Tuesday Open Thread | Protest signs at the March For Truth

Thousands of protesters gathered around the country in a series of “March for Truth” rallies, on Saturday. Demonstrators were calling for a congressional independent commission to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

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47 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Protest signs at the March For Truth

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  2. Liza says:

    I’m not surprised. MSNBC is trying to make her into the next Diane Sawyer but I suspect she will fall short.

    Megyn Kelly's NBC debut ratings finish behind NBA pregame, 60 Minutes rerun https://t.co/b863t6dWBR pic.twitter.com/oxexzktCIS— The Hill (@thehill) June 6, 2017

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  3. Look at this ISH, y’all? He told a flat out bald face lie. And they’re so thug until they absolutely don’t give a damn.

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  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

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  5. rikyrah says:

    Why No Lawyers Will Represent Trump
    by Martin Longman
    June 6, 2017 12:19 PM

    President Trump can’t find a top law firm that wants to represent him. He and his top aides have tried. They’ve looked around. They’ve had conference calls. But they got zip, nada, bupkis. The top litigators and their firms have various reasons why they won’t agree to represent the president of the United States. Here are some of them:

    1. They won’t get paid.
    2. Their client wouldn’t follow their advice.
    3. They represent clients who have been or might be subpoenaed in money laundering aspects of the case.
    4. It would destroy the image and reputation of their firm.
    5. It would ‘kill’ efforts to recruit top lawyers to their firm.
    6. They’ll be washing their hair that year (“I’m too busy to represent the POTUS.”)
    7. He can’t be saved.

    To me, that’s a damning list. Under ordinary circumstances, I can’t think of anything more prestigious for a law firm than to be able to say that when the shit hits the fan, they’re the ones who take the call from the president. But, with this president, they’re not even confident that the client won’t stiff them on their bill. They’re also savvy enough to realize that the Trump Organization is up to its ears in money laundering and that this will create a conflict with the large banking institutions they represent. And Trump is so toxic, guilty, and unsympathetic that simply advocating on his behalf would cause people to shun and disdain their whole organization. Plus, they’d lose the case anyway in part because their advice wouldn’t be followed.

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  6. rikyrah says:

    Sen. Mark Warner: More state election systems were targeted by Russians
    Susan Page , USA TODAY Published 1:03 p.m. ET June 6, 2017

    WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee told USA TODAY on Tuesday that Russian attacks on election systems were broader and targeted more states than those detailed in an explosive intelligence report leaked to the website The Intercept.

    “I don’t believe they got into changing actual voting outcomes,” Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said in an interview. “But the extent of the attacks is much broader than has been reported so far.” He said he was pushing intelligence agencies to declassify the names of those states hit to help put electoral systems on notice before the midterm voting in 2018.

    “None of these actions from the Russians stopped on Election Day,” he warned.

    The National Security Agency report said Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. supplier of voting software and sent deceptive emails to more than 100 local election officials in the days leading up to the election last November — a sign that Moscow’s hacking may have penetrated further into voting systems than previously known.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/06/mark-warner-more-state-election-systems-targeted-by-russians-nsa-senate-intelligence/102549928/

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  7. rikyrah says:

    I know that I can be flip at times. And, snarky.
    But, I am worried about what’s happening in the Middle East.
    Saudi Arabia is NOT, nor has ever been our friend. Neither is Qatar, but we have Soldiers and their families in Qatar.
    We have an ignoramous in the WH, who hasn’t a clue about any phucking thing.
    And, he has surrounded himself with ignorant azz muthaphuckas without a clue about anything but kissing his azz and grifting.
    Shrub was Shrub, but he did surround himself with professionals. They were evil as phuck, but there was a basic professionalism about them. WE KNEW when he lied about Iraq, what was going on. We didn’t know the end result, but we knew what was going on.
    Dolt45 doesn’t know what’s going on, and folks best not sleep on Iran.
    The.Persians.Are.NOT.Iraq.
    Those itching for war with Iran are even stupider than those who wanted to go to war in Iraq.

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  8. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s radical budget director sees himself as a great success
    06/06/17 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump’s far-right budget director, Mick Mulvaney, sat down with the New York Times the other day and expressed confidence that he’s doing a great job.

    Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, may be one of the most maligned men in Washington because he is the bearer of budget cuts. He has been accused of everything from ethnic cleansing to wanting to kill a million people. He gets “fan mail” with fake business cards tucked in that give his job title as a “starver of hungry children and elderly.”

    To Mr. Mulvaney, this is evidence of a job well done.

    “In our business that’s usually seen as a sign that the other side doesn’t know what to say substantively,” Mr. Mulvaney said during an interview Friday in his office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

    Aside from the president himself, if there’s one person in the Trump administration who should avoid boasts about “substantive” debates, it’s the Republican leading the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

    It was just last week, for example, that Mulvaney told the Washington Examiner, in reference to his budget plan and the administration’s tax-reform ambitions, ”I wouldn’t take what’s in the budget as indicative of what our proposals are.”

    That, of course, didn’t make any sense. A budget is, practically by definition, a document intended to reflect proposals.

    But the comment offered a mere peek into a deeply radical perspective that makes Mulvaney one of the most extreme and indefensible members of Team Trump.

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  9. rikyrah says:

    Just informed Senate Foreign Relations Chair Corker of what Trump tweeted about Qatar and was met with about 8 seconds of stunned silence

    — Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) June 6, 2017

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  10. rikyrah says:

    .@realDonaldTrump just dragged us into Gulf dispute & trashed Qatar, which hosts 11,000 U.S. troops. He better have a plan for their safety.

    — Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 6, 2017

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  11. Liza says:

    Dems lose appetite for deal with Trump on infrastructure
    BY MELANIE ZANONA – 06/06/17 06:00 AM EDT

    Major elements of President Trump’s infrastructure initiative are facing staunch opposition from Democrats, increasing the likelihood that Republicans will have to go it alone.

    But Trump kicked off his infrastructure campaign Monday by announcing a proposal to separate air traffic control from the federal government — one of the most controversial infrastructure ideas floated by the administration so far, and one that was quickly rejected by Democrats.

    “Trump’s ‘infrastructure week’ appears to be little more than a Trojan Horse for undermining workers’ wages and handing massive tax breaks to billionaires and corporations,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement.

    “Trump’s ideas for privatizing Air Traffic Control — which recycle a tired Republican plan that both sides of the aisle have rejected — would hand control of one of our nation’s most important public assets to special interests and the big airlines.”

    The proposal would transfer the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic control operations to an independent outside agency over three years “at no charge,” removing 30,000 FAA employees from the federal payroll. The FAA would still maintain safety oversight.

    Trump’s infrastructure proposal, which was outlined in his budget request last month, would spend $200 billion to inject $1 trillion worth of overall investment into the nation’s transportation system by largely incentivizing private firms to back projects.

    The private-sector model has raised concern among Democrats and rural Republicans who fear investors would only be attracted to projects that can recoup their revenue cost through tolls or user fees.

    Several groups of Democrats have signaled that they would prefer to move ahead with their own infrastructure plans, including the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), which recently outlined a $2 trillion proposal in an effort to create a contrast with Trump.

    “In reality, President Trump and Congressional Republicans are pushing a trillion-dollar corporate giveaway that would create tax incentives for Wall Street to privatize our roads, bridges, sanitation systems, and utilities, while raising tolls, fees, and bills — all through taxpayer subsidies,” the CPC outline says.

    http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/336461-dems-lose-appetite-for-deal-with-trump-on-infrastructure

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  12. rikyrah says:

    AWE….

    NEW YORK (AP) — Publicist says Amal Clooney, wife of George Clooney, gave birth to twins Ella and Alexander on Tuesday.

    — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 6, 2017

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  13. rikyrah says:

    They buried the lede on this one: Four top law firms turned down requests to represent Trump https://t.co/vhQNLNaCwE#RICO#TrumpCrimeFamily pic.twitter.com/v12u0bVM8g

    — meta (@metaquest) June 6, 2017

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  14. rikyrah says:

    The United States government no longer has a policy of any kind; just a bunch of angry white people tripping over each other.

    — Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) June 5, 2017

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  15. rikyrah says:

    MSM, you can’t take anything #45 says at face value. The $110B arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news https://t.co/BwSGTjwGhQ @BrookingsInst

    — Donna NoShock (@NoShock) June 6, 2017

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  16. rikyrah says:

    CNN has announced it will livestream Thursday’s Comey testimony without requiring a cable subscriber log-in.

