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Andrea Mitchell: ‘A brutal image for Republicans and supporters of this bill, frankly’

Elise Lefkowitz, Andrea Mitchell. Photo © Tony Powell. 2017 Great Ladies Luncheon. Ritz Carlton. April 26, 2017

You may not know that many, many years ago, Andrea Mitchell was married to a man with multiple sclerosis. I think she’s actually sensitive to this issue.

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell described the scene of disabled protesters being carried out by Capitol police in front of Mitch McConnell’s office as “brutal” images for the Republican party. The long time NBC host began a segment on the newly released Senate healthcare bill and explained what was happening at Speaker McConnell’s office. Mitchell said, “Police… Continue Reading →

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Trump’s Twitter fingers on the grassy nnoll

Grassy Knoll

He has called global warming a hoax, suggested that Barack Obama is not an American and linked autism to childhood vaccinations. And soon, President Donald Trump—America’s most powerful conspiracy theorist—will decide the fate of more than 113,000 pages of secret documents about the ultimate conspiracy theory. No, not Russian meddling in the 2016 election—the assassination of… Continue Reading →

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Is Trump trying to start a war over Qatar?

Sure looks like it. This is scary:

The following statement was posted online in Arabic by the Qatari foreign ministry on Monday. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar expressed its deep regret and surprise at the decisions by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain to close their borders and airspace, and… Continue Reading →

I’m sure this bombing is all going to turn out fine

Let war begin! Trump needs a distraction from the Russia investigations, and it never hurts to flex power to bolster those sagging approval ratings, too. So we’re clear here, if Trump gave a fck about gasping Syrian children, he’d open the refugee doors and welcome them in. But instead. he just lobbed around 60 cruise missiles… Continue Reading →

The peace president: Troops on the ground in Syria

US troops spotted in armored convoy near Manbij, Syria

Attention, folks! We have boots on the ground in Syria now. Lots of them, with the potential for many more. Marines have arrived in Northern Syria to assist in the fight against ISIS to reclaim Raqqa. A couple hundred Marines have deployed into Syria with heavy artillery guns, as part of the ongoing preparation for the… Continue Reading →

Grandiosity on steroids

THE FAT BOY HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR

He thinks like a Hollywood producer:

WASHINGTON ― Part of being a great president is showing off America’s military strength, according to President-elect Donald Trump.

The military “may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue,” Trump told the Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday. “That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.”

Trump spoke about his vision of military parades in vague terms, suggesting it was something he might oversee in the future. But according to several sources involved in his inaugural preparations, Trump has endeavored to ensure that his first day as commander-in-chief is marked by an unusual display of heavy military equipment.

During the preparation for Friday’s transfer-of-power, a member of Trump’s transition team floated the idea of including tanks and missile launchers in the inaugural parade, a source involved in inaugural planning told The Huffington Post. “They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,” the source said, referring to massive military parades in Moscow and Pyongyang, typically seen as an aggressive display of muscle-flexing.

The military, which traditionally works closely with the presidential inaugural committee, shot down the request, the source said. Their reason was twofold. Some were concerned about the optics of having tanks and missile launchers rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue. But they also worried that the tanks, which often weigh over 100,000 pounds, would destroy the roads.

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.

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