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Good morning. There are 342 days until the presidential election. Real poll numbers and Trumps made-up poll numbers, we get a list of possible charges for Rudy and a judge says McGahn must testify but dont expect to see McGahn testify.
Note: We really love dogs around here. We are dog people. So like any decent person, we were thrilled to see Conan the hero military dog at the White House yesterday. In fact, we were so happy about it, we think Conan should get a press pass. Because even though the dog didnt speak, it was somehow tougher on Trump than the rest of the White House press corps has been to date. There are of course notable exceptions like Jim and Brian and Abby and April. But consider how long ago we found out that Stephen Miller emailed articles from VDARE, and then ask yourselves how many times Trump has been asked about it. Or his endless obsession with Obama. Or the more than 10,000 lies hes told the American people. We get that its a hard job. But like most jobs, it gets a lot harder when you dont try. Were not going to go off the deep end and start calling these folks enemies of the people or any crazy shit like that. Were just going to humbly suggest that spending a whole day on the gender of a dog when democracy is sliding into the ocean makes you look like shitty reporters who have absolutely no business at the White House. Just like the president.
Note two: Last night, Tucker Carlson slipped and told the truth and told his viewers that when it comes to the war between Ukraine and Russia, he is rooting for Russia. While he came back at the end of the show to insist that he was joking, we know the truth. We know what side youre on, Tucker. But weve always known. Not hard to see why Glenn Greenwald is such a fan. More: Washington Post
Note three: Just a reminder that were taking a Turkey Day break Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Part of it is we want to enjoy a little holiday rest. And part of it is were bracing for physical violence and subsequent recovery time if all these cliches about racist family members at holidays turn out to be true.
While Trump spent the weekend telling Americans that support for impeachment was dropping like a rock, it pains us to inform you that he was lying. We finally got some new numbers this morning, and CNN shows that support for impeachment has remained steady with gains in some key areas. While the headline is that the numbers havent changed after the hearings (50/43 percent believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office, which is the same it was last month). But consider, as John Harwood did, where we were earlier this year. In April, those same numbers were at 37/59. And women seem to be moving. In the new poll, women support impeachment and removal 61-34. But hey, its not like the Republican Party has been having any issues with women, right? As long as theres a Fox News, we dont expect the numbers to move much from here. And wed much rather have our numbers and our set of facts than the bullshit theyre limping to the barn with. Were proud of how House Democrats have handled this, and weve got their backs. More: CNN
Incest not on the list
Yeah, we were surprised too. But we were still kinda shocked to see how long the list of charges is that federal prosecutors are considering when it comes to ol Rudy. WSJ scooped yesterday that subpoenas to Rudys associates lay out a rather long naughty list, including obstruction of justice, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., making false statements, FARA violations, donating foreign money, straw-man donations and doing his own cousin. Were kidding about the last one, and man oh man does that list not need any additions. But hes been handling it well by doing a series of interviews in which he demonstrates for the world to see that he is a gargoyle with a series of screws loose. We sure do hope Rudy gets to see the inside of a jail cell. More: Washington Post
Former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify in front of Congress, a judge ruled Monday, declaring in a 120-page opinion that Trump is not a king. Trumps loyal subjects were of course furious to hear this, so DOJ filed an appeal and the hope in Trumpland is that the Supreme Court will decide that Trump is, in fact, a king. While this ruling is good news, we dont expect to ever see McGahn or Bolton or Mulvaney or any of these other creeps to testify. We hope there will be consequences, but Bill Barr has ignored the law repeatedly and nobody in Washington seems to really care all that much. More: CNN
A federal judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction ordering the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for records relating to the Trump administration's freeze on security aid to Ukraine.
Meghan McCain addressed a sensitive topic on Mondays broadcast of The View, declaring she cant talk crap about Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) because he is close to her and her family, adding that she loves him very much despite his recent questionable actions.
More: The Daily Beast
As influenza spread through migrant detention facilities last winter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that U.S. Customs and Border Protection vaccinate detained migrants against the virus, a push that CBP rejected, according to a newly released letter to Congress.
More: Washington Post
House Democrats are increasingly focusing on multiple articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over the Ukraine scandal -- as some lawmakers push to go even further and include what many in the party see as clear criminality detailed in former special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Sen. Lindsey Graham defended his request for documents on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunters work in Ukraine, saying thats the way it works in politics.
The Supreme Court is shielding President Donald Trumps financial records from House Democrats for now.
More: Associated Press
Richard Spencer, the former secretary of the Navy, said he was fired before he could resign over the president's decision to intervene in an internal review of a Navy SEAL convicted of posing with the corpse, and downplayed a supposed backchannel offer to the White House that served as the justification for his ouster.
More: CBS News
If Donald Trump gets his wish, hell soon take the three convicted or accused war criminals he spared from consequence on the road as special guests in his re-election campaign, according to two sources who have heard Trump discuss their potential roles for the 2020 effort.
More: The Daily Beast
President Donald Trump came into office vowing to unshackle his military commanders from years of Obama-era micromanagement. But now hes facing a rupture with his Pentagon leaders after steamrolling them on a series of decisions from Mideast troop movements and the use of military funds for a border wall to disciplinary actions involving individual commandos.
