|Photo: NYC Halloween|
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New Yorkers marching in the traditional Halloween parade show that they won't be bowed or intimidated, following today's deadly, cowardly and despicable attack in Manhattan. New York strong.
|Photo: NYC Halloween|
|Photo: NYC Halloween|
While they raped my Grandmother,lynched my Uncle,broke up my family to lost history, you find honor & compromise in that, you racist, prick? https://t.co/bOihrwd67N— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) October 31, 2017
I take this performance as showing two things. One is what we saw in Kelly’s attack on Rep. Wilson. Kelly is not an adult in the room. He’s an example of what we might call Total Quality Trumpism, Trumpist ideology in a more disciplined, duty-focused, professional package. The core ideology and beliefs about reclamation and rectitude are the same. It’s not an accident that he ended up in the tightest circle of Trump’s orbit. The other is that, once again, Trump damages everything he touches.
But there’s something subtly different about Kelly compared to all the others who cozied up to Trump and saw their reputations and dignity destroyed through a deep inner weakness, desperation or lack of character – Christie, Pence, Tillerson, Priebus et al. Kelly’s eyes appear wide open. His tie to Trump seems to be based on a deep commonality of belief and a desire to sand away the rough edges of Trump to ensure the core goals of Trumpism succeed. (our emphasis)
The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was "no collusion" and events mentioned took place long before he...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
In the first tweet, he's sending an obstructionist signal to hostile foreign agent Paul Manafort that if he stonewalls the investigation, a Presidential pardon is in the future. In the second tweet, he attempts to downplay George Papadopoulos's role in the campaign ("low level volunteer named George"), and deflect to bogus conspiracies involving the Dems. The line about him being "proven to be a liar" is too rich for words, considering the source. Rump is reported to be seething at yesterday's indictments. His mental stability will be tested in the coming days and weeks as never before, to our peril as a country.....came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
Remember that on March 21, 2016 Trump praised George Papadopoulos when discussing his campaign's foreign policy team. pic.twitter.com/n4hSNIXjq0— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 30, 2017
A foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to FBI agents.
George Papadopoulos, 30, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, but the case wasn’t unsealed until Monday, when two other Trump associates were indicted by a federal grand jury. Papadopoulos reached a plea deal with prosecutors, and has since been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Prosecutors’ statement of the offense alleges Papadopoulos “made material false statements and material omissions” during a Jan. 27 interview with the FBI. He was arrested July 27. Prosecutors agreed to recommend between no prison time to six months under the plea agreement.
Papadopoulos told the FBI an overseas professor had “told him about the Russians possessing ‘dirt’ on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of ‘thousands of emails,’ but stated multiple times that he learned that information prior to joining the campaign,” according to court documents. In fact, Papadopoulos was contacted after he learned he’d be joining the campaign, and the professor only mentioned the “thousands of emails” after he’d been on the Trump campaign for more than a month.
The professor, the statement indicates, had “substantial connections to Russian government officials” even though Papadopoulos claimed the professor was “a nothing.” (our emphasis)"... and has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe..." You don't have to be a legal beagle to see that the timing of this statement on the day of the Manafort and Gates indictments is meant to pressure them other Trumpers ensnared in this Russian collusion to cooperate as well. Here's the PDF of the unsealed indictment against Papadopoulos.
Special Counsel Mueller appears to have a cooperating witness, George Papadopoulos. That is significant. Time will tell how significant.— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) October 30, 2017
This is FOX News currently... pic.twitter.com/4yInN7exr5— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) October 30, 2017
How the Manafort news is playing on Fox right now pic.twitter.com/vSYsVQ3oED— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) October 30, 2017
"(Gates') name appears on documents linked to companies that Mr. Manafort’s firm set up in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in Eastern Europe....Mr. Manafort had been under investigation for violations of federal tax law, money laundering and whether he appropriately disclosed his foreign lobbying."It's not clear whether others involved in the Russiagate scandal will be told to surrender today, but it's early and there's so much corruption (and even treason) left to deal with.
Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is canceling its controversial $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings to restore the island’s power, officials announced Sunday.
Ricardo Ramos, executive director of PREPA, said he would honor Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s request Sunday to terminate the business deal, which has raised questions from several lawmakers and government agencies.
Whitefish, a two-year-old firm based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Montana hometown, had just two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria hit the island more than a month ago.
Language in the contract ― a full copy is here ― looked like it gave Whitefish a sweetheart deal as the people of Puerto Rico struggle to recover from the devastation of the hurricane.
