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And this is the same guy who’s trying to convince us he didn’t extort Ukraine. He sure acts like an extortionist.

And on top of that he’s being called out for the anti-Semitic tenor of his remarks.

👑 Portrait of a President
(David Bythewood) #306

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And in other news:

Pentagon Concerned Russia Cultivating Sympathy Among US Troops

(David Bythewood) #307

Here is Trump again stating he has no intention of leaving office ever.

This is Trump the troll again. He openly admits it. But it’s not actually a joke with him. He really would love to be president for life. Like Xi Jinping. Remember that.

Trump to meet with Russian foreign minister Tuesday

The last time Lavrov was here for an official visit Trump shared top secret info with him in the Oval Office, banned American press but allowed Russian press, and bragged about firing James Comey.


Here’s the spot where Democratic rules are skittering towards autocratic rule…because Mike Huckabee (insert GOP enabler name here) says so.


and Mitch’s thoughts on Merrick Garland…OM*G


No you can not make this up…Rudy is digging for dirt.

A sign of a good lawyer is someone who could if they wanted to argue both sides. Rudy’s skill is to gather (alleged) facts to bolster only the President, screw Joe Biden and have the last laugh…and basically skew his arguments with purloined/created facts.

Interesting what kind of fire-breathing alleged ‘facts’ he can come up with. The hubis is off the charts.

But to get his voice translation via a Russian translation app - how very Rudy…trading in dark secrets, with loads of details conjured up.

Some of Rudy Giuliani’s friends told him to keep a low profile.

Instead, Mr. Giuliani is escalating his push for Ukraine to conduct investigations, undeterred by federal prosecutors probing his business dealings and an impeachment inquiry into his client, President Trump.

In recent weeks, as a dozen witnesses told impeachment investigators that they were alarmed by Mr. Giuliani’s efforts, the president’s attorney has been working on a TV series about the need for investigations in Ukraine into former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and claims that Kyiv interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Mr. Giuliani traveled to Kyiv—his first trip to Ukraine in two years—to interview officials and gather information this month, as the Democrats started to draft articles of impeachment.

When he returned to New York last Saturday, the president called him as his plane was still taxiing down the runway, Mr. Giuliani said. “‘What did you get?’” he said Mr. Trump asked. “More than you can imagine,” Mr. Giuliani replied. He is putting his findings into a 20-page report.

On Friday, Mr. Giuliani met with the president at the White House, according to an administration official. Mr. Giuliani didn’t respond to questions about what they discussed.

Several friends have urged the 75-year-old once known as “America’s mayor” to lie low amid the congressional and federal investigations. One told him to stop going on television because “every time he goes on TV, he can’t help but make the argument” for the Ukraine investigations, which in turn heightens the scrutiny on Mr. Giuliani himself. Others have urged Mr. Giuliani to forge ahead, and Republicans in Congress are echoing some of his points about Ukraine.

Mr. Giuliani says his efforts are justified to defend Mr. Trump and that he wouldn’t be a good attorney if he were daunted by opposition. The pressure, meanwhile, is bolstering a relationship with the president that has boosted Mr. Giuliani’s consulting business and returned him to the public spotlight. Friends say he is reveling in it.

When he believes he’s right, he loves taking on fights,” said Tony Carbonetti, a longtime friend of Mr. Giuliani.

The impeachment inquiry was set off by efforts by Messrs. Trump and Giuliani to get Ukraine’s government to conduct the investigations into the Bidens and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, at the same time the White House was holding up nearly $400 million in aid to the country.

Messrs. Trump and Giuliani say then-Vice President Biden engaged in corruption when he called for the ouster of a Ukrainian prosecutor who had investigated a Ukrainian gas company where Hunter Biden served on the board. The Bidens deny wrongdoing, and ousting the prosecutor was a goal at the time of the U.S. and several European countries. The allegations of Ukrainian election interference are at odds with findings by the U.S. intelligence community that Russia was behind the election interference.

Mr. Giuliani’s work in Ukraine has also spurred an investigation by Manhattan federal prosecutors, who are examining the lawyer’s business dealings in the country and reviewing whether Mr. Giuliani should have registered as a foreign agent. Two associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, Soviet-born émigrés and Trump donors who assisted with his investigations in Ukraine, were arrested in October on campaign-finance charges. They have pleaded not guilty.
Mr. Giuliani denies wrongdoing and said he has never lobbied.

Mr. Giuliani has contacted the lawyers for Messrs. Parnas and Fruman several times in recent weeks and said he has spoken to one of the men with a lawyer present, but declined to identify which.

In pressing ahead on Ukraine, Mr. Giuliani has replaced the translation skills of Messrs. Parnas and Fruman with an app he downloaded that allows him to read Russian documents by holding his phone over them. But on his recent trip, he said, “despite whatever else you can say, I missed them.”

He has been reading “Ike and McCarthy,” an account of how former President Dwight Eisenhower campaigned against Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Mr. Giuliani in an interview compared Mr. McCarthy’s demagoguery to the Democrats’ impeachment campaign.


Yeah, he’s lost it completely. What happens to a person to make them this way?


Willful meglomania spurred on by manical power seizing oligarch-adjacent buddy T ('n Co.)

Rudy is fueled by spite…that is what he shares with T.

Was there ever a quiet contemplantive Rudy?? No, he is off the charts brash…but this iteration…is just plain bonkers.


Here comes the brainstormed defense…comes all at a price.
Adrienne Cobb on Twitter: "Crime in progress… ". Thx @rusticgorilla



(David Bythewood) #315

HUD Secretary Ben Carson has been illegally withholding aid to Puerto Rico for months

‘A National Disgrace’: Trump Proposes Social Security Change That Could End Disability Benefits for Hundreds of Thousands

“Donald Trump and his advisers know that this will kill people, and they do not care. Every current and future Social Security beneficiary must band together to defeat this horrific proposal, or else all of our earned benefits will be next.”

