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Elizabeth Warren Scorches Bloomberg's Red Lining Defense

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 09:00

Now that former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is polling well in national polls, opposition is dropping on him everywhere. His stop-and-frisk policies (and his defense of it), and a new video in which he blames people of color for the financial crisis are the two worst.

There have been some efforts to mitigate the impact, but it's still pretty bad, as Lawrence shows when he played the video for Senator Warren. In it, Bloomberg says this:

Redlining if you remember, was the term where banks took whole neighborhoods and said, "People in these neighborhoods are poor. They're not going to be able to pay off their mortgages. Tell your salesmen don't go into those areas." And then Congress got involved -- local elected officials as well -- and said, "That's not fair, these people should be able to get credit." Once you started pushing in that direction, banks started making more and more loans where the credit of the person buying the house wasn't as good as you would like.

Elizabeth Warren eviscerated that. "What the mayor is really saying is that this crisis could have been averted if the banks had just been able to discriminate against black and brown people more," she said. "Let's be clear, that would not have averted the crisis."

She added, "Anybody who thinks that the banks should have been allowed to be more racist should not be the leader of our party."

Oh yes, indeed.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 08:01

Happy Valentine's Day, Crooks and Liars! What a juxtaposition between our traditional Hallmark Holiday of affection and our current constitutional crisis, right? Sniff the flowers, enjoy the chocolates, sip the champagne, and don't give up hope: We are living through History, right now!

Zandar Versus The Stupid says we are past the point where we should be in the streets. Gulp!

The Secular Jurist examines our march towards a fascistic dictatorship.

The Getting Started Blog declares, "Let the Purge Begin!"

In contrast, Infidel753 is optimistic for this century.

Bonus Track: Miss Cellania has a Valentine's Day scheme that just might work!

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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Trump's Great Economy Slashes Pay Raises Due To 'Serious Economic Conditions'

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 08:00

In a move that drew outrage from labor unions and progressives, President Donald Trump this week quietly took steps to slash a scheduled pay raise for millions of federal workers from 2.5% to 1% due to supposed concerns about "keeping the nation on a fiscally sustainable course."

"I have determined that for 2021 the across-the-board base pay increase will be limited to 1.0%," Trump said in a message to Congress on Monday. "This alternative pay plan decision will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified federal workforce."

The president's proposed "adjustment" to the scheduled pay raise will take effect in January 2021 unless Congress passes legislation to override the change.

Just a day after his message to Congress, Trump tweeted, "BEST USA ECONOMY IN HISTORY!"

Critics highlighted the disconnect between the president's justification for cutting the planned raise for federal workers and his boasts about the state of the U.S. economy.

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Remember When We Worried Trump Might Be Fascist? Good Times!

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 23:30

From 2018, when The New York Times asked "Should we be worried?" about Trump and fascism.

Good times, good times.

Jason Stanley's tweet from today:

Open thread below...


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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Slant 6

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 23:01

As Valentine's Day descends upon us, it is a time to think about those times where love ain't all that easy to do sometimes.

D.C.'s Slant 6 knew it could be very complicated as tonight's song, "Partner In Crime" from their 1995 album Inzombia , explain.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Samantha Bee Destroys Prager 'University' For Being 'Truly Batshit'

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 22:00

Samantha Bee aimed her usual hard-hitting reporting lens at what seems laughable, but is truly a dangerous phenomenon: Prager U's website. Yes, that's right, Dennis Prager and his "University" (that is not a University and says so as soon as you open its page) have a humongous following and over a BILLION WITH A "B" views. As Bee notes, it's not just for scaring your grandparents - that's what Fox News is for. This ish is for TEENS.

BEE: Prager U gets those views the same way a lot of YouTube channels do, which is by producing short, fun videos that are mostly hosted by the worst people. {Bee plays a Will Witt video reading BOARD BOOKS about gender and saying indoctrination starts at 4 - 8 years old.} That's bad, but the worst part is that he thinks this baby board book is for 8-year-olds.


Prager U continues Dennis' love of right-wing celebrities, using conservative experts and stars to add a veneer of respectability to the site, legitimizing much of their shitty and factually untrue commentary. I mean, just look at some of the experts they've got!

