Editor
Updated Jun. 12, 2021 8:33AM ET /
Published Jun. 12, 2021 8:30AM ET

In a crowded field, the low point of Donald Trump’s international diplomacy during four years as president may have come in Helsinki when he nodded along throughout a bizarre joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Joe Biden won’t have the opportunity to side with the Russian autocrat against his own Justice Department and intelligence services at next week’s summit after the White House announced that there would be no twin podium moment. “A solo press conference is the appropriate format to clearly communicate with the free press the topics that were raised in the meeting,” said a White House official on Saturday.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jun 12, 2021, 08:46 AM (80 replies)

The Pathetic New Chapter of the Baby Trumps


The Pathetic New Chapter of the Baby Trumps
Junior, Eric, Ivanka, Lara and the rest of them are out in the cold now that these cold-blooded kids don’t have Dad’s stolen heat to warm their bellies.
Molly Jong-Fast, Editor-At-Large
Updated Jun. 12, 2021 3:27AM ET / Published Jun. 11, 2021 11:41PM ET

The family that held the entire Republican Party in their death grips for the last four years is now doing what all formerly famous people do, signing autographs and being sort of pathetic.

Their father may not have power anymore, but the kids have even less. Remember when Donnie Junior could control a news cycle with a tweet? Remember when Ivanka Trump could command a sea of news stories with a “sources close to” leak about how she was “working hard behind the scenes”? Remember when Mitch McConnell had to take calls from the former president’s completely unqualified son-in-law? Remember when the president’s dimwitted spawns held court at Daddy’s hotel and cast shadows that extended across MAGA Washington?

Well, that time is over. The baby Trumps and their lousy spouses are drifting off into the weird political afterlife of people who used to matter.

Remember when Don Junior posed with a “Don Jr 2024” banner at the Fallon Nevada Livestock Auction? That was in October, or, as I think of it, a lifetime ago. Since then junior has been a busy bee, making apparently false statements in a deposition and maybe being investigated by Manhattan Attorney General Cy Vance's office for his role in the family crimi—oops, real-estate business.


How are the kids going to pay for all their lawyers’ bills if they can’t grift campaign donations like their dad? Never mind, I don’t care.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jun 12, 2021, 08:43 AM (11 replies)
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