Republicans obsess over hypothetical impeachment while Democrats keep eye on 2018 prize

Daily Kos - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:43

Republicans are totally obsessed with the "I" word, starting from the top with the unindicted co-conspirator in chief who warns of the dire consequences to the economy if his "A plus" performance is prematurely ended by impeachment. His spirit animal Rudy Giuliani agrees, warning there'll be revolution in the streets if Trump is impeached. Republicans are just begging Democrats to take the bait and get the Republican base all frothed up. It's not working.

Instead, what Democratic leaders are talking about when impeachment comes up is that whole "rule of law" thing. That includes making sure that the legal process proceeds and protecting Robert Mueller's investigation, including with legislation. And contrary to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who says impeachment is "the only message [Democrats seem to have going into the midterms," FiveThirtyEight has been doing the tracking on this. They've tracked what types of Democrats are doing well in primaries for Senate, House and governor this year: “we looked at the campaign website for each of the 811 people who, as of Aug. 7, had appeared on the ballot in Democratic primaries for races with no Democratic incumbent." Just one of these challengers talked about impeachment on his website, a New Jersey House candidate who lost his primary.

It's not that congressional Democrats don't recognize that impeachment was made for the eventuality that we'd end up with someone like Trump (though it's hard to imagine the founding fathers could envision a disaster of this magnitude). There are several dozen House Democrats who are on board with the idea. What leadership is saying is that they need an actual trigger—Trump's firing Mueller could be that trigger for them, as could solid evidence of Trump's collusion with Putin.

The reason Republicans are all but begging Democrats to make this election about impeachment and make sure that Trump is front and center on the midterm ballot, is that they know that's what will bring out a GOP base. Democrats aren't going to fall for that.

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Republican Senators say they'll check out Cohen ... if there's something in it for them

Daily Kos - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:33

On Thursday, as Republican Senator Chuck Grassley was sending signals that he’ll happily cooperate with Donald Trump to oust the attorney general and grease the path to ending the special counsel investigation, his staff also began meeting with Michael Cohen’s attorney.

While on the surface this may appear to be Grassley admitting that the Senate Judiciary Committee should really be looking into the trove of cover-ups, mystery campaign payments, and even more serious charges in the offing, a closer look suggests something else. Rather than admitting that Cohen’s 8-count guilty plea was a turning point, this tentative probing appears to be a sign that Grassley is looking for ways to not deal with Cohen. 

Grassley: When some lawyer says that somebody’s willing to testify, well, what do they have to tell us? I want some idea that they’ve got something of substance to tell us.

Rather than pull Cohen in for an interview and let him reveal his information either to the Senate committee behind closed doors or, much less likely, in open session, Grassley seems determined that Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis prove that there’s something in it for the Senate before he agrees to investigate.

Republican Lindsey Graham, who joined Grassley on Thursday in making it clear that they would be open to replacing attorney general Jefferson Sessions with someone ready to end the Russia investigation, was even more reluctant to admit that there might be something worth hearing from Cohen. After all, Cohen was only someone who, as Trump said in his Thursday Fox News interview handled “small deals” for Trump, and who Trump only saw “now and then.” As when he walked past the adjoining office that Cohen had next to Trump in the headquarters of the Trump Organization for ten years.

But Graham’s excuse for not bringing in Cohen, while generated to halt any action that would displease Trump, is still a good one.

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Happy Friday: 'Bad Lip Reading' Does Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:23

Where nearly every answer is "cuz you suck." But the questions poke a hole in the White House Press Corps' self-importance, too. Because what they really need is a craft table, a magic wand, and someone to feed them pickles.

And maybe a fun foot tickle? Nope.

Thanks, Bad Lip Reading. We needed that.

