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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 →

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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.

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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.”
Read more at http://wonkette.com/612710/dear-media-mike-flynns-resignation-does-not-mean-trumps-russia-scandal-is-over#iQdKYpPH77vJze2m.99

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

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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 Represent.us, 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.

We are clutching our pearls over Madonna’s F-word

Madonna se hizo sentir en marcha contra Trump https://t.co/xBjgabsZKk #Espectáculos #ACN https://t.co/Y28YDQWaRU January 22, 2017 at 11:32AM

After Madonna dropped a couple of F-bombs while being covered live on CNN and MSNBC, NBC analyst Mike Murphy tweeted this about the Women’s March protests. The lefty platform speakers almost never do these protest rallies any favors… – mike murphy (@murphymike) January 21, 2017 Brian Williams brought up Murphy’s tweet to MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell… Continue Reading →

Deja vu: The Villagers are clutching their pearls again

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My goodness, the Villagers were so upset about yesterday’s news about Donald Trump and his very special relationships with Russia and their sex workers. Can you guess what had them so upset? I knew you could!

They were upset that Buzzfeed published the original intelligence report.

Where to begin? First of all, a BBC reporter announced today he verified the story with a CIA source –and I’ve since heard more details about what kind of additional dirt the Russians are said to have on Trump. (If you’ve seen the pictures of Trump with young Ivanka on his lap, you can probably guess.)

Chris Matthews, who spoke at great length about the many possible crimes Hillary Clinton may have committed after James Comey released his last-minute letter, is in high dudgeon over Buzzfeed publishing the memo. Because journalism, damn it!

Well, just like with 2003 and the run-up to the Iraq invasion, journalism isn’t doing a goddamned thing to stand up to this creature. Once again, the dirty fucking hippies will do the dirty work and we not only won’t get any thanks, we’ll be ripped to shreds over it.

Must be time for another blogger ethics panel!

Donald Trump refuses to release tax returns because ‘I won’

If Trump Wants a ‘Hacking Defense’ Strategy, He Should Just Use Obama’s

Arriving late to what was supposed to amount to a press conference, Trump, as expected, avoided answering any questions of a ‘delicate’ manner. Never mind the latest revelations from intelligence, someone asked him if he would release the tax returns. I’m sure you can guess what his response was. REPORTER: Do you believe the hacking was… Continue Reading →

Oh look, Trump won’t have anyone in charge of nukes when he takes over!

Top Stories: Agni 5 is India Most Potent Nuclear-Capable Missile Ever

Better to have no one at all than someone who was appointed by Obama, amirite?

Between the Trump transition team’s infighting, incompetence, and high-profile resignations, any decisions that signaled even a modicum of stability for the country would come as a relief at this point. Unfortunately, the nascent Trump Administration isn’t inclined to calm anyone’s nerves. According to an official within the Department of Energy, this past Friday, the President-elect’s team instructed the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration and his deputy to clean out their desks when Trump takes office on January 20th.

 The NNSA is the $12 billion-a-year agency that “maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.” It’s unclear when the two officials will be replaced.

Traditionally, all political appointees of an outgoing presidential administration turn in resignation letters effective on noon of inauguration day, January 20. But appointees in key positions—like the people who make sure our nukes work—are often asked to stay on in their roles until a replacement can be found and confirmed by the Senate, helping ensure a smooth transition and allowing our government to continue functioning. In fact, for the entirety of Obama’s first term and into part of his second, the NNSA Administrator remained a Bush appointee.

Trump, however, appears determined to immediately push out everyone who was appointed by Obama, regardless of whether or not he has anyone in line for the job. Or, as our source put it: “It’s a shocking disregard for process and continuity of government.”

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