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  • Hellscape 2021: Why a Second Loss to Trump Could Produce an Existential Crisis for Democrats

    03/25/2019 12:55:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    New York ^ | March 24, 2019 | Ed Kilgore
    Now that it appears Donald Trump may escape any immediate legal consequences from the Mueller investigation, it’s time to take a fresh look at the trajectory of his presidency. Before November 2016, there wasn’t a lot of agonized writing from the left of center about the consequences of a Trump victory, for the obvious reason that few observers thought it was a plausible scenario, even after his improbable Republican nomination. Yes, Hillary Clinton’s camp and progressive (and many conservative) journalists bashed Trump’s character, worldview, and sinister appeals to racism and sexism regularly. But nobody saw much of a need for...
  • Hakeem Jeffries says Trump could be illegitimate, a Russian asset or "useful idiot"

    03/24/2019 11:09:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 24, 2019 | Camilo Montoya-Galvez
    Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the fourth-highest ranking Democrat in the House, said special counsel Robert Mueller's report should be made public so Americans can find out whether President Trump is a legitimate leader, an asset of the Russian government, a kingpin or a "useful idiot." "Let's take the first step in terms of the full disclosure of the report and the underlying documentation," Jeffries said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "The American people deserve to know whether Donald Trump is either: A, a legitimate president; B, a Russian asset; C, the functional equivalent of an organized crime boss or; D, just...
  • Mueller time is over. Now it’s impeachment time

    03/24/2019 10:49:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 24, 2019 | Ben Clements and Ron Fein
    At long last, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report to the attorney general. What does that mean for Congress — and the question of impeachment? For 21 months, leaders of both parties have found one consistent area of agreement: the ongoing Mueller investigation provided a convenient excuse to duck, deflect, and delay discussion of impeachment. With each new revelation of impeachable conduct, the bipartisan response from Congress has been that impeachment talk was “premature” until the Mueller report was complete. That excuse is now gone. The question is whether the House of Representatives will begin an impeachment investigation,...
  • In speech at Trump hotel, Gillibrand to call Trump a coward

    03/24/2019 9:21:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 24, 2019 | Juana Summers
    Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is calling President Donald Trump a “coward” who “punches down” and says that he is “tearing apart the moral fabric of our country.” Gillibrand is set to say even more about Trump on Sunday as she stands in front of one of his signature New York properties. In what her campaign is calling Gillibrand’s first major speech as a presidential candidate, the New York senator says in prepared remarks that the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Manhattan is “a shrine to greed, division and vanity.” The Associated Press obtained the prepared remarks. […] “He...
  • Graham's embrace of Trump puts re-election ahead of principle

    03/18/2019 10:44:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 18, 2019 | Lauren Fox
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is stuck once again between a President whose support he needs to win re-election and his lifelong friendship with the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, who encouraged all to put country first. But time and political necessity have softened Graham's public grievances with President Donald Trump. The presidential embrace has been months in the making. Beginning with golf outings with Trump, Graham now frequently takes calls from the President. In recent months, the South Carolinian has become a close Trump confidant on Capitol Hill, an alliance that has afforded him broad influence over the GOP conference...
  • Video: Man Arrested For Stealing Flag Off Of Pro-Trump Advertisement Vehicle

    03/18/2019 2:33:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | March 18, 2019 | Ben Yakas
    A man was arrested in Manhattan this weekend for stealing a flag off of a notorious pro-Trump vehicle that has been traveling around the country ever since Trump was elected. Police tell Gothamist the incident happened around 6:35 p.m. on Sunday at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue. Jared Handler, 37, was arrested for grabbing and damaging the flag off of Rob Cortis’s vehicle, which cops referred to as a "pro-Trump advertisement trailer." You can see people gathering around the vehicle and shouting, cursing and taking photos in the video below.
  • Read This Guy’s Hilarious Response To The State Environmental Agency

    03/15/2019 10:41:36 PM PDT · by boatbums · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | n/a
    Read This Guy’s Hilarious Response To The State Environmental Agency This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries regarding a pond on his property. It was sent by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania. This guy’s response is hilarious, but read the State’s letter before you get to the response letter:
  • Stormy Daniels says she worries Trump could win again in 2020

    03/14/2019 2:16:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 13, 2019 | Judy Kurtz
    Stormy Daniels says she regularly fears that President Trum could win reelection. “I will be voting,” the adult-film star told an audience of almost entirely women on Tuesday at The Wing in Washington. “Some days I’m like, ‘There’s no way — this is gonna be amazing,'” Daniels told moderator Jane Mulkerrins, a freelance journalist, when asked during the Q&A session about the prospects of what might happen in the 2020 presidential election. “Other days I’m like, ‘This motherf---er’s going to win again,’” she said of Trump. Daniels, who was born Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen...
  • Fmr. Manager of DOD Aerospace Threat Program: “UFOs are Real”

    03/12/2019 4:45:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 23, 2017 | Leslie Kean
    Something extraordinary was revealed today. Former high-level officials and scientists with deep black experience who have always remained in the shadows came forward on one platform. These insiders have long-standing connections to government agencies which may have programs investigating unidentifed aerial phenomena (UAP/UFOs). The team includes a 25-year veteran of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, a Lockheed Martin Program Director for Advanced Systems at “Skunk Works”, and a former deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Today marked the official launch of To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTS/AAS) an innovative Public Benefit Corporation which will advance research...
  • Adam Schiff: Mueller making a 'mistake' without Trump testimony under oath

