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PAINFUL: Pence Mentioned Greetings From Trump At A Speech In Munich And Got ZERO Applause

1 hour 55 min ago

Mike Pence gave a speech at the John McCain Award Ceremony at Munich Security Conference and after saying a line mentioning greetings from Donald Trump, he clearly expected a round of applause. His exact sentence was:

"I bring greetings from the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump"

His notes probably said (pause for applause) so he literally just looked down at his notes and counted to 5.

SILENCE. Not one clap. Nothing.

The delegation included Mike Pence, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sens. Lindsey Graham, Christopher Coons and Sheldon Whitehouse.

Painful tweet from the event

I have watched this clip on repeat 20 times and it gets better each time.

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Flashback: When Trump And Fox & Friends Thought Executive Action On Immigration Was Unconstitutional And Impeachable

2 hours 2 min ago
 When Trump And Fox & Friends Thought Executive Action On Immigration Was Unconstitutional And Impeachable

In 2014, when Donald Trump blasted President Barack Obama for using executive action on immigration, he said Obama “certainly” deserved impeachment for it – and the three hosts of Fox & Friends sounded all in. But the show erased history now that Trump has done what he claimed to oppose so vehemently.

As you probably know by now, Trump declared a national emergency this Friday morning, just before he went to play golf in Florida, because he couldn’t make a deal with Congress to fund his unpopular wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for.

But it turns out Trump called executive action on immigration unconstitutional and impeachable – for Obama. As CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski noted, that’s what Trump said in November, 2014, when he was asked on Fox & Friends about Obama’s executive actions that halted deportations for the undocumented parents of children born in the United States.

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Should We Really Assume That Voters In Trump Country Care About Themselves?

3 hours 4 min ago
Should We Really Assume That Voters In Trump Country Care About Themselves?

This seems like a smart move:

Heading into the week-long President’s Day recess, the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is distributing a spreadsheet to members logging a host of wide-ranging local projects potentially threatened by Trump’s effort to shift funds from military construction coffers to the border wall.

The list — nearly 400-projects long — features a number of ventures in GOP districts. It includes maintenance facilities for F-35 stealth fighters at Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks, Alaska; the operation of a middle school at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and funds to replace a training maze at Fort Bragg, N.C.

“We have to smoke out as many Republicans as possible by making the case that projects in their backyard are in jeopardy and will likely be raided to help pay for Trump’s ineffective and politically motivated wall,” said a senior Democratic aide.

Also, as Jen Hayden of Daily Kos noted yesterday, some of the money that would be diverted to wall construction could be coming from funds intended to build or upgrade housing for servicemembers and their families, some of which is in abysmal condition:

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Joy Reid: 'Mob-ocracy' Has Developed Around Donald Trump

3 hours 42 min ago

The number weighty news stories, dropping with dizzying pace, is overwhelming for anyone. A dominant piece of the Russia/Mueller probe fell into place this week, though, and it was covered by most non-Fox stations. One morsel of that story, though, continues to be overlooked in nearly every version told. Unless, of course, you're Joy Reid.

In discussing the bizarre meeting that has captured Mueller's attention — the one on August 2, 2016 between Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and Konstantin Kilimnik — is where it was held. All reports mention the meeting took place at the swanky Great Havana Room, and that the Republican platform towards Ukraine was discussed, and Trump polling data was handed off to the Russian with deep ties to the Kremlin. But nearly all neglect to mention that the Great Havana Room is in the infamous building, 666 Fifth Avenue. The one owned by Jared Kushner, and for which he is in debt up to his eyeballs. HOW IS THAT NOT IMPORTANT? Am I the only one who thinks perhaps that might also have been part of the discussions, since Jared had also been begging Qatar and Saudi Arabia for loans to help pay off his debts for this building? I'm just spitballing. Honestly, I'm likely totally off base. But it sure was great to hear it MENTIONED by Joy Reid today.

It wasn't just any old cigar club. At the very least it was a place where they could be certain they'd be safe in conferring in secrecy. So they thought, anyhow.

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Rick Wilson: 'Ann Coulter's Tears Taste Delicious'

4 hours 41 min ago

Elie Mystal, editor from and Rick Wilson had a truly amazing segment on AM Joy on Saturday. The topic, of course: THE WALL. Mystal came in hot with a perfect description of The Cult of Trump - they are zombies. He actually said:

"They're lost. They're zombies now. Every day we try to figure out what's the cure for zombies. There is no cure. They're gone. We have to stop them from infecting everybody else."

