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Posted 08 March 2019 - 11:06 AM

What's going on with Omar and the House is larger than an issue about how to talk about Israel. This Politico article talks about several divides within the House Democrats. There are pragmatic business oriented Dems from safe districts and firebrand newly elected Dems from safe districts. There are newly elected Dems from swing districts. They all have different styles of engagement, governance, and concerns about re-election.

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 11:18 AM

View PostLFC, on 08 March 2019 - 10:49 AM, said:

Aw shucks!

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I suppose it feels good to imagine oneself as a hirsute stud ;)

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 11:28 AM

View PostLFC, on 07 March 2019 - 06:06 PM, said:

I'm really hoping we're starting to see cracks in the armor that's been wrapped around Israel for far too long. I am most definitely not an ardent supporter of the Palestinian representatives as they haven't done themselves any favors (and Arafat should burn in hell for selling out his people so he could retain power) but with both sides dedicated to a low grade war I don't want to be a staunch ally of either of them. As bad as the left has been on this issue the right-wing has been off the charts awful between those who hate brown people and those who think it's a holy war.
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Posted 08 March 2019 - 11:33 AM

View PostHockeyDon, on 08 March 2019 - 08:57 AM, said:

I don't believe the part I bolded for a second. Too many near fumbles by her on this one. Just the initial construction of the "reprimand", the subsequent push-back by her caucus and the closed door meeting where she admitted to her senior staff that she had "no idea what to do" doesn't speak to that. It certainly speaks to her being beholden to AIPAC if she can't see any possible way to criticize Israel's government.

The other thing was letting the blatantly racist GOP members yank her leash (well, Dems' leash) and have many of the old guard Dems immediately fall into their default defensive crouch.

I think in the end they came out of it fairly well, but almost fumbling before grabbing the ball and finishing the play on a positive isn't the same thing.
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Posted 08 March 2019 - 11:48 AM

View PostProbabilistic, on 08 March 2019 - 11:18 AM, said:

I suppose it feels good to imagine oneself as a hirsute stud ;)

Better than facing something closer to reality like the guy to our right!

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 11:51 AM

Mr. "Fine People on Both Sides" who has literally refused to condemn actual Nazis calls Democrats anti-Semitic. Actually he called them "anti-Jewish" because the other word was probably too hard.

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“I thought yesterday’s vote by the House was disgraceful because it has become, the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, the anti-Jewish party,” Trump said of the resolution against hate passed Thursday. “I thought that vote was a disgrace and so does everybody else if you get an honest answer. If you get an honest answer from politicians, they thought it was a disgrace. The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party and anti-Jewish party and that’s too bad.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 12:56 PM

View PostLFC, on 08 March 2019 - 11:51 AM, said:

Mr. "Fine People on Both Sides" who has literally refused to condemn actual Nazis calls Democrats anti-Semitic. Actually he called them "anti-Jewish" because the other word was probably too hard.
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Posted 08 March 2019 - 12:59 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 08 March 2019 - 12:56 PM, said:

Coming soon - The Democrats are the Party of Satan.

It ain't that far off from Rod Dreher's position that the Dems will come for all people who believe in God™.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 01:15 PM

View PostLFC, on 08 March 2019 - 12:59 PM, said:

It ain't that far off from Rod Dreher's position that the Dems will come for all people who believe in God™.

That would be day of rejoicing. Unfortunately, hocus-pocus (in all its forms) still has a strong and strengthening grip on people.

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:18 AM

Remember that this guy was within the Republican mainstream. Where's the Republican outrage now? Oh, that's right. Not a Democrat and a Muslim one at that.

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While instructing American Jews to be insulted by comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), former Maine Gov. Paul LePage said something pretty offensive about American Jews himself.

“The Jewish people in America have been great supporters of the Democratic Party,” LePage told WGAN Monday, in an interview flagged by The Associated Press.

“In fact, that’s where their money comes from for the most part. They should be absolutely insulted for what she’s been saying.”

He added, referring to Jewish Democrats: “I think what they might do, the fundraising might get hurt a little bit, but I don’t think they’re going to desert the Democratic Party.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 01:37 PM

How many times have we heard the term "Chicago politics" to refer to Democratic corruption, whether it existed or not? Now how many times have we heard the term "North Carolina politics" to describe Republican corruption? Personally I think we need to hear that term more and more.

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North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has been indicted by a federal grand jury as part of an ongoing corruption probe that threatens to consume his party.

Hayes, a wealthy and powerful former congressman, has been at the center of GOP power in the state for three decades. He was the party’s nominee for governor in 1996, served as a congressman from 1999 through 2009, and was its party chairman from 2011 through 2013, as well as since 2016.

