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Losing Ross Douthat

via Slate: a brief rundown on some of the things floating around regarding 45*'s performance - from people reportedly close to him.

Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat sums up the situation aptly:

Read the things that these people, members of his inner circle, his personally selected appointees, say daily through anonymous quotations to the press. (And I assure you they say worse off the record.) They have no respect for him, indeed they seem to palpate with contempt for him, and to regard their mission as equivalent to being stewards for a syphilitic emperor.

Today's Tweet

Q: What's the quickest way to tell a Russian bot from an actual Trump supporter?
A: The Bot spells correctly. — Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) May 30, 2017

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It Seems To Be Dissolving

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WaPo:

(Paul Waldman - talking about the rolling cluster fuck that's been taken from the Trump "campaign" and installed as the Trump "administration" - taking some major shots, that somehow got past the editors at WaPo, because this piece would never have appeared in that paper just a few short months ago.)

Taken together, these reports paint a picture of a White House that is convinced that what it has is in large part a media problem. So creating a “war room” to craft and push out better spin seems to be the first item on the agenda. After that, they’re considering some kind of staff shakeup that would involve replacing some personnel with different people who would presumably do a better job.

But that’s a fundamental misunderstanding of what is ailing this administration. It certainly has a media problem, but it isn’t because the administration hasn’t had the opportunity to get its side of the story out. Its side of the story is out — it’s just that it keeps bei…

Today's Today

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What they teach us to think it is


Daylight again, following me to bed
I think about a hundred years ago, how my fathers bled
I think I see a valley, covered with bones in blue
All the brave soldiers that cannot get older 
Been askin' after you Hear the past a callin',  From Armageddon's side
When everyone's talkin' and no one is listenin',  How can we decide?

Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground
Mother earth will swallow you, lay your body down
Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground
Mother earth will swallow you, lay your body down
What it actually is





Today's Quote

“Margaret Atwood, the Canadian novelist, once asked a group of women at a university why they felt threatened by men. The women said they were afraid of being beaten, raped, or killed by men. She then asked a group of men why they felt threatened by women. They said they were afraid women would laugh at them.”
Molly Ivins

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I keep thinking this is Trump in Europe and then Trump coming home to face the shit storm

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Maybe It's A Trend?

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...but don't count on it.

Mike Gerson at WaPo last week:

To many observers on the left, the initial embrace of Seth Rich conspiracy theories by conservative media figures was merely a confirmation of the right’s deformed soul. But for those of us who remember that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity were once relatively mainstream Reaganites, their extended vacation in the fever swamps is even more disturbing. If once you knew better, the indictment is deeper.

The cruel exploitation of the memory of Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer who was shot dead last summer, was horrifying and clarifying. The Hannity right, without evidence, accused Rich rather than the Russians of leaking damaging DNC emails. In doing so, it has proved its willingness to credit anything — no matter how obviously deceptive or toxic — to defend President Trump and harm his opponents. Even if it means becoming a megaphone for Russian influence.
"To many observers on the left..."  
Wow - it's al…

Tough Guy

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Bill Mauldin drew one of the all-time definitive cartoons about how a real badass doesn't walk around trying to prove what a badass he is.


David Clarke is a Daddy State jagoff and exactly the opposite of who we should be holding up as an example.

WaPo:

“Look at this f‑‑‑ing guy’s uniform,” Charles Clymer wrote on Twitter. “You see all that s‑‑t pinned all over his dress uniform jacket? That’s not supposed to be there.”

His objection was that the decorations on Clarke’s uniform project “authority” — but that they themselves are meaningless. “Colin Powell once described a dress uniform as a soldier’s résumé,” he wrote. “You can tell what they’ve done by their ribbons and badges.” More ribbons and medals mean a lengthier résumé, in other words — which wasn’t the case with Clarke’s regalia.

Clymer’s tweets kicked up a whole separate dust storm of criticism and defense of the sheriff. Snopes compiled various views of Clarke’s attire, including critics and defenders.

Who's In Charge Here?

45*'s Grand Alienation Tour has made it pretty clear that almost every one of our old buddy countries is deciding Angela Merkel will be running the show from on out.  

And the US can fuck off until we come to our senses and put a grownup in the Oval Office again.

Hillary In Retrospect

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Some interesting points made here.
"She was a horrible candidate". Maybe some of the perception regarding Hillary is due to our perception of how thoroughly horrible Trump is, and we're judging her relative to that. ie: "she was up against the worst person in the world and she lost, so she has to be the worst of everything ever..."
Plenty of "bad candidates" have been in office for some very long stretches of time.

New York Magazine:

Affection for her campaign staff is one reason Clinton claims she will not point fingers at her own team in assessing her loss. “I will never say anything other than positive things about my campaign,” she tells me in Chappaqua. “Because I love the people that led it, worked in it.”

Besides, she argues, “what I was doing was working. I would have won had I not been subjected to the unprecedented attacks by Comey and the Russians, aided and abetted by the suppression of the vote, particularly in Wisconsin.” She agrees that ther…

Privatization Scam

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Sec'y Reich explains:

The Trump administration is planning to privatize public assets such as airports, bridges, and highway rest stops. Here's why it's a scam: pic.twitter.com/Jn5DlYqnAF — Robert Reich (@RBReich) May 25, 2017

Today's Tweet

Trump keeps striking out. pic.twitter.com/jW0vthGov9 — Dave Weasel (@DaveWeasel) May 25, 2017

Signaling Hope

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WaPo:

This year, federal courts have been litigating a steady stream of gerrymandering claims. And most of the electoral maps the courts have knocked down were drawn by Republicans.

