Tuesday Open Thread | The real reason Robert Mueller is sitting on a sealed indictment of Donald Trump

Over the weekend, Palmer Report spelled out the evidence which strongly suggests that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is sitting on at least one sealed indictment against Donald Trump, even as he openly pursues Trump’s various underlings. I’ve since been chewing on why Mueller would take this particular path. It’s now become more clear: it’s all about blocking Trump from being able to pardon anyone.

As I laid out earlier, court records list the indictment against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates as “Indictment (B)” means there’s also an “Indictment (A)” floating around out there, still under seal (link). By definition, Indictment (A) has to be against someone of higher value in the investigation than Manafort, which shortens the list to Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, and maybe Jared Kushner. The target of the sealed indictment also has to be someone whose crimes relate to the crimes that Manafort and Gates are charged with, which essentially narrows it down to just Donald Trump himself. In other words, Mueller is sitting on a sealed indictment against Trump. But why?

It was a Palmer Report reader who helped me put the pieces together, as I’m once again reminded that I’m fortunate to have the smartest audience in all of politics. Various respected legal experts are of the belief that if Donald Trump tries to pardon his own alleged co-conspirators in the Trump Russia scandal, the courts will rule that those pardons are unconstitutional. Of course that puts the legal burden on Mueller to demonstrate that Trump’s underlings truly are his co-conspirators.

The shortest route to get there: each time Robert Mueller gets a grand jury to indict one of Donald Trump’s underlings (Manafort, Gates, Michael Flynn, etc) for any given crime, he’s having that grand jury indict Donald Trump as part of that same criminal conspiracy. That way, if Trump does try to pardon any of these people, Mueller can immediately unseal the indictment against Trump, thus blocking that pardon. This is almost surely why Mueller has a sealed “Indictment (A)” against Trump in the Manafort-Gates case.

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67 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | The real reason Robert Mueller is sitting on a sealed indictment of Donald Trump

  1. Hey, Chicas! I am so tired. Feet hurt. Just exhausted. And I haven’t started cooking yet. Poor me tomorrow. I want to cook my turkey necks and gizzards and make potato salad, cornbread tonight. I really need to get those things out of the way. Jonne called and she picked up the honey baked ham. I picked up my Brownie cake today too. I’ll be cooking all day tomorrow.

  2. eliihass says:

    A soulless, hollow, dishonest bullshitter of the first order..

    Stone and the Russian benefactors have obviously pulled off the Franken and Conyers stuff to help muddy up the conversation .. to divert attention from an unrepentant serial child molester ..

  3. rikyrah says:

    This American comfort food leads a double life – but only some of us know the secret. Do you?
    NOVEMBER 15, 2017 06:48 PM

    It was one of those volunteer duties, the one where you agree to talk to your kid’s class about your job. I figured it would be easy: I’d ask the kids what their family eats at Thanksgiving and we’d do a middle-school version of Brillat-Savarin’s old saw, “Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are.”

    I stood at the wipe-off board and wrote down what the kids called out: Turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie.

    Then it happened: One child called out, “Macaroni & cheese.”

    Across the room, every white child said a version of “Say what?” And every black child said a version of “Well, sure.”

    The person who really got educated that day wasn’t the kids. I’d learned that America’s beloved comfort food leads a double life.

    In black culture, for the most part, macaroni & cheese is the pinnacle, the highest culinary accolade. Who makes it, how it’s made and who’s allowed to bring it to a gathering involves negotiation, tradition and tacit understanding. It’s made from scratch and usually involves multiple kinds of cheese, secret touches (eggs and evaporated milk may be involved) and debates over toppings. It’s baked, and it’s a side dish, but it’s the side dish of honor, present at every important occasion.

    Just rip the top off a blue box? It would be like ripping through your grandmother’s heart.


    Mimi Beal, 52, sums up macaroni & cheese simply: “It’s EVERYTHING.”


