Alarmingly, Witch Hunt Continues to Turn Up Witches

Oh:

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department, including in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the US and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice due to attempts to tamper with witnesses, according to a court filing Friday.

Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told the judge Manafort’s plea agreement is a “cooperation agreement,” and other charges will be dropped at sentencing at “or at the agreement of successful cooperation.”

Manafort had proffered information to the government already, Weissmann said in a federal court in a Washington, DC.

That’s right, Manafort is already squealing. Hopefully the Feds are keeping him in a Polonium resistant cell until Cheeto Benito is perpwalked, tried, and thrown into prison.






196 replies
  1. 1
    geg6 says:

    I’m loving today’s early Friday news dump, I have to say.

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    ruemara says:

    There’s gonna be a tweetstorm to match the hurricane levels, isn’t there? Sheesh. Just arrest the traitor already.

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    Elizabelle says:

    I would like to see Giuliani lose his law license, in the not too distant future.

    Does having a law license allow you to lie as fulsomely as he does?

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    Corner Stone says:

    I just hope Manafort has some dirt on Ivanka. She’s dirty AF, and has been running in circles Paulie would know something about.

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    Ridnik Chrome says:

    I’m loving the headline on this post.

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    JPL says:

    Which witch will be next to drop? Bring me Roger Stone.

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    Maybe I’m too cynical, but I don’t see how anything worthwhile is going to come of this deal. Manafort will lie and weasel and try to ooze his way out of any trouble. It’s what he does. I’d love to be shown up here, but it’s hard for me to see how this will lead to much.

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    debit says:

    Man, Infrastructure Week is awesome.

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    debit says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): If he does lie, it’s another felony. I don’t think he’s THAT stupid.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): He might be able to do that if he were the only witness but he testifies knowing others have testified before him.

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    Immanentize says:

    @debit: @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):
    Look, In order to get this deal, Manafort has already told the prosecutors everything. Probably first in writing (a proffer) then in person, questioned by the FBI. It is over.

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    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): The judge can impose additional penalties for non-cooperation. His life will become very unpleasant if he doesn’t cooperate fully.

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    rikyrah says:

    THIS MUTHAPHUCKA!!

    Ed Rollins, on Puerto Rico death toll estimates: “The reality is the Democrats are playing to Puerto Ricans who have moved to this country, moved to Florida, politics, and they’re not for us anyways. So, at the end of the day here, the president is accurate” pic.twitter.com/apNN7URemU

    — Brendan Karet 🚮 (@bad_takes) September 14, 2018

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    @Immanentize:

    Well, I hope you’re right. Only this is a guy who thought he could get away with witness tampering, so I’ll wait to see what he hands over. I just have a tough time believing he’s going to do anything helpful.

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    hueyplong says:

    I am at a loss as to why posters here worry so often about Mueller and his crew being taken for rubes.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):

    The lead prosecutor in the case, Andrew Weissman, then read a lengthy summary of the activities to which Manafort was pleading guilty. After Weissman finished detailing Manafort’s lobbying work for Ukraine and efforts to lie to the Justice Department about his activities, Judge Jackson quipped that it was perhaps the “longest and most detailed” summary she’d heard at a plea hearing.

    From TPM

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    debit says:

    @Immanentize: You have made me so happy.

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    Immanentize says:

    @hueyplong: I know — I don’t get it. Stockholm syndrome, I suspect.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Elizabelle: He is zealously representing his client. As long as he doesn’t lie in a courtroom, it’s all good.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): Why would Manafort sign the deal, give up the juice and then weasel on the follow through? He’s already consigned himself that it’s over and all his assets are of the forfeitured variety now. His wife hates him, his daughter changed her last name, Trump is about to coffee boy his ass, and Vlad probably laughs at the idea Paulie has anything on him that matters.

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    ChrisS says:

    Meuller’s investigation again turns up no wrongdoing by the president so sayeth Rudy … so, if these crimes have nothing to do with Trump, why all the hubbub, bub?

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    Ridnik Chrome says:

    @JPL: Stone would be nice, but what I really want to see is Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell being perp-walked. Both of those fuckers knew exactly what Trump and his pals were doing, and kept quiet so they could get their tax cuts and their wingnut Supreme Court justice. They should both be wearing irons and busting rocks.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): And then he will go to prison for the rest of his unnatural life. He doesn’t know what Mueller knows. If he lies and gets caught, and he most assuredly will because Mueller knows more than anyone can imagine, it’s sayonara.

