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Taibi slices up The Mooch. It's even worse than I thought.

The Anthony Scaramucci Era Will Be Freakish, Embarrassing and All Too Short
By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
29 July 17


Making Scaramucci Communications Director because he dresses like the owner of a Lamborghini dealership fit like a glove with the Trump ethos. After spending his early presidency stuck with a standard-issue Beltway prevaricator as his chief public spokesperson (Spicer was just a year removed from denouncing Trump on behalf of the RNC for his remarks about John McCain), Trump was getting back to his roots.

The Communications Director job in the Trump administration is a no-win job, because the real Communications Director is Trump's Twitter feed. The job that Scaramucci technically occupies is a thankless and redundant position that involves standing before reporters and reconciling avalanches of already-circulated lies, contradictions, and insulting/ignorant statements.

Even a genius of the highest order couldn't make this work. Of course, Trump hasn't had geniuses available to him. The fourth-rate minds he has instead had in his employ just started raging trash-fires whenever they tried to logically explain Trump's utterances.

They gave us statements like Kellyanne Conway's "alternative facts," or Katrina Pierson's bit about how Trump wasn't changing his position on immigration, but rather "changing the words that he is saying."

An actual smart person given this job wouldn't bother with any of this. He or she would simply take the podium each day and say, "What can I say? The president said that shit." Then just no-comment everything but schedules and staff announcements. Over time, reporters might actually respect the work. Probably not, but maybe.

Scaramucci represents a third strategy, one that's similar to Trump's own campaign tactics. That is, don't ever react to the news or attempt to explain it, but continually stay ahead of it by making new news of your own.

There are thousands of reporters in America, and if Scaramucci has the stomach for it, he should call a new one every night and just rant his brains out. It might not save America from being the laughingstock of the planet – that ship has sailed for us – but at least it will be entertaining. At this point in our relationship with the Trump administration, we have to take what little enjoyments we can.

And remember, the next press chief could be Alex Jones.


Our so-called president is getting ready to grab us by the.....wallet

He's desperate and he's pissed. And he could easily do this:

"Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Trump, said Sunday he will make a decision this week on ending key payments to insurance companies under ObamaCare.He’s going to make that decision this week," she told "Fox News Sunday."

The payments are known as Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments. Referring to them as “bailouts,” Trump threatened to end the payments on Saturday.

His tweet followed the collapse of the GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare in the Senate this week. Trump is urging Republicans not to give up on the healthcare reform effort and threatening that if they do not pass a bill, he will end the federal subsidies to insurance companies.

If the subsidies are taken away millions of middle class and working class people will see their premiums rise by hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars overnight. Remember, the eligibility is determined by the adjusted gross income. So people who make as much as 65-70k a year gross, particularly those who have small businesses or work as independent contractors are eligible for subsidies.

But hey, fine. To hell with them. They deserve to suffer, amirite? Maybe those 60 year olds will get some initiative and go out and inherit millions from their rich daddies like all good Americans should do.


Lawfare: Trump Is Both Menacing and Impotent

Jack Goldsmith: “The Trump Presidency is a strange combination of menacing and impotent. It is also fractured internally like no presidency in American history.”

“The menacing element is plain. Trump sets everyone on edge with incessant verbal attacks and relentlessly indecorous behavior. The maelstrom that is his presidency seems like it could at any moment push the country off the rails—massive pardons to kill the Russia investigation, a Justice Department meltdown as a result of firings and resignations, a North Korean miscalculation, or who-knows-what-other-crazy-thing. Many people worry how the impulsive Trump will handle his first crisis.”

“As for impotence, Trump has accomplished nothing beyond conservative judicial appointments. His administration is otherwise a comedy of errors in the exercise of executive power. What is most remarkable is the extent to which his senior officials act as if Trump were not the chief executive. Never has a president been so regularly ignored or contradicted by his own officials. I’m not talking about so-called “deep state” bureaucrats. I’m talking about senior officials in the Justice Department and the military and intelligence and foreign affairs agencies. And they are not just ignoring or contradicting him in private. They are doing so in public for all the world to see.”


Senator Al Franken speaking truth to power about trump spreading misinformation directly from Putin'

Senator Al Franken speaking truth to power about trump spreading misinformation directly from Putin's own words.


Kasich: "When I get to the pearly gates-Im going to have an answer for what Ive done for the poor"

Awesome exchange between Randy Kendrick and John Kasich last year at a Koch retreat over Medicaid expansion for low-income Americans

Kasich: "I don't know about you lady, but when I get to the pearly gates,
I’m going to have an answer for what I’ve done for the poor.”


Ha ha: Anti-Trump group blasts Mitch McConnell on 'YOU MAKE US SICK' billboards in his hometown.


Indivisible Kentucky co-founder Dawn Cooley said her group has been urging the Senator to host a public town hall event since January, and the billboards are the tipping point.

"The 'You make us sick' billboard is in reference to how we feel about the direction of his 'leadership' both in general and today specifically. We strongly disagree with his stance on affordable, quality health care, which we believe is a human right," Cooley said in an email.

McConnell's plan for a clean repeal of the Affordable Care Act was shut down Wednesday evening, as seven Republican senators brought the vote up short 45-55. In a last ditch effort, McConnell and other Senate leaders were expected to organize a vote Thursday of dozens of amendments in what they call a "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act.

"We are astonished that he would open debate on a bill that most of the senate hasn’t even seen – this is not due process but a blatant abuse of power," Cooley said in an email.


Oh, look: "Fully transparent" WikiLeaks is lying by omission. Again.

Assange jumps in with anti-Mueller propaganda. In yellow is the original tweet. In blue is what they deliberately left out.


BREAKING - 755 US diplomats must leave Russia, President Putin announces

Source: AFP

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that 755 U.S. diplomats must leave his country, after Moscow announced it would expel American staff in retaliation for tough new sanctions from Washington.

The Russian foreign ministry had earlier demanded the U.S. cut its diplomatic presence in Russia by September to 455 people - the same number Moscow has in the U.S.

"More than a thousand people were working and are still working" at the U.S. embassy and consulates," Putin said in an interview with Rossia-24 television. "755 people must stop their activities in Russia."

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2017/Jul-30/414460-755-us-diplomats-must-leave-russia-putin.ashx

Down Right Scary...

THESE are the people running our country (into the ground).


Great visual! Sessions loves to see human beings put in cages.


SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — America’s top law enforcement officer wandered through a Salvadoran jail, sizing up the tattooed gang members who sat with their backs to him on the concrete floors of their cells. His soft voice was barely audible over the downpour pelting the tin roof as he spoke to the local police.

In the midst of a week when his role — and future — in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet was in serious doubt, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be found thousands of miles away from Washington, surrounded by concertina wire and soldiers with rifles. Belittled by his boss back home, he vowed not to loosen his grip on the job that he loves.

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