Corruption

The Rotten Core of the Republican Party -Binyamin Appelbaum -NYT Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the top House Republican, recently took to social media to warn that Democrats have hatched a dastardly plot. “Democrats,” he said, “want to track every penny you earn so they can then tax you and...

More
  • Avatar of LaFeminista
  • October 25, 2021

Thom Hartmann visits and reveals an inconvenient truth about Medicare and Medicare Advantage and the fraud that is our healthcare system. The first part of the interview discusses the ills of our healthcare system in general. We discuss the Medicaid Advantage fraud at18:33. Thom Hartmann describes our fraudulent healthcare x...

More
  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • September 15, 2021

Not since, Tuco, Blondie, and Angel Eyes formed a triangle, within a circle, has greed, corruption, and self-interest intersected so destructively. Politics in America, for nearly 250 years has boiled down to money, policy, and humanitarianism in that order. Now it is strictly a good, bad, or ugly proposition. In...

More
  • Avatar of @ReasonaBill
  • August 30, 2021

A new audio recording shows that Kurt Volker set up and was on a phone call in which Giuliani badgered Zelensky’s aide Yermak to “announce investigations into possible corruption by Biden in Ukraine, and into claims that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election to hurt Trump.” There clearly was a...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • June 8, 2021

I don’t know if this statement has been diarized, my apologies, but it bears repeating often, so if anyone missed it. The Threats to American Democracy and the Need for National Voting and Election Administration Standards The Bolding is mine Introduction We, the undersigned, are scholars of democracy who have...

More
  • Avatar of LaFeminista
  • June 6, 2021

Once Senator Mitch McConnell staked out the politically uncompromising GOP opposition to ‘everything’ Democrats proffered, during the Obama administration, the redline was drawn. Slowly but surely, the so-called moderate Republicans like; Susan Collins, Rob Portman, and John Thune have repeatedly torn their knickers on the fence. Collins, for example, agreed...

More
  • Avatar of @ReasonaBill
  • May 28, 2021

It does seem clear that in the name of “bipartisanship, there may be pro-Trumpists chosen who will attempt to sabotage such a commission, because some will accept the same false premises manufactured in both Trump impeachments. Perhaps the most important thing is that it focuses the scope of the commission on “the...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • May 16, 2021

Bernie Sanders opinion piece in the NYT is an important read. It is also important to recognize who sparked this latest round of murder. Palestinian families in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have been living under the threat of eviction for many years, navigating a legal system designed to...

More
  • Avatar of LaFeminista
  • May 15, 2021

Bernie Sanders opinion piece in the NYT is an important read. It is also important to recognize who sparked this latest round of murder. Palestinian families in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have been living under the threat of eviction for many years, navigating a legal system designed to...

More
  • Avatar of LaFeminista
  • May 15, 2021

Fear and loathing rises in the land of previous guy. The raid on Giuliani’s apartment and office netted the Feds 10 devices, laptops and phones. According to the Trump adviser, the (Giuliani) raid ignited a sense of fear inside the former President's orbit that Justice Department officials may be more willing...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • May 2, 2021

Remember when Trump said: “I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery”. Maybe we can finally get to that obstruction of justice because the former United States President tried to blackmail Ukraine into helping him cheat in our 2020 election. We’ll have more chances...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • April 29, 2021

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D. TX) organization, Powered By People: Don’t miss your chance to join Beto and other Powered by People volunteers for a virtual phone bank tonight! Sign up here if you’re able to volunteer a couple hours of your time to...

More
  • Avatar of Mastergardener2k
  • April 27, 2021

“A man responsible for Republican vaccine hesitancy wonders why he's being asked to promote getting vaccinated….. It is April 19, 2021, and Trump is still talking about Hillary Clinton and Christopher Steele on Fox News….  says he’s ‘beyond seriously’ considering a 2024 presidential bid” Fox News personality Sean Hannity asked Trump what...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • April 20, 2021

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), and his organization, Powered By People: I'm personally inviting you to join Beto and Powered by People volunteers next Tuesday, April 27, at a virtual phone bank to call voters in Webb County. I've joined Beto on...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • April 20, 2021

Actually, had Spielberg reduced the running time, the film 1941 might have been a classic. The classic film history teaching exercise would be to edit it down to 2 hours. Craig Lindsey’s article argues for the Pogo conclusion that the enemy is us when we allow fear to take over. 2020 did that...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • April 2, 2021

Remember Pizzagate? It seems like Right Wing Republicans and the GQP had the wrong address. They should have visited Matt Gaetz in Florida. The Pizzagate folks should have visited Matt Gaetz See full episodes here. New York Times’ Katie Benner and Michael Schmidt are on the Matt Gaetz trail. And there...

