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John Oliver Pokes Fun At Stuart Varney's Trump Crush

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 23:00

In case you missed it, "Last Week Tonight" Sunday presented a lovely little mashup of Stuart Varney gushing over Donald Trump.

Open thread below...

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Hannity Compares Taliban Talks To Churchill In World War II

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 22:00

For Trump lickspittle extraordinaire Sean Hannity, Trump’s failure to turn the Afghan peace talks into a reality show starring himself was just more proof of his greatness… like Winston Churchill!

Just as when Hannity claimed Trump’s lies about Hurricane Dorian and Alabama were truth “a lot of psychotic jackasses in the media mob” refused to acknowledge,” Hannity said last night that Trump’s narcissistic bumbling was a failure by the “media mob” to recognize his masterful deal-making skills. And never mind that Trump had just botched the deal.

Media Matters has the transcript:

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Read The Art of the Deal. Some of you in the media mob, you might discover Trump says, always be willing to walk away from a deal, even up to the last second.

We saw Europe learn this the hard way. Remember, Neville Chamberlain came back after meeting with Hitler in Munich and trying to appease Nazi Germany told the people of Great Britain they will have peace in their time -- but in the end, appeasement never works.

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Sen. Schumer Trashes Mitch McConnell: 'SHAME On Him!'

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 18:36

The House of Reps is doing all it can to forward an agenda on gun control legislation, and Mitch McConnell is doing everything in his power to stop it. The House Judiciary Committee met today to vote on sending new legislation to the full House, in the hopes of stemming the tidal wave of blood flowing from mass shootings, irresponsible gun owners, and domestic abusers.

This same day, #MassacreMitch held a press conference, wherein he was asked direct questions about Republican support for specific gun control measures. He answered each time, "We have no king but King Donald." (Sidenote: If ever a Republican tries to dissociate themselves from Trump, you know what to do.) On top of that, he had the cold-bloodedness to call the pressers held by Democrats (including Mayor Wahaley of Dayton) "stunts" and "theatrics."

Senator Schumer was asked about the legislation's progress, and McConnell's refusal to answer questions or bring legislation to the floor. Schumer said the only thing the Majority Leader knows how to do is duck. When a reporter asked him specifically about McConnell calling their efforts "theatrics," though, he got visibly angry.

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NC Special Election Today Expected To Be A Trump Bellwether

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 17:01

Trump was in North Carolina last night, ranting and raving to the Republican race that they had to vote GOP in the special election being held today to keep the socialists away.

"This is a big day, not just for North Carolina but I think for the entire Trump presidency, Diane," John Berman said on CNN's New Day today.

"Yeah, John, and the people here in the Ninth district have been without representation for almost a year at this point, so when the polls open in half an hour, they are ready to finally get their congressman," Dianne Gallagher said.

"The thing is right now it is a tight race in a district that both Trump and Romney won by 12 points, meaning that since it's a toss-up, the president, the vice president, and all sorts of republicans who bring their clout with them are here to avoid what they see could be a litmus test for 2020.

"And while North Carolina's ninth district do-over election may technically be Dan versus Dan, it also poses an early 2020 test for President Trump."

A vote for any Democrat tomorrow in North Carolina is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream.

"At an election eve rally for Republican candidate Dan Bishop, the president making it clear that Tuesday's results are about more than one election."

Tomorrow we take the first steps to firing Speaker Pelosi and winning back the House in 2020.

Yeah, right.

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Navarro: Trump’s Trade War ‘About God, Country, The American Worker’

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 17:00

On Fox News, White House trade-policy adviser Peter Navarro tore into The Wall Street Journal, another Murdoch-controlled news outlet, for daring to blame the economic slowdown on Donald Trump’s trade war with China.

When asked about the economic slowdown, Navarro told host Maria Bartiromo, "Trump economy, just solid as a rock.” Then he parroted the Trump line that any problems are the Federal Reserve’s fault. Navarro called the Fed “the only thing holding us back right now” and claimed it’s “costing us at least a point of growth.”

