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COLLUSION??? Here's a great overview of what WE know -- and

Mueller knows even more.

Seth Abramson @SethAbramson
If you have even ONE follower who says there was no Trump-Russia collusion, please share this with them.
Signs of Collusion (1-24): https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/941120497823215616
Signs of Collusion (25-47): https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/941376110381731841
It's all there—BLACK AND WHITE—and it's just 10% of what Mueller has.

I have an absolutely bizarre problem with my computer

And I'd love some insight on what could be causing it and, naturally, how to stop it.

Periodically -- maybe once or twice a day then not for several days -- my cursor starts running away with itself inserting spaces wherever it can. It's like someone has their elbow on the spacebar.

I can't stop it, or do anything but close out of everything (barely) and sometimes "cold cock" my computer (my term for shutting it off at the button instead of normal Close).

I thought perhaps it was my keyboard, but I got a new one the other day and still have the problem.

It's not my computer because I had this problem before my new computer a few months ago, altho it did take a good while for the problem to appear again with the new one.

Any ideas?

How Putin's proxies helped funnel millions into GOP campaigns

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team probes deeper into potential collusion between Trump officials and representatives of the Russian government, investigators are taking a closer look at political contributions made by U.S. citizens with close ties to Russia.

Buried in the campaign finance reports available to the public are some troubling connections between a group of wealthy donors with ties to Russia and their political contributions to President Donald Trump and a number of top Republican leaders. And thanks to changes in campaign finance laws, the political contributions are legal. We have allowed our campaign finance laws to become a strategic threat to our country.

An example is Len Blavatnik, a dual U.S.-U.K. citizen and one of the largest donors to GOP political action committees in the 2015-16 election cycle. Blavatnik's family emigrated to the U.S. in the late '70s from the U.S.S.R. and he returned to Russia when the Soviet Union began to collapse in the late '80s.

Data from the Federal Election Commission show that Blavatnik's campaign contributions dating back to 2009-10 were fairly balanced across party lines and relatively modest for a billionaire. During that season he contributed $53,400. His contributions increased to $135,552 in 2011-12 and to $273,600 in 2013-14, still bipartisan.

In 2015-16, everything changed. Blavatnik's political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.

In 2017, donations continued, with $41,000 going to both Republican and Democrat candidates, along with $1 million to McConnell's Senate Leadership Fund.



Lots of delicious info, and some fun interactive charts.

"Each generation must achieve democracy for itself."

And it's on life support.

That was Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude's supplication to Stephanie Ruhle's audience the other day (Dec. 12), and it took my breath away so wanted to share it.

I'll watch Steve Schmidt anytime, all day long, and that's how I ran across this. It was one of the videos on the YouTube sidebar for something else I was watching, and it starts out as Jimmy Kimmel saying there's something way wrong when we can afford tax cuts for the rich but not CHIP.

It's a good video. Glaude's remarks are at the tail end.

Joe Trippi -

Was Howard Dean's campaign manager.

He's been in Alabama creating the massive GOTV effort. He said it's the largest effort of this kind EVER raised in AL.

He's a pretty darned good campaign guy. We can already see how well he's done. Now, if it's just good enough to prevent this election from being stolen.

What the F just happened??

The name of a site compiling daily reports of the shit goin' down in the Trump administration:


Bookmark it!

The GOP is now governing solely of, by, and for Red America.

Good article:

The Closing of the Republican Mind: The tax debate offers a clear measure of how deeply insular the GOP has become. It’s now governing solely of, by, and for Red America.

... But there is a more straightforward reason why not a single Democrat backed the (tax) legislation: The GOP not only entirely excluded Democrats from the process of drafting the bills, but the party punished Democratic constituencies—from residents of high-tax states to graduate students—in the bills’ substance. The tax plans represent a political closed circle: bills written solely by Republicans and passed solely by Republican votes that shower their greatest benefits on Republican constituencies. Meanwhile, the biggest losers in the plans are the constituencies of the Democrats who universally opposed them. It’s not just redistribution: The tax bills are also grounded in retribution.

In that way, the tax debate offers the clearest measure of how powerfully the Republican Party in the Trump era is folding inward. Neither Trump nor GOP congressional leaders are even pretending to represent the entire country—or to consider perspectives beyond those of their core coalition. Instead the party has shown that as long as it can maintain internal unity over its direction, it will ignore objections from virtually any outside source—not just Democrats, but also independent experts, affected interest groups, and traditional allies abroad.

In a best-selling book published during the Reagan years, neoconservative cultural critic Allan Bloom lamented The Closing of the American Mind. The Trump era is crystallizing the closing of the Republican mind.

In several distinct ways, the party is now governing solely of, by, and for Red America. Key among them:

Distorting the legislative process: On the tax and especially the recent health-care bills, the GOP Congress short-circuited the legislative process to minimize public input. Leadership negotiated all the key decisions behind closed doors. That dampened public debate and ultimately forced legislators to vote on massive (and at times handwritten) packages with little time to consider consequences or mobilize opposition. More important, the negotiations took place only among Republicans, denying meaningful input to Democrats or skeptical groups.

... Punishing Democratic strongholds: The tax bills, as I’ve noted before, are not unusual in benefitting GOP constituencies. But they are unusual in consciously punishing so many Democratic-leaning groups, especially in the House bill. Among others, these groups include families in blue, high-tax states, who’d be hurt by restrictions on state- and local-tax deductibility; homeowners in large, mostly Democratic metro areas, who’d face limits on mortgage deductions; and students, who’d face higher taxes on college debt or graduate tuition waivers.

This confrontational instinct extends beyond taxes. Violating conservatives’ usual fondness for federalism, the House passed legislation Wednesday that would force every state to recognize a concealed-weapon permit granted in any state. The administration is seeking to withhold federal grants to pressure so-called “sanctuary cities” that limit local cooperation with federal immigration authorities. And Trump is trying to undermine blue-state regulatory standards by allowing the interstate sale of health insurance.

MORE: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/taxes-trump-congress/547706/
Posted by RandomAccess | Thu Dec 7, 2017, 04:52 PM (4 replies)

Aw, geez. As if it's not enough already - now Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

explaining it all to us. (On with Andrea Mitchell)
Posted by RandomAccess | Thu Dec 7, 2017, 01:34 PM (3 replies)

How Ironic (about Franken) --

For millennia women have been victimized by men in power through, among other things, sexual harassment and assault, and rarely believed. Or if believed, rarely given justice

NOW, the tables have turned almost overnight, with lightning speed. Suddenly, women are being found credible, and they're allegations are being taken seriously and at least ATTEMPTS at justice are being taken.

But men in powerful places have come up with another scheme: use us as a weapon. WEAPONIZE sexual harassment and assault allegations in order to remove voices and activists they don't like.

I'm sick, like everyone else.
Posted by RandomAccess | Thu Dec 7, 2017, 01:16 PM (2 replies)

So, if Franken resigns it's for the good of the party?

Posted by RandomAccess | Wed Dec 6, 2017, 07:36 PM (5 replies)
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