Friday Open Thread | Rep Brenda Lawrence ‏Responds to Trump Tweets

Rep Brenda Lawrence, The #BossLady from Michigan did a mic drop on Donald Trump’s disrespect for women. She laid it DOWN! It is pure 🔥🔥🔥. This is how you do it when you’ve had enough!

Thank you, sista!

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49 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Rep Brenda Lawrence ‏Responds to Trump Tweets

  1. Liza says:

    Kushner told ‘Morning Joe’ hosts to apologize to Trump or tabloid story would run: report
    BY JOHN BOWDEN – 06/30/17 01:34 PM EDT

    President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, told “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski they would need to apologize to Trump in order to avoid the National Enquirer publishing a story about their relationship, New York Magazine reported Friday.

    The magazine reports that Kushner texted with Scarborough about the tabloid story before it ran in mid-April. Kushner said the story could be stopped if Scarborough and his co-host, who are engaged to be married, apologized to Trump for their negative coverage of his first months in the White House.

    After Scarborough refused, the National Enquirer ran a story on June 5 titled “Joe & Mika: TV Couple’s Sleazy Cheating Scandal.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/340263-kushner-told-morning-joe-hosts-to-apologize-to-trump-or-tabloid-story

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  2. Liza says:

    Kushner told "Morning Joe" hosts to apologize to Trump or National Enquirer story would run: report https://t.co/WnyowglgcH pic.twitter.com/LuiFEdNtQX— The Hill (@thehill) June 30, 2017

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  9. rikyrah says:

    Trump abandons the pretense surrounding his voting ‘commission’
    06/30/17 12:40 PM—UPDATED 06/30/17 01:02 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Nearly a decade ago, the Bush/Cheney administration thought it’d be a good idea to give Hans von Spakovsky a six-year term on the Federal Elections Commission. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick offered some advice to senators weighing his nomination: “Do not vote for this guy.”

    Lithwick’s piece was a brutal takedown, making the case that von Spakovsky “was one of the generals in a years-long campaign to use what we now know to be bogus claims of runaway ‘vote fraud’ in America to suppress minority votes.” She added, “[E]ven a brief poke at his resume shows a man who has dedicated his professional career to a single objective: turning a partisan myth about voters who cast multiple ballots under fake names (always for Democrats!) into a national snipe hunt for vote fraud.” Hans von Spakovsky, Lithwick concluded, “symbolizes contempt for what it means to cast a vote.”
    It’s against this backdrop that Donald Trump has decided Hans von Spakovsky should serve on the White House’s “elections integrity” commission, which exists to find evidence of widespread voter fraud – a popular myth in far-right imaginations, thanks to people like Hans von Spakovsky. TPM reported this morning:

    Von Spakovsky served in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department during an era when the agency came under fire for politicizing voting rights issues. Von Spakovsky approved Georgia’s voter ID law, over the objections of career DOJ employees. Since leaving the federal government, he has continued to be an advocate for restrictive voting laws and has fanned the unsubstantiated fears about voter fraud.

    He will be a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is being led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is also a prominent pusher of voter restrictions.

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  10. rikyrah says:

    If WH told @morningmika & @JoeNBC the Nat’l Enquirer wd smear them unless they laid off T on their show, that wd be a crime per 18 USC 872
    — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) June 30, 2017

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  11. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/29/17
    Trump allies work to smear FBI, discredit Russia investigation
    Matthew Miller, former chief spokesman for the Justice Department, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump allies going on offense to discredit the FBI officials and the Trump Russia investigation.

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  12. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/29/17
    GOP operative sought Russian hacker help against Clinton: WSJ
    Shane Harris, national security reporter for the Wall Street Journal, talks with Rachel Maddow about his new reporting about Peter Smith, a Republican activist who sought the help of Russian hackers who may have found Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, and implied he was working with Donald Trump aide Mike Flynn.

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  13. THUGS, Y’ALL

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  21. rikyrah says:

    The CBO delivers more bad health care news to Senate Republicans
    06/30/17 10:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When the Congressional Budget Office issued a devastating report on the Senate Republicans’ health care plan, it didn’t just disappoint GOP leaders, it also surprised them – because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) thought he’d gamed the system.