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    @hueyplong:

    I don’t think Mueller or his people are being taken for rubes. I only think Manafort will do all he can to keep from telling anything to anybody. I know that can lead to the deal being pulled out from under his ass, but I don’t know if he’s smart enough to know that. Going by what I’ve seen of the guy, I find it hard to believe he can get his own shoes on without help.

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    kindness says:

    Guillotine time yet??? I used to think the French went overboard during their revolution but now I’m questioning that thought.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Ed Rollins, on Puerto Rico death toll estimates: “The reality is the Democrats are playing to Puerto Ricans who have moved to this country, moved to Florida, politics, and they’re not for us anyways. So, at the end of the day here, the president is accurate” pic.twitter.com/apNN7URemU

    — Brendan Karet 🚮 (@bad_takes) September 14, 2018

    @rikyrah: Rick Scott just shed another human skin and will have to hide a few days until his new one firms up. I’m sure he’s fucking pissed about that tweet.

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    Chip Daniels says:

    It does sound like those oligarchs are a much bigger issue for Mana fort than anything Trump related.
    If he has already ratted on them, no pardon can help him.

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    @Corner Stone:

    Why would Manafort sign the deal, give up the juice and then weasel on the follow through?

    Well, I’m going to go with, because he’s a colossal, titanic dumbfuck. I haven’t seen anything from this guy to lead me to believe he has more sense than your everyday bookend.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @hueyplong: @Immanentize:

    Actually, it’s because against all rational notions, Trump is President of the United States.

    So all rational notions have to be discounted, because we clearly live in the bizarro universe.

    I’m sure that every damn thing is backed up to an offsite server, and when/if the Tangerine Toad tries to fire the entire DOJ, will be start being dribbled to states’ Attorneys General and WaPo. Want to stop the investigation from interfering with the election? Keep them on the payroll.

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    Manafort’s statement said something about wanting to keep his family safe and secure.

    It looked for a while like he was expecting a pardon from The Big Guy that would make everything all right, and he wouldn’t have to rat out his Russian connections. I wonder how much the Skripal poisonings got to him. Or this latest activist poisoned in Moscow. Certainly Trump sent his best regards when Cohen flipped and Manafort held firm. But Mueller has more sources than Manafort and certainly has information on Russian activities that will eventually come out. That could look to Putin and the GRU like Manafort had given up that information, even if he hadn’t. Several lower-level witnesses who testified to the grand jury have come out saying “Mueller knows everything.”

    Then, too, The Big Guy is capricious and has been showing signs of stress. Or did Manafort become convinced that The Big Guy won’t be able to pardon from prison. I wouldn’t count on Trump to send a “Good Luck” card.

    I’m guessing it’s some combination of all this, perhaps with a few other things thrown in, that convinced Manafort to flip. I wonder if Mueller promised him a witness protection plan for his family.

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    feebog says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):

    I said it in an earlier thread, but I’ll repeat it here. Rick Gates. Mueller already has 90% of what Manafort has to offer through Gates. As Immanitize already pointed out, Manafort has already made his proffer, so he has already colored in the remaining 10%. Manafort is corroborating Gates’ information and adding details Gates may not of known. IMHO Manafort’s cooperation is the last piece of the puzzle Mueller is going to get, because Trumpov is surely not going to sit down for an interview. The only question left is whether to issue Trumpov an subpoena, and I think Mueller may decide against it as it will mean months of litigation before it goes to the Supreme Court.

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    patrick II says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Does having a law license allow you to lie as fulsomely as he does?

    Hannity and Limbaugh lie just as much, if not more, without a law license. I think law license is not the deciding factor but being a Republican does.

    I would like to see Giuliani lose his law license, in the not too distant future.

    He’ll lose his license if he is convicted of a felony. It has not been on the national news front burner, but Mueller is investigating the activities of the NY FBI office during the election and Giuliani was most like involved, and he is most probably in other illegal activities as he was pretty high up in the Trump election team. He is lying like crazy to save his own ass by trying to shut down the Mueller investigation, but that seems less and less likely.

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    Emerald says:

    @Ridnik Chrome: This. How did McConnell know that the next president would be a Republican? He had to know, or he wouldn’t have refused Merrick Garland for a whole year. First time in American history.

    He knew. He also threatened Obama when Obama wanted to make the Russian interference public during the election.

    He’s up to his eyes in it.

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    James E Powell says:

    @hueyplong:

    I am at a loss as to why posters here worry so often about Mueller and his crew being taken for rubes.

