The President’s Speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention Live Stream

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

The President is scheduled to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US National Convention in a few minutes. Here is the live feed. Traditionally the remarks to this convention would be non-partisan, or non-partisanish, as well as a veteran focused policy speech. The President does have a political rally scheduled for tonight, so the question is going to be how much he can stay on the prepared remarks in his address to the VFW. Given the President’s approach to such things, anything is possible. Open thread!  

Retired Senior National Security Leaders and Their Clearances: These are Their Stories…

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

In response to a significant number of now retired military and civilian senior national security leaders speaking out regarding the President’s actions, behaviors, apparent campaign connections to a variety of Russian oligarchs and/or intelligence operatives, Senator Paul decided it was time to take decisive action to protect the Republic. Sen. Rand Paul says he will ask President Trump to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan https://t.co/ru2QTCkkPy pic.twitter.com/VAUoibqMNW — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 23, 2018 From CNN: Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Monday that he will ask …

Shelter from the Storm (Open Thread)

In Domestic Affairs, Election 2018, Election 2020, General Stupidity, Open Thread, Politics by Betty Cracker

The demented Twitter troll in the West Wing is having another meltdown. It began last night with an all-caps threat to Iran and continued this morning with a high pitched, Fox News-fueled demand to end the “Mueller Witch Hunt” blah blah blah. In normal times, there would be three or four posts up on this topic. In these times, it’s just another Monday. Good lord, having a crazy person in the White House is exhausting. Let’s speak of other things. I am back home after a long weekend in Savannah, …

An Op-Ed About Some Other Workers In The Heartland

In America, Domestic Affairs, hoocoodanode, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment by Cheryl Rofer

Sarah Smarsh gives us the other side that the news media have ignored. Most struggling whites I know here live a life of quiet desperation, mad at their white bosses, not resentful toward their co-workers or neighbors of color. It turns out that a great many working class whites are not the bigots and Trump-lovers that the MSM has portayed. There are large groups of people who think differently, but somehow they just didn’t show up when a New York Times or Washington Post reporter parachuted into Clover Corners, Ohio. …

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 …

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) …

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 …

The White House Needs to Knock Back Putin’s Offer of Assistance in Exchange for Interviewing/Investigating Ambassador McFaul, Several Other US Officials, and Bill Browder

In America, 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

One of the strange things at the President’s joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was the President’s references to an offer of assistance from Putin to Special Counsel Mueller. Specifically that Putin would be happy to allow the Special Counsel’s investigators come to Russia and observe his own counterintelligence officers interview the twelve GRU officers that were indicted last week. Aside from the fact that this would be pointless, which we know because the Brits actually took Putin up on a similar offer when they were investigating Alexander …

Repub Venality Open Thread: Hey, Remember That ‘Judge Kavanaugh’ Guy?…

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Domestic Affairs, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

This is a big deal! Public doesn't support Kavanaugh out of the gate. The more we talk to people about his dangerous record, the more Senators hear they have to vote NO. Remember, Harriet Miers was not confirmed. This is possible! Share and organize! #scotusnominee #roevswade https://t.co/lZ8Tm41Ida — ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) July 17, 2018 Of course the Repubs are just a leeeetle bit busy at this point in time, what with trying to avoid getting further caught up in the exposure of their Dear Leaders’ foreign-affairs scandals. But never doubt …

The President’s Remarks on His Meeting with Vladimir Putin Live Feed

In America, 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

Here tis… Updated at 2:53 PM EDT The remarks, which have just started, were recorded. This is not being broadcast live. They were made at the start at the beginning of the President’s meeting with members of the Ways and Means committees. And he is reading from a prepared script, so you need to keep an eye out for if or when he goes off script. Updated at 2:56 PM EDT The President is going with the misspoke explanation that Hans Nichols reported on about a 1/2 hour or so …

Russia’s Ministry of Defense is Ready to Implement the International Security Agreement Negotiated at the Helsinki Summit! Wait, What?

In America, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Election 2018, Foreign Affairs, Not Normal, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

Do any of you remember seeing or hearing anything mentioned about an international security agreement negotiated yesterday in Helsinki? Russian MoD says it's "ready to activate contacts with US colleagues via general staffs and other existing communication channels to discuss extending Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, cooperation in Syria, other current issues of ensuring military security." — Lucian Kim (@Lucian_Kim) July 17, 2018 Yeah, me neither! Also, Congress neither! The American people deserve to know what in the world our President just agreed to do. And the Congress must demand hearings. …

What We All Have To Do: The Road Ahead

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

Well today was something… And I know, from reading comments in the various threads today, let alone any other day, that everyone’s angry, a lot of folks are afraid, some are overwhelmed, and some are a combination of all three. But there are still things we can all do. The first is to not let it all overwhelm us. I know that’s easy for me to say, especially as I’m good at compartmenting things, but it is important. Being angry and afraid is normal and understandable, but we’ve all got …