    The idea was straightforward: McConnell knew the CBO’s score would review the impact of the health care legislation over the next 10 years. With this in mind, to make the results look better, the Republican blueprint was designed to delay some of its harshest elements until after the first decade. That way, when the initial CBO report went public, we wouldn’t see the impact of the bill in years 11, 12, 13, and so on.

    We now know that didn’t work out especially well. The Republican plan is so regressive, the CBO found it would have brutal effects almost immediately if implemented. Yesterday, however, the non-partisan budget office dropped the other shoe, issuing a report on what would happen in the second decade. The HuffPost’s Jonathan Cohn explained:

    That big cut to Medicaid that Republicans swear isn’t part of their health care legislation would get even bigger in the future, a new government report predicts.

    In fact, by 2036, the federal government would be spending 35 percent less on Medicaid than it would if current laws remained in place, according to the projection.

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  22. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Where is the compassion?

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  23. rikyrah says:

    Trump Plans Giveaways to His Buddy Putin
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 30, 2017 8:10 AM

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    Not only is Trump ignoring the cyber threat, he is considering the possibility of returning two diplomatic compounds to Putin—the very ones that Obama ordered vacated in response to Russia’s interference in the election.

    Trying to follow any logic associated with Trump’s behavior is a fool’s errand. He just went on a Twitter tirade last week about how Obama did nothing in response to Russia’s behavior. Simultaneously, he was asking his national security staff to propose “deliverables” he could give to Putin, including the reversal of what Obama did in response to Russia’s behavior. This is precisely why I never assume that there is any method to the madness of his Twitter tirades. They are simply the rantings of someone with no impulse control.

    The overall idea that this president is looking for deliverables to propose in his first meeting with Putin, while asking nothing in return, is remarkable. The two words that come to mind to describe it are (1) stupid and (2) guilty.

    A competent strategist would find a way to at least appear neutral about Russia (if not a bit aggressive) in order to diminish the appearance of collusion. Trump isn’t even trying. That’s what makes him look guilty. During a time when we know that Russia mounted their most aggressive attempt to undermine our democracy, this president is considering giveaways to the guy who orchestrated it all. Why else would he do that unless Putin had something on him? I don’t know about you, but I can’t come up with any other justification.

    If Trump set out to prove himself guilty, I can’t imagine how he could do a better job than this.

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  24. rikyrah says:

    Quick Takes: CBO Score Was a Devastating Blow to McConnell
    A roundup of news that caught my eye today.
    by Nancy LeTourneau

    * In their behind-the-scenes recap on what happened to McConnell’s health care bill, the Washington Post reports this:

    A lobbyist close to Senate Republicans said the [CBO] score was a devastating blow to McConnell. Senators felt they had been “sold a bill of goods,” the lobbyist said, and had expected the Senate bill to have greater distance from the House bill.

    “It knocked the wind out of all the sails,” said a GOP aide.

    Why did the scoring come as such a shock? Because McConnell thought he could use some complicated math to stall reductions in Medicaid spending so that the hits would come more dramatically outside the 10 year CBO scoring window. Obviously that trick didn’t work as well as McConnell had hoped. But Sen. Ron Wyden asked CBO to score the cuts for an additional 10 years to capture what would happen. That report was released today and things get even worse. By 2036 Medicaid would be reduced by a third.

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  25. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s voting commission makes an alarming request for data
    06/30/17 08:40 AM—UPDATED 06/30/17 08:57 AM
    By Steve Benen

    onald Trump likes to believe in a problem that doesn’t exist: the imagined scourge of voter fraud. After the election, the president repeatedly argued that “millions” of illegal votes were cast, in part because Trump was embarrassed his rival received millions more votes than he did, and in part to help lay the groundwork for a broader voter-suppression campaign.

    To that end, the White House created a “commission” in May to investigate voter fraud – a problem that only exists in any meaningful sense in the imaginations of far-right policymakers and their allies – and Trump tapped Kansas’ Kris Kobach, a voter-suppression pioneer, to help lead the ridiculous exercise.

