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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Repub Venality Open Thread: Hey, Remember That ‘Judge Kavanaugh’ Guy?…

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Domestic Affairs, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

This is a big deal! Public doesn't support Kavanaugh out of the gate. The more we talk to people about his dangerous record, the more Senators hear they have to vote NO. Remember, Harriet Miers was not confirmed. This is possible! Share and organize! #scotusnominee #roevswade https://t.co/lZ8Tm41Ida — ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) July 17, 2018 Of course the Repubs are just a leeeetle bit busy at this point in time, what with trying to avoid getting further caught up in the exposure of their Dear Leaders’ foreign-affairs scandals. But never doubt …

Russiagate Open Thread: The ‘President’ Finds A Staunch Defender

In Assholes, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Grifters Gonna Grift, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

"If there wasn't such acute hatred for President Trump, such a 'Trump derangement syndrome' on the left…," a meeting with a Russian leader could have happened sooner says Sen. @randpaul. The blow back from the meeting, "really shows people hatred for President Trump." pic.twitter.com/ejfBwqYduz — PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) July 16, 2018 Unfortunately, it’s just Little Prince Rand of the Paul barony, whose sympathy springs from a mixture of pissy adolescent ‘contrarianism’ and GOP-white-guy ressentiment, with maybe a soupcon of fellow feeling for another guy who’ll never live up to his …

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, …

Helsinki “Optics” Open Thread: The HAND, Sarah!

In Foreign Affairs, Hail to the Hairpiece, I Smell a Pulitzer!, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

.@POTUS @realDonaldTrump and President Putin sit down for one on one meeting in Helsinki, Finland. #HELSINKI2018 pic.twitter.com/ov0dSnafYB — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 16, 2018 If your goal is to present this ‘summit’ as just another diplomatic meeting, WHY WOULD YOU PICK A PHOTO WHERE PUTIN SEEMS ABOUT TO UNZIP HIS FLY? .@POTUS says US-Russia relationship is worst it’s ever been: “However – that changed, as of about four hours ago.” — Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) July 16, 2018 Just FYI your Director of National Intelligence very much wants you to focus …

Late Night GOP Faithlessness Open Thread: Collateral Damage

In Assholes, Foreign Affairs, Grifters Gonna Grift, MONSTERS, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

I keep thinking of the family of Seth Rich, who have spent two years watching kooks and useful idiots accuse their murdered son of leaking these emails. Imagine how that feels. — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) July 13, 2018 Reminder that Julian Assange (who was in a position to know) and others have spent the past 2 years trying to pin the DNC hack on Seth Rich, a slain DNC junior staffer who cannot defend himself. https://t.co/ibOGMpC27Z — Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) July 13, 2018 One can still hope Assange will pay …

Sunday Night Open Thread: That Helsinki-ng Feeling…

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

“Please, make good decisions.” ???? pic.twitter.com/7jUFMr4u1F — Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) July 15, 2018 Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Putin starts at 6:20a ET (1:20p local) tomorrow at Finland’s presidential palace, the White House sched says. Other staff are scheduled to join them an hour and a half later. — Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 15, 2018 To be fair, employee evaluations are usually private. — M. Chupacabras (@top_scientician) July 15, 2018 CBS News: What is your goal for the Putin meeting?Trump: "I'll let you know after the meeting." — Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) …

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 …