    That’s quite the exaggeration. People worry, but they don’t consider Mueller rubes. From the Bush/Cheney Junta through the 2008 financial collapse, we learned that a lot of what evil people do is legal or almost impossible to prosecute.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Russians Planned Attack on Lab Testing Salisbury Nerve Agent, Swiss Say

    /Warning, FTFNYT link.

    Russians rushing everywhere these days.

    Two Russian spies caught in the Netherlands and expelled had been plotting cyber sabotage of a Swiss defense laboratory analyzing the nerve agent used to poison a former Russian agent in Britain, Swiss officials said Friday.

    The story — first reported by the Dutch newspaper NRC and the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, and confirmed by Swiss officials — adds a new dimension to the charges by Western governments that the Kremlin is waging a sophisticated and unconventional campaign to work its will abroad, and undermine adversaries and their alliances.

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    Aleta says:

    Said to be a new filing in United States v. Manafort: Plea Agreement. (Roddick Falkner had hidden around 222,000 in cash on May ’18 trip from IND to Houston; seized after tip off.)

    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4883372-Plea-Agreement.html

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    trollhattan says:

    @patrick II:
    “Love” how Rudy flounces from camera to camera acting like an official somethingorother when he’s just a freelancing lawyer. Is he even on Trump’s payroll or just doing pro bono yelling for the orange one?

    Why do they keep booking him?*

    *Extend question to anybody booking Ken Starr.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @kindness:

    Guillotine time yet??? I used to think the French went overboard during their revolution but now I’m questioning that thought.

    Almost. The clock is 2 minutes to midnight.

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    @Aleta:

    Jesús Marimba, Roddick Falkner? There are too fucking many characters in this dumbass movie.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Kushner Says Punishing Palestinians Won’t Hurt Chance for Peace Deal

    Is Jared Kushner the second stupidest man on earth?

    Three days after the Trump administration evicted the Palestine Liberation Organization from its offices in Washington, Jared Kushner defended the latest in a string of punitive actions against the Palestinians and insisted that none of them had diminished the chances of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Speaking on Thursday, 25 years to the day after the Oslo peace accords were signed on the White House lawn not far from his West Wing office, Mr. Kushner said Trump had actually improved the chances for peace by stripping away the “false realities” that surround Middle East peacemaking.

    “There were too many false realities that were created — that people worship — that I think needed to be changed,” he said in an interview. “All we’re doing is dealing with things as we see them and not being scared out of doing the right thing. I think, as a result, you have a much higher chance of actually achieving a real peace.”

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    trollhattan says:

    @Emerald:
    I like how you’ve broken that down, and I would LOVE to see Turtle used for a vat of turtle soup. He needs to be taken down to the ankles so the senate can function again.

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    J R in WV says:

    @The Moar You Know: \

    Ed Rollins, on Puerto Rico death toll estimates: “The reality is the Democrats are playing to Puerto Ricans who have moved to this country, moved to Florida, politics, and they’re not for us anyways. So, at the end of the day here, the president is accurate” pic.twitter.com/apNN7URemU

    Just more proof that Republicans have no heart, just a tiny evil shiny black stone in their chests. Ed Rollins is one of the more evil ones, to be sure. I’m not sure if that makes the stone bigger, or smaller…

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    ByRookorbyCrook says:

    Mueller knows. This plea deal means he has corroboration to bring forth things he knows but cannot take to trial. Manafort was looking at going to prison for the rest of his (short?) life and losing everything he owned and continued investigation while in prison dodging Bratva. With the plea deal, Manafort goes to prison for most of the rest of his (short?) life and loses all he owns, but he doesn’t need to keep digging his hole deeper.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):

    Jesús Marimba, Roddick Falkner? There are too fucking many characters in this dumbass movie.

    Just wait till Hugh E. Rection turns up.

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    Aleta says:

    @Aleta: @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): Correction, I misspelled his name.
    Roddrick Faulkner

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @The Moar You Know:

    The reality is the Democrats are playing to Puerto Ricans who have moved to this country, moved to Florida

    This dick apparently doesn’t know that Puerto Ricans from Puerto Rico are American citizens. And because Democrats have been trying to court PRs that means Trump is right that the death toll is wrong? How exactly? How is Trump right “at the end of the day”, Rollins?

