We Still Don’t Know

In All Too Normal, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Dolt 45, Nobody could have predicted, Russiagate by Cheryl Rofer

  It is almost a week, and we have no reliable information about the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Trump and Putin spent two and a half hours together in Helsinki with no note-takers, no expert advice, only their interpreters. We have no record of what happened during those two and a half hours, no record of what either man said or may have promised. The standard practice to have note-takers in such a meeting is because the president is not representing himself, but rather the country. It’s …

Friday News Dump the First: Michael Cohen’s Tapes of Conversations with the President About Karen McDougal

In All Too Normal, America, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Election 2018, Election 2020, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Uncategorized by Adam L Silverman

Breaking News: President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded Trump before the 2016 election discussing payments to a former Playboy model https://t.co/m9SrsHwO61 — The New York Times (@nytimes) July 20, 2018 From The New York Times: WASHINGTON — President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording. The F.B.I. seized the recording …

Late-Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Someone Should Tell Sec. Nielsen Where the Word ‘Quisling’ Came From

In All Too Normal, Assholes, Clap Louder!, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Post-racial America, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Historians have checked and actually, Nazis are wrong. https://t.co/OxaKif3RbY — Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) July 19, 2018 Nielsen’s Norwegian ancestors would second Mr. Rauchway’s rebuttal. really weird that all these trump officials have such a hard time condemning racists — b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) July 19, 2018 The best, most detailed accounts of Cville—I'm thinking in particular of Blake Montgomery's https://t.co/VR4ypLZ6vp —are clear that violence was not evenly distributed. To assert otherwise, or even to toss a veil of unknowability over it, is a dereliction of investigative duty. https://t.co/8RGliYZcXY — Dara Lind …

Russiagate / NRA Open Thread: Mariia Butina, ‘Manliness’ Enhancer…

In All Too Normal, Foreign Affairs, Gun nuts, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

Whoa: @AdamSchiffCA says that Dems on the House Intel Committee wanted to bring Maria Butina and Paul Erickson in for questioning — but were told not to by House Republicans, who were worried about “tarnishing” the NRA and President Trump. — Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) July 19, 2018   … by any means necessary! She gave the Repubs what they were looking for: Attention from a ‘hot chick’ who publicly admired their massive weaponry, political astuteness, and general VIRTUE. In the heat of the moment, it didn’t seem important to ask …

Now They’re Just Screwing With Us! High End Russian Prostitution Ring Edition

In All Too Normal, America, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Election 2018, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America by Adam L Silverman

Husband-and-wife duo busted in high-end Russian hooker ring https://t.co/3fa4q1pifJ pic.twitter.com/CMGIojxWUU — New York Post (@nypost) July 19, 2018 From The New York Post (emphasis mine): A flamboyant husband-and-wife pimp team orchestrated a high-end prostitution ring through a website called Russian Dolls, Manhattan authorities said Wednesday. Yevgen Rizanov and Ksenia Khodukina, both 29, flew women from Russia to New York as part of a “sophisticated long-term operation promoting prostitution,” said Assistant District Attorney James Lynch. The couple and a third defendant, Arkadiy Bashkatov, housed the sex workers in Brooklyn and dispatched …

Our Failed Media Open Thread: Faux News & Friends… But *Also* (Some of) the NYTimes

In All Too Normal, Decline and Fall, Foreign Affairs, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

“All Trump has to do was read one piece of paper without contradicting himself and he couldn’t even do that.” https://t.co/EuNVd2yAtf — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 19, 2018 I feel like by Friday the intelligence community is going to be leaking "Jesus Christ America, do we have to draw you a map?" — Schooley (@Rschooley) July 19, 2018 Russian state TV is more honest than American state TV (aka Fox). https://t.co/rJBqrp5Xgl — Max Boot (@MaxBoot) July 18, 2018 “Baffled by his solicitous tone toward Mr. Putin, some people close …

Open Thread: “But the Bigots Deplorables BASE Loves Him for It!”

