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At the Coast Guard Commencement, Trump declares

"You have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight,'' he told the cadets. "Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine. Look at the way I've been treated lately – especially by the media. No politician in history – and I say this with great surety – has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can't let them get you down.''


This man is unbelievable.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed May 17, 2017, 02:53 PM (2 replies)

The Trump Presidency Falls Apart

After an astonishing week of revelations, Donald Trump’s presidency appears to be on the verge of collapse.

Consider what has happened just in the last 10 days: a string of damaging stories about a president unprecedented since at least the Nixon administration.


This drip-drip of legal changes hints at why Trump faces a different challenge in recovering from his present situation than he did from bouncing back on the campaign, or during his famously up-and-down business career. As a businessman, Trump could cut bait or declare bankruptcy and start over again. As a candidate, he could simply change the subject, or wait for Hillary Clinton to hand him a gift. As president, however, there is no bankruptcy and no way to walk away. Legal investigations are slow and methodical, but they are also harder to distract than voter attention. If anyone can survive the present crisis, it must be Trump. But he seems increasingly frustrated and hard-pressed for ideas that don’t make his situation worse.


This is a long read, but worth it. It was impossible to pick 4 paragraphs that give you a good idea of the contents of the article. It includes a timeline of the last few days and analysis on what went wrong and what the impact may be.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed May 17, 2017, 12:34 PM (16 replies)

An article sent to me by a friend arguing against impeaching Trump.

Don’t Impeach: The Liberal Case for Not Removing Trump

Democrats are excited. They are beginning to sense that they have Donald Trump right where they want him.

And they do. Trump is doing more damage to himself and his party every day. Every new stupid statement, every new blunder, and every new scandal make it more and more likely that Democrats will win big in 2018 and 2020.


Even if it were possible—and I still maintain, with 24 House Republicans and 19 Republican Senators needed, that it is highly unlikely—the absolute stupidest, most self-defeating thing Democrats can push for right now is the impeachment and removal of President Trump.

No. Keep him in office. Politically, Trump is the goose that’s laying a treasure trove of golden eggs. Let him spend four years making such a toxic wreck of the Republican Party that disgusted voters won’t want to get anywhere near the GOP for a decade. Let him finish the job that George W. Bush started and turn the party into a smoldering ruin at last.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue May 16, 2017, 08:24 AM (16 replies)

Donald Trump Is Attempting a Coup We Must Have a Special Prosecutor

So Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated Hillary Clinton last summer over her use of private emails.

Stop laughing.

Trump takes us for chumps. The Republic is nothing to him but a crap game. And he loads the dice.

In this case, he signs the letter dismissing Comey and hands it to his personal bodyguard to take over to the FBI office. But Comey isn’t there. He’s in Los Angeles, where he will hear on television that he has been dumped — and at first think it’s a practical joke. We are not making this up.


Excellent article by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sat May 13, 2017, 01:02 PM (13 replies)

Acting FBI chief McCabe contradicts White House explanations on Comey firing

Piece by piece, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe undermined recent White House explanations about the firing of FBI Director James Comey during testimony before a Senate committee Thursday.

Since President Donald Trump's surprise ouster of Comey on Tuesday, the White House has justified his decision, in part, by saying that the director had lost the confidence of the rank and file of the FBI as well as the public in general.

"That is not accurate," McCabe said in a response to a senator's question about the White House assertions. "I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day."

The firing of Comey left the fate of the FBI's probe into Russia's election meddling and possible ties to the Trump campaign deeply uncertain. The investigation has shadowed Trump from the outset of his presidency, though he's denied any ties to Russia or knowledge of any campaign coordination with Moscow.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu May 11, 2017, 01:09 PM (0 replies)

Comeys Testimony on Huma Abedin Forwarding Emails Was Inaccurate

FBI director James Comey generated national headlines last week with his dramatic testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, explaining his “incredibly painful” decision to go public about the Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.

Perhaps Comey’s most surprising revelation was that Huma Abedin — Weiner’s wife and a top Clinton deputy — had made “a regular practice” of forwarding “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton messages to her husband, “some of which contain classified information.” Comey testified that Abedin had done this so that the disgraced former congressman could print them out for her boss. (Weiner’s laptop was seized after he came under criminal investigation for sex crimes, following a media report about his online relationship with a teenager.)


The problem: Much of what Comey said about this was inaccurate. Now the FBI is trying to figure out what to do about it.

FBI officials have privately acknowledged that Comey misstated what Abedin did and what the FBI investigators found. On Monday, the FBI was said to be preparing to correct the record by sending a letter to Congress later this week. But that plan now appears on hold, with the bureau undecided about what to do.


This makes me question Comey’s motives all over again.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue May 9, 2017, 07:13 AM (1 replies)

CNN: Trump ending Michelle Obama's girls education program

President Trump plans to end ‘Let Girls Learn,’ former first lady Michelle Obama’s girls education program, according to a Monday CNN report.
"Moving forward, we will not continue to use the Let Girls Learn brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” an email from Peace Corps acting director Sheila Crowley to employees reportedly reads.

The Trump administration gave order to cease the program’s operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN.

The Obamas started the program in 2015. It aimed to increase educational opportunities for young girls in developing countries.


There is nothing with the name Obama linked to it that Trump won't try to destroy. Despicable.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Mon May 1, 2017, 05:04 PM (15 replies)

Excellent Tavis Smiley interview with author Jane Mayer.

She is the author of the book “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right”. Video and transcript here:


I caught this last night. Very good information about the Koch brothers and how they manipulate the media.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu Apr 27, 2017, 04:00 PM (1 replies)

As Trump Inquiries Flood Ethics Office, Director Looks To House For Action

Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub Jr. is calling on the chairman of House Oversight Committee to become more engaged in overseeing ethics questions in the Trump administration.

In an interview with NPR on Monday, Shaub said public inquiries and complaints involving Trump administration conflicts of interest and ethics have been inundating his tiny agency, which has only advisory power.

"We've even had a couple days where the volume was so huge it filled up the voicemail box, and we couldn't clear the calls as fast as they were coming in," Shaub said. His office is scrambling to keep pace with the workload.

But while citizens, journalists and Democratic lawmakers are pushing for investigations, Shaub suggested a similar level of energy is not coming from the House Oversight Committee, which has the power to investigate ethics questions, particularly those being raised now about reported secret ethics waivers for former lobbyists serving in the Trump administration.


There is an interesting graphic at the link showing the rate of increase in inquiries since the election.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue Apr 18, 2017, 10:20 AM (0 replies)

Charlie Rose interview with Michael Morrell concerning North Korea.


He speaks of NK nuclear capabilities and US policies.
Very interesting and informative.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Mon Apr 17, 2017, 07:18 AM (3 replies)
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