Monday Open Thread | John Boehner Unchained

The former House speaker feels liberated—but he’s also seething about what happened to his party.

John Boehner Unchained

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71 Responses to Monday Open Thread | John Boehner Unchained

  1. rikyrah says:

    Steve Bannon is reportedly on the warpath against hedge fund titan Paul Singer
    Alex Morrell

    Paul Singer, one of the most feared activist hedge fund titans in the world, is used to tangling with high-powered corporate executives.

    But how will Singer, a prolific GOP donor and once-fervent opponent of President Donald Trump, fair against the alt-right?

    We may be about to find out, as Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and current Breitbart News executive chairman, is now reportedly on a mission to destroy Singer, who runs $34 billion fund Elliott Management, according to Axios.

    The battle further highlights the splintered Republican Party, pitting an establishment GOP stalwart in Singer against Bannon, perhaps the most influential leader of the alt-right.

    Here’s how Singer landed in Bannon’s sights, and how the feud is playing out:

    Singer, one of the Republican Party’s most important donors, was a leader of the “Never Trump” movement during the presidential campaign.
    It was recently reported that the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website that Singer bankrolls, was funding the opposition research by the firm Fusion GPS that helped produce the “Steele dossier,” the salacious and uncorroborated report implicating Trump for connections to Russia named after ex-British spy Christopher Steele.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Paul Ryan asked about indictment: “I really don’t have anything to add other than nothing is going to derail what we’re doing in Congress”

    — Liz Goodwin (@lizcgoodwin) October 30, 2017

  3. 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

    #Manafort It’s been a long time coming but I know change gone come…..

  4. rikyrah says:

    President Trump’s approval rating is 33%, the lowest yet.

    Disapproval is 62%, the highest yet.

    Per @Gallup.

    — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 30, 2017

  5. rikyrah says:

    Fox News Twitter army already mobilizing against Manafort’s DC judge. And yes, she’s a black woman.

    — Astead (@AsteadWesley) October 30, 2017

  6. rikyrah says:

    U.S. federal court in Washington on Monday blocked President Donald Trump’s administration from enforcing his ban on transgender people serving in the American military.

    A group of transgender service members last month asked the court to block the planned ban while it considers their claims that it violates their U.S. constitutional rights to due process and equal protection under the law. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said the plaintiffs were entitled to an injunction halting enforcement of the ban until their case is resolved.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Always nitpicking with PBO. ALWAYS.

    “At the same time, supporters of the development, like Mainor, have begun to ask if the $300 million project is being held up to unusual scrutiny. Some have asked if the Obama Presidential Center — which has the potential to transform struggling parts of the South Side — is facing demands beyond those placed on other large-scale projects in the city.

    “Where was the picketing and advocating when there were other major developments — that’s the question,” said Al DeBonnett, the chair of the Jackson Park Golf and Community Leadership Advisory Council, who pointed to the construction of Millennium and Maggie Daley parks as examples of larger developments that didn’t seem to face as much backlash.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    A comment at BJ:

    Raoul says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:03 am

    This seems fking brilliant.

    Lots and lots of eyes on Manafort, and then the real killer knife in the ribs happens an hour or two later when the Papadopoulos plea is released.

    The FBI was on him on January 27th. January! It also appears that he was charged in early October and two days later flipped and accepted a plea. So that’s weeks of him assisting Mueller, now. And he was an official advisor to the campaign, and his near invisibility makes him strangely harder to distance from Trump, IMO: he wasn’t hired to bring flash. He was hired to dig dirt.

    Trump may not understand the gravity of this one, and lots of stuff will fly back and forth about Manafort. But keep your eyes on the flip productivity of Papadopoulos.


  9. eliihass says:

    How much longer before Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley are on a media blitz poo-pooing the indictments…

    Saw a bit of Turley earlier …all self-important as usual, cracking himself up with his endless unfunny and tired chihuahua analogies..

  10. rikyrah says:

    74/ The Papadopoulos plea is BIGGER than the Manafort indictment—at least for the moment. Anyone who knows about Trump-Russia will say so.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) October 30, 2017

  11. eliihass says:

    Unless we find out in the end that Kelly was in fact a plant working with Mueller from the inside…I hope all sane and decent people who haven’t by now, completely disabuse themselves of any illusion that a guy who voluntary accepted to work for, and subsequently ingratiated himself and stayed for whatever reason, with a treasonous buffoon hoisted to ‘power’ by a hostile foreign entity…is no patriot…

    His apologists can try to spin it every way they like, but this is no patriot..

    It is said that everyone has a price… didn’t take much with the so-called ‘distinguished’ general..

