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 …

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 …

Late-Night Russiagate Open Thread: That’s A Lotta Contacts…

In C.R.E.A.M., Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

RE: Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler? Dour conservative and professional Russia-watcher Tom Nichols, concerning the NYMag story by Jonathan Chait that BettyC linked this morning: It's not illegal to have contacts with Russia. But this many contacts with Russia – and with the Putin govt – is astonishing. And until now, because it's dribbled out over months, it's not looked as crazy as it does when you assemble them all in one place as Chait did. /6 — Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 10, 2018 …

Venal Frugality Open Thread: Nice Timing, Mr. Cintron…

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Just in case the Federalist scrote who ‘wins’ tonight’s SCOTUS pick has forgotten what it’s like to work for Donny Dollhands… (Bloomberg) — The man who served as Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years sued him for back pay on Monday, saying he was forced to work thousands of hours of overtime that wasn’t paid. The suit was filed Monday by Noel Cintron in state court in Manhattan. — Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) July 9, 2018 The wage bump in 2010 came with a catch, Cintron said in …

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 …

Interesting Read: “The Inconvenient Legal Troubles That Lie Ahead for the Trump Foundation”

In C.R.E.A.M., Excellent Links, Grifters Gonna Grift, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 The Trump Foundation’s lawyer asked that trial not begin in October, as it was so close to the midterms. “Judge Scarpulla laughed in response, did not change the trial date, and hinted that she is likely to require the President to testify.” https://t.co/3b6j3fu8cN — Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) June 30, 2018 Adam Davidson, at the New Yorker: Barring an unexpected change, the Donald J. Trump Foundation will be defending itself in a New York courtroom shortly before this fall’s midterm elections. The proceedings seem unlikely to go well for the …

Russiagate Open Thread: Michael Cohen Makes A Move

In C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Michael Cohen resigns from as deputy finance chair of RNC…..apparently suggesting it's partly on principle over family separation. https://t.co/J7xDlOoK1a — Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) June 20, 2018 … In his resignation letter to Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chair, Cohen cited the ongoing special counsel investigation as one reason for his departure. ABC News has reviewed the email… Cohen also criticized the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border, the first time he’s distanced himself from the president. “As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, …

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: There Are Still Heroes

In Dog Blogging, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Pet Rescue, Rare Sincerity, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

A 15-year-old Corgi named Pepper went viral after getting lost in a storm. The owner of popular dog Twitter "We Rate Dogs" just happened to find Pepper, and fate helped bring the lost pup home. https://t.co/DtoC1Yj2bD pic.twitter.com/vdAKONONNd — CBS News (@CBSNews) June 19, 2018 As the owner of a 16-year-old rescue dog who still bolts for freedom every chance he gets, I cannot tell you how happy this story made me. But maybe you can guess! *********** Olivia Nuzzi is a hero — or at least a media ninja — …

Another Failed Trump Brand

In Are these Nazis Walter?, Assholes, General Stupidity, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Politics, Republican Stupidity, Trump Crime Cartel by Betty Cracker

Trump Casinos. Trump Steaks. Trump Airlines. Trump Vodka. Trump Mortgage. Trump Magazine. Trump Ice. Trump University. What do all of these Trump-branded things all have in common? They all went belly up. Kaput. Deceased. Bereft of life, they’ve joined the bleedin’ choir invisible. If tens of millions of our fellow citizens weren’t such goddamned idiots, this record of scammy failures would have vaporized Trump’s “successful businessman” image, which seems to be the only thing Trump has expended a lot of effort to build. But, people are dumb and gullible, especially …

Russiagate Open Thread: “But — But — He’s A Wealthy White Man!”

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Open Thread, Russiagate, Schadenfreude, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

This is the jail in Warsaw, Va., where Paul Manafort is being held for pre-trial detention. It opened in 1995. https://t.co/MfeqKqF1EO pic.twitter.com/JVr4ep8C3g — Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) June 16, 2018 Dude that looks like a Holiday Inn Express with an attached Denny's — TavernWench?? (@TavernWench) June 16, 2018 Supermax Olive Garden. — Alex Heard (@alexheard) June 16, 2018 Man. All these people *suddenly offended* by idea of pretrial incarceration because of 1 privileged white man. *Nearly half a million people are detained pre-trial on any given day bc of poverty alone. …

Almost There

In Assholes, General Stupidity, Open Thread, Politics, Republican Stupidity, Trump Crime Cartel by Betty Cracker

What this week felt like: In normal times, the fact that the president’s former campaign chairman may go to jail today for witness tampering would be a bigger deal. So would the fact that the president’s current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said this on TV last night: I believe that Rod Rosenstien and Jeff Sessions have a chance to redeem themselves, and that chance comes about tomorrow. It doesn’t go beyond tomorrow. Tomorrow, Mueller should be suspended, and honest people should be brought in, impartial people [from the New York office …

Goniffs in the Night Open Thread: Happy B-Day, Ya Putz!

In C.R.E.A.M., Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

I {heart} New York… of course the AG charged the Trump Foundation on the old man’s birthday… He doesn’t love drawing attention to his age (72 today). https://t.co/1OL97r6spL — Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 14, 2018 happy birthday, @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/BWEgRAcdPX — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 14, 2018   Just talking to a former IRS official about this. He was amazed at the range of the violations here. "They hit an extroardinary catalog of how *not* to run a private foundation. There’s little else he could have done that would have made …