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Truth does matter

Oct 31st, 2017 10:21 am | By

So the White House chief of staff is a fan of the Southern secessionist defenders of slavery.

Kelly was interviewed on Fox last night and delivered this pile of crap.

Kelly was asked about the decision of a church in Alexandria to remove plaques honoring George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

“I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man,” Kelly said. “He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women

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Planning a coup

Oct 31st, 2017 8:58 am | By

Greg Sargent at the Post says Trump and his enforcers are attempting to put together another “Saturday Night massacre,” i.e. another case of a criminal president firing the people who are investigating his crimes.

Let’s be clear on what’s happening in our politics right now. President Trump and his media allies are currently creating a vast, multi-tentacled, largely-fictional alternate media reality that casts large swaths of our government as irredeemably corrupt — with the explicitly declared purpose of laying the rationale for Trump to pardon his close associates or close down the Russia probe, should he deem either necessary.

We often hear that Trump and his allies are trying to “distract” from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s intensifying investigation.

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Guest post: People becoming too rich is a symptom of a sick economy

Oct 30th, 2017 4:43 pm | By

Originally a comment by Bruce Gorton on Easier than persuading the laws of physics to change their minds.

You can in fact have both a growing economy and good environmental standards.

The thing about the economy that a lot of people miss is that a strong economy is basically everyone, not just the richest chunk of it. If you have to pay people to properly maintain your factory – that money isn’t vanishing into a void, it is going into their pockets where it will then be spent on the stuff that they need.

Not only that but regulation creates those jobs, and creates sub-industries which otherwise wouldn’t exist. For example, with mining, what happens when the mine runs … Read the rest



Why is violence against women acceptable? *

Oct 30th, 2017 | Filed by

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Opening move

Oct 30th, 2017 4:06 pm | By

Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes do a quick summing up:

The first big takeaway from Monday morning’s flurry of charging and plea documents with respect to Paul Manafort Jr., Richard Gates III and George Papadopoulos is this: The president of the United States had as his campaign chairman a man who had allegedly served for years as an unregistered foreign agent for a puppet government of Vladimir Putin, a man who was allegedly laundering remarkable sums of money even while running the now-president’s campaign, a man who allegedly lied about all of this to the FBI and the Justice Department.

The second big takeaway is even starker: A member of President Trump’s campaign team admits that he was working

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Recantation

Oct 30th, 2017 12:01 pm | By

But now that we’re talking about Emmett Till…I missed the news last January that Carolyn Bryant Donham admitted that most of what she testified about Till was false. It was a week after Trump’s inauguration and I was a little preoccupied.

The woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, spoke to Timothy B. Tyson, a Duke University professor — possibly the only interview she has given to a historian or journalist since shortly after the episode — who has written a book, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” to be published next week.

In it, he wrote that she said of her long-ago allegations that Emmett grabbed her and was menacing and sexually crude toward her, “that part is not true.”

Emmett,

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What we are meant to do

Oct 30th, 2017 11:02 am | By

Brendan O’Neill announces that we must never believe accusations of sexual assault unless and until they’re established in court.

Why does everyone believe Kevin Spacey’s accuser rather than Kevin Spacey himself? In a civilised society, it would be the other way round. In a civilised society we would doubt the accuser and maintain the innocence of the accused.

Is that so? Why? How? According to whom? Who is “we”?

In short, it’s not that simple, is it. What about Harvey Weinstein for instance? It turns out that all Hollywood knew about Harvey Weinstein, and a lot of women told similar stories about their experiences with Harvey Weinstein, so why in a civilized society would we be maintaining Weinstein’s innocence while … Read the rest



Hamburger emoji

Oct 30th, 2017 9:56 am | By

Times headline:

Trump, Responding to Manafort Indictment, Says Democrats Should Be Focus of Inquiry

A few tweets:

https://twitter.com/PalmerReport/status/925030233811668993

Oh, it’s Princess Ivanka’s birthday? Sad.

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The flight to Moscow

Oct 30th, 2017 9:20 am | By

Read the charges, the Times invites us. Ok.

Page one. For at least nine years Manafort and Gates acted as unregistered agents for Ukraine and Yanukovich. They made tens of millions doing this. They laundered the money in order to hide it from the Feds.

Page two. They were required by law to report their foreign lobbying to the Feds. They didn’t. They concealed it instead. When the DoJ asked them about it in 2016 they lied.

Manafort spent the laundered money on all the expensive things. He paid no taxes on it. He defrauded banks that loaned him money.

Page 4. Manafort worked for the pro-Russia party in Ukraine. In 2010 that party’s candidate, Yanukovich, was elected President … Read the rest



Indicted

Oct 30th, 2017 8:29 am | By

Now. Manafort has been indicted.

President Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was indicted Monday on charges that he funneled millions of dollars through overseas shell companies and used the money to buy luxury cars, real estate, antiques and expensive suits.

The charges against Mr. Manafort and his longtime associate Rick Gates represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over Mr. Trump’s first year in office.

Separately, one of the early foreign policy advisers to Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about a contact with a Russian professor with ties to Kremlin officials, prosecutors said on Monday.

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Innocent by reason of all caps

Oct 30th, 2017 8:07 am | By

Half an hour ago.

The second one just cracks me up. Oh, ok then; why didn’t you tell us?… Read the rest



No other bids, no audit, no claims

Oct 29th, 2017 4:33 pm | By

Those terms though.