"I'm Pete Hegseth!" "I'm Greg Gutfeld!" "I'm Tucker Carlson." "I'm Mike Rowe." "I'm Yakov Smirnoff for Prager University!"
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Cuz there's nothin' the kids love more than Yakov Smirnoff. With these so-called experts and Yakov Smirnoff, Prager U makes itself look completely neutral as if they're just presenting the facts! With this strategy, the site's videos can present some truly batshit ideas!

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Brazen Trump Shakes Down NY Governor In Broad Daylight

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:28

Today, the forever impeached, so-called "president" went to Twitter and began a shakedown of the Governor of New York in front of anyone who was watching. A brazen request for a quid pro quo transaction, conducted in front of everyone as if doing it in public makes it something that is fine to do.

If you're unsure of what that's about, last week the White House put a freeze on New York's Global Entry program. The New York Times explains:

The decision by Homeland Security affects New Yorkers who use Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry; their renewals will be cut off by the end of 2020. About 50,000 New Yorkers in the application process but who haven’t received final approval will also lose the opportunity to speed through security but will be reimbursed for their application fees, according to Heather Swift, a spokeswoman for Homeland Security.

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Rep. Ted Lieu Scorches Senate GOP: 'Basically A Quivering Mass Of Jello'

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:00

Chris Jansing asked California Democratic Representative Ted Lieu his thoughts about Attorney General Bill Barr's latest slicing and dicing of legal decency at the Justice Department, and, as usual Rep. Lieu did not mince words. Jansing specifically brought up the possibility of impeaching Barr (hahahaha), which is a Constitutional remedy, but it's never been done before, and even if the House tried to use its legal oversight authority to reign in Barr, we all know what would happen in the Senate. She asked him what the solution was to Trump and Barr turning the DOJ into Trump's "personal law firm."

REP. LIEU: So, other than Senator Mitt Romney, all of the Senate Republicans are basically a quivering mass of jello. They're simply going to bow down, kneel before Donald Trump. As a result, the only folks that can now hold Donald Trump accountable are the American people in November, and my view is, the House Judiciary Committee, on which I sit, needs to continue to expose this misconduct and outrageous behavior of the administration, so the American people can have the information they need before they vote.

The only remedy is the election in November, and not just the presidential election. The Senate needs to flip, as well. Of course, raise your hand if you think there is any chance in hell the November election won't be horrendously compromised through illegal voter suppression, foreign interference, electronic tampering, and/or all of the above.

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Trump: 'Get Bad People Out Of Government'; Twitter: 'You First'

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:44

President Donald Trump had his words come back to haunt him on Thursday after he called on “bad people” to be removed from government jobs.

“DRAIN THE SWAMP!” the president exclaimed on Twitter. “We want bad people out of our government!”

The tweet was quickly met with responses from people who said that Trump should be the first to go.

Read some of the tweets below.

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CNN Pays Ben Ferguson To Discuss 'Manliness' Of Trump, Buttigieg

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 13:16

Dear CNN:

If you are really so hard up for daytime content, I'll be happy to put a bra on and fire up Skype to comment on the politics of the day -- for HALF of what you're paying Ben Ferguson.

And I can promise you I won't embarrass the network the way he does in this clip, assuming the suits upstairs have any shame at all.

As readers may recall, Rush Limbaugh opened his piehole about Pete Buttigieg this week, claiming in a typically bigoted way that Mayor Pete isn't up to the swinging cod of Donald J. Trump, aka "mister man."

CNN found a way to make it worse by having on Ben Ferguson.

Ferguson is a pro-Trump commentator whose sole purpose in appearing on CNN was to "ask questions" about the voters' need for "manliness" in a candidate.

“I don't understand in what world is the definition of qualification for being president of the United States how manly someone appears,” said Poppy Harlow.

“It seems to me you’re justifying bigotry here,” said Jim Sciutto.


Media Matters reports on Ferguson's "background":

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Mnuchin Releases Info On Hunter Biden But Not Trump's Taxes?

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:37

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, sitting in front of Assistant Secretary Monica Crowley (yeah it's a cartoon at this point), was called out in a Senate Hearing for a blatant double standard by his, and Trump's, Treasury Department.