For one, the contract, which Whitefish signed with the government-owned PREPA states that, “In no event shall [government bodies] have the right to audit or review the cost and profit elements.” That gave Whitefish wide of discretion and privacy over how it used $300 million in American taxpayer money.So, does this mean any
Sr GOP official says they are scrambling to keep Republican Members of Congress from talking about impeaching Trump on weekend shows. #AMJoy— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 28, 2017
A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.
The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.As far as targets, most speculation revolves around former Rump campaign manager and unregistered foreign agent Paul Manafort and former National Security Advisor and unregistered foreign agent Michael Flynn. Those are just the first fish to be caught in Mueller's net. Expect things to start unraveling in Trumpworld more quickly now.
Boy it’s almost as if some people knew this was coming so they tried to pour chum in the water to make it dank and murky https://t.co/kWRR8a9Mpc— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 28, 2017
"Republicans barfing up crazy shit about Hillary" is officially the best early-warning system for actual news about Mueller's investigation.— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) October 28, 2017
Buckle up. We can expect Trump’s efforts to confuse and divide Americans against each other to shift into overdrive. Don’t fall for it.— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) October 28, 2017
I think the press and Comey assumed Clinton would win and were screwed, but I think Trump people assumed he'd lose and are screwed more.— Schooley (@Rschooley) October 28, 2017
I thought I'd share my betting odds on the Mueller indictment(s)— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) October 28, 2017
Don jr. 10:1
All the women accusing Trump of sexual assault are liars, White House says https://t.co/SdiAIMqEwo— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 27, 2017
"Premiums for silver plans have particular significance in the ACA marketplace not only because they are the only plans that offer reduced cost-sharing, but also because the second-lowest cost silver plan in each area is the benchmark for tax credits provided to subsidize premiums for low and moderate income enroll."While insurance companies have some flexibility under the ACA for absorbing the Federal cuts, their planning for 2018 assumed some continuation of Federal cost-sharing for lower income people:
"For those insurers that report the impact on average across all plans – whether increases were actually applied to all plans or only to silver plans – the surcharge ranges from 0.1% to 27.2%....These results are generally consistent with a KFF estimate released in April projecting that silver marketplace premiums would have to increase by 19% on average to compensate for the loss of CSR payments, with the amount varying substantially by state." (emphasis added)Depending on each state's approach to managing the loss of CSR payments, consumers with silver plans will have to pay the increasing costs, or purchase "bronze plans" which offer little health care value. Many will simply leave the market and use hospital emergency rooms for their health care.
Having apparently decided that defending the Trump campaign against charges of collusion with Russian cyberattacks is an impossible task, the Republican Party has decided to go on offense. The House Intelligence Committee, putatively assigned to investigate collusion, is instead running a counter-investigation into Trump’s nemeses. Their argument, incredibly enough, is that the FBI and Robert Mueller are the real perpetrators of collusion with Russia. “No puppet, no puppet, you’re the puppet” has become the new Republican argument against Mueller.
Their case, which is being quickly spread by Republican officeholders and conservative media, centers on the role of Christopher Steele, a respected retired British intelligence officer turned private investigator, and Fusion GPS, the firm for which he worked. During the Republican primary, donors opposed to Trump’s candidacy hired Steele to conduct opposition research into Trump. After Trump won the primary, Democrats continued to finance his investigation. Steele compiled a now-famous dossier alleging a web of corrupt ties, including blackmail, between Trump, his inner circle, and the Kremlin. The FBI took at least some steps to investigate the allegations Steele made, a natural response given the serious possibility that the Kremlin had compromised a president-elect. The questions surrounding Trump’s collusion are in some sense an outgrowth of the larger question of his corrupt relationship with Russia.The Los Angeles Times:
But it’s absurd to suggest that this new wrinkle vindicates Trump’s longstanding claim that the “Trump Russia story is a hoax.” If some of the allegations in the Steele dossier are accurate, it’s of small importance that they were turned up as part of an opposition research operation. And, of course, the Steele document isn’t the only source of suspicion about Russian meddling or about improper contacts between Russian operatives or intermediaries and people in the Trump orbit.
Not for the first time — remember the bogus scandal about the supposedly improper “unmasking” of Trump transition officials whose names appeared in intelligence intercepts? — the president and his allies are seizing on a sideshow to distract attention from the main event: Russian interference in last year’s election and allegations that the Trump campaign colluded in that interference — and that Trump tried to frustrate investigations of that conduct, including by firing former FBI Director James B. Comey. Neither the public nor federal investigators should be fooled into taking their eyes off the ball.Former FBI double agent Naveed Jamili on MSNBC:
“I think that these people are worried and the best they can do is do a preemptive attack on whatever it is that’s coming,” Jamili explained. “The fact that these things are coming out now, when there’s no reason to rebut anything, is for lack of a better word, just ‘curious.’ I think it’s exactly what you’re leading towards, which is there is something coming, they know about this, and they’re preemptively trying to distract the American public from something fairly big that’s coming down the pike.”Juliette Kayyem on Boston Public Radio:
National security expert Juliette Kayyem is predicting news from Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation will be announced within the next month.
