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 →
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.
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 →
DoJ Inspector General launches probe into FBI actions ahead of election.
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.)
BBC correspondent says there's more than one source, more than one tape & more than one date of allegations in Trump intel dossier. pic.twitter.com/4cXEz6g5C0
— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) January 11, 2017
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!
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 →
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.”
Malcolm Nance took to Twitter today to slam Donald Trump after the torrent of love from Trump to Julian Assange and Putin. 1. Held my suspicions but now convinced Trump is fully aware that both Russian intelligence & Assange elected him. Praise=Pay back. – Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) January 4, 2017 2. Trump was an unwitting Russian… Continue Reading →
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) December 22, 2016
Wait. Are the Trump people already grifting, when they’re not even in the White House yet? We’re turning into Uzbekistan!
The Embassy of Kuwait allegedly cancelled a contract with a Washington, D.C. hotel days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead.
A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. The source, who has direct knowledge of the arrangements between the hotels and the embassy, spoke to ThinkProgress on the condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to speak publicly. ThinkProgress was also able to review documentary evidence confirming the source’s account.
In the early fall, the Kuwaiti Embassy signed a contract with the Four Seasons. But after the election, members of the Trump Organization contacted the Ambassador of Kuwait, Salem Al-Sabah, and encouraged him to move his event to Trump’s D.C. hotel, the source said.
Kuwait has now signed a contract with the Trump International Hotel, the source said, adding that a representative with the embassy described the decision as political. Invitations to the event are typically sent out in January.