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What The Fuck Happened Over The Weekend?


#263

A New York man is in custody after having been arrested and charged with threatening to assault and murder Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York.

Patrick W. Carlineo, Jr., 55, of Addison, New York, threatened to kill Omar because of her Muslim faith, according to a criminal complaint and accompanying affidavit.

Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, is one of the first two Muslim women serving in Congress after being elected in the 2018 midterms.

[…]

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of New York suggested that the rhetoric of Trump has “emboldened bigots” to act.

“The political environment, led by an Islamophobe in the White House, has normalized hate speech and emboldened bigots in their actions,” CAIR-NY executive director Afaf Nasher said in a statement Saturday. “The rising threat of Islamophobia and white supremacy must be taken seriously. We are thankful that law enforcement tracked this individual down before he could act on his hatred for Muslims.”


#264

Deplorable. How is this not a bigger deal?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-06/trump-mocks-muslim-lawmaker-omar-a-day-after-death-threat-arrest

President Donald Trump made a sarcastic reference to Representative Ilhan Omar during a speech in Las Vegas, a day after prosecutors said a New York man was arrested for threatening to murder the freshman Minnesota Democrat.

Trump snuck in the line about Omar minutes into a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition as he ran through a list of Republican lawmakers and others supportive of Israel.

“Special thanks to Representative Omar of Minnesota,” Trump said. “Oh, I forgot. She doesn’t like Israel. I forgot. I’m so sorry."


#265

Who knows if this has any sway with Fortune 500 companies…but I would guess that if there’s enough public outcry about these T hires…then, it would. #CorporationsMakingTonsOfDough

Immigration and civil rights groups are urging companies not to hire senior Trump administration officials who were involved in planning, carrying out or defending the separation of migrant children from their parents.

“They should not be allowed to seek refuge in your boardrooms or corner offices,” according to the open letter signed by 41 groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Allowing them to step off of the revolving door and into your welcoming arms should be a non starter.”

The letter, which is being released on Friday, will be sent to chief executive officers of all Fortune 500 companies, according to organizers. The approach marks a shift in strategy by opponents of President Donald Trump’s policies that resulted in migrant children being separated from their undocumented parents on the U.S.-Mexico border. Until now, the groups have focused on campaigning against the administration’s actions or staging protests directed at public officials.
The letter singles out 30 current and former officials including John Kelly, the former White House chief of staff, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Also on the list are lesser known officials such as former Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Robert Perez, and Ronald Vitiello, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-05/immigration-groups-ask-fortune-500-ceos-to-blacklist-trump-aides


#266

More of the same…

The announcement came shortly after Mr. Trump said Kirstjen Nielsen was leaving the position, ending a tumultuous tenure in charge of the agency, which oversees border security, among other duties. She had taken the job in late 2017.

Mr. McAleenan, 47, will oversee an agency that has at times been a target of the president’s dissatisfaction over an increase of migrants illegally entering the United States at the southwestern border.


#267

2nd weekend of Trump making comments about Rep. Omar since a man was arrested for death threats against the House member. I would like to point out that this would have been career ending for any normal politician in any previous modern context. Her remarks were from a speech she gave last month, why attack her now?

At issue were remarks that Ms. Omar made last month at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. There, she gave a speech in which she addressed lingering fear directed at Muslims, and the rights Muslims have to speak out about being viewed with suspicion.


#268

In a Tuesday afternoon “deputies” conference call last year with about 50 or 60 officials from across government, Mr. Miller demanded to know why nearly all of the families seeking asylum were passing the first hurdle — a screening interview to determine whether they have a “credible fear” of persecution if they were returned to their home countries.

Mr. Miller and others in the White House were outraged that 90 percent or more of the applicants passed the first screening, a concern during the Bush administration, as well. Immigration judges ultimately deny all but about 20 percent of the asylum requests, but because of a backlog of hundreds of thousands of cases, many asylum seekers wait years for their case to be heard for the second time, giving them the chance to gain work permits, build roots and disappear in the United States.

To Mr. Miller, the asylum process was a giant loophole that needed to be plugged. And he faulted the asylum officers at Citizenship and Immigration Services who were conducting the screenings for having a cultural bias that made them overly sympathetic to the asylum seekers. “You need to tighten up,” Miller insisted.

Listening to Mr. Miller continue to hammer the issue, two people on the call recalled, it was almost as if Mr. Miller wanted asylum officers to ignore the law. At one point during the call, Mr. Cissna erupted in frustration.

“Enough. Enough. Stand down!” he said.

But such pressure from the White House was hardly unique, according to officials from multiple agencies.

