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Committee Laughs As Lewandowski Says ‘Vacation’ Interfered With His Trump Letter Delivery

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:19

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski faced laughter from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday after he claimed that he decided not to follow the president’s orders because he was on “vacation.”

At the Tuesday hearing, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) asked Lewandowski why he “chickened out” and refused to deliver a secret message to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions from President Donald Trump. According to the Mueller report, Trump wanted Sessions to publicly declare that the Russia investigation was “very unfair” to him.

“Why did it take you so long and you never even delivered it?” Johnson said. “You chickened out?”

“I went on vacation,” Lewandowski volunteered as committee members could be heard laughing out loud.

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Wait, What? Fox's 'Outnumbered' Disses Trump's Iran Policy

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:47

Hold me. I'm frightened. People on "Outnumbered" are talking sense.

One man and four women in 5-inch-heels (the format of the show) were discussing the tenuous situation between Iran and the U.S., made worse (as usual) by Trump and his war-mongering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Even John Bolton bolted the administration because Trump's so unpredictable and unconcerned with things like terrorism, he'd be thrilled to meet with Al Qaeda the week of 9/11. So Harris Faulkner breezily asked if it may be a problem that there is no National Security Adviser on hand now that Pompeo is egging Trump on to go military with Iran over attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil fields..

Here's the part where I feel rattled. Kennedy criticized Trump. She actually admitted that he "freestyles" his way through the presidency, and that's not the best way to do ANY policy, and certainly not foreign policy. She criticized "conservative hawks, trying to push him to escalate the situation militarily with Iran." At first she says that plan might go south, and thus his prospects for re-election might be harmed. (Uh, actual PEOPLE might be harmed, Kennedy, but I don't want to quibble.)

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Donald Trump's Kavanaugh Conspiracy Theory

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:38

Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly's new book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh, will be published on Tuesday. In The New York Times, Pogrebin and Kelly reveal some of what they learned about Kavanaugh, including this:

During the winter of her freshman year ... [Deborah Ramirez] and some classmates had been drinking heavily when, she says, a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it....

We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly. (We corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier.)

The president of the United States is not taking this well. He's proposing that the Justice Department should treat the work of these reporters as a crime:

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House Oversight Is Investigating 'Mrs. Mitch' Chao For Conflicts Of Interest

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:17

The House Oversight committee is looking into whether she was plugging her family's shipping company while cutting grants meant to help the U.S. maritime industry. Oh noes, Secretary Elaine "Mrs. Mitch" Chao would never do such a thing! She and her husband are just chock full o' integrity! Via the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The House Oversight and Reform Committee asked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Monday to turn over documents related to communication with her family’s shipping company as the panel stepped up an investigation into whether any actions taken by Ms. Chao amount to a conflict of interest.

The request by the committee in the Democrat-controlled House relates to actions Ms. Chao has taken that potentially benefited Foremost Group, a New York-based shipping company owned by her family. Foremost has received hundreds of millions of dollars in loan commitments from a bank run by the Chinese government to help build ships that Foremost has purchased from government-owned shipyards there.

The actions by Ms. Chao — including joint public appearances since she became transportation secretary in 2017 with her father, James Chao, who founded the company, and a planned trip to China to meet with government officials there along with her father — have led House investigators to question if she is using her office to try to benefit her family’s financial interests.

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NFL's Antonio Brown Accused Of Rape By Second Woman; Patriots Do Squat

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 09:52

Whenever I hear another story like this, I think of a conversation I had with an FBI agent a long time ago. He referred to a former NFL athlete he interviewed as "a nice guy, but a sociopath" and I said he couldn't be serious. He said no, you're talking about people who have been singled out as special at the age of 13 or so, and from that point on, all the people around him are invested in protecting him from anything keeps him from going all the way.

"So these are guys who have never known consequences," he said. "You're surprised that some of them are sociopaths, when you should be surprised that more of them aren't."

On CNN's New Day:

"A source tells us that the woman accusing Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown of sexual assault and rape, Britney Taylor, met with the NFL for ten hours until late last night, ten hours. This comes as a new claim of sexual misconduct has surfaced from an unnamed woman in a Sports Illustrated report. Now Brown denies both sets of allegations," John Berman said.

He asked CNN sports analyst Christine Brennan what message it sends that Brown is still an active player for the Patriots.

"It's not a good one, if in fact that she -- if Britney Taylor said what we believe she said for ten hours, that's a long time, then it becomes a he said/she said, which is what we thought all along," Brennan said.

