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 …

Russiagate Open Thread: FREE PAUL MANAFORT!!! (Whether He Wants It Or Not)

In C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Congrats to Byron York and others who are discovering our harsh criminal justice system now that a rich, white fellow-partisan is enduring it. https://t.co/8OMo28s9h6 — Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) July 6, 2018 Crimea River — Julian M Lobachewski (@TheJML9999) July 6, 2018 Paul Manafort is being kept in solitary confinement in order to "guarantee his safety," his lawyer said in court documents filed this week. "He is locked in his cell for at least 23 hours per day (excluding visits from his attorneys)." https://t.co/sRbTkmK3mG — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 6, 2018 …

You’ve been so kind and generous

In C.R.E.A.M. by Doug!

We actually hit our goal of $1500 in our Janet Garret OH-4 fundraiser. Thanks a lot to everyone who gave! Whenever we hit 1K in one of those, I post a baby picture. Here’s Benny, eating real food for the first time. And time for another one. Reader KD writes: I’ve been reading John yelling at people here since the heady days of the Iraq War. The candidate I’d like to see a fundraiser for is Catherine Krantz, running in TX-04. Catherine is a perfect example of the many women …

Plutocrat Stupidity Open Thread: “But Raising Wages Is Against Our Religion!!!”

In C.R.E.A.M., Decline and Fall, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

The horror, the horror of rising wages. https://t.co/jlpMwf2P23 — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 5, 2018 “What is this eldritch horror that creeps upon us?” The U.S. labor shortage is reaching a critical point … A report Thursday from ADP and Moody’s Analytics cast an even brighter light on what is becoming one of the most important economic stories of 2018: the difficulty employers are having in finding qualified employees to fill a record 6.7 million job openings. Truck drivers are in perilously low supply, Silicon Valley continues to struggle …

Jimmy, do you like Republican politics?

In C.R.E.A.M. by Doug!

Re-upping this one. Let’s try to hit 1K. What is it with Republicans and sex abuse scandals involving wrestling coaches? 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 in 2005, abused team members when he was the team doctor from the mid-1970s to …

Jimmy, do you like Republican politics?

In C.R.E.A.M. by Doug!

Re-upping this one. Let’s try to hit 1K> What is it with Republicans and sex abuse scandals involving wrestling coaches? 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 in 2005, abused team members when he was the team doctor from the mid-1970s to …

Holiday Evening Open Thread: Why Blogging Is Better Than Facebook

In #notintendedtobeafactualstatement, C.R.E.A.M., Clown Shoes, Open Thread by Anne Laurie

A post consisting almost entirely of text from the Declaration of Independence was flagged by Facebook, which said the post "goes against our standards on hate speech." https://t.co/NXlkTypZyy — reason (@reason) July 3, 2018   WATCH OUT WITH THAT TALK ABOUT ‘TYRANNY’ AND ‘SAVAGES’, MR. SILVERMAN!!!!… (/snark) … Since June 24, the Liberty County Vindicator of Liberty County, Texas, has been sharing daily excerpts from the declaration in the run up to July Fourth. The idea was to encourage historical literacy among the Vindicator‘s readers. The first nine such posts …

Interesting Read: “The Inconvenient Legal Troubles That Lie Ahead for the Trump Foundation”

In C.R.E.A.M., Excellent Links, Grifters Gonna Grift, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 The Trump Foundation’s lawyer asked that trial not begin in October, as it was so close to the midterms. “Judge Scarpulla laughed in response, did not change the trial date, and hinted that she is likely to require the President to testify.” https://t.co/3b6j3fu8cN — Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) June 30, 2018 Adam Davidson, at the New Yorker: Barring an unexpected change, the Donald J. Trump Foundation will be defending itself in a New York courtroom shortly before this fall’s midterm elections. The proceedings seem unlikely to go well for the …

[Facepalm] Adventures Open Thread: “Fair & Reciprocal Trade”

In All Too Normal, C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Free Markets Solve Everything, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Folks, I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest that the Fair and Reciprocal Trade Act is foul, but mostly hot air. https://t.co/uQ0mtmcEB4 — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 2, 2018 Of course, we know Trump doesn’t believe any transaction can be both “fair” and “reciprocal” — in Donny Dollhand’s tiny mind, either he’s winning or he’ll make everybody lose. Right now, I’m 50/50 on whether the acronym was invented by some cultist minion who figured the most important thing was to Pwn Tha Libs… or by a shell-shocked …

Gimme all your money, gimme all your gold

In C.R.E.A.M. by Doug!

Reader ubu impersonator pitches for Cindy Axne in Iowa-03. Axne is a totally viable candidate here in IA-3, and I think it could be a big year for Democrats in Iowa generally. The governor’s office is up for grabs this year, and I think there’s going to be a backlash against massive GOP overreach in the state legislature over the last two years—they’ve held the statehouse and the governor’s office, and have been working overtime bringing the religious fanaticism of Kansas and economic voodoo of Wisconsin to Iowa. It’s horrific. …

Russiagate Open Thread: Trump & His Fellow Repubs to the Finland Station

In Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Foreign Affairs, Goddamned Traitors, hoocoodanode, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

This is where the formal surrender documents will be signed. pic.twitter.com/2hXz03aCI3 — Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) June 28, 2018 “Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.” https://t.co/dvocveHAfc — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) June 27, 2018 be grateful to be alive at a time when your country needs saving https://t.co/1LlMGbQ2l3 — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 27, 2018 The President once again defending Russia’s innocence in electoral sabotage that *helped him get elected*, as he sets up a summit w Putin is the same as his “Russia, if you’re listening” …

Andy Kim for NJ-03

In C.R.E.A.M. by Doug!

Send me a Democratic House nominee and I’ll do a fundraiser. If and when we hit 1000, I’ll put up a baby picture. We’ll start with Andy Kim, running in NJ-03. Reader gene108 writes: Tom MacArthur is a former insurance executive, who was elected in 2014, when the seat was open upon the retirement of Jon Runyan (former Eagle’s RT). He spent $5 million of his own money in 2014 to win the seat. Anyway, MacArthur is now most famous for the “MacArthur Amendment”, which helped settle Republican disputes over …