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    Mike in DC says:

    This will play out slowly at first, then pick up steam going into next year. Indictment of a sitting president falls into the “too much to hope for ” category, but I expect by the time Mueller issues his report, 60% of the electorate will have concluded that Trump is guilty AF. And the Republicans in the Senate will be well aware of that.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @J R in WV:

    I’m not sure if that makes the stone bigger, or smaller…

    Depends if you believe its a fundamental question of volume or density.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Mike in DC:

    but I expect by the time Mueller issues his report, 60% of the electorate will have concluded that Trump is guilty AF.

    And we’ll have to fight a war to get rid of the other 40%.

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    danielx says:

    @JPL:

    Bring me the head of Roger Stone.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    His life will become very unpleasant if he doesn’t cooperate fully.

    To be fair, his life may be over if he does and they don’t secure him properly.

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    это курам на смех says:

    A trial for the shitgibbon? Maybe. But it’s guaranteed to be hung because of the inevitable cult member(s) on the jury.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @TenguPhule:
    A
    Or, y’know we could just outvote them. I think it would sweeter for them to realize they aren’t the majority in the most final way possible; losing an election.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @danielx:

    Bring me the head of Roger Stone.

    The rest of him is optional.

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    NY Robbin says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Come and sit by me.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷:

    Or, y’know we could just outvote them. I think it would sweeter for them to realize they aren’t the majority in the most final way possible; losing an election.

    2008. We did. They got worse.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @feebog:

    IMHO Manafort’s cooperation is the last piece of the puzzle Mueller is going to get, because Trumpov is surely not going to sit down for an interview.

    Donny jr, Jared, Ivanka….

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @TenguPhule:
    I was thinking more along the lines of them losing several elections for the next 20 years

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):

    Maybe I’m too cynical, but I don’t see how anything worthwhile is going to come of this deal

    Manafort just become target #1 for every professional assassin and hitman in the region.Seeing who tries to kill him is going to be so educational for Mueller.

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    Emma says:

    @TenguPhule: Well played!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Slabhead Donnie’s cooperation will be unintentional. I’d bet if I could that is already has been.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷:

    I was thinking more along the lines of them losing several elections for the next 20 years

    Nobody ever went broke overestimating the stupidity of the American public.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Emerald:

    He had to know, or he wouldn’t have refused Merrick Garland for a whole year. First time in American history.

    Actually they were planning to never let Hillary Clinton nominate a SC justice either as long as Rs controlled the Senate.

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    Elizabelle says:

    DC Meetup folks: we have a venue: two of them, actually. Saturday, September 15: 7:00ish (or earlier) to …? Drinks, and then trouping further up Rockville Pike to a tasty Chinese dinner.

    Meeting for drinks at 7:00 at City Perch Kitchen and Bar in the Pike and Rose complex (11830 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, phone: 301-231-2310), near the White Flint Metro. http://www.cityperch.com

    Dinner after, a few miles up the road:

    Following: we can head to Xi’an Gourmet in main Rockville, maybe around 8:30 to 9:00-ish, for Northern Chinese/Sichuan dinner. Plenty of free parking, it seems. About half a mile from the Rockville Metro Station. Beer and wine available; no bitcoin (LOL). Yelp review: https://www.yelp.com/biz/xian-gourmet-rockville

    316 N Washington St
    Rockville, MD 20850
    Phone number(301) 875-5144

    I’ll send Anne Laurie the info for an updated DC thread.

    Here’s more info, added to the earlier meetup thread, comment 12.

    Could use a headcount — let us know if you’re coming! The more the merrier, of course …

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    veniceriley says:

    Not happy until people in the family and/or the white house are frogmarched to prison in cuffs.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @TenguPhule: Jared is confident peace in the Middle East is just around the corner, as in 245 years away.

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    Jeffro says:

    @JPL:

    Which witch will be next to drop? Bring me Roger Stone.

    I think it’s great that Stone – as far as I’m aware – hasn’t even been talked to yet by Mueller & Co. It’s going to be just BOOM, here are the charges and here’s your cell, you scum.

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    Ridnik Chrome says:

    @TenguPhule: I’m not looking forward to seeing how the GOP will top the Orange Fool in 2024. Maybe they’ll nominate a chimpanzee.

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    TenguPhule says:

    People are horrified by an Amazon patent that puts workers in cages — but an Amazon exec said even ‘bad ideas’ get submitted

    Warning, not the Onion.

    A patent filed in 2016 has come back to haunt Amazon just as it’s under major pressure over the way it treats people who work in its warehouses.

