Tuesday Open Thread

Happy Tuesday, Everyone.

DRIP, DRIP, DRIP………

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54 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Fox News might buy Donald Trump Jr’s spin. But Republicans have no excuse
    Walter Shapiro

    Trump Jr probably believes the talking points he trotted out in his interview with Sean Hannity. The Republican Party, however, cannot claim similar ignorance

    Maybe they should just change the name of Trump Tower to Russia House. And place a plaque in the room on the 25th floor where the Axis of Moral Blindness of Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met in June 2016 with a Russian attorney in hopes of getting the Kremlin’s help in bringing down Hillary Clinton.

    What was stunning about Trump Jr’s Fox News interview with Sean Hannity Tuesday night was the fast-talking self-confidence of the president’s oldest son. It was as if Trump Jr had entered the No Embarrassment Zone.

    While he conceded a twinge of retrospective regret, even now Trump Jr failed to radiate any sign that he understands that presidential campaigns do not go trolling for opposition research from hostile foreign powers. “It’s what we do in business,” he said with innocence of Little Bo Peep. “If there is information out there, you want it.”

    By his own admission, Trump Jr pressed the Russian attorney to dish the dirt. It was a different era, the president’s son stressed, since it was “pre-Russia mania.” It was as if the nature of Vladimir Putin’s regime had changed overnight from Jeffersonian democracy to thuggish authoritarianism.

    Trump Jr probably believes his own talking points, a trait that he has inherited from his father. Without pre-judging the investigation by Robert Mueller, it is a fair assessment that if political stupidity were an indictable offence, Trump Jr would be facing a lengthy sentence.

    The leaders of the Republican Party, however, cannot claim similar ignorance about the nature of the Trump regime. The Republican’s paralysis involves more than the party’s collective 2016 decision to put its integrity in a locked vault in Mar-a-Lago.

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  2. Liza says:

    Barry Jenkins Adapting James Baldwin Novel for Next Movie
    Sameer Rao JUL 11, 2017 11:56AM EDT

    Variety broke the news yesterday (July 10) that Jenkins will direct his own screenplay adaptation of “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Baldwin’s 1974 novel focuses on Tish and Fonny, a Harlem couple whose marriage plans hit a roadblock when police arrest Fonny on false rape charges. The pregnant Tish and her family rush to find evidence that will exonerate Fonny, and the novel alternates between the perspectives of the two protagonists.

    Jenkins told Esquire in January that he wrote the “If Beale Street Could Talk” screenplay during the same 2013 sessions that birthed “Moonlight”:

    “James Baldwin is a man of and ahead of his time; his interrogations of the American consciousness have remained relevant to this day,” Jenkins told Variety. “To translate the power of Tish and Fonny’s love to the screen in Baldwin’s image is a dream I’ve long held dear. Working alongside the Baldwin estate, I’m excited to finally make that dream come true.”

    Jenkins and studio Annapurna Pictures plan to begin production in October of this year. The production team will mirror that of “Moonlight.”

    The filmmaker is also working on a series adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” which is in development with Amazon.

    https://www.colorlines.com/articles/barry-jenkins-adapting-james-baldwin-novel-next-movie

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  5. rikyrah says:

    Watch: Trump, Pence, Kellyanne, Manafort denying any Trump campaign contact with Russians pic.twitter.com/bm4TzwzQRy

    — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 11, 2017

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  6. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Calif. police officer investigated over alleged racial slur during traffic stop”
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/vallejo-police-officer-racial-slur-cellphone-video-traffic-stop/
    Excerpt:

    VALLEJO, Calif. — A California police officer is under investigation and on administrative leave while the Vallejo Police Department determines if he used a racial slur during a traffic stop.

    The investigation was announced after a witness provided CBS San Francisco video of the incident, which took place Saturday morning near Sonoma Boulevard in the city of Vallejo.

    Leo Bruno says he recorded the encounter from inside his home. He told CBS News that he heard the officer shout the n-word. “It sounded pretty clear to me as I was filming, though, some who’ve watched it have had a little trouble hearing it,” he said Sunday.

    While filming the traffic stop, Bruno says he was reminded of recent fatal police shootings of black men across the U.S.

    “All the fatal shootings over the past year, like, [Philando] Castile, [Michael] Brown and Trayvon Martin,” he said Sunday. “We were worried it was going to happen again right on our doorstep.”

