Authoritarianism: March 5— March 11
- That’s… some grade A napalm there.
2. Comey? FBI Director “But her Emails” Comey? Fuck him.
Although there’s moderate entertainment to be had here because either 45 is lying (which is what the head of the FBI is basically saying) or the FBI broke the law (which is what 45 is claiming). And given that Comey was one of the ones who gave 45 the election, this ought to be interesting. Seems like one or the other will get fucked over here, and for me that will be win-win :-P
The New York Times is reporting that the director of the FBI has asked the Justice Department to publicly reject…www.wdsu.com
Early Tuesday morning, President Trump tuned into "Fox and Friends." For several days, Trump's staff kept him away from…www.washingtonpost.com
Moron in Chief. You know, I really did want to take the high road after 11/9. I figured I’d just use his last name and not any mean nicknames or whatever. But at this point I use 45 as my most polite reference. I never imagined he & the GOP would be this awful, petty, vindicative and so bent on destroying human life & this country… We are going to spend a long time recovering and restoring things after this fly-haired bastard is gone.
4. Trumpcare, Ryancare, Tryancare…No part of this isn’t awful. Keep in mind this particular article, written by someone who clearly wants to get rid of ACA, still can’t find it a good revision:
Leading House Republicans have included a number of transformative and consequential reforms in Obamacare replacement…www.forbes.com
Don’t choke while you read it
5. Pointed. (Activist/artwork, not real, but the point remains.)
fullscreen Some pedestrians may have noticed alarming signs that went up over the weekend at various construction lots…laist.com
6. And here we go. The sticking point looks like Medicaid. Republican governors who have used this do not want to get rid of it.
A top Senate Republican said Tuesday that House Republicans' proposal to replace Obamacare may not be able to get…talkingpointsmemo.com
A good deal of this is really “No Health Care For Women.” It would also consider pregnancy etc as preexisting conditions. Do the math.
It would keep poor women on Medicaid from getting health care at Planned Parenthood, and cut off affordable abortion…www.vox.com
Doesn’t even have any thin veneer of budgetary sensibility
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before a replacement plan can be enacted - even if the repeal is delayed …www.brookings.edu
Robert Reich weighs in. (FB links come out weird: https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/1495380863807838 )
You get the idea. Also
The Post reports, "House Republicans on Monday released long-anticipated legislation to supplant the Affordable Care…www.washingtonpost.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Lisa…www.portman.senate.gov
"This is not the Obamacare repeal bill we've been waiting for," Lee said in a statement. "We promised the American…talkingpointsmemo.com
A conservative group with ties to the Tea Party movement railed against the Obamacare repeal legislation released by…talkingpointsmemo.com
Seems Boehner was right. Most likely this is a fig leaf that they can point to and said BUT WE TRIED.
The repeal and replace bill is, finally, out. The reviews (see this morning's Early Returns for links) from both…www.bloomberg.com
But the biggest pressure has been on Speaker Paul Ryan, the rest of the House Republican leadership, and the relevant committee chairs. Failing to produce any bill at all would have threatened their positions. After all, Ryan hasn’t solved the problems that faced John Boehner when he resigned: Despite a comfortable Republican majority in the House, the ability of Republicans to function as a working majority is constantly threatened by a group of radicals who are willing to (or at least threaten to) work against the rest of their party.
If Ryan hadn’t come up with any bill at all, he (and the rest of the leadership, and the committee chairs) would have been the obvious target for conservative media to attack for breaking the party’s pledge on health care. Producing a bill — almost any bill — helps him avoid that.
He’ll be in even better shape if he convinces his conference to pass something, no matter how many doubts they have. If he manages that, then he’ll be well on his way to placing all the blame for the bill’s demise on the Senate. But even if it fails to pass the House, he’s no worse off than he was without a bill.
Another interesting perspective on this. And it’s another conservative one:
Another prime example of rent-seeking is that the Medicaid is funding opioid prescriptions for low-income workers, Deaton said. The results are workers who are becoming addicted and overdosing while profits are going to the Sacker family which owns Purdue Pharma that makes OxyContin.
Deaton said he favors a single-payer health system only because our current part-private and part-public system is exquisitely designed to give opportunities for rent-seeking.
“So I, who do not believe in socialized health-care, would advocate a single-payment system…because it will get this monster that we’ve created out of the economy and allow the rest of capitalism to flourish without the awful things that healthcare is doing to us,” he said.
Raising taxes on the wealthy is not a good way to combat rent-seeking because it taxes the legitimate profits of entrepreneurs along with rent-seekers.
“The key is to somehow find a way of tackling rent-seeking, crony capitalism, and corruption legal and illegal and build fairer, more equal society without compromising innovation or entrepreneurship,” he said.
