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GOP congressman claims Democrats are like 'leaders of a military coup'

Josh Israel -
October 18, 2019

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) is very angry that House Democrats are not letting him dictate how the impeachment inquiry should be run.

A day after the acting White House chief of staff admitted that the Trump administration withheld security aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure its governor to investigate political opponents, a Republican congressman authored an op-ed on Friday comparing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff to a "military coup." His reasoning: He doesn't like the way they are conducting the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.

Though Trump has not yet been impeached — the process by which the House of Representatives brings charges against a president who has committed "high crimes and misdemeanors" — Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) claimed that the House Democrats investigating his likely illegal behavior "have more in common with the leaders of a military coup than they think." With a two-thirds vote required in the GOP-controlled Senate for Trump to be removed from office, this process is nothing like a military coup.


Yep this is the same "guy" that won the $10 million American Family Publishers sweepstakes in 1993..............................and thinks that if you are sick you don't need health care........................


183 Republicans vote against requiring companies to disclose jobs moved overseas

Josh Israel -
October 18, 2019

Republicans in Congress voted against a bill that would disincentive companies' shipping jobs overseas and lying about it.

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday to require public companies to disclose how many people they employ in the United States and abroad, a transparency measure aimed at showing who outsources jobs to foreign countries. The vote was 226-184, but 183 of the 185 Republican members of Congress present voted against the measure.

The Outsourcing Accountability Act, proposed by Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA), simply changes existing disclosure laws for publicly traded companies to require them to publish annually the number of employees they have in each state and country. Axne noted that many of her constituents have been told they are being "laid off due to 'technological advances,' only to then be asked to train their replacement overseas."

"By holding companies accountable for outsourcing, this bill will help disincentivize the practice and give employees, consumers, and investors the information they need to make informed decisions about supporting companies that support American jobs," she explained.

But most Republicans opposed the bill, objecting to it as a mandate on companies aimed at making them look bad.


And in another News from Yesterday......................

Virginia Republican linked to tax-filing companies that scammed poor Virginians
Dan Desai Martin -
October 18, 2019

Del. Tim Hugo is linked to Intuit and H&R Block, two companies that allegedly steered low-income Virginians away from free tax-filing options to increase their profits.

Virginia Republican Del. Tim Hugo is linked to two companies that steered low-income Americans — including Virginians — away from free tax-filing programs even though they were eligible to use them. Instead, the companies used "deceptive design and misleading advertising to trick lower-income Americans into paying to file their taxes," according to an April ProPublica investigation.

Hugo is the executive director of the Free File Alliance, a nonprofit organization representing 12 tax software companies. The Free File Alliance entered into an agreement with the IRS to provide free tax-filing services to millions of low-income Americans. In return, the IRS would not provide free tax software for Americans.

But two of the Free File Alliance's biggest members, Intuit, which owns Turbo Tax, and H&R Block, intentionally made it harder for Americans to find and use the free versions, even if they qualified for it. Through using computer code on their website, "TurboTax Free File is effectively hidden from Google," ProPublica reported. Further, "Intuit's smaller competitor in the market, H&R Block, also hid its H&R Block Free File product from Google using the same sort of code."


Trump advertised he would be a corrupt president in the first hour after he was sworn in -- here is h

Published 1 min ago
on October 19, 2019

By Tom Boggioni


In other news from yesterday.........................

GOP advances ultra-conservative Trump judicial pick who has almost no legal experience
Lisa Needham -
October 18, 2019

Justin Walker, Trump's latest judicial nominee, has no real experience practicing law, but that won't matter to the GOP.

Another unqualified Donald Trump judicial pick, Justin Walker, is making his way through the Senate.

Given the makeup of the Senate and the GOP's unyielding commitment to agreeing to any of Trump's nominees, no matter how unfit, there's every reason to believe he'll be confirmed. His nomination just cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee with unanimous support from the GOP in spite of his lack of qualifications.

Walker, who Trump nominated to the federal bench for the Western District of Kentucky, is only 37 years old, which means he could be on the federal bench for 40 years or more. He doesn't bring any real experience to the court, but he does bring modern conservative credentials: He was instrumental in discrediting Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh. During those hearings, Walker did over 70 media hits to defend Kavanaugh and attack Ford.

His defense of Kavanaugh isn't surprising. Walker clerked for Kavanaugh when he was still on the D.C. Circuit and then went on to clerk at the Supreme Court for Justice Anthony Kennedy. That might sound impressive on its face, but Walker didn't really ever practice law after his clerkships.


This jerk has no experience and has not "served as sole or chief counsel in any case tried to verdict or judgment."

But, But, ................... he sat in a seat and said nothing while being associate counsel at only "one federal criminal jury trial".

Late Representative Cummings to lie in state in U.S. Capitol

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The late U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, one of a handful of Democrats leading an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, will be honored in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday when a coffin carrying his remains will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall.

Cummings, 68, a civil rights champion and 22-year veteran of the House of Representatives, died on Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems.

The African-American congressman will be honored in “Statuary Hall,” as it is known among those working in the Capitol. For several decades in the 1800s it served as the House chamber and was the site of debates over the nation’s slavery policy.

At the time of his death, Cummings, who represented the city of Baltimore and surrounding areas of Maryland, chaired the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-cummings/late-representative-cummings-to-lie-in-state-in-u-s-capitol-idUSKBN1WX2OD?il=0

Medicare for All cost studies: PERI vs the Urban Institute. Vuld Edone Community

Vuld Edone
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Thursday October 17, 2019 · 10:27 AM EDT


It has become an habit of mine for the foreigner I am to talk about the studies done on Medicare-for-All. I talked about its pricetag and then briefly felt the need to remind people of the keyword that is cost control.