President Trump has made his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the de facto project manager for constructing his border wall, frustrated with a lack of progress over one of his top priorities as he heads into a tough reelection campaign, according to current and former administration officials.
More: Washington Post
Giuliani is just one of many skeletons in Bloombergs partisan closet. As he pursues the Democratic nomination, hell have to explain away the millions hes spent putting Republicans into office, including contributions backing more than a dozen current and former Republican members of Congress.
Even though Russian intelligence was suspected to be behind the hack, many in the mainstream media used the stolen material. Politico's Caputo used excerpts from the dossiers in one report, published just a few months before the vote, titled, "Hacked DCCC docs dish on strategy and scandal for Florida congressional candidates."
More: CBS News
Defense Secretary Mark Esper declared that President Donald Trump ordered him to stop a disciplinary review of a Navy SEAL accused of battlefield misconduct, an intervention that raised questions about Americas commitment to international standards for battlefield ethics.
More: Associated Press
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Building a house. The kitchen is all I care about . Absolutely must be a private haven and have a TV with MSNBC on. Stayed in a rental with an open plan and you couldn't hear yourself think. And as you bang around, the TV in the adjoining space gets turned up louder, and people talk louder.
Can you tell, I'm a "NO open-plan advocate" ?
Love this kitchen..Except for the spaces under counters. I know, supposed to make it look more like furniture - but all I can think about is having to clean under there.
Legal experts say U.S. court ruling on White House counsel could encourage witnesses to talk in impeachment probe
(Reuters) - A court ruling expected on Monday could give cover to former national security advisor John Bolton and other administration officials to cooperate in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, legal experts said.
U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in Washington said she would rule by Monday in a lawsuit by a U.S. House of Representatives committee seeking to compel former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify in the probe.
Brown Jackson, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, suggested during oral arguments in October that she would rule in favor of the House. The Trump administration has argued that the U.S. Constitution does not give Congress power to compel testimony from senior members of the executive branch.
A judge rejected a similar argument in 2008 in a fight over a subpoena issued to former President George W. Bushs White House counsel.
Had to look...you can still send a telegram! Prices vary depending on whether you want someone to sign. like $24-34 dollars plus per word.
What would we say? Short and sweet.
And if you're getting ready to fly home for holidays....Flashmob Stockholm airport
I think trump has decided he can't defend that they weren't holding up $$. So they are willing to admit (or defend) withholding $$ for two reasons: 1) meeting prerequisite and 2) to requesting investigation but of Burisma only. Both can be defended (albeit weakly) as ok.
Sondland was very careful to qualify his statements, not to utter the Biden word.
And the infamous phone call to trump took place on September 9th (after whistleblower known).
Isn't this just way too convenient? Why did Sondland wait SO long to get Trump's motives?
And then Trump conveniently uses Sondland's words in a presser yesterday?
Sondland throws Pompeo and others under bus (they all knew)? Helps trump so he can blame others.
But the biggest key to me is that Sondland mocked the guy who had lunch and shared a bottle of wine with him. And specifically refuted that he used the word Biden. BTW, what does that other person at lunch say about that?
In addition, Sondland changed his testimony...another sign of guilt and that he's been in this evolving story all along.
All this is way too coincidental.
I want nothing. Was that in Sondlands opening?
Just heard trump repeat it verbatim.
Something seems fishy about this.
Like it was invented today.
Yet he told Morrison and Volker about it? So guess not.
PS are they gonna call the other person who was at lunch to coorborate that they said "Biden"? (Sondland saying just Burmisa)
And why didn't they ask him how much wine they drank at lunch?
Complimentary VPs ? Do Warren and Sanders need a more conservative non-New England VP?
Biden fans, does he need a younger, optimistic type like Beto...
What kind of VP does each need?
here are silent now and are not weighing in on options on our successes (and improvement challenges) ?
Guess mission was not accomplished?
True mission should have always been about the ultimate goal - holding MF45 to justice . Whether sooner or later. No?
So to spare American politicians the trouble of having to deal with the shch sound, I want to clarify my actions and respond to the accusations made during the hearing by Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and Steven Castor, Republican counsel for the House Oversight Committee.
The first narrative is that I was allegedly a source of information for Fusion GPS, a company that had been preparing a dossier on Trump and his possible connections in Russia. This was claimed by Nellie Ohr in her statement to the U.S. Congress last year.
In their statements, congressmen Jordan, Nunes and counsel Castor assume and sometimes even falsely claim that I was working for the Democrats and digging up dirt on Trump and his staff. To stop this flow of lies, I tweeted back at Congressmen Jordan, Nuns and counsel Castor.
I said Ive never met Ohr or anyone else involved with Fusion GPS. As a member of the Ukrainian parliament, which I had been until August, I have held thousands of meetings over the past five years. But I have never met these people.
The second narrative is that I allegedly tried to undermine Trumps candidacy in 2016 by targeting his then-campaign manager Paul Manafort. I allegedly did so by publishing the papers known in Ukraine as the black ledger of the Party of Regions, the party of the former President Viktor Yanukovych, ousted by the EuroMaidan Revolution in 2014.
Representatives of the
Republican Party say that since the documents mentioned payments to Manafort during his work for Yanukovych, it must mean I did it to hurt Trumps campaign. Yet these statements dont pass even the most basic fact-checking.
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