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 …

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 …

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 …

We Still Don’t Know

In All Too Normal, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Dolt 45, Nobody could have predicted, Russiagate by Cheryl Rofer

  It is almost a week, and we have no reliable information about the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Trump and Putin spent two and a half hours together in Helsinki with no note-takers, no expert advice, only their interpreters. We have no record of what happened during those two and a half hours, no record of what either man said or may have promised. The standard practice to have note-takers in such a meeting is because the president is not representing himself, but rather the country. It’s …

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 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 …

Our Failed Media Open Thread: Faux News & Friends… But *Also* (Some of) the NYTimes

In All Too Normal, Decline and Fall, Foreign Affairs, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

“All Trump has to do was read one piece of paper without contradicting himself and he couldn’t even do that.” https://t.co/EuNVd2yAtf — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 19, 2018 I feel like by Friday the intelligence community is going to be leaking "Jesus Christ America, do we have to draw you a map?" — Schooley (@Rschooley) July 19, 2018 Russian state TV is more honest than American state TV (aka Fox). https://t.co/rJBqrp5Xgl — Max Boot (@MaxBoot) July 18, 2018 “Baffled by his solicitous tone toward Mr. Putin, some people close …

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 …

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Split Screen

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Daydream Believers, Election 2018, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat, Readership Capture, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Loved this section of Obama’s speech in Johannesburg today: “It shows a poverty of ambition to just want to take more and more and more, instead of saying, ‘Wow, I’ve got so much. Who can I help? How can I give more and more and more?’ pic.twitter.com/3TUXkZ38Ce — laura olin (@lauraolin) July 17, 2018 The ‘Trump Baby’ blimp will make appearances in New York City, Philadelphia, and along the east coast https://t.co/yZ9Ccp8tYL — New York Magazine (@NYMag) July 17, 2018 Per the @dccc, 70 Dem challengers in House races out-raised …