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Trump denies House request for Flynn documents

General Michael Flynn

Where are the subpoenas? CNN: White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short outlined in a letter to the House oversight committee how it would not complete the request from the panel, referring some requests to the Department of Defense, saying the office doesn’t have custody of some of the other documents or simply stating “we… Continue Reading →

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Republicans are such nice people


So collegial, amirite?

TALLAHASSEE — Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles dropped the n-word to a pair of African-American colleagues in private conversation Monday night — after calling one of them a “fucking asshole,” a “bitch” and a “girl,” the two senators said.

Over drinks after 10 p.m. at the members-only Governors Club just steps from the state Capitol, Artiles told Sens. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville and Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale that Senate President Joe Negron of Stuart had been risen to his powerful GOP leadership role because “six niggers” in the Republican caucus had elected him.

Artiles later told Gibson and Thurston that he’d used the word “niggas,” suggesting the slang term was not meant to be insulting, Gibson and Thurston said. It’s unclear whom Artiles was referring to, since the only black senators in the state Senate are all Democrats — and none of them backed Negron’s bid to lead the chamber.

Artiles apologized to Gibson late Tuesday afternoon, after he’d been reported to Republican leaders and reporters started asking questions.

“In an exchange with a colleague of mine in the Senate, I unfortunately let my temper get the best of me,” Artiles said later in a statement. “There is no excuse for the exchange that occurred and I have apologized to my Senate colleagues and regret the incident profusely.”

To Gibson and Thurston, it was clear Artiles wasn’t referring to them or to any other Democrats as “niggas” but apparently to six Republicans who favored Negron for the job over Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater.

But Hillary’s emails!

2 more Trump insiders acknowledge contact with Kislyak. Did any Trump advisors NOT meet with the Russians?

Imagine if this was released to the public before the election:

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.

The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.

This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents. Such contacts are now at the center of an investigation into whether the campaign coordinated with the Russian government to swing the election in Trump’s favor.

Page has not been accused of any crimes, and it is unclear whether the Justice Department might later seek charges against him or others in connection with Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections began in July, officials have said. Most such investigations don’t result in criminal charges.

The couples that twerk together are racist jerks together

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I guess you heard by now that the Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned last night over having an affair, leaving us with now-Gov. Kay Ivey. But his girlfriend sounds like a real swell gal, doesn’t she?

Governor Robert Bentley’s former top advisor and secret paramour Rebekah Mason led a politically-motivated effort in 2015 to close 31 driver’s license offices in mostly black counties, a move that embarrassed the state and was later reversed.

The decision also led to a federal investigation and drew civil rights protesters such as Jesse Jackson to the state.

Mason’s role was highlighted in a 131-page report released Friday by the investigator leading impeachment efforts against Gov. Bentley, a report largely focused on the relationship between Mason and Bentley.

The report and exhibits can be found here.

According to that report, which was compiled by lead investigator Jack Sharman, it was Mason who “proposed closing multiple driver’s license offices throughout the State” and asked the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to “put together a plan.”

Republicans invoke nuclear option for Gorsuch

Our very own Mitch McConnell. Showing us how well he can color coordinate and PERSIST.

Yep, keeping big dark money in politics was that important to them. Republicans (and don’t let anyone say “The Senate” we’re looking right at you, Mrs. Greenspan because you already did) invoked the nuclear option, eliminating the filibuster from Supreme Court decisions made by the United States Senate. We will never forget that it was REPUBLICAN… Continue Reading →

Oh, look. Nunes was on White House grounds the day before Trump visit

Devin Nunes (R-CA) 20-March-2017, GOP Intel chairman leading Russia probe says he ‘never heard of Carter Page or Roger Stone’. Dev, do some damn reading.

The day before Rep. Nunes “ran to the White House with intel” and held a bizarre and unexpected press conference claiming he had seen evidence of “incidental collection” from the intelligence communities of Trump people, he actually was on the White House grounds viewing classified information in a secure location. Much has been made of his… Continue Reading →

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!

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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 →

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