This was really interesting. Joy Reid was joined by actor and author Ron Perlman, and Columbia University professor of linguistics John McWhorter, on the bombshell statements and run-on sentences from Donald Trump’s recent New York Times interview.
A Republican Senator told the NY Times off the record, “The president, he said, scares no one in the Senate, not even the pages.” This comes as Trump tries to salvage the massive failure on his part and the Republican controlled Congress, who haven’t been able pass a repeal and replace health care bill to offset… Continue Reading →
Since the Senate healthcare bill died on Monday, Donald Trump has been predictably petulant and thrown multiple Twitter tantrums. Sounding more like a raving mad man every day, Trump has suggested everything from changing the Senate rules to force the bill through to “killing” Obamacare so that Democrats will be desperate enough to consider the Republicans’… Continue Reading →
So: that meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya? NBC is now reporting that another unnamed person was at the meeting: a known Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet counter intelligence officer. I wonder why they didn’t mention it. NBC EXCLUSIVE: Also in DJTJr mtg: “a former Soviet counter intel officer who is suspected… Continue Reading →
Is this like a little kid who covers his eyes and thinks no one can see him?
In a recent closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers expressed frustration to lawmakers about his inability to convince the President to accept US intelligence that Russia meddled in the election, according to a congressional source familiar with the meeting.
Another congressional source said Rogers has shared concerns with lawmakers about the lack of White House focus on the continued threat from Russian cyber efforts, particularly relating to US voting systems. In addition, the US intelligence community sees such potential threats not only from Russia but also from China, North Korea and Iran.
One intelligence official said the intelligence community continues to brief Trump on Russia’s meddling in the election as new information comes to light. The source said the President appears no less engaged on issues surrounding Russian election meddling than on any other matters covered in the presidential daily brief. But the official acknowledged that Trump has vented his frustration with officials outside of the briefings about the amount of attention paid to the investigation into Russian election interference.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted Trump is taking Russian cyberattacks seriously and said the administration is taking action — albeit quietly.
“The United States continues to combat on a regular basis malicious cyber activity, and will continue to do so without bragging to the media or defending itself against unfair media criticism,” Spicer said in a statement.
s is so impressed that he didn’t see “a single hint of a protester” in Saudi Arabia! Let’s explain it for him, with pictures. From September 2015: 1. Saudi Arabia about to crucify young man arrested at 17 for protesting for democracy. Cdn govt response? #AliMohammedAlNimr #elxn42 – Derrick O’Keefe (@derrickokeefe) September 24, 2015 7.… Continue Reading →
The Times has a truly depressing story about the whirlwind of chaos in the West Wing, but this paragraph was especially bizarre:
In private, three administration officials conceded that they could not publicly articulate their most compelling — and honest — defense of the president: that Mr. Trump, a hasty and indifferent reader of printed briefing materials, simply did not possess the interest or knowledge of the granular details of intelligence gathering to leak specific sources and methods of intelligence gathering that would do harm to United States allies.
So he’s either too stupid and careless to be president, OR he’s a gullible dupe. Gee.
James Comey is famous for leaving a paper trail, and this is really a bombshell:
WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo that Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.
Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.
Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.
Why are people always making up lies about Donald Trump?
Via Huffington Post. If only you hadn’t shut down the experienced group within your agency that dealt with these people:
John Kelly, the man in charge of protecting the nation’s homeland security, admitted Sunday that he has absolutely no idea how to prevent homegrown terrorist attacks.
“There are so many aspects to this terrorist thing,” Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“Obviously, you got the homegrown terrorists. I don’t know how to stop that. I don’t know how to detect that. You got other terrorist threats that come across the border.”
Kelly’s admission to CBS host John Dickerson was surprising, in part because of its candor. For all of President Donald Trump’s focus on the border and banning people from Muslim-majority countries from the United States, the administration apparently doesn’t know how to deal with what Kelly said are the most common types of attacks.