Here's how we could replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote by 2024

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:41

After gaining unified control of state government in 2018, Democrats in Colorado and New Mexico are quickly moving to pass laws that would bring their states' 14 Electoral College votes into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. This agreement would have every member state give its electoral votes (EVs) to the national popular vote winner if enough states with a majority of EVs—270 in total—sign up. Once that threshold is reached, all presidential candidates would have to compete to win the national popular vote rather than the Electoral College vote, effectively ending the Electoral College without needing to amend the Constitution.

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As shown on the map at the top of this post (see here for a larger version, or see here for a regular state map), we'll explore how Democrats could get enough states to join the compact so that it would take effect for the 2024 presidential election, if all goes according to plan. With Republican legislators voting in lockstep against the proposal, Democrats must rely on states where they have full control of government to join the compact. GOP gerrymandering helped prevent Democrats from taking legislative majorities in a handful of key states last year, and it likewise precludes the compact from reaching a majority in time for 2020.

However, there are already several states where Democrats are in charge that could vote to join the compact right away. That includes:

  • Colorado — 9 EVs
  • Delaware — 3 EVs
  • Maine — 4 EVs
  • Nevada — 6 EVs
  • New Mexico — 5 EVs
  • Oregon — 7 EVs

That’s a total of 34 EVs, so if all these states were to join, the compact would grow from 172 to 206 EVs. The next battle would be in Virginia, which will elect every member of its legislature this November. Democrats need to flip just a single state Senate seat and two state House seats to win unified control of government, meaning they could add Virginia's 13 EVs to the compact to give it 219 EVs. That’s still well shy of the 270 EVs needed, but depending on the results of state-level elections over the next few cycles, 2024 could be within reach.

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In appointing Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein may have saved the republic—but also Donald Trump

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:39

The pending release of a book from former acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, and an interview with 60 Minutes McCabe has done to promote the book, have placed fresh emphasis on a few days in the middle of May 2017—days in which the Justice Department seriously considered mounting an effort to dislodge Trump from office. For eight days, between the time FBI Director James Comey was fired and the time special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, it appears that the threat of the government being ripped in half was very real.

Even at the time, the events of that period seemed chaotic, and as more information has appeared over the passing months, it’s become clear that the public saw only the slightest hint of what was happening behind closed doors. During this period:

What’s emerging is a picture in which the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller by Rosenstein on May 17, 2017, was not at all an attack on Trump, but a desperate compromise; a bid to hold the nation’s leadership together by offering a means for going forward rather than sinking into competing star-chamber factions. As strange as it may seem, the appointment of Mueller may have actually kept Trump in office, at least temporarily, and it almost certainly saved the nation from even greater chaos.

With that in mind, and with the new information that’s become available since that time, here’s a fresh look at a few extraordinary days in May 2017.

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Here’s My Green New Deal

Kevin Drum - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:28

What are you willing to sacrifice in order to fight climate change?

And by you, I mean you. Obviously we already know that American conservatives aren’t willing to sacrifice anything. But how about us liberals? Maybe you’ve gone vegan. But if you have, I’ll bet it’s because you didn’t really mind. Maybe you bought a small, high-mileage care like mine. But that’s probably because it’s no big deal since you don’t have kids to haul around or a boat to tow. At a whole different level, perhaps we should commit to living with the same carbon footprint at a peasant in China? I can probably count on one hand the number of Americans willing to do that.

As for the Chinese themselves—as well as the Indians and other less developed countries—they insist that no climate deal should permanently leave them at a low development level. They should be allowed to catch up to western levels living standards. That’s a fair point, but it’s also an excuse to do nothing. Once they’ve caught up they promise to put the brakes on carbon emissions—honest!—but no one should take that very seriously.

The Europeans have done better in some areas, but not by much. Germany was more interested in getting rid of its nuclear power. Norway is doing a good job of electrifying its cars, but that’s because they have tons of hydro power. Canada has no intention of shutting down its tar sands production. Etc. There are few signs of real sacrifice on a large scale.

