Monthly Archives: May 2019

Donald Trump has done less to destroy democratic norms than Mitch McConnell

No one should be surprised that Mitch McConnell has promised that any potential 2020 Trump Supreme Court nominee will not get the Merrick Garland treatment — i.e., be held up until after the presidential race is decided. While McConnell and his Republican colleagues have tried to frame their 2016 obstructionism on Garland’s nomination and prospective 2020 decision in various forms of Senate tradition, he has, in this instance, been more-than-normally forthright: Supreme Court nominations are all about partisan politics, nothing more, nothing less.

In that, McConnell is the living, breathing, calculating face of everything that is wrong with our current politics. To the extent to which our system has become dysfunctional, McConnell is the single chief architect of that sclerosis. President Donald Trump is a dangerous, blundering wrecking ball, but McConnell was undermining the system well before (and is likely to outlast) him.

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No ‘Treason,’ No Coup, Just Lies – and Dumb Lies at That

James Comey is a former director of the FBI and a former deputy attorney general.

 

t is tempting for normal people to ignore our president when he starts ranting about treason and corruption at the FBI. I understand the temptation. I’m the object of many of his rants, and even I try to ignore him.

But we shouldn’t, because millions of good people believe what a president of the United States says. In normal times, that’s healthy. But not now, when the president is a liar who doesn’t care what damage he does to vital institutions. We must call out his lies that the FBI was corrupt and committed treason, that we spied on the Trump campaign and tried to defeat Donald Trump. We must constantly return to the stubborn facts.

Russia engaged in a massive effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Near as I can tell, there is only one U.S. leader who still denies that fact. The FBI saw the attack starting in mid-June 2016, with the first dumping of stolen emails. In late July, when we were hard at work trying to understand the scope of the effort, we learned that one of Trump’s foreign policy advisers knew about the Russian effort seven weeks before we did.

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Inspection- Only a Wounded Society Needs Wounded Warriors

by Ken Carman


 This ISN’T about the organization Wounded Warriors, except they shouldn’t have to exist; Inspectionor any other organization that serves our soldiers when government should be serving them. Wars are something we decide via who we vote for, who we support, or who we allow to fool us into them.
 Society is responsible.
 Whether any war or conflict is right or wrong is beyond my point here. What party initiates action is beyond my point. The point is we should be responsible what we have done. Our representatives and those who fill their pockets should be even more responsible. Soldiers with no legs, with terminal conditions, with mental issues, who have a hard time fitting in because they saw so much, or were trained to be killers, shouldn’t be thrown to the begging for alms groups. No one should get rich off of this, or get any huge salary. Especially since corporations supposedly are “people.” Especially when they are allowed to use what the Court foolishly considers “speech” (money) to buy political votes, to advocate for putting our soldiers in harm’s way. Companies that profit off of war should be contributing via higher taxes to their care. Since as a business, as a charity, we can’t vote them out, they should owe more than those of us who may have never supported the war. Their bar of responsibility needs to be raised way above where it is right now: no responsibility at all. Read more

Mueller Drew Up Obstruction Indictment Against Trump, Michael Wolff Book Claims


 new book from Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff says special counsel Robert Mueller drew up a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against Donald Trump before deciding to shelve it – an explosive claim which a spokesman for Mueller flatly denied.

The stunning revelation is contained in Siege: Trump Under Fire, which will be published a week from now, on 4 June. It is the sequel to Fire and Fury, Wolff’s bestseller on the first year of the Trump presidency which was published in 2018.

The Guardian obtained a copy of Siege and viewed the documents concerned.

 

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib Says House Is ‘Moving Toward’ Impeachment

“This is going to be a precedent that we set when we don’t hold this president accountable to the rule of the law and to the United States Constitution,” congresswoman tells Chuck Todd

 

n Sunday morning, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd started his conversation with Representative Rashida Tlaib saying that she is “easily, one of louder voices when it comes to impeachment” of President Trump. During the interview, the freshman congresswoman from Michigan proved that assessment accurate.

Todd asked the congresswoman if she believed the Democratic leadership in the House are being methodical or stalling for time so they can remove the issue of impeachment off the table and then use the ‘We’re too close to the presidential election’ excuse to move forward.

Tlaib aggressively called out the status quo, “Well, I can tell you as one of the newest members of Congress, the traditional Congressional oversight process isn’t working,” she answered.

 

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