“I think it is safe to say that before Thanksgiving ... something’s going to drop with Mueller,” she said on Boston Public Radio today. “The pace is too much right now. Every 12 hours we’re now dealing with a piece of this story at a pace we haven’t seen.”
Kayyem was prompted to make her prediction by the buzz surrounding a story about how Hillary Clinton’s campaign funded what would eventually become the famous “Trump-Russia Dossier” that surfaced in January.It appears the Trump regime knows the house is coming down around their compromised heads, likely with indictments of former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, which should reveal significant information about where Special Counsel Robert Mueller is headed in his investigation. No wonder they're suddenly trying to distract, deflect and derail.
Loving it. Please continue the merriment, but with heavier weapons, please!Here’s another pledge for @DannyTarkanian to sign backing Bannon over ex-wife charges. #NVSen pic.twitter.com/qIHE8SrAJL— Senate Ldshp Fund (@Senate_Fund) October 25, 2017
Ed Gillespie will be a great Governor of Virginia. His opponent doesn't even show up to meetings/work, and will be VERY weak on crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2017
While I was treating patients at the RAM clinic, Donald Trump was golfing in Sterling.— Ralph Northam (@RalphNortham) October 26, 2017
You tell me who doesn't show up for Virginians. pic.twitter.com/BOPxaveOUI
I served 8 years in the Army, took care of sick kids, and am running to build a more inclusive Virginia. Don't talk to me about showing up. https://t.co/jzDx9bS6mh— Ralph Northam (@RalphNortham) October 26, 2017
"We could easily suffer a catastrophe or be handed some big news from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller over the next few months. But the best way to sort this all out is at the ballot box. The only way to know whether Trump's election was a historical fluke, or whether a plurality of Americans really want to continue down this dark and dangerous path, is for the voters to make their wishes known.
"If the nearly 60 percent of Americans who disapprove of President Trump and his movement don't come out to vote after all this, then we probably deserve what we get."We've got some elections coming up well before the 2018 mid- terms -- especially statewide elections on November 7 in Virginia and New Jersey, and a special election for U.S. Senator on December 12 in Alabama -- that will be dissected for signs of Trump's Republican Party sinking or surviving.
A new Fox News poll, released late yesterday, offered a variety of results on taxes, but among the findings was evidence that 78% of Americans are "frustrated" that "the wealthy are paying too little in taxes." Another recent Fox News poll found that 59% disapprove of lowering taxes on corporations.
The entire Republican gambit is predicated on the polar opposite conclusions.
A CNN poll released last week, meanwhile, pointed in a similar direction: 52% of Americans oppose the Republican tax reform proposals touted by Donald Trump, while 34% support them.Cutting taxes for the one percent and corporations is all they got, and that's likely to bite them bigly.
Veteran journalist Mark Halperin sexually harassed women while he was in a powerful position at ABC News, according to five women who shared their previously undisclosed accounts with CNN and others who did not experience the alleged harassment personally, but were aware of it. [snip]
...[W]women who spoke to CNN say he also had a dark side not made public until now. The stories of harassment shared with CNN range in nature from propositioning employees for sex to kissing and grabbing one's breasts against her will. Three of the women who spoke to CNN described Halperin as, without consent, pressing an erection against their bodies while he was clothed. Halperin denies grabbing a woman's breasts and pressing his genitals against the three women.Halperin has been working for NBC and librul MSNBC as a senior political analyst (he's been suspended from on air duties for now), even though his brand of political "analysis" has been debunked time and time again. Now this, which frankly comes as little surprise to us. Well, when you lay with dogs, you get up with fleas.
