Go long popcorn, go long butter

The Senate Intelligence Committee will be hearing testimony by fired former FBI Director after Memorial Day.

Remember, the White House is not disputing that they believe that firing Comey would make their lives easier regarding the Russia investigation.

So go long on popcorn, go long on butter… things are getting real

235 replies
  1. 1
    chopper says:

    i’m just imagining drumpf stamping his feet like a toddler on AF1 right now. perfect.

  2. 2
    Baud says:

    @chopper: A snake on a plane.

  3. 3
    TenguPhule says:

    Future of Popcorn in doubt.

    The vault is on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen and contains almost a million packets of seeds, each a variety of an important food crop. When it was opened in 2008, the deep permafrost through which the vault was sunk was expected to provide “failsafe” protection against “the challenge of natural or man-made disasters”.

    But soaring temperatures in the Arctic at the end of the world’s hottest ever recorded year led to melting and heavy rain, when light snow should have been falling. “It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that,” said Hege Njaa Aschim, from the Norwegian government, which owns the vault.

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  4. 4
    dmsilev says:

    @chopper: Can you imagine being trapped on plane with him, nowhere to go or hide for hours and hours?

    The good news is that all of those senior staffers so trapped deserve it.

  5. 5
    eldorado says:

    as incompetent as i know the dude is, i thought it would take at least a year for this ****show to unravel. it’s a bit unbelievable.

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    Mike J says:

    If your lawyer tells you not to sign a document, what do you think the reason usually is? Maybe to save you from perjury charges?

    https://www.apnews.com/417c7e00c0274a3792e3262d22afaa8c/Trump-attorney-didn't-want-him-to-sign-financial-disclosure

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @eldorado: Good. Just in time for the midterms.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mike J: Because the consequences however bad of not signing are better than the consequences of signing. But you knew that.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Zegota42
    Confirming a) Trump’s guilt and b) Mueller’s competence, WH looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation

    https://twitter.com/Zegota42/status/865703392634712065

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    lamh36 says:

    @thehill
    Ryan warns about possibility of more leaked audio from House leadership meetings http://hill.cm/wKRtilW

    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/865697085248729088

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    This is going to just become sillier and sillier.

    Donald Trump: “Yes, I did it. I’m guilty. Look here, I’m telling people I obstructed justice, interfered with an investigation, fired the investigator to make it go away. Don’t listen to any of my staff, they’re wrong. I did it.”

    Republicans in Congress: “Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, there may have been some irregularities but obstruction is a serious charge and there’s no evidence that…”

    I’m wondering if we’re going to eventually have him on the floor of the Senate grabbing them by the lapels and screaming “I’m guilty! Okay?” as they pretend to not hear him.

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    Corner Stone says:

    “I never thought the traitor who is traitoring the country would traitor *my face*!”
    “I just wanted to steal health care from 30M+ citizens! And give a trillion dollars to wealthy people! What did I ever do to you?!”

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    lamh36 says:

    Watching Tweety and I see none of the print reporters are saying the name Kuschner…even though Tweety is trying to get them to.

    I said in the previous thread, that I can def believe it’s Jared that Trump is trying to save from the FBI investigation…we all know his creepy devotion to Ivanka…so there is NO way he’ll let her “loving” husband be sent to prison

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim: I’ll admit that I was surprised by your use of lapels there.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim: “This presidency has died! It has ceased to be!”

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    lamh36 says:

    I know the line of succession means we can’t win even with Cheeto Prez gone, but damn if I don’t still want that fuq’er Pence to be taken down as well…

    @DavidCornDC

    Following
    More
    .@VP is using FaceBook to accuse the media of sabotaging Trump.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Cloakroom talk. Cleaning it up.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim: This is a family blog, you know.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @lamh36:

    WH looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation

    The pot is so black that its in danger of being killed by the police.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @Corner Stone: I knew there must be a relevant comedy sketch but couldn’t think of it. Bingo.

    The cheese shop would actually do also.

    Collusion?
    Uh, no sir, sorry.
    Obstruction?
    Fresh out.
    Okay look can you just impeach me on, I don’t know, general high crimes and being a moron?
    Not until next delivery.
    Sigh. Treason?
    Had it this morning, but the cat’s eaten it.

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    Capri says:

    @dmsilev: Just keep playing Finding Dory on a continuous loop. Problem solved.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @lamh36:

    there is NO way he’ll let her “loving” husband be sent to prison

    It may not be up to him.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    @dmsilev: I was listening to Pod Save America and the three were talking about how you’re stuck on AF1. There is no avoiding Dolt. And it’s 9 freaking days. This admin is incompetent . This guy wanted to go home every night when he was in the US. 9 days before he can go home??? He might stroke out while he’s abroad.

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    lamh36 says:

    So Melania is on this trip with Cheeto? I saw the footage of them walking up the stairs to Air Force One…

    I see someone told him about the optics of his leaving Melania to fend for herself with the stairs…and YET he still had to walk JUST a little bit ahead of her…so that if anyone falls down the stairs, she’ll fall down first…lol

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku 🗳 🌷 says:

    @TenguPhule: Well played

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @lamh36: OMFG! Is it wrong that I’m dancing around like a five-year-old on Christmas Eve?

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    hellslittlestangel says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim: “Oh Kent, I’d be lying if I said my men weren’t committing crimes…”

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    NotMax says:

    Popcorn?

    Hell, thinking a punch bowl of chocolate mousse with gobs of fresh whipped cream.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @lamh36:

    so there is NO way he’ll let her “loving” husband be sent to prison

    Why would he object to less competition for sleeping with his daughter?

