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NBC’s O’Donnell To Gov. Christie: ‘Are You An Imperfect Messenger’?

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After Gov. Chris Christie held a mock trial against Hillary Clinton and used the RNC Convention’s audience as judge and jury to convict her over and over again of criminal and ethics violations, Christie was questioned about his own checkered past. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell asked him point blank if he should attacking Hillary since he’s had… Continue Reading →

Report: Bush ignored numerous warnings before invasion

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The dirty hippies were right again. I’m sure none of us are surprised, exactly, but it’s still shocking to see it all laid out:

Last week, the independent British committee established to delve into the blunders that led to that country joining the Iraq misadventure released a report astonishing for its breadth and sobriety. It is no easy read—with 2.6 million words in 12 volumes, it explores every detail of the processes and decisions that cost the lives of 179 British servicemen and women. And since the goal of the inquiry was to determine what went wrong across the board, it provides information no Republican politician would allow anyone on Capitol Hill to dig up.

The report’s shocking conclusion is obvious: The White House, the Pentagon and, to a lesser extent, the State Department had no idea what they were doing.

Incompetence permeates the tale, with Bush officials arrogantly waving aside warnings and pleas for better planning. The march toward war took on an unstoppable political momentum as evidence piled up that this invasion would be a colossal catastrophe. Preconceptions—such as blithe dismissals of a humanitarian and governmental role in the invasion for the United Nations, as well as a disregard for day-after-war preparations in favor of gut feelings and slogans—undermined the chance for success. Records show the British considered themselves indispensable to the effort, if only to counter the Bush administration’s reckless planning, which officials in Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government derided as fantastical.

If you have the stomach for it, go read the rest.

They sure do pick ’em

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It’s the George Costanza effect!

A Florida businesswoman who the Trump campaign personally asked to deliver a speech at the Republican Convention was billed as the successful employer to a staggering 100,000 people — when, in fact, she employs no one.

Michelle Van Etten, “a multi-level marketer” for a dubious nutritional product company called Youngevity, is slated to speak during Wednesday night’s business-focused event called “Make America First Again.”

The official RNC schedule and a Sunday press release described Michelle as a small-business owner who “employs over 100,000 people and is a strong supporter of Donald Trump, knowing his policies will support businesses all across America.”

Van Etten, 42, revealed to the Daily Beast on Monday that, actually, she has zero employees.

Drip, drip, drip

Closer, ever closer:

NEWARK, New Jersey – A former top appointee of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pleaded guilty Friday in connection with a plan to cause traffic problems on the George Washington Bridge as political payback. Two other former Christie allies, meanwhile, face federal criminal charges in the scandal known as Bridgegate.

At the federal court here in the Garden State’s largest city, David Wildstein acknowledged conspiring with Bill Baroni, Christie’s then-top Port Authority appointee, and Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich by closing lanes on the entrance to the George Washington Bridge in 2013, because Sokolich had declined to endorse Christie in his re-election bid. At the time, Wildstein was a top official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the bridge.

The Donald Scrambles To Bury His Video Testimony In Trump U Scam Case – What’s He Hiding?

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Trump U Continues To Haunt Donald’s Campaign Trump U is the gift that keeps on giving – if you’re a liberal, that is. The lawsuits brought against Trump U claim that it wasn’t an accredited school, and that the seminars and “classes” given were much more akin to infomercials, and completely failed the students in teaching… Continue Reading →

Outraged About Ginsburg’s Comments? Supreme Court Justices Have Always Voiced Political Opinions

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Donald Trump is freaking out over statements made by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg didn’t hold back during a New York Times interview published Monday. “I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president,” she said. Trump, naturally, hopped… Continue Reading →

Trump’s Chump: The Self-Soiling Of Christopher Christie

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Published with permission from the Washington Spectator. Ah, those craven fiends atop the Republican Party, whoring before power and calling it “unity.” Consider the man Donald Trump used to call “Little Marco,” a “disaster for Florida” who “couldn’t get elected dog catcher.” He might not be qualified to catch dogs, but he sure does a convincing… Continue Reading →

Paul Ryan wants to strip Hillary of access to classified info

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You may not know this, but many people have expressed concern about Donald Trump (and his right-hand man, Paul Manfort, who works for tyrants and Russian strongmen) getting access to classified information. So for Ryan to suggest this is beyond absurd:

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that Congress could step in and try to deny Hillary Clinton access to classified information during the presidential campaign, if the Obama administration doesn’t take that step itself.

Given that the FBI found Mrs. Clinton “careless” in handling top secret information, Mr. Ryan said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should deny her the regular intelligence briefings a party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees get.

But he said if Mr. Clapper doesn’t do that, Congress could step in.

“We’re not going to forego any options,” he said — though he insisted the administration should do it “on its own.”

How Will FBI Findings Impact The Clinton Email FOIA Lawsuits?

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In reading FBI Director’s Comey’s statement I was pleased that the investigation is ended and the FBI has recommended no criminal sanctions. The administrative sanctions he mentioned could consist of demotions, suspensions, or other employment impact, but since Hillary Clinton is no longer a Secretary of State, it doesn’t matter. It’s likely the DOJ will go… Continue Reading →

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