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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby is confronting a fierce backlash from conservatives over his refusal to support Roy Moore in last month's special election -- with Moore backers pushing a censure resolution and robocall campaign targeting the powerful lawmaker. ... This week, three Moore supporters submitted a resolution to the Alabama Republican Party executive committee calling for Shelby to be censured. It argues that Shelby "publicly encouraged Republicans and all voters to write in a candidate instead of voting for the Republican Candidate Judge Roy Moore," and that his "public speech was then used by the Democrat Candidate in robocalls to sway voters to not vote for Judge Roy Moore." read more

Buoyed by November election results, a surge in fundraising and expectations of a massive liberal wave, Democrats are preparing for an assault on one of the GOP's most heavily fortified positions: governors mansions. It's a far cry from last summer, when Democrats bottomed out at the state level. Back then, after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice switched allegiance to the GOP, the number of governorships in Democratic Party hands fell to just 15, a historic low. But the atmospheric conditions have changed since then. Republicans are hampered by an unpopular President Donald Trump. Suburban voters are threatening to desert the party en masse. And Democrats have seen a massive increase in their fundraising numbers after gubernatorial wins in Virginia and New Jersey in November.

Friday, January 12, 2018

U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, saying he no longer felt able to serve President Donald Trump. Feeley's departure had been communicated to State Department officials on Dec. 27 and was not a response to Trump's alleged use of the word "---hole" to describe Haiti and African countries at a meeting on Thursday, U.S. officials said. read more

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Stephen K. Bannon is stepping down from his post as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the company announced Tuesday. Bannon's departure, which was forced by a onetime financial patron, Rebekah Mercer, comes as Bannon remained unable to quell the furor over remarks attributed to him in a new book in which he questions President Trump's mental fitness and disparages his elder son, Donald Trump Jr. ... No one has been more closely identified with the Breitbart website or had more to do with emboldening its defiant editorial spirit than Bannon did after its namesake, Andrew Breitbart, died of a heart attack in 2012. In Washington, Bannon works and lives part time in a townhouse nicknamed the Breitbart Embassy.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announced Tuesday that he won't seek re-election this year, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to return to the national stage by running for his seat.


"On the policy side of the ledger I've been quite pleased with Trump's first year." - #12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-02 06:42 PM

Today's "Mussolini made the trains run on time" rationalization.

A few days after the Democratic electoral sweep this past November in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere, The Washington Post asked a random Virginia man to explain his vote. The man, a marketing executive named Toren Beasley, replied that his calculus was simply to refuse to calculate. "It could have been Dr. Seuss or the Berenstain Bears on the ballot and I would have voted for them if they were a Democrat," he said. "I might do more analyses in other years. But in this case, no. No one else gets any consideration because what's going on with the Republicans -- I'm talking about Trump and his cast of characters -- is stupid, stupid, stupid. I can't say stupid enough times."

[snip] The Republican Party, as an institution, has become a danger to the rule of law and the integrity of our democracy. The problem is not just Donald Trump; it's the larger political apparatus that made a conscious decision to enable him. In a two-party system, nonpartisanship works only if both parties are consistent democratic actors. If one of them is not predictably so, the space for nonpartisans evaporates. We're thus driven to believe that the best hope of defending the country from Trump's Republican enablers, and of saving the Republican Party from itself, is to do as Toren Beasley did: vote mindlessly and mechanically against Republicans at every opportunity, until the party either rights itself or implodes (very preferably the former).

[snip] Nor is our oppositional partisanship motivated by the belief that Republican policies are wrongheaded. Republicans are a variegated bunch, and we agree with many traditional GOP positions.

source if you dare

"These departments were bloated." - #4 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-02 04:18 PM

...seven of the top nine jobs at the department will be empty. Those vacant posts include positions overseeing the agency's role in U.S. trade policy, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, refugee issues and efforts to counter human trafficking.
More than just a little telling that you think US trade policy, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, refugee issues and efforts to counter human trafficking are "bloat."

Very telling, Comrade sawdust.

"Why did Mueller delay sentencing whatsisface the other day?" - #137 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2018-02-02 02:20 PM

Special Prosecutors ("Mueller") don't sentence.

They do, however, ask the court to hold off sentencing until convicted felons ("whatsisface") are no longer needed to testify in other cases.

It is called leverage.

"Such conviction..." - #97 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-02-02 01:30 PM

You're very confused, Comrade Ben_Berkkake.

You seem to think that my "conviction" is needed to somehow allow the Special Prosecutor's work to continue.

Here's a news flash for you, Comrade Ben_Berkkake:

It isn't.

"...don't let those goalposts move." - #92 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-02-02 01:21 PM

For some strange reason, Comrade Ben_Berkkake, you think that the score at the end of the first quarter is the final score.

Here's a clue for you:

It isn't.

The work of the Special Prosecutor continues.

"Keep hoping..." - #92 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-02-02 01:21 PM

"Hoping" isn't necessary.

Clue for you, Comrade Ben_Berkkake:

The Special Prosecutor's work will continue with or without anyone's "hope".

"Sorry it didn't work out for you..." - #84 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-02-02 01:14 PM

Quick update for you, Comrade Ben_Berkkake:

The Special Prosecutor hasn't finished his work yet.

Hence, my "so far" comment.

But your optimism is certainly noticed by some, Comrade Ben_Berkkake.

"The entire investigation was trash." - #74 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-02-02 12:55 PM

Complete trash... that is, if you completely overlook the four indictments and two convictions...

...so far.

But, other than that, "complete trash."

Good call, Comrade Ben_Berkkake.

"What the memo alleges" - #75 | Posted by pfc. boazo at 2018-02-02 12:56 PM


al·lege əˈlej/
3rd person present: alleges

claim or assert that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof that this is the case.

"Without proof that this is the case."

Why, I do believe that Comrade pfc. boazo is on to something here.

"Absolutely no agency has claimed this .... " - #34 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-02-02 12:25 PM

The Justice Department warned the House Intelligence Committee chairman on Wednesday that it was "extraordinarily reckless" for Republicans to push to release a committee memo that draws on classified information to protray the origins of the Russian investigation as scandalous.

[snip] "We do not understand why the committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information...



But keep swinging, Comrade AndreaMackris.

Your lies are certainly appreciated by some.

"It's clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign." - #10 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-02-02 12:11 PM

Like the memo, lies.

Carter Page was under investigation before an American political campaign.

That says it all.

"Glad that all you "Obama stands for transparency" folks all of a sudden don't believe in transparency." - #6 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-02 12:06 PM

Glad that all you law-and-order folks all of a sudden don't believe in guarding our national secrets from our adversaries and enemies.

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