The indictment relates to major donations made by North Carolina businessman Greg Lindberg, who federal investigators have been probing for white collar business crimes and his political contributions. Lindberg, Hayes and two others are charged with conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, according to court documents. They were also indicted for bribery related to programs receiving federal funds and a bribery scheme involving independent expenditure accounts and improper campaign contributions.

Hayes is also charged with three counts of making false statements to the FBI, according to the documents.

The Justice Department alleges that Lindberg, Hayes and two accomplices sought to bribe North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, a Republican. Causey appears to be cooperating with law enforcement in the case, and was not charged. The four men allegedly offered and gave millions of dollars in campaign support through an independent expenditure effort, and asked for Causey to remove a senior deputy commissioner responsible for regulating Lindberg’s company in exchange for the contributions.

The alleged events took place from April 2017 through August 2018, with Causey going to the authorities in January 2018. That’s months before the separate and unrelated voting fraud case in the North Carolina’s 9th congressional district took place.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 04:17 PM

View PostLFC, on 02 April 2019 - 01:37 PM, said:

How many times have we heard the term "Chicago politics" to refer to Democratic corruption, whether it existed or not? Now how many times have we heard the term "North Carolina politics" to describe Republican corruption? Personally I think we need to hear that term more and more.

Uh, oh. The ball is rollin' now as an investigation of classic North Carolina politics finds another high profile Republican rat.

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Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), a member of House GOP leadership, appears to be the unnamed “Public Official A” in a bombshell public corruption probe unsealed on Tuesday.

A federal grand jury indicted four men, including North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes, in a bribery scheme in which businessman Greg Lindberg sought to pressure on the state’s insurance commissioner to fire a deputy in exchange for major campaign contributions that were laundered through the state party and other entities.

Included in that indictment: A conversation between Lindberg and an associate about another unnamed lawmaker pressuring North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey ® to fire his deputy.

“Just between the 3 of us … [Public Official A] has already made two calls on our behalf and is trying to help us move the ball forward,” a Lindberg deputy emailed him, according to the indictment. “I was also told that the $150,000 will be going to [Public Official A].”

Lindberg donated $150,000 to Walker’s victory committee that February, according to Federal Election Commission records, his only federal donation that month except one to the Republican National Committee. He’d donated almost $80,000 previously to other Walker-affiliated committees.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 04:57 PM

More North Carolina style politics. Big-time dirty money is tied to support of NC's Republican gubernatorial front-runner. Of course I'm sure it's all a big coincidence and has NOTHING to do with him. Uh, huuuuuuh.

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North Carolina businessman Greg Lindberg, who was indicted on multiple counts of campaign finance fraud and attempted bribery on Tuesday, has almost singlehandedly bankrolled a pair of groups closely aligned with the state’s Republican gubernatorial front-runner.

Lindberg made a $1 million donation in December 2017 to Truth & Prosperity, a super-PAC whose primary goal was to elect North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest ® to office, according to state election records. From August through December of that year, Lindberg made more than $1.4 million in contributions to another outside group that Forest chairs called the NC Republican Council of State Committee.

Those latter donations were the vast majority of the organization’s entire budget.

Forest publicly boasted about the funds he’d raised for the pair of groups in a 2018 press release. All of those funds appear to have come from Lindberg.

There’s no evidence of wrongdoing by Forest, who is gearing up for a race against North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) and has been widely viewed as the GOP’s primary front-runner.

No evidence? If I were in NC I'd have all the evidence I need. After all it's typical "North Carolina politics!"
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 12:33 PM

Ilhan Omar (D-F*** de' Republicans!) is causing shrill little squeaking from the right for telling the truth again.

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Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar has called White House adviser Stephen Miller a “white nationalist” who has no place in government. Miller is the driving force behind the Trump administration’s deeply controversial immigration policies such as the travel ban and family separation, and the president recently told him that he's “in charge” of immigration, according to reports. “Stephen Miller is a white nationalist. The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage,” Omar wrote in the tweet, linking to a story from Splinter about Miller's moves to have an immigration hardliner installed as the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Donald Trump Jr. was clearly angered by the tweet, responding: “I see that the head of the Farrakhan Fan Club ... took a short break from spewing her usual anti-semitic bigotry today to accuse a Jewish man of being a ‘white nationalist’ because she apparently has no shame.”


Here's a some background on Trump's favorite little white nationalist.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:43 AM

I was going to post this over in the Non-Political sexual harassment thread until I saw the name of one of the people in the know (bold mine) who appears to have kept their mouth shut. Imagine if this came out about a Democrat.

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An Ohio State team doctor sexually abused at least 177 men during his nearly 20 years at the school from 1979 to 1997, the university said Friday as it released findings from a law firm that investigated the accusations. The investigation also concluded that school leaders knew about the abuse at the time. Richard Strauss, who killed himself in 2005, was the team doctor for over 16 sports at the school. His accusers who have spoken publicly said they were groped and inappropriately touched during physical exams for the teams, and while he worked at the student health center and his off-campus clinic. Some said he also ogled them in locker rooms, where athletes joked about Strauss’ behavior, referring to him as “Dr. Jelly Paws.”

