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Keep your eyes on Mike Pence


Listen to Liss, she knows what she’s talking about:

To be clear: I am not suggesting that Trump is stupid. I am observing, based on Trump’s own comments, that he doesn’t care about policy; that he is willfully ignorant about an enormous amount of policy because to be well-versed in it serves no purpose to him, as it does not cater to his grandiose ego and would steal time from the things that do.

Trump explicitly wanted a vice-president who “would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy,” leaving Trump free to “Make America great again,” whatever that means on any given day. Tweeting at SNL on one day; provoking China by calling the Taiwanese President on another.

Everything else belongs to Mike Pence, who was a radically conservative governor and has already made several notable trips to Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional Republicans to see what radically conservative legislation—starting with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act—they can bring to Trump’s desk for his disinterested signature.

In December, Gallup noted Pence’s influence squarely sits on the shoulders of Trump’s lack of experience: “As has been true for previous vice presidents, Pence’s background complements that of the president. But this seems particularly important for the incoming administration, given that Trump will be one of the few presidents without any elected political experience (the last was Dwight Eisenhower in 1952). Pence’s legislative and policy experience may make him the ‘quarterback’ on the White House legislative team who has to deal with complex congressional processes. And his experience as a state governor may make him someone Trump relies on to help navigate 10th Amendment issues.”

Trump’s comprehensive inexperience leaves a void that Pence will be happy to fill.

Trump has almost certainly not learned the details of the Global Gag Rule, nor will he, but he didn’t need to know them. Pence knew them. He is an extreme anti-choicer who, as Indiana’s governor, waged war on Planned Parenthood, defunded clinics, and criminalized miscarriages. You bet he knew the details of the Global Gag Rule. You bet it was one of Mike Pence’s priorities.

This, then, is a perfect and terrible example of why I am the brokenest of broken records about keeping our eyes on our most powerful vice-president ever, including even Dick Cheney.

When everything is a lie, nothing is a lie


And so it begins. On the first rule day of the Trump regime, in an astounding press conference, the White House press press secretary shrilly attacked the press for insisting on facts about turnout.

And yesterday, the odious Trump minion Kellyanne Conway was all over the news, belligerently insisting Sean Spicer (aka Baghdad Bob) has “alternate facts.”

This is not unexpected.

The White House is working with a merry band of right-wing extremists who have for a long time studied the uses of propaganda in authoritarian regimes. Now they get to experiment with the American psyche. What fun!

The media is not yet worthy of a martyr’s crown. They are showing some signs of life (CNN in particular gets props for refusing to broadcast the press conference) but if you watched coverage of the Women’s March, reporters carefully avoided any mention of the fact that it was a march against Trump. Instead, it morphed before our eyes into an “expression of positivity” and “assertion of girl power” rather than an angry march against a sexual assaulter. (Were all those pink pussycat hats and “Pussy Grabs Back” signs of female cat fanciers?)

It certainly had nothing to do with feminism. I didn’t hear the word once.

But we have to support them when they do get it right. Watch carefully. Let them know when they get it wrong — but support them when they get it right. (Follow them on Twitter so you can respond in real time.)

The Trump regime will divide us into groups: The ones who say “he’s lying,” the ones who say the president wouldn’t lie, the ones who don’t care if he lies, and the ones who can’t figure out who’s telling the truth. We need to move as many people as possible into that first group, because the more people can’t figure out the truth, the more likely they are to become politically detached. We can’t afford that.

This is a dangerous time. We expected it, and those of us who have been strategizing behind the scenes for the past year know where it’s headed. We need every single one of you to push back on every front, because they’re fighting a multi-front war, flinging crap in all directions.

Signing up here is also a good way to start.

So the White House called a press conference.