Sounds like…thoughtful regulation. *ahem* Note that I find these useful because I can lob them at conservative folks. The ones who still have their brains, that is. I can’t do much about rabid pro-45 wankers.
By Income inequality is not killing capitalism in the United States, but rent-seekers like the banking and the health…www.marketwatch.com
8. Fucks sake.
The Trump administration, searching for money to build the president's planned multibillion-dollar border wall and…www.washingtonpost.com
9. 45 Lies.
(Well yeah, he’s still breathing innit? Lying.)
President Donald Trump and his advisers have, on dozens of occasions, denied Trump's campaign aides and other…www.huffingtonpost.com
10. This is completely unreal.
Q from @HallieJackson: Why would Trump ask Congress to investigate for info he *already* claims to have-about Obama…www.washingtonpost.com
11. Right before A Day Without A Woman strike, too.
With his woeful track record of sexist and misogynistic behavior, Trump's claim to have "tremendous respect" for women…www.huffingtonpost.com
13. “Escort Services.” 45 runs fucking escort services under his fucking trademarks.
The trademarks are for businesses including branded spas, massage parlors, golf clubs, hotels, insurance, finance and real-estate companies, retail shops, restaurants, bars, and private bodyguard and escort services.
SHANGHAI (AP) - China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, paving the way for President Donald…www.businessinsider.com
What a fucking embarrassment. Oh, and it also violates the emoluments clause, as just about everything the ratfaced bastard does.
14. There’s no end to the Russia links
In March 2014, the U.S. government sanctioned Dmitry Rogozin-a hardline deputy to Vladimir Putin, the head of Russia's…www.thedailybeast.com
I mean, I actually would have thought Russia would try to cover its tracks a bit more.
15. You have got to be kidding me. That’s the actual name of the replacement ACA?
Summary of H.R.1275 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): World's Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017www.congress.gov
I just can’t even.
17. It is difficult to top the opening paragraph on this article.
It’s hard to find work right out of prison. But Avram Lebor and Richard Goettlich walked from their Alabama penitentiary into top jobs at the real estate company then run by Jared Kushner, now President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. The two men, convicted in separate sprawling fraud schemes, were hired several years ago by his father, Charles Kushner, who had been locked up in the same federal prison with them.
It's hard to find work right out of prison. But Avram Lebor and Richard Goettlich walked from their Alabama…www.bloomberg.com
"Doing big things is never easy," Speaker Paul D. Ryan conceded at a news conference on Tuesday after absorbing broad…www.nytimes.com
19. This list is horrifying.
A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show contestant whose study of societal collapse inspired him to invent a bow-and-arrow-cum-survivalist multi-tool. A pair of healthcare industry lobbyists. A lobbyist for defense contractors. An “evangelist” and lobbyist for Palantir, the Silicon Valley company with close ties to intelligence agencies. And a New Hampshire Trump supporter who has only recently graduated from high school.
The list we obtained includes obscure campaign staffers, contributors to Breitbart and others who have embraced conspiracy theories, as well as dozens of Washington insiders who could be reasonably characterized as part of the “swamp” Trump pledged to drain.
The list is striking for how many former lobbyists it contains: We found at least 36, spanning industries from health insurance and pharmaceuticals to construction, energy and finance. Many of them lobbied in the same areas that are regulated by the agencies they have now joined.
A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed "ethnic cleansing" in a plot to "liquidate" the white working…www.propublica.org
Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, proposed a resolution Wednesday that says the House thinks it is unnecessary for federal agencies to be located in the District.
The committee held a hearing Wednesday and planned to vote Friday.
The nonbinding resolution raised the ire of local Democratic lawmakers already fighting efforts by the Republican majority to intervene in the District’s local laws and policies pertaining to gun control, assisted suicide, subsidized abortion and legalized marijuana.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) wants to do more than drain the swamp. He wants to dismantle it piece by piece and…www.washingtonpost.com
21. The recusals come in left and right. Vetted for conflicts of interest MY ASS.
The State Department says Secretary Rex Tillerson will recuse himself from decisions related to the Keystone XL oil…thehill.com
22. This…doesn’t pull any punches.
The anti-American group has become the preferred intelligence service for a conspiracy-addled White House.
Is it just a coincidence that WikiLeaks dumped a massive database pertaining to CIA hacking and wiretapping just three days after Trump made wiretapping a major political issue? Perhaps so. But there is cause for suspicion.