    — Al Giordano (@AlGiordano) June 6, 2017

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  17. rikyrah says:

    2018: Do Republicans Hate the Media More Than Democrats Fear Trump?
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 6, 2017 8:00 AM

    Based on how things have been going, Republicans running in 2018 aren’t going to have much of a record of accomplishments to run on, despite controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency. There has been a lot of talk about how GOP turnout might be depressed as a result. But according to Alex Roarty and Lindsay Wise, the GOP has come up with a strategy.

    Conservative radio hosts mock a physical assault on a reporter. A GOP governor blasts a reporter on Twitter as “a sick man.” The president accuses the media of being an “enemy of the people.”

    This is not run-of-the-mill Republican criticism of the press anymore. It is now a deliberate strategy to help GOP candidates win elections fueled by public hatred of reporters…

    …interviews with Republican strategists and party leaders across the country reveal that what started as genuine anger at allegedly unfair coverage — or an effort to deflect criticism — is now an integral part of next year’s congressional campaigns.

    The hope, say these officials, is to convince Trump die-hards that these mid-term races are as much a referendum on the media as they are on President Trump. That means embracing conflict with local and national journalists, taking them on to show Republicans voters that they, just like the president, are battling a biased press corps out to destroy them

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  18. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/5/17
    Trump ranting corrodes executive credibility
    Neal Katyal, former acting U.S. solicitor general, talks about how Donald Trump’s online ranting has undercut his lawyers’ legal defense of his Muslim ban, and shattered the credibility of the executive branch.

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  19. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/5/17
    Leaked docs show new depth of US voting system hacking by Russia
    Ken Delanian, NBC News national security reporter, talks about new revelations of Russian efforts to hack U.S. voting systems in 2016 and the arrest of the NSA contractor who shared secret documents with the news media.

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  20. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/5/17
    White House staff fails to restrain Trump from damaging self, US
    Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian, talks about times in history when a struggling president has been steadied by able staff members, and notes that Donald Trump lacks such support.

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  21. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/5/17
    Trump rash behavior hurts US interests, alliances
    Laura Kennedy, former deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, talks about the damage Donald Trump has done to U.S. relations with allies in Europe.

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  22. rikyrah says:

    EPA chief, White House get caught making bogus jobs claims
    06/06/17 08:40 AM—UPDATED 06/06/17 09:36 AM
    By Steve Benen

    On “Meet the Press” over the weekend, former Vice President Al Gore told NBC News’ Chuck Todd the truth about a struggling industry: “The loss of jobs in the coal industry started with the mechanization of the coal industry. Natural gas started displacing coal and the fossil fuel sector. And promising to re-create the 19th century is not a visionary strategy for a successful 21st century.”

    The host asked Donald Trump’s far-right EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, whether Gore is right. “Dead wrong,” Pruitt replied. “Because the numbers show exactly the opposite. In fact, since the fourth quarter of last year to most recently, we’ve added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector. In the month of May alone, almost 7,000 jobs.”

    The Republican EPA administrator made the nearly identical claim on ABC and Fox News, suggesting it wasn’t just a verbal slip-up. This was the message Pruitt prepared in advance and was eager to tell the public.

    It was not, however, true. The Washington Post reported:

    Here’s the Bureau of Labor Statistics data on coal jobs. As you can see, it has been in a tight range for months, with a slight gain. In the last four months of the Obama administration, September to January, there was a gain of 1,400 jobs. In the first four months of the Trump administration, there has been a gain of 1,000 jobs. […]

    [R]ather than the gain of 47,000 jobs touted by Pruitt, the reality is that 1,000 coal jobs have been added since Trump became president. For the month of May, the gain was 400 jobs, not 7,000.

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  23. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s family can’t seem to stop blurring ethical lines
    06/06/17 10:09 AM—UPDATED 06/06/17 10:30 AM
    By Steve Benen

    ABC News aired a segment this morning featuring Donald Trump’s adult sons, Eric and Don Jr., talking about expanding the Trump Organization’s hotel business with a series of “mid-market properties it’s calling the American Idea.”

    But while the two Trump brothers were there, they apparently thought it’d be wise to mix business and politics. The president’s sons tried to dismiss the seriousness of the Russia scandal, for example, and as Politico noted, Don Jr. decided to go after the mayor of London, too.