On a Saturday. Turns out it was to yell at the press for being “dishonest” and “lying” about the turnout for Trump’s inauguration. You have never seen anything quite like this — unless you live in a dictatorship:

The terror act that put Putin in power

I hate to link to the National Review, but this is important. Because I expect something like this will be replicated here:

I believe that Vladimir Putin came to power as the result of an act of terror committed against his own people. The evidence is overwhelming that the apartment-house bombings in 1999 in Moscow, Buinaksk, and Volgodonsk, which provided a pretext for the second Chechen war and catapulted Putin into the presidency, were carried out by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). Yet, to this day, an indifferent world has made little attempt to grasp the significance of what was the greatest political provocation since the burning of the Reichstag.

I have been trying to call attention to the facts behind the bombings since 1999. I consider this a moral obligation, because ignoring the fact that a man in charge of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal came to power through an act of terror is highly dangerous in itself. Russian human-rights defenders Sergei Yushenkov, Yuri Shchekochikhin, Anna Politkovskaya, and Alexander Litvinenko also worked to shed light on the apartment bombings. But all of them were murdered between 2003 and 2006.

By 2007, when I testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the bombings, I was the only person publicly accusing the regime of responsibility who had not been killed. The bombings terrorized Russia. The Russian authorities blamed Chechen rebels and thereby galvanized popular support for a new war in Chechnya. President Boris Yeltsin and his entourage were thoroughly hated for their role in the pillaging of the country. Putin, the head of the FSB, had just been named Yeltsin’s prime minister and achieved overnight popularity by vowing revenge against those who had murdered innocent civilians. He assumed direction of the war and, on the strength of initial successes, was elected president easily.

The dog that didn’t bark

Vladimir Putin calls creators of 'fake' Donald Trump dossier 'worse than prostitutes': Russian President claims international conspiracy working to 'delegitimise' the President-elect

Funny, how James Comey didn’t mention this:

WASHINGTON — The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.

Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said.

You can also read the background on how prematurely the New York Times cleared Trump of the very thing he’s still being investigated for, via Wonkette.

Why the GOP expects to get away with uninsuring millions (and how to stop them)


If you actually believe that Paul Ryan cares about balancing the budget and lifting people out of poverty, you’re probably ignoring the fact that he’s about to do the exact opposite of both. A full repeal of Obamacare would blast a $353 billion hole in the deficit, while kicking millions of Americans near the poverty line… Continue Reading →

Priebus won’t say whether Medicaid is safe from Trump

Donald Trump Names Reince Priebus Chief Of Staff — Here's What You Need To Know

Reince Prieubs was on ABC News “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday when Priebus was asked directly whether his boss, Donald Trump, would cut Medicaid. Despite being asked twice, Priebus danced around the question before giving a vague indication that some people would still have some sort of health care coverage: STEPHANOPOULOS: First steps to… Continue Reading →

It’s always okay when you’re a Republican

Ah yes, the “principled” man Trump wants to put in charge of Medicare and Medicaid. He’s an out and out crook, and you should call your reps @ (202) 224-3121 to ask them to reject him:

Washington (CNN)Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.

Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN.
Less than a week after the transaction, the Georgia Republican congressman introduced the HIP Act, legislation that would have delayed until 2018 a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulation that industry analysts warned would significantly hurt Zimmer Biomet financially once fully implemented.
Zimmer Biomet, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of knee and hip implants, was one of two companies that would been hit the hardest by the new CMS regulation that directly impacts the payments for such procedures, according to press reports and congressional sources.
After Price offered his bill to provide Zimmer Biomet and other companies relief from the CMS regulation, the company’s political action committee donated to the congressman’s reelection campaign, records show.

Propaganda minister: Russian hacking investigation should be kept secret to ‘protect the public’

Kellyanne Conway Dismisses Trump Intel Claims as "Fake"

During part of a lengthy interview on this Sunday’s Fox & Friends, incoming Trump propagandist in chief, Kellyanne Conway was asked whether or not her boss would like to fire FBI Director James Comey after he’s sworn in later this week, and Conway told the crew on the curvy couch that she’s very concerned that the… Continue Reading →

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