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National Enquirer Story Produces A Peck Of Pecker Puns, And Other News

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:07

Lots of Pecker jokes today. Copy editors live for days like this and Twitter does, too:

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Georgia Republicans fail in attempt to close nearly all polling places in a majority-black county

Daily Kos - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:05

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Last week in Georgia, the Randolph County Board of Elections announced a proposal to close seven of its nine polling locations. The backlash was swift and fierce. With 61 percent of the county’s residents identifying as black, this was widely understood by civil and voting rights organizations as nothing more than a blatant attempt at voter suppression. The ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law all threatened to sue should the proposal pass. And on Friday morning, amid the statewide and national attention, the two-person Randolph County Board of Elections held a five-minute meeting in which they rejected the plan, allowing the polling locations to remain open.

Kristen Clarke, head of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, was quoted as saying, "This is a victory for African American voters across Georgia who are too often subject to a relentless campaign of voter suppression.” Clarke is right, and the timing of such a proposal is no accident. Though the Randolph County attorney claimed on Thursday that the “Board of Elections didn’t intend to disenfranchise any voters,” that’s just not believable, especially when November’s election includes the possibility that Georgia could elect its first (as well as the country’s first) black woman governor, Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Though the proposal claimed that the polling locations should be closed because they were not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we can call that out for the blatant lie it is. This was never accidental. It’s also not merely a coincidence when the consultant who authored the proposal was on a shortlist of referrals given to Randolph County directly by the office of the secretary of state—a position held by Brian Kemp, who is running against Abrams in the general election. The consultant is also a donor to Kemp’s campaign. And Kemp has been the architect of voter suppression laws in Georgia before, overseeing the enforcement of tough new voter identification and registration laws.

So if this looks transparent and obvious, its because it is. It’s proof that Georgia Republicans will do anything to steal this election and take away black people’s right to vote in order to keep them from voting for progress. That’s not the kind of government people in Georgia deserve or need. This is why it’s important for Stacey Abrams to win and turn Georgia blue, once and for all.

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Changing Silver Spreads in North Carolina in 2019

Balloon Juice - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 09:47

North Carolina will have a significantly different ACA experience next year.  A new insurer, Centene, is entering a few counties in the Triangle region.  The Triangle will have three insurers: BCBS-NC, Cigna and Centene.  The rest of the state will still be a BCBS-NC monopoly.  BCBS-NC’s average premium is decreasing.


Pricing is collapsing in the regions where there are multiple hospital chains. BCBS-NC is aggressively going to a narrow network strategy in these regions with shared risk with the contracted hospital/provider groups. The rest of the state is seeing modest premium increases.

This continue current trends for the lived experience of the subsidized buyers in North Carolina as long as we assume near uniform percentage changes by metal band in each region.

In regions where prices are decreasing, the Silver Spreads between the least expensive Silver plan and the benchmark Silver plan will compress. Plans that are less expensive than the Benchmark (assuming uniform percentage changes in premiums) will become relatively more expensive in 2019 than they were in 2018 for subsidized buyers.

Subsidized buyers in Raleigh and Durham will have more choices but will probably be paying more for their plans. Unsubisidized buyers in these two cities along with their surrounding counties will have more choices including at least some that are at a lower premium in 2019 than they had in 2018. Unsubsidized buyers in Metro Charlotte will see lower premiums while subsidized buyers in Metro Charlotte should anticipate seeing slightly higher premiums for anything other than the benchmark Silver.

The rest of the state will see the inverse. Subsidized buyers will see better deals on plans that cost less than the Benchmark. They’ll pay a bit more for plans (including Gold) that cost more than the Benchmark. Unsubsidized buyers will get kicked again with another premium increase.

2018 Silver Gap maps are underneath the fold

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AP: National Enquirer's David Pecker Kept The Trump Dirt In A Safe

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 09:08

Although they occasionally perform actual journalism, the National Enquirer has operated as more of an extortion ring. Trump was not the first celebrity for whom David Pecker killed stories, and he won't be the last.

Joe Scarborough discusses last night's breaking news that Pecker kept the Trump stories in an office safe with Jonathan Lemire.

"According to the Wall Street Journal, Pecker's assistance appeared to have played a vital role in what transpired with (Michael) Cohen earlier this week. Then also the new reporting on the power that David Pecker may hold over the president," Scarborough said.