    Video by witness:

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  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Adorable and talented!

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  9. rikyrah says:

    Jeff Sessions’s Senate Replacement Will Be Deplorable
    by Martin Longman
    July 11, 2017 12:41 PM

    It has been a while since I wrote about Alabama politics, but the primaries for the special election to replace Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III in the Senate are scheduled for August 15th, and the candidates are out on the trail. From what I’m reading, Roy Moore is the current frontrunner, which is more than mildly terrifying:

    As former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore runs for U.S. Senate, he doesn’t shrink from telling voters he has twice been ousted from the bench for defying federal courts over the Ten Commandments and same-sex marriage.

    Instead, he wears those rejections as a badge of honor.

    Moore tells Republican voters in the blood-red state that they are akin to battle scars for standing up for what he believes.

    “I will not only say what is right, I will do what is right,” Moore said during a June forum in the east Alabama city of Oxford.

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  10. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Excerpt from article linked in above tweet:

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday financial companies will no longer be allowed to force customers to use arbitration to settle group disputes, restricting the industry’s favored legal tool after years of review.

    Currently, credit card and bank companies often insert arbitration clauses in their contracts to prevent consumers from banding together to file class-action lawsuits over scams and fraudulent products. Harmed individuals who seek remedy – often in small amounts — are forced to sue on their own in small claims court, discouraging many lawsuits from consumers who deem them not worthy of their time, money and effort…

    Consumer advocates applauded the agency’s move. Arbitration denies consumers’ day in court. And empowering consumers in courts would ultimately improve the business practices of banks, credit card companies, payday lenders and other financial firms, they say. “These companies are betting on the fact that most of us don’t read these provisions, buried in the fine print,” said Myriam Gilles, vice dean at Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in New York.

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  11. eliihass says:

    Page restored…

    Russian government reaction

    Natalia Veselnitskaya is a “Russian lawyer whose clients include Russian “state-owned businesses”, including Petr Katsyv’s son, Denis Katsyv. The latter owns Prevezon Holdings, an investment firm, and his father is the “vice president of the state-owned Russian Railways and a former deputy governor of the Moscow region”. Veselnitskaya is known for leading a “multi-pronged” attack against “the Magnitsky Act, which provoked a Cold War-style, tit-for-tat row with the Kremlin when President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2012”.[16] Veselnitskaya’s campaign included an unsuccessful attempt in Washington to repeal the Act and to “keep Mr. Magnitsky’s name off the Law.[16] She was “also deeply involved in the making of The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes—an anti-Magnitsky film that premiered in June 2016. She provided the film crew with “the real proofs and records of testimony” according to RussiaTV5, a “station whose owners are known to be close to Mr. Putin”.[16] In response to the adoption of the Magnitsky Act, the Russian government denied Americans adoption of Russian children, issued a list of US officials prohibited from entering Russia, and posthumously convicted Magnitsky as guilty.[17] In addition, the Russian government reportedly lobbied against the legislation acting through a public relations company led by Kenneth Duberstein.[18][19] In June 2016, Veselnitskaya met with Donald Trump Jr.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnitsky_Act

    P.S:
    Kenneth M. “Ken” Duberstein (born April 21, 1944) served as U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s White House Chief of Staff from 1988 to 1989.

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  12. eliihass says:

    Interview with the Russian lawyer ‘Natalia’..

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    • eliihass says:

      Natalia Veselnitskaya is the Russian Lawyer who works for the people that killed Sergei Magnitsky Her name is listed on wikipedia under the heading “Russian Government Response” (to the Magnitsky Act)
      From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnitsky_Act

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      • eliihass says:

        It’s now been deleted…Wow..that was fast..