    In her family, macaroni & cheese was “a sacred thing.” It wasn’t until she went to an integrated high school that she learned that her white friends did it differently.

    “I never knew it’s a cultural thing,” she says. “I never knew that people ate macaroni & cheese for dinner, not as a side item, until I got into high school. The white kids were having it just for dinner. No, it’s a side dish!”

    A side dish, but special.

    “I associate mac & cheese with every holiday. Winter and summer. If there’s a barbecue, somebody has mac & cheese. Easter. July the Fourth. In black families, you associate macaroni & cheese with comfort, with your mother, your aunts. Not just anybody is allowed to make the mac & cheese. If you’re invited to someone’s house, especially for a holiday, you can’t just bring the mac & cheese, you know. You have to be assigned.

    “You have to be a tested, tried-and-true, mac-&-cheese maker.”


    “I hate to brag, but people really love my cooking,” she says. “I do everything – I’ll do any sides, the meat, I plan the menu, I am my mother’s assistant. We’re in charge of the meal.”

    She’s the cook, with one exception: Her sister Lauren makes the macaroni & cheese. She’s the only one in the family who has perfected their mother’s version. Beal doesn’t even have the recipe.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Christian Activist Flip Benham: Roy Moore Dated Teens Because There’s Something About Their Purity [AUDIO] – https://t.co/xCEj9LG1al pic.twitter.com/YRtuVDspN7

    — JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) November 21, 2017

    • eliihass says:

      And now the cowardly, 5 prong-tongued buffoon who’s been dodging questions about Moore, is now flapping his jaw emboldened after a chat with his Russian boss and benefactor ,..and coaching from Bannon..

      Curious to see what John Kelly – patron saint of women of yore, thinks of his ward’s yammering in defense of a serial child molester..

  5. rikyrah says:

    Not only was he banned from the Mall, they had someone watching him at the local high school football games.


    Alabama ex-cop says she was tasked with keeping Roy Moore away from cheerleaders at high school games

    A retired Alabama police officer told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday that she had to keep an eye on Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in the 1980s at local high school football games because he would regularly harass the team’s teenage cheerleaders.

    Faye Gary, who for 37 years was an officer at the Gadsden Police Department, explained to Mitchell that Moore’s reputation for pursuing underage girls was widely known throughout the community.

    “We were also told to watch him at the ballgames, and make sure that he didn’t, you know, hang around with the cheerleaders,” said Gary.

    Gary also said she learned that Moore had been barred from entering the local shopping mall because he had been “harassing” young women who worked there.

    Moore faces multiple allegations that he inappropriately pursued teenage girls when he was in his 30s, including allegations from two women that Moore tried to force them to have sexual contact with him when they were both under the age of consent


  6. eliihass says:

    For anyone interested in the Zimbabwe- Mugabe saga.. A quick overview of how it all came to be..

    White supremacy, racism, colonialism, propaganda …bright, articulate rebel native son.. fleeting good intentions, ambition, power, greed, intoxication …paranoia, affairs, secretary turned mistress turned second wife..



  7. rikyrah says:


    Human remains belonging to slain Army Sgt. La David Johnson were discovered in Niger earlier this month, according to reports. The parts were found about month after the soldier and three of his comrades were killed in an early October ambush, CNN reported, and more than two weeks after his funeral. …

    MORE: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/remains-sgt-la-david-johnson-found-weeks-funeral-article-1.3648483?utm_content=buffer0f4c5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=NYDailyNewsTw

    • eliihass says:

      Saw that on the news..


      They didn’t even bring back the whole of the young man..

      Must be just so horrifying for his wife and family..


  8. rikyrah says:

    Tea Partier Joe Walsh Just Made A Racist Tweet About Marshawn Lynch And Immediately Paid For It



    Former Tea Party Congressman and infamous right-wing talking head Joe Walsh took to Twitter this afternoon to complain about how a football player stood for the Mexican anthem and not the American anthem – and immediately got smacked down by the

    Five-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLVII champion Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders chose to stand for the Mexican national anthem during Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, which was played in Mexico City as part of the NFL’s new international game series.