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump declared, "I love WikiLeaks!" And he had good reason to display affection to…foreignpolicy.com
23. This is just not any kind of governance I’ve ever seen, even during Shrub’s wildest days…
Donald Trump is nothing if not audaciously flexible with facts. If saying something that is objectively ludicrous…nymag.com
The Trump administration could move at any time to revoke California's right to impose stricter auto emissions…www.mcclatchydc.com
25. Do they even realize how idiotic they sound?
Senior Writer Tommy Christopher Former White House correspondent and politics reporter for AOL, The Daily Banter, and…shareblue.com
Concerns around the State Department that President Donald Trump's transition was in chaos seem mistaken. What if it's…www.reuters.com
Rex Tillerson is off to an agonizingly slow start as secretary of state. That matters, because if Tillerson doesn’t develop a stronger voice, control of foreign policy is likely to move increasingly toward Stephen K. Bannon, the insurgent populist who is chief White House strategist.
Rex Tillerson is off to an agonizingly slow start as secretary of state. That matters, because if Tillerson doesn't…www.washingtonpost.com
Just what we need, Prez SoS Bannon. And if that were not enough there’s this. Ominous, I’d say.
As Poynter explained, “[T]he logistics of keeping up with [Tillerson] by assembling stringers or hopscotching about on commercials flights makes coverage exceedingly difficult, if not impossible.” According to CNN, a senior official “told reporters Tuesday Tillerson prefers to travel on a smaller plane and ‘carries a much smaller footprint.’” Tillerson’s plan to exclude the press from traveling with him overseas represents a stunning State Department policy reversal, while further cementing his image as a secretive cabinet figure who has had virtually no contact with journalists since being sworn in. “The secretary of state has given only a handful of prepared statements to the press and has not taken any questions,” CNN noted.
That veil of secrecy has quickly emerged as the hallmark for this shadowy administration.
It’s important to note that while President Trump’s ongoing war on the press has received most of the attention this year as he threatens journalists and restricts their access, there are plenty of indications that the rampant secrecy and disdain for transparency is widespread. “The retreat from the press has taken place administration-wide,” Politico noted.
"We want to ensure at all times, if confirmed, that the secretary of state and the State Department is fully…mediamatters.org
Keeping our press out of the loop on diplomatic trips? The fuck?
27. This is a repudiation of everything we’ve stood for since WWII. I am ashamed. And yet all I can do is bear witness and call attention to it.
Heavy winds and blinding snow were sweeping through the tiny town of Emerson, Canada, around dawn on Wednesday morning…www.washingtonpost.com
28. The absurdity… the lengths to which complicit press tries to prop up illegitimate administration.
It didn't take even 48 hours for an online conspiracy theory to make its way from the reply-section of the WikiLeaks…www.businessinsider.com
29. They all lie. Pence says he did not know about Flynn’s foreign agent payments but he was informed last November.
President Donald Trump was not aware that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was being paid to lobby…www.businessinsider.com
30. You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s like the GOP is actively working on being hated.
little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or…www.statnews.com
31. Bowling and pizza, huh?
Don't expect Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to accept any bowling invitations from the White House. The House minority…thehill.com
32. Because of course God knows they won’t create any themselves.
THE BIG IDEA: While Donald Trump accuses his predecessor of wiretapping his office and prods Congress to eviscerate his…www.washingtonpost.com
33. Other countries pick up 45’s slack.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau further won the hearts of feminists and liberals by pledging $650 million of the Canadian…secondnexus.com
President Donald Trump has publicly called for a Justice Department investigation into leaks to the media, warning, "We…www.wired.com
35. Scary, among 45 supporters:
If you still don't think Trump supporters aren't Nazis, just remember that liberals aren't the ones calling for…www.addictinginfo.org
36. Goddamn, Dana Rohrabacher needs to be run out of his district in 2018. Unfortunately I know that area — rich Newport Beach types. They’re happy with this idiot.
Dana Rohrabacher tries to give a history lesson to the former president of Estonia.www.motherjones.com
37. That headlines like this are even published…
The work of Trump adviser Michael Anton also reveals a grim obsession with genetic purity. "'Diversity' is not 'our…newrepublic.com
38. This is insane, not to mention shocking.
A person familiar with the calls that have been made said there was no advance warning of the move. It came less than 24 hours after Sean Hannity, the Fox News commentator who often speaks with Mr. Trump, called for a “purge” of Obama appointees at the Justice Department on his show.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Friday moved to sweep away the remaining vestiges of Obama administration…www.nytimes.com
39. Terming the previous administration employees as “saboteurs” is just beyond the pale.
Sean Hannity had a simple message to share on Thursday night with President Donald Trump: Purge the "Obama holdovers…www.huffingtonpost.com
The latest to be added to the list: the No Taxpayer Revenue Used to Monetize the Presidency Act, otherwise known as the No TRUMP Act.
The bill, introduced Thursday by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for events, overnight stays, food or other expenses at hotels owned or operated by a president or his relatives.
