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Young Voters Want Trump Gone


Young Voters Want Trump Gone
November 18, 2019 at 6:54 am EST By Taegan Goddard

A new Harvard Institute of Politics poll finds 52% of young Americans and 58% of likely general election voters under 30 want President Trump impeached and removed from office.

Only 28% of likely voters feel differently.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Nov 18, 2019, 07:13 AM (6 replies)

Democrats invite Trump to testify in impeachment inquiry


Democrats invite Trump to testify in impeachment inquiry
By JILL COLVIN15 minutes ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, listen as they wait to speak at an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, regarding the earlier oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of President Trump's decision to end the Obama-era, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), program. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to testify in front of investigators in the House impeachment inquiry ahead of a week that will see several key witnesses appear publicly.

Pushing back against accusations from the president that the process has been stacked against him, Pelosi said Trump is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he chooses.

“If he has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we look forward to seeing it,” she said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Trump “could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants,” she said.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer echoed that suggestion.

“If Donald Trump doesn’t agree with what he’s hearing, doesn’t like what he’s hearing, he shouldn’t tweet. He should come to the committee and testify under oath. And he should allow all those around him to come to the committee and testify under oath,” Schumer told reporters. He said the White House’s insistence on blocking witnesses from cooperating begs the question: “What is he hiding?”

The comments come as the House Intelligence Committee prepares for a second week of public hearings as part of its inquiry, including with the man who is arguably the most important witness. Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, is among the only people interviewed to date who had direct conversations with the president about the situation because the White House has blocked others from cooperating with what they dismiss as a sham investigation. And testimony suggests he was intimately involved in discussions that are at the heart of the investigation into whether Trump held up U.S. military aid to Ukraine to try to pressure the county’s president to announce an investigation into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 candidate, and his son, Hunter.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Nov 17, 2019, 05:26 PM (2 replies)

The truth in front of our noses:...


The truth in front of our noses: Donald Trump’s behavior is disgustingly corrupt and impeachable, whatever his defenders do or say
By Garry Kasparov
New York Daily News |
Nov 17, 2019 | 8:42 AM
Fear of a potentially corrupt president is why the the Founding Fathers conceived of impeachment.

It was foolish to hope that Donald Trump would be cowed into better behavior by the start of impeachment hearings last Wednesday. His type never admits wrongdoing, never apologizes, never changes for the better. Instead, they smear their accusers, attack the witnesses, and cause as much chaos as possible to distract from the growing pile of evidence against them.

Along the way, they drag their supporters down to their level, obliging them to twist the truth and contort their morals to defend the indefensible.


Just hours after several Republican senators met with Erdogan, Trump’s staunch defender Lindsey Graham blocked a Senate resolution condemning the Armenian genocide, a measure that recently passed the House by a vote of 405-11. Perhaps Graham considers it politically incorrect to condemn a past genocide when Turkey is now keen to commit another with tacit U.S. approval.

Such immoral lunacy is why impeachment is not only valid, but urgent. This is not a partisan matter, which is why the Renew Democracy Initiative recently moved to support the impeachment inquiry. The American people deserve the opportunity to pick a side between corruption and the rule of law, between democracy and autocracy, between the truth and deception. We already know which side Trump has taken in each case. Now his Republican defenders should be forced to do the same, to pick a side in full view of the voting public.

“Facts are stubborn things,” wrote John Adams. And we must be no less stubborn in defending those facts. If Trump is so infallible, he and his defenders should have no qualms about having him deliver the truth not on Twitter, not at a rally, but under oath.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:49 AM (1 replies)

Off-Year Elections Show Trump's Weakness


Off-Year Elections Show Trump’s Weakness
November 17, 2019 at 7:22 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“President Trump campaigned hard in three conservative Southern states this fall, aiming for a string of gubernatorial wins that would demonstrate his political strength heading into impeachment and his own reelection effort,” Politico reports.

“The plan backfired in dramatic fashion.”