    Lynch earned the ire of President Trump and of angry right-wingers like Walsh, who were quick to take to Twitter to make shamelessly racist and unwarranted attacks against Lynch.

    Social media was quick to take issue with Walsh, who rudely insinuated that Lynch was “uneducated” even though he graduated from Cal-Berkely with a degree in social welfare and is making his way through graduate school.


  9. rikyrah says:


    Take the #2calls3asks challenge

    Call 202-224-3121

    Ask your 2 Senators for 3 things

    ✅Vote NO on the #TaxReformBill
    ✅Ask them to reauthorize CHIP
    ✅Demand #NetNeutrality

    If they don’t answer leave a message

    If its a staffer be polite

    These calls matter! pic.twitter.com/OeizlDJKqu

    — Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) November 21, 2017

  10. rikyrah says:

    Found at BJ:

    Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.) says:
    November 21, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I feel like maybe I can take some interest in what the sainted White Working Class™ thinks about shit when the press begins to tell us about what the Black working class, or indeed, any Black people think about anything. This is the same old shit as the shit we heard some years back when people in the press were telling us that, “Yeah, but if it weren’t for Black voters, Democrats would never win another election again!” They seemed obsessed with this, and left unspoken in all that was what they really meant, which was, “Yeah, but Black voters aren’t real voters. They aren’t the voters who count, you know? Democratic wins don’t really count, because they don’t depend on white voters. White voters are the real voters.”

    They just can’t get beyond this, even though the wording is a little new. They all obsess about Tяump voters like they’re the only ones worth worrying about. Democrats need to stop worrying about these people. Too many of them are beyond help. They’re never going to pull the lever for Democrats, even though Republicans are fucking them over; shit, they vote for Republicans even when they know Republicans are fucking them over, or molesting 14 year olds or… You finish it.

    Democrats are going to keep on trying to help these people because that’s what Democrats do. And it doesn’t hurt to tell the White Working Class™ how we’re trying to help them. But we need to stop fretting about it. We aren’t going to get these people. We never will. And we don’t need them. There are enough people who do care about what Democrats are doing, and will vote for us that we don’t need to obsess about these people. I know that’s going to upset Nicholas Kristoff and E.J. Dionne and the ghost of David Broder, and I know that too many Democratic politicians still care what these zeroes think, but I hope there are enough Democrats who understand what the hell is going on that we can make some headway. For fuck’s sake, we saw two weeks ago today just how fucking little we need the White Working Class™. Ralph Northam didn’t spend his time in Wise County or Patrick County, begging poor white ignoramuses for votes he was never going to get. He went to Norfolk and Richmond and Northern Virginia and told us all what was at stake and what he was going to do for us if we gave him the chance, and, boy, howdy, it worked.

    I know, it doesn’t “count” because it was all because of The Blacks and The Hispanics and The Women who put him 10 points over the top, but the thing is, it does count. He doesn’t have to hand the governor’s seat over to Chinless Ed because too few White Working Class™ voters voted for him. He still gets to be governor for four years, and he now may even have the House of Delegates with him, too. I don’t really care what Mark Shields thinks about all of this. All I care about is that Democrats in office and running for office care

  11. rikyrah says:

    GOP plan will ultimately raise taxes on 50% of Americans, nonpartisan assessment says

    “We’re going to give the American people a huge tax cut for Christmas,” President Donald Trump said Monday, speaking before a cabinet meeting
    But a nonpartisan tax analysis group said the Senate package would leave half of taxpayers facing higher levies by 2027
    The group also said the proposal would generate enough growth to produce additional revenue of $169 billion over a decade
    That number falls far short of the $1.5 trillion estimate over the same period by Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation

    Published 14 Hours Ago
    Updated 55 Mins Ago

  12. eliihass says:

    Shared 2 years ago..

    “…Psychopaths, on the other hand, are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature.