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    Tim C. says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Actually, he’s got the power to pardon him so……..
    I think there’s now a non-trivial chance the straw that breaks the camel’s back with be some kind of blanket pardon event where Cheeto figures out he can do that. Then the GOP sagely tells us that it’s within his constitutional rights and whatayagonnado?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku 🗳 🌷: Thank you, I try.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @hellslittlestangel: Touché.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @dmsilev:

    I guarantee you that Trump is one of those bosses who bursts in on you when you’re in the bathroom because he needs you right that second! and can’t wait until you’re done.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Tim C.: March on Washington and overthrow the GOP?

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    p.a. says:

    How do his handlers decide who brings him the next bit of bad news? RockPaperScissors? Or do the just leave all the TVs around him on? In my positive moments I imagine them in a group knife fight, a note with the news taped to the loser’s body.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Mnemosyne: Petty dominance displays that humiliate the underling? Yeah, that’s pretty Trumpian.

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    lamh36 says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Oh no it’s certainly should NOT be up to him, but ya just know he’s doing anything in his power to keep Ivanka happy…

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    NotMax says:

    “Mr. Chairman, I strongly suggest the committee designate the memos about to be introduced with numbers rather than letters. We’re gonna go way past Z.”

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Meh. If Ryan is saying it, I bet it’s something he thinks is exculpatory.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Listen. I’m just saying, Melania has certainly filled out during her time in not the WH.

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    chopper says:

    @p.a.:

    fuck lbj.

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    lamh36 says:

    For real though…hard core Catholics can’t be happy with this…can the Vatican object and deny her?

    @kylegriffin1
    It’s official: Callista Gingrich is your new U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.
    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/865702040827293696

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @lamh36: Ever since election day, my wife has been pointing out videos where he is being graceless to Melania. It’s a small thing, and I get that not everybody views holding a door, or waiting for your wife to catch up as being significant, but it really bugs the shit out of her.

    Yes, when we go to the car, I open her door, wait for her to get in, close the door and go around to the driver’s side. I know I’m a sexist pig, but that’s just the way we were brought up.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Mnemosyne: Who…who would do this?

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    By the way this is a small thing but every bit helps, the Daily Show came up with a Chrome extension I got wind of somewhere and once I installed it any Tweets by Donald Trump now look like this.

    I don’t follow him but people I do follow reTweet him sometimes, and every time they do now, that’s what I see. Seems to make so much more sense that way.

    Link.

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    Elie says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    I agree…. I would not be surprised at all that “the Kush” is targeted… while his sister and family are selling US Visas to Chinese at luxury prices, I am sure…

    NONE — None of these people have any idea about how clueless they are. Who sends family to shake down a foreign power opponent at the same time that their old man is up to his ass in investigations for any number of security and/or financial entanglements. These.People.Have.No.Brains. They have told each other that the government is stupid for so long, they actually believed it. They have no idea what they are in for — NONE.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @lamh36: If you notice, he says something to her halfway up the stairs and she immediately lets go of the stair handrail.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @lamh36: The Holy See can decline to accept her credentials, but that would be a real incident, and they haven’ thrived for 2,000 years by engaging in incidents like that.

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    BBA says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim: I’d have gone with Piranha Brothers myself.

    Interviewer: Stig, I’ve been told Donald Trump colluded with the Russians.
    Stig: No, no. Never, never. He was a smashing bloke. He used to give his mother flowers and that. He was like a brother to me.
    Interviewer: But the police have film of him actually taking a bribe from Putin.
    Stig: Oh yeah, well – he did that, yeah.
    Interviewer: Why?
    Stig: Well he had to, didn’t he? I mean, be fair, there was nothing else he could do.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Matt “Dick” Schlapp against a sitting D Congressman? I don’t think that’s going to work out well for Dick.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @p.a.: No, the story was that *he’d* be on the crapper with an aide there taking dictation.

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    Mike J says:

    @lamh36:

    For real though…hard core Catholics can’t be happy with this…can the Vatican object and deny her?

    The Vatican has refused divorced Catholics as ambassadors in the past, but Gingrich got an annulment. As far as the church is concerned, this is his first marriage.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @BBA: Works too. There’s actually one in which someone is saying “Look I’m guilty, okay? For god’s sake!” but I can’t think of the context or the sketch. Courtroom scene maybe?

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    lamh36 says:

    @yashar 1m1 minute ago
    More
    Interesting…3 hours in advance…MSNBC is promoting @Lawrence’s show during Hardball – I’m told they’ve never done this before.

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    chopper says:

    i’m a go long bananas, cause this is just fucking bananas.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Mike J:

    Gingrich got an annulment

    I once had to submit a statement in favor of one, when a close friend asked. I wonder how much Newt had to pay – they’re not cheap.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    This is a family blog, you know.

    It is?!

    [puts pants back on, closes the other open tabs, shoos the dwarf goat out of the room]

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Mnemosyne: more like he’s going over in his head* every conversation he’s ever had that Evan McMullen might or might not have been around for, and even more, what did Kevin McCarthy say around EM when PR wasn’t in the room. Ryan’s overrated, but he’s not a moron. McCarthy is a moron.

    *where Evan McMulllin sits with his feet up, a nice lemonade in hand (Mormon, you know), admiring the view

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    NotMax says:

    @Corner Stone

    Reminded of their dance at the inauguration. Her face was set on stern and tight-lipped, he whispered something into her ear and – presto – the phony plastered on, static smile appeared.

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    amk says:

    another amateur hour from the kkklowns shitshow.