    The original patent documents depict a cage designed to carry employees around warehouses. The idea is that as warehouses become crowded with robots whizzing around carrying out tasks, it may be safer for humans to navigate these workspaces in an enclosed box.

    The patent, titled “System and Method for transporting Personnel within an active Workspace,” was unearthed in a recent paper by the artificial-intelligence ethics researchers Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler.

    Yes folks, Amazon was literally going to have their employees working in high tech cages.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Ridnik Chrome:

    I’m not looking forward to seeing how the GOP will top the Orange Fool in 2024. Maybe they’ll nominate a chimpanzee.

    The unholy zombie love child of Dick Cheney and Nancy Reagan.

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    Jeffro says:

    @feebog:

    The only question left is whether to issue Trumpov an subpoena, and I think Mueller may decide against it as it will mean months of litigation before it goes to the Supreme Court.

    Yup. I think Mueller’s going to just tell Trumpov’s lawyers, “He talks and talks quickly – in person or in writing, but under oath either way – or everything I have on standby drops tomorrow morning”

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    @Ridnik Chrome:

    Maybe they’ll nominate Richard Spencer, or whatever his name is. Or one of the other nazis. Really, where else do they have to go from here?

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    TenguPhule says:

    Children who won’t leave their parents’ side. Parents tormenting themselves every night for not having been able to stop their children being torn away by border patrol agents.

    This is what’s left behind months after the Trump administration cancelled its family separation policy, which saw the US government separate more than 2,300 children from their parents at the US border with Mexico.

    There are still 416 of those children who have not been reunited with their parents – and even the families who have been reunified are suffering from the traumatic experience. In an effort to address this trauma, lawyers have filed a federal lawsuit arguing the US government should provide mental healthcare to the affected families.

    Your daily reminder that the Nazis are still holding children in concentration camps in the USA

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    Victor Matheson says:

    @Emerald: No, this conspiracy thinking is silly. McConnell was just making a bet that he won on. Figure by blocking Garland he had a 20-30% chance of getting Gorsuch or his ilk instead (a massive, massive improvement from a Republican standpoint instead) and a 70-80% chance of getting Garland or a Hilary replacement that wasn’t likely to be that much worse for Republicans than Garland. That was a bet worth taking. Massive potential upside with minimal downside (I mean except for destroying democracy…)

    Plus, McConnell figured (correctly, in hindsight) that holding out on the Supreme Court would motivate more fundamentalists to vote Republican than it would motivate others to vote against the Republicans. Obama (incorrectly) figured that nominating an obviously moderate candidate would shame Republicans into voting.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @TenguPhule:

    The AI ethics researchers even described the patent:

    as a symbol of an “unevenly distributed dystopian regime,” where the few at the top of the wealth pyramid live in “extraordinary wealth and comfort.”

    “But the majority of the pyramids are made from the dark tunnels of mines, radioactive waste lakes, discarded shipping containers, and corporate factory dormitories,” they added.

    “Unevenly distributed dystopian regime”. Yeah, that sounds like our world, alright. I’m totally stealing that phrase.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @TenguPhule: That is not quite as bad as it sounds. A buddy of mine worked at American Can Company in south St Louis (late 60s/early 70s) He was literally handcuffed to his press for 8 hrs a day. The thing was the cuffs made it impossible for his hands to get into the press, so yeah, a safety measure. Still a horrific image and no way one should have to live.

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    germy says:

    He told her she was too old to be on his network. Then he stuck his tongue down her throat.

    Murder, She Wrote was canceled in 1996. I can't think of another female detective show canceled in the mid-90s. Did Les Moonves assault Angela Lansbury?!https://t.co/Z941HAWYg6 pic.twitter.com/FjNHXv6DSm— Ira (@ira) September 12, 2018

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):
    Three scary words: President Kris Kobach.

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    Victor Matheson says:

    @TenguPhule: Yeah, this is a good follow up. The Republican wins and they get their choice. The Democrat wins and they still might be able to indefinitely block a new justice.

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    germy says:

    I picture Don Jr. and Eric clamming up like they're bound by omertà while in an adjoining room Ivanka sings like a bird.
    — Schooley (@Rschooley) September 14, 2018

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    Inventor says:

    I wonder if Mueller promised him a witness protection plan for his family.

    I can’t think of any other reason for him to roll.

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    Keith P. says:

    @germy: Cagney and Lacy? There was also The Closer, but that was early 2000s, I think.