Turns out Treasury had NO PROBLEM releasing sensitive financial documentation on Hunter Biden to a Republican member of Congress, but still has not released Trump's taxes to the House Ways and Means Committee as they are REQUIRED to by law. Law & Crime:

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin attempted to defend his department’s decision not to release President Donald Trump’s tax returns to House Democrats after swiftly complying with GOP lawmakers’ request for extremely sensitive financial information pertaining to Hunter Biden and his associates.

Appearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, Senate Democrats barraged the former Goldman Sachs executive with accusations that his department was applying a blatantly partisan double-standard to congressional requests.

“One request is backed up by clear, statutory language in tax code section 6103 requiring the ‘shall provide’ tax documents to the committee,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said in reference to the regulation governing the release of tax returns. That says the Treasury Secretary “shall furnish such committee with any [tax] return or return information specified.”

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Rush Limbaugh's Homophobic Rant: Dems 'Ramming' Gay Mayor Pete 'Down Trump's Throat'

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:28

Our newest Presidential Medal of Freedom winner is back at his day job, stoking hatred and fear of people in service of His Hero, Donald Trump. His target this time is Pete Buttigieg specifically and LGBTQ people generally.

There is literally no substance to Limbaugh's attack beyond the fact that Pete Buttigieg is gay and married, and aspiring to toss Trump out of the White House.

Here's what he said:

They are sitting there and looking at Mayor Pete. 37-year-old gay guy, Mayor of South Bend. Loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage. And they are saying, okay, how is this going to look? 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump. What's going to happen there?

And they got to be looking at that, and they've got to be saying, that despite all the great progress and despite all the great wokeness and despite all the great ground that's been covered, America still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president. They have to be saying this, don't they?

Now, there may be some Democrats who think that is the ticket. There may be some Democrats who think that's exactly what we need to do, Rush. Get a gay guy kissing his husband on stage, to ram it down Trump's throat and beat him in the general election. Really. Having fun envisioning that.

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'My Hopey' Is Returning To The White House As A Senior Adviser

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:49

There is joy in the Oval Office today over The Return of Hope Hicks, former White House comms director, and if you look at her track record, you can understand why. Trump trusts her because she observes the code of omerta:

Here's what Eric Swallwell said after Hope Hicks testified before the House Intelligence committee:

"Congressman Swalwell, did she say anything about that part and the questioning about contacts and activities during the campaign and did she say anything that was different from what she appeared to say in the Mueller report?" O'Donnell asked.

"I will characterize it this way. She knew what she was not supposed to say. Her memory would be foggy or she would refuse to answer. She wouldn't really go into the Mueller report, citing it as a time she was at the White House. What this shows me is how guilty this gang is," Swalwell said.

Madeline Dean:

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WOW: Mean Mike Bloomberg Casually Eviscerates Trump On Twitter

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:36

Voters seem to really, really like it when Mike Bloomberg kicks Donald Trump in his shiny capped teeth:

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John Avlon Makes An Exhausting List Of Trump Targets For 'Revenge Bender'

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:41

John Avlon talked about Trump's enemies list in his Reality Check segment, and why it matters.

"So look. Once upon a time, Senator Lamar Alexander was really worried about enemies lists.

I want to make what I hope will be a friendly suggestion to President Obama in his White House. And it is this: Don't create an enemies list.

"That was good advice, rooted in his experience working for Richard Nixon. Kind of quaint in hindsight. Now we've got something to work with," Avlon said, pointing out that Trump is on a "revenge bender" after the impeachment acquittal Alexander helped secure.

Trump, he says, talks a big game about loyalty, but it's always been a one-way street.

'I would have wiped the floor with the guys that weren't loyal, which I will now do, which is great. I love getting even with people.

"Let's take a look at some of the people who've been in his cross hairs lately. Trump is after people who crossed him during impeachment," he said, listing John Bolton, Michael Cohen, Steve Bannon, and even Fed Chairman Jerome Powell.

