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Friday, December 07, 2018

The amount of offshore cash U.S. corporations have returned home so far this year is just a fraction of what President Donald Trump had promised. A Morgan Stanley report released Thursday estimates companies brought back from $50 billion to $100 billion in the third quarter -- which would bring the total repatriated back to the U.S. to as little as $514 billion, based on previously released figures for the first and second quarters from the Commerce Department.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Spinning off from the special counsel's Russia probe, prosecutors are ramping up their investigation into foreign lobbying by two major Washington firms that did work for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation had been quiet for months since special counsel Robert Mueller referred it to authorities in Manhattan because it fell outside his mandate of determining whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia. But in a flurry of new activity, Justice Department prosecutors in the last several weeks have begun interviewing witnesses and contacting lawyers to schedule additional questioning related to the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs, the people familiar with the inquiry said. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing work.

More than 400 former Justice Department attorneys and staffers called for the removal of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in a statement circulated Tuesday, claiming that his appointment violated the Constitution because he lacked Senate confirmation required of other Cabinet officials. The statement, organized by the government watchdog group Protect Democracy, was signed by the Justice alums, many of whom served both Democratic and Republican administrations. "Because of our respect for our oaths of office and our personal experiences carrying out the department's mission, we are disturbed by the president's appointment of Matthew Whitaker to serve as Acting Attorney General," the statement read. "Because of the profound responsibilities the position entails and the independence it requires, it can only be filled by someone who has been subjected to the strictest scrutiny under the process required by the Constitution."

Paul Erickson, a longtime Republican politico whose Russian girlfriend is in jail on charges she acted as a covert foreign agent, has been informed that he may face similar accusations. The Daily Beast reviewed a "target letter" that federal investigators sent Erickson's lawyer, which said they are considering bringing charges against him under Section 951 of the U.S. code -- the law barring people from secretly acting as agents of foreign governments. The letter also said the government may bring a conspiracy charge against Erickson, who is the boyfriend of accused foreign agent Maria Butina. The letter, which was sent in September by investigators working out of the U.S. attorney's office in Washington, does not accuse Erickson of any crimes or guarantee that he will face charges.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

A civil trial involving politically connected financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein ended before it even began Tuesday with the two sides announcing a last-minute settlement and the billionaire issuing an apology. read more


Ivanka Trump reportedly took over one of Chris Christie's transition team meetings and asked Michael Flynn what job he wanted

Ivanka Trump once "took over" a transition team meeting led by Chris Christie last fall and essentially told Michael Flynn that he could have whatever job he wanted because of his "amazing loyalty" to her father, The New Yorker reported Monday in an extensive profile of Vice President Mike Pence.

Christie, the New Jersey governor, led the transition team before Pence replaced him. Christie was loathed by Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, who's now a senior White House adviser, because he prosecuted Kushner's father while he served as a US attorney.

As transition chair, Christie warned President Donald Trump not to give a high-level job to Flynn, a retired general whom President Barack Obama ousted as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. The New Yorker reported that Flynn was not on any of the Christie-led transition team's lists for government appointments because Christie considered him too risky.

Four sources told the magazine that Ivanka Trump invited Flynn to a November 11 meeting that Christie was chairing. Flynn attended with Gen. Keith Kellogg.

"Gentlemen, can I help you?" Christie reportedly asked.

Ivanka Trump, then a member of the transition's executive council and now an assistant to the president, announced that she invited the pair, the report said. Then, as Christie tried to reclaim control of the meeting, Ivanka Trump reportedly took over -- she cited Flynn's "amazing loyalty" to her father and asked, "General, what job do you want?"

Flynn said he would settle for national security adviser if he could not be defense secretary, the report said. Hours after the meeting, Christie was reportedly pushed out and replaced by Pence, who was not opposed to Flynn's hiring. Roughly a week later, Trump announced Flynn would be his national security adviser.


Okay, someday:

Ocasio-Cortez wants to be president, mom says


Cray cray:

It's ridiculous that it's unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president

You might worry that a new youthful president is underexperienced (but then again, which president hasn't been a little underexperienced), but lack of experience is guaranteed to improve with time. Things are as bad as they'll ever be during the campaign, so voters can judge for themselves without worrying about lurking problems.

Besides which, 29 (Ocasio-Cortez's age) just honestly isn't that young. People younger than that are routinely trusted with life-and-death situations in a huge array of contexts, ranging from parenting to military service.

The constitutional prohibition on people under the age of 35 serving as president is just one of these weird lacuna that was handed down to us from the 18th century but that nobody would seriously propose creating today if not for status quo bias. Realistically, most people that young would simply have a hard time winning an election. But if you can pull it off, you should be allowed. And I kind of think she should run for president.


Hans, Sheeple hasn't come back as Sheeple because he knew you'd do this, and I for one am glad you did:

"Blue Wave is a wipeout." - #9 | Posted by sheepleschism at 2018-10-06 10:15 AM
"The yellow tsunami of wet pants is going to be epic." - #10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-10-08 11:11 AM
"I will be cheering for a blue wipeout..." - #20 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-10-07 08:23 PM
"Dems are about to face a humiliating defeat." - #15 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-10-05 08:19 PM
"Dem's will lose the next 2 election cycles." - #54 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-12 03:14 PM
"November is bringing a massacre. This has been a huge mistake for liberals and progressives to trust these snakes and lizards." #YouveBeenDuped - #4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-09-09 12:50 AM
"November is going to be a bloodbath for Dems. Pelosi and crew are a train wreck. I'll wait for change after the massacre. Bookmark it. - #80 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-09-07 06:47 PM
"And the pinnacle of my mockery will culminate with the spectacular collapse of Dem's in mid-terms whose entire platform rests on: 1) scream into the microphone 2) hate Trump. 3) fake news 4) black masks 5) burn it down It's not going to work. Bookmark it. - #75 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-09-07 03:53 PM
"Dems will lose big in November. Bookmark my prediction. - #37 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-09-07 01:27 PM
"The only place Dem's won't be massacred in Nov is the goofy coast cesspools littered with human feces and syringes." - #21 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-09-15 02:50 PM
"Actual people running for Congress are focusing not on Trump, but on local issues and the top national issue, healthcare" #25 | POSTED BY CORKY
LOL. You're obviously out of synch with the candidates, Dumbo. The November Massacre Cometh. - #26 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-09-15 07:32 PM
"It may take the November Mid-Term Massacre of Dem's ... to spawn a liberal revolt" - #285 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-09-17 05:40 PM

Well, he did say "bookmark" quite a few times!

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