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I really love the way Elizabeth Warren shamed George Stephanopoulos for trying to shame HER into taking billionaire contributions from SuperPACs on ABC's This Week. No matter how hard he tried to shovel the conventional wisdom in her lap, she shoveled it right back on him.
After downplaying her impressive finish in Iowa because only the "top two matter," Warren pushed back, noting that she didn't take money from anyone other than grassroots donors.
Ah, but GSteph was ready for that. noting that other candidates -- Pete Buttigieg specifically -- aren't shy about taking the big bucks from whoever might be waving them around.
" And [Buttigieg] made no apologies for doing what he's doing," Stephanopoulis noted. "He says it's important to build the biggest coalition you can."
Oh, well then. Let's just round up the Koch Brothers in the name of coalition building. Sell your soul to the devil and it's his forever, after all. Okay, that's my retort. Warren's was better.
"You know, the coalition of billionaires isl not exactly what's going carry us over the top," she shot back, before going into her usual discussion of government working for billionaires.
SCORE. She landed that one. She went on to discuss how people who aren't billionaires pay their taxes "so that the roads are paved and the bridges still work, and we provide for the defense before making the case for the abject corruption in Washington, DC while also taking a slap at Michael Bloomberg.
NBC Host Chuck Todd suggested on Sunday that Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg agrees that former President Barack Obama is to blame for President Donald Trump's ascendency into power. Buttigieg, however, refused to take the bait.
"The vice president is hitting you hard, implying that you are attacking the Obama presidency," Todd said. "Let me ask the question this way. In the second term of the Obama presidency, what do you think they could have done differently that might have prevented the rise of Donald Trump?"
Buttigieg insisted that he had "the Obama White House's back again and again."
"No, I understand that," Todd interrupted. "Why did we get Donald Trump in your view. And could this have been prevented by the Obama/Biden administration?"
"No," Buttigieg replied. "I don't think you can pin this on any one individual administration."
"Now is our chance to put together a big enough majority that it will win against Donald Trump. Then Trump-ism itself goes into the history books," he concluded.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani lashed out at former National Security Adviser John Bolton on Sunday over reports that Bolton's new book implicates the former New York City mayor in President Donald Trump's Ukraine scheme.
"There was never such a meeting," Giuliani said, insisted that he was "not in the room" with the president to witness malfeasance in the Ukraine scandal.
"100%, I never had any such meeting," he continued. "I do not know what John is talking about and I'm very angry at John because John says I was a hand grenade."
"He went around my back to the Secretary of State and complained," Giuliani explained bitterly. "I don't know what John's up to. He's either a liar or a backstabber."
Fox host and Trump boot-licker "judge" Jeanine Pirro opened her show this Saturday with yet another of her over-the-top, rage-filled rants, this time in response to Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who dared to defy Dear Leader with his vote for Trump's conviction for abuse of power.
Judge Jeanine Pirro minced no words Saturday in slamming Sen. Mitt Romney for being the sole Republican voting to convict President Trump during last week's Senate impeachment trial.
Pirro claimed that Romney -- the 2012 Republican presidential nominee from Utah, who lost to Barack Obama that year -- voted the way he did out of jealousy of Trump, who was able to win the White House for the GOP four years later.
"Permit me to introduce you to a non-leader," Pirro said on "Justice with Judge Jeanine." "The first United States senator in American history to vote to convict the president of his own party -- Mitt Romney, the sole and only Republican to vote to convict President Trump.
"How dare he!" she added. "How could he? And why would he?"
Pirro also criticized Romney and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for invoking their faith while criticizing the president.
John Dean tore into Marco Rubio for defending Donald Trump's vengeful firings of LTC Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland on CNN Saturday.
As reaction rolled in like fire on social media over Donald Trump's "Friday Night Massacre," Senator Marco Rubio felt the urge to intervene with this tweet:
Col. Vindman wasn’t “fired” he’s still an Army officer. He was assigned to NSC to serve the President who has a right to have people he trusts on his staff
Sondland was a politically appointee. No point in having a political appointee who no longer has the Presidents confidence
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 8, 2020
CNN anchor Ana Cabrera asked John Dean about that during an interview Saturday.
“Well, you know, that certainly doesn’t apply to Vindman’s brother, who did not testify and who is guilty by association — by blood,” Dean said, laughing.
“So, you know, that’s the kind of silly talk that a guy like Rubio will use to justify this kind of action,” he continued.