Mark Halperin hailed reports that Donald Trump sexually harassed women because they bolstered "Donald Trump's brand" https://t.co/VVcgwwRlJf pic.twitter.com/v3jDvjiie6— Brian Tashman (@briantashman) October 26, 2017
Fox programming is now basically 24/7 about Hillary Clinton and Uranium. It's legit amazing.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 24, 2017
Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year https://t.co/vXKRV1wRJc— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 24, 2017
Senate Republicans struck down a rule that would have let Americans sue banks and credit card companies https://t.co/8b7qfnvDvA— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 25, 2017
Only a political party able to manipulate its supporters with bread & circuses could justify voting for this billhttps://t.co/60bSe9Xm8G— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) October 25, 2017
Just In -- the Senate, including brave truth-tellers Corker, Sasse, and Flake just gave banks a free pass to screw people again.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) October 25, 2017
You know who’s going to get hosed now, Senator McCain? All those veterans and military families that you’re always so tender about. You know who’s going to take it in the ear, Senators Corker, Flake, and Sasse? All those middle-class people in all those little towns that you spend most of your time praising as the reservoir of Real American Values. None of those people mattered a damn to you Tuesday night, and it wasn’t the president* that forced you to make this vote. You did it with cold deliberation and calculated forethought.That fits Republicans' core belief : "Afflict the afflicted, and comfort the comfortable."
Puerto Rico has agreed to pay a reported $300 million for the restoration of its power grid to a tiny utility company that is primarily financed by a private-equity firm founded and run by a man who contributed large sums of money to President Trump, an investigation conducted by The Daily Beast has found.
Whitefish Energy Holdings, which had a reported staff of only two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria touched down, appears ill-equipped to handle the daunting task of restoring electricity to Puerto Rico’s more than 3 million residents.
Much larger utilities are more commonly used following natural disasters on the scale of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island last month. (our emphasis)Whew! The smell is getting stronger:
... On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Whitefish Chief Executive Officer Andy Techmanski is friends with Trump administration Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Moreover, Whitefish is located in Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Montana. [snip]
Zinke isn’t the only member of the Trump administration with a connection to the Whitefish contract. In addition to the Colonnettas’ contributions to Trump’s presidential campaign, Kimberly Colonnetta’s Facebook page contains a photo of her with Ben Carson, Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development. Another photo appears to show Kimberly Colonnetta with Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Both photos were posted the week of Trump’s inauguration. (our emphasis)Those are a lot of powerful connections! Not to be confused with connecting Puerto Ricans to power.
Luis Vega-Ramos, member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, told The Daily Beast, “Whitefish’s most important expertise or assets seems to have been… having the U.S. secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke, as their former congressman and current ally and having the wisdom to retain the services of key people close to the governor [of Puerto Rico].”
“Whitefish seems to be nothing more than a glorified middleman to get the real providers of the services, with which PREPA [the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority] could have contracted directly,” Vega-Ramos said. “It is a cozy sweetheart deal in which Whitefish gets a gratuity for subcontracting the actual providers.” (our emphasis)The House Committee on Natural Resources is looking into this, apparently. At last glance, the House is Republican, so the Committee is run by Republicans, who have their swamp gas masks on. Move along, nothing to see here.
But silence is what he got. What he will get. From Senate Leader Mitch McConnell meekly shuffling along at Trump’s side to House Speaker Paul Ryan willing to answer any question but the one he’s asked, what the Republicans have demonstrated is silence. Also known as cowardice.
Sen. Flake may have quoted from Abraham Lincoln in his speech, but he might better have quoted U. S. Grant: "There are but two parties now: traitors and patriots.”
And this was just another day where that became more clear.UPDATE: Flake can't see using impeachment or the 25th Amendment to remove Rump. What was that about "enough?"
"The voter-fraud-checking program championed by the head of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity suffers from data security flaws that could imperil the safety of millions of peoples’ records, according to experts. (snip) 'It blows my mind — this is complete operational security incompetence,' said Joe Hall, the chief technologist for the Center for Democracy & Technology, an organization that promotes internet freedom. 'You should consider all of that stuff in the hands of people who are clever enough to intercept someone’s email.'"ProPublica's report is detailed, technical and compelling, and points to the casual sloppiness of Kobach's data security. Putting voting data in one flawed system highly vulnerable to intrusion is dangerous to our democracy, not to mention the commission's glaring attempts at voter suppression. Then again, given Russia's interest in our voter rolls and elections to help Rethuglicans, making it easy for them to hack that data may be Kobach's plan after all.
An orange pumpkin face, how appropriate. Looks just like the orange faced menace living in the white house.— Chris K (@CKnighthawk) October 22, 2017
You… made a Trump hat… featuring… an orange ghoul? 😂https://t.co/XRAfc0oW4Y— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) October 23, 2017
Is it a jackass-o-lantern?— elan gale (@theyearofelan) October 23, 2017
"We're just trying to understand. Why, why don't they like us?" Part 254,986.
“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur.” (emphasis added)Rump has shown no understanding or appreciation of sacrifice for his country, either in a military or a civilian role. To him, it's all about serving himself and his needs only. No wonder he's on Twitter this morning attacking Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson.