Rep. Pramila Jayapal Warns McCarthy: Republicans Will Be Forced To Uphold The Constitution

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:35

Rep. Pramila Jayapal joined Ali Velshi last night to discuss the Mueller investigation, and what must be a lovely fantasy land in which Republicans seem to live. They get to pour all their baseless hatred of women into Hillary Clinton, their insecurity-driven hatred of Black people into Barack Obama, via investigations, conspiracy theories, blocked nominations, lies, slander, and destruction of legal legacy. Yet, when faced with Robert Mueller and the impending Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, they're all of a sudden desperately concerned about our "great nation" having a "small agenda."

Let's be honest. What Individual 1 and Congressional Republicans are now concerned about is having their small circle of financial and political interest exposed for the great legal, economic, and political frauds that they are. They will say whatever they want to, for however long they wish, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, in order to sustain that lie. Witness House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy on Faux News, crying about what he predicts will happen when the Dems take over.

McCARTHY (on Fox): It looks like what they're gonna focus on is just more investigations. I think America is just too great of a nation to have such a small agenda. There are other problems out there we have to focus on. We've investigated this for a long period of time. Both sides have come up with nothing in the process. I think we should put the American people first.

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Child detention contractor to conduct internal review after report exposes shady business practices

Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:15

Southwest Key, the “non-profit” that has won lucrative federal contracts to detain migrant children, will conduct a “comprehensive internal review” following a blockbuster New York Times investigation alleging shady business practices, including massive, seven-figure salaries for the company’s top executives. “The charity has also stockpiled more than $61 million in cash,” the report noted.

Child detention has been a financial boon for profiteers like Southwest Key, which received $626 million in federal grants this year alone, according to the New York Times. But with all those millions to devote to children’s safety, numerous Southwest Key employees have been arrested and charged with child molestation. The “non-profit” has also been forced to give up licenses for two of its Arizona facilities after failing to show proof of background checks for employees. 

“American citizens are funding this operation,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said when he tried to visit a converted Walmart in Texas this past June (Southwest Key employees called the cops on him), “so every American citizen has a stake in how these children are being treated and how this policy is being enacted.” It’s a crisis that continues—138 days past a federal judge’s reunification deadline, over 170 children kidnapped from families at the southern border continue to remain in U.S. custody.

Eight of these children are “not ‘eligible’ to reunite,” with a court filing stating that for four of those parents, the “Steering Committee has advised that resolution will be delayed.” This could mean anything, but considering those parents were already deported, it most likely means the government has no idea where those parents currently are. Permanent separation, in other words.

Yet, the administration still has the gall to ask for more money—$190 million, according to Congress member Rosa DeLauroto keep detaining kids. “Over my dead body will we provide another nickel for these folks to do what they’re doing,” she said. Rather than keep lining the pockets of Southwest Key fat cats (also, an internal investigation just doesn’t cut it—House Democrats, get on this next year), funding should instead be diverted to counseling for the kids who have been traumatized by this administration.

Today, Tuesday, Dec. 11, marks 138 days since a federal judge’s reunification deadline. Family separation remains a crisis.

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Meanwhile, On Fox News...

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:06
Meanwhile, On Fox News...

So how did State TV avoid the impending downfall of so-called "President" Trump last night?

Tucker opened his show with the argument that Trump is the victim of blackmail.

Then it was on to "What About Obama" with Mark Steyn:

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Daily Kos targeted 24 House Republicans who voted to repeal Obamacare. 21 aren't returning

Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:00

Last year, when House Republicans passed their bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act—and deprive millions of Americans of health coverage—we were all scared, angry, and desperate to find a way to fight back. But fight back we did.

At the time, we were 18 months away from the 2018 midterms, meaning we didn’t yet know whom Democrats would nominate to take on each of the Republicans who made the mistake of voting for this abomination of a law. But our tireless allies at ActBlue gave us a novel way to capitalize on the moment: Democratic nominee funds.

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These funds hold all donations in escrow until each state holds its Democratic primaries; once a winner is declared, that nominee gets all the money raised for their district’s fund in one fell swoop. They allowed us, in other words, to channel our intense feelings into hard cash and bank it until the right moment. And, man, did we ever put the hurt on the GOP.

The moment the final vote was tallied, we pored over the roll call, looking to see which “ayes” were likely to be most vulnerable in 2018. We came up with a list of 24 names—exactly the number of seats that, at that point, Democrats needed to to flip in order to retake the House—and we asked the Daily Kos community to give whatever it could.

Your generosity was extraordinary: You donated $1 million in just a single day after our appeal went up, and by the time the last primaries concluded, you gave $1.8 million in all to defeat this slate.

And defeat it you did. In the image at the top of this post, you’ll see the names and districts of every Republican we targeted. Of these two dozen members, 21 won’t be returning for the 116th Congress. Nineteen sought re-election; we ousted 16 of them. Another five retired; we flipped all five seats. Only three survived, and the message is clear: We’re not done yet.

What we accomplished together this cycle we can do again next cycle. We can’t ever rest on our laurels—the fight always continues, and as we work to take back the Senate and White House, we also need to expand our majority in the House. The reason is simple: Once Democrats are back in charge in D.C., we want to make sure they can pass the most progressive legislation possible. The larger our caucus, the easier that is.

To that end, Daily Kos has identified another dozen Republicans who ought to be very worried about their political futures, because, even though the election is still 23 months off, we're going start raising money for their challengers, beginning right now. The more we give now, the more likely some of these incumbents are to retire, and the better our chances are of recruiting strong candidates. And that will put us on the path toward making 2020 look like 2018.

Please donate $1 now to help defeat each of these 12 Republicans and expand the Democrats’ majority in the House!

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Flailing Trump gives Schumer and Pelosi what should be their negotiating starting point on wall: $0

Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:53

Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are headed to the White House Tuesday to meet with Individual 1, who spent the early hours of the day preparing for that meeting rage-tweeting about the topic of that meeting: his great, glorious wall.

It's all a little confusing. On the one hand, Trump insists in these tweets that much of the "Wall" has "already been built." It has not. Then he insists, if Democrats don't agree to fund the Wall that is somehow being built anyway, "the Military" will build the rest of it. Never mind that that's not how government funding works and that the title of commander-in-chief does not give him the power to instruct where money appropriated by Congress goes.

The delusions don't stop there, as Trump continues to wind himself up to make the shutdown happen. He remains steadfast in his belief that shutting down government is really great politics. On Friday he said he was going to win this because "I actually think the politics of what they're doing is very bad for them. […] We're going to very soon find out. Maybe I'm not right. But usually I'm right."

A 40-seat Democratic wave election would argue otherwise.

Schumer and Pelosi released a joint statement Monday, saying that the country "cannot afford a Trump Shutdown," adding that Trump "knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement." He's still, apparently, insisting on $5 billion for the wall. The Democrats won't go higher than the $1.3 billion included in the already negotiated Department of Homeland Security funding bill "for fencing and other security measures at the border."

There's no reason they should go into the negotiations with that. Given Trump's delusions, they should offer $0. He says the wall is magically being built anyway, why does he need any money? They're clearly trying to negotiate with a madman, so they might as well approach this on his level. He gets nothing for a wall.

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Could Republican power grabs come back to bite them in 2020? Here's hoping.

Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:12

Have Wisconsin and Michigan Republicans overreached in ways that voters will remember and hold against them in 2020? Will the corrupt grab of power from newly elected Democrats and the gutting of minimum wage and paid sick leave laws hurt Republicans down the road? It's possible, anyway:

“This gamesmanship will keep voters and activists active through the 2020 election,” said Gretchen Whitmer, who takes office on Jan. 1. Referring to Republicans, she added, “They’re thinking short-term.”

There are strong signs that voters are catching on to the Republican gerrymandering problem, and starting to take action: four states voted for redistricting reform this November. Of course it never pays to underestimate how evil Republicans will be, and how much their existing gerrymanders and their billionaire dark money let them get away with. But at least there’s something to hang a little optimism on.

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Stephen Colbert Throws His Hat In The Ring For Chief Of Staff

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:51

Stephen Colbert talked last night about the widespread disinterest in becoming Trump's White House chief of staff.

"It's like Trump's trying to give his rose away as The Bachelor," Colbert sniped.

“So the president is in desperate need of a chief of staff and he’s got no viable candidates,” Colbert said, “which is why I’d like to take this opportunity to officially throw my hat in the ring.”

“Will I be able to control the president? No. Will we fight? Yeah. But will I bring a steady hand to a tumultuous West Wing? Also no. But no one could!”

“And no, I don't agree with the president's policies, and no, this won't help the country, but I believe in my heart of hearts that this could be fun for me," he chortled.

“I mean, who would pass up the chance to spend 10 minutes on the deck of the Titanic while it's sinking?”

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Republican Senators Dig In, Defend Trump: No Big Deal!

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:28

Mika Scarborough talks about the reactions of prominent Republican senators to information disclosed in Michael Cohen's sentencing memo.

"Some top Republicans are dismissing the allegations that Donald Trump directed his former fixer, Michael Cohen, to make illegal hush money payments to two women during the 2016 campaign," she said.

When asked if he had any concerns, Sen. Orin Hatch told CNN, "The Democrats will do anything to hurt this president." When he was told the allegations came from the Southern District of New York, Hatch said, "Okay, but I don't care. All I can say is, he's doing a good job as president."

Hatch was asked whether he was concerned about the allegations and Hatch said no. "But I don't think he was involved in crimes because even then, you can make anything into a crime under the current..." These people are turning into Trump. You can blow it out of proportion. You can do a lot of things.

"Louisiana Senator John Kennedy told NBC News, "Let me say this before Mr. Cohen. Jesus loves him, but everyone else thinks he's an idiot. I think most Americans think he's a sleazoid grifter. I can't imagine anyone basing any kind of prosecution on the word of Mr. Cohen." Chuck Grassley dismissed the allegations, saying "they based it on what the liar says." That liar was employed as a close fixer for the president for more than a decade, but okay.

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Why not, indeed?

Balloon Juice - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:21

This is the greatest tweet ever:

I was reminded of it today while reading this NYT account of the botched firing of soon-to-be former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and botched hiring of soon-to-be-former Pence Chief of Staff Nick Ayers, a 36-year-old Republican hack who not only declined to become captain of the Titanic White House chief of staff but quit his current VP gig to “spend more time with family” (seriously — that’s the explanation).

That an ambitious, rich, donor-connected Republican operative ran away from that plum job like a scalded dog tells us all we need to know about the state of this administration. From the NYT piece linked above:

After Nick Ayers, the Georgia political operative who was the president’s top pick, declined the job — something of a plot twist in a presidency notorious for its episodic cliffhangers — Mr. Trump is without a Plan B. Several of his aides expressed frustration that months of intense campaigning to replace John F. Kelly — an effort led by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s elder daughter and son-in-law — resulted in yet another chaotic staffing scramble in a White House splintered by factions and rife with turnover…

Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner’s efforts on behalf of Mr. Ayers were widely seen as a coup attempt, started on behalf of a president who was unhappy with Mr. Kelly but could not bring himself to fire him. Mr. Ayers’s rejection of the offer stunned the couple, who had long resisted Mr. Kelly’s attempt to bend them to a traditional White House hierarchy.

As Kay has observed, low-quality hires never improve; they only get worse. And that vapid, entitled, arrogant pair of clowns started at rock bottom and have been busily tunneling toward the earth’s core ever since. Better and smarter rats won’t jump on this sinking ship.

According to The Times, Trump tried to get Ayers to fire Kelly, and failing that, met with Kelly, Pence and Ayers last Friday and agreed to let Kelly resign the following week (to preserve his non-existent dignity, one assumes). But instead, Trump announced Kelly’s ouster the next day. On Sunday, Trump’s comms shop was prepping the press release to announce Ayers as Kelly’s replacement, and Ayers publicly declined the offer via Twitter, leaving Trump to feebly squawk “FAKE NEWS” about the Ayers speculation and lie about the many quality candidates beating down his door for a shot at the chief of staff job.

Does it matter who rearranges the deck chairs on the Trumptanic? The chief of staff gig seems to be a pretty big fucking deal in normal administrations and even in fictional ones — President Bartlet had Leo McGarry and CJ Cregg!

But in this shit-show of an administration, I suspect it doesn’t matter at all. Trump’s gonna Trump no matter who sits in the adjoining office, so the chaos, stupidity, venality and ruin will continue apace.

ETA: Trump tweeted this while I was composing this post:

Fake News has it purposely wrong. Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position. Why wouldn’t someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington. Please report news correctly. Thank you!


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Thoughts And Prayers For Newly Unemployed Dan Bongino

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:00
Thoughts And Prayers For Newly Unemployed Dan Bongino

Bingo Bongo Bongino had his show cut from NRA TV and I know I speak for all of Crooks and Liars when I say that we are sending thoughts and prayers to him and his family during this terrible time.


We are too busy laughing.

Here is the story: The NRA is losing money so fast, it may not be able to exist for much longer. Just last month, they reported a loss of $55 million dollars from the previous year. The Daily Beast reported that even more alarming than the drop in income was the drop in membership dues. In 2016, they took in $163 MILLION in dues. In 2017 that number dropped to a modest $128 million.

So where does that leave Bingo Bongo? Well, apparently his show wasn't profitable enough to keep on the air. The Daily Beast is reporting that NRA TV cut the always sweaty, pro-Trump lunatic, Dan Bongino from their lineup. His show, We Stand, lasted only a year on the channel.

The NRA had no statement and Bingo Bongo called reports of the show's cancellation "fake news." But, shortly after his denial, he confirmed that his show is "ending," insinuating that it was his choice. [Insert Sure Jan gif dot com here].

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Jamal Khashoggi and other persecuted journalists are Time Magazine's people of the year

Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:54

Time magazine’s person of the year is people of the year this year, a group of reporters the magazine is calling “the guardians” for their pursuit of truth despite personal risks. Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is, of course, the name we all know, along with the horrific details of his murder: ambushed at the Saudi embassy in Turkey as he went to get documentation that would allow him to marry his fiancee, brutally killed and dismembered with a bone saw by a team of assassins that had flown in for the occasion, the involvement of his nation’s crown prince, and the free pass the Trump administration is offering on his murder.

But Khashoggi is on one of four covers of the magazine’s person of the year issue, because he’s not the only journalist persecuted for his work. Another of the covers is the Capital Gazette in Maryland, where a shooter killed four reporters and a sales associate last July—one of the stories that should have been big enough to define 2018 but instead was soon eclipsed by so many other big, terrible stories. A third features Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, sentenced to seven years in prison in Myanmar for reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims. The fourth shows Maria Ressa, who is under indictment in the Philippines, supposedly for tax fraud but almost certainly because she is a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Neither are they the only journalists who could have been chosen for the covers:

Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam was jailed for more than 100 days for making “false” and “provocative” statements ... In Sudan, freelance journalist Amal Habani was arrested while covering economic protests ... In Brazil, reporter Patricia Campos Mello was targeted with threats after reporting that supporters of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro had funded a campaign to spread false news … Victor Mallet, Asia news editor for the Financial Times, was forced out of Hong Kong ...

They’re all part of a disturbing trend in which a record 262 journalists were imprisoned in 2017, a trend that hasn’t abated in 2018. Honor to them and dishonor to the governments that persecute journalists and try to stifle the truth—ours included.

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Trump claims that 'large new sections' of a 'Great Wall' have already been built on the border

Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:52

Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Democratic leadership today over the topic of—ladies and gentlemen, start your sign now—the wall. Trump wants more money for the wall, or he’s threatening a government shutdown just in time for Christmas. Because that’s the kind of thing that makes people love him.

To bolster his negotiating position, Trump started his Tuesday morning with lies. That’s not unusual. But not all lies are created equal.


How much of the wall has been built? None. Exactly none. Precisely none. There are exactly nadda point zip diddly miles of Trump’s wall. That’s how much. Granted, there are the tiny sections of sample walls that Trump had built as mini-monoliths to his ego—but those aren’t even standing on the border. “The remaining sections of the Wall” would be all of the wall.

Even for Trump, this seems like an odd sort of lie. It makes you wonder … what do they tell Trump? Does part of the “Keep him pressing the Coke button and not that other button” policy involve bringing him aerial photos each morning to show the fantastic progress being made on his wall? But even so, doesn’t he wonder why he keeps having to tell people that the wall is out there? Doesn’t he wonder why no one else ever sees it? Where is this wall, anyway?

Another of Trump’s morning tweets provides a clue.


A Great Wall? Maybe that’s the answer: Trump’s wall is behind held up by trade negotiations with China.

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Go sign up

Balloon Juice - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:41

Anyone who needs to get insurance on the individual market should sign up by Saturday. This is the last day in almost all states where any coverage will start on January 1, 2019. The 15th is the last day of open enrollment for Healthcare.gov.

If you earn under 400% Federal Poverty Level or you can get your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) down to that level by a combination of IRAs, HSAs and other legal tricks, you qualify for premium subsidies. These will keep premiums lower than they otherwise would be.

Depending on where you live, there are some great deals if you are subsidized.

In 12 counties in Oklahoma, a Gold Plan is free at any subsidized income level.

In half the counties on Healthcare.gov, the lowest cost Bronze plan is no premium for some folks.

Look around.