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      • eliihass says:

        Someone on YouTube posted this under this interview:

        noschool123
        Natalia Veselnitskaya VS Preet Bharara. She is the lawyer who got Mr Bharara fired. That is why she met with Trump Jr. http://www.thedailybeast.com/russians-stick-us-with-dollar50k-plaza-hotel-bar-bill Preet Bharara U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preet_Bharara
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        noschool123
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnitsky_Act Russian government reaction[edit]Natalia Veselnitskaya is a “Russian lawyer whose clients include Russian “state-owned businesses”, including Petr Katsyv’s son, Denis Katsyv. The latter owns Prevezon Holdings, an investment firm, and his father is the “vice president of the state-owned Russian Railways and a former deputy governor of the Moscow region”. Veselnitskaya is known for leading a “multi-pronged” attack against “the Magnitsky Act, which provoked a Cold War-style, tit-for-tat row with the Kremlin when President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2012”.[16] Veselnitskaya’s campaign included an unsuccessful attempt in Washington to repeal the Act and to “keep Mr. Magnitsky’s name off the Law.[16] She was “also deeply involved in the making of The Magnitsky Act — Behind the Scenes — an anti-Magnitsky film that premiered in June 2016. She provided the film crew with “the real proofs and records of testimony” according to RussiaTV5, a “station whose owners are known to be close to Mr. Putin”.[16] In response to the adoption of the Magnitsky Act, the Russian government denied Americans adoption of Russian children, issued a list of US officials prohibited from entering Russia, and posthumously convicted Magnitsky as guilty.[17] In addition, the Russian government reportedly lobbied against the legislation acting through a public relations company led by Kenneth Duberstein.[18][19]
        2 hours ago•1

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    • eliihass says:

      Russian money laundering fraud
      In 2013, Bharara began investigating a money laundering fraud scheme in New York City operated by a Russian criminal organization.[45] The alleged fraud links a $230 million Russian tax refund fraud scheme from 2008 to eleven U.S. real estate corporations.[46] The underlying tax refund fraud was first discovered by whistleblower and Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested under tax evasion charges, and within a year he was found dead in his prison cell—a suspicious circumstance.[47] Bharara and his office stated that some of the illicit proceeds were laundered in the U.S. by purchasing luxury Manhattan and Brooklyn real estate, including a 35-story block that has a pool, roof terrace, Turkish bath and indoor golf course. One of the companies named in the complaint, Prevezon, at the time had assets that included four condo units in the Financial District, each valued close to or in excess of $1 million, a $4.4 million condo at 250 East 49th Street in Turtle Bay, and an unknown amount of funds on deposit in eight separate Bank of America accounts in the name of different limited liability companies registered in New York.

      The case was personal for Bharara after Russia, in April 2013, included him on the list 18 U.S. individuals banned from entering Russia in retaliation to the Magnitsky act.[48]

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preet_Bharara#Russian_money_laundering_fraud

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  13. rikyrah says:

    Where we stand

    Liberal Librarian
    July 11, 2017

    This is almost too much to write about.

    In the past three days, the wheels have come off the Trump train, as the New York Times has broken major stories detailing that Donald Trump Jr. sought damaging information on Hillary Clinton from sources close to the Russian government. There are even emails which prove this.

    We were in uncharted waters before. Now we’re about to fall off the edge of the world.

    Our political system was not designed for a pass like the one through which we are traveling. The Electoral College was supposed to be the guardian preventing the unfit from assuming the office of President. But it was designed under the assumption that it would be independent of party politics. That horse bolted the barn two centuries ago. Now it’s a mere rubber stamp, and we have Donald Trump as president.

    Can an election which was influenced by Russian meddling be considered legitimate? Our democracy, imperfect as it is, was hijacked by a foreign power to serve its own ends. The stench of illegitimacy already wafted around the Trump regime due to it having lost the popular vote by 3 million. Now add to this proof of collusion with Russia—which Trump Jr doesn’t deny—and we have a constitutional crisis not seen since Nixon. Associates of the putative president conspired with a foreign power to damage his electoral opponent. They did so in the same building where he resided, at the same time he was in the building. The idea that he knew nothing about it beggars belief.

    There is no constitutional remedy save for impeachment. And even that wouldn’t solve the question: Was this election even legitimate? If things continue along the trajectory of the past few days, we’re going to see the courts busier than ever, as our Constitution gets reinterpreted to deal with new realities.

    The President of the United States was put into power with the help of a foreign adversary. This is where we are in 2017.

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  14. eliihass says:

    Ted Cruz is a sorry arse..

    God help us!

    If this ‘man’ is willing to go all out lying for and butt-kissing a treasonous buffoon who had no qualms insulting him, his wife, and accusing his father of heinous crimes…

    If this weasel doesn’t even have the integrity or cojones to defend his own wife’s and father’s honor…or even stick with the disgust – which he milked for a minute when he thought he still had a chance at the top of the Repub-ticket…couldn’t even stick with it for any length of time… how on earth can anyone count on this shameless, superficial, politically calculating, self-interested, and self-aggrandizing coward, to look out for them…or work in the best interest of America …

    This cowardly, small ‘man’ is the pits..