    The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia, two people familiar with White House thinking said on Friday.

    Trump has said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s hiring of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation “hurts our country terribly.”

    Within hours of Mueller’s appointment on Wednesday, the White House began reviewing the Code of Federal Regulations, which restricts newly hired government lawyers from investigating their prior law firm’s clients for one year after their hiring, the sources said.

    An executive order signed by Trump in January extended that period to two years.

    Mueller’s former law firm, WilmerHale, represents Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who met with a Russian bank executive in December, and the president’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is a subject of a federal investigation.

    Legal experts said the ethics rule can be waived by the Justice Department, which appointed Mueller. He did not represent Kushner or Manafort directly at his former law firm.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @lamh36:

    It’s official: Callista Gingrich is your new U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.

    Can’t these bastards let the Onion rest in peace? The grave is spinning so fast that its going to achieve lightspeed at this rate.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Corner Stone: I saw a clip on MSNBC briefly…they cut it down to less than 1 min so I didn’t see the entire walk up.

    But I did see that it looked like their hands almost touched, but then I recall he doesn’t like stairs, right…so there would have been NO WAY he was holding her hand

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    Corner Stone says:

    @mdblanche: “Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sacrificing goats.”

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    NotMax says:

    @TenguPhule

    Newtie: “I’m telling you, first cathedral on the Moon is a surefire winner. Don’t forget to bring it up at every opportunity.”

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Corner Stone: Um, who said anything about sacrificing?

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @lamh36: she’s supposedly a “devout” Catholic. I believe there was an incident in the past when a nominated ambassador was declined by the Vatican though I don’t recall the details. Francis is very non-judgmental so I don’t imagine he’d object. .

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    lamh36 says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Wow… so Jared Kushner has deleted ALL his tweets…in the past 15 minutes…

    If Jared is somehow “forced” to leave/step down….Cheeto Prez will have a big meltdown!!!

    But he’ll have Ivanka all to himself!

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    NotMax says:

    @Gin & Tonic

    Fine old joke involving carnal knowledge of a goat, the punchline of which unfortunately doesn’t work well in print, only when spoken.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @lamh36:

    That announcement is “intent to nominate.” The tweeter is out over his skis a little too far.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I think he was hoping.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Corner Stone: Um, yeah… sacrificing.

    @Gin & Tonic: Too late, that’s now my story and I’m sticking to it.

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    LurkerNoLonger says:

    @amk:

    The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia

    That doesn’t look suspicious. Nope. Nah. Not at all.

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    mdblanche says:

    @TenguPhule: The Onion’s not dead yet. Though having to keep up with Trump has made them very ill.

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    hilts says:

    @lamh36:

    I’ve got feeling that this motherfucker Trump will be going down for the count sooner than many people thought. I predict our Dirtbag-In-Chief will be forced to resign by McConnell and Ryan sometime in December.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: someone saying reports are that he never tweeted?

    But wait, he has a blue checked account, but he’s NEVER tweeted? Not even an aide tweeting from it like Ivanka?

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    lamh36 says:

    @HernandezJavier
    Kushner family’s reps in China were using Trump’s name for months to guarantee green cards to investors. Our story: http://nyti.ms/2rApg2W

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    mdblanche says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: The important thing is I have never done anything that would disqualify my being named ambassador to the Vatican… by the current administration.

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    TS says:

    Comey for the next many years will relive the impact of what he did to Hillary Clinton. The right will forever attack him for the trump campaign/admin investigations – perhaps the cry can be “but the russians”

    A strange type of karma.

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    hovercraft says:

    On Tweety’s show just now Boston Globe reporter said according to the new Monmouth poll, in the 300 swing counties where he won by single digits, in the states that swung the election to Twitler, his approval rating has dropped from 41% in March down to 34%.
    This shit is getting real, can you say wave? I wonder at what point the rats will start jumping.

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    jacy says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    I got an annulment of my first marriage to marry the psycho ex, who is a devout Catholic. My get-out-of-marriage-free card? I was never baptized. I don’t know what he’s going to do about marrying the new thing, and she has two ex-husbands. That’s a whole lotta annulments to sort through and they won’t be as easy as mine.

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    amk says:

    @hovercraft: If the fucking NH assholes hadn’t given him a win, the twitler would have quit the primary race. He is obsessed with poll numbers. If his numbers drop to below 20, the moron might quit.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @mdblanche: A very low bar indeed.

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    JH says:

    The idea of loose-cannon Trump calling Comey a “nutjob” is mind-blowing. We’re through the looking glass here, people.

    Comey didn’t regard the Trump team to be “honorable people.” Ya think? For his part, Trump regarded Comey as a threat, so under the bus with “crazy” Comey.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I heard an Israeli reporter on NPR today saying that Netanyahu was and remains very pro-Trump, and has made a decision to downplay the burned intelligence and various other stumbles and shambles.

    Sounds like we may not be the only country with a split between the executive and his IC

    Benjamin Pauker‏Verified account @ benpauker 4h4 hours ago
    REPORT: Israeli intelligence officials were shouting at U.S. counterparts in meetings over Trump’s SNAFU

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    We have NPR on the radio in the carpool today. David Brooks just now re: Trump: “you know, we used to have a better class of criminal.”

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Gelfling 545:

    Francis is very non-judgmental so I don’t imagine he’d object.

    Francis isn’t going to object to her marriage — he’s going to object to her politics and how they conflict with the stated views of both Mother Church and the Pope himself.