"Five people familiar with the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media, say the company kept a safe containing damages stories on the president. You kind of wonder how big that safe was. It had to be a big safe. Including documents of the hush money payments to women who claimed to have had affairs with the president. They say the safe was a great source of power for the tabloid's CEO and former employees also tell the A.P. the tabloid has been protecting the president more than a decade and negative stories about Trump were dead on arrival dating back to his time on The Apprentice and the A.P. is also reporting fearful the documents might be used against American Media, David Pecker removed them from the safe in the weeks before Trump's inauguration, according to one person directly familiar with the events. It's not exactly clear whether the documents were destroyed, or simply moved, to a safer location.

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'I Didn't Do It!': Duncan Hunter Kicks All Blame For Indictment To His Wife In Fox News Interview

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 09:00

Duncan Hunter is a man with no honor, little better than a snake. Don't believe me? Watch this interview with Martha MacCallum where he not only denies EVERY SINGLE THING alleged in the indictments against he and his wife, he throws all of the blame on her like the little snake that he is.

“When I went to Iraq in 2003, the first time, I gave her power of attorney and she handled my finances throughout my whole military career and she continued that when I got to Congress,” he told MacCallum. “Whatever she did, that will be looked at too, I’m sure. But I didn’t do it. I didn’t spend any money illegally. I didn’t use campaign money, especially for Wounded Warriors, there’s no way.”

Oh, please be still my beating heart. As part of this con job, Hunter also insisted that the whole sordid mess was the product of a "late hit" by the Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney as part of some deep state plot to deny him his birthright seat in the Congress. At all times, he insisted he has paid back everything he owed as part of an "audit" he claims he ordered. In fact, he has paid back over $60,000.00, but there's nothing to show him paying back the nearly $250,000 used for personal expenses.

Just for fun, I decided to go have a look at his FEC reported expenditures in 2018, figuring it might be enlightening. It didn't take me long to come up with a couple of hinky payments that fit the profile of that guy described in the indictment.

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Trump sends off a fresh blast at Jeff Sessions as GOP senators plot to clean house at DOJ

Daily Kos - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 08:55

Donald Trump began this Friday the same way he’s begun many recent Fridays, Thursdays, and days containing the word day—by trying to get his attorney general to resign. Meanwhile, Republican Senators have handed Trump a plan to dispose of his AG … if he’ll only wait until after that pesky midterm election.

Trump’s Twitter attacks on the Department of Justice and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III have become so common that they’ve—sadly, dangerously—fallen to the level of background noise. But in Wednesday interview, Trump went out of his way to wipe his feet on what remains of Sessions’ “sacred honor,” by accusing him of never taking control of the DOJ in the first place. This resulted in Sessions’ getting up his dander, locating his gumption in the bottom of the closet, and firing off a rare public volley in reply. Sessions says he has to has to taken control of the DOJ. So there.

Trump and Sessions met face to face on Thursday, but any thought that they might work out their differences in person is utterly alien to Trump, who is after all the man who waited until James Comey was on the West Coast before sneaking a “Suprise! You resigned” note onto his desk, After leaving Sessions with a smile on Thursday, Trump greeted him with a knife twist on Friday morning.

In a series of tweets, Trump mocked Sessions’ statement that the DOJ would “not be improperly influenced by political considerations” and insisted that Sessions’ spend his time on what was important: Persecuting Trump’s enemies. Included in Trump’s list of demands was that Sessions look into Hillary Clinton’s “deleted emails” and “the Clinton Foundation.” That last suggestion is probably no coincidence, as New York State just opened a fresh round of investigations into the defunct Trump Foundation, which Trump used as a tax-free pass through to his own pocket. 

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Republican senators have handed over to Trump a plan by which they’ll dispose of their former colleague with minimum pearl-clutching. That includes an et tu, Lindsay declaration from Sessions’ erstwhile friend, Lindsay Graham, who said that Trump is “entitled to an attorney general he has faith in” and that the DOJ needed “a new face and a fresh voice.” But the Republican senior circuit is worried that attempts to dislodge Sessions prior to the election might bring “havoc.” And, just in case Sessions has managed to clear Trump’s “never took control” stains off his ego, Graham said Trump is entitled to someone “that’s qualified for the job.”