    Unlike their sociopathic counterparts, psychopathic criminals are cool, calm, and meticulous. Their crimes, whether violent or non-violent, will be highly organized and generally offer few clues for authorities to pursue. Intelligent psychopaths make excellent white-collar criminals and “con artists” due to their calm and charismatic natures….”

    There are far too many to be found in the upper echelons of our society…They abound in our politics, our bureaucracy, our entertainment industry…

    Psychopathy is the most dangerous of all antisocial personality disorders indeed. You never really see them coming, but in spite of their well-laid plans, if you look close enough, some things just don’t add up with most psychopaths…There are telltale signs to be seen – for people with eyes…

  13. rikyrah says:

    I just can’t.
    Hot dogs IN THE GREENS?!😠


    • eliihass says:


      I don’t eat at potlucks either..

      • rikyrah says:

        I’ll do a salad and dessert, but everything in between…nope.

        • eliihass says:

          No salad for me outside my home, family and a very select few restaurants… ..I’m so, so picky about who makes my salads…washing stuff properly…hygiene in general ..especially since salads aren’t cooked ..and so no heat to destroy stuff that’s potentially lurking.. And salmonella from poorly handled dressing..

          I’ll usually bring dessert …and may have some of it …as long as I get a piece and scoop.. before anyone else gets to it…I’ve got serious ocd.. LOL..

  14. rikyrah says:

    More from Attorney General White Citizens Council:

    The Justice Department Just Announced Millions Of Dollars For Police Who Promise To Report Undocumented Immigrants

    The Trump administration is taking a carrot-and-stick approach to making local police department’s crack down on illegal immigration. This was nearly $100 million in carrots.

  15. rikyrah says:

    The stuff about Conyers was leaked to a guy named Cernovich.

    A comment about him and this happenings:

    jl says:
    November 21, 2017 at 12:02 am
    Sourcing of the the leak seems to be through this guy Cernovich, through GOP channels.
    Follow the links from Josh Marshall tweet below.

    Anyone who think there will not be very selective leaking to target Democrats is a fool.
    As far as I know, there is no evidence at all that anybody prompted Moore’s accusers. But the Moore fiasco hurt the GOP badly, and they are going to get even.

    I’d put some money on Dem to GOP ratio of accusations over next few weeks.

    Tweets about him:

    so who’s feeding him this shit https://t.co/feipYknfAQ pic.twitter.com/fVwcMfluoK

    — Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) November 21, 2017

    Whoever gave the stuff to Cernovich could have gone directly to Buzzfeed, or any other news org. That they went to him says everything about motive. Good that it’s out, but what DIDN’T come out.

    — Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) November 21, 2017

    I hope we’re not about to relive 2016: where material was selectively leaked to news orgs eager for scoops, and only a year later did how media got played come into focus (for some. I mean, seemed clear at the time for some)

    — Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) November 21, 2017

  16. rikyrah says:

    Trump moving stealthily to privatize the VA, alarming vets groups
    Rachel Maddow relays reports that the Donald Trump White House is looking at the possibility of merging the VA with the private health care system used by the Pentagon

  17. rikyrah says:

    Trump to start paying own legal fees, Junior’s tab less clear
    Shannon Pettypiece, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, talks with Rachel Maddow about why the Trump re-election campaign and the RNC have been paying the legal fees of Donald Trump and Trump Jr., and what it means that Trump is now going to be taking some of that on himself.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Trump FCC to revoke net neutrality: Politico
    Rachel Maddow relays a Politico report that the FCC will revoke the net neutrality rule that gives everyone equal access to everything online, and will propose a system favored by internet service providers that could change the face of how the internet is used.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Mueller turns attention to Justice Department, asks for documents
    Paul Rosenzweig, former senior counsel on Ken Starr’s investigation, talks with Rachel Maddow about the relationship between Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump and the Justice Department, and the mechanics of Mueller asking the his own department for documents.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Trump ignores Nixon lesson with public pressure on DoJ, Sessions
    Rachel Maddow looks at how Richard Nixon’s disregard for the independence of the Department of Justice contributed to his downfall, and reports on two fresh instances of Donald Trump appearing to exert improper influence on the DoJ to serve his political ends.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Kushner’s Trump Russia hole deepens, Hicks to testify soon
    Rachel Maddow reports on the latest developments in the Trump Russia investigation, including Jared Kushner extending his string of being caught not being honest with investigators, and expectations that Trump assistant Hope Hicks may testify as early as this week.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Trump to close self-dealing charity pending investigation
    Rachel Maddow reports that Donald Trump intends to shut down his disgraced eponymous charitable foundation, but can’t actually do so while the foundation remains under criminal investigation.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Sex harassment accusations continues to rock media, politics
    Rachel Maddow reports on the latest wave of sexual harassment and assault accusations against prominent media and political figures.

