Watergate

In less than thirty hours, we saw and heard decisions to fine broadcaster Alex Jones nearly 1 billion dollars in actual damages, with punitive damages to follow soon. A member of Congress (Marjorie Taylor Greene) defended his vile exploitation of the parents and spouses of murdered children and educators, asserting,...

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  • October 14, 2022

On August 8, 1974, a reflective and less defiant Richard Nixon became the first American President to resign his office. As a member of the black community who had seen friends and fathers of friends leave for Vietnam and never return, most of us were thrilled. The Watergate Hearings continued...

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  • July 27, 2022

Before 2016 if you told most Americans that Donald Trump would become president, they would have laughed or thought you were joking. The outspoken businessman and tv personality was a complete outsider to the world of politics. Yet his antics and political rhetoric were not. Trump can thank Newt Gingrich...

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  • July 12, 2021

Former Defense Secretary, William Cohen (R-ME) did not mince his words as he methodically admonished Republican Senators on the impeachment vote. William Cohen admonished Republican Senators x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Chuck Todd asked William Cohen about the threats he received during the Nixon Watergate era. He used it as...

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  • February 12, 2021

More will be revealed now that Trump is out of power and Congress is moving quickly to the second impeachment as the trial begins 8 February. Lawfare ahead, getting medieval again. They won't! Nor will the Kremlin (same thing.) Unless he and his sycophants are prosecuted they will continue to...

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  • January 23, 2021

Trump’s passive assent to events like the kidnapping/assassination plot against Michigan Governor Whitmer signaled the path to the current DC crisis. He enjoyed watching the unfolding attack on the Capitol rather than deal with it as a national crisis. x Historians are going to point to Trump’s incitement of the Michigan...

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  • January 12, 2021

Trump is at the end of the path to the bunker. The argument for the resignation of Trump and Pence’s pardon of Trump like Gerald Ford’s of Nixon remains still viable. Invoking the 25th Amendment seems more difficult if only because the GOP still wants to avoid the Watergate comparisons,...

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  • January 7, 2021

Apparently Trump leaked the Raffensperger audio to WaPo — how clueless is that, even if the NY Times is reporting that it was taped and released by the GA SOS. Most of the call repeats his contrived logic and numbers ad nauseam, as if to flood the transcript with his disinformation stream. Trump is so delusional...

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  • January 4, 2021

Watching the depressing and alarming spectacle of 17 Republican states joining Texas’s bad faith, frivolous Supreme Court application to overturn the election in favor of Trump, I am reminded that in September 2015 I wrote a post titled “The Sad Truth of John Boehner’s Resignation” — which received 1,275 Recommends, 789 Comments and,...

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  • December 10, 2020

As each day passes, Trump adds to an already impressive body of evidence arguing that he should be considered the worst president in U.S. history.  But, taking a dispassionate, long view, there are a small number of surprisingly strong contenders for this title.  This history call is depressingly closer than it...

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  • December 6, 2020

Wolfman Jack’s weird vestigial twin is worried about the election. He’s very concerned that the guy who called his wife ugly and implied his dad killed JFK might lose — and lose badly. In fact, the election could be a “bloodbath” — and not the kind Ted takes every morning...

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  • October 10, 2020

I’ll just get this out of the way at the outset. I doubt that Donald Trump will ever go to prison. It’s just too hard to imagine a former U.S. president breaking rocks — or whatever the equivalent for a bone spur-riddled silver spoon might be. Crocheting doilies, maybe? I don’t...

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  • October 2, 2020

The richest 1% of Americans have taken $50 Trillion from the bottom 90% in recent decades. K. Sabeel Rahman, president of Demos talks taking back the country K. Sabeel Rahman, President of Demos speaks x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK...

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  • September 15, 2020

Ooh, ooh, I’m tingling. It’s like every single cell of my body is getting a shiatsu massage from a flirty, rum ball-besotted Christmas angel. Jeffrey Goldberg, the Atlantic editor who broke Donald Trump’s head the seismic “losers” and “suckers” story, appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning — and he’s basically...

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  • September 6, 2020

“Unprecedented, historic corruption:  an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.” — Mitt Romney x “The president may have had the power to help his longtime friend. But that does not make it any less a perversion of justice...

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  • July 11, 2020

Trump’s button got pushed by Biden: x If John Bolton's accounts are true, it’s not only morally repugnant, it’s a violation of Donald Trump’s sacred duty to the American people to protect America’s interests and defend our values.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 17, 2020 x Joe Biden was a TOTAL...

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  • June 18, 2020

Donald Trump has said in the past that exercise is bad for you, so maybe his frailty and lack of vigor are no surprise.  Of course, he opened himself up to this when he claimed in 2016 that Hillary didn’t have the stamina to be president. That was almost certainly...