    I hope Callista is prepared for a lot of long talks about Our Lord and Savior and the Sheep and the Goats and the Moneylenders at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount and how that whole thing about the rich and the eye of a needle doesn’t mean what she seems to think it means. I’m pretty sure the ambassador doesn’t get to cut an audience with the Pope short.

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    Barbara says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I would not like to be on the receiving end of an angry Mossad agent.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @lamh36:

    and YET he still had to walk JUST a little bit ahead of her…so that if anyone falls down the stairs, she’ll fall down first…lol

    Just completely the opposite of traditional etiquette. Going upstairs, the woman goes first. Going downstairs, the man goes first. The idea being, as you point out, that if the lady trips or falls, the gentleman will catch her/break her fall.

    Yeah, it’s a bit sexist. Yeah, it assumes that women are both frail and clumsy. But in these kinds of settings I usually default to the classics: women > men; older > younger; pregnant > not pregnant; boss > subordinate; person with arms full of groceries > person not with arms full of groceries. Et and cetera.

    I’m a woman, and I’ve held many doors for older people with walkers, younger people who are clearly injured or pregnant; and people to whom I reported in the course of my work.

    All that said, Trump is a pig the way he plows ahead of Melania without showing her the slightest recognition or attention. Fuck him sideways with rusty whatzes.

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    low-tech cyclist says:

    I’m astounded by the speed of this avalanche of shoes dropping. It’s been just 10 days since Trump fired Comey, and I can’t keep track of all the new revelations in those 10 days. Watergate was never like this.

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    mdblanche says:

    @hovercraft: It doesn’t make sense to me that the rats want Trump around to sign legislation. There’s nothing he would sign that Pence wouldn’t, and he’s got to be a net liability for any legislative agenda already. Either they are waiting for their shared base to turn on Trump first… or they’re complicit enough that if Trump goes down, they go down with him.

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    @lamh36: Yes. I deleted my post and my retweet because I was seeing too many comments that he’s never tweeted. I hate-follow relatively few people, so I’m willing to believe he’s never tweeted.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @mdblanche:

    Either they are waiting for their shared base to turn on Trump first… or they’re complicit enough that if Trump goes down, they go down with him.

    Definitely both/and.

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    JohnO says:

    Is it just me or are WaPo, NYT, Reuters, CNN, and McClatchy (off the top of my head) all getting pretty juicy scoops about the same time almost every day now? 4 months. It really is sort of amazing.

    One almost gets the impression that taking on the FBI and broader intelligence community is a tough thing to do when you’re as corrupt and stupid as the Boy King and his merry band of sycophants.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    the Sheep and the Goats

    Did someone say…goats?

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    Just sayin’, y’all, but Trump has nominated Callista Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Vatican. But Ambassadors have to be confirmed by the Senate. And we don’t know what things will look like by the time Air Force 1 returns to Washington.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Why would someone who has never tweeted have 43K followers??

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    piratedan says:

    @mdblanche: …with few exceptions….. ‘natch.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @dmsilev:

    What time (our time; Eastern, or something simple to calculate) is he supposed to touch down in Israel? I haven’t seen any tick-took schedule for this trip, and should like to.

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    lamh36 says:

    @kylegriffin1
    Yikes. This W.H. official’s quote:

    “If Donald Trump gets impeached, he will have one person to blame: Donald Trump” http://thebea.st/2q5cwiR

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @hovercraft: They won’t. The lesson they took away from Watergate was to never abandon ship.

    For us, that means that when Cheeto plows right into the iceberg, none of them will head for the lifeboats, save for a few oddballs like Justin Amash. That is hopefully good for us – where the GOP gets wiped out to the extent that they will never, ever be a force in their current incarnation ever again.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: If I’m not mistaken, first touchdown is in Saudi Arabia.

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I can’t figure out why Donald Trump has 29 million followers. I follow a few people who hardly ever tweet because they are people I admire and hope that they will start up tweeting more. Occasionally I tweet at them in the hope they will see that they have fans. There are others I hate-follow, to keep an eye on them. Jared is a celebrity, and surely all the Trump fans would like to hear from him. So I can see some small portion of that 29 million following Jared, and a few others hate-following. Also reporters who want to be the first to hear from the young man who is going to solve the nation’s problems.

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    hovercraft says:

    @amk:
    I want to agree, but then I remember that to quit he would have to acknowledge the biggest possible failure in front of the entire world. I don’t see him ever doing that. As you say if he had lost early as he expected to when he started, he would have quit. But now…….

    @mdblanche:
    It’s not that they want him to sign the legislation, Dense could do it with less drama, but the base still loves him, until the base stops loving him, they’re stuck with him.

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    debbie says:

    @lamh36:

    I just saw a clip on PBS. Who the hell wears leather in this weather?

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: @Gin & Tonic: I saw a tweet that he has already touched down. If Saudi time is the same as Israeli time, that’s 7 hours ahead of Eastern time.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Major Major Major Major: @Cheryl Rofer: Fair points all.

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    amk says:

    Jim Donovan, President Trump's nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Treasury Department, has dropped out https://t.co/hFMYFNTYTO pic.twitter.com/WohUSCpG6N— CNN (@CNN) May 19, 2017

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    Corner Stone says:

    @PsiFighter37:

    none of them will head for the lifeboats, save for a few oddballs like Justin Amash.

    Amash has had his shit put in check at least twice in the last couple weeks. First, “forced” by leadership to vote Yes on AHCA and then recently he got duckwalked between morning and afternoon and answered all questions with “I have no further comment to add” to everything re: Trump-Russia BS.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @debbie: Orange leather.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I am just tired of this stupid Wittes interview. It’s nonsense and makes Comey sound like a child.