    • eliihass says:

      At some point hopefully, we’ll have a real discussion here about all of this fam..

      I’d love to hear all your thoughts ..

      I’ve got a few of my own …on not just this, but a few other things I’ve been dying to share/discuss..

      Long overdue..

      Some of it potentially uncomfortable..

      I know SG, Ametia and Rikyrah have often said that it’s ok to be honest here..

      But still..

      I’m not so sure everyone’s quite ready for some of my brand of brutal honesty ..or the acute observations, cathartic unburdening that come with it..

      I really don’t want to hurt feelings …or unmask/take-down other people’s ‘heroes’..or the hypocrisy ..double standards.. selective, often inconsistent ‘morality’ and ‘outrage’ that ignores active complicity, participation ..

  24. rikyrah says:

    who are the BASE of the Democratic Party…


    By every measurement…





    Why Democrats Must Regain the Trust of Religious Voters

    If the party wants to win back votes in the Trump era, it will need to stop ignoring people of faith.

    Democrats ignored broad swaths of religious America in the 2016 election campaign and the nation has suffered because of it. Yet calls for a recommitment to faith outreach—particularly to white and other conservative or moderate religious voters—have been met in some corners of liberal punditry with a response as common as it is unwarranted. Some quarters of the Democratic party would rather maintain rhetorical and ideological purity than win with a more inclusive coalition. For the sake of the country, the party must turn back to people of faith

    We know faith outreach works, because it has worked before. In 2005, after the reelection of a president many Democrats believed was clearly unfit for leadership, a concerted decision was made to close the “God Gap” that the GOP had so effectively exploited. Yes, the Democratic Party was losing among white religious people, but there was also an understanding in the party that its margins among black and Hispanic voters were limited by the perception that the party was antagonistic toward religion. Democrats took back Congress in the 2006 midterms, through a combination of direct engagement, district-based flexibility on policy, and rhetorical adjustments. The majority gained in 2006 is the majority that delivered all of the legislative-policy wins progressives hail from the first two years of the Obama administration, including the Affordable Care Act.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Congress’ Office of Compliance (OOC) has paid $17M to victims of harassment & discrimination.Members of Congress who are certain that no sexual harassment or assault cases have been settled on their behalf by the OOC should say so.See who stays silent.https://t.co/xpV5myRaoj— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) November 21, 2017

  26. rikyrah says:

    HOLY SHIT. Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation just tried to “both sides” the Alabama Senate race and compared Doug Jones’ stance on abortion to Roy Moore molesting kids.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Kyle Griffin
    CBS News confirms that Don Jr. met with Kremlin ally Alexander Torshin at an NRA event in May 2016.

    Kyle Griffin
    Forgot about this. Shortly before the election, Don Jr. flew to Paris for lunch at the Hotel Ritz Paris with a Syrian activist (who says she meets regularly with Russian officials) and her husband (who once nominated Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize).

    Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 trip to Paris for lunch with Moscow-linked couple remains a puzzle

  28. rikyrah says:

    Follow Follow @mrsmaris
    Journalists who framed narrative of Hillary Clinton as corrupt, inauthentic, flawed?