    Look at Flynn.. What self-respecting patriot ..a former high-ranking military man for that matter, sells out to a well-known enemy state…and for pittance no less..

    At least Manafort was laundering some fairly decent numbers…still not enough to sell ones soul to the enemy…$75 million…of which he probably got a percentage…but spent like a drunk sailor and ended up right back at the foreign trough again and again …that strangely addictive thing about easy, dirty money..

    But when you realize the peanuts paid the other ‘general’ ..the original one that strutted around our White House earlier this year…acting all important and all pseudo-strongman …churning out threats to enemy countries that didn’t have the foresight to hire him to do their bidding for a whopping $35,000..

    The seduction of white supremacy reigning supreme once again like it was 1920, has been completely embraced by much more than a few crazies like Bannon and the Mercers…there are more than a few previously touted as ‘decent’, ‘honorable’ folks…even some on our side, who are quite comfortable with the concept… There are days it’s obvious some of the women too…even foreign ones like Katty Kay…have those moments when they’d be grateful to have colored folks shown their place …in the back house…and taught a lesson by a good flogging if they dared step out line..

    A return to a time when colored folk knew their place…out of sight, busy doing some floor-scrubbing and soil-tilling for massa…that glorious time when they were seen and not heard…

    A time when they shut up and entertained massa and his guests…and allowed massa to sit on their back to rest his tired feet…while massa’s wife Ms Anne and daughter, Ms Becky, took turns checking out Mandingo when no one was looking..

  12. rikyrah says:

    The Indictment:

    Count 1 Conspiracy against the United States
    Count 2 Conspiracy to Launder Money
    Counts 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 — Failure to report foreign accounts
    Count 10 — Unregistered agent of a foreign principal (FARA)
    Count 11 — False or Misleading FARA statements
    Count 12 — False statements

    • eliihass says:

      One can only imagine what sort of pills were given the buffoon this morning to keep him from yanking out his transplanted hair patches..

      Some day, sooner than later, we will get to hear what happened behind the scenes in our White House, as the hammer came down on the kkklan of treasonous squatters who illegally hijacked and proceeded to desecrate it with the aid of America’s foreign enemies..

  13. rikyrah says:

    16/ That Mueller is able to start with the President’s Campaign Manager—rather than some peon—means he is that much closer to getting Trump.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) October 30, 2017

  14. rikyrah says:

    51/ Between now and March 31, 2018 we can expect more indictments. Almost certainly Carter Page, Jared Kushner, and Mike Flynn—at a minimum.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) October 30, 2017

  15. rikyrah says:

    Never forget:

    Manafort CHOSE PENCE!

  16. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: Former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopolous has pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents.

    — ABC News (@ABC) October 30, 2017

  17. rikyrah says:

    President Trump on Monday is scheduled to have lunch with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, just hours after Trump’s former campaign chairman was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
    Sessions was invited to join Trump’s weekly lunch with Vice President Pence, which is closed to press coverage.

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

  18. rikyrah says:

    MAGA – Manafort And Gates Arrested!

  19. rikyrah says:

    Exclusive: Mueller probe reached out to James Woolsey about Flynn
    Rachel Maddow shares an exclusive statement from the spokesman of former CIA director James Woolsey about being contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump Russia investigation with regard to a meeting that included Mike Flynn.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Russia charges cast U.S. attorney Boente resignation in new light
    Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about what might be inferred from the surprise resignation of U.S. attorney Dana Boente at the same time as reports of the first charges in the Robert Mueller’s Trump Russia investigation.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Report: Trump backer sought to help with Russia-hacked documents,
    Rachel Maddow shares a scoop from the Wall Street Journal that Rebecca Mercer directed Cambridge Analytica to offer to help Wikileaks even as Cambridge Analytica was part of the Trump campaign and the Wikileaks documents were known to be the product of Russian hackers.

  22. rikyrah says:

    There Was No Reason To Hire Manafort Except to Collude with Russia
    by David Atkins
    October 29, 2017

    As the political world waits anxiously for the seal to be broken on special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments, the smart money is on Paul Manafort as the principal target. Manafort is clearly corrupt, having made millions under the table selling his services to pro-Putin forces in Ukraine. He’s the target of an FBI probe focused on at least 13 suspicious wire transfers related to his dealing overseas.

    Beyond pathetically attempting to redirect attention to Hillary Clinton and attack the integrity of the Steele dossier, the conservative line is that while Manafort may have been involved in shady dealings, and while Trump’s family and campaign may have met with Russians promising to deliver dirt on his opponent, Trump himself was not complicit with Russia to interfere in the election.

    This is almost assuredly untrue, because there was no reason to hire Manafort in the first place except to collude with Russia.