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    geg6 says:

    @germy:

    Gotta admit, I LOLed at that one. Mainly because I think it’s perfectly true.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Victor Matheson:

    No, this conspiracy thinking is silly. McConnell was just making a bet that he won on.

    Doesn’t matter. This is war. A lie travels around the globe while the truth is putting on its shoes.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷:

    while the truth is putting on its shoes.

    Boots. For kicking with.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @germy:
    No punishment is too harsh for a guy who molested Mrs Potts from Beauty And The Beast.

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    joel hanes says:

    @Immanentize:

    I don’t get it

    Oh, I think it’s understandable.

    it’s fear of being over-optimistic, given the history of past disappointments.
    Fitzgerald was no babe in the woods, and yet Fitzmas was a distinct letdown

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    Keith P. says:

    @Keith P.: Was TJ Hooker in the right timeframe?

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Keith P.: That was the 80s

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    germy says:

    @geg6: Julie Chen signed off at the end of “Big Brother” last night as “Julie Chen Moonves”

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    Barbara says:

    I still agog that Skadden Arps, the law firm that created the report vouching for the fairness of the prosecution of Yulia Tymoshenko at the behest of Manafort for the Ukraine was separately retained by the Ukraine to train and assist prosecutors in the prosecution of Tymoshenko. What a black eye for Skadden.

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    jonas says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): If he lies, the plea deal is off and goes to prison the rest of his life. I think that will focus his mind a bit…

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    Shana says:

    @hueyplong: Me too. Mueller seems to be on top of a lot of this from what we can see. Take a look at Seth Abramson’s twitter feed to feel a little comforted.

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    cwmoss says:

    @TenguPhule: Um, I believe it’s “Hugh G. Rection.”

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Barbara: Please do not write “the Ukraine.” It is just “Ukraine.”

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    YetAnotherJay formerly (Jay S) says:

    @Barbara: Wasn’t Skadden Arps one of the bad guys in Barbarians at the Gates?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I thought the second time was a nice touch.

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    Barbara says:

    @YetAnotherJay formerly (Jay S): Along with a lot of others, almost certainly, because they are upper echelon corporate counsel in many, many transactions. This kind of work, however, barely qualifies as legal work and is really more like PR or marketing.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @JPL: Have any of you jackals caught the Randy Credico interviews on Ari Melber’s show? I know of him from WBAI in NY, but had never paid him any mind. Known as a “lefty”, he is also a Roger Stone pal. His interviews are bonkers. He is so out of his league. When he gets nervous he starts doing impressions. Crazypants!

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    Aleta says:

    @Aleta: Btw, There’s no mention of Manafort in that filing, which is for forfeiture. May be linked by mistake?(Linked on twitter by Big Cases Bot and Brad Heath. Still up though)

    The defendant in that filing is the $222,200, which is still being held. The filing says the carrier of the money, Roddrick Faulkner, had an arrest record of distributing and possessing marijuana and cocaine. It suggests the money was derived from sale of illicit sub., and that the money was intended to purchase illicit sub.

    May be unrelated:
    Coincidentally, on August 18 a 34-year-old Indianapolis resident named Roddrick Faulkner Sr. was shot an killed at a concert there.

    … Faulkner may have been in the VIP section along the east wall of the club. No shell casings or eyewitnesses were located.

    Detectives spoke to Faulkner’s family, including his daughter and mother, but they were described as less than forthcoming with police and provided no information to assist detectives. The family did not even provide who Faulkner was with that evening, according to court documents.

    An unnamed witness sitting near Faulkner during the concert told police that while Whitfield performed a song about Evans, Faulkner threw money on the stage at him. Whitfield took the money as a sign of disrespect, and shortly after the song was over, Whitfield walked up behind Faulkner and shot him in the back, the witness told police. … When police showed the same witness a photo array with Whitfield’s photo included, the witness denied recognizing anyone in the photos as involved in the incident.

    The witness identified Whitfield in a second array of photos during a second meeting with police, expressing fear of being overheard during the first meeting.

    Police think the victim of a fatal shooting at Krave Event Complex in August may have been killed as part of a feud between two Indianapolis rappers.

     

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    @TenguPhule: What? You don’t want the Nixon tat?

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    Calouste says:

    @Barbara: Convicted felon Alex van der Zwaan worked for Skadden Arps. I assume a few of the partners there are, uh, weighing their options.

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    debit says:

    @Calouste: Ah hah, connection made! Very interesting.

