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Rich T Bikkies's Photo Rich T Bikkies 24 May 2019 - 12:41 PM

Delicious. Just delicious. If this is an indication that a key part of the top level of Ms Pelosi's strategy is to give Republicans in general, and the pussy grabber in particular, enough rope to hang themselves, then:

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Probabilistic's Photo Probabilistic 24 May 2019 - 01:53 PM

When alternative cleaning, cooking or driving contributes to society then Kellyanne Conway would gain some regard. Till then she's a Lyin' Cretin.
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LFC's Photo LFC 24 May 2019 - 02:51 PM

Rudy came out swinging at Pelosi for Trump. He proceeded to belt himself in the nose.

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Rudy Giuliani offered an apparent attempt at an apology for sharing a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but the response likely wasn’t what he had hoped.

President Donald Trump and his personal attorney each shared the doctored video, which aired on Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business program and appears to show Pelosi slurring and stammering, and Giuliani offered something like an apology on his personal Twitter account.

The tweet reads: “ivesssapology for a video which is allegedly is a caricature of an otherwise halting speech pattern, she should first stop, and apologize for, saying the President needs an ‘intervention.’ Are”


Thanks for clearing that up.
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LFC's Photo LFC 07 June 2019 - 02:35 PM

Matthew Yglesias wrote a piece last year on a phenomenon he calls "the hack gap." It guarantees that the right-wing media has an oversized ability to drive the narrative and keeps Democrats on perpetual defense. Here's the opener to the article.

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In the fall of 2016, Hillary Clinton, asked at a fundraiser how she explained the political appeal of Donald Trump, said that “to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”

The rest, she allowed, were fundamentally good people, pushed by circumstance into embracing Trump, and she was hoping to win them over.

Insulting rank-and-file Republicans (even if it was only about half of them) was treated as a huge national scandal. Republican Party politicians and conservative pundits harped on the line, providing a point of party unity at a time when many party and movement stalwarts were reluctant to actually praise Trump. The mainstream press covered the controversy intensively, and left-of-center pundits weighed in with a range of takes, including one from yours truly, which concluded that Clinton really had messed up by violating “the norm against attacking the other party’s constituents” rather than its politicians.

This past Friday, meanwhile, President Trump said that 100 percent of people planning to vote Democratic in the upcoming midterms — a majority of the electorate, in other words — are “crazy.” Nobody cared and almost nobody even noticed.

The reason is something I’ve dubbed “the hack gap” over the years, and it’s one of the most fundamental asymmetries shaping American politics. While conservatives obsess over the (accurate) observation that the average straight news reporter has policy views that are closer to the Democratic Party than the Republican Party, the hack gap fundamentally does more to structure political discourse.

The hack gap explains why Clinton’s email server received more television news coverage than all policy issues combined in the 2016 election. It explains why Republicans can hope to get away with dishonest spin about preexisting conditions. It’s why Democrats are terrified that Elizabeth Warren’s past statements about Native American heritage could be general election poison in 2020, and it’s why an internecine debate about civility has been roiling progressive circles for nearly two years even while the president of the United States openly praises assaulting journalists.

The hack gap has two core pillars. One is the constellation of conservative media outlets — led by Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch properties like the Wall Street Journal editorial page, but also including Sinclair Broadcasting in local television, much of AM talk radio, and new media offerings such as Breitbart and the Daily Caller — that simply abjure anything resembling journalism in favor of propaganda.

The other is that the self-consciousness journalists at legacy outlets have about accusations of liberal bias leads them to bend over backward to allow the leading conservative gripes of the day to dominate the news agenda. Television producers who would never dream of assigning segments where talking heads debate whether it’s bad that the richest country on earth also has millions of children growing up in dire poverty think nothing of chasing random conservative shiny objects, from “Fast & Furious” (remember that one?) to Benghazi to the migrant caravan.

And more than Citizens United or even gerrymandering, it’s a huge constant thumb on the scale in favor of the political right in America.
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LFC's Photo LFC 12 June 2019 - 09:50 AM

Imagine the right-wing reaction if a House Democrat had handed $7,600 over to an Obama or Clinton owned business. Hell, they screeched about donations to a top-rated Clinton charity. (Nothing of course about the scam Trump charity.)

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Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN) amended his FEC filings on lodging at the Trump International Hotel mere hours after USA Today questioned him on the $7,600 in campaign funds he spent at the hotel after his election (congressmen are supposed to pay for their own housing in D.C.).

Per USA Today, he reclassified the expenditures as “fundraising event costs,” which have more latitude.

“In order to avoid confusion here from hostile reporters, the FEC report will be amended to change the description from `lodging’ to `fundraising event costs,'” Pence spokesperson Kyle Robertson said before the updated reports were filed, declining to give specifics on the nature of the fundraising events.