Neither Navarro nor Trump lickspittle Bartiromo pointed out that it was Dear Leader who nominated the chairman of the Fed, Jerome Powell, nor that this animosity makes Powell and the Fed yet more parts of America that Trump hates.

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GOP Congressman Wants CNN's 'Disloyalty' Investigated Over CIA Spy Story

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 13:14

The Republican ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee questioned CNN's loyalty to America after they reported the CIA extracted one of their top operatives from Russia in 2017, out of concern for the security risk also known as "the President of the United States."

To Trump and his enablers, any story not offering the kind of flattery Trump's ego needs and longs for is simply not tolerable.

On Monday, CNN had a massive scoop: "A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy."

Trump's blatant preference for Russia and Vladimir Putin make this story all the more plausible.

Trump's supposed press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, "CNN’s reporting is not only incorrect, it has the potential to put lives in danger.”

Rep. Doug Collins, a staunch Trump advocate, joined Fox News' America's Newsroom earlier and as usual, wants to investigate everybody and everything without providing any oversight of Donald Trump.

Co-host Sandra Smith asked about the CNN story, "...from CNN that the CIA has now come out and called it misguided, false and inaccurate. What's your response?"

Collins replied, "My response is let's first talk about who actually broke this story CNN."

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John Bolton OUT: 'You Can't Fire Me I Quit'

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 12:50

I can't wait for tonight when Rachel Maddow adds John Bolton to the "big board" of Trump "Administration" departures. LA Times reports:

President Trump fired national security advisor John Bolton Tuesday morning, announcing in a tweet that he’d told him Monday night that “his services are no longer needed.”...

The sudden firing came as a shock, even though Bolton’s increasing isolation from Trump and lack of influence on foreign policy matters was no secret within the White House.

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Eight Democratic Candidates Appear In Gun Sense Ad

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 11:57

The Democratic Party is united already. Eight candidates for President appear in this offering from Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

As today marks the first full week of September with American children heading back to school, Giffords’ new #GunSafetyPresident series starts with a first video—top Democratic candidate candidates speaking out about the epidemic of gun violence and school shootings that have become all too commonplace in American life. During the 2017–2018 school year, 4.1 million students endured at least one lockdown.

This first video makes a clear statement—kids deserve to be safe at school and America deserves a #GunSafetyPresident. A six-figure buy will put the video in front of key voters, including in Houston ahead of the Democratic debate this Thursday evening. Today’s launch marks the beginning of an extensive effort by Giffords to elevate gun safety as a voting issue in the primary and frame the general election as a referendum on gun safety.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

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Trump Attacks Hurricane Dorian Survivors As 'Drug Dealers And Very Bad People'

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 11:30

During a Monday press spray with the annoying chopper behind him, Trump belittled the victims of Hurricane Dorian (and the Bahamas in general) and claimed that many gang members and drug dealers were trying to get into the country along with the survivors.

America has a long-standing tradition of allowing survivors of natural disasters to enter the US, but The NY Times reported that evacuees were treated horribly, "The confusion over who could come was highlighted over the weekend when 119 people from the Bahamas were ordered to get off a ferry bound for Florida because they did not have the necessary United States travel visas."

Off-camera, a reporter asked how the United States is handling this precarious situation and instead of extending the hand of warmth and hopefulness, Trump smeared the people of the Bahamas in his usual vicious fashion.

Trump said Florida was hit but not too badly and mentioned Georgia and North Carolina as well, "so we’re also recovering from a hurricane."

Wow, no mention of Alabama and then he did what he does best: promote fear and loathing.

Trump said, "We have to be very careful. Everybody needs totally proper documentation. Because, look. the Bahamas has some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren’t supposed to be there.”

What does that even mean? Who wasn't supposed to be there and how would he know?

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Pat Robertson Suggests Abortionists Might Get Leprosy

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 11:19

The mortal remains of Pat Robertson decided to say something Monday. According to Right Wing Watch, it had to do with abortion and how America will face a plague of leprosy if they don't stop it right now.

As Tengrain notes, "Pat looks like the plague is already here." Definitely "news that will drive you to drink."

