Andrea Mitchell’s Interview with DNI Coats

In America, An Unexamined Scandal, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Election 2018, Election 2020, Foreign Affairs, Not Normal, Open Thread, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

Andrea Mitchell interviewed Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats this afternoon at the Aspen Institute. Some news was made. BREAKING: Andrea @mitchellreports reads aloud the WH has just announced Putin will be visiting the Washington this fall. DNI Dan Coats, eye wide, pauses, says: "Say that again? Did I hear you…. *sighs*… okaaaaay" to laugher at #AspenSecurity. — Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) July 19, 2018 DNI Coats says "I don’t know what happened in that meeting" when asked about Trump's private, hours-long summit with Vladimir Putin. #AspenSecurity — Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) …

Trench Lawfare Open Thread: Of Course Kavanaugh’s A Pig-Fellator, and We Should Also Make The GOP Deny It

In Activist Judges!, All Too Normal, An Unexamined Scandal, Dolt 45, Don't Agonize - Organize, Open Thread, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

Wow. "negotiations for months". Another corrupt bargain. Where'd the banker son fit in? https://t.co/7vQagS4taD — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 10, 2018 Senators could demand millions of pages of records from Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush White House – and grind the SCOTUS confirmation process to a crawl (1/5) https://t.co/0gDnEZViio pic.twitter.com/rZ0G1LjhRB — POLITICO (@politico) July 10, 2018 In addition to the Bush White House files, senators will probably also demand access to about 20,000 pages of documents Kavanaugh assembled for Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr (4/5) https://t.co/0gDnEZViio pic.twitter.com/XPSNammNmK — POLITICO …

Saturday Morning Open Thread: Begin As You Mean to Go On

In All Too Normal, An Unexamined Scandal, C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Excellent Links, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

After a series of embarrassing acquittals and charges being dropped over weak cases or mishandled evidence from far-right agitprop outfits, the last of the J20 defendants are having their charges dropped:https://t.co/jsYTXXLwk2 — Dan Trombly (@stcolumbia) July 6, 2018 Update: There were 39, not 38, Inauguration Day cases still pending before today. Reporters asked about this, and the US attorney's office has notified us that it filed papers dismissing the 39th defendant https://t.co/WhP6U2Rxhn — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) July 6, 2018 The Trump Occupation certainly tried to live by that adage during …

Repub Venality Open Thread: Freedom Caucus Founder Jim Jordan Wrestled With His Conscience, Scored Knockout

In An Unexamined Scandal, Fucked-up-edness, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Sports, Teabagger Stupidity by Anne Laurie

'Senior House Republican from the Midwest caught up in sexual abuse scandal involving coaches and student wrestlers' is now a headline that can describe two entirely different politicians. https://t.co/8dm3QWc3UT — zeddy (@Zeddary) July 3, 2018 Rep. Jim Jordan, the powerful Republican congressman from Ohio, is being accused by former wrestlers he coached more than two decades ago at Ohio State University of failing to stop the team doctor from molesting them and other students. The university announced in April that it was investigating accusations that Dr. Richard Strauss, who died …

The Elders Have Authorized a Public Service Announcement for Alex Jones: There is No Civil War Planned for Independence Day 2018, Just the Global Conspiracy Round Robin Softball Tournament and Picnic!

In All Too Normal, America, Ammosexuals, An Unexamined Scandal, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Crazification Factor, Domestic Affairs, fauxtrage, General Stupidity, Gun nuts, Humor, I Reject Your Reality and Substitute My Own, it's not real, Not Normal, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Sociopaths, Teabagger Stupidity, This is not where you come to do your madness!, Uncategorized, WOLVERINES by Adam L Silverman

On behalf of the Elders, I have been authorized to inform Alex Jones, using this platform, that there is no Civil War scheduled for Independence Day. Instead we have, as per tradition, scheduled the annual Global Conspiracy for World Domination round robin softball tournament and picnic. BREAKING: Democrats Plan To Launch Civil War On July 4th https://t.co/38AWiUFaag — Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) July 1, 2018 The Elders would like Mr. Jones to know that his claim of a Civil War is #Fake News! And since he is not responding via the …