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s time would be better spent addressing the terrorism in his own city instead of attacking U.S. President Donald Trump, the president’s son said in an interview that aired Tuesday morning.

    “Rather than the mayor of London attacking maybe he should do something about it,” Donald Trump Jr. said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Maybe he should do something to fix the problem rather than just sit there and pretend there isn’t one. I think that’s an important message.”

    Look, I realize how easy it is to grow inured to bizarre political circumstances, but this should be difficult for anyone to defend.

    The U.K. is one of our closest allies. London just suffered a deadly attack. The fact that the American president and his surrogates are going after the city’s mayor – who, by all appearances, has done nothing at all wrong, and hasn’t “pretended” that terrorism isn’t a problem – is plainly ridiculous.

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  24. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s hotel profited from Saudi lobbying campaign
    06/06/17 10:47 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Before taking office, Donald Trump and his team came up with a purported solution to one of the new president’s legal problems. The Constitution doesn’t allow a president to receive money from foreign governments, but Trump’s hotels – which he continues to own and profit from – welcomed foreign officials as guests.

    So, we were told, to avoid running afoul of the law, Trump vowed that his business would monitor receipts and make sure the president didn’t profit from foreign governments. Except two weeks ago, NBC News reported that the Trump Organization decided not to keep that promise, determining that it’d be too difficult.

    I’m not unsympathetic to the practical realities – keeping the promise would create a real logistical challenge – but there is no “this is too tricky and impractical” exception to the Constitution. Trump could do what he’s supposed to do – divest from his private-sector investments – and avoid the problem altogether.

    The president, at least for now, refuses to divest, making reports like this one in the Wall Street Journal all the more problematic for Trump World.

    President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel received roughly $270,000 in payments linked to Saudi Arabia as part of a lobbying campaign by the Gulf kingdom against a controversial piece of terrorism legislation last year.

    The payments – for catering, lodging and parking – were disclosed by the public relations firm MSLGroup last week in paperwork filed with the Justice Department documenting foreign lobbying work on behalf of Saudi Arabia and other clients.

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  25. rikyrah says:

    https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2017/06/05/the-110-billion-arms-deal-to-saudi-arabia-is-fake-news/

    Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. Only problem is that there is no deal. It’s fake news.
    I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them “intended sales.” None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

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  28. rikyrah says:

    Pesach ‘Pace’ Lattin‏ @pacelattin 13h13 hours ago

    Some serious stuff about to hit the news about the NSA that will destroy Trump. If he is not impeached then everyone is corrupt.

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    Pesach ‘Pace’ Lattin‏ @pacelattin 9h9 hours ago

    NSA and CIA have evidence that Russians accessed voter registration data and gave to people associated with Trump campaign.

    34 replies 319 retweets 505 likes

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  29. rikyrah says:

    In the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Koch Brothers’ Campaign Becomes Overt

    By Jane Mayer

    June 5, 2017

    If there was any lingering doubt that a tiny clique of fossil-fuel barons has captured America’s energy and environmental policies, it was dispelled last week, when the Trump Administration withdrew from the Paris climate accord. Surveys showed that a majority of Americans in literally every state wanted to remain within the agreement, and news reports established that the heads of many of the country’s most successful and iconic Fortune 100 companies, from Disney to General Electric, did, too. Voters and big business were arrayed against leaving the climate agreement. Yet despite the majority’s sentiment, a tiny—and until recently, almost faceless—minority somehow prevailed.

    How this happened is no longer a secret. The answer, as the New York Times reported, on Sunday, is “a story of big political money.” It is, perhaps, the most astounding example of influence-buying in modern American political history.

    As the climate scientist Michael Mann put it to me in my book “Dark Money,” when attempting to explain why the Republican Party has moved in the opposite direction from virtually the rest of the world, “We are talking about a direct challenge to the most powerful industry that has ever existed on the face of the Earth. There’s no depth to which they’re unwilling to sink to challenge anything threatening their interests.” For most of the world’s population, the costs of inaction on climate change far outweigh that of action. But for the fossil-fuel industry, he said, “It’s like the switch from whale oil in the nineteenth century. They’re fighting to maintain the status quo, no matter how dumb.”

    http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/in-the-withdrawal-from-the-paris-climate-agreement-the-koch-brothers-campaign-becomes-overt

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  36. And this is who the people voted for?

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  39. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐😐😐

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  41. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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