I’m sure this is fine

Breaking news from The Post:

…Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.”

Preparations to punish Russia anew for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria caused consternation at the White House. Haley said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack would be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

But as officials in Moscow condemned the planned sanctions as overly punitive, Trump conferred with his national security advisers later Sunday and told them he was upset the sanctions were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them, according to several people familiar with the plan.

Gosh, why?

117 replies
  1. 1
    TenguPhule says:

    Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.

    Must be a day ending in day.

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    trollhattan says:

    That’ll show them pesky Russkies! Don’t By all means, go ahead and mess with Donny.

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    MattF says:

    Hmm. You think the reason starts with the letter ‘P’?

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    Yarrow says:

    Related, in case anyone missed it yesterday.

    President Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration’s plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies.

    The United States, they explained, would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies — part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil.

    “We’ll match their numbers,” Trump instructed, according to a senior administration official. “We’re not taking the lead. We’re matching.”

    The next day, when the expulsions were announced publicly, Trump erupted, officials said. To his shock and dismay, France and Germany were each expelling only four Russian officials — far fewer than the 60 his administration had decided on.

    The president, who seemed to believe that other individual countries would largely equal the United States, was furious that his administration was being portrayed in the media as taking by far the toughest stance on Russia.

    He was angry it looked like the US was taking the lead with the toughest stance on Russia. He only wanted to match other countries and follow what they were doing.

    It’s so obvious who he serves and it isn’t the United States of America.

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    Manyakitty says:

    Hoocouldaknowed

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    Chyron HR says:

    @MattF:

    No, there’s no P! Fake news! He’s only concerned for Melon’s sake!

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    The Moar You Know says:

    The state of the world is fucking ridiculous. Putin and Trump both should have been in jail years ago. Instead, they’re in charge of everything.

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    Wonder what Putin told him the red line is on release of the piss tape, which probably doubles as release of Melania from her own NDA and prenup…

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Yarrow:

    It’s so obvious who he serves and it isn’t the United States of America.

    I don’t see how this ends well. I mean I literally can’t picture him turning over power to anyone else.

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    bluefish says:

    God Lord! When will this nightmare be over? This guy has got to go! It’s just enraging. Off to find my pipe, clean out the icebox, and write my Congressman. In reverse order.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Yarrow:

    It’s so obvious who he serves and it isn’t the United States of America.

    T-R-A-I-T-O-R

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    jl says:

    @Yarrow: Do tell. I noted Trump getting angry and losing his shit over perceived lead in both Syrian strikes (apparently from news I read over weekend France was in the lead in terms of planning and determination) and diplomatic response to probably Russian poisoning in UK.

    But Trump is fuming over his belief that Bolton is getting too much credit for the Syrian strikes in the domestic press.

    Makes sense in the most unhinged, rabid, and ruthless ‘kiss up kick down’ circles of hell, but not in other more normal and sane circumstances.

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    MattF says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes: It’s likely that Donald and Melania had a formal pre-fucktual agreement, but probably not this exact circumstance.

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    Yarrow says:

    Re: Cohen case:

    Judge has ruled that client name must be disclosed publicly now.— erica orden (@eorden) April 16, 2018

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    Jeffro says:

    It’s almost like there is a pattern there or something …

    Weird how most of us here saw this coming two years ago

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    ByRookorbyCrook says:

    And the GOP congress will do nothing because they are not a co-equal branch of government and must accede to Derp Trumpenführer whims. Another to the list for articles of impeachment.

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    TenguPhule says:

    In news that will surprise nobody, Pruitt’s $43,000 soundproof booth was found to be in violation of the $5,000 cap on spending by GAO.

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    germy says:

    I realize that I may have let some of my fans down by acknowledging the possibility that Assad is responsible for the Syrian chemical attack, but I just want to assure them that I'm still firmly in denial on plenty of other issues.— Glem Greenwald (@gggreenwald) April 10, 2018

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    jeffreyw says:

    The Hill

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    @thehill
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    Trump admits he made mistakes picking his Cabinet: “Not all of my choices were good” http://hill.cm/7jn4HXh

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    MomSense says:

    Trump is a Russian ASSet.

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    germy says:

    @Yarrow: Don Jr.?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @germy: Parody account?