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    lamh36 says:

    Well DAMN Anderson!!!

    @DeFede
    Wow. Anderson Cooper to Trump apologist Jeffrey Lord: “If he took a dump on his desk you would defend it.”
    https://twitter.com/DeFede/status/865724068502306816

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    debbie says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Sure to go over well in Saudi Arabia.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Corner Stone: I just saw a clip on PBS. Who the hell wears leather in this weather?
    @debbie: Orange leather.

    you guys, that’s his face

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    mdblanche says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: If it’s the latter they stick with Trump even if he starts losing them the votes of their own supporters. Losing reelection still beats jail.

    @lamh36: So a non-denial denial?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @amk: He dropped out due to “family matters.” I’ll translate that as “if I take this job my wife will never fuck me.”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Gin & Tonic: ah, the Tom Brady defense

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Riyadh and Jerusalem are in the same time zone. It is 3:30 am local.

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    lamh36 says:

    @lamh36: And….there’s video!!!

    Alright Anderson…you are back to being a sliver fox in my book…lol

    https://twitter.com/yashar/status/865726614541402112

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    Roger Moore says:

    @chopper:

    i’m a go long bananas, cause this is just fucking bananas.

    Hell no. We’re turning into a banana republic, so we’re going to be buried in them soon.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    Something familiar,
    Something peculiar,
    Something for everyone:
    Comey tonight!

    Something appealing,
    Something appalling,
    Something for everyone:
    Comey tonight!

    Nothing with kings, nothing with crowns;
    Bring on the lovers, liars and clowns!

    Old situations,
    New complications,
    Nothing portentous or polite;
    Tragedy tomorrow,
    Comey Comey Comey Comey Comeeeeey……… tonight!

    Just getting that queued up in advance.

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    amk says:

    @lamh36: and yet he will still have this lying shithead in his ‘panel’.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @lamh36: this is blowing up the twitter machine

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    jl says:

    @lamh36: In defense of Lord, there are worse things Trump could be doing witih his time besides taking a dump on his desk. If Trump decided to spend his time that way, I might defend it.

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    germy says:

    Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner fly to Saudi Arabia – on Shabbat
    San Diego Jewish World – 41 minutes ago

    I saw a list of advisors on the flight and noticed Jared has a spokesman.
    Why are my taxes paying for a spokesman? Can’t he issue his own statements or speak?

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    amk says:

    Jeb Bush: I told you Trump would be a “chaos president”

    fuck you, lil jebbie. you flushed millions down the toilet and yet couldn’t take down the current pos.

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    Jeffro says:

    @lamh36: I just saw that clip holy cow !!

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    Jeffro says:

    @amk: this is where we really need to pound it home that these so-called establishment Republicans had a choice And chose to quietly go along with the lunatic instead of the competent and qualified candidate

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    Gvg says:

    Google says Kushner has only tweeted twice and those were deleted long ago. Something March 31st. Comments are that it seemed odd but it was noticed before.

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    germy says:

    @Jeffro:

    so-called establishment Republicans had a choice And chose to quietly go along with the lunatic

    The fear of being primaried from the right is strong in them.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @hovercraft:

    I want to agree, but then I remember that to quit he would have to acknowledge the biggest possible failure in front of the entire world.

    Ah, but you fail to grasp the full magic of clinical narcissism. It won’t be his failure, you see. It will be our failure for not understanding and recognizing his true genius and how he was totally going to fix everything that’s broken in the entire world, but we wouldn’t let him!

    So he’s going to take his ball and go home, and when we’re ready for a real leader, we can give him a call, but don’t expect him to come back. If we didn’t understand and appreciate his genius now, we probably never will.

    Exit stage left, pursued by a bear.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @germy: it’s been driving our politics for a decade now

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Russian Twitterbots?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jeffro: Ahem…I think you mean, “Holy crap!”

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    Roger Moore says:

    @mdblanche:
    They aren’t afraid of trump; they’re afraid of the people who voted for him. They don’t want the base to see them as the guy who stabbed trump in the back, so they aren’t going to turn on trump until the base does.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Mnemosyne: Never happen. It’s President Donald J Trump until Jan 20, 2021, absent a stroke or an MI.

    Take that to the bank.

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    Spanky says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Exit stage left, pursued by a bear.

    Winter’s Tale. My favorite stage direction ever. But “Exeunt”, of course.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Is that Anderson Cooper thing about the crap on the desk real or some seriously imaginative editing?

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    germy says:

    Trump gave the Russians the real story of why he fired Comey and sent his Vice President out to lie to the American people. pic.twitter.com/OLfnKW7yRe— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) May 19, 2017

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Okay, we have a bet. Donation to Planned Parenthood as the stakes?

    ETA: All bets off if the death is a result of assassination or terrorism, because neither of us want that kind of disaster.

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    Jeffro says:

    @germy: not only have they been brainwashing their voters for so long, theyve been brainwashing themselves with their own nonsense. That article I linked to yesterday in the New York Times about why Republicans always look over their shoulders – that’s so true.

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    Jeffro says:

    @The Dangerman: it’s real

    It’s not quite the same as Nixon losing Walter Cronkite but I’ll take it

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    germy says:

    @Roger Moore:

    so they aren’t going to turn on trump until the base does.

    And the base doesn’t know a thing about most of the stuff discussed here, if they’re watching Fox.

    FBN is running with “Trump Will Balance The Budget” headlines and ignoring the NY Times and WaPo stories.

