Tuesday Open Thread | Don Lemon responds to Trump’s personal attacks on him and LeBron James

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61 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Don Lemon responds to Trump’s personal attacks on him and LeBron James

  1. rikyrah says:

    Kanye’s Conservative BFF, Candace Owens, Was Harassed at a Coffee Shop, Claims Racism

    Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

    Today 2:31pm

    I cover politics for The Root. Every day, I look into the ongoings of one of the worst administrations to ever do it. I’m fully aware of Candace Owens and was amused when Kanye West began lauding her as a free-thinker. I’ve seen Candace Owens frequently on political talk shows as she’s become the go-to black conservative to call when Paris Dennard is busy working the fields for the Trump administration.

    I say all of this to say that if my mother was being held over a cliff by a group of angry vigilantes wearing masks with a sole black woman
    standing off to the side and the only way that I could save my mother is to correctly identify Candace Owens, and that black woman on the side was wearing an “I’m Candace Owens” T-shirt, I would turn to my mother and mouth “I love you” as I waited for them to decide her fate.


  2. rikyrah says:

    Help us flood the Department of Commerce’s comment form with feedback on the proposed 2020 Census citizenship question.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce wants to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

    It serves no useful purpose. In fact, it will skew the data by depressing response rates — while increasing the cost to taxpayers. Plus, it will trigger further mistrust in immigrant communities already living in fear because of President Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric and aggressive enforcement actions.

    This is simply a bad idea – one driven by the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda.

    The Census is important because it will be used to apportion U.S. representatives among the states. We need every person counted.

    Please help us send a strong message of public opposition this harmful proposal. Right now, the Department of Commerce is accepting public comments.

  3. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : August 7, 2018

    Fungible: adjective FUN-juh-bul

    1 : being of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another equal part or quantity in the satisfaction of an obligation
    2 : interchangeable
    3 : flexible


  4. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

  5. rikyrah says:

    And, don’t forget about the unaccounted for funds from the Inauguration. …in the ballpark of 50 million.


    Trump raised $135M at 29 fundraisers. But nearly half the events were for himself
    August 07, 2018 05:00 AM

    President Donald Trump has headlined 29 fundraisers since he was sworn into office, raising at least $135 million — but unlike the five previous presidents, nearly half of the events benefited himself, instead of just his party or candidates, according to an analysis by McClatchy.

    Trump is the first U.S. president since at least the 1970s to raise money for his own re-election campaign during the first two years of his term when the political world’s attention is usually focused on midterm elections for Congress. And Trump has held the fewest total fundraisers at this point in his term since Jimmy Carter, according to records of presidential fundraising compiled by Brendan J. Doherty, a political science professor at the U.S. Naval Academy.

    That’s a sign he’s more focused on himself and less tied to his party 18 months into presidency.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Rand Paul is a fraud. A phucking fraud. All that libertarian bullshyt, and shilling for an authoritarian regime.

    Russian lawmaker Leonid Slutsky said he asked Rand Paul to speak out in defense of Mariia Butina.

    “If you, Senator Paul, are able to raise your voice in defense of Mariia … you would show yourself to be a real man,” Interfax reported Slutsky saying.https://t.co/y3RzYTeZvS

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 6, 2018

  7. rikyrah says:

    Trump frets over Jr’s legal liability as Mueller advances: report

    Ashley Parker, White House reporter for The Washington Post, talks about reporting that Donald Trump is worried about his son’s legal liability in the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians as his own legal liability worsens with each ill-considered tweet.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Hicks visit raises concern over potential Trump witness tampering

    Donald Trump’s conversations with White House staffers about his role in the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians have raised concerns that he could be vulnerable to charges of witness tampering. Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. attorney, and Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence under Robert Mueller, discuss the legal ins and outs.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Democrat in reach of flipping red seat in Ohio special election

    Robert Costa, national political reporter for The Washington Post, discusses Democratic candidate Danny O’Connor’s hopeful polling in a historically red district in Ohio that Donald Trump won by 11 points in 2016, and what this special election could portend for this year’s midterm elections.

  10. rikyrah says:

    I’m going to say it again:


    Trump admin still unable to formulate reunification plan for kids

    Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Projects, discusses the Donald Trump administration’s failure to have a plan for reuniting families separated under Trump’s border policy, and continued failure to come up with a plan despite a court’s order to do so.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Ohio special election ‘should be a slam dunk and it’s not’
    08/07/18 08:41 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) was asked over the weekend about today’s congressional special election in his state’s 12th district, which is a traditional Republican stronghold. The governor conceded that the race is “very close.”

    “It’s really kind of shocking because this should be just a slam dunk and it’s not. […]

    “It really doesn’t bode well for the Republican Party because this shouldn’t even be contested.”

    Quite right. This a district the GOP presidential ticket won by 11 points. Since World War II, the district has been represented by a Democrat for exactly one term, which paints a striking portrait of the area: a Republican has held this seat 77 of the last 79 years. Two years ago, then-incumbent Rep. Pat Tiberi (R) won re-election in this district by 37 points.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates just confessed in court that he committed crimes with Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. In case you haven’t figured it out yet: @realDonaldTrump hires so many criminals because he is a criminal too. #TrumpCrimeSyndicate

    — Ryan Knight 🌊 (@ProudResister) August 7, 2018

    A great legal mind once told me you can say whatever you want on TV but inside a court of law, when you put your hand on a bible you have to tell the truth. That’s why this pathologically lying POTUS will never sit with Mueller. Tweets will not save him from treason. VOTE!!!

    — Rob Reiner (@robreiner) August 6, 2018

  13. rikyrah says:

    The Republican Party has betrayed all of its history, all of its hallowed ideals and bet its future on the corrosive power of Trump’s scorched-earth megalomania. GOP candidates richly deserve to lose. To love America tonight is to vow to destroy Trump’s cult.