    03/10/2019 9:04:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 10, 2019 | Zachary Halaschak
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said special counsel Robert Mueller would be making a “mistake” if President Trump isn't brought in to testify under oath for the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Speaking to Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Schiff, D-Calif., said that he hopes Mueller subpoenas Trump or finds a way to get him in front of a grand jury. Mueller hasn’t done so yet, and reports indicate that his efforts are winding down and a final report may soon be incoming...
  • Donald Trump is laying the groundwork to de-legitimize the 2020 election

    03/06/2019 5:01:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 6, 2019 | Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
    Even as the 2020 race begins in earnest, President Donald Trump is already suggesting that Democrats cannot beat him fairly -- raising the specter that if he loses next November, he will suggest that the election was not legitimate. "The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see," Trump tweeted Tuesday, referring to House Democrats' launching of a broad-scale investigation into him. "When the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn! The Dems are trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they cannot legitimately win!"...
  • SE Cupp: How I felt watching Trump hug our flag

    03/06/2019 1:54:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | March 4, 2019 | SE Cupp
    It would have been a jarring image no matter the president. We're used to seeing the American flag handled in a number of ways. It can be hoisted, saluted, folded in honor of the fallen, even burned in protest. But it's not every day you see the leader of the free world hug the flag in front of a crowd of adoring followers. Enter President Donald Trump on Saturday at the annual gathering of conservatives known as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He grabbed an unassuming Old Glory by its stand like a prom date, and gave it a...
  • Full Press Conference with U.S. Student Otto Frederick Warmbier in North Korea

    03/01/2019 9:13:02 PM PST · by Rabin · 19 replies
    stimmekoreas ^ | Mar 1, 2016 | staff
    Without comment.
  • Fresno Anglican Church Priest Arrested for Sex Crimes

    02/25/2019 10:05:25 PM PST · by Enterprise · 4 replies ^ | 2-25-19 | Liz Kern News Articles
    A Fresno Anglican Church priest is arrested for sexual misconduct crimes against his followers. Fresno police are aware of 22 potential victims — mostly undocumented Hispanic male adults and one female, but they believe Jesus Antonio Serna could have hundreds more.
  • Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Pastry Chef Is a QAnon Believer

    02/24/2019 1:36:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | February 23, 2019 | Peter Wade
    A pastry chef employed at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida is a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory that alleges Trump is secretly purging the government of “deep state” liberals and Hollywood elites who run child sex trafficking rings and the CIA, among other paranoid delusions. Reporter Zach Everson, who runs the 1100 Pennsylvania newsletter investigating Trump’s businesses, uncovered the beliefs of pastry chef Elizabeth Alfieri on her Instagram, where she posts frequently from Mar-a-Lago and uses hashtags like #Q, #QAnon, and #QArmy to refer to the conspiracy theory. Alfieri began working for Trump in November 2017 and...
  • President Trump Meets With U.S-China Trade Negotiation Teams in Oval Office…

    02/22/2019 9:06:12 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies
    the conservative treehouse ^ | February 22, 2019 | sundance
    We’re having very good talks. There’s a chance that something very exciting could happen. We’re, right now, getting a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of — mostly technology… We’re getting a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of goods. goes to a 25 percent $250 billion. And there’s about $267 billion that’s un-tariffed, untouched, which we’ll discuss later. MR. KUDLOW: I’ll just echo, a good deal that is enforceable — that’s so important to the United States MR. NAVARRO: I agree with you, sir. Tariffs are simple and they’re enforceable. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right. Right. Okay. That’s all...
  • Plow Driver Accused Of Spraying Trump Protesters With Slush

    02/20/2019 5:09:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    WBZ-TV ^ | February 19, 2019 | Bill Shields
    FALMOUTH (CBS) – Protesters demonstrating against President Donald Trump on Cape Cod accuse a plow driver of intentionally spraying them with slush. “I was horrified,” said demonstrator Jane Fitzpatrick. “As soon as I saw the truck come from there and head towards us, it was clear that he was driving right towards us and I just thought, Charlottesville.” She was referring to an incident in Falmouth on Monday, that others are calling an assault on free speech. Several dozen demonstrators were on the town common, protesting President Trump’s policies, when a snowplow truck came very close to them.
  • It's comedy gold, and you KNOW SNL is too chicken to touch it! (Jussie)(Vanity)

    02/16/2019 2:10:23 PM PST · by Enterprise · 22 replies
    Here's a skit that SNL won't produce. It's because they're chicken, but to me, it's comedy GOLD!
  • Roger Stone warns Trump's presidency is in peril

    01/30/2019 5:53:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 30, 2019 | Stephen Collinson
    Roger Stone is known for hyperbole, but his latest graphic warning should worry Donald Trump. The political trickster said Tuesday, a day he pleaded not guilty to seven charges laid by special counsel Robert Mueller, that Trump's presidency is in mortal peril because the Russia investigation amounts to a "speeding bullet heading for his head." Stone's comment, to "Breitbart News Daily" on Sirius XM radio, added to soaring anticipation, fueled by a remark by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker on Monday, that the probe could soon end with Mueller's final report. And it raised the question of whether Trump's repeated...
  • Secretary Pompeo News Conference on Venezuela

    01/27/2019 10:39:11 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies
    c-span ^ | October 18, 1988 | Cable Staff
    Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams discussed relations between the US and Central American countries. Longish but amazing. Worth every bit.