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 …

Russiagate Open Thread: COMPLICIT

In Foreign Affairs, Hail to the Hairpiece, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, NANCY SMASH!, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

WATCH: "Instead of standing up for our democracy and democratic principles, President Trump cowered in the presence of Putin. And the entire world watched and saw that," Rep. Nancy Pelosi says https://t.co/zkrmOeSQvW pic.twitter.com/eFzCap9uet — CBS News (@CBSNews) July 17, 2018   But it’s not just Trump who’s acting just like someone whose career relies on keeping a foreign oligarch happy… GOP members of Congress "were happy to enjoy the benefits of Russian interference and said so openly among themselves." https://t.co/3ik5l7ub4I — ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) July 18, 2018 “Or I’ll say …

Open Thread: Today’s GOP, the ‘Treason in Defence of Its Perquisites’ Party

In All Too Normal, C.R.E.A.M., Foreign Affairs, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Remember last week when the Senate GOP caucus decided to celebrate July 4 in Moscow? Kinda weird call. — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 13, 2018   Never forget: Whatever the label disclaimers, Trump is the Republican Party, and the Republican Party is Trump. His goals are their goals, their goals are his goals — and none of them have anything to do with ‘patriotism’ or their fellow Americans. Every time you read about some new insanity from this White House, be sure to give a fair share of credit to …

Pre-Dawn Treason CREEPster Open Thread: Oh, Please… Please

In Assholes, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

NEW: Roger Stone says he believes the "U.S. person" mentioned in latest Mueller indictment refers to him. https://t.co/LqZdFd9qPV pic.twitter.com/mhiOMI5iRX — ABC News (@ABC) July 13, 2018 At first he tried to bluff it out, but an hour later that statement (to quote from history) was “no longer operative”… NEW: Charges against Russian intelligence officers intensify spotlight on Trump adviser Roger Stone via @PostRoz @RoigFranzia https://t.co/7x6PStFnPT — Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig) July 13, 2018 A federal indictment filed Friday accusing a dozen Russian military intelligence officers of conspiring to hack Democrats during …

Russiagate Open Thread: Clown Car Rogues Gallery, Top to Bottom, Recent & Vintage

In Cybersecurity, Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

DOJ's criminal charges provide hard evidence that Russian intel agents attacked America to boost their favorite candidates, undermine others, and influence our elections. @realDonaldTrump, cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States. — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 13, 2018   There doesn’t seem to have been a single nationally-known Republican above the level of coffee boy who wasn’t part of the Russiagate treason squad… ….but it’s also peppered with blinking neon signs pointing to domestic loose ends left to tie up. …

Early Morning [Facepalm] Open Thread: NATO Meeting Catch-Up

In All Too Normal, C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Watch this but only look at Kelly & Hutchison’s faces. https://t.co/JTRApdVjMK — Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) July 11, 2018 In a statement to The Post, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "[Kelly] was displeased because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese." https://t.co/azDbYtgy20 — Robert Costa (@costareports) July 11, 2018 Washington Post: “Trump berates NATO allies and then asks them to double their defense spending goals“. Trump fact check: he claims Germany gets 70% of its energy from Russia. Actual figure, according to …

Russiagate Open Thread: Not Helping, Rudy!

In Assholes, Hail to the Hairpiece, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Kinsley gaffe – save this one for later https://t.co/7Wet8xTBea — Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) July 8, 2018 Trump’s lawyers are quietly more combative, too, contesting a request from the special counsel to interview John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff. ?@nytmike? ?@maggieNYT? https://t.co/oyh1YCQHaD — Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) July 7, 2018 … unless your goal is just “seeing Rudy Giuliani sthlurr hith wordths on the teevee thome more.” Or, as a certain Democrat might say, Please proceed, Governor! President Trump’s lawyers set new conditions on Friday on an interview with …

Russiagate Open Thread: Trump & His Fellow Repubs to the Finland Station

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

This is where the formal surrender documents will be signed. pic.twitter.com/2hXz03aCI3 — Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) June 28, 2018 “Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.” https://t.co/dvocveHAfc — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) June 27, 2018 be grateful to be alive at a time when your country needs saving https://t.co/1LlMGbQ2l3 — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 27, 2018 The President once again defending Russia’s innocence in electoral sabotage that *helped him get elected*, as he sets up a summit w Putin is the same as his “Russia, if you’re listening” …

Bothsiderism Open Thread: PROVOCATIVE!

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, Dolt 45, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

I’m not saying it’s a good idea but the anti-Trump base seems pretty exercised so maybe Congress should just impeach him as a goodwill gesture and this polarizing issue behind us. https://t.co/xLHGjPKCi4 — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) June 23, 2018 Trump tweets about the “witch hunt” May 2017: 3 timesJune 2017: 5 timesJuly 2017: 6 timesOct 2017: 1 timeDec 2017: 2 timesJan 2018: 1 timeFeb 2018: 3 timesMarch 2018: 2 timesApril 2018: 9 timesMay 2018: 20 timesJune 2018: 22 times — David P Gelles (@gelles) June 23, 2018 “Um Boss, …

Another set of amazingly expected indictments

In Bring On The Meteor, Fucked-up-edness, Hail to the Hairpiece, Jump! You Fuckers!, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Nobody could have predicted, Open Thread by David Anderson

BREAKING Paul Manafort charged with additional counts of witness tampering and obstruction of justice, that is intimidation or force against a witness. Earlier: https://t.co/1ZFYv58Clq pic.twitter.com/SU6U50mZy7 — Spencer Hsu (@hsu_spencer) June 8, 2018 This is about as surprising as finding out that North Carolina is a bit humid in the summer. Open Thread

Russiagate Open Thread: Trey Gowdy Is Not Going to Jail for Donald Trump

In Foreign Affairs, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Repubs in Disarray!, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

NEW: Trump-world is pummeling Trey GOWDY for undercutting Trump’s “spygate” conspiracy theory. Gowdy’s House colleague’s are MIA, allowing their longtime lead investigator to go undefended. https://t.co/Uk7U8nqNa8 — Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 2, 2018 Trey Gowdy’s a hardcore Repub partisan, but unlike many of his fellows, he doesn’t seem to be a moron. That’s why I find it interesting that he’s working so very hard picking his rhetorical way between his about-to-be-former teammates and the Mueller investigation… “I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens …

Reverse-Midas Open Thread: Adieu, Dr. Jackson

In All Too Normal, Clown car, DC Press Corpse, Dolt 45, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Repubs in Disarray!, World's Best Healthcare (If You Can Afford It) by Anne Laurie

Had this post all written & scheduled, checked the twitters one last time before going to bed… The Latest: White House doctor Ronny Jackson is withdrawing from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary. Jackson says "false allegations" against him have become a distraction. https://t.co/DHjQEdgT1L — The Associated Press (@AP) April 26, 2018 *********** At least we now know the answer to the question everyone asked after the Trump physical press conference is, "Yes, probably." — Schooley (@Rschooley) April 25, 2018 New @burgessev: Republican support for Jackson collapses. At this point, it …