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Ethnic cleansing and the Republican party

And then there’s this:

The Dutch far right’s election donors are almost exclusively American

This is an actual struggle for the future of our nation. We can’t afford to hand it over to the Nazis.

Rep. Pascrell slams Trump at healthcare hearing: tax returns!


Democrats in the House of Representatives may be outnumbered, but they are hardly silent. Today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Obamacare repeal led several Democrats to bring up Donald Trump’s missing tax returns and obvious conflicts of interest. No one had more fun doing this than Rep. Bill Pascrell, who pointed out in… Continue Reading →

Trump said he made $21 million in income from his New York contracts. He actually made a lot less.

The Wollman Rink

When he was running for president last May, Donald Trump released 104 pages of details about his finances, including a claim that he earned nearly $21 million through contracts with New York City to run two skating rinks in Central Park and a Bronx golf course. Much of what Trump asserts remains unverified since he has… Continue Reading →

CNN: White House tried to bully FBI into denying Trump-Russia stories


In the ongoing saga of Trump and his deep ties to Russia, a new wrinkle. According to CNN, the White House tried to put the kibosh on stories published last week concerning evidence that there were in fact ongoing communications between Trump’s associates and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. This is, in the words of… Continue Reading →

Cowardly Republicans cancel town halls

11.08.13 ACA Town Hall

What irks me is, they know the majority of people don’t want a repeal of the ACA, only help with the premiums and co-pays. They have to know this will kill them in 2018, but they seem to be telling themselves they can talk their way around it. — Susie

Reprinted with permission from Alternet. Almost all congressional Republicans are scared of facing voters in town hall meetings over the long President’s Day weekend. Only 19 representatives and senators-a tiny number-will hold town meetings during the first recess of the current session of Congress, reports the Town Hall Project. But the group’s listing of these democratic… Continue Reading →

Conservatives sold themselves to Trump for the media bashing

Republican consultant Rick Wilson:

This constellation of media players could have at any moment pumped the brakes on Trump and Trumpism during the 2016 election, and could do so now. At any moment, Rupert or the sons could have told Roger Ailes, “OK…that’s enough.” The as-yet unchronicled conspiracy – and I use that word deliberately – between the c-suite at Fox News, Matt Drudge, Trumpbart, Rush Limbaugh is a story waiting to be told. They and others actively elected to elide Trump’s endless catalog of ideological sins, moral shortcomings, mob ties, Russian moneymen, personal weirdnesses, trophy wives, serial bankruptcies, persistent tax shenanigans, low-grade intellect, thinly-veiled racial animus, and conspiracy email-forwarding kooky grandpa affect.

The “populist movement” explanation for 2016 isn’t entirely wrong, but it took the full throttle efforts of the high-volume media enablers to promote Trump as the singular remedy for the moral, economic, and political collapse they decried each day for their credulous viewers and listeners to make that “movement” happen. Even after 25 years in this movement, I can’t help but feel a sense of wonder at how brazen their marketing and monetization of Trump has been, and at its spectacular cost to conservatism.

Why Flynn’s resignation is just the beginning

White House

What did the president know, and when did he know it? From Wonkette:

Things we still don’t know about this story:

  • Everything we don’t yet know about how deep Flynn’s ties to the Russians go, exactly what he did for Trump, and why. Investigation of Mike Flynn should not be over, just because he, in theory, is gone! Here are some reasons why, as compiled by the lovely David Corn.
  • Full details on the things that have been verified and haven’t been verified in the Steele dossier, up to and including whatever kind of pee hooker kompromat the Kremlin might have on the American president, and including names and alleged activities of Trump associates like Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Carter Page.
  • The full extent of the Russian hacking operation into the 2016 election, and what results it achieved.
  • That weird computer in Trump Tower that only communicates with that huge bank in Moscow. WHAT DO IT DO EXACTLY?
  • Donald Trump obviously has a deep and abiding love for Vladimir Putin, and his fawning behavior sure does suggest he’s compromised! Is he?
  • God only knows what skeletons President Steve Bannon is hiding in his closet.
  • Information on whoever else in Trump’s inner circle could be part of the scandal.
  • Whatever U.S. and British and Israeli intelligence knows that hasn’t managed to leak yet, and oh boy, considering how much has leaked, what we don’t know is surely VAST and HOLY SHIT.

In short, Flynn’s resignation is the tip of the iceberg. So hey media, we shouldn’t blow it this time, and by “we,” we mean “you.”

Spicer: Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump’s line is an attack on Trump’s policies

Sean Spicer Tiny Head

Anyone who knows anything about Nordstrom knows they make decisions based on their bottom line, and only their bottom line. If they decide to drop Ivanka Trump’s line, it’s because it’s not making any money, which is why Sean Spicer’s claim is ridiculous. During his daily press briefing today, he slammed Nordstrom and made it personal.… Continue Reading →

Spoiled brats, breaking things

House Rules

Republicans don’t create; they’ve shut off that positive part of themselves and channeled it into finding more clever and devious ways to break things. Here’s another example from South Dakota:

The emergency package passed the House on Tuesday and is moving through a Senate committee on Wednesday, with a full floor vote in the upper chamber expected on Thursday. Once the GOP supermajorities finish up, state employees and lawmakers will be safe once again from independent investigations of public corruption in state government.
The new ethics rules would also have restricted lobbyist gifts to lawmakers, set new limits for campaign contributions, and made it harder for former state officials to move into lobbying roles. A narrow majority of voters approved the reforms after months of heated back-and-forth between the state chapters of two national organizations with wildly divergent ideas about the effort to restrict private influence in public affairs.
The opposition campaign was bankrolled primarily by the Koch brothers, through the South Dakota chapter of their Americans for Prosperity network. Supporters from the South Dakota chapter of, a Massachusetts-based anti-corruption group, were also relying on out-of-state money. AFP nonetheless positioned itself as a loyal home-team resisting carpetbagger interference, CPI reported. The Kochs’ South Dakota chapter is run by a conservative operative who has lived in the state for two decades.
South Dakota — where early white settlers were accustomed to doing business through graft — enjoys a lousy ethics reputation even in modern times.

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