I do not know a better description of this group of folks and he is right. There is no cure. If you have ever tried to talk sense into a Trump supporter in your family, at work, social media, etc, you know. They have blinders and ear plugs on. Their eyes are just swirling circles and they are unable and unwilling to hear anything or listen to reason.

Rick Wilson dove in at the end to pile on with some good old fashioned mocking of Ann Coulter and her super sad online meltdown about Trump and his Wall. My favorite line was his opening: "Ann Coulter's tears taste delicious."

Here is the transcript:

REID: He's thinking he wants a fight and a lot of this for him is I want a fight and have this kind of finish the wall, the wall has to be the main thing in my campaign.

Above the law which brings me to Elie. The thing about it, too, Donald Trump has taken a fictional thing, a campaign slogan, his base is we want you to do it. You said it in your campaign and we want it to be real. And now he's about to go to court on it.

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Appeals Court Rules Key Anti-Age Discrimination Protections Don’t Apply To Job Seekers, Only Employees

6 hours 3 min ago

In a decision last month, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has sharply limited a federal law that protects workers who are 40 and older from age bias by ruling that key provisions only apply to those who already have jobs, not those seeking them.

The 8-4 decision, written by Circuit Judge Michael Scudder, a Trump administration appointee, said the “plain language” of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act shows that in enacting the measure, Congress aimed its sweeping prohibition against discrimination at employees but “did not extend that same protection to outside job applicants.”

The ruling prompted a fierce dissent from Circuit Judge David Hamilton, an Obama administration appointee, who accused the majority of taking a “deliberately naïve approach” to the law and “closing its eyes to fifty years of history, context and application.”

The ADEA’s anti-discrimination language originally matched that of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which covers race, gender, religion and other categories.

And for much of the last half-century, federal courts have treated provisions of the two laws as largely interchangeable.

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Amazon HQ2: Texas Experience Shows Why New Yorkers Were Right To Be Skeptical

7 hours 44 min ago
File 20190206 174867 14fc9ox.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1 Amazon’s plan to build a new headquarters in Long Island City faced significant resistance. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Nathan Jensen, University of Texas at Austin and Calvin Thrall, University of Texas at Austin

New York offered Amazon close to US$3 billion to build a “second” headquarters in Long Island City on the promise of 25,000 jobs.

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Trump Booster Goes Down In Flames For Pushing Trump's Border Wall Lies

9 hours 43 min ago
Trump Booster Goes Down In Flames For Pushing Trump's Border Wall Lies

Here's an idea. Instead of CNN giving these liars airtime, how about not inviting them on in the first place? If these anchors are going to be forced to contend with these lying Trumpsters, New Day host Victor Blackwell showed everyone how they should be handled this Saturday when Council member for the 51st District and Minority Whip of the New York City Council Joseph Borelli tried pushing Trump's lie that construction has "already started" on his border wall.

BLACKWELL: Let me come to another thing the president said yesterday and has been saying for a while now -- that there's a lot of wall that's being built, that the president has already seen additional miles of this new wall being built. That is not true. Why is the president saying it?

BORELLI: We've had this debate. We've had the gumballs out that you like so much. You know...

BLACKWELL: I like the truth. The reason they are gumballs is because the president has said more than 8,000 things that are either false and misleading.

BORELLI: And there is a wall that's existing that is being repaired. There are small patches of new wall that are being formed. And I think...

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Acting President Hannity Orders Barr To Investigate Trump's Deep State Enemies

10 hours 1 min ago

Following in President Lou Dobbs' footsteps, Acting President Sean Hannity demanded the incoming Attorney General deal with Deep State enemies..

On Thursday, the Fox News host laid out Trump's enemy list he considers "deep state actors" aching to overthrow Trump's presidency. Hannity then demanded they be held accountable by the newly minted Attorney General William Barr.

Hannity had just finished advising Trump on signing the spending bill and declaring a National Emergency for his border wall funding so when he says his sources tell him something from within the Trump administration, it makes it more credible.

After going ballistic over Andrew McCabe's new book and upcoming 60 Minutes appearance. Sean was foaming at the mouth. "They even plotted and schemed to remove a duly elected president from office because they didn't like him or want him to win!"

"It seems like they are getting away with it," he continued. "We have a new Attorney General, hopefully that will change. My sources telling me tonight things are happening as we speak."