This, of course, is why the Green New Deal is so vague. It’s also why AOC got in so much trouble for the draft FAQ that she mistakenly posted. It really did call for personal sacrifices, and Republicans were eager to point that out. Tell people that you’re going to build more solar and wind, or make buildings more efficient, and they shrug. Tell them that they should eat less meat or take fewer trips to see the grandkids and they freak out.

This is why I’m basically pessimistic about the Green New Deal. It’s deliberately vague so no one will freak out too much, but deliberately vague won’t get the job done. If we want to seriously slash carbon emissions, there are going to be sacrifices. Less meat. Smaller cars. Higher prices for fossil fuels. (Way higher.) Taxes that go beyond the top 1 percent. What makes us think that will fly in a world where bans on plastic bags or straws provoke a huge backlash?

The answer, I believe, is twofold. The first is enormous investment in R&D. World War II levels. We need to invent the equivalent of radar, codebreaking, and the atomic bomb. The second is, in keeping with spirit of the GND, enormous infrastructure buildout. We have the technology to electrify a big part of our economy already if we only commit the dollars to do it. Both of these initiatives would be popular since they generate economic activity and put people to work. If we manage to demonstrate the minimal sacrifice necessary to fund them with a substantial progressive carbon tax, we have a plan. It’s not a perfect plan. It’s probably not enough all by itself. And it’s not guaranteed to work.

But it’s also not guaranteed to fail.

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Fox Avoids The Manafort Story: Scary Brown Women Edition

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:23
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I am convinced one reason Fox gets ratings is, some of us turn to Fox on nights when the news for Trump is especially bad, just to see how they are twisting themselves to pretend, once again, that "what is actually happening isn't happening."

MSNBC and CNN devoted most of their coverage Wednesday to the court decision that Trump's former campaign manager had lied to the FBI, and as a result, his plea deal is in the garbage.

On Fox News? The scary brown women of the Democratic Congress, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.

And Tucker had on Michele Malkin to talk about how brown Congresswomen are the real racists. Of course.

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Federal contract workers won't get back pay after shutdown: 'The president won't sign that'

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:00

Donald Trump is blocking back pay for as many as a million federal contract workers who lost wages during the recent government shutdown. Democrats have introduced legislation to pay those workers, many of whom live paycheck to paycheck, but “I’ve been told the president won’t sign that,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, because “I guess federal contractors are different in his view than federal employees.” So the provision isn’t included in the spending bills that will keep the government open.

Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins have signed on to the Democratic plan to pay federal contract workers, but as we’ve seen again and again, that doesn’t matter. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell almost never does anything Trump wouldn’t like, and he’s definitely not going out on a limb for low-wage workers.

Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, both Democrats, naturally, introduced the legislation, of which they wrote in the Washington Post that “The federal government relies on these working men and women. And the failure on the part of politicians in Washington to do their jobs shouldn’t rob people of the financial security they’ve earned.”

While Republicans insist that back pay for contract workers is complicated and messy, Smith and Pressley disagree: “Federal agencies have already budgeted the money they would have used to pay these contractors had the shutdown not happened. And there’s already a mechanism in place to help contractors get reimbursed for other costs incurred during the shutdown.”

But Republicans want the companies with federal contracts to be made whole. The same can’t be said of working people struggling to get by. 

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Amazon abruptly pulls out of a deal to build second headquarters in New York City

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:56

Amazon and Jeff Bezos just announced that their big public relations disaster of a headquarters will not be built in Queens, New York. Amazon’s statement, care of the New York Times:

After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.

We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture — and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so many optimistic, forward-leaning community leaders, small business owners, and residents. There are currently over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams.

Amazon’s statement goes on to say that it is grateful to New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, but in the end, it’s not you, New York City, it’s Amazon. It doesn’t want to be tied down. It loves visiting you, maybe getting a bite to eat and a movie, but there are other fish in the sea with maybe some more money to fork over to Amazon, maybe better tax breaks. New Jersey, as if it knew something, continues to make its case to pay Amazon to build a campus that would likely be as important to New Jersey as the marshes around the Meadowlands are.