Both Sessions and the senators could take lessons from the House Judiciary Committee. That august body will convene a hearing Friday morning in which it will grill one of the investigators involved in looking into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Because that’s the way you do it Jeff.

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Politics And Reality Radio: CT Secretary Of State Denise Merrill On Safeguarding Our Elections

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 08:01
 CT Secretary Of State Denise Merrill On Safeguarding Our Elections

This week, we kick off the show with a discussion of election security with Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

Then we'll be joined by Lala Wu, co-founder of the Sister District Project, who will tell us what her group is doing to Make America Sane Again.

Last but not least, Crooks and Liars Managing Editor Karoli Kuns joins us to discuss that nutty QAnon conspiracy theory that's become all the rage with Trump's gullible supporters.

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Morning Digest: First two independent polls give Democrats the lead in race for Connecticut governor

Daily Kos - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 08:00

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

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CT-Gov: We have our first two polls of the general election for governor of Connecticut, and while they each give Democrat Ned Lamont a lead against Republican Bob Stefanowski, they disagree by quite a bit on how far Team Blue is ahead.​

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​Quinnipiac, which is out with their first poll of their home state in two years, finds Lamont up 46-33 among registered voters, with independent Oz Griebel at 4; in a two-way matchup, Lamont's edge expands to 53-37. However, Sacred Heart University's survey for Hearst Connecticut Media has Lamont up by a small 41-37 margin among likely voters, while an unnamed "someone else" takes 6.

It's not clear yet who exactly will be on the general election ballot. The state has not yet announced if Griebel has turned in enough signatures to qualify, and he's also competing with Stefanowski for the Independent Party's ballot line, which will be awarded by party leaders. (Connecticut allows candidates to appear on the ballot as the nominee of multiple parties.)

One place where the polls both do agree is that outgoing Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy is incredibly unpopular. Quinnipiac gives him a 25-67 disapproval rating, which is worse than Donald Trump's 30-67 score in this blue state. Sacred Heart also has Malloy's approval rating even further in the dumps at 16-70, while Trump is at 31-58. However, it's noteworthy that Lamont still leads even as voters dislike their current Democratic governor, and a sign that the national political climate will play a bigger role in this race than state-level politics.

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Chris Cuomo Tells Kellyanne Conway To 'Go To Fox' During Bonkers Interview

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 08:00

Late on Thursday, President Donald Trump’s "counselor" Kellyanne Conway went on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time to discuss, among other things, Trump's lying, corruption and the swirling mess around him.

It did not go well.

Not only did Conway scream over Cuomo for most of the interview, but when Chris did manage to get a few words out, it was met with even louder shrieks and rude repetitions of "Christopherrrrrrrr" in Conway's slithery, shrill, nauseating voice.

At one point Conway tried to assert that Trump is not a liar. Truth is not truth. Lies are not lies. Crime is not crime. Goes along with their narrative that things that are real are, in fact, not real.

When asked about whether Trump knew about the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, Conway ducked and dodged, instead attacking Cuomo.

After tolerating Conway for way longer than he should have, Cuomo told her to "go to FOX" if she wanted to continue to lie. Conway looked shocked that anyone would tell her she wasn't welcome and it appeared she was ready to walk off at the end of the interview before Cuomo cut to break.


Ed. Note (Karoli): Ordinarily I wouldn't subject anyone to a shrieking Kellyanne for longer than 30 seconds, but this interview is a shining example of how utterly desperate and bankrupt they are at the White House. They literally have nothing. Nothing at all, and their lies are as threadbare as that pair of jeans you keep for painting rooms in the house.

Or, as conservative writer Tom Nichols said,

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 08:00
Mike's Blog Round Up

Rushed Edition:

"Rapper" runs for Congress in non-N.Y.C. New York, opponent's ads will have none of it.

A stab from the Nixonian past, remembered by Mark Evanier. "Only the best people."

Deep State/Derp State: How deep? Adventus answers.