And if you need help, raise your question in comments this morning.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:01
Mike's Blog Round Up

Today we turn our jaundiced eye to our failed Media. Because we must.

Driftglass deserves the last laugh with tears in his eyes.

First Draft has something to say to all of the usual suspects on the panel shows.

Green Eagle looks at the Q-Anon Cult. It's a rabbit hole.

I don't do this often. These are lunchtime long reads from non-bloggers, and they are oh so worth the time:

Splinter rebuts the recent article in The Atlantic that defended—and praised—access journalism. Seriously, this is a must-read.

Vanity Fair looks at the making of College-Republican-President-For-Life Ben Shapiro as a Wingnut media personality.

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with For MBRU in the subject line).

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Morning Digest: How a long-ago Harlem Democrat might save a Florida Republican's House career

Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 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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FL-15: While GOP Rep.-elect Ross Spano has been in hot water ever since admitting that he may have violated campaign finance laws by taking $180,000 in loans from two individuals, it looks unlikely that the scandal will stop the House from seating him. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hinted last week that the chamber could vote against allowing Spano to serve, but Politico notes that a landmark 1969 Supreme Court decision would probably prevent the House from refusing to seat a duly elected member. Indeed, Spano may owe whatever career he has in Congress to the decision that aided Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a New York Democrat who was, during his time, one of the most prominent African-Americans in Congress.

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In 1966, Powell won a 12th term representing the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. However, a special House committee ruled that Powell had falsified travel expenses and paid his wife a congressional staff salary even though she hadn't done the work to earn it. In January, on the first day of the new Congress, the Democratic-led House voted to delay seating Powell for five weeks to give the Judiciary Committee more time to investigate him. In March, the committee recommended that the House censure the New York congressman but still allow him to take office. However, the House instead voted 307 to 116 to prevent Powell from taking his seat in Congress.

Powell, who had no interest in acquiescing, ran in and easily won the special election to succeed himself. However, this time, the congressman, who by then was residing in the Bahamas, decided not to try and take his seat. Instead, he and several of his constituents sued House Speaker John McCormack and other House officials. Powell argued that the courts should rule that the House's vote not to seat him was unconstitutional, and that he was also entitled to the back pay he would have received as a member.

Powell's term ended before the Supreme Court issued a ruling, though he was re-elected in 1968 and allowed to take his seat the following January. McCormack then argued that it was now too late for the court to review his exclusion from the previous Congress. However, the Supreme Court disagreed.

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Trump Invents 'Immigration Fraud' To Strip US Citizenship

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:00
Trump Invents 'Immigration Fraud' To Strip US Citizenship

Cassandra Burke Robertson, Case Western Reserve University and Irina D. Manta, Hofstra University

U.S. government officials are making a coordinated effort to find evidence of immigration fraud by reexamining the files of immigrants who became U.S. citizens.

They are searching for cases where individuals used more than one identity or concealed prior deportation orders before filing for citizenship. Such evidence may provide grounds to strip citizenship from those who allegedly gained it unlawfully.

While the program is not new – it began under the Obama administration – the Trump administration has announced an intention to significantly expand it. More than 700,000 cases in which individuals were granted citizenship are under review.

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Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:52


Energize An Ally Tuesday: the Sunrise Movement

"If you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either."  ---Leo Burnett

The goals of the Sunrise Movement to get this country's ass off the climate-change dime by embracing the Green New Deal are lofty, paradigm-shifting (yeah, I hate that phrase, too, but it fits), a little mind-boggling and, yeah, definitely star reachy. I especially like their awareness of the importance of building political power, something I always thought seemed to be a leg of the stool missing from the grassroots Occupy movement. Says co-founder Varshini Prakash in yesterday's interview with Meteor Blades:

We’ll be using the same tactics we’ve used these past few weeks to put the Green New Deal on the map to ramp up the pressure...to support a plan that’s actually in line with what the science and justice demand.

Barbara_Lee.jpg_large Congresswoman Lee joins Steve Cohen, Eleanor Holmes Norton, my congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and many others in solidarity with the goals of the Green New Deal.

During the push to repeal Obamacare, we saw just how powerful everyday people can be when we unite and push for what we need. The protests all across the country made it politically toxic to vote for the repeal and, against all odds, the bill failed in the Senate.

That’s what we have to do---make it politically impossible for a Democratic lawmaker to vote no on the Green New Deal. And we do that by building power. We get droves of constituents to light up the phone lines, we get colleagues in Congress to reach out, we show up at their offices, we become inescapable. And if they don’t move, we’ll consider supporting a primary challenger to them in 2020 or 2022.