Senile Delusions Open Thread: Granpa Trump Lauds His ICE Enforcers

In An Unexamined Scandal, Dolt 45, Immigration, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

pic.twitter.com/Mm2NlZt98x — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 30, 2018 Of course, Trump has been a serial fantasist, and proud racist, since at least the 1980s. But some of you will remember that when Ronald Reagan started insisting he’d helped liberate Dachau in person — and not just seen films about the horror — it was later cited as the first public evidence of his decline into Alzheimers. The president claims ICE has liberated entire American towns from MS-13, which is something I've never seen on the news. Sounds like a …

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing to Review the DOJ Inspector General’s Report Live Stream

In America, An Unexamined Scandal, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Election 2018, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

Sorry I got to this a little late, but I was working on something offline. Anyhow, here is the live stream of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing to review the DOJ IG’s report. Testifying before the committee are DOJ IG Horowitz and FBI Director Wray. Things to watch for: The Republican members of the committee to hammer both Director Wray and IG Horowitz on who should be punished and why they haven’t/aren’t being punished. As well as the Republican members of the committee hammering IG Horowitz about why people connected …

“Righteous” Monsters Russiagate Open Thread: No Violin Tiny Enough, Mr. Comey

In An Unexamined Scandal, Assholes, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton 2016, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate, Woman in the Whitehouse 2016, Women's Rights Are Human Rights by Anne Laurie

I respect the DOJ IG office, which is why I urged them to do this review. The conclusions are reasonable, even though I disagree with some. People of good faith can see an unprecedented situation differently. I pray no Director faces it again. Thanks to IG’s people for hard work. — James Comey (@Comey) June 14, 2018 I’m sure he really, honestly believes he was acting in good faith, there was nothing else he could do, just following orders, ma’am. Small consolation: His reputation seems to be “everything” to Mr. …

Further Russiagate / General GOP Ratfvckery Open Thread: Cambridge Analytica, Once Again

In An Unexamined Scandal, Cybersecurity, Election 2016, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Republican Venality, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Most ignored story of the day https://t.co/8B3mN472M8 — julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) May 17, 2018 Think this news kinda got overlooked in the torrent yesterday. I know that CA’s much-vaunted “secret sauce” turned out to be “leave a few bank doors unlocked, tell our Russian clients about it, and pretend we don’t know how the vault, the registers, and the spare change out of the cashiers’ desks got looted”, but this still seems significant. Especially since the NYTimes is careful to point out that the company’s “principal owner” is Robert …

The DOE Announces Plans For Pit Production

In An Unexamined Scandal, Bitter Despair is the New Black, Decline and Fall, Nuclear Stuff by Cheryl Rofer

The Department of Energy has been contemplating the future production of nuclear weapon pits – the fissile part of the weapon, usually plutonium. Rocky Flats, between Golden and Boulder, Colorado, used to do it, but it turned into an environmental disaster. All buildings have been removed from the site. Los Alamos and Savannah River are the only two DOE sites that can work with plutonium. Both put themselves into the running for the task. Both have had some problems with safely handling the stuff, for example. The decision was announced …

Deplorables Open Thread: Mike Pence Says the Quiet Part Out Loud

In All Too Normal, An Unexamined Scandal, domestic terrorists, Election 2018, Fables Of The Reconstruction, Fucked-up-edness, Immigration, Open Thread, Post-racial America, Prison Planet, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

"I'm honored to have you here." Vice President Mike Pence recognizes ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio during a tax policy event in Arizona, calling Arpaio a "tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law." pic.twitter.com/tzmS3sKPnN — NBC News (@NBCNews) May 1, 2018 For the Vice President to call someone held in contempt of court for unconstitutional racial profiling a “tireless champion” of the rule of law isn’t just a stretch, it’s an insult. https://t.co/yV2Y09XT51 — ACLU (@ACLU) May 2, 2018 Whited sepulchre embraces self-propelled MRSA sore. Per Eric Levitz, at …

Saturday’s Child Open Thread: “Status Anxiety”, *Sigh*…

In An Unexamined Scandal, Decline and Fall, Election 2016, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Post-racial America, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

“White, Christian and male voters, the study suggests, turned to Mr. Trump because they felt their status was at risk.”https://t.co/ggbfodyMUX — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 26, 2018 It’s the latest euphemism for “racism, with a grounding in sexism”. From the Atlantic, “People Voted for Trump Because They Were Anxious, Not Poor”: … After analyzing in-depth survey data from 2012 and 2016, the University of Pennsylvania political scientist Diana C. Mutz argues that it’s the [former]. In a new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, she added …