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Stephen Colbert: 'I Didn't Think I'd Ever Be Talking About Brett Kavanaugh Again'

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 09:06

Stephen Colbert can't quite believe we're talking about Brett Kavanaugh and his traveling penis again.

"But there's a new book by two New York Times reporters that has a new allegation of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh and more corroboration of the story told by one of Brett's former Yale classmates, Deborah Ramirez.

"If you'll remember, she says that, while at a party, Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face and she had to bat it away.

He quoted Ramirez as saying, "At Yale, they invite you to the game, but they never show you the rules or where the equipment is."

"Oh, unfortunately, he showed you where the equipment is," Colbert said.

He ridiculed Trump's response.

"And the president wants Kavanaugh to fight back, tweeting, "Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue."

"How does is the Justice Department supposed to come to his rescue?" Colbert said. "Is William Barr supposed to write a misleading four-page summary of his junk?"

He also mocked Trump's tweets that accused Democrats of going after poor Brett to "turn him liberal."

"Look, liberals don't need Brett Kavanaugh. Between Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, we're all good on bad penises."

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Stable Genius Reportedly Very Unpopular Among Fox News Personnel

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:41

A “longtime Fox News producer” has told DCReport that not only is Donald Trump unpopular at the network, but that “people are getting bolder about saying so.” However, I would argue that represents a growing chasm there more than an official change of purpose or direction, at least at this point.

The intriguing quote appeared in a recent DCReport article:

“I can’t tell you how unpopular Trump is here,” a longtime Fox News producer told DCReport, “and people are getting bolder about saying so.”

It does seem that some people at Fox are becoming more outspoken in their criticism. When host Shepard Smith recently lambasted Trump for his lies about Hurricane Dorian and Alabama, Smith tied that into a larger pattern of Trump deception: “He decries fake news that isn’t and disseminates fake news that is,” Smith said, then cited several other examples. A less-emboldened Smith could have simply fact checked Trump on Dorian and Alabama.

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Trump Is Bleeding Black Support

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:41

Donald Trump loves to brag about how Black people love him. This is a lie. It is a provable lie. And yet, he continues to say it. Way back during election 2016, Trump even called Gregory Cheadle "my African-American". And at that time, Cheadle was a proud Republican who supported Trump.

Now? That has changed. In fact he has decided to leave the GOP for good and plans to run for Congress as an independent in California’s 1st Congressional District. Quite the 180.

Here is a bit of the interview with Cheadle and Craig Melvin:

CHEADLE: I wrote the President early on in his administration saying in effect "if you treat blacks well, you have my support." As we all know, as time went on, his relationship with the Black community just dissipated and here we are today. It's a mess.

MELVIN: Well, what led to the dissipation, as you put it, of that relationship between the President and the African-American community?

CHEADLE: Well, you know, when you look at the Colin Kaepernick debacle, taking a knee and the President's response to that was just abhorrent. It was just beyond words as far as the anger that I felt and the disappointment that I felt that he would take such a low shot at this whole event and just become so callous and indifferent to the plight of Black people.

MELVIN: What about Charlottesville?

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:01

No More Mister Nice Blog: Disinformation campaigns will happen, but they're not magic. They can be defeated. And they're no excuse for indulging in despair.

What Would Jack Do: Trump is so thin-skinned and hypersensitive that he just can't help giving his critics a more prominent platform.

Strangely Blogged: Republicans equate anything to the left of Reagan with genocidal communism. It's an incoherent and desperate gambit.

Bay Area Houston: Briscoe Cain needs to be taken seriously. Also: Holy Hell, this is from a law firm???

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com -- I do check it!

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Why Beto's Long Game Might Just Work

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:00

Of all the candidates running for president on the Democratic side, Beto O’Rourke stands out as the maverick, the rebel, the “I don’t give a Flying F” guy who doesn’t pander and doesn’t cower. He’s got a mouth like a drunken pirate and he revels in it. (His campaign is selling tee shirts that say, over and over, “This is F — ked up”.)

Beto is the guy who almost took down Ted Cruz in 2018. That was big. He’s a Texan who speaks perfect Spanish, who waves his arms and bounces around to the point of distraction, but can handle comparisons to the Energizer Bunny because, well, he’s energized.

By rights he should be a force to be reckoned with — he’s young, earnest, charismatic, Kennedyesque— but so far there have been no real poll surges. Nothing that would suggest he might have a chance. It’s a crowded field and there are other, more adept stars who tend to dominate the stage.