James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein all made his hit list. Sean went on about FISA warrant lies, just like Dobbs did.

He is also not fond of former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

11 hours 30 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

Happy weekend, fellow hostages, er, Crooks and Liars! What a day Friday was! From the National Emergency that isn't to tough words from Marco Rubio, the blogosphere had it all from A to B and back again!

Greg Fallis says what's on everyone's mind.

News Corpse tells us who influenced Comrade Trump's decision.

I Should Be Laughing gives us some examples of true national emergencies.

Bonus Track: Miss Cellania reminds us that it is the thought that counts.

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

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Samantha Bee Calls Out Medical Fat-Shaming

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:30

In case you missed this week's "Full Frontal," Sam Bee took on the medical profession regarding their hatred and shaming of fat people.

Medical bigotry leads to doctor's failure to diagnose other issues unrelated to weight. And it doesn't help anybody.

Open thread below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Bohemian Vendetta

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:01

Ahh, It's Friday. Seems it took forever for it arrive this week. Well, in my case at least. Those seasonal doldrums that come with existing in the rust belt, I guess.

Anyway, time to decamp from all that evening if the weight of the world will do plenty to stay heavy on the mind. It's the sort of the thing that New York's Bohemian Vendetta addresses on this 1966 recording. Tonight's song "Like Stoned" also kicks off my latest podcast too.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Bombshell: Texts Between Roger Stone And Wikileaks Found In Russian Files

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:46
 Texts Between Roger Stone And Wikileaks Found In Russian Files

As Robert Mueller likes to do, Friday night brings us a HUGE news dump of breaking news. Here it is: The Special Counsel stated in a filing that they have *proof* that Roger Stone communicated with Wikileaks, and they found it in the files of indicted Russians.

CNN reports that while investigating the Russian hacking of the Democrats, they "obtained and executed dozens of search warrants on various accounts used to facilitate the transfer of stolen documents for release, as well as to discuss the timing and promotion of their release."

In layman's terms: They have proof of coordination of timing and promotion of release of certain emails.

The Special Counsel went on: "Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone's communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1" (Organization 1 is Wikileaks)

This means they have actual proof that Stone coordinated with not only Guccifer 2.0, but Wikileaks...on everything. Release, timing of the releases and how to promote them. THIS IS HUGE.

To be clear, the filing does not give any examples of communications outside of what was explained above. We do not know what exact emails were discussed, if anyone else was mentioned, if any other coordination or hacking was discussed, etc. But the one thing we do know, and this is a biggie, is that there WAS collusion. This cannot be disputed anymore.

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Stacey Abrams Tells Seth Meyers: Resist Trump But Don't Take Him Seriously

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:45

Stacey Abrams has a recipe for avoiding the pitfalls of the State of the Union response speech, specifically needing to take a drink of water as Marco Rubio did not so long ago.

"I hydrated early, and wore a moisturizing but not glistening lipstick." said Abrams.

She also put the most difficult part of her speech up front, wishing her audience the tongue twister of a 'happy Lunar New Year."

When it comes to Trump's Declaration of a "National Emergency," Abrams was serious about not taking Trump or any of his temper tantrums seriously.

“We validate his behavior by treating it as serious. What we should treat it as fraudulent and fraught with egotism."

The correct way to deal with this man-baby? “Sue him, let him lose, and don’t give him the credibility of treating this as serious.”

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It's A National Emergency, Now Off To The Golf Course

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:21

Crossposted from Mock Paper Scissors: Just give him the money, and no one gets hurt!

Well, fellow hostages, by the time I post this, Comrade Stupid will have declared his National Emergency for the emergency that he created at the border, after signing some sort of bill that avoids the other national emergency that he created. And then he goes to Merde-a-Lardo to recover from all that work.

The man works his tiny fingers to the bone.


“The upshot is that any attempt by Trump to get around Congress by using invented emergency powers would violate the Constitution. It almost certainly would be blocked by the courts. And it would constitute a high crime and misdemeanor qualifying him for impeachment.”

Silly Bloomberg! Obeying the law has never been important to Hair Füror.

Reliable Sources email thingie point us to Tiger Beat’s conservative editor, Matt Latimer:

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Who's The Real President, Coulter, Limbaugh, Or Hannity?

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:05

Not since Woodrow Wilson lay in the White House in a near coma from a stroke have we had such a weak so-called president.