More
  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • April 2, 2021

Here’s some big news out of Florida: 2022 Florida Governor GE: Ron DeSantis (R-inc) 45%Nikki Fried (D) 45%@StPetePolls/@Fla_Pol 3/22-24https://t.co/HgtQTMyV26 #FLgov — Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) March 25, 2021 Should Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried run for Florida Governor, she starts in a statistical tie with Gov. Ron DeSantis. That’s according to a...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 26, 2021

Truly a tool, as the Inspector General reports are coming and Previous Guy’s going to be in the barrel. Donald Trump was a tool in a long-running Russian campaign to weaken the United States. That’s been documented in Republican-led investigative reports, and now it has been updated with new evidence, thanks to the U.S....

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 24, 2021

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen’s (D. MD) re-election campaign: The last four years have dramatically demonstrated just how much work we need to do to restore and strengthen our democracy, and address critical national priorities that have been trapped in gridlock for years. The sad truth...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 22, 2021

Lost relevance continues with more of the same Trump delusions up-chucking soon, signaled by the latest Big Lie interview with Fox News, likely leading to more revisionism. Unfortunately Trump’s memoirs would be regurgitating the propaganda with little insight or reflection. His Secret Service detail would be useful witnesses as a 1/6...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 18, 2021

Like Chicago gangsters a century ago prosecuted for tax evasion, the Chicago way may catch up to Trump. As Elliot Ness is purported to have said, “no deals”. Cy Vance and Leticia James continue an untouchable investigation into only one aspect of Biglygate. Except, as Mother Jones confirmed, the loan wasn’t sold to Trump,...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 9, 2021

Big news today out of Missouri: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO): "After 14 general election victories, three to county office, 7 to the US House of Representatives, and four statewide elections, I won't be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year."https://t.co/6HOm3KamIL — Dylan Wells (@dylanewells) March 8,...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 8, 2021

The Democratic Party is once again proving that integrity matters. In recent days, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has had too very credible charges of sexual harassment levied against him. Couple that with the looming Covid-19 nursing home scandal involving the hiding of data on the numbers of deaths,...

More
  • Avatar of @ReasonaBill
  • March 1, 2021

According to reporting from The Intercept, the FBI secured the records of lawmakers and their staff just hours after the violent attempted coup by Trump supporters against the United States of America in the US Capitol on January 6th. Phone records include suspected collaborators within Congress. The data is non-content and includes “pings’ from cell...

More
  • Avatar of Pakalolo
  • February 24, 2021

According to reporting from The Intercept, the FBI secured the records of lawmakers and their staff just hours after the violent attempted coup by Trump and his supporters against the United States of America in the US Capitol on January 6th. Phone records include suspected collaborators within Congress. The data is non-content and includes “pings’...

More
  • Avatar of Pakalolo
  • February 24, 2021

The GQP senate is an honor-free zone with pro-wrestling byplay, save the magnificent seven dead. Mitch McConnell is doing his best to keep the reality-TV show kayfabe going. Lindsey Graham who proclaimed he’d “had enough” of Trump is now going to Florida on MAGA business. x Graham on Fox says he...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • February 15, 2021

I recognize the futility of all of this given the corruption of the Republicans.  But for history and anyone paying attention, I would have liked to see this question: From the perspective of the former president’s defense, his conduct and statements before and through January 6, at minimum, raise serious...

More
  • Avatar of RETIII
  • February 13, 2021

Riot declared at 1:49pm. Pence evacuated at 2:26pm. The count is now $3.5 million supporting the 6 January demonstration, up from the $2.7 previously reported. The approach by the House impeachment managers is to not hold the GOP jury members accountable, rather showing how Mitt Romney and VP Pence nearly...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • February 10, 2021

A majority of people polled want Trump convicted in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, as pressure is being applied to GOP senators. A Republican group plans to run ads in the home states of nearly two dozen GOP senators during next week’s impeachment trial, pressuring them to vote to convict...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • February 6, 2021

Lots of events happening even if they’re all quite chaotic in the Russian Federation. Numerous anti-Putin demonstrations in the middle of winter. and some mysterious doings. Considering how long Trump was groomed, there are very few Trump-like Russian stooges in the wings although Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Devin Nunes...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • February 5, 2021

I like to study potential  presidential nominees AND their running mates.   I believed correctly Obama/Biden before President Obama picked Biden.  I believed Biden/Harris….Long before Harris even dropped out of the primaries.   I missed Clinton/Kaine.  I always believed in Vice President Biden. I now believe without a shadow of a doubt the...

More
  • Avatar of Vetwife
  • February 3, 2021

No one wants to hear about GameStop(gate) even if it’s not really a scandal or a flaw in capitalism. Slavoj “we must end capitalism but won't” Žižek on GameStop is like imposing a libidinal economy on Sudetenland when you take it over. Was the appeasement good for you too? There’s a market...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • February 2, 2021

As Climate Crisis returns to the new US administration agenda, negative emissions technologies (NETs) may find their implementation hindered by neoliberal financialization.   An earlier ACM story showed how Steve Keen’s critique of Nordhaus’s use of discounting climate change demonstrates that orthodox economics is incapable of accelerating innovation especially in...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • January 31, 2021

Democracy is an afterthought for Trumpists. Whether it’s the “sense of style” or “good men knowing their limitations” the movie character of Dirty Harry played by Clint Eastwood resembles the RWNJ fantasy of transcendent morality embodied in some westerns. Harry Callahan acts beyond a rule of law premised on liberal...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • January 28, 2021

Republicans (not just Trump) have embraced and largely succeeded with a “flood the zone” strategy of misconduct and corruption that, regrettably, can make it hard to keep track of their bad faith, much less hold them accountable.  In that vein, I simply wanted to note three instances before they slip away...