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C-SPAN Caller Rips 'Judge' Jeanine Pirro Over Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric: 'You Know Better'

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 10:59

Judge Jeanine's stop by C-SPAN's Washington Journal to promote her latest book took some unexpected turns when callers confronted her on everything from her suspension to her hateful rhetoric.

She held herself together fairly well until caller Carroll (Carol?)* confronted her, and by proxy, Fox News, on her hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric.

"Our president and our beautiful first lady, they went down to El Paso, Texas, and they posed with a baby that the president's rhetoric, Fox News’ rhetoric, your rhetoric had helped to orphan," he began. Watch her swallow hard and give the puzzled head tilt, as if she didn't quite understand what he just said.

Continuing, he said, "And I think this -- this thing about Trump is making America great again, Trump has made America hate again, and it's this hatred of races."

"I hear it all the time when I see, talk to Republicans and they say, 'I went down to Texas and there are all these Mexicans down there and they're all speaking Spanish.' Well, I got news for you," the caller told Pirro. "Those weren't Mexicans; those were the Americans. That guy that went down to El Paso to shoot a bunch of Mexicans, he shot a bunch of Americans."

Watch her swallow, blink, and pretend she was as cool as a cucumber as he is saying this.

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DONATE: Because Independence Hall Is Looking A Little Bit Shabby

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 08:13

There are a lot of reasons the Birthplace Of Our Nation is looking a little beat up these days. (You can read more here.) So I'm trying to raise money to get some things done.

The federal funding is a mess -- basically, the money all gets thrown into the same Park Service chum pot, and every single park competes for it:

Federal funds are hard to come by largely because of the National Park Service’s byzantine regulatory structure. While Independence Park gets a $24 million annual operating budget — which hasn’t increased in 12 years — 80 percent of that is allocated to fixed costs like staffing and utilities, with maintenance upkeep getting short shrift. For intensive rehab projects like First Bank or the Declaration House’s HVAC system, Independence Park has to compete with 419 other units — ranging from enormous parks like Joshua Tree to monuments like the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in D.C. — under the NPS umbrella, creating a battle royale for funding. The end result is that parks with the most urgent needs get money before those with still-significant but non-life-threatening challenges. “It’s triage,” says MacLeod.

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House Republicans Create New Conspiracy About Democrats 'Mysterious' Mexico Tour

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 08:13

House Republicans, led by the nuts from the Freedom Caucus, have been screaming that Trump was illegally spied upon by law enforcement. They invent ways to play victim, even claiming it was a sin to have implemented a counterintelligence investigation against Trump and his campaign cronies even though they received intelligence that Russia was indeed helping Trump's campaign.

However, in a full reversal about said investigations, Rep. Jim Jordan and his pals demand -- demand I say! -- that Democratic House members investigate themselves and turn over all travel details of several from their party because of a single story from the right wing Washington Examiner.

Nearly a week later, that same story is blared on Fox News' website with a typical click-bait headline to slime those Democrats: House Republicans demand details on Dems' mysterious trips to Mexico. Mysterious trips to Mexico. Right.

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are calling on their Democratic colleagues to provide more details about a series of trips taken to Mexico while staff were touring border detention facilities, amid reports that at least one Democrat has been involved in “coaching” migrants there on how to exploit U.S. immigration law.

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How Disinformation Could Sway The 2020 Election

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 08:12

Paul M. Barrett, New York University

In 2016, Russian operatives used Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to sow division among American voters and boost Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

What the Russians used to accomplish this is called “disinformation,” which is false or misleading content intended to deceive or promote discord. Now, with the first presidential primary vote only five months away, the public should be aware of the sources and types of online disinformation likely to surface during the 2020 election.

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NWS Birmingham Forecasters Got A Standing Ovation For Standing Up To Donald Trump

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 08:12

Remember when Donald Trump altered the weather map to make it seem like Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian and then NOAA attacked the NWS Birmingham for directly contradicting Trump? And then TODAY news broke that Wilbur Ross warned NOAA to not dare contradict the Dear Leader because whatever he says is truth.