Inspectors warn unsafe pork could make its way to consumers under Trump rule change

The new system will speed up the processing lines and reduce the number of inspectors.

Donald Trump Jr killed rare endangered sheep in Mongolia with special permit

(David Bythewood) #316

Russia’s State TV Calls Trump Their ‘Agent’

Russian commentators note, rightly, that “sooner or later, the Democrats will come back into power," and they’re already joking about offering Trump asylum.

(David Bythewood) #317

When did nazis stop being the villains? Was it Charlotteville? “Very fine people”?

Or was it the Pentagon and major US military units celebrating the Battle of the Bulge with an image of Waffen SS officer & war criminal Joachim Peiper, who was responsible for the Malmedy massacre of US POWs during the battle?


(David Bythewood) #319

So this is a thing now.

Boaters warned after Russian spy ship spotted off South Carolina coast – The USCG says they’ve received multiple reports that the RFN Viktor Leonov, a surveillance ship, has been operating “in an unsafe manner”.

FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) - A Russian spy ship is maneuvering its way along the Southeast coastline, according to the United States Coast Guard, particularly South Carolina and Florida in recent days.

The USCG says they’ve received multiple reports that the RFN Viktor Leonov, a surveillance ship, has been operating “in an unsafe manner” while navigating through international waters managed by USCG Sector Jacksonville, which covers the ports of Charleston and Savannah.

“We are aware of Russia’s naval activities, including the deployment of intelligence collection ships in the region,” a U.S. Northern Command spokesperson told The Washington Times. “While we won’t discuss specific measures being taken, NORAD and USNORTHCOM routinely conduct air and maritime operations to ensure the defense of the United States and Canada.”

CNN says the Leonov was being shadowed by the Norfolk-based U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan. The Russian Navy has a long history of surveilling the U.S. via ships. The U.S. Naval Institute reports surveillance ships monitoring U.S. naval bases along the East Coast in the past, including Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Station Mayport, Florida, and the nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, Georgia. The Leonov regularly patrols along the East Coast and has made at least one appearance annually since 2015, CNN reports.

The Coast Guard says the unsafe operations include not energizing running lights while in reduced visibility areas, not responding to hails by commercial vessels attempting to coordinate safe passage and other erratic movements.

Boaters in waters off the Southeast coast are asked to maintain a sharp lookout and use extreme caution when navigating nearby the vessel. Mariners are asked to report any unsafe situations to the USCG.

The U.S. Naval Institute reports that early this week, U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Ross was being followed by the Russian corvette Vyshny Volochyok while the Ross was operating off the coast of Romania in the Black Sea.

(David Bythewood) #320

Trump inaugural committee under criminal investigation, sources say

Matt Gaetz Tells Veteran That “Democracy Is Not Sacred”

Half of active-duty service members are unhappy with Trump, new Military Times poll shows


And check out how the numbers are trending. Pretty much a disaster for Trump. From the article:


Prediction: About two months before the election, Trump will announce some kind of financial benefit for our troops.


Wonder how the T rally is going in MI?


All of it changed tonight…a line has been drawn in the sand. Whatever comes next, he’s been handed back his due.


While the rest of Washington focused on impeachment proceedings Wednesday, Mitch McConnell successfully pressed forward on a subject that has been the one knockout success for the Republican Senate and President Donald Trump: judges.

Wednesday afternoon, the Senate majority leader forced a deal with Democrats to expedite 11 federal district judge nominations.

McConnell’s thrust is emblematic of what he sees as his crowning achievement. So far, he has led the charge changing the landscape of the federal courts across the country with a record number of appellate court judges – currently at 50 – and Supreme Court nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

“My motto for the remainder of this Congress is ‘leave no vacancy behind,’” McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday.

McConnell had scheduled procedural votes on nominees coming roughly every two hours. Two votes were held Wednesday before the agreement was reached to speed things along with 11 consecutive votes in the late afternoon. Final votes to confirm the nominees have not yet been scheduled.

The threat of keeping senators in extra days or through the weekend is a tactic as old as time, but nevertheless usually yields results. Previous deals cutting short debate and allowing nominees to be approved so senators can go home for recess have been met with liberal unhappiness, however.

Two deals reached last year allowed senators to return home to their states during the middle of the re-election campaign, but in the end it was Democratic incumbents who lost, giving the Republicans the stronger 53-47 majority they enjoy today.

In August 2018, the agreement was for 11 administration nominees. In October 2018, it was for 15 – including three appellate judges.

With their majority, Republicans can defeat any Democratic efforts to filibuster, or block a final vote on, any Trump nominee along party lines. And Democrats acknowledge there’s little they can do overall to stop McConnell.

He’s using his control of the floor and his majority to force votes on a series of judges,” said Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware. “He is determined to confirm as many judges as he possibly can. And we are insisting on a roll call vote on every one of them.”

The nominees under consideration this week are:

Matthew Walden McFarland for the Southern District of Ohio.

Anuraag Singhal for the Southern District of Florida.

Karen Spencer Marston for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Daniel Mack Traynor for the District of North Dakota.

Jodi W. Dishman for the Western District of Oklahoma.

John M. Gallagher for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Bernard Maurice Jones II for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Mary Kay Vyskocil for the Southern District of New York.

Kea Whetzal Riggs for the District of New Mexico.

Robert J. Colville for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Lewis J. Liman for the Southern District of New York.

Gary Richard Brown for the Eastern District of New York.

Stephanie Dawkins Davis for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The Senate confirmed McFarland by a 56-38 vote, primarily along party lines, Wednesday. Senators voted to cut off debate, or invoke cloture, on the Singhal nomination as well.