With Elizabeth Warren being grilled on “how to pay for a plan to reduce health care costs”, CNN relied on the Urban Institute’s second study (2019) to once again say M4A will bankrupt everyone and their grandma. I personally rely on Pollin et al. (2018) — or “the PERI study” — but, as the idiotic centrist that I am, I wanted to check if my preferate study was wrong.

So let’s try to forget about my prejudices towards a study whose bibliography is two pages long (compared to Pollin et alii’s thirteen, let me be petty), we’ll just look at the numbers.

(As a reminder, there are other studies out there, I’m just singling those two out.)


Friday testimony before the impeachment inquiry could highlight a fracture inside the Defense Dept.

Mark Sumner
Daily Kos Staff
Friday October 18, 2019 · 10:45 AM EDT

When Ambassadors Marie Yovanovitch and Gordon Sondland appear on Capitol Hill to testify before the House impeachment inquiry, the media pays attention. But just because Friday doesn’t bring a big in-the-news name to sit down before the combined committees, that doesn’t mean the testimony being given is trivial. Because Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper knows the details about the military aid that was slated for Ukraine—including when that aid was halted, and what the Pentagon was told.

What Cooper has to say could be particularly important because of what the inquiry is not getting from the rest of the Defense Department. On Wednesday, Trump-appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Hood refused to turn over subpoenaed documents after making the claim that the impeachment inquiry did not actually have the power to authorize subpoenas, along with an assertion that the DOD was covered by a kind of blanket executive branch privilege.

Without those documents, it’s difficult to verify the dates of everything involved with the military aid slated for Ukraine. When did the Defense Department inform the White House that it had completed its actual review of the proposed aid? When did Trump let the Pentagon know that he was blocking the aid under claims that the review had not been completed?

As Yahoo News reports, it was Cooper who actually had charge of the aid package and sent Ukraine a video address almost a year ago saying, “You can count on the United States to remain your strong partner in strengthening Ukraine’s military to defend Ukrainian democracy.” But the aid that Cooper promised was on its way didn’t come. Not that winter, or the next spring, or over the summer. It wasn’t until the White House was aware of the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s actions that the funds were finally released. Trump continued to hold up the money, despite a letter from the Defense Department saying that Ukraine had “taken substantial actions” toward decreasing corruption and improving accountability.


Hey Hood maybe you should go into at least Webster dictionary and look up subpoena, here I'll make easy for you since you think you are above the rule of law:

Definition of subpoena

(Entry 1 of 2)
: a writ commanding a person designated in it to appear in court under a penalty for failure

subpoena verb
subpoenaed; subpoenaing

Definition of subpoena (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb
: to serve or summon with a writ of subpoena


Perry Unfazed By Directive To Consult With Giuliani On Ukraine: 'I Trusted Him'

By Kate Riga
October 18, 2019 9:49 am

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Friday that he had no qualms being directed to work with Rudy Giuliani on matters related to Ukraine, since he “trusted him.”

“I’ve known Rudy since 2008. I endorsed him for President in 2008,” he said on Fox News. “I worked with him. I trusted him.”

When asked if he thought it was strange when President Donald Trump instructed him to talk to Giuliani about a potential meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Perry shrugged.

“As a governor of Texas, I used people outside of government all the time to give me information,” he said. “I respect the State Department. But I happen to know people in the energy industry who are smarter than the State Department folks. I didn’t see a problem with that at all.”


First and foremost Perry your a fucking idiot, and your a disgrace to ever have worn the uniform of the United States Airforce. Second, when you said this:

“As a governor of Texas, I used people outside of government all the time to give me information,” he said. “I respect the State Department. But I happen to know people in the energy industry who are smarter than the State Department folks. I didn’t see a problem with that at all.”

People inside the energy field, have brought this country to war based on a fucking lie for starters, I keep thinking of Bush /Cheney.
And in the current event that you are complicit in, did you at anytime think that you were / are committing treason.......................or are you still trying to figure out what departments you would have eliminated if you became president........................you really are a idiot

Why Does One White House Lawyer Keep Coming Up In The Ukraine Scandal?

By Tierney Sneed
October 18, 2019 6:00 am

In a scandal whose reach is getting wider and wider, the role that a top White House lawyer played in the events surrounding President Trump’s Ukraine pressure campaign stands to be a key focus of the impeachment investigation.

John Eisenberg — a deputy White House counsel who serves as legal counsel to National Security Council — keeps popping up with growing prominence, as Congress seeks to understand the full extent of Trump’s push for a Ukraine smear campaign against his political rivals.

There are many questions about how he handled the initial allegations of an inappropriate pressure campaign — and why he sought to restrict access to a phone call record where Trump spoke explicitly about his demands. Was Eisenberg a careful lawyer being extremely careful or was he complicit in trying to conceal the President’s conduct? Or something in between?

Experts in the inner workings of the White House’s national security apparatus tell TPM that Eisenberg’s legal exposure is potentially significant, even if he was put in almost impossible situation of fielding claims of presidential misconduct that White House’s legal system is not designed to handle.



John Gans, the author of “White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War,” noted the irony of Eisenberg’s current circumstances. Eisenberg is now in the middle of a scandal that has parallels to the Iran-Contra controversy, the Reagan administration covert arms-for-hostages operation that led to the creation of the NSC role Eisenberg now occupies.

“His office is the direct result of the last big misguided foreign policy operation run out of the White House,” Gans told TPM.

I have another solution for Eisenberg.........................LOCK HIS ASS UP..................
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