“He knows as well as anybody that it’s revenge, that he was a vital person on the National Security Council, that they’re in the process of hollowing out the National Security Council, they’re removing maybe 50, 60, 70 people who they have slight suspicions might be leakers and might not be Trump supporters,” Dean reminded viewers. “So they don’t care what’s going to happen.”
This caught my attention yesterday but I didn’t get around to it:
Here's another Trump abuse of power that should alarm you. Trump will likely pervert classification authority to keep info buried that would undercut his campaign claims and inform voters about Russian interference. I talked to @ChrisMurphyCT about this:https://t.co/1FVy9CiYMu
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 7, 2020
And if you follow the link to the article it becomes clear…
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) has called on the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, to undertake a review of whether the administration is over-classifying government information to keep it hidden from public view to protect Trump.
…that it already happened.
I’m talking about the NSA classified server where Impeached-for-Life Prznint Stupid’s minions buried the so-called perfect call’s actual transcript, which so far has not seen the light of day. “Read the transcript,” he’s moo’ed at us, endlessly. And I would be delighted to, so please declassify it.
Green Eagle: The problem is not "partisanship" -- the problem is Republicans.
The New York Crank: Right-wing pearl-clutchers throw hypocritical tantrums about Pelosi ripping up a piece of paper.
The Urban Politico: Impeachment is over. Time to get to work.
Crazy Eddie's Motie News: Joe Walsh has realized that opposing Trump from within the Republican party is futile -- so he's switching to our side.
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I am a sociologist whose research examines what happens to people’s careers after they take time out of work. I find that gaps in employment can negatively affect future career prospects in multiple ways, particularly for those who left work for childcare responsibilities.
In the "Damn, Science Is Sexy" category, we have this much needed brain cleanse: (Sound ON)
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— big t (@miuyorker) February 7, 2020
EVERYONE needs Bill Nye and Lizzo in their lives. EVERYONE. And predictably, Twitter lost its collective damn mind over this. It was delightful. This is the social media content we signed up for.
Okay, back to reality, the Sunday shows are sure to have one or two things to talk about this morning, from the revolting, yet thoroughly predictable acquittal of Trump to Friday night's Democratic debate in New Hampshire. What's high on your list? Here's the line-up, via Politico:
-- NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Pete Buttigieg … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Panel: Kasie Hunt, Joshua Johnson, Claire McCaskill and John Sununu (live from Manchester, N.H.).
-- ABC’s “This Week”: Joe Biden … Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Panel: Jonathan Karl, Barbara Comstock, Matthew Dowd,Yvette Simpson and Jen Psaki.
-- CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) … Pete Buttigieg … DNC Chairman Tom Perez. Panel: Rick Santorum, Mia Love, Karen Finney and Wajahat Ali.
President Donald Trump awarded his 15th Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh on Feb. 4.
These last several weeks I've felt depressed, numb and angry. Only one thing inspired me during this time. Reading the Catch and Kill book and listening to the Catch and Kill podcast. It's the story about the team that finally got Harvey Weinstein arrested for his multiple alleged rapes and sexual assaults.
There are a lot of lessons to learn from that book. What I needed to read and hear about were the historic failures and what Ronan Farrow the, latest journalist to take on bullies learned from what happened in the previous attempts to expose Weinstein. One lesson is especially relevant now.
Bullies will continue to manipulated the system, media, public and victims to block a story and kill charges but the crimes at the core of the charges do not disappear.
There are also lessons to be learned from the take down of Roger Ailes. In both cases the powerful men offered riches or fame to get what they wanted. If the victims fought back the men used their money and power to silence them. Both used private investigators to keep track of any contact the victims had with journalists. If it looked like the story was going to move forward they put pressure on publishers and media executives.
Senator Susan Collins gets a lot of grief. People call her spineless, traitorous, complicit, moronic, ridiculous, a laughingstock, and a whole host of other nasty names. Well, I am also a woman who has been the victim of bullying and terrible name-calling by people who don't like my actions and/or my beliefs. And as someone who has been there, I have something to say to all you people calling Susan Collins terrible names.
Keep up the good work.
After her decision to aid and abet the criminal enterprise in the White House with her vote to acquit Trump, and her insulting, vapid attempts at justification by saying she thinks (no, wait, HOPES!) he's learned his lesson, she deserves every single ounce of it.
Here's a righteous rant by Joy Reid, framed with lovely background music and Reid's luminous smile, ripping Senator Collins several new body cavities, metaphorically speaking, of course.