“The latest black eye came on Saturday, when Trump’s favored candidate in Louisiana, multimillionaire businessman Eddie Rispone, went down to defeat. The president went all-in, visiting the state three times, most recently on Thursday. Earlier this month, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin lost reelection after a similar presidential effort on his behalf. Of the candidates Trump backed, only Tate Reeves in Mississippi won.”
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Nov 17, 2019, 08:43 AM (1 replies)

"You're goddamned right we're mad."

Heywood Jablome
4 mins ·

'You're just mad because he won the 2016 election!' - conservative 'one size fits all' rebuttal to every criticism levied against Trump.

You're goddamned right we're mad. During the 2016 election, everyone on planet earth except Trump's cult was already becoming aware of Russian election meddling. Then we witnessed Trump publicly welcome that interference. And then we all watched Michael Flynn, followed by a host of other Trump contemporaries getting indicted for failing to file as foreign agents and then lying about it with stains from Trump's spray tan still lingering on the inaugural podium.

Then we learn that Obama's plan to formally announce Russia's election interference, which was corroborated by several intelligence agencies amongst ourselves and our closest allies, was stifled by Mitch McConnell, who threatened to attack those allegations relentlessly as a politically motivated hoax. A display of Trumpian loyalty that got McConnell's wife a cabinet position heading the Dept. of Transportation.

And then we all watched conservative Christians who spent years whining about where Bill Clinton stuck his dick suddenly go deaf and dumb when Trump paid off a porn actress and a nude model while lying about it to TV reporters.

Trump has been a slow motion train wreck ever since being sworn into office. Tax breaks for private planes and golf courses, refusal to release his taxes after promising to do so if elected. Dangling pardons whenever his corrupt collaborators stared down the barrel of our legal system as well as our constitution. Openly calling for foreign interference to safeguard his personal greed while desperately fueling Putin's wet dreams by burning every conceivable bridge between our nation and it's most loyal allies.

Winning the election wasn't what angered us the most. The flashpoint was Trump's unbridled enthusiasm to meet and then exceed our most cynical predictions regarding the damage he would do if given the opportunity. And he started doing that during the primaries before the election was held.

So go ahead and wave your one-size-fits-all rebuttal within the safe confines of your cult. The pendulum is beginning to swing back. And the first thing that's going to be severed is the myth that republicans know what to do with power when it's given to them. The second thing that's going to be severed is the myth that they have any inclination or ability to figure that out for themselves while learning on the job. Perhaps they'll figure it out once it's been permanently stamped on the termination notices currently being written by their employers.

And seriously, at this point does it really matter when those notices started being written?
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Nov 16, 2019, 08:16 PM (33 replies)

Malcolm Nance Connects Alt-Right, GOP, White Nationalism, And Russia


11/16/19 1:03pm
Malcolm Nance Connects Alt-Right, GOP, White Nationalism, And Russia
Joy Reid and Malcolm Nance pinpoint the hold Russia has over the Republican party.
By Aliza Worthington

When you're right, you're right, and Malcolm Nance was right a loooong time ago. He joined Joy Reid, who played a clip from three long years ago of Nance saying the following:

NANCE: I think we are in a situation of a national security crisis that is only going to get bigger. I think the Russians are running a strategic political warfare operation against the United States. I think Katy Tur hit it right on the head -- do you have any pause about what you're doing? He had no pause whatsoever.

Nance's last book was about Trump alone, but his new book focuses on TEAM Trump, and how they've embraced the enemy Russia and endangered our country and its very foundations. It's not just Donald Trump that Russia has bought and received lock stock and barrel — they've got the entire Republican party in the palm of their hands now. Joy said as much earlier in the same show in an exchange with Evelyn Farkas:

REID: The thing that I'm not sure that Russia anticipated they would get for their money, and not even a lot of money that they spent to interfere in our election, is they got an American political party that used to be the most hard[-core anti-Russia, anti-then-Soviet party. They got the Republican party because we now see the Republican party also adopting the pro-Russian line.