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Pat Robertson Scolds Dems Over Trump's $22T Exploding Deficit

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:47

On Wednesday's edition of The 700 Club, Pat Robertson blasted the exploding federal deficit after Treasury reported it has ballooned up to 22 trillion dollars.

And guess who Pat Robertson scolds?

Let's find out.

"Our national debt is now at the record high -- it's $22 trillion dollars. Government spending is out of control," Robertson said.

Wow, it sounds like he's taking some serious shots at Donald Trump, his modern-day lord and savior, right?

Robertson said, "And the latest proposals from Democrats will only make it worse..."

"We are going to talk about they are proposing that will absolutely horrifying."

It's only horrifying to people like Robertson, who make exorbitant amounts of money and not their viewers.

As usual Trump and conservatism can do no wrong.

Co-host Terry Meeuwsen said, "the Green New Deal and Medicare for all."

Robertson then played a canned critical exposé on calls to tax the uber-wealthy by Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Not a word was spoken about the Trump administration or their role in exploding the debt in the last two years.

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The CDC issues warning after suspected raw milk illnesses reported in 19 states

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:45

The Centers for Disease Control issued a warning on Feb. 13 concerning the consumption of raw milk. This follows reports from at least 19 states of suspected raw-milk-related Brucellosis, an infectious disease that can be passed from bovine to human via unpasteurized milk. However, there are other diseases that can be contracted through consuming raw milk, the CDC says: “Raw milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, Campylobacter, and others that cause foodborne illness, often called ‘food poisoning.’” You might remember the West Virginia lawmaker, back in 2016, who fell ill after drinking a bunch of raw milk to celebrate legalizing raw milk. 

CBS News reports that the raw milk in question was sold in at least 19 states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia. Ars Technica explains that the case that has been identified and sent up all of these red flags is a case of Brucellosis.

It’s a hard-to-define febrile illness caused by Gram-negative Brucella bacterial species that infect a variety of animals and the occasional unlucky human. There are four species that pose particular risks to humans: Brucella suis, found in pigs; Brucella melitensis, found in sheep and goats; Brucella canis, from dogs; and—the one at the center of this current health alert—Brucella abortus, which is carried by cattle.

The raw milk movement shares a large Venn diagram curve with the same set of people who still believe that vaccines lead to autism and other childhood difficulties. That kind of thinking has led to an enormous outbreak of the once-eliminated measles in Washington state, as well as smaller outbreaks in at least nine other states.

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Interesting Read: Iowa Does Not Look Like America the Democratic Party

Balloon Juice - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:31

Nor does New Hampshire. Philip Bump, in the Washington Post:

There’s a pretty obvious reason that white men make up the vast majority of Republicans elected to the House of Representatives in 2018 but only about 4 in 10 Democrats: The Democratic Party has a lot fewer white members than the GOP. Pew Research Center data indicates that, in 2017, about 83 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters were white, compared with 59 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters. In fact, the Republican Party is more heavily white now than the Democratic Party was in 1997 — by a fairly wide margin.

This data about the composition of each party allows us to run an interesting experiment. Which states have a racial composition that’s most like one party or the other? (Below, any non-Hispanic racial group excludes any Hispanic members.) To figure that out, we compare the density of each racial group to the density of each party. The closer the size of each group is to either party, the smaller the bar showing the deviation from that party…

It is February 2019, less than a year until the Iowa caucuses. As is the norm, Iowa will be the first state to weigh in on the Democratic Party’s presidential nominees next year, according to the primary-tracking website Frontloading HQ. It will be followed, as usual, by New Hampshire (barring some weirdness from New York that the link in the preceding sentence explains).

Why is that important? Because Iowa and New Hampshire have populations that look a lot more like the Republican Party than the Democratic Party. Of the 50 states, Iowa is 39th most like the Democratic Party. New Hampshire is the 44th most like the Democrats. New Hampshire is also the 13th most like the Republican Party in terms of racial composition — and Iowa is the third most similar to the GOP in the country, following only Wyoming and North Dakota.