Changes to the Social Security Disability Insurance program proposed in January by the Trump administration could make it harder for over 8 million Americans with disabilities to maintain federal benefits.
That’s particularly true for those in rural communities, where we have worked and studied for the past 35 years.
During a post-debate discussion on MSNBC last night, Matthews admitted that his gripe against Sanders goes back to a 70-year-old world view. And even then, it might have been ridiculous. Bernie-led executions in Central Park? Come on!MATTHEWS: I have my own views of the word socialist and I'll be glad to share them with you in private and they go back to the early 1950s. I have an attitude about them. I remember the Cold War. I have an attitude towards Castro. I believe if Castro and the Reds had won the Cold War, there would have been executions in Central Park and I might have been one of the ones getting executed and certain people would be there cheering, OK? So, I have a problem with people who took the other side. I don't know who Bernie supports over these years. I don’t know what he means by socialism. One week it's Denmark. We're going to be like Denmark. OK, that's harmless. That’s basically a capitalist country with a lot of good social welfare programs. Denmark is harmless.
Chris Hayes interrupted to say that Sanders’ statements and his agenda are “pretty clearly” more Denmark than Cuba.
But Matthews refused to buy it.
David Brooks writes:
As several people have noticed, this was the most politically successful week of the Trump presidency.
First, President Trump’s job approval numbers are rising. When the impeachment inquiry got rolling in October his Gallup approval rating was 39. Now it’s 49. If he can hold this level, he’ll probably be re-elected.
Let's stop there. Is Trump's approval rating at near-parity now? Jacob Long of The Monkey Cage has serious doubts:
... is Trump really getting more popular? His recent polling gains have the hallmarks of a specific kind of polling error called differential nonresponse bias.
Long tells us that under circumstances like this, it's quite likely that pollsters are getting responses from more Republicans and fewer Democrats.
It may be that Trump’s approval is going up because Democrats feel demoralized by the apparently hopeless impeachment trial and so don’t feel like talking to pollsters. Or it could be that Republicans feel so moved to support Trump at when he’s under attack that they are more likely to talk to pollsters than usual.
A gust of wind is all it took to reveal the truth about Trump. Naturally, MAGA types thought the picture was photoshopped because The Chosen One could not be such a ridiculous fraud.
Donald Trump's face is making America do a double take again.
On Friday, photographer William Moon, who posts his photos on the Twitter account @photowhitehouse, captured a photo of the president walking across the South Lawn of the White House after returning from Charlotte, North Carolina, and boy is it unsettling.
You'll immediately notice that Trump's face is glowing orange. I'm talking Big Tangerine Energy here. Definitely more bronzed than usual. Not only is his face clearly covered in tinted makeup or tanner of some sort, but there's also clear line where the makeup ends. Trump's hair is blown back a bit, and his pale scalp halo hovers above what looks like an orange mask.
Moon tweeted the photo from his White House photography account on Friday night, along with a black and white version that will really haunt you.
The NSC's Top Russia Expert Was Sacked Three Weeks Ago, But Was The Problem Russia … Or Was It Iran?
Andrew Peek is the son of a Fox News contributor frequently retweeted by Donald Trump. He formerly worked as an adviser to two Republican senators. Peek was also formerly the senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council—a post he held for less than three months before being escorted out of the White House on Jan. 17 of this year.
An NSC director being hustled out of the White House under guard is very unusual, to say the least. Shortly after he was dismissed, stories indicated that Peek had been under investigation for some time, possibly even before he was asked to step into the role formerly held by Fiona Hill. But none of those stories explained exactly what Peek might have done to merit being marched off the property.
And three weeks later, no one is talking.
There is nothing new about that. I’ve been writing about it for years:
Limbaugh is now calling people “butt boys.” This is on top of his adorable comments that Republicans are being asked to “bend over and grab their ankles” because Obama is black. I realize that the term “butt boy” is fairly common in junior high locker rooms as a synonym for sycophant, but when did it become ok to say this on radio? Does the FCC know that it literally means submissive, teenage anal sex (with a strong implication of coercion?)
Big Bad Bald Bastard: If the Republicans drum Romney out of the party, they may find they've lost more than just him.
Progressive Eruptions: This man does not merit the title of "president".
Blue in the Bluegrass: Elections have consequences, and the fact that Kentucky's new governor is a Democrat is already changing the state for the better.
Can We Have a New Witch, Ours Melted: Yeah, get mad -- but then get even, in November.
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