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    Sab says:

    @Manyakitty: NE OH meetup someday?

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    jl says:

    @jl: And, maybe I am not paying enough attention to the media, but the idea that the US press is making Bolton the big hero of the Syrian strike seems delusional to me. From what I’ve seen, the media seems to have rolled out it’s usual ritual of slobbering over a president who unilaterally decides to blow stuff up.

    Along with all the other bad things that Trump is, he is nuts.

    Edit: Seriously, if anyone has info that Bolton has gotten more attention and credit in the media than the Trumpster Hisself on Syria strike, let me know. I haven’t seen it, but I just watch some clips here and there on the internet.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Trump is deathly afraid of falling out of a 5th floor window.

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    Yarrow says:

    @rikyrah: Yep. Trump, his family, his cronies, top GOP and many lower level GOP–traitors, all.

    @MomSense: He sure is. A dumb one, but he knows who owns him.

    @germy: We’re about to find out!

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    trollhattan says:

    @MattF:
    Her prenup is probably as rock-solid as her dignity is in tatters. Considering Donny had three goes he certainly got really good at having them written up.

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    germy says:

    @MattF:

    a formal pre-fucktual agreement, but probably not this exact circumstance.

    I’ve never seen it, but I imagine it covers basic stuff, like she’s not allowed in his presence without full makeup and high heels. And she’s not allowed to talk about anything she sees him do.

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    Yarrow says:

    @trollhattan: DJT has now shown that he’s good with legal stuff. The prenup could be a mess as well. Melania may know that and is biding her time.

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    germy says:

    @TenguPhule: Yup. Although sometimes he just quotes him verbatim and says “I can’t top this”

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    Yarrow says:

    Re: the name of the third client:

    Dramatic buildup here.

    As noted, Judge Wood made her ruling on disclosure, but no name yet. They're arguing about a privilege log.

    Todd Harrison is up now.
    — Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) April 16, 2018

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    Yarrow says:

    Oh, holy shit!

    "The client's name is Sean Hannity"— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) April 16, 2018

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    Barbara says:

    Name of the third client is Sean Hannity.

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    Puddinhead says:

    @Yarrow: Hannity. Better (i.e. funnier) than I expected.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Trump businesses making millions from political and taxpayer spending – report

    Donald Trump’s US businesses have raked in $15.1m in revenue from political groups and federal agencies since he began his run for the presidency, according to a report released on Monday.

    For the report, titled The Art of the (Self) Deal: Political and Taxpayer Spending at Trump’s Properties, Public Citizen, a Washington-based nonprofit, analyzed all the available records of political and federal taxpayer spending at Trump businesses.

    The report concludes that Trump, his campaign and Republican political committees have diverted millions of dollars to the president’s businesses – spending money on his airplanes, at his hotels, golf courses and restaurants, and even buying his Trump-branded bottled water.

    This is not fine.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Yarrow: Are they shitting us?

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    jl says:

    @Yarrow: Melania the unnamed third Cohen client?

    Anyway, glad that the court is, so far, not buying the Trumpster BS. I love the term ‘Special Mater’, and it appears to be a real thing, unlike the ‘Marshall of the US Supreme Court’ who can go around and put everything right, but can’t because of the Deep State. Poor guy.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Barbara: @Puddinhead: So awesome! Hannity is a traitor and probably needs a fixer for other things as well.

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    rikyrah says:

    “The client’s name is Sean Hannity”— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) April 16, 2018

    BWA HA HA HA HA HAH A

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    trollhattan says:

    @Yarrow:
    Isn’t that just the cherry on top? Jeez.

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    Sab says:

    These Evangelical Christian values have certainly improved the quality of governance in this country.

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    LAO says:

    HOLY CRAP — the 3d client Michael Cohen refused to name is sean hannity.

    "The client's name is Sean Hannity"— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) April 16, 2018

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    Yarrow says:

    @Corner Stone: They are not! It’s live court reporting! Sean Hannity is Cohen’s Client Number Three.

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    germy says:

    How soon until Don Jr tweets “I am not unnamed client! Fake news!”— Schooley (@Rschooley) April 16, 2018

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    LAO says:

    @rikyrah: I’m dying I’m laughing so hard.