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In Georgia, Republicans Are Eating Their Own In Senate Primary

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:02

Georgia has two U.S. Senate elections in November—and three serious Republican candidates, leading to some angst for their party. Sen. David Perdue is running for re-election, while appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins will be facing off in a special election. The big concern for Republicans is that the special election won’t have primaries. All of the candidates will compete in November, and if no one gets more than 50% of the vote, the election will go to a runoff in January, with Republicans worried that Loeffler and Collins could provide an opening for Democrats by splitting the vote.

Collins was a major presence in the Republican fight against the House impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, but that isn’t preventing the Republican establishment from going all-out against him. “Collins is everything Georgians hate about Washington,” according to the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s executive director. “He is a swamp creature that claims to be conservative. ... Now, having made an emotional, ill-informed and selfish decision, he finds himself at a crossroads. Republicans who are working to reelect President Trump and retain the Senate majority hope he has a moment of clarity, does the right thing and walks away from this poor decision. Otherwise, voters will make it for him.”

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Tucker Carlson Demands Trump Pardon Roger Stone To Prove RussiaGate Is A Hoax

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:01

This is a gorgeous specimen of twisted logic from Tucker Carlson, TV dinner heir, spewed into homes nationwide.

Carlson begins by telling gullible Fox News viewers that Roger Stone's conviction helps Democrats' case that Russia interfered in the 2016 election for the benefit of Donald Trump.

Why, yes it does. But really, lots of pieces come together to make that case, and Roger Stone is just one tiny shard of a far bigger puzzle.

The hilarious part, though, is that Tucker thinks Trump's pardon will somehow erase the facts of the case, which is why he argues this:

The president must pardon Roger Stone or commute his sentence before he goes to jail. Democrats will howl if he does that. Well, they're howling anyway. They howl every day. Chuck Schumer is now yelping about yet another investigation into Roger Stone. Russiagate two. In one entirely constitutional act, the president could save Roger Stone's life, vindicate himself, and end this nonsense forever. Let's hope he does it. We'll be watching.

Again, a pardon cements their case. It acknowledges that he did what he was convicted of and simply erases the penalty with a stroke of the pen. No jail, but history doesn't forget that he was convicted of lying and a prolonged effort to intimidate Randy Credico into lying on his behalf.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:01

Good morning Crooks and Liars! So much more happened on Tuesday than just the New Hampshire primary, we really are in uncharted territory. We are under pressure and we must keep focus on EVERYTHING, so fortunately we have some stellar bloggers to help us!

Just Above Sunset reviews the New Hampshire primary.

News Corpse makes the case that Impeached-for-Life Prznint Stupid is aiming for a dictatorship.

Greg Fallis wants to kick headline writers and pundits...

...and Hecatedemeter might join him in that effort!

Bonus Track: Because we're all about the music, Open Culture reminds us that David Bowie became Ziggy Stardust 48 years ago this week.

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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Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price To Resign After Caucus Fiasco

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:00

The video above is actually from a press conference a couple of days ago, but it's a perfect metaphor of the mess that was Iowa, and likely the end of the Iowa Caucus.

Source: Des Moines Register

Troy Price resigned his position as chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party on Wednesday as the organization grapples with the fallout of a botched caucus process that has left the party and state reeling.

In an interview Wednesday evening with the Des Moines Register, he said there was a lot for Iowa Democrats to be proud of, but that the failures on caucus night were "heartbreaking."

"I believed that we were in a good spot," he said when asked whether there were warning signs that should have been heeded. "(I believed that) we were prepared. And we had worked closely with our partners — not just us, but with the DNC and with our tech partners — to make sure we were in a good spot. And I felt that we were.”

Price said he will call for an emergency meeting of that committee for 1 p.m. Saturday to elect an interim chair.

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Happy Birthday, Mister President

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 23:30

Sorry about what happened to your party, Abe.

For decades a lot of us tried to stop it, but all the Very Serious Media People and Professional Conservative Public Intellectuals told us to sit down and shut up.

Hey, here's a fun fact! Those very same Very Serious Media People and Professional Conservative Public Intellectuals are all now selling books about how shocked they are that the Republican Party was full of Republicans all along. And those of us who tried over and over again to warn them are still being told to sit down and shut up.

Republished with permission from Driftglass.

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