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, …

Monday Morning Open Thread: Good Cop / Lousy Cop

In Daydream Believers, Election 2018, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat, Readership Capture by Anne Laurie

    Across the aisle… To put it as bluntly as possible, but also as gently as possible, I’m irritated at the prospect of James Comey urging anyone not to lose their minds in a sensitive political situation. — David Waldman, LLC (@KagroX) July 22, 2018 Haven’t you helped enough? https://t.co/eDXGaDsalu — Morgan Harris (@mharris621) July 22, 2018 Look, man. Become a Democrat and embrace liberal values if you want to dispense advice to Dems. There is no "his Republican Party." There's one Republican Party, it's led by Donald Trump …

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 …

Spread-em

In Election 2018, Mayhew On Insurance by David Anderson

Right now, as I am looking at the initial rate filings (compiled by KFF and Charles Gaba), I feel like I am back into my CSR thought process of last summer. I am seeing a very different universe than the political class. Last summer, I was arguing that if CSR was terminated, the incentives would not line up for a reinstatement. I also noted that the bump in advanced premium tax credits that were not supported by the underlying claims cost would make 1332 waivers easier to file. This year, …

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 …

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Split Screen

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Daydream Believers, Election 2018, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat, Readership Capture, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Loved this section of Obama’s speech in Johannesburg today: “It shows a poverty of ambition to just want to take more and more and more, instead of saying, ‘Wow, I’ve got so much. Who can I help? How can I give more and more and more?’ pic.twitter.com/3TUXkZ38Ce — laura olin (@lauraolin) July 17, 2018 The ‘Trump Baby’ blimp will make appearances in New York City, Philadelphia, and along the east coast https://t.co/yZ9Ccp8tYL — New York Magazine (@NYMag) July 17, 2018 Per the @dccc, 70 Dem challengers in House races out-raised …

And now for some good news

In Election 2018, Mayhew On Insurance by David Anderson

Idaho is putting Medicaid Expansion on the ballot this fall:   Congratulations! #medicaid expansion will be on the #idaho ballot in November! Regular Idahoans put in countless hours of work talking to their friends and neighbors to make this happen, gathering so many signatures we blew state req.s out of the water! pic.twitter.com/lRTlpzwbtj — Idahoans for Healthcare (@ID4Healthcare) July 17, 2018   So if you live in Idaho, you know what to do — go vote And if you live anywhere else in this country, do the same thing — …

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 …