The FEC says clearly that campaign funds may not be used for “living expenses during the transition period, as those are not incidental to an election.”

Funnily enough, the FEC tightened up rules in this area after complaints were lodged that old candidates, including Pence’s brother Mike (now Vice President) used campaign funds to pay mortgages, car payments and credit card bills.
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Traveler's Photo Traveler 12 June 2019 - 12:34 PM

"hostile reporters". Sounds like a war is on.
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LFC's Photo LFC 12 June 2019 - 01:49 PM

Here's the Republican double standard on display in all its glory. What a lying, tribal, hypocritical piece of shit.

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Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) still stands by his vote to impeach former President Bill Clinton in 1998, but he doesn’t think President Donald Trump should be impeached.

Why?

Because Trump never swore on the Bible.

In an interview with the Atlantic published this week, Chabot argued that Clinton “put his hand on the Bible, swore to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” while testifying on his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

“And then he lied,” the GOP lawmaker said. “He perjured himself.”

But Trump?

“Trump didn’t perjure himself. He was never under oath,” said Chabot.

When asked about the ten instances special counsel Robert Mueller investigated for his obstruction probe into Trump, Chabot waved them off.

“I think when you study almost anybody as closely and with such a fine-tooth comb as the President was studied, you’re always going to find instances where a person’s judgment can be second-guessed,” he said. “But that’s not the standard we use to determine whether we ought to impeach a president or not.”
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LFC's Photo LFC 13 June 2019 - 05:13 PM

Once again, imagine if it was a Democrat. I hope they put this shit in prison this time.

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Margaret Hunter, the wife of Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy to misuse campaign funds and has agreed to cooperate with the prosecution under a new plea deal.

Hunter and her husband had pleaded not guilty in August 2018 to charges that they’d both misused $250,000 dollars in campaign donations for personal use, including on flights for the congressman’s pet rabbit.

Now Margaret Hunter is reversing and pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy count in federal court on Thursday, for which she faces up to five years in prison.

Per the plea agreement document, Hunter has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and provide them with “substantial assistance,” including interviews and court testimonies.

The agreement states that the couple spent “substantially more than they earned” between 2010 and 2016, the period during which they allegedly misused campaign finances. It reached the point where “they both recognized that they would be unable to pay for basic living expenses like gas and groceries without incurring additional overdraft fees.”

Margaret Hunter is scheduled to be sentenced on September 1.
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LFC's Photo LFC 26 June 2019 - 08:20 PM

Al Franken was driven out over bullshit. This guy left after sending a dick pic. (Pennsylvania Republicans, trying out for the part of "Florida Man" again.)

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The head of the Pennsylvania Republican Party resigned Tuesday after reports that he sent sexually explicit text messages and pictures to a Philadelphia City Council candidate, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Val DiGiorgio allegedly sent Irina Goldstein a photo of his genitals and said it was her “duty to the party” to send photos back, promising to “get you to [the] White House at some point,” according to the newspaper in a story it published earlier Tuesday.

DiGiorgio resigned Tuesday afternoon, saying in a statement that all communications between the two had been consensual.

“The attempt to represent these communications as anything other than that came only after I declined to support [Goldstein’s] candidacy and take sides in the party primary,” he said in the statement.
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LFC's Photo LFC 18 September 2019 - 10:06 AM

Even the Republicans can't overlook this dirtbag in the PA Senate.

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Pennsylvania Sen. Mike Folmer ( R ) was removed from his leadership role on the State Government Committee Tuesday night after being charged with possessing child pornography.

According to the Patriot-News, officials were tipped off when the social media site Tumblr detected an upload of child pornography on its platform. Law enforcement tracked the upload to Folmer’s home and found the porn saved on his phone.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, both Republicans, released a joint statement.

“We are shocked to learn tonight of the allegations made against Senator Folmer,” they wrote. “We will fully cooperate with law enforcement regarding this deeply disturbing matter.

“Given the severity of these charges, Senator Folmer is immediately being removed as Chair of the Senate State Government Committee,” they continued. “Further action in response to these charges will be taken by Senate Leadership in the coming days.”
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LFC's Photo LFC 17 October 2019 - 03:29 PM

Republicans once again fail to rein in Trump's abuse of power. Of course they'll screech like the snowflakes they are once a Democratic president uses the power of a national emergency in the same way.

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The Senate’s attempts to block a national emergency that President Donald Trump declared along the southern border were stymied yet again on Thursday.

While a majority of lawmakers had previously voted in favor of a resolution to terminate the emergency, which Trump has used to shift funding from other military construction projects to his border wall, not enough ultimately backed it to overcome a veto from the president.

Instead, senators voted 36-53 to uphold Trump’s veto, an expected outcome. At least 20 Republicans would have needed to band with Democrats in order to hit the 67-member supermajority needed to nullify the veto.

