Wednesday Morning Open Thread: The GOP Gang That Couldn’t Loot Straight

In Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Clown car, Foreign Affairs, Grifters Gonna Grift, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Why won’t the Republicans do anything to stop the foreign interference that gives them minority rule and money doesn’t seem like a tough mystery to crack. — Schooley (@Rschooley) July 24, 2018 This presidency fell off the truck. — Schooley (@Rschooley) July 24, 2018 When I was growing up, saying that a bargain ‘fell off a truck’ still implied that it might be a cheap counterfeit, passed off on someone too eager for a good deal to examine closely. The Trump Crime Cartel seems to have mistaken The Godfather for …

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!  

C.R.E.A.M. Open Thread: “A Theory of Trump Kompromat

In C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Goddamned Traitors, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

New from latest Manafort hearing: Govt. said explicitly that banker Stephen Calk knew Manafort submitted a fraudulent loan application but approved it anyway because he wanted a Trump job — Rachel Weiner (@rachelweinerwp) July 23, 2018 Does Putin have kompromat on Trump? It is WAY worse than that. Trump is trapped in a massive system of compromise and corruption that he fears and barely understands. https://t.co/BX0EkefLPg pic.twitter.com/eXOgTJ3F76 — Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) July 21, 2018 Our own Adam Silverman and other knowledgeable cynics have been long said this, but the working …

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 …

Late Night Criminal Stupidity Open Thread: #Helstinki Summ-It-Up

In Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Fucked-up-edness, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Repubs in Disarray!, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Just FYI no one can know if you had a great meeting with Putin because YOU EXCLUDED ALL NOTE-TAKERS FROM THE ROOM. Brilliant move, Sherlock. Also, let’s be blunt, your credibility on this stuff is not the greatest. https://t.co/SRLLa1KtZH — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 22, 2018 Since Trump likes to compare himself to Abraham Lincoln, I guess this misbegotten meeting would be his version of “The world will little note, nor long remember… “ NEW: Though never fearful of going it alone, Trump after Helsinki found himself perilously isolated …

Saturday Morning Open Laugh: Might As Well Laugh…

In C.R.E.A.M., Clown car, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Repubs in Disarray!, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Finally the Russia story arc seems to be heading somewhere and the *2018* writers reintroduce the Playboy models subplot? — Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) July 20, 2018 It's like faking an orgasm. They're just trying to hurry this along. https://t.co/g4Ci2s51GH — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 20, 2018 Well well well. Look at Long Island's own Michael Cohen, keeping receipts on Mr. Trump. No man's a hero to his valet. My column on Cohen's rad treachery: https://t.co/qHsYZwALh6 — Virginia Heffernan (@page88) July 21, 2018 … According to media reports Friday, Cohen surreptitiously …

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 …

Friday Morning Open Thread: Ministry of Truthiness

In Assholes, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, On The Road, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Actually, it happened under Mitch McConnell's watch. https://t.co/OnWoJob8AR — Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) July 18, 2018 Does Putin have a pee tape of Sarah Huckabee Sanders? — Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 18, 2018 Despite all the criticisms of her performance, Huckabee Sanders is an artist in her own Southern-Gothic niche. She was hired — and she does her job, in this context, brilliantly — to be the grim, dutiful Good Wife who insists that ERRYTHING IS JUST FAAAAHNE THENK YEW in front of the village congregation. Sure, the whole neighborhood knows …

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) …

Russiagate / NRA Open Thread: Mariia Butina, ‘Manliness’ Enhancer…

In All Too Normal, Foreign Affairs, Gun nuts, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

Whoa: @AdamSchiffCA says that Dems on the House Intel Committee wanted to bring Maria Butina and Paul Erickson in for questioning — but were told not to by House Republicans, who were worried about “tarnishing” the NRA and President Trump. — Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) July 19, 2018   … by any means necessary! She gave the Repubs what they were looking for: Attention from a ‘hot chick’ who publicly admired their massive weaponry, political astuteness, and general VIRTUE. In the heat of the moment, it didn’t seem important to ask …

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 …