In other words, the first two states to weigh in on who should be the Democratic nominee — undoubtedly helping narrow down the field of contenders — are states that are more likely to resemble the GOP racially…

Full tables at the link. Yet more reasons why the current cavalcade of primaries is harmful to everyone except a handful of hotel / restaurant profiteers — and the GOP.

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Out Of Business: Store That Boycotted Nike Over Kaepernick

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:29

Number one rule of being in business is knowing the business that you're in.

Prime Time Sports decided to be in the right wing business instead of the sporting goods business when they boycotted Nike merchandise, after Nike featured Colin Kaepernick in an advertising campaign.

Kaepernick himself has been punished by the NFL for kneeling during the national anthem, in protest of police violence against people of color. KOAA News 5:

[Store owner Stephen Martin] also canceled an autograph session with Brandon Marshall at his store back in 2016, to protest Marshall’s decision to kneel during the anthem.

“As much as I hate to admit this, perhaps there are more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters out there than I realized,” said Martin.

He says online sales have also been a big factor in the 15% decline in sales he’s seen in the last three years.

Online sales of Nike swag, perhaps?

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Mom from family separation lawsuit says guards laughed at her when she cried over her child

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:18

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One thing that Elena remembers is the taunting. There was taunting everywhere. Border agents told mothers that “they did not know what they had gotten themselves into.” When she cried after getting to talk to her 12-year-old son on the phone for the first time following their separation, the guards laughed. The mom “learned from the other women at the facility that the officers would frequently laugh as crying mothers spoke with their separated children.”

The Guatemalan asylum-seeker joins “Dania” and four other families in seeking millions in damages after being torn apart at the southern border by the Trump administration. Under the barbaric “zero tolerance” policy, thousands of children were stolen from the most vulnerable, including people fleeing violence. It was state-sanctioned kidnapping that has left children and adults alike traumatized.

During the 77 days she spent apart from Luis, Elena struggled to sleep and couldn’t complete the simplest of tasks. “She had no interest in eating and lost a lot of weight. Sleep deprivation and stress triggered excruciating headaches and pain in her eyes.” None of this stress ended even after she was reunited with the boy at a migrant-family jail in Texas. “Her anxiety was so severe that she vomited regularly,” a legal filing states.

Despite mother and son being reunited, the threats continued. When she and some other moms tried to find out how much longer they would be jailed, they were threatened with more separation: “Stop asking or we will take your kids away again.” Elena would be diagnosed with PTSD before leaving detention. She said Luis doesn’t like to talk about his own experiences when he was detained by himself. She “has noticed that he is much angrier and more rebellious than before the separation.”

Thursday, Feb. 14, marks 203 days since a federal judge’s reunification deadline, but children stolen from families at the border are still in U.S. custody. Family separation remains a crisis.

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Violence Against Women Act to expire Friday after being left out of spending deal

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:02

The Violence Against Women Act will expire on Friday after it wasn’t included in the deal to keep government open. Once again, a reauthorization of the domestic violence legislation is being held up because Democrats want to expand its protections and Republicans don’t.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pointing a finger at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, because House Democrats resisted yet another stopgap extension that again failed to address the expansion they’d offered last summer. Democrats are pushing to protect women from being evicted from their homes because of their abuser’s actions, to bar stalkers and abusers from having guns, and to add protections for transgender people. Republicans are especially opposed to keeping guns out of the hands of stalkers.

A “senior Democratic aide” told Roll Call that there would be “zero impact” to the expiration—presumably in the short term, and assuming a stand-alone bill gets passed soon. Funding reportedly won’t be affected until March, though the uncertainty of not knowing if it will be renewed is a serious problem for domestic violence organizations.

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How Parkland shooting survivors spent the past year standing up to Fox News bullies

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:45

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The first shots rang out at 2:22 PM on Valentine’s Day 2018, as a lone gunman began laying siege to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Armed with an AR-15 rifle, the former student spent the next six minutes firing as he roamed the campus, killing 17 people and wounding many more, in one of the most chilling mass murders in U.S. history.

It was only a matter of days before Fox News was leading a right-wing media crusade to vilify the Parkland survivors as they raised their angry teenage voices about gun violence in America.