    The initiative lacked any sense of subtlety: the point, as the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent explained at the time, was to use the commission as a tool to rig the electoral process and help Republicans win more races. Slate described Kobach’s role in the endeavor as “terrifying.”

    That was not hyperbolic. The Washington Post reported yesterday on the dubious commission, determined to solve a problem that doesn’t exist, requesting data it isn’t entitled to.

    The chair of President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission has penned a letter to all 50 states requesting their full voter-roll data, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history back to 2006 of potentially every voter in the state.

    In the letter, a copy of which was made public by the Connecticut secretary of state, the commission head Kris Kobach said that “any documents that are submitted to the full Commission will also be made available to the public.”

    On Wednesday, the office of Vice President Pence released a statement saying “a letter will be sent today to the 50 states and District of Columbia on behalf of the Commission requesting publicly available data from state voter rolls and feedback on how to improve election integrity.”

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  26. rikyrah says:

    More Than 100 Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Not Reporting Hate Crimes To FBI

    Written by FEDagent on 29 June 2017.

    A startling number of federal law enforcement agencies are neglecting to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, according to ProPublica.

    Maintained by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, this database is used to tabulate the number of alleged hate crimes occurring around the nation each year.

    Not only does this cause a flaw in the database which is intended to serve as the nation’s most comprehensive source of hate crime information, but these actions also violate the 1988 Uniform Federal Crime Reporting Act which requires all U.S. government law enforcement agencies to send an array of crime data to the FBI.

    The FBI identified at least 120 federal agencies that aren’t uploading information to the database, according to Amy Blasher, a unit chief at the CJIS division, an arm of the bureau that is overseeing the modernization of its information systems. Because of this, the Bureau’s annual tally of hate crime statistics does not include any offenses handled by federal law enforcement.

    “We truly don’t understand what’s happening with crime in the U.S. without the federal component,” Blasher said in an interview.

    In 2015, the database tracked more than 5,580 alleged hate crime incidents, including 257 targeting Muslims, an upward surge of 67 percent from the previous year.

    Because these figures were largely comprised of information from state and local police departments, the true statistics for 2015 are likely much higher.

    https://www.fedagent.com/featured/16-general-news/2212-more-than-100-federal-law-enforcement-agencies-not-reporting-hate-crimes-to-fbi

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  27. rikyrah says:

    Trump Picks Voter ID Advocate for Election Fraud Panel
    By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    MAY 11, 2017

    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday named Kris W. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who has pressed for aggressive measures to crack down on undocumented immigrants, to a commission investigating vote fraud, following through on his unsubstantiated claim that millions of “illegals” voted for his Democratic rival and robbed him of victory in the national popular vote.

    Mr. Kobach, who has championed the strictest voter identification laws in the country, will be the vice chairman of the commission, which will be led by Vice President Mike Pence and is expected to include about a dozen others, including state officials from both political parties, said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary.

    Mr. Trump signed an executive order on Thursday creating the commission, which Ms. Sanders said would have a broad mandate to review policies and practices that affect Americans’ confidence in the integrity of federal elections. Marc E. Lotter, Mr. Pence’s spokesman, said that voter suppression would be among the topics studied by the commission, which he said would take a wide-ranging look at problems at the state and national levels. But the order makes no mention of suppression or voting restrictions, specifying only “improper” or “fraudulent” registration and voting as issues to be explored.

    Democrats and civil rights groups condemned the panel as a taxpayer-funded witch hunt, and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a legal request to the White House for records showing “concrete evidence” of fraudulent voting that would warrant the creation of such a commission.
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    “President Trump is attempting to spread his own fake news about election integrity,” said Dale Ho, the director of the A.C.L.U.’s Voting Rights Project. “If the Trump administration really cares about election integrity, it will divulge its supposed evidence before embarking

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  29. I’m not a fan of Joe Scarborough but he and Meka’s personal relationship is no one’s business. The blackmailers need to go to JAIL!

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  30. Blackmail? WH aides? Congress need to get on this. Somebody need to go to JAIL!

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  31. ISH about to get real…

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  33. rikyrah says:

    Bravo, Congresswoman Lawrence 👏👏👏

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  34. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐 😐😐

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