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Posted 11 March 2019 - 10:46 AM

Uranium One was one of the most idiotic "scandal" manufactured by the right-wingnuts. It made no sense right out of the gate and was really some Republicans shouting the words "uranium", "Clinton", and "Russia" in varying orders but always maximum shrillness. The DOJ actually "investigated" this stupidity. Supposedly there were directives from Gen. Beauregard Sessions to dig back into this because, well, Trump. This was denied. Turns out the denial was yet another lie. I think Mr. Sessions needs to be dragged before the House and forced to testify under oath about these lies and why he allowed the DOJ to be used as a political tool.

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After it claimed no such document existed, the Justice Department just unearthed a letter Matt Whitaker delivered to the Utah U.S. attorney directing a review of how the department handled the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One issues.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote the letter on Nov. 22, 2017 for Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber. Matt Whitaker, who was Sessions’ chief of staff at the time, emailed the letter to Huber that day, writing, “As we discussed.” He also sent Huber a copy of a letter the Justice Department’s Congressional affairs chief sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 13 of that year.

The existence of a letter documenting Sessions’ directive that the DOJ revisit probes of Trump’s top political foe is a surprise because a department lawyer said in court last year that senior officials insisted it didn’t exist. The liberal nonprofit American Oversight obtained the letter through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request they filed on Nov. 22, 2017––the same day Whitaker emailed Sessions’ letter to Huber.

The request asked for documentation of the directions Sessions gave Huber about the review of the Clinton investigations. After DOJ failed to produce any written directions, American Oversight sued.

And on Nov. 16, 2018, Senior Counsel in the Office of Information Policy Vanessa Brinkmann, who handles FOIA Requests, said a lawyer in Sessions’ office told her no such letter existed. That lawyer spoke with Huber and Whitaker, she said in a declaration filed in federal court, and then told her that “when the Attorney General directed Mr. Huber to evaluate these matters, no written guidance or directives were issued to Mr. Huber in connection with this directive, either by the Attorney General, or by other senior leadership office staff.”

That wasn’t correct. On Wednesday of last week, a DOJ lawyer told American Oversight that they had found the document that kicked off Huber’s work.

" '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 11 March 2019 - 03:32 PM

Poor Harah Suckabee. She still can't lie as well as Kellyanne.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday couldn’t name one instance of President Donald Trump denouncing Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for his various endorsements of white nationalism — even though she asserted a few seconds earlier that anti-Semitism is “something that should be called by name.”

In a press briefing Monday, Sanders refused to answer several times whether — as he’s said in public and private in recent days — Trump actually believes that Democrats belong to an anti-Jewish party.

“Does the President really believe Democrats hate Jews?” ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asked.

“Look, the President’s been an unwavering and committed ally to Israel and the Jewish people,” Sanders responded, not answering the question.


Her reply on the question of Trump saying Democrats hated Jews was pathetic.

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“I’m trying to answer,” Sanders snapped. “If you stop talking, I’ll finish my statement.”

Sanders concluded — very confusingly — by saying that Jackson should ask Democrats why Trump said they hate Jewish people.

" '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 12 March 2019 - 12:28 PM

Trump is such a sniveling coward that he always needs somebody else to do his dirty work, or even just plain responsibilities, for him.

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It’s no secret that the Trump family isn’t the most functional in the world, but this is something special. Donald Trump instructed his former chief of staff to fire his children because they kept generating bad media coverage, according to a new book. Kushner Inc., by journalist Vicky Ward, makes the claim that, when Trump hired John F. Kelly as his chief of staff, the president directed him: “Get rid of my kids; get them back to New York.” According to the book, which is previewed in The New York Times, Trump complained that his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner “didn’t know how to play the game” and kept attracting negative press. Kelly reportedly said it would look bad to fire them so they decided to make life difficult enough to force Kushner and Ivanka to resign. However, the pair survived the plan and Kelly resigned in December. Ward also reports Ivanka and Kushner kept getting refused travel on Air Force planes—but found a workaround by inviting along a Cabinet secretary, often Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to get access to the government flights.

" '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 12 March 2019 - 01:46 PM

View PostLFC, on 12 March 2019 - 12:28 PM, said:

Trump is such a sniveling coward that he always needs somebody else to do his dirty work, or even just plain responsibilities, for him.
I guess he thought John Kelly was George Clooney
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Posted 12 March 2019 - 02:04 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 12 March 2019 - 01:46 PM, said:


I never heard of that movie. Do you know if it's any good?
" '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 12 March 2019 - 08:16 PM

Isn't that the one where he is hired to fire people?
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Posted 12 March 2019 - 08:17 PM

View PostAnBr, on 12 March 2019 - 08:16 PM, said:

Isn't that the one where he is hired to fire people?

Yes. It was a rather good movie. Worth a rental.

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:36 PM

View PostLFC, on 12 March 2019 - 02:04 PM, said:

I never heard of that movie. Do you know if it's any good?
Really well done film and one of Clooney's best performances. I was a piker of a road warrior compared to his character, but I can somewhat relate to his comfort level with flying somewhere.
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Posted 13 March 2019 - 07:14 AM

I loved it.
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Posted 13 March 2019 - 04:09 PM

The stench is gag-inducing. And I repeat, can you imagine if this was President Clinton pulling this shit? Here's some of the tap dancing. There's more in the full link.