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    germy says:

    Michael Cohen's previously unnamed third client is SEAN HANNITY.— erica orden (@eorden) April 16, 2018

    As Popeye said, “How embarriskin'”

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Are they shitting us?

    Reality is stranger then speculation.

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    germy says:

    This is per Cohen's lawyer, who just announced it in court. https://t.co/WoRylWPGxk— erica orden (@eorden) April 16, 2018

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    Yarrow says:

    OMG, this day is amazing. Sean Hannity is Cohen’s client. I knew he was a traitor and all tied up with Trump and Russia stuff, but this…oh man. It’s just too good. Not enough popcorn in the world.

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    Barbara says:

    How do the people observing this hearing, and I am including the attorneys, keep from laughing?

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    guachi says:

    I disbelieve the third client is Sean Hannity.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @jeffreyw:

    Not all of my choices were not good”

    Fixed that for Trump.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Yarrow: Onion has decided to turn in, claims reality has put them out of business.

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    gratuitous says:

    I don’t recall exactly where it was, but I’d heard that nobody had been tougher on Russian than Lord Littlehands. Looks like whoever said that wasn’t talking true.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/03/politics/donald-trump-white-house-questions/index.html

    Of course, that was all the way back in the dim recesses of history; April 3 to be exact.

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    Yarrow says:

    @LAO: Isn’t this amazing! It’s beyond what I imagined. Too funny.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @guachi:

    I disbelieve the third client is Sean Hannity.

    You fumbled your save against reality.

    Take 4d6 damage to your SAN.

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    jl says:

    @germy: That is not a joke? It’s really Hannity? Uh-oh. What was that hush money for? How botched up was that NDA? One of the new clients Avenatti talked about recently?

    Now that I think about it, better Hannity than Melania. Not a fan, but she deserves decent lawyering, like most other people in the country. Not sure about Hannity.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @jl:

    it appears to be a real thing, unlike the ‘Marshall of the US Supreme Court’ who can go around and put everything right, but can’t because of the Deep State

    Don’t you fucking disparage the Justice Eagles of the Deep State!

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    @TenguPhule:

    I mean I literally can’t picture him turning over power to anyone else.

    Nobody cares. He can sit in his chair and scream, “I’m the president! The president! Where are my two scoops of ice cream?!” as the Secret Service carry him out of the building. They won’t be his Secret Service anymore.

    @jl:

    apparently from news I read over weekend France was in the lead in terms of planning and determination

    That was my guess when he made his speech. I knew A) there was no way Trump made this happen, and B) it would come out he fucked things up somehow. Didn’t even take the whole weekend for his victory to turn to shit.

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    Brachiator says:

    …Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.”

    Funny, I heard a clip of Haley announcing that the sanctions were coming just this morning.

    Trump is both clumsy and cunning. He makes sure to sound as tough as possible about Russia, but kisses Putin’s ass hard.

    Everything certainly looks as though Trump (and elements of the GOP) sold out to the Russians. It’s insane that Trump’s supporters and Republicans are fine with this.

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    Yarrow says:

    @guachi: Believe what you want. It’s entered into court record.

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    Fester Addams says:

    Hannity! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Michael D. Cohen, Esq. – Practice limited to scum and villainy.

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    RandomMonster says:

    No puppet! No puppet! You’re the puppet!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Barbara:

    How do the people observing this hearing, and I am including the attorneys, keep from laughing?

    Jaws stuck to the floor, perhaps.

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    germy says:

    Here’s his statement:

    https://t.co/2F0l9yGNBE— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018

    “Hillary laundered 84 million dollars!!!”

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    LAO says:

    @Yarrow: It’s like Christmas before the war on Christmas started.

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    Corner Stone says:

    “Wwwoooowwww!”
    Harry Lipman when he heard it is Sean Hannity.

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    MomSense says:

    This would be hilarious AF if trump weren’t so unstable.

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    germy says:

    Michael Cohen represented Fox News host Sean Hannity, Cohen’s lawyers were forced to reveal in federal court on Monday. Cohen was present at a hearing where his attorneys are challenging the FBI’s seizure of documents he claims are protected by attorney-client privilege. Cohen’s other two clients in recent years, he said, are President Donald Trump and Elliot Broidy, a Republican fundraiser. Cohen negotiated non-disclosure agreements with Trump and Broidy’s alleged mistresses.