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    lamh36 says:

    @The Dangerman: check the video I posted up thread

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    Jeffro says:

    @Mnemosyne: can I get in on this ? Because I don’t think he’ll even be an office six months from now

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    Morzer says:

    I am starting to wonder just how many people might have an active interest in Trump’s plane quietly vaporizing out in the blue beyond. I’ve never had such thoughts before, even under the reign of Dubya, and I find it extremely disconcerting.

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    lamh36 says:

    @brianstelter
    Another @CNN news break on the air now: “Sources: Russians believed they would be able to use Flynn to influence Trump and his advisors.”

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Spanky:

    I confess, I stole it from PG Wodehouse — it is also Bertie Wooster’s favorite stage direction, and he drew a picture of it in his textbook.

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    rikyrah says:

    JEN KIRKMAN

    @JenKirkman

    MSNBC asking Bernie his thoughts on Trump’s story change on Comey & Bernie says right now America cares about cheap college. DEAR GOD MAN
    7:12 PM – 18 May 2017

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jeffro:

    Somebody yesterday was offering a pool based on various dates. I don’t want to step on their action, but I can’t remember who it was.

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    germy says:

    @Mnemosyne: Reminds me of Stephen Leacock’s line:

    Lord Ronald said nothing; he flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.

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    Jeffro says:

    Also, Lou Dobbs is calling for criminal charges against “the left” and “the deep state”, for subversion no less .

    Why Lou it’s almost like you were sympathizing with an old fat bloviating white guy of minimal intelligence and talent …

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    The Dangerman says:

    Can I still get my bet down on who the White House person that is the “significant person of interest”? My money is on Tillerson. With his Exxon connections, he could be all kinds of dirty and going from Exxon CEO to SOS is kind of a weird career path.

    ETA: Although Kushner is a strong candidate, too.

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    Peale says:

    @Jeffro: the deep state will not honor the subpoenas of sovereign sheriffs

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Jeffro:

    not only have they been brainwashing their voters for so long, theyve been brainwashing themselves with their own nonsense.

    This. They’ve been lying for so long, they’ve raised a whole generation that believes the lies and is now in power trying to implement them.

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    lamh36 says:

    @RawStory
    CNN’s Tapper: White House leaks appear to be coming from staffers ‘concerned about Trump’s fitness’ http://ow.ly/SEWT30bSND9

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    rikyrah says:

    @lamh36:

    @kylegriffin1
    It’s official: Callista Gingrich is your new U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.
    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/865702040827293696

    A Side Piece to the Holy See.

    Uh Uh Uh

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Ah, but you fail to grasp the full magic of clinical narcissism. It won’t be his failure, you see. It will be our failure for not understanding and recognizing his true genius and how he was totally going to fix everything that’s broken in the entire world, but we wouldn’t let him!

    Don’t they start killing other people at that point to start shifting the blame?

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    germy says:

    LGM comments:

    MikeJake says:
    May 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    I’m thinking they divert to Russia to seek asylum, we get Air Force 1 shipped back in three months packed inside a wooden horse.

    Nick never Nick says:
    May 19, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Plus nightly broadcasts from Trump in Moscow, issuing decrees and threats and trying to get the Senate to pass his health care bill.

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    Spanky says:

    @Mnemosyne: Glad to see I share taste in theater with Wodehouse.

    Now when Will gives a direction like “Dies“, that doesn’t read like much, but sure is carte blanche to the actors & director.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Morzer:

    how many people might have an active interest in Trump’s plane quietly vaporizing out in the blue beyond

    You mean like The President’s Plane is Missing?

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Hal: you and lamh are killing it with the .gifs tnight!

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    @rikyrah: not until she’s confirmed she isn’t.

    How many devout Catholic republicans will vote for her? I know, it’s all of them, still…

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    piratedan says:

    @The Dangerman: supposedly it’s “The Jeweler” per multiple sources, so don’t even lay any money down…

    reasoning is….

    1) he lied on his security clearance paperwork regarding some meetings with certain Russian players during the election process and during the transition and did not disclose it
    2) the whole selling visas to wealthy Chinese was also just a tad scuzzy
    3) the fact that he’s only apparent qualification for this position is who he’s sleeping with….

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    marcion says:

    it’s like watching the nixon administration in fast forward

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    japa21 says:

    To all the lawyers out there, Is it possible to have too much information be made public and have a problem actually prosecuting a case because of that? We are getting a shit ton of stuff laid out.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim:

    Donald Trump: “Yes, I did it. I’m guilty. Look here, I’m telling people I obstructed justice, interfered with an investigation, fired the investigator to make it go away. Don’t listen to any of my staff, they’re wrong. I did it.”

    Republicans in Congress: “Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, there may have been some irregularities but obstruction is a serious charge and there’s no evidence that…”

    I’m wondering if we’re going to eventually have him on the floor of the Senate grabbing them by the lapels and screaming “I’m guilty! Okay?” as they pretend to not hear him.

    My God, what Bertolt Brecht could have done with that scenario…

    @TenguPhule: damme, sir, you divert me against my will; I say, damme!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @rikyrah: Link to it actually happening before freaking out please.

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    lamh36 says:

    Wow…so when the cat’s away the mice will play!

    Damn…were they just WAITING for Cheeto to hop on that plane…

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @rikyrah:

    A Side Piece to the Holy See.

    Francis may appear to be a simple man, but he has much better taste than that.

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    germy says:

    another interesting LGM comment:

    aab84 says:
    May 19, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I don’t really get this at all. There’s a reason Trump’s approval with Republicans is still so high, and there’s a reason he’s more popular than, say, Paul Ryan. And it’s not just Fox News.