In other words, they dovetail with the Indivisible tactics. Excellent. They work. The Green New Deal, by the way, at its core "recognizes that economic stability is not independent of environmental sustainability." Imagine that: save the planet, energize a huge jobs sector, restore the middle class...what's not to love?

I like what the Sunrise Movement is doing, and it's nice to see them gaining new attention and traction. So I'm making my 2018 War on Christmas donation to those darn young'uns hellbent on fulfilling their dastardly mission of saving the planet for future generations while improving the economic standard of living for millions. If you feel so inclined, you can toss in a few bucks at their Act Blue donation link here, and/or support the Green New Deal by signing our petition here.

More info? Glad you asked! Read about the Sunrise Movement Plan and its principles, and get a look at the Green New Deal. Certainly a big challenge to achieve, but, pardon my French, pretty f*cking inspirational. And follow ‘em on Twitter here and on the evil Facebook here.

Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]

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Cartoon: Tips for holiday cheer

Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:50

I've been wanting to comment on the weirdness of experiencing all the usual holiday frivolity during these very abnormal times. Just the other day, news broke of greenhouse gas emissions accelerating like a "speeding freight train" at practically the same moment Trump announced a plan to open up nine million acres of land to oil exploration. And in a chilling display of authoritarianism, the Republican legislature in Wisconsin voted in the dead of night to strip away power from the newly-elected Democratic governor. Meanwhile, bells continue to jingle and car antlers continue to sprout. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just a juxtaposition I find interesting.

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Abbreviated pundit roundup: GOP dismisses allegations against Trump

Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:34

We begin today’s roundup with Adam Raymond at New York magazine and his roundup of GOP Senators dismissing the serious and credible allegations against Donald Trump regarding his possibly criminal activity:

On Friday, the Department of Justice called Donald Trump a felon. The extraordinary claim came in a sentencing memo about his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who helped Trump commit suspected campaign finance violations by paying off two women who claim to have had affairs with the now-president.

On Monday, Senate Republicans had their chance to weigh in on Friday’s bombshell. Would they condemn Trump, now an unindicted co-conspirator in Cohen’s crimes? Would they turn a critical eye toward his extramarital affairs? Or would they find a way to blame it on anyone but the president? Yeah, that’s the one.

At USA Today, president of the Constitution Society Caroline Fredrickson puts it all in perspective:

Let's all say it together: The president of the United States has been credibly accused of committing a felony. [...] We can now add this sordid episode to the list of alleged unethical and illegal activities on the part of the president, his associates and his campaign staff. The president may rant and rave on social media about witch hunts, but the charges are piling up and, apparently, so is the evidence. Prosecutors do not file charges like this unless they can back them up. [...]

The first two years of Trump's presidency saw a Republican-led Congress seemingly more interested in giving the president an out than holding him accountable. It's time for a change.

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Daily Kos - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 07:00

OK, barring any outbursts (haha!), maybe we’ll try to catch up with Jared’s treason. But there’s no telling where any particular day could lead us, anymore. Not that there ever really was, but it’s getting seriously crazy out there, these days.

I’m sure something typically ridiculous will interrupt us at some point, but that’s what makes the collapse of democracy such fun.

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Fridays are beginning to mean something again, as the pace of Mueller filings picks up. ‘Tis the season! Luckily, we had Greg Dworkin with us to round things up. But first, we go around the world in 80 seconds, give or take a few. Important happenings in Germany, in the UK with respect to the (non-) Brexit, and in Japan. But enough about the rest of the world! Let’s talk about us! No one will take the job as Trump’s chief of staff. What a surprise! Comey speaks about his speaking. That and the early weekend’s other developments had people talking about how things were falling apart, and where it all might end up. None of these dangers kept Trump quiet, of course. So Armando joined us to examine his latest outburst. Even Monica Lewinsky got in on the act. We took a pass on lingering over Jerry Falwell, Jr. and the pool boy, though there’s plenty to go back to, if need be. And we revisited the travesties in Wisconsin and Michigan, with an eye toward whose money was (and still is) behind it. On the assumption that Satan invented trolling, this seems appropriate. Don’t let anyone tell you campaign finance crimes can’t be serious crimes. And, you’ve heard about eggs and making omelets? Well, sometimes norms have to be broken to save the ones that are left.

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