[…]

When Ms. Nielsen did not give the president the answer he sought, he turned to Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, and asked him to stop migrants from entering the country. Mr. Trump told Mr. McAleenan that he would pardon him if he ran into any legal problems, according to officials familiar with the conversation — though he denied it in a tweet Saturday night.

Ms. Nielsen’s refusal to shut down the southern border appeared to be the final straw for Mr. Trump. After forcing her resignation, he named Mr. McAleenan the acting secretary of the department.


#269

WH personnel fearing T’s bully tactics post Mueller Report.


#270

Not a good look…but Mnuchin’s background is very much aggressive Wall Street plunderers, so it fits.

Sears on Thursday named Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a lawsuit against the company’s former CEO, Edward Lampert, alleging that Mnuchin was part of a group of board members who assisted Lampert and his hedge fund in stripping the bankrupted retailer of more than $2 billion in assets.

Lampert and his hedge fund, ESL Investments, were the largest shareholders in Sears, holding between 47.8 percent and 62 percent of its stock during the time of the alleged violations, from 2011 to 2015, according to the lawsuit. They, along with two other major shareholders named in the suit, received the vast majority of the benefit of spinning off five different company assets, according to the complaint.

Prior to becoming Treasury secretary, Mnuchin was an investor in ESL and “a member of ESL’s board of directors at all relevant times,” the filing says.


#271

#272

2019-04-21%20trump%20false%20tweet%20that%20138%20million%20people%20died%20in%20sri%20lanka%20attack

How could this be a typo? Typing the word “million” when it should not be there does not qualify as a typo. Did Trump really believe 138 million were killed and then take a nap? 32 minutes later this astounding false claim from the President of the United States was finally corrected. Errors like this should not be taken lightly – they could start a global conflict. At the very least, they have made our nation a laughing stock on the world stage.

Trump is allegedly in control of our country and he’s definitely in control of the nuclear codes, but is he in control of his own mental faculties?

To me, this is perhaps Trump’s most disturbing tweet yet because I believe it demonstrates he truly is unhinged.

BTW, here’s a searchable archive of all Trump’s tweets including the ones he has deleted.


(Larry St Croix) #273

Let us not forget what Mnuchin did in California

68 percent of OneWest 36,000 plus foreclosures in California were in non-white areas. In addition, “OneWest was a market leader in foreclosing on the elderly: its subsidiary Financial Freedom carried out a disproportionate number of reverse mortgage foreclosures, which target seniors to suck out their home equity.”


#274

Showdown at NRA…


#275

White House Correspondent’s Dinner - Ron Chernow will discuss First Amendment.
This is supposed to be the tamer version of the dinner.

Opening remarks about press being “enemies of the people” and “Fake News” and that this is NOT T’s night, but the Press.

Live streaming on CSPAN

https://www.c-span.org/video/?459869-1/beginning-soon-2019-white-house-correspondents-dinner


#276

… Slipped into the long-anticipated special counsel report on Russian interference in the 2016 election last week was a single sentence that caused a stir throughout the state and raised new questions about the vulnerability of the nation’s electoral systems.

Although the spearphishing attempt in Florida had first been brought to light nearly two years ago when The Intercept cited a secret National Security Agency report, state officials said they were certain no elections computers had been compromised. The Mueller report turned that assertion on its head. “The F.B.I.,” it said, “believes that this operation enabled the G.R.U. to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government.

In an interview on Friday, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida took it one step further, saying that Russian hackers not only accessed a Florida voting system, but were “in a position” to change voter roll data.

The report has sent Florida officials scurrying once again for specifics. Which county? Could there have been more than one?

“They won’t tell us which county it was. Are you kidding me?” an exasperated Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Republican governor, said at a news conference in Miami on Thursday. “Why would you have not said something immediately?

The Florida Secretary of State’s office in Tallahassee said it had been unable to learn which county it was. “The department reached out to the F.B.I. and they declined to share that information with us,” said Sarah Revell, a department spokeswoman. “No county has come forward.” The secretary of state who was running the department at the time, Ken Detzner, did not respond to requests for comment.

At least Rubio is admitting something went down in Florida in 2016, but this still stinks of a cover up. If we had a President who cared about his country, he would be all over this like a SWAT team. Instead, he says nothing, nada, zip about the Russian threat against our democracy – preferring to spend his time fanning the flames of hatred within his base.


#277

The New York attorney general’s office has launched an investigation into the National Rifle Association.

“As part of this investigation, the Attorney General has issued subpoenas,” a spokesperson for New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement to CNN. “We will not have further comment at this time.”

The spokesperson would not confirm what the investigation was regarding.