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  • June 15, 2020

While Trump referred to himself as a “law and order president(sic)” is isn’t the first conscious use of Nixonian rhetoric or imagery. The 1968 Nixon was a beneficiary of historical events that Trump has limited options to manufacture in the time remaining. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1267838101340196866?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Trump now appeals to more Nixonian referents: Trump’s...

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  • June 2, 2020

Aside from sinophobia rather than russophobia, The NY Times has documented more of the details for the 70-days of denial/delay/dysfunction in the Trump White House.   Aside from the framing of Red Dawn (1984), it’s pretty clear that the 2012 remake was on the minds of the email writers, where references...

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  • April 12, 2020

Some more big news today: Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump by 10 points nationally in a new poll, bolstered by an advantage with independents. The poll also shows pessimism about the economy growing, a factor that could help Biden and hurt Trump in the poll. The latest...

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  • March 30, 2020

Nixonian reasons return, amplified by an argument massaged by Alan Dershowitz to legitimate efforts like the Watergate break-in. x “They compounded the dangerous argument they made that no quid pro quo is too much, and they compounded it by saying if what you want is targeting your rival, it's even...

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  • January 30, 2020

Whoa, wow. Well, thanks for testifying, John. The New York Times: President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by...

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  • January 26, 2020

I really do not care anymore if Republican politicians ever apologize for their lies, insults, and harmful policies.  Yes, apologizing is the human thing to do because no one is perfect and we all make mistakes.  Saying “I’m sorry” is the first step in trying to correct a mistake or...

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  • January 12, 2020

E. Howard Hunt’s storytelling could return as one can imagine Trump's last State of the Union speech (SOTU) as unhinged, the second SOTU in history to be delivered by an impeached POTUS. In the age of “threat imminence” new yet improbable CTs will emerge, as their narratives are now getting their trial...

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  • January 10, 2020

The big story right now is about the unredacted memos that Kate Brannan at Just Security just got hold of.  Included in them is the previously redacted message from OMB associate director Mike Duffey to Elaine McCusker at DOD, sent the day after Bolton, Pompeo, and Esper all met with...

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  • January 2, 2020

Just before leaving for the golf course this morning, Trump reminded us of his concern for law enforcement hygiene. Darn those dirty (filthy) cops. Darn that psychological projection. New unredacted emails between OMB and DoD show that Trump did continue the hold on Arms for Dirt funds. x ….had happened...

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  • January 2, 2020

It’s not animal husbandry, but like Rachel Maddow’s new book chronicles, US crony capitalism in the Trump era can often devolve to fossil fuel kleptocracy. In today’s Arms for Dirt, the GOP demand to prosecute the Bidens distracts from the concurrent deals Rick Perry made for his cohorts. These potential crimes...

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  • December 17, 2019

One guesses that omitting Obstruction of Justice leaves it to be pursued later, in the criminal indictments elsewhere and after the 2020 election. The facts are overwhelming, regardless. This is a streamlined impeachment with a narrow focus to ensure impeachment (regardless of the GOP Senate majority). What remained from the House...

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  • December 10, 2019

Sometimes I think Political Wire has a weird sense of humor. They posted this story on their front page: Historian Predicts Trump’s Approval Will Collapse right above this one: Most Republicans Think Trump Better Than Lincoln The gist of the first story is this tweet from New Day: CNN presidential...

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  • November 30, 2019

On 12 October 2019, Gordon Sondland's decision to testify was a complete turnaround. He said he'd been directed by the State Department to not speak to the committees. The difficulty of a perjury conviction might not be enough to compel him to not show up Wednesday, considering there are now two witnesses to Trump’s direct...

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  • November 14, 2019

Zombie Frank Wills did it, because idiots like Rand Paul trying to doxx the whistleblower will believe anything to delay impeachment. We’re way past looking at what has now been corroborated by fact-witnesses, but the GOP insists on trying to punish patriotism.  x A Trump follower circled and “identified” David...

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  • November 7, 2019

Moron Watergate is on for another roller-coaster week of disinformation about the rule of law and constitutional oaths  https://twitter.com/jjsmokkieBOY57/status/1191150217644646400? Politico had the insider account: He’s ravenously consuming news about the subject — primarily through a friendly lens. From the Oval Office to the White House residence to Air Force One,...

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  • November 4, 2019

Rep. Jim Himes from Connecticut has been driving the wingnuts to distraction appearing on Fox News lately and today will prove no different… Real Clear Politics Jim Himes: Trump Abuses Of Power Make Watergate Look Like “Child's Play,” GOP Has Become A “Personality Cult” “Rep. Jim Himes, the second-ranking Democrat...

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  • November 3, 2019

Like the burglars of Watergate, Trump couldn’t have done anything — it’s all Rudy, Mick Mulvaney and the Three Amigos. They were just overcome with zeal for a stable genius. Trump insists that he's smart enough to commit crimes https://t.co/F4YWDYjCiJ — VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) October 31, 2019 Last Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal editorial...

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  • November 1, 2019

In today’s House testimony, Philip Reeker helped fill in the story about how the Ambassador to Ukraine was unfairly removed, firming up the abuse of power argument, even if bribery and other actions were clearly evident. Notable—Trump ally Andrew McCarthy now argues that Trump should not deny the existence of a...

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  • October 26, 2019

The question on whether or not Donald John Trump is convicted and removed from office by virtue of a Senate Conviction will come down not to loyalty or the current makeup of that body. The fate of President Trump will lie with what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expects to...

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  • October 25, 2019

Today, the efforts of Manhattan District Attorney Vance to subpoena Trump’s tax returns are before the Second Circuit Court. Before I make any further commentary, I’d like to direct everyone to the Twitter reporting of Adam Klasfeld, who should be everyone’s go-to first stop for reporting on the assorted major...

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  • October 23, 2019

What a day. Trump opines: “You people with this phony Emoluments Clause” because apparently there’s a US Constitution. So much diversionary activity as Trump repeats campaign lies during his “Cabinet meeting” press opportunity. That event was meant to offset the failed Mulvaney press briefing of last week and the even more...

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  • October 21, 2019

Shepard Smith's recent, abrupt resignation isn’t the only crisis Fox News is facing these days. Aside from allegations that conservatives simply will not tolerate any dissenting voices amid a chorus that worships Donald Trump, the right-wing cable news outlet is struggling as it tries to fight the public opinion battle over impeachment....

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  • October 16, 2019

We are in amazing times, especially since a handful of personalities are currently the public face of the cabal: Trump, Giuliani, Barr, Mulvaney, and Pompeo. Many have been sacrificed in their service and some remain available for the bus’s underside. Some remain to liaise with the RWNJ elite like Kellyanne Conway, and...

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  • October 12, 2019

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were nabbed at Dulles airport (perhaps) “trying to flee the country” and have been indicted for financial violations but more importantly in connection to Rudy Giuliani’s role in the Arms for Dirt scandal. Former Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) is mentioned as ‘Congressman-1’, one of their...

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  • October 10, 2019

Incredulous how DoJ is arguing that Watergate is a bad precedent, then again this is an administration of alternative facts and revisionist history.  "Wow, O.K.," responded U.S. Chief District Judge Beryl A. Howell of Washington, D.C., sounding unpersuaded. "As I said, the department is taking an extraordinary position in this case." —...

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  • October 9, 2019

Fatalism at the fore. Virginia Heffernan in the LA Times suggests that there may be no country for old men. x I have a theory: some old white men in politics fear irrelevance as death, and will do anything for relevance — taking whatever deal with the devil is necessary....

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  • October 6, 2019

God bless Elizabeth Warren because the Democratic establishment will surely damn her to hell. Elizabeth Warren: Congress ‘Is Complicit’ for Failing to Impeach Trump After the Mueller report, Congress had a duty to begin impeachment. By failing to act, Congress is complicit in Trump’s latest attempt to solicit foreign interference...

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  • September 21, 2019

The dumbest argument that I heard in the last Democratic Debate was the notion (and attack on Joe Biden) that fmr. President Obama should have reduced the number of deportations.  As the NYT summarized: Other Democrats, siding with Mr. Castro, joined in piling on Mr. Biden, the front-runner. Mayor Bill...

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  • August 2, 2019

Last week, former special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony confirmed once again that Donald Trump has engaged in serious wrongdoing, including likely obstruction of justice. It also raised the possibility that Trump could be charged with crimes after he leaves office. Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday also provided something of a...

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  • July 29, 2019

Guys, it’s one thing to kill irony and another to dismember its corpse, make a davenport out of its skin, and sit in it while you spew random syllables like a drowned Teddy Ruxpin. Via Media Matters: BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): This is what he thinks of Donald Trump: He has horrible...

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  • June 11, 2019

Guys, it’s one thing to kill irony and another to dismember its corpse, make a davenport out of its skin, and sit on it while you spew random syllables like a drowned Teddy Ruxpin. Via Media Matters: BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): This is what [John Dean] thinks of Donald Trump: He has horrible...

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  • June 11, 2019

You were real funny out in the game zone. It’s not so funny NOW, is it bitch?   Dynamo   The Running Man There’s one overarching image if Bill Barr that I just can’t seem to get out of my mind. And that image is of him standing behind a podium at...

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  • June 10, 2019

I wrote recently on the difficult dichotomy of whether to impeach, or not impeach. I touched on the risks and benefits of both courses of action. I personally was ambivalent, leaning slightly towards investigating the shit out of Trump to tar him for 2020. But the news I saw yesterday...

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  • April 27, 2019