Friday Evening Open Thread: UNLEASH THE CLOWN CAR!

In Assholes, Clown car, Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

A light diversion from Olivia Nuzzi, professional sharpshooter, at NYMag, on “A Surreal Week of Excuse-Making at the White House”: … “The White House” being separate from “the president” in this administration as they’ve never been separate before, with contradictory statements emerging at a machine-gun pace from these two entities that are supposed to be in sync, if nothing else at least spinning the story (i.e. bullshitting) in the same way. Often the White House is cleaning up after Trump, but just as often those attempts to clarify or explain …

Late Night SCOTUS Scrotes Open Thread: “Baseball Tickets”…

In Activist Judges!, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, C.R.E.A.M., Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Grifters Gonna Grift, I'm Too Big To Cry/Hurts Too Much To Laugh, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Republican Venality, Sports, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

Now that the House Judiciary Committee has established that it's vital to explore in depth the private messages of an investigator, I can't wait to read all of Brett Kavanaugh's emails from his days working for Ken Starr. — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 12, 2018   … Is that what the kidz are calling it, these days? If I’m understanding this, Kavanaugh, who for a dc power player has relatively modest assets and very little accessible cash savings racked up as much as $200k in debt for baseball tickets …

GOP Projection Open Thread: Which Hunt?

In Assholes, Clap Louder!, Election 2016, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

ALERT: Rep. Goodlatte is right now threatening to hold an FBI agent in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about a pending counterintelligence investigation when the agent has been specifically instructed by the FBI not to answer such questions. — Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) July 12, 2018 I know GOP voters have been carefully trained to believe what Fox News tells them over the evidence of their own lyin’ eyes, but I still think today’s hearing was, among other things, a gift to Andrew Janz’s campaign ad writers: If …

The New SCOTUS Scrote: Early Reviews

In Activist Judges!, All Too Normal, Assholes, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Impeachment, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

This is what democracy looks like. This is what passion looks like. Let the Court remain a symbol of our fundamental freedoms and not let Kavanaugh gut the future for women. #SCOTUS #RoeVsWade pic.twitter.com/zPBoNbvWOg — ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) July 10, 2018 Inside the White House, some aides are annoyed Trump is announcing SCOTUS pick at 9pm because staffers think Bill Shine chose 9pm hour to help Sean Hannity’s ratings, a GOP source says — Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 9, 2018 5. The more Kavanaugh's views on presidential power becomes the …

Venal Frugality Open Thread: Nice Timing, Mr. Cintron…

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Just in case the Federalist scrote who ‘wins’ tonight’s SCOTUS pick has forgotten what it’s like to work for Donny Dollhands… (Bloomberg) — The man who served as Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years sued him for back pay on Monday, saying he was forced to work thousands of hours of overtime that wasn’t paid. The suit was filed Monday by Noel Cintron in state court in Manhattan. — Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) July 9, 2018 The wage bump in 2010 came with a catch, Cintron said in …

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: On Staying “Civil”

In Activist Judges!, All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Don't Mourn, Organize, Election 2018, Enhanced Protest Techniques, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat by Anne Laurie

Five years ago today, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder in an appallingly bad opinion by Chief Justice Roberts. The voter suppression efforts that followed the holding continue to dangerously undermine voters of color. #RestoreTheVOTE pic.twitter.com/SeApalMNyv — Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) June 25, 2018 "The Anti-War movement in Vietnam … The Civil Rights movement … both of those were much more civil in tone": @David_Gergen on the 'uncivil discourse' of politics in 2018 compared to other historical divides https://t.co/7tlX0riUCG https://t.co/AWsCwQwRwG — CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) …

Russiagate Open Thread: Michael Cohen Makes A Move

In C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Michael Cohen resigns from as deputy finance chair of RNC…..apparently suggesting it's partly on principle over family separation. https://t.co/J7xDlOoK1a — Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) June 20, 2018 … In his resignation letter to Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chair, Cohen cited the ongoing special counsel investigation as one reason for his departure. ABC News has reviewed the email… Cohen also criticized the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border, the first time he’s distanced himself from the president. “As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, …

To The Surprise of No One Open Thread: Prelim Reviews of The OIG Report

In Activist Judges!, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, I'm With Her, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

(Andrés Cantor voice): LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! https://t.co/aqKGK3hs8J — Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 14, 2018 I hope Comey’s enormous self-regard can keep him warm, because from the early reports he showed all of his manly white arse when he decided that FBI norms about “nonpartisanship” didn’t apply to James Comey. Decent people are appalled that he chose to put his thumb on the scales… and Repubs are furious that he didn’t bury the evidence better. Directly from the IG report itself, according to the NYT: “We found no evidence that the conclusions by …

Russiagate Open Thread: Waiting for the OIG Report to Drop

In Dolt 45, Election 2016, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Whether POTUS is pleased or angered by the findings presented to him today in his private briefing on the DOJ IG report, it will be interesting to see whether he is disciplined enough to hold his fire, or if he scoops the IG’s public release by impulsively tweeting his reactions. — Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) June 14, 2018 1/ Gird your loins. There's a buzz growing in the Nunes Treason Caucus circles (and in their pet media outlet) in an attempt to blow the IG report sky high. — Rick Wilson …

Purdue Pharma and the Justice Department Knew About Oxycontin in 2006

In Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Free Markets Solve Everything, Meth Laboratories of Democracy, Open Thread by Cheryl Rofer

Purdue Pharma knew the dangers that Oxycontin presented, and so did the Justice Department, as early as 2006. But the George W. Bush Justice Department decided not to prosecute. Based on their findings after a four-year investigation, [federal] prosecutors recommended that three top Purdue Pharma executives be indicted on felony charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, that could have sent the men to prison if convicted. But top Justice Department officials in the George W. Bush administration did not support the move, said four lawyers who took part …

Open Thread: Would That We Could Be So Lucky

In Clown car, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

It's time to think about a future that even Donald Trump manages to envision every day.https://t.co/GtMSf6YrZ5 — muscular baby (@Mobute) May 30, 2018   Nagah haapn, as a Repub tool once said… but here’s Jeb Lund with some red meat for the cheap seats: Donald Trump is afraid of going to prison. Ordinarily that might seem like a silly statement: Trump is probably the most corrupt president in American history, and some of his closest bag men open the door each morning to see if the sky looks like indictments. …

Russiagate Open Thread: When Even Fox News Decides to Wash Its Hands of You…

In All Too Normal, Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Fucked-up-edness, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Holy shit, Shep is on a roll today. In just 2 minutes Shep dismantles almost every single recent Fox News narrative. "Trump claimed Feds spied on his campaign … calls it Spygate. Fox News can confirm it is not. Fox News knows of no evidence to support the president's claim" pic.twitter.com/nMk7uNhuZU — Lis Power (@LisPower1) May 29, 2018 Trump 2016: The FBI is investigating Hillary, so she must be corrupt. Trump 2018: The FBI is investigating me, the FBI must be corrupt. — Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) May 28, 2018 According …