But Beto is a force. He shows up on the border, near tears as he reports on the conditions in the refugee camps. He boldly rails against white supremacists from his perch in Texas, a state known for its love of guns and rage, and he minces no words when he talks against Donald Trump. (Tell us how you really feel, Beto.)

He made it clear just days after the August 3 shooting massacre in El Paso, where 22 people died in the district Beto represented in congress for six years, that he had no interest in running for the senate. It’s the presidency or nothing, because he knows only the power of the presidency will allow him to make radical change.

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Elizabeth Warren Draws Largest Crowd So Far

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:00

If candidate enthusiasm were the true measure of campaign success, then Elizabeth Warren is doing very well indeed. It was said after her speech last night she took selfie pics with her fans for four hours.

Source: Politics USA

Donald Trump measures political success on two imperfect metrics – poll numbers and crowd sizes – and Elizabeth Warren appears to be crushing it on both counts.

During a major speech at a rally in New York on Monday night, a massive crowd of 20,000 turned out to hear Warren tear into the unprecedented corruption of the Trump era.

The Massachusetts senator called Donald Trump “corruption in the flesh.”

Pictures show a capacity crowd packing into New York City’s Washington Square Park, which is just three miles from Trump Tower:

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The Monarch Butterflies Are Migrating South

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 23:30

It's Monarch season:

Wisconsin and other Midwest states are right in the middle of the monarch migration trail or flyway. During spring and summer, the butterflies travel north toward Canada to repopulate. Now they are preparing to migrate south for the winter.

...[M]onarch butterflies have a four-generation migration strategy. Right now, people in Wisconsin and the Midwest are seeing the fourth generation of butterflies. The first generation starts in Mexico, as monarch butterflies stay in the mountains of Mexico all winter. When they begin to migrate north during the spring they start to reproduce and repopulate, these are the second and third generations.

The butterflies being seen now are the offspring of the butterflies that migrated from Mexico last winter. Monarchs spend most of the summer in the northern part of the United States and southern Canada.

h/t Capper; Open Thread below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Jimmy Lee Williams

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 23:01

As a Georgia born farmer, Jimmy Lee Williams days consisted of growing soybeans, peanuts, and watermelons. His weekend evenings though were all about the area's juke joints.

In sessions dating from 1977 and '82, Musicologist George Mitchell recorded Williams in Worth County, Georgia. Thirteen of those tracks were released as an LP under the title Rock On Away in 1988.

In 2003, the album was reissued under the title Hoot Your Belly. Many critics raved about the record, which brought a lot of attention to his music and offers to tour. Thing is though, Jimmy Lee could not play any live shows at the time because he had already been dead for about decade.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Sean Spicer's Rehab Campaign Takes A Twirl For The Worse On DWTS

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 22:21

Sean Spicer has gone from fascist enabler as Trump's very first lying press secretary to fawned-over man-pundit on the Outnumbered White Supremacist Couch.

His latest stop on the image rehab tour jeté came tonight on Dancing With The Stars, wherein he wore a glo-necklace-green flamingo shirt with sleeves straight out of Sarah Huckabee Sanders' wardrobe, and actually pretended to know how to play the bongos.

Because none of us should suffer alone, here are how the folks over on Twitter endured. Some tweets are comical, and simply make fun of what a ridiculous douche he is. Those are satisfying enough, but even better are the many, MANY that remind us what Spicer's appearing on this show is really all about, and why we should resist the temptation to even be slightly amused.

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Manhattan DA Subpoenas 8 Years Of Trump Taxes

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 18:40

Donald Trump's day of reckoning about his taxes may be finally coming if reporting from the New York Times is correct. On Monday, they reported that the Manhattan D.A., Cy Vance, has subpoenaed Trump's taxes. Their demand is for 8 years of Donald Trump's personal AND corporate tax returns. The demand, issued last month, was sent to Trump's accounting firm is in relation to a criminal investigation into hush-money payments made to Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 election.

The D.A. did not provide any comment to The Times regarding the full scope of the investigation. Federal prosecutors closed their case abruptly early in the summer (shocker), but the state of New York is "exploring whether the reimbursements violated any New York state laws." They are "examining whether the company falsely accounted for the reimbursements as a legal expense. In New York, filing a false business record can be a crime."

BUT, it is only a misdemeanor. It becomes a felony only if they can prove that the false business record was created to conceal another crime - that is how this can turn into a BIG headache for Donald Trump. If they can show that Trump lied on his filings to hide tax violations or bank fraud, it becomes a felony.