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    Barbara says:

    @Calouste: van der Zwaan is the son in law of a Russian oligarch. And he supervised the fairness report.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @RedDirtGirl: I’d never heard of him before he turned up on Melber’s show, but it sometimes feels almost like exploitation. There’s a lot of loopy people caught up in this (Carter Page, Roger Stone), but that guy…. Unless he’s playing a part a la Vinnie The Chin Gigante

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    clay says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: I was wondering about that: “remain safe”.

    How likely is the following scenario? What if the intelligence community picked up some solid intel that Manafort and/or his family was under threat? What if they passed that intel to Mueller, who then showed it to Manafort and his lawyers? Wouldn’t that explain why Paulie finally flipped?

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    Luthe says:

    @Keith P.: The Closer got rolled over into Major Crimes which was also a female led cop show (canceled last year, alas).

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    Cermet says:

    @ByRookorbyCrook: The deal makes good sense to Manafort – he gets ten years, clears away all other possible prosecutions (if he is honest), and with time served and good behavior out in five or so. Further, the issue for his family is over and he has a good chance to get another tens years outside jail. Hell, he might even be able to start his business up – amerikan voters will quickly forget all this and vote the thugs back in making Manafort employable again.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Immanentize:

    I think it’s the continuing trauma of the Nov. 2016 election results.

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    @clay: My guess is that it’s not simply one thing, as I implied in my comment above. Manafort is wrapped up in at least three major varieties of wrongdoing: money laundering, conspiracy against the United States, and obstruction of justice. He made the bad judgment to throw his lot in with a group of people who are happy to help their enemies and their families die painfully. Now it’s all coming out, and Manafort knows that the folks he’s been playing footsie with are not amused. Looks like he had some hope of a Trump pardon for a while, but, as I said, I wouldn’t relay on that if I were in his place. He’s also running out of money to pay for legal defense.

    Bad place to be in. Too bad he didn’t think of that earlier.

    Edited to fix a couple of things.

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    jonas says:

    Who knows, but it looks to me like Mueller probably has everything he needs to wrap up the Russian collusion investigation now. If he still insists on getting Trump to testify, it will be about the Comey firing/obstruction stuff, and he probably has everything he needs there, too, between the WH lawyers and Trump’s own stupid tweets and televised interviews. The question is, when does he drop the report? If it’s right before the midterms, of course Republicans will freak the F out like never before, confirming that’s it’s been a partisan witch hunt all along, etc., etc. And if there’s indictable stuff in there, then Ryan is presented with the decision of having to empanel an impeachment committee. But then Republicans also have something to motivate their voters — “If you don’t keep us in the majority, Trump’s gone and so are all your hopes and dreams of owning the libs.”

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    JR says:

    “You [Trump] will follow us soon. Your house will be beaten down and salt sown in the place where it stood.”

    Georges Danton (sic)

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    Emerald says:

    @Victor Matheson: Nah, I’m sticking with my conspiracy theory. Usually conspiracy theories are nutzoid, but this time there really was an actual conspiracy. We know the Russians ran it, and we’re 99% sure Trump was in on it. We also know that the NRA was getting $$$ from the Russians.

    Not too much of a stretch to include McConnell.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @germy:

    OMG, it’s Janet Gaynor / Judy Garland in A Star Is Born! Mrs. Norman Maine!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Is she trolling G&T?

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    Jeffro says:

    here is some funny for y’all: the current headline at Fox News dot com is FLORENCE TURNS FATAL: MOM, BABY BECOME FIRST DEATHS

    Ok, I get it, Florence is big news. But surely Manafort flipping on Trumpov is #2, right?

    Nope.

    Not even close.

    Here’s the next several stories, proceeding down from that Florence headline

    #2: Weatherman evacuates mid-report as Florence strikes

    #3: Twitter boss admits that conservatives who work for him are scared to come out.

    #4: Man convicted of poisoning bald eagles

    (not making this up! Continuing on…)

    #5: Ex-Disney princess convicted of aiding beau in bizarre double murder

    Those are all with pics. The ‘below-the-fold’ section continues with much smaller pictures…

    #6: Benson calls out Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton for attempted debunked smear of Kavanaugh

    #7: The Kavanaugh allegations: what could they mean for the court confirmation process?