Victims allege that more than 20 school officials and staff members—including two athletic directors and Jim Jordan, a former coach who is now a Republican congressman—were aware of concerns about Strauss, but did nothing to stop him. In releasing the report, Ohio State President Michael Drake said he has “profound regret” and offered “sincere apologies to each person who endured Strauss’ abuse.” Drake called it a “fundamental failure” of the institution and thanked survivors for their courage. The university has begun the process of revoking Strauss’ emeritus status.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 12:09 PM

I put this here because it appears that Pelosi is trying to overcome the double standard. All she's doing is saying, without shrilly screeching, that all the evidence points to Trump being involved in a coverup. Well, duh.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke to reporters after huddling with her members on impeachment and oversight on Wednesday, saying that “we believe that the President of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”

“We do believe that it’s important to follow the facts,” she said. “We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States.”

She also said that the meeting, which was in part to discuss launching an inquiry into impeachment, was “positive” and a “respectful sharing of ideas.”


Trump's reaction? He bailed on their infrastructure meeting to screech shrilly, of course.

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President Donald Trump got angry at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for saying earlier on Wednesday that he is engaged in a “cover-up” — so he walked out on their infrastructure meeting in retribution.

Instead, he set up a podium festooned with statistics about the Mueller report in the Rose Garden to yell at the press corps about it.

“Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in and look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up, I don’t do cover-ups,” he said. “You people know probably better than anybody.”

He later said that Democrats need to choose between “investigation” or “investment,” implying that he won’t work with Democrats until investigations into him and his administration are over.


Pelosi took it in stride and again stated the truth that a topic this big and important is just too much for him to handle.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested slyly that perhaps President Donald Trump just lacks the “confidence” that he can meet the “greatness of the challenge” of infrastructure reform as an explanation for why he stormed out of their meeting earlier on Wednesday.

“I pray for the President of the United States,” she added.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:10 PM

View PostLFC, on 22 May 2019 - 12:09 PM, said:


Not his fault. His hormones are probably acting up.
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Posted 23 May 2019 - 01:59 PM

Pelosi continues to dig in the spurs. Good for her.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday at her press conference that she watched President Donald Trump “pound on the table” and “walk out the door” during the infrastructure meeting planned for Wednesday.

“Next time, have the TV cameras in there while I have my say,” she said. “That didn’t work for him either. Now this time, another temper tantrum.”

“Again, I pray for the president of the United States,” she added. “I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.”


And again.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent a letter to her House members Wednesday saying that President Donald Trump had a “temper tantrum” instead of attending the infrastructure meeting with congressional leadership.

“Democrats are here for the country,” she wrote. “Sadly, the only job the President seems to be concerned with is his own. He threatened to stop working with Democrats on all legislation unless we end oversight of his Administration and he had a temper tantrum for us all to see.”

Trump did not like that.

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In a letter to her House colleagues, Nancy Pelosi said: “President Trump had a temper tantrum for us all to see.” This is not true. I was purposely very polite and calm, much as I was minutes later with the press in the Rose Garden. Can be easily proven. It is all such a lie!

Trump said he stormed out of the meeting because earlier in the day Pelosi had accused him of “engaging in a cover-up.” In a dueling press conference after Trump’s, Pelosi suggested that Trump lacks the “confidence” to tackle an issue the magnitude of infrastructure reform.


Kellyanne had to jump in with some of her own whining. And playing the woman card against another woman because she took a job as a lackey? So lame. And maybe Pelosi treats you like a "maid" because all you do is clean up your boss's shit.

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In her interview on Fox, Conway jabbed at Pelosi again for refusing to talk to her during the meeting.

“She treats everybody like they’re her staff,” Conway said. “She treats me like I’m either her maid or her driver or her pilot or her makeup artist driver, and I’m not.”

Conway added that the House speaker is “not very pro-woman. She’s pro-some women.”


Pelosi dismissed her like the nothing that she is.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday brushed off White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s digs at her.

Pelosi was holding her weekly press conference when a reporter asked her about Conway’s latest barb against her in their escalating feud.

“I’m not going to talk about her,” Pelosi said. “I responded as the speaker of the House to the President of the United States. Other conversations people want to have among themselves is up to them.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 10:30 AM

Trumpian grift continues to get even more brazen and out in the open. The right-wingnuts screech about the Clinton Foundation but can't even explain how the supposed corruption worked. The Uranium One conspiracy theory is even dumber. But when Trump hands government money to friends and they offer nothing but crickets.

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President Trump has disturbed military leaders and officials in the Department of Homeland Security in recent months for repeatedly requesting that a contract for border wall construction be awarded to a company owned by a Republican donor and frequent Fox News guest, The Washington Post reported.

