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House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff appeared on ABC’s This Week this morning and assured us he is ready to subpoena Robert Mueller’s report, call Mueller to testify, or even sue the administration in order to get to the bottom of the Trump-Russia affair. In other words, there’s a new sheriff in...

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  • February 24, 2019

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign: Sen. Tina Smith (D. MN)   This just in, friend: CNN is reporting that Special Counsel Mueller is expected to complete his investigation into the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia as soon as next week. I believe the American people deserve...

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  • February 23, 2019

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Mark Warner’s (D. VA) re-election campaign: Did you see the latest news about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report? I couldn't believe it when I saw news coverage saying the Administration would submit a summary, rather than the full report, to Congress. A summary...

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  • February 22, 2019

This is why elections matter. Instead of two more years of useless Benghazi or email hearings, we get this. From Bloomberg: Democrats in Congress may seek to subpoena Special Counsel Robert Mueller or the results of his Russia probe if the results — expected to be submitted to the Justice...

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  • February 21, 2019

One thing we know about the Resident, he is a mountebank and conman of the highest order and one thing you can’t take from him is that he is a survivor, no matter how many times he has been voted off the island.  Yesterday it was reported that Rep. Elijah Cummings and...

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  • February 20, 2019

I’m not being facetious, and the title isn’t click bait. If our congress was more like Amazon, and we could all chip in a few bucks for “Prime, with free 2 day shipping” the Judiciary committee could pass articles of impeachment today, if that is, they only took one day off for...

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  • February 20, 2019

You know, one snowflake is just a snowflake. Ten snowflakes is a flurry, and one hundred snowflakes is a blizzard. But when it comes to Trump, and his collusion and obstruction of justice problems, it’s starting to look like his GOP lackeys are staring into potential whiteout conditions. I can’t...

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  • February 20, 2019

Well, this seems almost designed to make Donald Trump lose his omelet. On CNN’s State of the Union this morning, House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff not only said that collusion is an open secret, he also implied that the heat won’t be off Trump even if Robert Mueller fails to produce...

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  • February 17, 2019

Anybody who has ever thrown a birthday party for a kid knows that there are two basic forms of entertainment. There are clowns, and then there are magicians. Donald Trump is a true cross over, a magician clown. He lumbers around the yard with his big flopping feet, knocking over...

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  • February 14, 2019

Wow, I guess Liz didn’t take kindly to Trump’s tweet on the campaign trail…. NBC Los Angeles “Every day there is a racist tweet, a hateful tweet — something really dark and ugly,” she said. “What are we as candidates, as activists, as the press, going to do about it? We're going...

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  • February 10, 2019

Apparently Rep. Hakeem Jeffries  (D-N.Y.) didn’t take kindly to drumpf’s play acting AG Matthew Whitaker smarting off to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler earlier today, and made his displeasure known to Mr. Schweddy Bald quite clearly. Noting that Whitaker had retweeted an article claiming that the Mueller Investigation was a “lynch mob” Jeffries reeled off a...

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  • February 8, 2019

This really shouldn’t come as any kind of a surprise. Like the family of a terminally ill patient, we’ve been dreading this day for some time now. The final outcome was never in doubt, the only questions left were when, and how. The when is now, but the how is...

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  • February 1, 2019

So, reports indicate that the two phone calls Made by Don Jr, to blocked numbers the same day Jr. spoke to  Emin Agalarov and publicist Rob Goldstone were not to his father (who was in the same building with him) as some have speculated, but to “friends” of “Jr.” Typically, Trump couldn’t wait...

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  • February 1, 2019

You ain’t seen nothing yet, the best is yet to come   Frank Sinatra This is actually a companion article to the one I published this morning about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax. You know, like those bright, colorful cartoon pictures the staff puts into the Presidential Daily Briefing to get...

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  • January 31, 2019

Is there a worse job in the world than Donald Trump’s chief of staff? Maybe Trump’s personal bathtub attendant. Or the guy who artificially inseminates zoo gorillas? I don’t know. Those last two are essentially the same job, so … Mick Mulvaney has been Trump’s “acting” chief of staff for...

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  • January 31, 2019

Michael Cohen is ready to talk. About Russia. Da. While he’s tried to put off his testimony to the House Oversight Committee because he’s afraid of the Trump mafia, he seems more than willing to give testimony to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, with the proviso that said testimony will be...