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    Jeffro says:

    @germy: pure chaff

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    TenguPhule says:

    @germy: I could have sworn Hannity was smarter then that.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Onion has decided to turn in, claims reality has put them out of business.

    Obama put The Onion on life support because there was just never any *there* there for 8 years. Then Trump delivered a death blow by racing past anything their writers could possibly ever come up with.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    Michael Cohens third client was Sean Hannity. Lolololol. Does Fox have any hosts who didn’t have problems with affairs/sexual harrassment/infidelity etc.

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    beef says:

    Huh.

    You know, Louise Mensch has been saying for months that Hannity is going to jail.

    I wonder what he needed a mob lawyer for.

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    germy says:

    Erica Orden, reporter at WSJ, is in the courtroom and tweeted the news as soon as she heard.

    Hannity.

    Ooof.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Barbara:

    How do the people observing this hearing, and I am including the attorneys, keep from laughing?

    I am reminded of the time I saw the movie Tommy Boy in the theater, where I was laughing so hard I had to go into the aisle and stretch out so I could breathe again.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    Okay,now I have yo switch to watch Fox. For a few minutes. Guessing there’s a spot open on Fox..Maybe the Mooch will get a job at Fox now.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @rikyrah: Dying. Just fucking dying.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @TenguPhule: @germy:

    Glem Greenwald (@gggreenwald)

    Um, yeah, pair o’dee…

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    Mathguy says:

    Q: What’s the difference between a garbanzo bean and a chickpea?

    A: The shitgibbon has never had a garbanzo bean on his face.

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    jl says:

    @Barbara:

    ” How do the people observing this hearing, and I am including the attorneys, keep from laughing ”
    IANAL, but from what I’ve read, the Trumpster position seems laughable, at least compared to Avenatti’s briefs. So, far, good to see the court seems to agree with IANAL me.

    Edit: maybe the Trumpsters can score the My Cousin Vinny guy and his girlfriend who works in the auto shop. If the case ends up turning on instant grits, transmissions and tire tread marks, they’ll win.

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    germy says:

    @Corner Stone: He gave cohen thumbs up in this photo:

    Bros. pic.twitter.com/PeyhJV5pv5— Schooley (@Rschooley) April 15, 2018

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    Duane says:

    @Yarrow: That rat Hannity carried Putin’s wikileaks water all during the election. Great American traitor is more like it. He’s up to his neck in Trump’s swamp. The swamp water he carried. May justice be swift and harsh to the lot of them.

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    Yarrow says:

    @jl:

    I love the term ‘Special Mater’, and it appears to be a real thing, unlike the ‘Marshall of the US Supreme Court’ who can go around and put everything right, but can’t because of the Deep State. Poor guy.

    Well, the Marshal of the US Supreme Court is also a real position. It is currently held by a woman, Pamela Talkin. You can see her listed on the Supreme Court website under Court Officers. What the person in that role does or does not do is another discussion.

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    JPL says:

    No wonder why Hannity thought the raid illegal. Fox news must be so proud.

    kidding, they don’t care about trust and honesty

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    germy says:

    @jeffreyw: Why would cohen lie about something like that, in front of a judge, Sean?

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    Dave says:

    @Corner Stone: Only thing saved the Onion during Obama’s administration was their treatment of Biden and prescient articles such as the “White hot sphere of screaming rage new GOP front-runner” after the 2012 election.

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    germy says:

    Jimmy Kimmell’s next monologue should be… interesting.

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    jl says:

    @Yarrow: Thanks for the info. Does her uniform include an admiralty fringe? That’s how I can tell the real positions from the fake 14th amendment ones.

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    Dave says:

    @Duane: Hannity facing the music would be almost too much scheadenfreude might even restore my faith in justice.

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    Mandalay says:

    Finally Trump has done something that I wholeheartedly endorse:

    The Trump team decided to publicly characterize Haley’s announcement as a misstatement.

    It’s about time that teflon coated con artist got her comeuppance. It’s all the sweeter that the knife in the back was completely undeserved, and was solely due to the incompetence of Trump Administration.

    (I’ll never forget or forgive how Haley was deliberately sitting on the fence over the Confederate Flag, and then instantly changed her tune once she realized which way the wind was blowing. Like Trump she believes in nothing beyond advancing herself. She is scum just as much as Kushner, Bolton, Pruitt and all the usual suspects.)