    But never forget that he was the original choice of the Mercers, Bannon et al…and it’s pretty clear that something is amiss..,and he’s been promised something in exchange for weaseling out…and throwing his own wife and father and their honor, under the bus…even as he effusively spins on behalf of the buffoon…with his lips firmly planted on the buffoon’s butt..

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  15. rikyrah says:

    found at TOD…

    All I can say is..YEAH!!!!!!!

    A book of White House photographs of Michelle Obama by Amanda Lucidon will be released on October 17th, a few weeks before Pete Souza release his of President Obama.

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  16. rikyrah says:

    A new study strongly rejects the common GOP talking point that Medicaid enrollees are unhappy with their health care coverage, and that they would be better off buying private insurance or going without insurance altogether.

    https://thinkprogress.org/new-medicaid-study-gop-satisfaction-36ec26947d3

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  17. eliihass says:

    Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, et al, are not patriots. None of these republicans in congress are patriots.

    They are all self-serving cowards.

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  18. rikyrah says:

    Tim Kaine just told reporters the Russia investigation is now potentially a treason investigation.
    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 11, 2017

    ‘Stench of bribery and treason’: Legal expert points to Don Jr’s Russia meeting as ‘proverbial smoking gun’ https://t.co/2Fi8AWSHOw pic.twitter.com/1R0zlx6oiP
    — Raw Story (@RawStory) July 11, 2017

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  19. rikyrah says:

    We need to stop saying folks are going to lose their health care if the GOP repeal bill passes. We’re not losing it: they’re taking it away.
    — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 30, 2017

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  20. rikyrah says:

    Surprising that this obvious point is coming from a former Republican. DEMOCRATS use your OUTSIDE voice. Our country was stolen. 🤬 https://t.co/1tJGId1hA2
    — Robin’s Resisting (@puppymnkey) July 11, 2017

    It’s important to remember that Russia intervened in 2016 not only to elect Trump, but to help congressional GOP https://t.co/GzAPxhrfc1
    — David Frum (@davidfrum) July 10, 2017

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    • eliihass says:

      He’s still a republican…A Canadian-born one at that…He just doesn’t support the buffoon…he was a Jeb! supporter who unlike some of the others like Condoleezza Rice, etc. didn’t jump ship…and never did get on-board the treasonous buffoon-express …either because he was never made a tempting enough offer he couldn’t refuse, or because as tempting as it might have been, it felt in the end, too risky to jostle for access and relevance amongst the dumbest and most compromised and sycophantic alt-right cohorts…all currying favor with and looking to ingratiate themselves with, in order to control the ‘working digits’ of an impulsive, unstable, incurious, hollow, shallow, limited vocabulary, ignorant, self-impressed, obsessive, indisciplined, megalomaniac with oral diarrhea …and a penchant for pettiness and vindictiveness, and fighting every petty battle including on twitter – and making a complete fool of himself at every turn..

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  21. rikyrah says:

    Josh BarroVerified account @ j barro
    My theory is something real bad happened in the Putin meeting that we don’t know about and these leaks are a reaction to that.

    Daniel W. Drezner‏Verified account @ dandrezner 36m36 minutes ago
    Corollary: something bad happened and Trump and Tillerson aren’t experienced enough to know it.

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    • Liza says:

      He’s beating her senseless. She grabs at his baton to save herself and he tells her he will shoot her. And he would love to, bet on it. It is obvious he wants to kill her.

      I hope to God this lady gets a seven figure settlement.

      As for the cop, I won’t go there right now.

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    • eliihass says:

      This evil man in uniform paid for by taxpayers, is pure evil…

      I’m shaking with anger…

      The way he struck this poor woman again and again at full strength …and knelt on top of her…

      She was so disoriented from being struck, she practically hit the wall as he led her out handcuffed..

      And shame on all the folks looking on as he mercilessly hit this poor, helpless woman…Not one bold enough to say stop striking her…instead telling her ‘not to resist’…

      Hooefully this cruel, evil in uniform paid for by taxpayers will be severely dealt with…and may Karma visit him in ways that’ll permanently destroy him..