Well, it seems like the true heroes of this story are not Trump's sycophants or the NOAA - it is the brave employees of the Alabama National Weather Service. They got a standing ovation from their peers on Monday after refusing to back down from their meteorological and scientifically based reports that no, Hurricane Dorian was not going to hit Alabama.

The Director of the National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini, gave a moving speech supporting the Birmingham NWS office, saying the staff "stopped public panic" and "ensured public safety."

Exactly what weathercasters are supposed to do. Warn you if you are in danger, calm you down if you are not in danger. Simple, right?

How long until he is fired via tweet?

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 08:01

News Corpse: There's no way of knowing whether Trump's "canceled Taliban meeting" was even a real thing, but let's hope it wasn't.

Ed Brayton: People with low emotional intelligence are more likely to have a right-wing or authoritarian world-view.

I Should Be Laughing: The case against naming-and-shaming big Trump donors.

Lo Imprescindible: The case for naming-and-shaming big Trump donors.

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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House Judiciary Committee Set To Vote On Impeachment Inquiry

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 08:00

Reporter Geoff Bennett gave an explainer on what's happening in the House Judiciary Committee, as they get set to vote on a resolution to tighten up and define the parameters of the impeachment inquiry that is underway. They had just released the language of the resolution, and Bennett gave a summary, and also some historical perspective along with a timeline.

Right, so this is not Hallie, the House moving forward, the full House moving forward with a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. What this is, we need to be very specific about this. This is the House Judiciary Committee basically broadening and formalizing and putting some structures around its own investigations as they determine and hoping to do this by the end of the year whether or not to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House. This language that the Judiciary Committee set to vote on on Wednesday basically outlines the rules of the road. Some of it I'll read to you. It says,

- allowing the chairman to designate full committee or subcommittee hearings as part of their impeachment investigation.
- allowing staff to question witnesses for an additional hour equally divided between the majority and the minority.
- allowing for information, obtain secret grand jury material to be reviewed in closed executive session.

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Valerie Plame's Running For NM-3 And Her Ad Pulls Zero Punches

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 23:30

Valerie Plame is running for Congress. She hopes to replace Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Luján in New Mexico's 3rd congressional district. Luján is seeking a Senate seat to replace Democrat Tom Udall, who is retiring.

And this is QUITE an ad.

We hope she wins and gets seated riiiight next to Liz Cheney.

Open thread below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With W.I.T.C.H.

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 23:01

Up until 1964, the southern Africa country of Zambia was a British colony. In that year then-president of the country, Kenneth Kaunda decreed that 95% of the music played on radio stations had to be Zambian in origin.

Since rock-n-roll had already seeped into the musical landscape of the country, a lot of musicians started incorporating into the more traditional sounds of their surroundings. By the mid-70s, this mixture of traditional African music with psychedelic rock and funk was coined Zamrock.

One of the most popular bands was W.I.T.C.H (which stood for "We Intend To Cause Havoc".) Here's the title track of their debut album, 1974s In The Past.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Wilbur Ross Threatens Jobs Of NOAA Employees Who Contradicted Trump

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 19:42

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was enlisted to join Trump's Sharpie Parade last week after the Alabama Weather Service contradicted Dear Leader. This is what absolute government corruption looks like: Commanding a cabinet member to shake his fist at a truth-teller and threaten to terminate their employment.

MSNBC's political analyst Peter Baker said the administration defended Ross' action. "One administration official I talked to said, you know, it would be perfectly appropriate for NOAA to rein in what they consider to be a rogue office," Baker said. "That's rogue only because they contradicted the president."

Oh my yes, we can't contradict Dear Leader!


"Peter Baker, we were just quoting at the top of the show from your story about this drama, this story you just broke in the last few minutes, this drama involving Wilbur Ross and the Commerce secretary. It is the Commerce department that has jurisdiction over NOAA. Take us through what you are reporting happened there over the last few days," Kornacki said.

"We all remember the Birmingham office of the National Weather Service contradicted the president when he said Alabama most likely would be hit," Baker said.

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