FARKAS: Well, yeah, Joy, this is the most distressing development that I've taken note of, certainly with regard to the hearings this week. You have Republican members of the Intelligence Committee, of all committees, actually giving credence to these ridiculous falsehoods about Ukraine's involvement, so we need the Intelligence Community to have an Intelligence Committee that stands up for the truth, and unfortunately now the Republicans are getting dragged into a situation where they're on the side of the Kremlin.

REID: Yeah. And where oligarchs can pump money into states like Kentucky, you know, money into the NRA. They got themselves a political party along with the bargain.

So, while sitting down with Nance, Reid mentioned that Trump himself had been of interest to Russia since the 1970s, but now it's the entire Republican party that's all in with Russia. Nance ran with it as only he can, saying, "Team Trump is a wide-ranging organization of dirty tricksters, cons, and frauds. And you know what's funny? One of them just got convicted yesterday." Roger Stone, of course.

NANCE: The chips for these guys are falling everywhere. But the danger here is they have really compromised U.S. national security. We are in grave danger in some instances, the whole intercepted phone call thing, you know, from Ukraine is a good example of that. But working with Saudi Arabia, Michael Flynn to get them Russian nuclear reactors, which the Trump administration has already gone ahead and approved, working with Turkey to extradite U.S. citizens and then allowing them to buy Russian weapons systems, so long as Trump Tower Istanbul stays in. I mean, the whole thing is a disaster and it will damage us for decades to come.

REID: You write in the book about the Republicans. "By the time Trump had sworn the oath of office in January of 2017 and gave his inaugural carnage speech, his followers had come to believe that their loyalty to his love of Russia was purely patriotic, and their devotion to him superseded any loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. Such a transformation from a rabidly anti-Russian party to docile admirers in less than four years was Putin's dream come true." I mean, even the Javelins that they bragged Trump gave to Ukraine, the condition on them was that they couldn't use them against Russia.

Nance answers this point by getting to the core of what it was about Russia's core operating values that makes it so appealing to Republicans. It's so simple, one wonders why it took so long for the GOP to cross over to the Putin and Russian-loving party they've become.

NANCE: Right. You like that? What has happened to the Republican party is no less than a complete co-option. You know, I've written about this before in one of my other books. I refer to this as an American Fifth Column now, to where people who were formerly against the Soviet Union -- after the year 2000, when Russia was going through its own counterterrorism paroxysm there after the Beslan massacre, conservatives started admiring Vladimir Putin and the way he would take on Islam. And then over ten years, with some Russian assistance, they were actually co-opting Evangelicals. We saw them actually send agents into the National Rifle Association. The Alt-Right. We found that some of their biggest leaders -- David Duke, Richard Spencer -- had homes in Moscow and were meeting over there with these fascist groups. These groups view Moscow as a natural ally, as a center of white Christianity in their view a war against immigration and Islam. And that's why they all now love Russia.

White supremacy. Of course. That, and money.

NANCE: There is a pot of money out there from the Russian oligarchy that I think was introduced to Donald Trump in 2014. I've said this many times. At the Miss Universe pageant, when he had a secret meeting at the Noble restaurant with the 12 richest oligarchs in Russia. When he came out of that meeting, all he talked about was Trump Tower 2.0 in Moscow's a go, and then from that minute on, he has done nothing but lavish devoted praise to Vladimir Putin, ex-KGB spymaster, which tells me there is a pot of money that is bigger and deeper than the Constitution of the United States and loyalty to our flag.

Greed and racism. Money and white supremacy. What more does the GOP need to switch teams? And how long will it take for people in THIS country to realize the GOP isn't coming back from that?
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Nov 16, 2019, 07:32 PM (3 replies)

Secret Service Records Contradict Trump's Claim on Doral G-7

Secret Service Records Contradict Trump’s Claim on Doral G-7
November 15, 2019

CREW received records from the United States Secret Service that, along with emails from Doral city officials, undermine President Trump’s dubious claim that members of the Secret Service wanted the 2020 G-7 Summit to be hosted at Trump’s Doral resort in Miami. The reality appears to be quite different, with the Secret Service instead expressing reluctance, saying “the property does present[] some challenges,” followed by a redaction that implies security concerns. The records also seem to show that Doral was added for consideration at the last minute, saying “y departure, they had already cut two (California and North Carolina) and added Miami on the back end.” Taken together, the records that CREW obtained call into question nearly every aspect of Trump’s justification of his choice.