Immediately signaling that they were part of a larger awakening, and determined to address runaway gun violence in America, as well as the politicians and special interests that allow it to go unchecked, the outspoken students posed a new kind of pressing threat to right-wing propaganda. And that opened the door to conservative attacks, as GOP-friendly media outlets routinely smeared and maligned a new generation of activists who had suffered unspeakable losses.

On the one-year anniversary of the shocking and senseless school shooting in Florida, it's important to remember how key media actors behaved in its aftermath. It's important to recall that, when faced with a national tragedy, players at Fox News and elsewhere instinctively moved to engage in revenge politics and to tear the country further apart.

What's also so important about the dark Parkland chapter of the country’s story is that these students stood up to Fox News bullies—and the students won. Just ask Laura Ingraham.

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One Year Later

Balloon Juice - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:54

It seems like forever since Parkland, but it’s only been a year.  Here are some survivors own words, as reported in the Guardian by the MSDHS Eagle Eye staff.

Politically, the survivors made, and are making, a difference.  As the numbers keep rolling in, we know we had a big increase in younger voter turnout, in part due to the voter drive run by March for Our Lives. Florida hurt, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.  I have a lot of hope for the future.

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Trump administration 'dramatically downsized' federal teams tasked with protecting U.S. elections

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:52

There is no doubt that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 election, from using social media to deepen divisions among the electorate to flat-out hacking voter registration systems in at least 18 states that we know of. Russia committed a full-scale assault on our election process, and were they ever successful. Look no further than the incompetent patsy they helped install in the White House. 

Although Donald Trump repeatedly promised to strengthen election security, actions speak louder than words. And the only action the Trump administration seems to have taken is to gut the Department of Homeland Security task force responsible for protecting our elections against foreign intrusion. From the Daily Beast:

Two teams of federal officials assembled to fight foreign election interference are being dramatically downsized, according to three current and former Department of Homeland Security officials. And now, those sources say they fear the department won’t prepare adequately for election threats in 2020.

“The clear assessment from the intelligence community is that 2020 is going to be the perfect storm,” said a DHS official familiar with the teams. “We know Russia is going to be engaged. Other state actors have seen the success of Russia and realize the value of disinformation operations. So it’s very curious why the task forces were demoted in the bureaucracy and the leadership has not committed resources to prepare for the 2020 election.”

Curious, indeed. Outrageous, really. Why would they “dramatically downsize” these teams rather than dramatically expand them to protect our elections? Current and former Department of Homeland Security officials are sounding the alarm. As they told the Daily Beast, the task force is withering away ahead of the 2020 election.

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Andrew McCabe: FBI Gamed Out How To Remove Trump Under 25th Amendment

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:37

This bombshell is everywhere this morning, as 60 Minutes releases part of their interview with former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe. Mika Scarborough introduced the clip:

"We also want to get your take on what former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe said in a new interview with CBS news. McCabe stood firm that the discussions of Rod Rosenstein wearing a wire to the White House was not a joke, that it came up more than once, and he took it to FBI lawyers to discuss it, actually," she said.

"Take a listen to this. McCabe talks about the steps that he took to protect the FBI's investigation into Trump and Russia and the fear that he had that someone would try and stop it."

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Teachers strike ending as union declares 'Denver teachers win for Denver students'

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:25

Denver teachers “may return to the classroom,” their union let them know early Thursday morning, after a tentative deal was announced by the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and the Denver Public Schools. If it’s ratified, the strike will formally end, and the union, saying that “Denver teachers win for Denver students,” seems confident that teachers will approve it.

The teachers and district management had earlier come to an agreement on a starting salary level of $45,800, but teachers were pushing for structured raises rather than unpredictable bonuses they say hurt teacher retention. In the tentative deal announced Thursday, base salaries will increase by seven to 11 percent, but equally importantly, there will be a “transparent” salary schedule plus “The ability to use professional development units—free in-district courses offered to advance teachers’ education—to move up lanes on the salary schedule.” According to the union, “The tentative agreement, which must be ratified by the full DCTA membership, reforms a pay system which largely relied on unstable bonuses, and provides stability for students who, for the past ten years, have had their education disrupted by a compensation schedule that drove their teachers away from the district.”