    Trump, at least in his rhetoric, is much more attuned to the Republican base than Republican members of Congress. He combines racial/gender/religious/ethnic resentment, a promise to provide a robust welfare state for good white people, and government intervention to give good white people good jobs. That’s clearly what his base wants, and to the extent there’s discontent, it’s a result of his adoption of Paul Ryan’s agenda.

    Given all that, Republicans would be committing electoral suicide if they tried to throw Trump over. I honestly think something like 70% of them would lose primaries. And Republicans are always, always more scared of their base than the public at large. They won’t do anything, no matter what.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    ETA: All bets off if the death is a result of assassination or terrorism, because neither of us want that kind of disaster.

    I don’t expect either of you is going to have money at risk.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @japa21:
    IANAL, but there are sometimes worries about finding jurors who haven’t already heard about the case. That said, there are always shut-ins and people who deliberately avoid politics who might be available as a jury. As a practical matter, though, the important part is getting these idiots out of power, and that’s more likely to be a political thing than a criminal justice thing.

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    marcion says:

    @rikyrah:

    shit like this makes me briefly consider the people who see a russian connection with Bernie’s campaign ppl might be on to something

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    Immanentize says:

    @rikyrah: must be confirmed by Senate first. So, not a done deal.

    ETA. Also, not yet actually nominated or sent for confirmation.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    I say, damme!

    Bows.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Mnemosyne: Sure. If he is out of office for any “political” reason before inauguration day 2021, I will donate $100 to PP in your name.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @piratedan:

    ….supposedly it’s “The Jeweler”

    I don’t get the jewelry reference, but, yes, the apple don’t fall far from the tree and Papa Kushner was a crook, too.

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    p.a. says:

    Trump’s in no danger. Why would any of our enemies want to do him harm? What an ass. et.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @marcion:

    who see a russian connection with Bernie’s campaign ppl might be on to something

    Tad Devine’s prior work is not a secret to anyone.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Okay! Handshake deal, witnessed.

    (And if for some reason I vanish from the website before the happy event, Adam and TaMara both know how to reach me, and I will gladly pay up.)

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    piratedan says:

    @The Dangerman: well, then you are one of the blessed few that has never seen a Jared Jewelry ad then, slante!

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    germy says:

    .

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Roger Moore:

    They’ve been lying for so long, they’ve raised a whole generation that believes the lies and is now in power trying to implement them.

    Quoted for truth.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Don’t they start killing other people at that point to start shifting the blame?

    Usually not. Much as it pains me to say this, this is real life, not a movie.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @p.a.:

    How do his handlers decide who brings him the next bit of bad news? RockPaperScissors? Or do the just leave all the TVs around him on? In my positive moments I imagine them in a group knife fight, a note with the news taped to the loser’s body.

    Dear God, is it *wrong* that I’m laughing so hard tonight at the portait all y’all are drawing of an utter shitstorm of horror? Both for the Trump White House itself and for the rest of the world?

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    efgoldman says:

    @PsiFighter37:

    the GOP gets wiped out to the extent that they will never, ever be a force in their current incarnation ever again.

    Yeah, we said that in ’74, too. Six years later… Sanctus Ronaldus Magnus

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    debbie says:

    @germy:

    That is so funny. Know which book that’s from?

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    germy says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Tad Devine’s prior work is not a secret to anyone.

    Failing upward for quite a few years now.

    I’ll wager he’ll be working for some candidate or another next presidential race, and the next.

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    Jeffro says:

    @lamh36:

    White House leaks appear to be coming from staffers ‘concerned about Trump’s fitness

    In the made-for-TV movie version of this, we see a staffer carefully stirring something into the ketchup bottle…another one switching cans of spray tan…a third one, connecting an electrical wire to a gilded toilet seat…

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Jeffro: Also, Lou Dobbs is calling for criminal charges against “the left” and “the deep state”, for subversion no less .

    as everybody knows, the FBI, the CIA and the broader IC is lousy with old hippies and such.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Yes, when we go to the car, I open her door, wait for her to get in, close the door and go around to the driver’s side. I know I’m a sexist pig, but that’s just the way we were brought up.

    i’m old enough now that I really appreciate this. I always find it a good sign on dates when men will do this for me. I also love it when they insist on picking up the tab on the first date. Makes a GREAT impression with yours truly.

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    Peale says:

    @efgoldman: I thought 2008 was it. Until our democratic voters change our behavior and stay pissed at Republicans for more than 2 months, they will always come back.

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    @lamh36: Maybe I don’t understand what a “staffer” is, but if they’re concerned about his fitness, why are they working for him?

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    Peale says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Obama ruined them.

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    germy says:

    @debbie: It’s from his book “Nonsense Novels” (I found a first edition in an antiquarian bookstore to my delight)

    He was an amusing writer. Canadian. His essay on his experience visiting his bank is a classic of the short, humorous, first-person essay.

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    rikyrah says:

    @amk:

    going after Mueller will not go well

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    hilts says:

    @Jeffro:

    Lou Dobbs is Bill O’Reilly minus sexual harassment

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    laura says:

    @lamh36:Another @CNN news break on the air now: “Sources: Russians believed they would be able to use Flynn to influence Trump and his advisors.”

    And it’s true to this day . .

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    Jeffro says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: LOL

    I’m pretty sure Lou Dobbs’ definition of “subversion” does not mean what it means to the rest of us. But then again he has Dear Leader first and foremost in his mind, and not, you know, the Republic. The IC is “subverting” Trump and must be punished.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @laura: assuming it’s true that the Russians didn’t really think trump would win, I’ve been wondering if the long term plan wasn’t for Putin to finance the rumored trump media company to keep up the campaign of destabilizing propaganda against President HRC

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    The Dangerman says:

    @piratedan:

    …never seen a Jared Jewelry…

    DOH!