In All Too Normal, Assholes, Foreign Affairs, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Post-racial America, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

I’m seeing a lot of “foreign policy equivalent of Charlottesville” takes. https://t.co/WvqWYHExtn — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 16, 2018 Man, is ANYONE willing to defend Trump’s performance to… Oh. https://t.co/qO8wtDn0Rw — Julian Sanchez (@normative) July 17, 2018 That’s the country with taco trucks on every corner, right? Man, that sounds like a nice place… https://t.co/qmgjBwmGs3 — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 17, 2018 The ghost of Lord Haw Haw just told Hannity he might want to ease up on the gas a bit — Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 17, …

Happening Now: Trump-Putin Meeting. Or Summit?

In All Too Normal, Assholes, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread by Cheryl Rofer

I’m a little late to this, and the two world leaders are in their meeting. #Putin in #Helsinki & en route to meet @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/XFjvB3MNAC — Maxim A. Suchkov (@MSuchkov_ALM) July 16, 2018 8.The stage is set. The Gothic Hall in the Finnish Presidential Palace is where #Putin, @realDonaldTrump will spend at least 3 hours face-to-face as scheduled. pic.twitter.com/Drw1SW01JZ — Maxim A. Suchkov (@MSuchkov_ALM) July 16, 2018 Here they are pic.twitter.com/xHRJplMR6E — Maxim A. Suchkov (@MSuchkov_ALM) July 16, 2018 Trump told the Finnish President Just now he enjoyed spending time …

Monday Morning Lighter Topics Open Thread: All Those Billions, and He Still Can’t Buy A Clue

In All Too Normal, Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All by Anne Laurie

It's inefficient, but one way to support the Thai rescue effort is to defame its members and then, after extensive litigation, pay them a judgment. — Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) July 15, 2018 Elon Musk should use his mini sub to launch a mission to rescue his head from deep within his own ass. https://t.co/bgLZfI7hLU — Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) July 15, 2018 In our new high-speed globally-connected universe, the Dunning-Kruger Effect is no longer just for the low-IQ and ill-educated. Elon Musk apparently believes himself to be an expert at EVERYTHING, …

Open Thread: Today’s GOP, the ‘Treason in Defence of Its Perquisites’ Party

In All Too Normal, C.R.E.A.M., Foreign Affairs, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Remember last week when the Senate GOP caucus decided to celebrate July 4 in Moscow? Kinda weird call. — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 13, 2018   Never forget: Whatever the label disclaimers, Trump is the Republican Party, and the Republican Party is Trump. His goals are their goals, their goals are his goals — and none of them have anything to do with ‘patriotism’ or their fellow Americans. Every time you read about some new insanity from this White House, be sure to give a fair share of credit to …

GOP Treason Leader Open Thread: Lest We Forget

In All Too Normal, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Goddamned Traitors, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

We’re just going to leave this here today pic.twitter.com/WkFVQ4BzIf — NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 13, 2018 Have been out of pocket all day and have just finished reading the indictment and I can’t believe Trump is still going to meet Putin afterwards. The message to Putin is clear: I believe you, not my own judicial system. — Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) July 14, 2018 Trump on his summit with Putin: "I’m not going in with high expectations but we may come out with some very surprising things." — Paul Danahar (@pdanahar) July …

Floriduh! Man: Friday Night Run Down

In All Too Normal, America, Crazification Factor, Critters, Fucked-up-edness, Open Thread, Popular Culture, This is not where you come to do your madness! by Adam L Silverman

Has Floriduh! Man been busy? Of course Floriduh! Man has been busy! What are you, a wise guy??? First up, fun and games down on the farm! Florida Man Jailed for Assault With Tractor https://t.co/HHQjs1TN8j pic.twitter.com/WQ3NsBI7ow — Florida Man (@_FloridaMan) July 11, 2018 From WFLA TV Channel 8: ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) — A St. Johns County, Florida, man has been jailed on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Deputies say Howell Morris, 72, chased down his neighbor on a tractor last …