Congress is able to take a vote on the emergency every six months, according to the National Emergencies Act of 1976, and Democrats have been keen to use this rule to put both Trump and Republican senators on the spot about the border wall.
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LFC's Photo LFC 30 October 2019 - 11:09 AM

Rep. Katie Hill (R-CA) resigned over an affair she had with a campaign staffer. A Republican paragon of intellect, morality, and patriotism (and also convicted criminal and Russian colludenik) entered the race for her House seat. Outside of losing votes or speaking up against Dear Leader (which the GOP is afraid will cost them votes) there really is zero morality in the GOP. I seriously doubt that the whole "live boy or dead girl" scandal metric is really a thing for them anymore as long as it means keeping a seat.

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Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has decided to run for outgoing Rep. Katie Hill’s (D-CA) seat, less than a year after his stint in prison as a result of Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The FEC filing, first reported by Roll Call, shows the former Trump campaign adviser’s intent to run in California’s 25th District.

Papadopoulos served two weeks in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his efforts to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton from Russia. Prior to his incarceration, Papadopoulos unsuccessfully attempted to weasel his way out of prison by insisting he was set up by the “deep state”– despite his guilty plea.

The Trump campaign attempted to distance itself from Papadopoulos during his legal battle, claiming he was merely “the coffee boy.”

Hill announced her resignation on Sunday after she admitted to an affair with a campaign staffer.

Prior to revelations of the affair, the right-wing site Redstate posted a sensationalist story on October 18 alleging a three-way affair between Hill, her estranged husband (from whom Hill is seeking a divorce) and the female staffer. The story included nude photographs of a woman purporting to be Hill. Redstate also claimed Hill had an affair with Graham Kelly, her legislative director, though Hill has denied that accusation.

In her statement, Hill accused her “abusive husband” of driving a “smear campaign” against her, indicating that her husband had intentionally leaked the photos in an act of revenge porn.
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D. C. Sessions's Photo D. C. Sessions 30 October 2019 - 12:10 PM

I'm slightly encouraged by the thought that Papadopoulos is the best barrel-scaping that the Party of Trump could come up with in ...

California? Never mind.
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golden_valley's Photo golden_valley 30 October 2019 - 02:25 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 30 October 2019 - 12:10 PM, said:

I'm slightly encouraged by the thought that Papadopoulos is the best barrel-scaping that the Party of Trump could come up with in ...

California? Never mind.

It's not California. It's California Republicans who stick with folks like Darrell Issa who I think is contemplating a run for the Hunter Duncan (indicted) seat. There must be good Republicans in local offices in Southern California who should be running for Congress, but maybe they don't want to be in the crazy house of mirrors that is part of the Republican contingent in Congress.
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LFC's Photo LFC 08 November 2019 - 11:29 AM

View PostLFC, on 17 May 2019 - 10:43 AM, said:

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.

More witnesses have since come out that now Rep. Jim Jordan (R-IOKIYAR) ignored sexual harassment and assault when he was a coach. And if you want to play by Clinton rules the fact is that he also lied about it. Where's the pressure for this scumbag to go? What is he, a Catholic Bishop? If he had a shred of dignity or decency he would resign. There's no way the nation can ever trust him after he knowingly protected a serial sexual predator. But imagine if it was a Democrat.

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A referee is alleging that serial sexual assailant Dr. Richard Strauss masturbated in front of him in the showers of Ohio State University after a match. The referee allegedly immediately told then-assistant coach Jim Jordan, who shrugged him off, according to NBC News.

There have been multiple allegations that Jordan knew of Strauss’ rampant sexual assaults and did nothing. The congressman has denied the allegations and claims that the people coming forward are politically motivated.

“Congressman Jordan never saw or heard of any kind of sexual abuse, and if he had he would’ve dealt with it,” said Jordan communications director Ian Fury. “Multiple investigations have confirmed this simple fact.”

Independent investigators found that Strauss had sexually assaulted at least 177 boys over twenty years.
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LFC's Photo LFC 12 November 2019 - 04:38 PM

View PostLFC, on 08 November 2019 - 11:29 AM, said:


Now there's a typical Republican. When confronted with his crimes he attacks ... Adam Schiff. Yeah, that's convincing.

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In an interview with the Lima News, Jordan dismissed the referee’s allegation against him as “ridiculous,” and he said that anyone who has followed his political career knows that he’s not the type of person to ignore wrongdoing.

As examples, he cited his willingness to fight with prominent politicians and government officials who have been investigating President Donald Trump’s alleged wrongdoing.

“I’ve stood up against the IRS, stood up against the FBI, stood up against Adam Schiff, fought the Justice Department when the whole Trump-Russia thing — what they had done,” he said. “The idea I’m not going to defend our athletes when I think they’re being harmed is ridiculous.”
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