The Times tells Trump to be nicer

If only half of the stories they do weren’t about kissing Trump’s ass, it would be easier to take them seriously:

https://twitter.com/katierogers/status/1023585331369717760

Oh, and this:

Judge lets emoluments case proceed

Trump International Hotel

Via the Washington Post:

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s latest effort to stop a lawsuit that alleges Trump is violating the Constitution by continuing to do business with foreign governments.

The ruling, from U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in Greenbelt, Md., will allow the plaintiffs in the case — the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia — to proceed with their case, which says Trump has violated the Constitution’s little-used emoluments clause.

The plaintiffs now want to interview Trump Organization employees and search company records to determine which foreign countries have spent money at Trump’s hotel in downtown Washington

1984 redux

Still crazy after all these… hours

And a day feels like a year:

https://twitter.com/aravosis/status/1021469413948690434

Cheery thought of the day

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Something’s getting through to people!

President Donald Trump has asserted his right to pardon himself (while noting he has done nothing requiring a pardon), but in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, Republicans and Democrats alike aren’t so sure a President can do that. By nearly three to one, Americans do not think the President has the power to pardon himself. </blockquote>

Gowdy says Trump advisors should quit if Trump won’t listen to intel

Rep. Trey Gowdy not seeking re-election

Via Talking Points Memo, Trey Gowdy keeps having these sporadic breaks of honesty — like this, when he just warned Trump he needed to get in line with his intelligence service:

“The evidence is overwhelming, it can be proven beyond any evidentiary burden, that Russia is not our friend and they tried to attack us in 2016,” Gowdy told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “So the President either needs to rely on the people that he has chosen to advise him, or those advisers need to re-evaluate whether or not they can serve in this administration.”

“But the disconnect cannot continue. The evidence is overwhelming and the President needs to say that and act like it.”

Baier had asked Gowdy, who announced his retirement earlier this year, if he agreed with fellow House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Will Hurd’s (R-TX) op-ed in the New York Times Thursday asserting that Trump had “actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial [of election interference] and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes abroad.”

Gowdy didn’t answer directly, but said Trump had access to more evidence than anyone and specifically mentioned Trump’s access to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, all of whom Trump nominated for those roles.

“There is no way you can listen to the evidence and not conclude not that the Democrats were the victims, but the United States of America were the victims,” he said separately, adding: “There was this equivocation during the press conference that — I’m glad he corrected it — but when you’re the leader of the free world, every syllable matters, and you really shouldn’t be having to correct it when you’re the leader of the free world.”