On Friday's CNN's New Day, David Axelrod didn't sugarcoat it: "Any time an Ann Coulter or a Rush Limbaugh or his buddy Hannity complain, [Trump] shrivels into the fetal position."

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Chris Wallace: Trump's Lawyers 'Are Going To Shake Their Heads' Over 'Emergency'

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:57

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace told Fox News that Donald's lawyers' heads must have exploded when Trump said he could have built the wall without the money he demanded in his so-called "national emergency" declaration, "but wanted to do it faster."

I wrote about this earlier. Trump destroyed his own rationale for declaring a "National Emergency" by saying he could have built the wall by not using his executive powers.

America's Newsroom host Bill Hemmer toed the party line by calling Trump's off-the-wall and angry presser a "tour de force."

Fox News played some video from the top of Trump's presser and Smith reiterated his words saying, "He's going to get this done one way or another."

Wallace said, "He's certainly gonna try." After laying out Trump's vision of his words, Chris said, "He's not the only voice in this." Wallace understands that the courts will have to render a decision on a sitting president usurping Congressional powers.

Wallace then got to a very serious point.

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On Colbert, Pete Buttigieg Calls Mike Pence 'Fanatical'

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:08

South Bend, Indiana mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg gave a good interview with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, and he had a thing or two to say about the current so-called president and his vice.

Colbert asked Mayor Pete about his lack of experience, noting that it's a big leap from small city mayor to the White House: "That's not as big a leap as reality show host to president. But it is a big leap, you'll admit." said Colbert.

Buttigieg had no apologies for his resume: "I have more experience in government than the president, I have more executive experience than the vice president, I have more military experience than anyone to arrive at that desk since George H.W. Bush.”

Buttigieg would be the first openly gay president, and Colbert noted his own pleasure at societal progress, that Buttigieg's sexual orientation was "the third thing I learned about you." That brought the discussion to former Indiana governor Mike Pence. As an Indiana mayor, Buttigieg has worked with Pence in the past.

"He's nice," Buttigieg said. "If he were here you would think he's a nice guy to your face, but he's also just fanatical. He seems to think the universe was created a few thousand years ago and that people like me get up in the morning and decide to be gay. And the thing about it is, if that was a choice, it was a choice that was made way above my pay grade. ...What he doesn't realize is that his quarrel is with my creator. My marriage has moved me closer to God, and I wish he respected that."

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Trump Admits Declaring A National Emergency On Border Was A Hoax: 'I Didn't Need To Do This'

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:23

During a crazy press conference where he announced he'd sign the bipartisan spending deal and then call a national emergency to get funds he wants to build his wall, Trump blew his reasons for declaring a national emergency and admitted he didn't have to do it at all.

NBC's Pete Alexander asked Trump about his hypocrisy when President Obama used executive actions to run the country.

"You said you are supposed to go through Congress and make a deal. Will you concede you were unable to make the deal that you had promised in the past and the deal you are ending up with now from Congress is less than what you could have had before a thirty-five day shutdown?"

Trump gaslit the country during his response saying, "I went through Congress..." He then made believe that what he did receive was so much better than the original deal offered in December, but it was not.

"In fact, the primary fight was over the wall. Everything else, I don't know what to do with it we have so much money. but on the wall, they skimped."

And then he admitted he just called for a national emergency to bypass Congress and acquire the funds he needs because he was impatient.

"I was successful in that sense but I want to do it faster," Trump said. "I can do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this, but I'd rather do it much faster."

That is not a NATIONAL EMERGENCY. That is an egomaniac's excuse to get what he wants.

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Amazon Spokesman Blames AOC For New York Exit

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:37

It's Alexandria versus Amazon? Alexa, who won that legendary battle? NBC reports:

"If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it's 'Never Amazon,'" [Amazon spokesperson Jodi] Seth said. "If you talk to [New York City Councilman Jimmy] Van Bramer, it's unions." (New York is still a heavily unionized town, and Amazon's opposition to unions was frequently cited by those who fought the project.)

The main frustration for opponents of Amazon's project was the $3 billion that the company had been awarded in state and city incentives — a cost that opponents said would have been paid for by New York residents. Many also feared that the move would lead to gentrification and higher housing prices.

Following Amazon's announcement, Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a district adjacent to the project, commended "dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors" for defeating "Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world."

Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted her amusement that Amazon blamed her personally for the split:

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