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    • eliihass says:

      This poor woman is neither a murderer or a terrorist…

      The only ‘crime’ she could possibly have ‘committed’… at worst, loitering …

      And yet this evil man struck her again and again as if she was a serial killer who’d murdered his sister…

      He hit her as if it was very personal…

      This man should not be wearing a badge…

      He is evil and full of hate…

      That poor woman was not a human being to him…

      He would never ever have hit a non-black woman like he did…

      I want to help this woman…

      This despicable evil man has to be severely punished…he must be punished for this evil..

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  24. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 7/10/17
    Rep Schiff on potential criminality in Trump Russia collusion
    Congressman Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about which aspects of the Trump Russia collusion investigation have the potential for criminality beyond mere scandal

    Schiff: Trump Jr meeting key in 2016 Russian hacking timeline
    Congressman Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about the timeline of Russian hacking and the release of information to Wikileaks, and the Donald Trump Jr meeting with a Russian lawyer in that context.

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  25. rikyrah says:

    Rachel lays it all out..from the beginning…a nice timeline here.

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 7/10/17
    Questions of Trump Russia collusion gain new specificity
    Rachel Maddow rounds up the latest reporting on connections between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian interference efforts, including breaking news that Donald Trump, Jr. was informed in an e-mail that the Russian government was behind information being delivered by a Russia lawyer at an upcoming meeting.

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 7/10/17
    NYT: E-mail told Trump Jr of Russian government campaign help
    Rachel Maddow shares breaking news from the New York Times that Donald Trump, Jr. was told in an e-mail that the Russian government was behind the anti-Hillary Clinton information he would receive at a meeting with a Russian lawyer

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  26. rikyrah says:

    Mike Pence voices support for radical health care alternative
    07/11/17 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    If Senate Republicans fail to pass their regressive health care plan, there’s quite a bit of support among GOP members to strike a bipartisan deal with Senate Democrats and move on to other issues. There is, however, a radically different approach that’s also on the table.

    Donald Trump published a tweet two weeks ago in which he said he supports a repeal-and-delay model in which Congress immediately repeals the Affordable Care Act, and then figures out a replacement model at some point down the road. Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh asked Mike Pence if he’s on board with such an approach, and the vice president, after dismissing the idea of bipartisan policymaking out of hand, replied:

    “We believe if they can’t pass this carefully crafted repeal-and-replace bill – do those two things simultaneously – we ought to just repeal only, and then have enough time built into that legislation to craft replacement legislation.”

    ……………………………………

    Quite right. As regular readers may recall, the CBO found back in January – when “repeal an delay” was widely seen as the preferred Republican approach – that a full repeal along the lines of what Pence described yesterday, would cause premiums to spike and would take health coverage from 32 million Americans over the next decade.

    This, according to the sitting president and vice president, is the approach Republican policymakers should embrace if the Senate can’t pass the current GOP plan.

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  27. rikyrah says:

    8. And stunningly, Republicans who have spent decades slamming liberals as weaklings and traitors, have surrendered to the Kremlin.
    — Peter Daou (@peterdaou) July 11, 2017

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    • rikyrah says:

      4. That said, pundits should cut the BS about “smoke but no fire” on Russia. There’s fire everywhere. Enough to ruin any other politician.
      — Peter Daou (@peterdaou) July 11, 2017

      6. And those contacts were concealed and misrepresented. On legally binding documents and in sworn testimony. That’s FIRE. Not just smoke.
      — Peter Daou (@peterdaou) July 11, 2017

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  28. rikyrah says:

    Breaking: Source with knowledge of investigation says there is solid proof that Manafort coordinated with Wikileaks in dumping HRC emails.
    — Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) July 11, 2017

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  29. rikyrah says:

    “It’s not just about health care, it’s really about my ability to participate in society.” https://t.co/RXledcgBhV
    — ProPublica (@ProPublica) July 11, 2017

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  30. rikyrah says:

    He doesn’t even have to say a word. He just silently watches the karma train in his usual quiet, classy way. #LastWord @POTUS44 pic.twitter.com/IlTfspBjKV
    — Dyann (@Dyann057) July 11, 2017

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  31. rikyrah says:

    Investigators won’t believe Don Jr didn’t know he was meeting with Russian national, top lawyer Bob Bauer says:https://t.co/u3Me2ojovD pic.twitter.com/egIgpPk4GV
    — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) July 11, 2017

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  32. rikyrah says:

    Good, useful overview of Senate state of play on health care bill, from @perrybaconjr: https://t.co/IWZiLId49k
    — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) July 11, 2017
    Even w/ALL concessions McConnell makes, Trumpcare STILL takes away HC from MILLIONS. With enormous tax breaks to wealthy.
    Unacceptable. https://t.co/bKNHeImmyj
    — Meenakshi Bewtra (@DrsMeena) July 11, 2017

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  33. rikyrah says:

    The GOP’s health bill is in real trouble. Here’s how Republicans are trying to save it. https://t.co/9KgM5dvb4Q
    — POLITICO (@politico) July 10, 2017

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  34. rikyrah says:

    Sniff sniff…

    Wife surprises husband by revealing she’s his kidney donor match.
    Via @nowthisnewspic.twitter.com/ELUaXVb0yD
    — Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) July 11, 2017

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  35. rikyrah says:

    New Trumpcare bill to be released Thu 7/13
    CBO score Mon 7/17 or Tue 7/18
    VOTE by Thu 7/20 or Fri 7/21
    RESISTANCE ALL THE DAYS https://t.co/PoDkEfweh4
    — Ben Wikler (@benwikler) July 10, 2017

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  36. rikyrah says:

    The Everloving PHUCK?!?!?!

    Trump Aides Turned to Businessmen for Afghan War Advice
    Erik D. Prince, a founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire financier who owns the giant military contractor DynCorp International, have discussed their proposals to rely on contractors instead of American troops in Afghanistan with both Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law, according to people briefed on the conversations.

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  37. rikyrah says:

    McConnell far from giving up on a far-right health care overhaul
    07/11/17 08:40 AM—UPDATED 07/11/17 08:47 AM
    By Steve Benen

    It’s hard not to feel a sense of déjà vu. A few weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), after writing a health care bill in secret, said he’d unveil his legislation on a Thursday, receive a report from the Congressional Budget Office the following Monday, and then hold a vote a few days later.

    And here we are again, with McConnell writing a revised bill in secret, announcing a plan to unveil the legislation on Thursday, getting word from the CBO on Monday, and holding a vote a few days later. Politico reported:

    Republican leaders are frantically pushing for a vote on the Senate’s ailing Obamacare repeal bill next week, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell racing to placate warring moderates and conservatives with a new draft due within days, according to senators and aides.

    New bill text could be unveiled to senators as soon as Thursday, according to sources familiar with the proposal. A Congressional Budget Office score is likely to follow as soon as next Monday.

    What’s unclear is whether the Senate Republican leadership will have more success this time than the last.

    An increasingly popular talking point among GOP lawmakers is the idea that their unpopular health care bill no longer exists, since McConnell’s office is rewriting it. Like too many of the Republican arguments on health care, that’s deliberately misleading: by all accounts, McConnell is looking to tweak, not fundamentally overhaul, the blueprint he unveiled in June.
    ……………………………………………………
    But funny things sometimes happen to politicians when they return to D.C. and instead of feeling pressure from constituents, telling them to do the right thing, lawmakers start feeling pressure from their party leaders, telling them to do the partisan thing.

    Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), for example, has looked like a solid “no” vote, but the Nevada Republican said yesterday that the bill could still be changed to earn his support. Similarly, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), another critic of McConnell’s original version, said she believed the GOP blueprint is salvageable.

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  38. rikyrah says:

    This story was overlooked yesterday, but it was announced that Dolt45 will NOT be building a new FBI Headquarters. This had been years in the making.

    FYI – the story was that the contract was to be given to one of Kushner’s business partners. I can only think that someone got back to them and told them, nope, it couldn’t happen. A building that sensitive, the contractor would be chosen from a group of long trusted and proven contractors. There’s no way that anyone remotely attached to Kushner would pass that smell test.

    So, once again, out of spite, in order to ‘bring the FBI to heel’, here goes Kushner., doing to the FBI, what he did to Qatar (reminder, Qatar wouldn’t do business with Kushner, so thus, they have been isolated)

    Muthaphucka, they are THE F.B.I…..and, you think that they’re NOT gonna retaliate?

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  39. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐😐 😐

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