    Glenn Thrush (Politico/NYT)
    Mark Halperin (Game Change, Circus)
    Hamilton Fish/Leon Wieseltier
    (New Republic)
    Sam Kriss (Vice)
    Jordan Chariton (TYT)

    ALL facings sexual harassment allegations.🤔


  29. rikyrah says:

    Rebecca Traister

    Chilling. Note the women in it who left journalism. & also, again, consider power that Rose (& regular guests, incl Halperin, including Thrush) had to shape narrative of HRC. The news here isn’t just individual; it’s structural.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Could you imagine if 44 had done this to ANYPLACE IN AMERICA?

    Donald Trump’s Response to Disaster Aid for California: Nothing
    NOV. 20, 2017 10:17 PM

    A few weeks ago, California requested $7.4 billion in disaster aid following the massive series of wildfires in the northern part of the state that killed 43 people and destroyed nearly 9,000 structures. Actually, let’s back up. That’s not quite accurate. California’s Democratic governor, its two Democratic senators, and its 39 Democratic members of Congress asked for $7.4 billion. With only one exception, California’s Republican delegation boycotted a request for disaster funding for their own state.

    Yesterday the Trump administration responded to California’s request:

    While the request includes anemic supplemental funding for states ravaged by hurricanes, it contains no funding whatsoever for rebuilding the communities in California devastated by the recent wildfires…. “For the Administration to not request even a single additional penny to help rebuild the communities devastated by the worst fires in California’s history is mind-boggling,” [said the two congressmen who led the disaster relief effort].

    • Liza says:

      Outrageous. Blue states must be punished in Donald Trump’s America.

      • eliihass says:

        There’s never been any pretense about it..

        The buffoon and co. have never made any bones about his and their endless versions of quid quo pro…

        Even with taxpayer monies and institutional resources.. reward or punishment for ‘fealty’ or the absence of it..

  31. rikyrah says:

    1977 is when three of Roy Moore’s accusers say he propositioned or assaulted them as teenagers. It is also the year, *by his own description*, he first noticed, at a dance recital, the pretty girl who would later become his wife.

    He was 30. She was 16.

  32. rikyrah says:

    F.C.C. Is Said to Plan Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules
    NOV. 21, 2017

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is preparing a full repeal of net neutrality rules that require broadband providers to give consumers equal access to all content on the internet, putting more power in the hands of those companies to dictate people’s online experiences.

    Ajit Pai, the chairman of the F.C.C., plans to reveal a sweeping proposal to scrap the net neutrality rules on Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the plan, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details are not public. The rules, created during the Obama administration, prohibit broadband providers from blocking, slowing down or charging more for the delivery of certain internet content. The proposal will be presented in a December meeting of F.C.C. commissioners and is expected to pass in a 3-to-2 vote along party lines.

    A rollback of net neutrality regulations would represent a significant victory for broadband and telecom companies like AT&T and Comcast and would amount to a strike against consumers. When the rules were passed in 2015, they underlined the importance of high-speed internet to the lives of Americans and the need to more strongly regulate the communications service like a utility, as essential as electricity and the telephone.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Trash. Every one of these muthaphuckas.

    Reuters: Exclusive – State Dept. revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers:

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters.

    A confidential State Department “dissent” memo not previously reported said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided in June to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a U.S. list of offenders in the use of child soldiers. This was despite the department publicly acknowledging that children were being conscripted in those countries.[tmsnrt.rs/2jJ7pav]

    Keeping the countries off the annual list makes it easier to provide them with U.S. military assistance. Iraq and Afghanistan are close allies in the fight against Islamist militants, while Myanmar is an emerging ally to offset China’s influence in Southeast Asia.

