Do you wanna see me crawl across the floor?

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Nothing to see here, folks: A senior National Security Council official proposed withdrawing some U.S. military forces from Eastern Europe as an overture to Vladimir Putin during the early days of the Trump administration, according to a former administration official in the room with him. [….] p>According to the ex-colleague, Harrington considered it a gesture to the Kremlin that would enable the nascent Trump administration to see if its desire for a friendly relationship with Russia would be reciprocated. It was included in a strategy paper that, conspicuously to the …

Go read a book you illiterate son of a bitch

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This article about Bannon’s pseudo-intellectual nonsense that everyone’s been talking about is epic! This isn’t even the highlight: Bannon, described by one associate as “the most well-read person in Washington,” is known for recommending books to colleagues and friends, according to multiple people who have worked alongside him. He is a voracious reader who devours works of history and political theory “in like an hour,” said a former associate whom Bannon urged to read Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. “He’s like the Rain Man of nationalism.” THIS is the …

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded

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I’ve always hated “when they go low, we go high”. I prefer this (from The Untouchables): “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.” While I don’t know if that’s exactly the right attitude for Democrats to take, there’s no doubt that Dahlia Lithwick (via rikyrah) is certainly onto something: This isn’t a call to become tolerant of awful behavior. It is a call for understanding that Democrats honored the blue slip, and Republicans …

I just got to get a message to you

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Another nothingburger: Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators. I love this description: The current state of the Russia probe is this: Russians showed up 20 times saying they wanted to collude. Trumpers said they’d love to collude each time. But somehow they never found the right moment. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 8, 2017 In other …

Looks like we made it

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There is no greater honor than being retweeted by Bowles and Simpson themselves. Both of them. Retweeted DougJKidney (@DougJBalloon): If Obama had only listened to these two wise men, we wouldn't be in this… https://t.co/WVN88ZmKGv — The Moment of Truth (@BowlesSimpson) November 30, 2017

I’m here to get my baby out of jail

In Assholes, David Brooks Giving A Seminar At The Aspen Institute by Doug!

I have a question for you…First off, it’s clear that if/when Trump fires Mueller and pardons people, conservative media and elected Republicans will stand by him. Bobo telegraphed that a few months ago: But even if you took a paragon of modern presidents — a contemporary Abraham Lincoln — and you directed a democratically unsupervised, infinitely financed team of prosecutors at him and gave them power to subpoena his staff and look under any related or unrelated rock in an attempt to bring him down, there’s a pretty good chance …

There Is More Than One Way To Masturbate In Public…

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…and our BoBo is a past master of such self-and-other-abuse. His column yesterday is sufficiently egregious, I’m going to indulge in way too many words to say that Brooks has written a piece of disengenous crap that ultimately adds up to yet another distraction from the wreck his heroes are making of the nation. There — just saved you a 3,000 word or so excursion into BoBo-bashing.  That said, let’s set off, shall we?… The TL:DR of Brooks’ piece, titled “America: The Redeemer Nation” (sic!), is that the US used …

Nice polite Republicans

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I love my local public radio station (WXXI, 88.5), and they do a very good job of covering local political issues. But…there’s no question that NPR’s political coverage is dogshit. They kow-tow Republicans because they’re afraid of getting accused of teh librul bias, and of getting their gubmint funding cut. Here’s the thing, though: 2% of their funding is federal, the other 98% comes from shmucks like you and me. So fuck Steve Inskeep with a rusty totebag: Thanks, the reason I’d think that is because you literally linked your …

After the gold rush

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I’ve mostly lost interest in David Brooks. He’s bad, but day in day out, he can’t quite match the awfulness of Frank Bruni or David Von Drehle. He’s self-involved, but not as self-involved as Bruni. He’s dumb, but not as dumb as Von Drehle. I just don’t think he matches up well against either of them. What makes Brooks special when he’s at his best/worst, is his ability to get fixated on a random word. It could be a word he heard at a TED talk, it could be something …

From the country to the town

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A bunch of Third Way wankers did a tour of flyover country and were saddened by all the negativity. For some reason, I decided to skim the article about their trip, and I liked where these unions guys were coming from: At the Labor Temple Lounge in Eau Claire, nine gruff, tough-looking union men sat around a table. One had the acronym of his guild, the Laborers International Union of North America, tattooed on a bulging bicep. The men pinned the blame for most of their problems squarely on Republicans, …

Let me understand your plan

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What are the odds that Corker sticks to this? Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who announced last week that he won’t seek re-election next year, told NBC News he will not vote for a tax reform package if “we’re adding one penny to the deficit.” He added: “I am not going to be for it, OK. I’m sorry. It is the greatest threat to our nation.” My guess is Republicans come up with some kind of creative accounting that “allows” them to say that not one penny is being added to …

Something happened along the way

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This whole article is amazing, but especially this statistic. When Obama was in office, only 30% of white evangelicals would forgive a president's immoral behavior. Now it's 72%. https://t.co/c6FlHbziMi pic.twitter.com/VTNov7TJRk — Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 14, 2017 I liked this description of Republican voters: malleable to the point of innocence, and self-reported expressions of ideological fealty are quickly abandoned for policies that — once endorsed by a well-known party leader — run contrary to that expressed ideology.