Trump leaned heavily on a claim that after an exhaustive search, members of the government preferred Doral, saying “When my people came back…They went to places all over the country. And they came back and they said, ‘This [Doral] is where we would like to be.’ Now we had military people doing it. We had Secret Service people doing it.”

On August 27 and 28, CREW requested records about that claim from the city of Doral, the Secret Service, and the State Department on the prospect of hosting the G-7 at Doral. After receiving nothing from State, or the Secret Service, CREW sued for those records on October 18.

The email that was ultimately provided suggests a disjointed process, where Doral was added on as an afterthought. Signed by a member of Dignitary Protective Division’s Special Events team, the email suggests the Secret Service wasn’t able to make it down to Doral until a month after the original itinerary concluded. “Yesterday was the first time we put eyes on this property,” the email, dated July 12, says, apparently referring to Doral.


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Nov 16, 2019, 06:15 PM (3 replies)

Nicholas Kristof: Fox News? More Like Trump's Impeachment Shield


Fox News? More Like Trump’s Impeachment Shield
Nixon lacked the cable network’s advantage, but are its viewers misled?
Nicholas Kristof
Nov. 16, 2019, 2:15 p.m. ET

When President Richard Nixon’s Watergate misconduct was being dissected before congressional committees in 1973 and 1974, Republican support for him collapsed because most Americans shared news sources and inhabited a similar political reality.

In short, facts mattered.

Aides to Nixon did propose to him a plan to create sympathetic television news coverage; Roger Ailes backed the idea; and it eventually evolved into Fox News. And today Fox gives President Trump an important defense system that Nixon never had.

Fox was the most popular television network for watching the first day of impeachment hearings this week, with 2.9 million viewers (57 percent more than CNN had), and Fox viewers encountered a very different hearing than viewers of other channels.

With Rep. Adam Schiff on the screen, Fox News’s graphic declared in all caps: “TRUMP HAS REPEATEDLY IMPLIED THAT SCHIFF HAS COMMITTED TREASON.” At a different moment, the screen warned: “9/26: SCHIFF PUBLICLY EXAGGERATED SUBSTANCE OF TRUMP-ZELENSKY CALL.”

Fox downplayed the news and undermined the witnesses. While Ambassador William Taylor was shown testifying, the Fox News screen graphic declared: “OCT 23: PRESIDENT TRUMP DISMISSED TAYLOR AS A “NEVER TRUMPER.” It also suggested his comments were, “TRIPLE HEARSAY.”


I wonder if Fox viewers are again being misled when they watch Hannity celebrate the opening of the impeachment hearings as a victory for Trump and as “a lousy day for the corrupt, do-nothing-for-three-years radical extreme socialist Democrats.” That is, shall we say, a quixotic interpretation.

In the meantime, Fox News is aggressively defending Trump, joining in smears of public servants and playing a role in history that embarrasses many of us in journalism.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Nov 16, 2019, 04:18 PM (0 replies)

In Trump's Jaded Capital, Marie Yovanovitch's Uncynical Outrage

Letter from Trump’s Washington
In Trump’s Jaded Capital, Marie Yovanovitch’s Uncynical Outrage
A fired Ambassador demonstrates that it is apparently still possible to be shocked by the President.
By Susan B. Glasser
November 15, 2019

For a few hours on Friday, an unassuming career diplomat named Marie (Masha) Yovanovitch did something that I thought had become impossible in Donald Trump’s Washington: she managed to hold on to her amazement and outrage at the President’s amazing and outrageous actions. In this hyper-partisan, hyper-political time, she was neither. Nearly three years into this Presidency, that is no given. A state of weary cynicism has taken hold regarding Trump, among his supporters and also his critics. He is what he is. What can we do about it? Even impeachment has quickly come to be seen through this lens. Members of Congress are all too likely to vote the party line. Does any of it matter?