    Documents reviewed by Reuters also show Tillerson’s decision was at odds with a unanimous recommendation by the heads of the State Department’s regional bureaus overseeing embassies in the Middle East and Asia, the U.S. envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the department’s human rights office and its own in-house lawyers. [tmsnrt.rs/2Ah6tB4]

    “Beyond contravening U.S. law, this decision risks marring the credibility of a broad range of State Department reports and analyses and has weakened one of the U.S. government’s primary diplomatic tools to deter governmental armed forces and government-supported armed groups from recruiting and using children in combat and support roles around the world,” said the July 28 memo.


  34. rikyrah says:

    The Nationalist’s Delusion
    Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.
    ADAM SERWER NOV 20, 2017


    Trump’s great political insight was that Obama’s time in office inflicted a profound psychological wound on many white Americans, one that he could remedy by adopting the false narrative that placed the first black president outside the bounds of American citizenship. He intuited that Obama’s presence in the White House decreased the value of what W. E. B. Du Bois described as the “psychological wage” of whiteness across all classes of white Americans, and that the path to their hearts lay in invoking a bygone past when this affront had not, and could not, take place.


    One measure of the allure of Trump’s white identity politics is the extent to which it has overridden other concerns as his administration has faltered.The president’s supporters have stood by him even as he has evinced every quality they described as a deal breaker under Obama. Conservatives attacked Obama’s lack of faith; Trump is a thrice-married libertine who has never asked God for forgiveness. They accused Obama of being under malign foreign influence; Trump eagerly accepted the aid of a foreign adversary during the election. They accused Obama of genuflecting before Russian President Vladimir Putin; Trump has refused to even criticize Putin publicly. They attacked Obama for his ties to Tony Rezko, the crooked realtor; Trump’s ties to organized crime are too numerous to name. Conservatives said Obama was lazy; Trump “gets bored and likes to watch TV.” They said Obama’s golfing was excessive; as of August Trump had spent nearly a fifth of his presidency golfing. They attributed Obama’s intellectual prowess to his teleprompter; Trump seems unable to describe the basics of any of his own policies. They said Obama was a self-obsessed egomaniac; Trump is unable to broach topics of public concern without boasting. Conservatives said Obama quietly used the power of the state to attack his enemies; Trump has publicly attempted to use the power of the state to attack his enemies. Republicans said Obama was racially divisive; Trump has called Nazis “very fine people.” Conservatives portrayed Obama as a vapid celebrity; Trump is a vapid celebrity.

    There is virtually no personality defect that conservatives accused Obama of possessing that Trump himself does not actually possess. This, not some uncanny oracular talent, is the reason that Trump’s years-old tweets channeling conservative anger at Obama apply so perfectly to his own present conduct.

  35. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Leading Trump Census pick causes alarm
    The 2020 count might be put in the hands of an inexperienced professor who wrote that ‘Competitive Elections are Bad for America.’
    11/21/2017 05:06 AM EST

    The Trump administration is leaning toward naming Thomas Brunell, a Texas professor with no government experience, to the top operational job at the U.S. Census Bureau, according to two people who have been briefed on the Bureau’s plans.

    Brunell, a political science professor, has testified more than half a dozen times on behalf of Republican efforts to redraw congressional districts, and is the author of a 2008 book titled “Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America.”

    The choice would mark the administration’s first major effort to shape the 2020 Census, the nationwide count that determines which states lose and gain electoral votes and seats in the House of Representatives.

    The fate of the Census under Trump has been closely watched by voting-rights advocates worried that the administration — which has already made unsupported claims about voter fraud — might nudge it in directions that over- or under-count some Americans. Subtle bureaucratic choices in the wording and administration of the Census can have huge consequences for who is counted, and how it shifts American voting districts.

  36. Ametia says:


    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Chris Matthews doesn’t remember the show very well when he thinks that Archie Bunker was made fun of because Archie was a White working class individual. Chris Matthews said in the video above:
      “You know, ever since we started this Archie Bunker thing in the early ’70s, making fun of white working people, we kissed them goodbye,” ”

      The Show “made fun of” Archie Bunker because of his racism and sense of White superiority.

    • eliihass says:

      Massa Chris..

  37. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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