  23. rikyrah says:

    On a regular day, this would actually be big news.

    #BREAKING: NBC terminates Mark Halperin’s contract after sexual harassment allegations

    — The Hill (@thehill) October 30, 2017

    • eliihass says:

      Couldn’t have happened to a better guy..

      I am especially grateful that hopefully, all that treasonous insider stuff he and John Heileman were privy to but chose to instead save for a book and movie deals, later, is now overtaken by events…

      One more down..

      Many more to go..

    • Ametia says:


  24. rikyrah says:

    Cyprus named as one offshore account Manafort and Gates used to hide millions. Any comment, Wilbur Ross?

    — meta (@metaquest) October 30, 2017

  25. rikyrah says:

    Ooh, Manafort’s wife is tied in, too.

    — Eric Garland (@ericgarland) October 30, 2017

  26. rikyrah says:

    Mueller indicts Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chair
    10/30/17 08:49 AM—UPDATED 10/30/17 08:59 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When we learned on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was poised to issue the first criminal indictment in the Trump-Russia probe, it was entirely possible that it’d be a relatively low-profile figure facing charges. The president’s critics, hoping for a blockbuster revelation, needed to keep their expectations in check.

    As it turns out, however, when the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is indicted, it’s an extraordinarily big deal.

    Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate Rick Gates have been told to surrender to law enforcement on Monday, a senior U.S. official told NBC News.

    They are the first people to turn be ordered to surrender in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia and Moscow’s interference in the election last year.

    Rick Gates’ name may not be immediately familiar, but his name came up in a recent interview Rachel did with Greg Farrell, investigative reporter for Bloomberg News. Also note, the New York Times published a profile on Gates in June.

  27. rikyrah says:

    I guess SG2 is sleeping in after that wild game last night :)

  28. rikyrah says:

    6/ Don’t take anything from the fact that the charges do not immediately, on their face, implicate Trump or campaign collusion with Russia.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) October 30, 2017

  29. rikyrah says:

    I have to admit, my favorite charge is Conspiracy Against the United States.
    That hits to the heart of everything for me.

    • eliihass says:

      Especially gratifying when the net snags and is hovering around phony, racist, flag-worshipping, aggrandizing faux-patriots who endlessly and shamelessly strut around, red-faced and chest-puffed, faux-reverentially toting around a carefully-folded California king-sized US flag on a gold-leafed tray ..covering underneath, a pile of Russian Rubles in bribe and blood money..

  30. rikyrah says:

    UK BBC just cited Reuters as saying indictments on 12 counts including conspiracy against the US and money laundering. Eek.— whiteboardpen (@Whiteboardpen) October 30, 2017

  31. rikyrah says:

    Gates is interesting. He remained on the campaign after Manafort left, part of pro Trump Super Pac and inauguration committee.— Andy from Oregon (@AndrewAsaylor) October 30, 2017

  32. rikyrah says:

    Sean Hannity‏Verified account @seanhannity 19 Aug 2016
    .@newtgingrich: “Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to really help get this [Trump] campaign to where it is right now.”

  33. rikyrah says:

    CNN: Rick Gates has turned himself in to be processed, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    — Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) October 30, 2017

  34. rikyrah says:

    As Trump & Spicer try to distance themselves from Paul Manafort, remember:

    Total days leading Trump campaign:
    Manafort: 144
    Bannon: 83

    — Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 22, 2017

  35. rikyrah says:

    Paul Manafort’s cell phone is going straight to voicemail. The White House and Trump campaign haven’t responded to requests for comment.

    — Hunter Walker (@hunterw) October 30, 2017

  36. rikyrah says:

    Guess who Manafort’s partner in his lobbying firm is?


    tee hee hee

  37. rikyrah says:

    Conspiracy against the United States


  38. rikyrah says:

    Robert Costa‏Verified account @costareports 7m7 minutes ago
    Reporters closely followed Manafort and Gates last year in Cleveland. They ran the convention, were once dominant players in Trump’s orbit.

  39. rikyrah says:

    Pro tip: When your campaign manager is working for free, he’s not working for you.

    — emptywheel (@emptywheel) October 30, 2017

  40. Liza says:

    Paul Manafort.

    I want more…

  41. Liza says:

    Happy First Indictment Day, y’all.

  42. Liza says:

    John Boehner is an obstructionist jack-ass. Too bad he doesn’t see his own contributions to the current crisis. He owns it.

  43. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

    • eliihass says:

      Good morning Rikyrah and all my fam…Hope everyone had a good weekend..

      Happy Mueller Monday..

      We are living in the twilight zone: Greed, Money laundering and Treason..the vapid, shifty, entitled, White Supremacist, flag-loving, faux-patriots edition..

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