    Yeah, I’ve seen that one and every kiss begins with K more than I care to think. Jewelry commercials are right up there with Car Insurance for their brain melting capacity (see the previous “DOH!”).

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    WaterGirl says:

    @lamh36: Wow, my eyes got big when I read that. Is that for real? Be still my beating heart.

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    mdblanche says:

    @rikyrah: The man’s a fanatic. He can’t change his mind and he won’t change the subject.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Mnemosyne: Speak for yourself. I hope it be caught on video for posterity

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    Gravenstone says:

    @rikyrah: Bernie appears to be tap dancing awfully fucking hard, to a tune only he seems to hear.

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    debbie says:

    @germy:

    Ha! Amazon has a paperback! Thanks, I could use some silliness about now.

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    rikyrah says:

    @JohnO:

    there is someone at IC who has two piles:
    Pile 1: Leaks
    Pile 2: News Outlets

    This person’s job is to spread the leaks around. I hadn’t thought of it until the other day when someone at BJ pointed it out- in one day, 4 different leaks – 4 different major news outlets…

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Gravenstone: He’s a total asshole

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku 🗳 🌷:

    Nah. An assassination or terrorist attack that kills Trump is where we see if TenguPhule is a prophet or not. I will be too busy stocking up on canned food and batteries to make donations.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    assuming it’s true that the Russians didn’t really think trump would win, I’ve been wondering if the long term plan wasn’t for Putin to finance the rumored trump media company to keep up the campaign of destabilizing propaganda against President HRC

    Putin had multiple options available to him no matter how it turned out – I’m sure he understood that with Trumpov, you can’t really “plan” for anything (except chaos). Trumpov loses = finance his RWNJ media company and harass Hillz. Trumpov wins = Russian tool in the WH. Destabilizing in the extreme either way. And an act of war that should be repaid in full.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @rikyrah: Hayes got twitter-trolled hard about giving him a platform, yet again. If he (Hayes) reads his mentions, maybe it gave him pause when he was reminded that there are actually progressive Senators from much larger and more representative states, some of whom are women, even women of color, who might have some things to say about politics.

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    germy says:

    @Gravenstone:

    Bernie appears to be tap dancing awfully fucking hard, to a tune only he seems to hear.

    “I’m NOT a useful idiot! I’m NOT a useful idiot!”

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Hell, Hayes has a Democratic Senator from his very own state that some people are talking about as presidential material. Maybe he could be arsed to let us hear from her once in a while?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jeffro:

    My analogy is that Putin bet the Perfecta by placing bets on every horse, and has been astonished to see that it actually paid off.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: completely off-topic, but I am enjoying a *fine* young Portuguese red. How is your JD enjoying its JD?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Miss Bianca: I realized I only had brandy (and the godawful vanilla brandy), rum, wine, and 10 cans out of a 12 pack of Bud Light that some idiot brought over four or so years ago, so my JD is making do with rum.

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    PPCLI says:

    @germy: @debbie: Steven Leacock, what a delight. Humour that is both gentle and biting at the same time. The bank adventure is called “My Financial Career”. The collection *Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town* is fun too.

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    p.a. says:

    @Jeffro:

    And an act of war that should be repaid in full.

    Easiest, least warlike way is to keep crude oil and natural gas prices low to keep Russia’s economy crippled. Unfortunately this also incentivizes burning said inexpensive hydrocarbons. (Although I believe hc use has been trending down even with low prices! And as long as ‘coalburners’ doesn’t become the next American fad to sweep the planet.)

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    Jeffro says:

    @p.a.: Excellent idea! Also, some of his billionaire buddies could start to get hit with electronic banking problems…it’s so hard to figure out where the “cyber” attacks come from. Could be a 400-pound guy sitting on his bed in his parents’ basement…

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I still wonder if the vanilla brandy would be tasty poured over ice cream, but not enough to buy some and find out.

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    debbie says:

    @PPCLI:

    Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mnemosyne: Do you have ice cream? I don’t.

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    p.a. says:

    @Mnemosyne: Vanilla brandy would be worth a try in Bananas Foster. Just swap out vanilla ice cream for something else.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: if you ever get out to my neck of the woods, I swear by St. Stephen that I will take you on the drinking tour of the Rockies, starting with the best rum you’ve ever tasted up in Crested Butte…

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Miss Bianca: If I ever get out that way, I will take you up on it.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Only ice cream bars. Sad face.

    But ice cream or some kind of flambė is the only use I could see for vanilla brandy.

    @p.a.:

    Or Bananas Foster! Maybe with Dulce de Leche ice cream?

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: skiing’s very nice up in Crested Butte. *And* on Monarch Pass. Just sayin’…

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @amk:
    From the same Reuters item:

    But the administration is now mainly focused on placing a cloud over his reputation for independence, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

    The White House did not respond to a request for comment on whether it is reviewing the ethics rule in order to undermine Mueller’s credibility.

    Nothing portrays “innocence” like “strategising ways to discredit the results of an investigation, when the investigation has only just started”.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Miss Bianca: Skiing and CB? How odd.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Much as it pains me to say this, this is real life, not a movie.

    Movies have to make sense.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    is where we see if TenguPhule is a prophet or not.

    “The turtle moves.”

    /But if I am the prophet, this nation is more fucked then you can possibly imagine.

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