Tee vee & Tweetin': WWJackD noted someone defending herself for saying: “The President is a scumbag”. Truth hurts, dunnit?

Put together in a hurry by M. "Web of Evil (& Ennui)" Bouffant. Tipline open 24/7: mbru@crookandliars.com

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Cartoon: The wonderful White House isn’ts

Daily Kos - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 07:50

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It’s been quite a week so far, from “truth isn’t truth” to an unindicted co-conspirator for a president. On Tuesday we saw two top Trump characters go to the “guilty” column, joining Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and others. The circle around Trump is getting tighter and filled with more legal danger.

It all goes back to “truth isn’t truth.” If the president and his cohorts took the truth a little more seriously, they may not be facing so many years in prison and the real possibility of impeachment. The culture of corruption and good ol’ fashioned grifting around Donald Trump is becoming more apparent and more dangerous to him personally.

You can see how easy it is to go from Rudy Giuliani’s truthless adage to a world where more deaths due to looser regulations on coal-burning power plants is not such a big deal. Much like Rick Gates found an easy path to committing crimes since his boss was doing it, so goes what seems like the rest of the White House. Enjoy the cartoon and be sure to visit me over on Patreon!

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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Daily Kos - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 07:00

Oooh, baby. The weekend’s coming, and Trump’s gotta be going batty at this point. What a week it’s been!

We’ll try to cram in everything we can to get you ready for another wild one! (Though I think I’d really rather have a quiet one!)

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Nothing changes on our end. It’s still Greg Dworkin, Joan McCarter, and even Armando. Plus also, me. And you! As always, we still want your voice on the air with us. Sit down with your smart phone or other electronic recording device and send us your stories and commentary to share with the audience. There’s no easier way to try your hand at podcasting, without all the hassle!

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For now, how about one on the house? Here’s what we did last time out, on our LIVE show:

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David Waldman’s kids finally get out of the kitchen and onto a school bus today! Also: Greg Dworkin isn’t here to talk about Donald Trump’s impeachment. Democrats want to talk about  corruption first, then a million other impeachable offenses, before getting to that “I-word”. Trump doesn’t want to be impeached until he figures out how to get some money out of it. Voters are beginning to warm to the idea, however. Republicans urge their embattled incumbents to speak out on Trump. Donald hates those flipping rats, and is correct that Michael Cohen will get a statue before he does. Trump knows he is an illegitimate president whose election is tainted by fraud, but won’t let that stop him from burning it all down after he’s cornered. Michael Cohen pled guilty because he was cornered. If you think these things are obvious, you haven’t had a Trump supporter on your jury. All the headlines go to Trump, making it difficult for other Republicans to get noticed. Here are a few your consideration: Scott Lloyd got a woman pregnant, took her for an abortion, and now says Jews who died in the Holocaust had it lucky. Vern Buchanan and Duncan Hunter tried to rake it in while no one was looking. Sure, not all things have gone the Gop’s way lately, but a brown man killed a white woman recently, and Tucker Carlson discovered white people in Africa that Donald Trump can save, so there’s that. Armando calls in to talk about legal buffoon Alan Dershowitz, the Dr. Oz of campaign finance law, also Trump v. Cohen v. reality, and some advice for those considering piercing the corporate veil.

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Friday Morning Open Thread: Remember When August Was A Slow News Season?

Balloon Juice - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 05:07

Hard to imagine what the Friday News Dump might be this week…

So, it’s up to us decent people, as usual…

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Late Night Eugenics Open Thread: Why Are There So Many Skunks At Every ‘Conservative Intellectual’ Garden Party?

Balloon Juice - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 02:45

It took just 80 minutes after racially incendiary emails started flying for the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank, to shut down an email Listserv connecting hundreds of high-profile conservatives.

The emails that sparked the controversy began ricocheting midday Tuesday, in response to a plea from Darren Beattie, a recently fired speechwriter for President Donald Trump, for “those on this list with media influence” to come to his defense. The White House over the weekend dismissed Beattie after CNN revealed that he had spoken at a conference alongside a racial provocateur.