In hours of spellbinding testimony, on the second day of the House’s public impeachment hearings, Yovanovitch offered a decisive rebuttal to that way of thinking.
She said that she had been surprised and appalled when Trump succumbed to a foreign disinformation campaign and fired her as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine based on false allegations trafficked by Rudy Giuliani, his private lawyer. She had taken on corrupt interests inside Ukraine, and those parties had, in turn, targeted her—and, unbelievably, it had worked. The President, the most powerful man in the world, had gone along with it. “It was terrible,” she said. Yovanovitch said that she was shocked when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo failed to issue a statement in her defense, although she had spent thirty-three years in the Foreign Service. She said that she was intimidated and incredulous when the President attacked her in a phone call with a foreign leader. She said that she felt threatened. These are simple truths, which is why they were so powerful. So was the question she posed to the members of the House Intelligence Committee arrayed on the dais in front of her: “How could our system fail like this?” That, of course, is a question for which Americans as yet have no real answer.

As with most truly memorable public moments, there was something raw and unexpected about Yovanovitch’s appearance on Friday; it cut through the rote posturing and partisanship to get at an essential fact. Yovanovitch reminded us that all of this is, in fact, amazing and shocking and outrageous. It is not normal. Trump is not on the brink of impeachment because of some arcane dispute over differing philosophies about anti-corruption policies in Ukraine. Yovanovitch, who spent her career fighting corruption in the former Soviet Union, was dumped because the President had allied himself with Ukrainians who wanted to stop America’s anti-corruption efforts. He personally ordered her fired. He spoke threateningly of her during a phone call with Ukraine’s new President and did it again, on Twitter, while she was testifying on Capitol Hill. No previous President—of either party—has ever acted in this way.

That is why Yovanovitch’s appearance was ultimately about what the hell the country is supposed to do with a President who is so manifestly unpresidential. Friday offered a chance to reflect on Trump’s conduct, to consider the extent of his boorishness, his poor judgment, his ignorance, his recklessness, and his callous disregard for anything other than his own personal interests. There will be many days and weeks to come in which to hash out what, if anything, in all this saga involving Ukraine, should be considered impeachable by Congress. But that is not the real import of Friday’s hearing, which was a rare opportunity for America to stop and take stock of Trump and what he has wrought. This was a day to contemplate the excesses of Donald John Trump.


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Nov 16, 2019, 09:46 AM (5 replies)

Watching Impeachment Unfold In Real Time


Watching Impeachment Unfold In Real Time
November 16, 2019 at 8:35 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Timothy Naftali: “Even those of us with two impeachments under our belts have never seen anything quite like this one. Besides the modern procedural innovation that this time the House Judiciary Committee is not in charge of all aspects of the inquiry, this is also the first impeachment investigation that a citizen (let alone a member of Congress) can watch unfold in real time. In the Clinton era, the public practically learned the whole case for the prosecution at once, when the House dumped Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr’s salacious report, unedited, on the web.”

“In the Nixon era, the televised Senate Watergate Hearings and the very public struggle that ensued between the White House and the Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox introduced the public to a lot of the data points of presidential misconduct and issues of possible criminality but neither the Senate nor the special prosecutor initially had impeachment as their goal. It was the Saturday Night Massacre a few months later that led to impeachment. The House Judiciary Committee that ultimately impeached Nixon did most of its work in closed sessions, only publicly revealing the additional important tapes and documents it had collected once the members had largely made up their minds and their televised debate had started.”

“But what we saw this week was much more than just a dramatic retelling before the cameras of testimony already released in transcript form by the three House Committees assigned responsibility for the inquiry. Witnesses Ambassador Bill Taylor, George Kent and Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, especially Taylor, had important new information to share in real time.”
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Nov 16, 2019, 08:53 AM (2 replies)
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