Trump has made the request — that a contract be awarded to the North Dakota-based Fisher Industries — during White House meetings, phone calls and during discussions aboard Air Force One, administration officials told the Post. The head of Fisher Industries, Tommy Fisher, has been a guest on many conservative radio and TV shows in recent months to tout his company’s claim that it could build more than 200 miles of wall along the border in less than a year.

Trump has spoken with the commanding general of the Army Corps, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, frequently about Fisher in recent months and again on Thursday, according to the Post. Trump reportedly brought up Fisher immediately.

The White House told the Post that Trump is just interested in making the construction project quick and cheap for taxpayers.

“The president is one of the country’s most successful builders and knows better than anyone how to negotiate the best deals,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the Post. “He wants to make sure we get the job done under budget and ahead of schedule.”

The military became tasked with awarding contracts for border wall construction after President Trump declared a national emergency at the border so he could work around Congress to get funding for his pet project.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:08 PM

It looks like Pelosi poked Trump to get him to fly off the handle and take the media buzz off of impeachment. She's Madame Speaker for a reason. As the NY Times piece points out others who tried to use Trump's techniques against him have usually failed. She clearly has not as supported by Trump's pathetically transparent attacks using faked video and lining up his sycophant to recite how calm he was. I really love how she gets under his skin. I'm sure her being a woman causes him extra angst. Good!

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The war of words between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi escalated in dramatic fashion on Thursday, with each leader questioning the other’s temperament and mental fitness in an extraordinary exchange of personal insults.

The president, who has largely avoided direct personal attacks on the speaker, finally gave her a derogatory nickname — calling her “Crazy Nancy,” after Ms. Pelosi had suggested Mr. Trump’s behavior was so erratic it required an “intervention” from his family and staff.

“She’s a mess. She’s lost it,” the president said during an event to announce $16 billion in aid to farmers, in part to compensate for his tariffs policy on China. That event transformed into a monologue and a question-and-answer session with reporters, which included a reprisal of an old self-assessment that Mr. Trump is an “extremely stable genius.”

Ms. Pelosi quickly shot back on Twitter, saying, “When the ‘extremely stable genius’ starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues.”

Their public feuding comes as Mr. Trump is headed to Japan on Friday and Congress goes on a weeklong Memorial Day recess, ensuring that little will be resolved any time soon. But the collision was anything but accidental. Ms. Pelosi set out Thursday morning to pick a fight with Mr. Trump, three people close to her said, part of a strategy to unnerve a president who has defied the efforts of House Democrats to subpoena documents and summon witnesses to testify about his conduct.

But her decision to dramatize the fight also represented an embrace of Mr. Trump’s own signature political tactic: an attempt to divert attention from a divisive internal debate — in this case a drive by two dozen of her caucus members to push ahead with impeachment — with a headline-grabbing attack, in hopes of uniting her own political base. Other leaders who have fought Mr. Trump on his own terms have failed.

Mr. Trump’s response was visceral and reactive. He questioned Ms. Pelosi’s intellectual capacities, saying that she was incapable of understanding the details of a proposed new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. A day after saying he would not work with Democrats on legislation until they stop investigating him, he demanded that the House pass his revised trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

As he spoke, a group of farmers and ranchers, some wearing cowboy hats in the White House, stood and stared.

The president then enlisted a series of aides — Kellyanne Conway, Mercedes Schlapp, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Larry Kudlow and Hogan Gidley — to bolster his contention that he was calm during his brief infrastructure meeting on Wednesday with Ms. Pelosi and other congressional Democratic leaders, a meeting that ended after three minutes.

One by one, his aides acceded to his wishes and affirmed his characterization in a ritual rarely seen in democratic governments.

“Very calm. No temper tantrum,” Ms. Conway said. “Very calm and very direct,” Ms. Schlapp added. “Mercedes is right. Kellyanne is right. You were calm,” Mr. Kudlow said. “Very calm,” Ms. Sanders said when prompted. “I’ve seen both. This was definitely not angry or ranting.”


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For her part, Ms. Pelosi was intent on playing a two-pronged game: bashing Mr. Trump publicly while toiling in the Capitol to dissuade House Democrats from impeaching him.

Ms. Pelosi said on Thursday that House Democrats were “not on a path to impeachment,” even as she accused Mr. Trump of trying to whip her caucus into a distracting political battle by stonewalling congressional oversight.

Buoyed by two recent victories in court over the White House, Ms. Pelosi suggested that Mr. Trump was too unstable to govern. The president’s theatrical scrapping of Wednesday’s infrastructure meeting at the White House raised questions about his temperament and behavior, she said.

Mr. Trump had “another temper tantrum,” she told reporters at her weekly news conference at the Capitol. “Again, I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.”

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