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Trump Claims He Never Said Iran Was Responsible For Bombing Saudi Arabia's Oilfields

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 17:05

Donald Trump said the media misreported his words and that he never definitively said Iran was responsible for the attack against Saudi Arabia, during a press "pool spray" in the White House.

This appears in the ever growing category of "you can't make this up."

In his rambling presser, Trump claimed he rebuilt America's putrid military to a superior force and that he was asking our allies for their thoughts on what should be done about the attacks on the oilfield.

"That was a very large attack, and it could be met with an attack many, many times larger very easily by our country, but we are going to find out who definitively did it first," Trump said.

A reporter off-camera asked, "Could you clarify Mr. President? You said you think Iran is responsible for the attack, do you think --- "

"I didn't say that." "Why do you say that?" he asked. "I said we think we know who it was, but I didn't say anybody but ... Certainly it would look to most like it was Iran but I did not say it the way you said it."

As soon as the Saudi oilfield attacks were reported Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo clearly with all honesty blamed Iran for the drone strikes.

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Senator Chris Coons Agitates For War With Iran On Fox News (UPDATED)

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:52

Help me understand, gentle readers. Why would any Democrat go on Fox and Friends first thing Monday morning to back up Trump's war tweets? And why would any Democrat utter the following words in response to Yemen blowing the crap out of a Saudi Arabian oil facility: "This may well be the thing that calls for military action against Iran, if that's what the intelligence supports."'

Yes, that is Delaware Senator Chris Coons, serving himself up on Fox & Friends to monger some war with Iran, just like the jerk in the White House. Forget about the Saudis, their corruption, the way MBS pals around with Jared Kushner, the way they wantonly murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, chopped him up in pieces and dumped the body parts wherever they dumped them. Forget the way they murder Yemeni children in the name of religion. Forget it all because oil is the point.

I expect that kind of idiocy from Republicans, but no Democrat anywhere should, in this day and age, let those words drop from his lips.

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Elizabeth Warren Tackles Judicial Corruption

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:30

It didn't get much press at the time but Trump's sister, a federal judge, retired shortly after that NY Times story about the family's tax fraud was published, effectively ending an official investigation into the family finances.

Elizabeth Warren cleverly uses this case as an example of one reform she is proposing. It's a bold move both politically and substantively:

In a Medium post published Monday, the Massachusetts Democrat proposes closing the loophole that “allows federal judges to escape investigations for misconduct by stepping down from their post.”

In outlining the idea, Warren specifically references a case involving Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump-Barry, whose retirement brought an abrupt end to an investigation into her role in various tax schemes of the family and potential fraud therein.

“Under my plan, investigations will remain open until their findings are made public and any penalties for misconduct are issued,” Warren writes in the post.

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Howie Kurtz Whines About Jorge Ramos 'Bias' During Debate

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:36

Howie Kurtz is very upset that Jorge Ramos was "allowed" to express his passion for the immigration issue during last week's Democratic debate.

I'm shocked that Fox News "allowed" Howie to cover this issue without mentioning that the debate was co-sponsored by Univision. That's why Jorge Ramos was on the panel, Howie.

Also, it's adorable to watch Howie Kurtz defend the Obama administration on deportations.

But panelist Jeanne Zaino is right: independent organizations like The League of Women Voters should be hosting the debates, not the for-profit cable news outlets. Cable News will hire those who create sparks rather than illuminate.

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Kellyanne Conway Runs Out Of Ammo: Argues 'Libs Are Coming For Your Guns!'

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:15

White House presidential advisor says Trump won't let mass shootings, "be the excuse that a bunch of liberals and socialists have to confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens who have legally procured them."

These are the type of moronic and destructive tirades Trump and his minions revel in: serve the NRA and destroy any chance of a bipartisan deal in Congress for gun sense. We as a nation are forbidden to do anything to prevent Americans being slaughtered by semiautomatic weapons.

During Sunday morning's Fox News Sunday interview with guest host Bill Hemmer, Conway was quizzed about the topic of gun control.

After playing video of Trump saying he won't let Democrats take away your guns, Hemmer asked, "Mitch McConnell says he wants to know what the president will support. Has he made a decision on that?"

Mitch McConnell does not trust Donald Trump anymore than the Democrats do when it comes to bipartisan discussions since he screwed them during 2018 immigration negotiations.

Conway said that Trump is engaged in many discussions on gun safety and the Second Amendment after the El Paso and Dayton shootings with both Democrats and Republicans. Sure he is.

And then she launched into one of her typical destructive monologues.

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