More
  • Avatar of RETIII
  • January 27, 2021

As Steve Bannon is pardoned for scamming border wall money, he’s likely the new operative for a Trump political party to promote neo-fascism. Trump has trial ballooned it prior to leaving DC and its site of a recent insurrection. Bannon has been speaking with Trump in recent weeks. x Trump pardons Stephen...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • January 20, 2021

No doubt there are Trump pardons, but the cluster falls close to the _____. Apparently Trump has been advised that the optics of guilt are greater exposure to his soon to be mounting legal woes. This includes even the Trumpian small insults, a hastily assembled 1776 position paper to prescribe...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • January 19, 2021

This post-election period has been like no other, for reasons I don’t need to restate. While every outgoing president and presidential challenger in my lifetime—even Nixon, FFS!—left the White House and/or relinquished claims to power more or less gracefully, putting country far above self and party, Donald Trump is a...

More
  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • January 18, 2021

In other words, a monstrous, noxious, venal scheme to lightly garnish the shart soufflé that is Donald Trump’s presidency. The New York Times: As President Trump prepares to leave office in days, a lucrative market for pardons is coming to a head, with some of his allies collecting fees from...

More
  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • January 17, 2021

From The New York Times: x YouTube Video The first television advertisements of the 2022 campaign cycle are on the air in Wisconsin. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin on Wednesday morning began a week’s worth of television and digital ads pounding Senator Ron Johnson for his role in fomenting doubts...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • January 13, 2021

Staring at the Andrew Jackson portrait in the Oval Office must have had a stochastic effect. Like Nixon talking to portraits, Trump decided he’d go out with a bang. As his hero, Trump perhaps read about the second inaugural on 4 March 1829. Trump would never hold such an “open house” rather...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • January 8, 2021

“Trump at this point should welcome someone using the 25h amendment, an insanity defense is about all he has left.” Trump’s best defense could be insanity or ignorance. x 4 criminal laws that Trump may have violated in his Georgia election call | By Ian Millhiser https://t.co/G5E3thhlzx— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) January...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • January 6, 2021

Since we have allowed ourselves to sink into the wormhole of conspiracies like QAnon and election fraud, my contribution is Warhammer. I actually know little about the dark arts, or how serious its followers are, but in my word searches I found out that an encyclopedia exists for its aficionados....

More
  • Avatar of @ReasonaBill
  • January 4, 2021

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx Reproduction and accumulation Capital is “self-valorising value”. But for capital to continue to generate new value and create surplus-value, this surplus-value must itself by reinvested back into production – that is, surplus-value must be...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • January 4, 2021

Taggan Goddard of Political Wire has an interesting theory about why Trump decided to veto the National Defense Appropriation Act (NDAA): Buried in its 4500+ pages is something called the Corporate Transparency Act (link is to the original stand-alone House version). According to Goddard (behind a paywall) this puts Trump...

More
  • Avatar of dankoh
  • December 28, 2020

As he prepares to ride off into the sunset on a screeching, incontinent llama, Donald Trump is wasting no time in abusing his power even more than he already has. While he still hasn’t given up on turning the U.S. into a hereditary monarchy that swears allegiance to a damp sack of...

More
  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • December 22, 2020

The aftermath of the 2020 election has proven to any skeptical American that the GOP has gone to POT—the Party of Trump. The party is being overrun by conspiracists of every stripe; white supremacists, sexual fantasist, seditionist, and fact denying Trump cultists. The unyielding crazy of this political virus has...

More
  • Avatar of @ReasonaBill
  • December 18, 2020

There will be plenty of memorials to the Trump reign, but the most significant one will be the betrayal of democracy. It raises the matter of Washington Monument sized piles of information stolen from the US government. But maybe he’ll be remembered for promising some of his advisors that “he will refuse...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • December 16, 2020

Rep. Katie Porter did not mince her words as she called Mitch McConnell a liar who is solely fighting for donors' interests and not constituents. Katie Porter exposes Mitch McConnell x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) recently called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It was the...

More
  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • December 12, 2020

Lack of standing is the reason for SCOTUS dismissing the Ken Paxton suit to overturn the votes of four states. Meritless frivolity remains. x #BREAKING: #SCOTUS throws out Texas's suit attempting to challenge presidential election results in four battleground states, granting Texas leave to file its complaint but summarily dismissing its...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • December 11, 2020