Teachers have been in attendance at bargaining sessions, often vocally expressing their approval or disapproval. At the final, decisive session on Wednesday, the Denver Post reports, “As DPS unveiled its latest plan, teachers in the audience—who normally chant protest songs during breaks and occasionally heckle the district during bargaining talks—clapped and snapped their fingers in approval.”

As Denver teachers likely head back to school, teachers in Oakland, California, continue to gear up for a strike. The wave of teacher uprisings isn’t over.

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8 Days in May: Discussions to have Trump removed from office were extensive and serious

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:01

According to former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, the idea of having Donald Trump removed from office under the 25th Amendment was much more than a passing thought. Over an eight-day period following the removal of James Comey, that possibility seemed very real. As reporter Scott Pelling discussed on CBS This Morning, McCabe was not alone in this thought.

Pelley: There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment. These were the eight days from Comey's firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what do with the president.

McCabe has an upcoming book titled The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, and is appearing this week on 60 MInutes. The book focuses on how the FBI is attempting to deal with a situation in which it’s trapped between a White House and outside forces that are both attempting to prevent it from finding the truth. 

In his interview, McCabe also revealed that he began both the obstruction of justice investigation and the counterintelligence investigation—the investigation into whether Trump had not just conspired with Russia, but was acting as a Russian agent against the interests of the United States—by talking to him about the Comey firing. McCabe says that he kept detailed notes about how and why those investigations began, specifically to guard against the kind of distortion and attacks that Trump has leveled at the FBI.

McCabe: I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion. That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.

That turns out to have been very good planning.

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Fox News Refuses Anti-Nazi Ad To Run During Hannity, Says It's 'Not Appropriate'

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 08:42

Fox News thinks an Oscar-nominated anti-Nazi documentary is antithetical to the pro-Trump values espoused during the Hannity show and has thus refused to allow an ad for the film to run.

From The Hollywood Reporter:The spot doubles as a promotion of this year's Oscar-nominated documentary short A Night at the Garden, which recounts a 1939 Nazi rally in New York City, and a warning — "It Can Happen Here" — to Hannity's largely conservative viewers about the potential dangers of President Donald Trump's brand of populism.[…]A Fox News national ad sales representative told the distributor's media-buying agency on Wednesday that CEO Suzanne Scott ("our CEO") said the ad was "not appropriate for our air," according to email correspondence viewed by THR.

It speaks volumes that Fox News would consider an ad for an anti-Nazi documentary “not appropriate” for Fox viewers. Perhaps if the ad had stated that there were some “very fine people” among the Nazis, Fox might have reached a different conclusion.

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Manafort Lied To Judge About Kilimnik, Gets Caught, Waits For Trump Pardon

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 08:41

This morning, Morning Joe focused on Paul Manafort's contacts with an operative linked to Russian intelligence, who met with Manafort while he was still serving as Donald Trump's campaign chairman in August of 2016.

"District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Manafort meant to lie on at least three issues and that federal prosecutors are no longer bound by their deal to recommend a lighter sentence for the 69-year-old Manafort," Mika Scarborough said.

"The judge's written order states that Manafort made multiple false statements about his interactions and communications with Constantine Kilimnik, who the FBI has linked to Russian intelligence. The judge also ruled that Manafort lied to the FBI, the special counsel's office and the Mueller grand jury regarding payments made by an unidentified firm, Firm A, to a law firm that, the matter was material to their investigation, along with false statements in October of last year that were material to another D.O.J. investigation. The judge said that Manafort lied in two other instances. This new ruling could affect the severity of punishment for Paul Manafort. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 13th.

"The level of stupidity is unbelievable, but this is a big, big step in the Mueller probe, a big win for Bob Mueller. >>

"A big step in the probe. Jeremy, I just have to ask you and I'm not being facetious here or not trying to be funny in the least, but how in the world can these people be so stupid?" Joe Scarborough said.

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