    — Frank Schaeffer (@Frank_Schaeffer) August 7, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:

    In tonight’s Last Word: Boston’s new Police Commissioner breaks a barrier. #msnbc #lastword @Lawrence pic.twitter.com/EgN0Nl9kbz

    — The Last Word (@TheLastWord) August 7, 2018

  15. rikyrah says:

    “I just wanted to make her day special”: Walmart cashier steps in to paint disabled woman’s nails when salon refuses. https://t.co/hHdM7kddvZ pic.twitter.com/FnNc6SgL7B

    — ABC News (@ABC) August 7, 2018

  16. rikyrah says:


    I can say, without hesitation, that President Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have allowed this shyt.

    So, what say you, Blackademics and ‘Earn My Vote’


    One of the most dangerous construction-related carcinogens is now legally allowed back into U.S. manufacturing under a new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On June 1, the EPA authorized a “SNUR” (Significant New Use Rule) which allows new products containing asbestos to be created on a case-by-case basis.

    According to environmental advocates, this new rule gives chemical companies the upper hand in creating new uses for such harmful products in the United States. In May, the EPA released a report detailing its new framework for evaluating the risk of its top prioritized substances. The report states that the agency will no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments.

  17. rikyrah says:

    The entire piece is enraging. Utterly enraging.


    How Trump Radicalized ICE
    A long-running inferiority complex, vast statutory power, a chilling new directive from the top—inside America’s unfolding immigration tragedy


    But those deportation orders never amounted to more than paper pronouncements. Where would Immigration and Customs Enforcement even send them? The Mauritanian government had erased the refugees from its databases and refused to issue them travel documents. It had no interest in taking back the villagers it had so violently removed. So ice let their cases slide. They were required to regularly report to the agency’s local office and to maintain a record of letter-perfect compliance with the law. But as the years passed, the threat of deportation seemed ever less ominous.

    Then came the election of Donald Trump. Suddenly, in the warehouses where many of the Mauritanians worked, white colleagues took them aside and warned them that their lives were likely to get worse. The early days of the administration gave substance to these cautions. The first thing to change was the frequency of their summonses to ice. During the Obama administration, many of the Mauritanians had been required to “check in” about once a year. Abruptly, ice instructed them to appear more often, some of them every month. ice officers began visiting their homes on occasion. Like the cable company, they would provide a six-hour window during which to expect a visit—a requirement that meant days off from work and disrupted life routines. The Mauritanians say that when they met with ice, they were told the U.S. had finally persuaded their government to readmit them—a small part of a global push by the State Department to remove any diplomatic obstacles to deportation.

    Fear is a contagion that spreads quickly. One ice officer warned some Mauritanians sympathetically, “It’s not a matter of if you’ll be deported, but when.” Another flatly said, “My job is to get you to leave this country.” At meetings, officers would insist that the immigrants go to the Mauritanian consulate and apply for passports to return to the very country whose government had attempted to murder them.

    One afternoon this spring, I sat in the bare conference room of the Columbus mosque after Friday prayer, an occasion for which men dress in traditional garb: brightly colored robes and scarves wrapped around their heads. The imam asked those who were comfortable to share their stories with me. Congregants lined up outside the door.

    One by one, the Mauritanians described to me the preparations they had made for a quick exit. Some said that they had already sold their homes; others had liquidated their 401(k)s. Everyone I spoke with could name at least one friend who had taken a bus to the Canadian border and applied for asylum there, rather than risk further appointments with ice.

    A lithe, haggard man named Thierno told me that his brother had been detained by ice, awaiting deportation, for several months now. The Mauritanians considered it a terrible portent that the agency had chosen to focus its attention on Thierno’s brother—a businessman and philanthropically minded benefactor of the mosque. If he was vulnerable, then nobody was safe. Eyes watering, Thierno showed me a video on his iPhone of the fate he feared for his brother: a tight shot of a black Mauritanian left behind in the old country. His face was swollen from a beating, and he was begging for mercy. “I’m going to sleep with your wife!” a voice shouts at him, before a hand appears on-screen and slaps him over and over.

    In 21st-century America, it is difficult to conjure the possibility of the federal government taking an eraser to the map and scrubbing away an entire ethnic group. I had arrived in Columbus at the suggestion of a Cleveland-based lawyer named David Leopold, a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Leopold has kept in touch with an old client who attends the Mauritanian mosque. When he mentioned the community’s plight to me, he called it “ethnic cleansing”—which initially sounded like wild hyperbole. But on each of my trips back to Columbus, I heard new stories of departures to Canada—and about others who had left for New York, where hiding from ice is easier in the shadows of the big city. The refugees were fleeing Refugee Road.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Now the Trump administration wants to limit citizenship for legal immigrants
    The most significant change to legal immigration in decades could affect millions of would-be citizens, say lawyers and advocates.
    by Julia Ainsley / Aug.07.2018 / 5:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected to issue a proposal in coming weeks that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare, four sources with knowledge of the plan told NBC News.

    The move, which would not need Congressional approval, is part of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller’s plan to limit the number of migrants who obtain legal status in the U.S. each year.

    Details of the rulemaking proposal are still being finalized, but based on a recent draft seen last week and described to NBC News, immigrants living legally in the U.S. who have ever used or whose household members have ever used Obamacare, children’s health insurance, food stamps and other benefits could be hindered from obtaining legal status in the U.S.

    Immigration lawyers and advocates and public health researchers say it would be the biggest change to the legal immigration system in decades and estimate that more than 20 million immigrants could be affected. They say it would fall particularly hard on immigrants working jobs that don’t pay enough to support their families.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Kruse was asked why he takes on Dinesh D’SOUZA


  20. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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