However, the gun-safety group, Everytown for Gun Safety, said it filed a complaint about the NRA’s tax-exempt status with the IRS.

The group said it was prompted by a recent report by The Trace, in conjunction with the New Yorker, alleging that a small group of executives, contractors and vendors affiliated with the NRA "have extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from non-profit’s budget."

“In light of the recent, credible allegations of excessive invoicing and personal enrichment by insiders, it’s encouraging that the New York Attorney General is looking into the NRA, and we renew our call for other state and federal authorities to do the same,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.

The investigation comes after a dispute between the group’s president, Oliver North, and chief executive officer, Wayne LaPierre, in which North accused LaPierre of financial misconduct, according to the Wall Street Journal.

:clap: Letitia James!


Day 830
#278

Click link so watch clip of Ms. Yate’s interview :point_down:

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said on “Meet the Press” Sunday that if Trump were not president, he would likely be indicted for obstructing justice in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

"I have been a prosecutor for nearly 30 years. And I can tell you personally I have prosecuted obstruction cases on far, far less evidence than this. And yes, I believe if he were not the president of the United States, he would likely be indicted on obstruction. …

I think special counsel Mueller did a very fair job in going through all 10 instances and laying out both the facts that established he had committed the crime of obstruction, but also pointing out the defenses, both legal and factual. But there are several incidents that he described to which special counsel Mueller really couldn’t point to any significant factual or legal defenses."


#279

Another terrorist attack in a Synagogue, this time in California. It is shameful our government only offers thoughts and prayers, when we know how to stop these attacks from happening. :pensive:


#280

So I finish this article and it left me wondering are Democrats in Congress looking for approval on Impeaching the President from the electorate? I wonder because I think their constituents are looking to their leaders in Congress for guidance.

If leadership is deferring to the people and the people are looking to authority, we’ve created a negative feedback loop. Someone needs to take control of the story or it’s going to be told by someone else. Just a thought…

What are you guys feeling?

More thoughts:
The public can launch their own campaign here for more action from Dems. Who are we going to let dominate the media narrative? This is important, we should be “flooding the field” with media messaging not deferring to committees. As a majority, Democratic voters and activists are in an excellent position to do so right now, why aren’t we hammering Trump on this?

We need to fire it up! :fire::fire::fire:


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#281

Senator Lindsay Graham gives the mildest rebuke on what the Russians have been doing to our elections, and says Kushner’s comments were downplaying the significance of the interference.

Sen Graham speaks out of both sides of his mouth…and he still stands with the T.

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, a close ally of Donald Trump, called for more sanctions on Russia and criticized presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s statements downplaying the significance of that country’s interference in the 2016 election.

I like Jared a lot, but he’s leaving out a big detail,” Graham said on CBS’s Face the Nation, noting that Russia hacked into the emails of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Can you imagine what we would be saying if the Russians or the Iranians hacked into the presidential team of the Republican Party?”

Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law, characterized the Russians’ actions at an April 23 event as trying to “buy some Facebook ads to sow discontent.” He said that the investigations that followed had “had a much harsher impact” on U.S democracy.

“No, this is a big deal. It’s not just a few Facebook ads,” Graham said on CBS. “An attack on one party should be an attack on all.”

Trump previously has questioned the extent of Russia’s role in election interference, and Graham said he has told Trump that “everything we’ve done with the Russians is not working” because “the Russians are up to it again.”

‘More Sanctions’

“We need more sanctions, not less,” Graham said. “Because clearly they don’t have the message.”

Graham defended Trump’s actions in the Russia investigation.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, released in redacted form this month, described 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by the president but didn’t provide a conclusion.

“What President Trump did here was completely cooperate in an investigation,” Graham said. “I believe the president did nothing wrong. Whether you like him or not, I’ll leave up to you.”

Graham also disagreed with Trump’s suggestion in comments to reporters on April 26 that former Vice President Joe Biden, who announced his candidacy for president a day earlier, might be too old at 76 to win.

“If you travel with Joe Biden, you won’t think he’s too old,” Graham said, adding that he doesn’t know whether Biden fits the preferences of the current Democratic Party.

Still, Graham said of his former Senate colleague, “He’s a good man and he would be a strong candidate.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-28/trump-ally-calls-for-more-sanctions-on-russia-ahead-of-elections


#282

I’ve read pieces both pro & con on impeachment. I started out not for impeachment because I think it’s going to get hung up in the Senate.

Then this administration started telling people to not obey the subpoenas. I now think we need to start impeachment of both Barr & Trump. There are probably others.

I’m open for suggestions on the best way to get leadership attention. I expect my Congress people to listen to their constituents but I assume they have access to experts and thus should be able to make an informed decision.