Charles Johnson, an alt-right provocateur and Trump loyalist, was first to respond.

“Beattie’s offense is that he spoke at an event where — gasp! — there were white nationalists afoot!” Johnson wrote the group. “Heaven forbid that some thinkers — like the American founders who favored our country be majority white — think that the U.S. of A should stay majority white! Perish the thought. Can’t have that.”

A little more than an hour later, as senior administration officials and white-shoe lawyers asked to be removed from the list, the Claremont Institute had scuttled it entirely.

On Wednesday night, Beattie told POLITICO: “In 2008, I had the privilege of being a Claremont Publius Fellow. I sent what I intended to be a private email to the broader Claremont network to apprise them of the disgusting smear campaign against me by CNN. As with any big email list, I had no control over what replies I received, whether well- or ill-intentioned, or whether people on that list desperate for attention and relevance would use the injustice against me for their own purposes, whatever they may be.”

The episode provides a window into the challenges facing the Trump-friendly right as it has struggled to build an intellectual movement that can outlast Trump — and to rid itself of bigots and fringe elements who have glommed on to some of the president’s immigration rhetoric…

Founded in 1979 by students of the late political scientist Harry Jaffa, a professor emeritus at Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Graduate University, the Claremont Institute is home to a coterie of right-leaning scholars who have helped make the case for a Trump presidency. The organization, which has no affiliation with any of the Claremont Colleges, was an early defender of candidate Trump, publishing Michael Anton’s controversial essay, “The Flight 93 Election,” in the Claremont Review of Books in the closing months of the 2016 campaign. Anton would go on to become a spokesman for Trump’s National Security Council.

The Claremont Institute is not the only organization on the right to grapple with how to build a populist conservative movement without inviting white nationalists, racists or those who associate with them into the fold…

(If you don’t immediately flash on the metaphor at issue, it involved a lawsuit by Chuck ‘Not the LGM Guy’ Johnson — aka ‘the Rage Furby’ — against Gawker Media. Warning: NSFW)

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Guerrilla Craft Alert (Open Thread)

Balloon Juice - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 01:32

Saw this on KQED, thought some of the crafty types here would appreciate it. I hadn’t seen these, but now I want to:

The retired nurse has lived in San Francisco for 43 years. On a recent trek from BART, she spotted adorable knitted animals near City Hall: chameleons with leopard spots, brown fuzzy otters and giraffes licking branches with long pink tongues.

Which brings us to Robin’s question: What’s the story behind the knitted creatures on the trees in Civic Center?

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As I said, I’d never noticed them, but I’ll definitely go a block out of my way next time I’m nearby. SF might not be any good at addressing dystopian income inequality, homelessness, housing shortages, or transit, but we’re rarely hurting for cool public art.

What Robin saw in the Civic Center were yarn bombs: street art made from knitted or crocheted fabric. They can be as simple as a green snake wrapped around a bike rack or as elaborate as covering an entire bridge. It’s been called a feminist answer to graffiti.

[…] “Yarn bombing is the perfect way to make something and then put it somewhere that is not our closet,” Jill says, laughing.

The short read/video is just really heartwarming. It made me feel like maybe things are kind of okay. Pretty weird!

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Open Thread - Take An 'Awww!' Break With Baby Pandas

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 23:30

Open thread below...

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Tucker Carlson Pimps Bogus White-Racist South African 'Land Grab' Conspiracy

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 23:27
Tucker Carlson Pimps Bogus White-Racist South African 'Land Grab' Conspiracy

In a shout-out to his white supremacist fan base, Tucker Carlson promoted the newest white supremacy conspiracy – that the racist, black president of South Africa is engaging in a racist plot to steal land from white people.

Looking very serious, white privilege poster boy Tucker Carlson began his report (“exclusive investigation”): “The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has begun ... seizing land from his own citizens without compensation because they are the wrong skin color.” Carlson added that this is “literally the definition of racism” and that “racism is what our elites say they dislike most, Donald Trump is a racist they say, but they paid no attention to this at all.”

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