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    Yarrow says:

    @jl: I have no idea what she wears. I’m sure the court website could offer more insight. The position is supposed to be something like that of a bailiff.

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    Duane says:

    @Dave:Hannity is caught in a trap solely of his own making. It’s a wonderful sight.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @gratuitous:

    I’d heard that nobody had been tougher on Russian than Lord Littlehands.

    He’s the pathetic coward we always knew him to be. Expel Russian spies?! Hell, he invites them into the Oval Office at their leisure, where he hands them autographed golf balls and they get to look at all the papers on his desk.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I will be acquiring at black Epiphone Les Paul Studio very very soon. I’m open to suggestions for a name that’s not too obviously literal, like Old Black or Blackie.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    “The client’s name is Sean Hannity”

    Huh. How about that. Three of the most repulsive clients placed on God’s green earth and I have no idea how any of of those three sacks of crap managed to get within spitting distance of a woman, never mind fuck ’em.

    Oughta call Cohen “The Miracle Lawyer”.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Yarrow:

    I’m sitting in a doctor’s office trying not to laugh out loud!!

    That would be rude…

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    germy says:

    @Amir Khalid: Eppy.

    (That’s what the Beatles called their manager)

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    efgoldman says:

    @LAO:

    I’m dying I’m laughing so hard.

    Entire newsroom where journo daughter works (CQ Roll Call) erupted in a huge group cackle

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    MomSense says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Woot wooot!

    Veronica was the first name that popped into my head.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    I will be acquiring at black Epiphone Les Paul Studio very very soon. I’m open to suggestions for a name that’s not too obviously literal, like Old Black or Blackie.

    @Amir Khalid: Don’t think you’re getting bargain basement. No different than a Gibson these days. As for names, I’ve never named a guitar (at the moment I’ve got about 15 or so) so am not going to be helpful there.

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    El Caganer says:

    And it looks like we are ready to drop the curtain on today’s performance by Vladimir Putin’s Tiny Fingers Puppet Theatre.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    What about “Sister” in honor of Sister Rosetta Tharp, a great guitar player in the 40s and 50s?

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    efgoldman says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I’m open to suggestions for a name

    Gee-tarr

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Fester Addams:

    Michael D. Cohen, Esq. – Practice limited to scum and villainy.

    If you go to one of the least reputable law schools in the country, your list of clients is somewhat limited.

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    Calouste says:

    @Amir Khalid: “Black Dog”, after the Led Zeppelin song that uses a Les Paul.

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    James Powell says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Unless a name is clear from the start, the name should emerge from the experience of playing it.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @J R in WV: I like that. Sister, and The Girl.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Mandalay:

    I’ll never forget or forgive how Haley was deliberately sitting on the fence over the Confederate Flag, and then instantly changed her tune once she realized which way the wind was blowing.

    The media has repeatedly ignored the fact that Nikki Haley is a really terrible person. As governor of South Carolina she checked off every box on the wingnut welfare job application. It was only natural that she would enthusiastically go to work for Trump after leaving her state a broken basket case like Kansas. Her husband “worked” two jobs: one for the state of SC and one for the SC National Guard. She makes dishonest scum like Pruitt and Pence look admirable by comparison.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @The Moar You Know:
    All the YouTube reviewers like it, a lot. I was also considering the Goth version of the same model, but then I’d have to explain away the Celtic cross on the headstock — an ostentatiously Christian symbol. I don’t know what Epiphone were thinking, putting that on a guitar.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Elizabelle:
    I had the very same thought.

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    Just one more canuck says:

    A hell of a start to infrastructure week

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Amir Khalid: Ebony?

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    Kathleen says:

    @Amir Khalid: How about “Mary Ford”, in honor of his wife who recorded with him?

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    Aardvark Cheeselog says:

    @Amir Khalid: Svartalf?

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    Aardvark Cheeselog says:

    About the OP, my first thought was “quid for the quo of not lighting up the air defenses for Trump’s excellent hundred-tomahawk head-fake at spanking Assad?” Quickly followed by “Christ I can’t believe I’m thinking this.”

    Anybody know where is the best bulk price on heavy-duty tinfoil? I need a new hat.

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