In this March 3, 2017, file photo, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Susan…www.usatoday.com
41. Watch Maddow. She’s pulling pieces together.
"The Russian government attacked our election," Maddow said. "The Russian government was in contact with multiple…www.rawstory.com
42. The conflicts of interest are just insane.
It was a big moment for Donald Trump. On July 6, 2011, the future president was beaming as he celebrated the opening of…www.fastcompany.com
43. The FBI is allotting fewer agents to investigate Russia than Clinton’s emails? Is this some kind of joke?
It’s five to 10 fewer than were assigned to the Hillary Clinton email investigation, said the source, who is not authorized to speak publicly and did so on the condition of anonymity. There were about two dozen dedicated to that case, so that makes 15 to 20 on the Russia investigation.
It's a case that's been the subject of endless speculation in Washington and beyond. But to those tasked with getting…www.cnn.com
44. Excellent example of blackwhite at work.
As part of an ad campaign for its original series The Man In The High Castle, Amazon recently launched Resistance Radio…www.avclub.com
45. Yep, Tillerson is bullshitting on this one. WHY the secrecy? How long will we permit it?
46. Sure, why not. Pesky regulations, leaving companies at the mercy of mean people.
The Republican-controlled House voted late Thursday to approve the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, which…www.latimes.com
47. This is a republican guy shredding 45’s dumpster fire.
“People are not being honest about their foreign contacts, and talk about this ‘deep state theory’ as if there are somehow Obama moles in the government under the Trump administration,” Painter continued.
“It’s the KGB agents running around the West Wing or the national security council.”
Richard Painter, former White House ethics lawyer to George W. Bush, said late Friday he was concerned over former…thehill.com
48. I’m sticking this one in here just because and because also 45’s admin is something like 27% women so far. (Or is it that we’re smarter to stay far the fuck away from this fascist regime?)
49. OK, major props to Fox Radio’s Jon Decker. He called out racist bagshit Lucian Wintrich at the WH press briefing room. We need more of this.
A Fox News Radio correspondent confronted in the White House briefing room the White House reporter for a website that…secure.politico.com
AddictingInfo includes links to relevant tweets:
He may work for Fox Radio but this man deserves a ton of respect for what he just did. At a breaking point with Trump's…www.addictinginfo.org
I guess it makes sense one piece of shit would personally invite another piece of shit to the WH briefing room.
The Gateway Pundit, a provocative conservative blog, gained notice last year for its fervent pro-Trump coverage and its…www.nytimes.com
50. Because of course.
Washington: Muhammad Ali Jr has been detained and questioned at a Washington airport before being allowed to board a…www.smh.com.au
51, This is what 45 calls draining the swamp, no doubt. Firstly on 8 March, Bharara was asked to investigate the Emoluments Clause as it relates to 45.
A trio of watchdog groups has asked the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York to investigate whether…www.washingtonpost.com
Then wonder of wonders, mere days later, but also after Hannity bleated on his POS show that ermagherdz DEEP STATE OBAMAZERS KILLZ ALL!1!! 45 swung into prompt action!1! With class, of course:
The Justice Department announced the firings Friday afternoon, and many prosecutors had not been formally notified or…www.cnn.com
“I did not resign,” Bharara said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon. “Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.”
Bharara has been one of the most prominent prosecutors in the country, going after political corruption in New York State and Wall Street figures. Here are some of The New Yorker’s stories about his career:
But because Hannity whined and 45 is such a brainless, spineless loser that he pretty much does anything he sees on the tee vee, 45 obligingly fired Bharara and 45 other US attorneys.
“The U.S. attorney position shouldn’t be a political football,” former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau told the Daily News. “It sends the wrong message when someone in that position is summarily fired.”
Morgenthau resigned his job as Manhattan U.S. attorney in 1969 in a similar dispute with the Nixon White House.
Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced Saturday that he'd been fired by the…www.newyorker.com
Note that Bharara was also investigating Russia connections and has a history with Russia:
Russia April 13 banned 18 Americans from entering the country, including U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New…www.indiawest.com
Oh my god. I couldn’t figure out why Dinesh D’Souza was making so many extremely nasty & racist tweets at Bharara (other than that D’Souza is a complete turd anyway) but THIS IS WHY: HE PUT D’SOUZA IN JAIL. I cannot make this shit up:
Preet Bharara and Attorney General Eric Holder Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of…www.thegatewaypundit.com
And I gotta say… yeah:
And that sums it up
52. Good. Keep it up everyone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPXGekalpgs More indications that climate denial is no longer a politically risk-free…climatecrocks.com
53. Aw hell. Probably figured it was empty. You know, weekends everyone bunkers down in MAL, 45 hasn’t appointed 99% of the workforce yet, who could be there?
Also, CODE LEVEL ORANGE for realz, guys! CODE LEVEL ORANGE!!