That’s good news for Democrats: They have an opportunity in several states to draw more favorable congressional and state legislative maps ahead of 2018 elections. And every seat counts, given the 2020 Census is right around the corner, which brings with it the opportunity in many states to draw new district maps.

Some Republican legislatures are paying the price for capturing 21 chambers in the 2010 elections, the last time electoral maps were being drawn. Monday, North Carolina became the third GOP-controlled state legislature in a row to get its map-drawing skills declared illegal by the Supreme Court.

Keith

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Nobody keeps score better than Olbermann. And while a lot of this is "just more smoke", when we really start piecing it all together, it's not unreasonable to conclude there's prob'ly something on fire.  At the very least, we can't deny the Probable Cause bit.

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Follow the whole thread so you can be ready to rebut the inevitable rationalizations.

1/ This Gianforte assault story is one of those moments where the cultural collapse of the GOP into the Trump Troll Party is captured — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 25, 2017

The Big Heist

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45* is all about the loopholes. And his approach is pretty simple: "I don't do anything your lawyers can't force my lawyers to try to talk me into doing."

He's spent his entire career (building whatever fortune he has) by reneging on his commitments and stiffing people for what he owes them.

Now he's in an office that's not very well constrained by law or regulation. The limits on the behavior of POTUS are mostly dependent on a tradition of self-restraint, which puts the emphasis on the honorability of the office holder.

It can't possibly come as news to find that "Honorability" is not the word likely to pop into anybody's mind when they hear the word "Trump".

Quinnipiac asked people what word first came to mind when they thought about Trump. https://t.co/ks0UauOs9Opic.twitter.com/HQ3bYWhD16 — Philip Bump (@pbump) May 10, 2017

And now we have even more evidence that nothing has changed with 45*.

The Atlantic:

Days before taking offic…

Keith

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NEW: After today's hearing, Trump must now produce tapes that vindicate him not Comey or prove they never existed pic.twitter.com/CRCL0QwKqB — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 24, 2017

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And here we see a large angry John Brennan handling Trey Gowdy in today's committee meeting.


Today's Quote

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.  --M. Kathleen Casey

Congress Critter

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Letter to the Editor, The Roanoke Times:

I was the first questioner at Congressman Tom Garrett’s Moneta town hall on May 9. I spoke about my father’s eight-year battle against cancer, and asked how he would have been able to afford coverage with a preexisting condition if the Republicans’ health care bill had been law at the time. The congressman in response told me about his own family’s struggle with cancer. It truly is tragic how many of us know the pain and heartbreak of this disease.

Unfortunately, the congressman did not answer my question. It was a familiar feeling for many of us at the town hall who asked questions the congressman didn’t care for. So, yes, as the evening went on I found myself booing, clapping, and even shouting. What the heck was wrong with me?

Well, for starters, our congressman just voted to take health care away from 24 million people. Frankly, I’m sick of hearing that the real issue here isn’t what Congress is doing that will actually affect peoples’ lives, …

Keith

Today's Tweet

Trump's 1st foreign trip will give him the rare opportunity of bein' in a country where he's not under criminal investigation for treason. — Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) May 18, 2017

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Breaking: Paul Ryan right now. #Blabbergatepic.twitter.com/ZpL7z1Sc9v — Megan Ahsens (@MegAhsens) May 16, 2017

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Keith

And now it doesn't matter how much Russian smoke there is - the fire is in 45*'s reactions to all that smoke.


Vote Like Ya Mean It

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#BREAKING: Supreme Court turns down NC voter ID case, leaving in place 4th Circuit ruling that struck it down. A big win for voting rights! pic.twitter.com/goirrGYtyL — Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) May 15, 2017

We don't get to know who voted for what, but having Gorsuch on the court didn't serve to move that NC shit up the food chain at all. On to Texas and Wisconsin.

WaPo:
It was one of numerous voting rights changes passed by Republican-led legislatures after the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision striking down a key section of the Voting Rights Act. That decision effectively removed federal oversight of states with a history of discrimination.

“This is a huge victory for voters and a massive blow to Republicans trying to restrict access to the ballot, especially in communities of color,” said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

The 4th Circuit on July 29 agreed with allegations from the Justice Department and civil rights groups that North Carolina’s bill selectively chose vo…

What We're Up Against

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Politico:

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus issued a stern warning at a recent senior staff meeting: Quit trying to secretly slip stuff to President Trump.

Just days earlier, K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, had given Trump a printout of two Time magazine covers. One, supposedly from the 1970s, warned of a coming ice age; the other, from 2008, about surviving global warming, according to four White House officials familiar with the matter.

Trump quickly got lathered up about the media’s hypocrisy. But there was a problem. The 1970s cover was fake, part of an Internet hoax that’s circulated for years. Staff chased down the truth and intervened before Trump tweeted or talked publicly about it.

The episode illustrates the impossible mission of managing a White House led by an impetuous president who has resisted structure and strictures his entire adult life.
The guy has spent his whole life playing outside every parameter.  It's how he's made his way in t…

Workday Poem

Coffee blah blah blah Drive home Wine

The Trump Tapes

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The Hill:

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee leading the probe into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, said Friday that President Trump’s tweet about FBI Director James Comey was “inappropriate.”

"But to say more would be a mistake,” Burr added, according to WRAL.

Burr was referring to Trump’s Friday morning tweet in which the president threatened the former FBI chief.
No, guys - that's not how you respond to 45*'s threatening tweet.
This is how you do that:
Mr President, if you have something on Comey - like a taped conversation that indicates something nefarious, or is just embarrassing, or whatever.
If you have something, then bring it. Otherwise, fuck the fuck off you fucking fuck.
This is just another attempt to put the chill on people - folks who want to stand up for something honorable by showing us just how fucked up this Daddy State bullshit is getting.
Can you say "Prior Restraint"?