The $300 million contract that was awarded to a tiny electrical firm in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s small Montana hometown to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid was revealed on Friday.

And it contained some startling terms.

First reported by Daily Beast contributor Ken Klippenstein, the contractawarded to Whitefish Energy seems to heavily favor the company.

Like:

  • $79.82 per person for food each day
  • $332.41 per person for accommodations each day
  • More than $40,000 for helicopter-related services
  • It states that, “In no event shall [government bodies] have the right to audit or review the cost and profit elements.”
  • And that the Puerto Rican government “waives any claim against contractor related to delayed completion of work.”
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Never mind the education, just pay up

Oct 29th, 2017 3:58 pm | By

Speaking of Corinthian Colleges…the Post reported last year:

Nearly 80,000 students of defunct for-profit giant Corinthian Colleges are facing some form of debt collection, even though the U.S. Department of Education unearthed enough evidence of fraud to forgive their student loans, according to an investigation by the staff of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Before it shut down last year, Corinthian, which ran Everest Institute, Wyotech and Heald College, became an example of the worst practices in the for-profit education sector, including high loan defaults and dubious programs. Amid allegations of deceptive marketing and lying to the government about its graduation rates, Corinthian lost its access to federal funds in 2014, forcing the company to sell or close its

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Sabotage

Oct 29th, 2017 3:12 pm | By

The right-wingers are stepping up efforts to suppress the Mueller investigation.

Shortly before a federal grand jury reportedly filed the first charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, conservatives were renewing their calls for the attorney to resign.

Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department’s investigation as special prosecutor, is a former FBI director, which critics say creates a conflict of interest in the case.

Plus he has worked with Comey in the past, which the right-wingers claim makes them BFFs and thus Conflict of Interest.

The GOP has long complained about Mueller’s supposed lack of objectivity. But this week, demands urging him to quit escalated in the wake of reports that the

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FEMA said “Who?”

Oct 29th, 2017 2:51 pm | By

Puerto Rico is telling Whitefish it’s all over between them.

The Puerto Rico electric power company said Sunday that it is canceling a controversial $300 million contract it had signed with a small Montana-based company and tasked with a central role in repairing the territory’s hurricane-ravaged electric grid.

The move came after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said the contract was a distraction and should be canceled after critics in the electric power industry, Congress and the Federal Emergency Management Agency raised questions about whether the company, Whitefish Energy, was well equipped to respond to the hurricane damage.

And whether it got the contract because of cronyism, or worse.

Whitefish Energy, which had just two employees the day Hurricane Maria hit

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Trump boils over

Oct 29th, 2017 12:23 pm | By

Don’t do it to me, do it to her, to her, TO HER.

President Trump’s frustration at the investigations into his campaign’s ties with Russia boiled over on Sunday, as he sought to shift the focus to a litany of accusations against his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, a day before the special counsel inquiry will reportedly produce the first indictment in the case.

Great plan, except for the fact that Clinton does not hold any elected office or other official post, so she’s not in a position to toss the whole country into the fire the way Donald Noimpulsecontrol Trump is.

In a series of midmorning Twitter posts, Mr. Trump said Republicans were now pushing back against the

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Students defrauded by for-profit colleges

Oct 29th, 2017 12:02 pm | By

It’s a good thing Trump is such a populist, isn’t it. Good thing he’s the savior of the forgotten working class and a drainer of the swamp.

The Education Department is considering only partially forgiving federal loans for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, according to department officials, abandoning the Obama administration’s policy of erasing that debt.

Under President Barack Obama, tens of thousands of students deceived by now-defunct for-profit schools had over $550 million in such loans canceled.

But President Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is working on a plan that could grant such students just partial relief, according to department officials. The department may look at the average earnings of students in similar programs and schools to

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Do something

Oct 29th, 2017 9:24 am | By

Now Trump is inciting violence.

On Sunday morning, President Trump expressed frustration that his campaign is under investigation over possible ties to Russia’s plot to influence the 2016 election but that his former opponent Hillary Clinton is not facing the same level of scrutiny.

In four tweets sent over 24 minutes, Trump wrote: “Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?), the Uranium to Russia deal, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more. Instead they look at phony Trump/Russia, ‘collusion,’ which doesn’t exist. The Dems are using this terrible (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics, but

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Most of them civilians

Oct 28th, 2017 2:07 pm | By

Mogadishu again.

Two explosions have killed at least 14 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu, two weeks after a bomb killed 350.

At least 358, actually, according to the BBC farther down the page.

The first blast was caused by a car bomb being driven into a hotel. Militants then stormed the building.

The second explosion took place near the former parliament house nearby. Officials say at least 14 died.

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab – which officials blamed for the attack two weeks ago – said it had carried out the latest bombings.

The al-Qaeda linked group denies having anything to do with the 14 October attack but it said it had chosen this latest target because it

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Meet Mr Horror

Oct 28th, 2017 11:24 am | By

Oh gawd.

President Donald Trump had a Halloween event with reporters’ children in the Oval Office on Friday, expressing shock that the press “produced such beautiful children.”

“I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful children,” Trump said. “How the media did this, I don’t know.”

He pointed to members of the press and asked the kids, dressed up in Halloween costumes, if they knew who the reporters were.

“They’re the friendly media,” Trump said. “That’s the press.”

He looked over at one of the kids to his left.

“Are you crying for me sweetheart?” he asked.

He added “these are beautiful, wonderful children,” asking if they are “going to grow up to be like your parents?”

He expressed

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