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In an congressional oversight hearing focused on the FBI’s years-long effort to build a new headquarters, the government’s top landlord repeatedly refused to discuss discussions she’d had with President Donald Trump about the project — an important point, given Trump’s obsession with the FBI’s building plans.

Before taking office, Trump expressed interest in purchasing the FBI’s current address, a few feet from his Washington, D.C. hotel. After he was elected (and after he became ineligible to bid on the property) Trump began insisting that the FBI’s current address was too valuable to give up for a new building in the suburbs, which was the agency’s plan for years before he took office. A year ago, the General Services Administration and FBI changed course and submitted a plan to Congress to rebuild at the bureau’s current address.

The relocation question has been the subject of an inspector general’s probe and two letters from Democrats demanding answers — the latter considerably angrier than the former.

Instead of answering several questions about Trump’s potential involvement in the behind-the-scenes planning, GSA Administrator Emily Murphy (pictured above) repeated a similar phrase multiple times during Wednesday’s hour-and-a-half hearing.

“It’s longstanding executive branch practice and privilege not to discuss conversations between the President, his advisers, heads of agencies and senior White House advisers,” she said. “So I’m going to respectfully decline to answer that question.”

Murphy wasn’t asserting executive privilege during her testimony before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, she clarified. That option belongs to Trump, not her.

“So you’re asserting a privilege that the President hasn’t?” Chairman Mike Quigley (D-IL) asked.

“I am not asserting a privilege, I’m declining to answer,” Murphy replied.

In that instance, Murphy was refusing to answer Quigley’s question about whether she was aware of the White House communicating its preference about the FBI’s building plans to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

" '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 14 March 2019 - 03:53 PM

Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and delivers pointed remarks on sexuality

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Leo Varadkar, who is openly gay, spoke on the changes for Ireland and called out various forms of discrimination.


Delicious. I wonder if the saintly and devout Veep uses the word "faggots" when the cameras are not on him?
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:04 PM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 14 March 2019 - 03:53 PM, said:

Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and delivers pointed remarks on sexuality



Delicious. I wonder if the saintly and devout Veep uses the word "faggots" when the cameras are not on him?

Referring to cigarettes, right? :D
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 05:36 AM

View PostBact PhD, on 14 March 2019 - 09:04 PM, said:

Referring to cigarettes, right? :D

No. Fags are cigarettes. Faggots are a type of meatball.
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 07:57 AM

Re fag : Well Rich T, I found out what it was not American for cigarette back in 80's when I asked the Americans I was working for if they could lend me a fag. I almost died there in the desert. I was told 'I gotta be careful' by some suddenly hostile guys. In return it was explained to me that 'hot shit' and 'no shit' was really and really?
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:47 AM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 15 March 2019 - 05:36 AM, said:

No. Fags are cigarettes. Faggots are a type of meatball.

A faggot is also a unit of measure. Ironically it's a measure of wood. (Happy Friday!)
" '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 20 March 2019 - 10:50 AM

Just another indicator of the level of dysfunction in the administration.

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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

"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 20 March 2019 - 11:32 AM

View PostLFC, on 20 March 2019 - 10:50 AM, said:


Only the best...
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Posted 20 March 2019 - 11:51 AM

View PostLFC, on 20 March 2019 - 10:50 AM, said:


There is something weird going on with Turkey: https://en.wikipedia...a_Kemal_Atatürk

Maybe John Snow was there trying to figure out how to make things go viral?

More on Katherine Ols[s]on: https://madmen.fando...Katherine_Olson

Would Ivanka or Melania make a better sex slave for J. T. ("Jabba") Hutt?

And don't forget Captain Janeway (probably a better choice than Seven of Nine, who would constantly be pointing out that most things Trump says are "illogical" and "irrelevant").
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Posted 21 March 2019 - 03:17 PM

Jared again.

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White House advisor Jared Kushner has been using WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging app, to conduct official government business, House Democrats alleged in a letter Thursday that raised concerns about his and other White House officials’ compliance with the Presidential Records Act.

In response to the allegations, Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lowell said that the Democrats were mischaracterizing what the lawyer told lawmakers in a meeting in December.

According to Democrats’ letter, Lowell confirmed to lawmakers Kushner’s use of the app, but that Lowell also claimed that Kushner has been complying with the law by screenshotting the messages and sending them to his White House email account or to the National Security Council. Lowell also, according to the Democrats, confirmed that Kushner’s communications were with “people outside of the United States,” according to the letter. Asked if Kushner discussed classified information over the app, Lowell told lawmakers, according to the letter, that was “above my pay grade.”


Screenshotting messages? SERIOUSLY?
" '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 21 March 2019 - 04:17 PM

More email nonsense in the Trump administration.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) revealed that Deputy National Security advisor K.T. McFarland was using a personal AOL.com email account to conduct official White House business.

A shocking Politico report uncovered the news when the House Oversight Committee requested documents from Kushner and other current and former White House officials.

The requested information uncovered senior White House aide Jared Kushner was using secret modes of communication like WhatsApp to talk with elected officials. Kushner told the officials that he was taking screen captures to ensure they were following open records requirements.

“Cummings said the document shows that McFarland was in communication with Tom Barrack, a longtime Trump confidant and the chairman of the president’s Inaugural Committee, about transferring ‘sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia,'” Politico reported.

" '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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