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#41 LFC

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 04:01 PM

Vox lists the 10 Democrats poised to make Trump's life, and the life of his minions, pure living hell.

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The Trump administration’s free ride from Congress is over.

New Democratic House committee chairs are set to launch subpoena-powered investigations into the president’s finances, Russian interference, and administration ethics scandals. After two years of low-energy Republican oversight, the Trump administration’s policies and its basic competence in running the government will be under serious scrutiny for the first time.

Republicans have been supremely worried about this prospect for some time. “Winter is coming,” one Trump ally told the Washington Post before the election. If the Democrats won the House, the source continued, “The White House will be under siege.”

The siege is about to begin. The big game changer is that the majorities in congressional committees have the ability to approve subpoenas: to compel document production or in-person testimony, from government agencies and officials as well as private citizens.

The committees themselves can’t bring criminal charges as a result of the investigations, but they can refer the conduct they find to the Justice Department. Just as consequentially, scandals they unearth could have political consequences in the media and at the ballot box.

Each committee will be led by a chair, and each chair will have some leeway to decide where to expend their committee’s investigative resources. These are the key players who will do much to shape President Trump’s 2019. So here’s what we know about some of the most important incoming chairs, and their investigative ambitions.

" '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 04 January 2019 - 12:48 PM

Dems are going after tax returns, now and forever.

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House Democrats are taking aim at President Trump’s tax returns with their first major bill package of their new majority.

The provision, announced Friday morning, would require presidents, vice presidents and candidates for those offices to release the last 10 years of their taxes. The President is the first in more than four decades to refuse to divulge his personal finances.

The provision is part of a larger package of ethics, campaign security and voting rights legislation. And like much of the rest of the bill, it’s mostly being pushed for optics and messaging reasons, as it’s almost certain that the provision won’t become law.

That doesn’t mean the fight over Trump’s taxes is going away anytime soon, however. The move is just the latest Democratic attempt to pressure Trump to release his tax returns.

It's an ethics bill so expect Republicans to block it.
" '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 04 January 2019 - 01:35 PM

Let the cage rattling begin! Here's one of the newly minted Democratic Reps who happens to be a woman and Muslim (A double right-wingnut whammy! Triple if you count that she's a Democrat!) using language that the Trumpsters can understand.

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Well, it’s one way to make a name for yourself after entering Congress. Hours after Rep. Rashida Tlaib made headlines for being sworn in as one of the two first Muslim female members of Congress on Thursday (alongside Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar), she told a cheering crowd about her mission against Donald Trump: “Impeach the motherfucker.” Speaking at a reception for the MoveOn campaign on Thursday night, the Michigan Democrat recalled a conversation she had with her son. She quoted her boy saying: “‘Look, Mama, you won. Bullies don’t win,’” Tlaib told the crowd. “And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t.’ Because we’re gonna go in there and impeach the motherfucker.”

Tlaib expanded on her comments in an op-ed for the Detroit Free Press, writing that “We already have overwhelming evidence that the president has committed impeachable offenses, including, just to name a few: obstructing justice; violating the emoluments clause; abusing the pardon power; directing or seeking to direct law enforcement to prosecute political adversaries for improper purposes...” And after conservatives criticized the congresswoman for her “impeach the motherfucker” comment, she doubled down: On Friday, Tlaib tweeted, “I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyme.” Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress and, alongside Omar, became the first female rep to wear a headscarf, also known as a hijab, in Congress.


Nancy Pelosi knows exactly how to react. This is why she's Speaker and not some numbnuts with next to no experience.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated on Friday that she views impeachment as a “divisive” issue, but partly defended newly elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) Thursday evening remark that “We’re gonna go in there and impeach the motherfucker.”

Speaking with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Pelosi was adamant that she is not in the business of policing the language of her colleagues. Furthermore, she noted, the president himself has used far worse language.

“I probably have a generational reaction to [Tlaib’s comment],” Pelosi said in the MSNBC interview set to air Friday night. “I’m not in the censorship business,” she said. “I don’t like that language, I wouldn’t use that language, but I wouldn’t establish language standards for my colleagues.”

Tlaib’s comments, the speaker added, were “nothing worse than the president has said.”


Meanwhile Donny keeps clawing as hard as he can to get back into his fantasy world. "There's no place like the inside of my head! There's no place like the inside of my head! There's no place..."

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All the talk of indictments and impeachments appears to be getting inside somebody’s head. In a bizarre statement, even for Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, the president on Friday morning wrote: “How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?” It’s unclear why being in the “greatest election of all time” would make him immune to impeachment, or by what measure he rates the last two years “the most successful first two years of any president.” The 93 percent rating is incorrect. A recent survey put his approval among Republicans overall at 85 percent. Among those who identified as strongly Republican that was 93 percent, but those voters make up less than half of the Republican electorate and just 18 percent of likely U.S. voters. Trump’s overall approval rating among not-so-strong Republicans was just 72 percent. And as for collusion with Russia—well, that's for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to decide.

" '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 04 January 2019 - 02:31 PM

This Republican was stupid enough to whine about Rep. Tlaib's language, forgetting who his Dear Leader is for a moment. What a bunch of crybabies! And McCarthy must be the dumbest motherf***er of them all if he thought this was a powerful play.

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House minority leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday angrily complained about the lack of civility by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who said on Thursday that House Democrats were going to “impeach” President Donald Trump — whom she referred to as a “motherf*cker.”

While holding court with reporters, McCarthy said that Republicans would never condone the use of such foul language.

“Do you know what happened in the last Congress when Republicans were in the majority?” he asked. “You know what our freshman class did? They put a resolution together to actually work with one another, to not use foul language. They got almost every single freshman to sign onto it! That is the difference with this new Congress and it’s wrong.”

A reporter, however, noted that Republicans have typically brushed off the need for civility when it comes to President Donald Trump.

“The president, not too long ago, referred to a woman as ‘horse face,'” he pointed out. “Who within your caucus called out the president for that type of language?”

“I think a lot of them did,” McCarthy said, without naming a single GOP lawmaker who actually did so.

" '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 08 January 2019 - 09:52 PM

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:27 AM

Just the thing if you want to explain what a "visual pun" is. One picture worth a thousand words.
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 10:42 AM

From the Washington Post: (Underling mine)

The Daily 202: The new Russia revelations are more consequential than Trump’s newsless immigration speech

-- The more consequential story coming out of Tuesday was the result of a flub by Paul Manafort’s defense team. It accidentally revealed, because of botched redactions, that the former Trump campaign chairman allegedly shared 2016 presidential campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate the FBI has said has ties to Russian intelligence. Manafort’s attorneys were responding to allegations by special counsel Bob Mueller that the former Trump campaign chairman lied repeatedly to prosecutors after agreeing to cooperate.

“Remember, the polling info Manafort passed to Kilimnik was headed to Deripaska, who is close to Putin,” said Steven Hall, the former chief of Russia operations at the CIA.

“The margins the Russians needed to change in key states during the 2016 elections [were] pretty small. Now we know how they were able to be so precise: Paul Manafort was providing polling data to Russia.”


“Manafort, who knows Deripaska very well and isn't a total idiot, thought internal campaign data was worth real money to the oligarch (i.e., to count against Manafort's debt). That only makes sense if Deripaska was passing on to others -- and that Manafort KNEW he was,”said David Burbach, who teaches national security and international relations at the Naval War College. “Deripaska himself would have more use for Arby's BBQ sauce recipe.”




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Posted 09 January 2019 - 12:07 PM

Nyah nyah. This is indeed serious. Looking like the smoking gun. Surprised that Bloomberg hasnt picked up on this.
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