Breaking: Not *ALL* The News Sucks…

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, I Can't Believe We're Still Talking About Fucking Nazis, Open Thread, Post-racial America by Anne Laurie

In a backdrop of white supremacists distancing themselves from Jason Kessler's efforts to organize a Unite the Right II rally, Kessler, withdraws demand for new rally permit in Charlottesville. https://t.co/B9CRkT1KEw — Joanna Mendelson (@jo_mendelson) July 24, 2018 … On Tuesday, Kessler shocked even his own lawyers by withdrawing his request that a federal judge order the city to grant him a permit for a “Unite the Right 2” rally for the weekend of Aug. 11. But after the hearing, one of his attorneys, James Kolenich, told reporters that Kessler could …

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 …

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 …

Late-Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Someone Should Tell Sec. Nielsen Where the Word ‘Quisling’ Came From

In All Too Normal, Assholes, Clap Louder!, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Post-racial America, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Historians have checked and actually, Nazis are wrong. https://t.co/OxaKif3RbY — Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) July 19, 2018 Nielsen’s Norwegian ancestors would second Mr. Rauchway’s rebuttal. really weird that all these trump officials have such a hard time condemning racists — b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) July 19, 2018 The best, most detailed accounts of Cville—I'm thinking in particular of Blake Montgomery's https://t.co/VR4ypLZ6vp —are clear that violence was not evenly distributed. To assert otherwise, or even to toss a veil of unknowability over it, is a dereliction of investigative duty. https://t.co/8RGliYZcXY — Dara Lind …

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 …

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. …

Open Thread: “But the Bigots Deplorables BASE Loves Him for It!”

In All Too Normal, Assholes, Foreign Affairs, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Post-racial America, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

I’m seeing a lot of “foreign policy equivalent of Charlottesville” takes. https://t.co/WvqWYHExtn — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 16, 2018 Man, is ANYONE willing to defend Trump’s performance to… Oh. https://t.co/qO8wtDn0Rw — Julian Sanchez (@normative) July 17, 2018 That’s the country with taco trucks on every corner, right? Man, that sounds like a nice place… https://t.co/qmgjBwmGs3 — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 17, 2018 The ghost of Lord Haw Haw just told Hannity he might want to ease up on the gas a bit — Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 17, …

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 …