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  • January 30, 2019

x Jon McNaughton tackles the wall… slats pic.twitter.com/vzcxz5qHs9 — Schooley (@Rschooley) January 26, 2019 x If rain threatens that dude is not outside — Grudge (@grudging1) January 26, 2019 x I have traveled 2000 miles and I find myself unable to traverse this three foot tall fence. — Larry Grogan...

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  • January 27, 2019

I’d like to take a minute to draw a couple of distinctions about the upcoming Mueller report, and the soon to begin congressional committee hearings. The Mueller investigation is not necessarily These two investigations do not necessarily dovetail with each other, in fact, in some ways they are diametrically opposed....

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  • January 22, 2019

I have always enjoyed Michael Isikoff’s work as an investigative journalist. Not only does he uncover some really cool, nasty shit, but like his co-author David Corn, he has a natural talent for taking what could be complex and confusing political issues, and simplifying them so that people without a...

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  • January 22, 2019

I have always enjoyed Michael Isikoff’s work as an investigative journalist. Not only does he uncover some really cool, nasty shit, but like his co-author David Corn, he has a natural talent for taking what could be complex and confusing political issues, and simplifying them so that people without a...

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  • January 22, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1199. Implemented a confused and inconsistent withdrawal from Syria 1200. Considered redirecting...

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  • January 18, 2019

Under Anna Galland and Ilya Sheyman’s 6 Years of Leadership, People-Powered MoveOn Has Grown Dramatically and Emerged As a Pillar of the Resistance Movement in Landmark Trump-Era Fights Galland and Sheyman Will Continue in Current Roles Until MoveOn’s Boards Conclude Search for New Director and Will then Assist Transition After...

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  • January 17, 2019

We are all just prisoners here, of our own device   Hotel California   The Eagles It’s a classic axiom, “Like a rat caught in a maze.” It’s a scary mental image, running blindly from corridor to corridor, bumping into dead ends, ceaselessly doubling back, desperately looking for an exit that doesn’t...

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  • January 15, 2019

x Trump finally gets a championship team that’s willing to degrade themselves enough to meet him at the White House and all he does is spend a whopping $3 per player on Big Macs. He literally had a Big Mac party for Clemson football players — Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) January...

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  • January 15, 2019

Tom Nichols is a national security professor at the Naval War College and a Russia expert, and he just said out loud what, well, I and everyone at DKos say out loud, too: namely that Trump is way, way compromised by Putin’s Russia. Then again, Nichols is a Russia expert and...

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  • January 14, 2019

Sure, Max is wrong about a lot of things but he’s right about this…. Washington Post “On Friday, the New York Times reported that “in the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether...

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  • January 14, 2019

Furloughed federal workers and area elected officials hold a protest rally in front of Independence Hall on January 8, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The government shutdown, now lasting 18 days, marks the second longest in United States history, affecting about 800,000 federal employees. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) By Donna Smith,...

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  • January 10, 2019

President Donald Trump stepped up, put his big-boy pants on, and took the mantle of leadership. “I’ll take responsibility for shutting it down, I won’t blame you for it,” he famously told Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office. “I’ll be proud to do it.” Not much space for misinterpretation there,...

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  • January 9, 2019

(Bill Mitchell is a conservative radio talk show host and super genius.) x pic.twitter.com/mOrrji2MQM — Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) January 6, 2019 x A zero friction roller would be filled with sand in about 36 hrs. These people have no clue what it’s like at the border — Tellito (@TellStevens) January...

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  • January 7, 2019

CRASH!!! Ohhh, sorry about that. I didn’t mean to knock over that china cabinet, but you looked so funny, laying there on the sofa with your eyes closed, moaning and rubbing your temples, that I accidentally fell against it laughing. I’ve never been one to celebrate New Years Eve. If I’m going...

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  • January 1, 2019

2019 is going to be great. 2020 even better. Yeah, the shutdown sucks, but I imagine it can only last so long—Trump’s 54,000 border patrol agents are currently not getting paid, nor are the farmers who can’t get their bailout payments until the furlough ends. Trump will cave, and it's not going...

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  • December 30, 2018
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In 2018, MoveOn members helped power spectacular victories at the ballot box, fought back against attacks on our democracy, and provided critical aid to those facing humanitarian crises at home and abroad. Millions of MoveOn members were part of a movement that ended Republican control of the House, marched against...

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  • December 28, 2018

In the wake of McClatchy’s bombshell story about Michael Cohen’s cell phone being used near Prague in the summer of 2016, Cohen himself categorically denied — three times via Twitter — that he’d ever been to the Czech Republic. I hear #Prague #CzechRepublic is beautiful in the summertime. I wouldn’t know...

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  • December 28, 2018

Under Trump, we went from a few dozen in shelters to 14,300 toddlers, children and teens being packed in detention centers. The centers are so horrifying that public officials aren’t allowed to see their conditions. Migrant children are still being abused, assaulted, and molested; the “lucky” ones are just abandoned...

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  • December 27, 2018

Politico has a fun bit of schadenfreude-fluff on its website today. It’s a retrospective of the shittiest political predictions from 2018. Now, everyone screws up badly from time to time when it comes to predicting the future. I predicted the Packers would win the Super Bowl this year (as I...

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  • December 26, 2018

When it comes to the events of the last 10 days, to borrow a phrase from Rachel Maddow, “Stick a pin in this.” And no, I don’t mean everything that has happened in the last 10 days, you’d need a cork board the size of Oklahoma. But over the last little while,...

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  • December 21, 2018

The indispensable Gabriel Sherman has a new inside look at the Trump train, which went off the rails months ago and is currently barreling down a Tokyo thruway in a ‘50s Godzilla movie: Vanity Fair: As the Robert Mueller loop tightens around the president, his erratic behavior is causing alarm among his...

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  • December 19, 2018

Soon to be Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated her preference for perusing an aggressive legislative agenda and cutting bait on Impeachment until Mueller issues his report. West Palm Beach Florida Democratic activist and attorney James Carroll makes his case in the Op-Ed section of USA today that that strategy may allow...

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  • December 17, 2018

I wouldn’t wish what’s happening to Donald Trump on my worst enemy. Would I wish it on the country’s worst enemy? Oh, fuck yeah. This and more. (I’m still pondering what Trump’s punishment should be when/if he’s frog-marched out of the White House. I’m torn between pouring molten gold down his...

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  • December 16, 2018

So, our poor poor pitiful me *Resident is whining about a comedy sketch and thinking it should be “court-tested”… Huffington Post “Sounds like President Donald Trump didn’t enjoy this weekend’s episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The president on Sunday blasted NBC and its iconic sketch comedy show as “spin...

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  • December 16, 2018

Long, long ago — in the before-times — a married politician’s payoffs to two women to hide sordid affairs from the voting public would have been a kill-shot.  Today, it’s known as “Trump being Trump.” CNN could show footage of Trump storing dead prostitutes in a giant warehouse like in the final...

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  • December 15, 2018

Now I know for sure that I’m getting up there in years, because I find myself ore and more pining for “the good old days.” A kinder, simpler time, when everything was well defined, and things were black and white. You know, like 2017? Donald Trump beat the odds, and...

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  • December 15, 2018

This is a quick hopefully audience-friendly guide to the main charges that will (and won’t!) play a part in prosecuting collusion with Russia. In particular, I want to highlight the requirements for proving each of these offenses, because that’s valuable for understanding Mueller’s strategy as the various parts of this saga start to...

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  • December 14, 2018

The Trump gov’t put out a call, asking legal immigrants to sponsor some of the 1,000’s of kids in cages. Desperate to help, 170 kind ppl stepped up, hoping to finally free the kid from captivity. Turns out, it was a sting operation. Then came the arrests.https://t.co/UCGPs0duad pic.twitter.com/kdCl3LRBlP — Suave...

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  • December 13, 2018

To say that Donald Trump is a ig is to give offense to fine and upstanding porkers the world over. After all, at least swine don’t try to pretend that they’re Arabian stallions while they’re wallowing around in the mud. If this isn’t a saying in New York, it should...

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  • December 12, 2018

There is an ill wind blowing in Washington DC right now, and the staff in the west wing had better make sure that all of the windows are closed, or before too long, His Lowness could end up catching a cold that could be the presidential end of him. The...

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  • December 11, 2018

x lol “Multiple sources telling CNN Mr. Trump is angry and feels humiliated after he was turned down” pic.twitter.com/oXcOfFv1co — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 10, 2018 x But…but…Falwell got his pool boy…😰😰😰😰😰 — durrati (@durrati) December 10, 2018 x Hahaha! Trump feels humiliated because he was rebuffed by AYERS? Wait...

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  • December 10, 2018

The Hill “There might be a winter chill in the air, but President Trump and his family are sweating like it’s Phoenix in July. The White House, perpetually beset by chaos and inner turmoil, had been uncomfortably awaiting Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s document outlining how Paul Manafort violated his cooperation...

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  • December 9, 2018