    Continuing on…

    #8: New York Times admits creating ‘unfair impression’ about Nikki Haley’s $52K drapes in her Manhattan apartment

    It isn’t until you get to

    #9: Ex-Manager’s plea deal means up to 10 years, full cooperation with Mueller

    NUMBER NINE. Wowzers!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: I am convinced he’s running out of (or has run out of) clean money to pay his lawyers, but still has plenty stashed away in Cyprus or somewhere, which his lawyers are not stupid enough to accept as payment for services. But assuming he can get out of the big house with some time left on the clock, he’ll be looking for ways to launder that.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I think he has some stashed, and I think the SC’s office is letting him keep a few assets as well. But he will be nearly 80 by the time he gets out.

    The real estate forfeitures sure send a powerful message to, um, someone though don’t they?

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    Joe Falco says:

    The only good thing I can say for Manafort is that he seemingly doesn’t want his family thrown under the bus unlike Duncan Hunter, but that’s a low bar for common decency.

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    @clay: Popehat says something similar to what I’m saying.

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    Rand Careaga says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Actually they were planning to never let Hillary Clinton nominate a SC justice either as long as Rs controlled the Senate.

    Yeah, and while we open the windows to let all that perfume and incense waft outdoors from those fulsome eulogies for Senator Maverick, we’d do well to remember this:

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said Monday that if Hillary Clinton is elected, Republicans will unite to block anyone she nominates to the Supreme Court.

    Speaking on WPHT-AM radio’s “Dom Giordano Program” in Philadelphia, McCain pledged to obstruct any Clinton Supreme Court nomination for the current or any future vacancy.

    “I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” he declared.

    McCain said that’s why it is so important that Republicans retain control of the Senate.

    (spits)

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    @Gin & Tonic: Entirely possible, but the feds and his friends further east will be watching him closely.

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    Barbara says:

    @jonas: Only the most ardent Trump supporters will be motivated to support him if there are credible allegations he committed a crime or actually colluded with or enabled interference by Russia.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    This. How did McConnell know that the next president would be a Republican? He had to know, or he wouldn’t have refused Merrick Garland for a whole year. First time in American history.

    @Emerald: Possible but unlikely. I read that he’d stated off the record that they were fully prepared to never allow Hillary a Supreme Court confirmation if she won.

    Which is pretty believable. If you’re going to break the norms, don’t do it half-assed.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Jeffro: Note also Kamala getting lumped in with Hillary Clinton, ahead of Hillary Clinton! Hey GOP, scared of talent and backbone for 2020?

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    NotMax says:

    Rarely brought up is how phenomenally squeaky clean Mueller must be, so much so that the Republican smear machine hasn’t dredged up anything with which to personally tar/impugn him.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    checking in sporadically with MSNBC, it sounds like trump has neither tweeted nor spoken to any press all day? what time is the Hannity show? Shit should start flying around then

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    JWL says:

    If I were Trump, at this point I’d just lawyer up and spend the rest of my life on a golf course, trusting I could run out the clock before spending a day in prison. My last tweet would definitely read: “Thee-a-thee-a-thee-a, THAT’S ALL, SUCKERS”, with a graphic of a smiling Porky Pig attached.

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    Barbara says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I think the strategy all along (if you can call it that) was to be acquitted in the first trial. They weren’t even trying to prepare for the second trial, which was set to start next week and was pushed back a little bit. The sticking point to a plea has always been cooperation and somehow his lawyers finally convinced him that no one gets a plea deal without agreeing to cooperate, or other events spurred him to cooperate. You can plead guilty to the charges but you won’t get anything for that other than the judge’s gratitude for freeing up her schedule for the next trial.

    The other reason I think this was the strategy is that they refused to waive jurisdictional issues for the first trial, and required Mueller to bring that case in Virginia. Why on earth would you force yourself to prepare for two separate complex trials no more than three months apart, in some cases using the exact same evidence and documents?

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: I’m surprised they haven’t dug up some brain dead jar head to swift his ass.

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    L85NJGT says:

    Ed Rollins is still alive?

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said Monday that if Hillary Clinton is elected, Republicans will unite to block anyone she nominates to the Supreme Court.

    Speaking on WPHT-AM radio’s “Dom Giordano Program” in Philadelphia, McCain pledged to obstruct any Clinton Supreme Court nomination for the current or any future vacancy.

    “I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” he declared.

    McCain said that’s why it is so important that Republicans retain control of the Senate.

    @Rand Careaga: Ahh, thank you. I wasn’t imagining that.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @JWL:

    My last tweet would definitely read: “Thee-a-thee-a-thee-a, THAT’S ALL, SUCKERS”, with a graphic of a smiling Porky Pig attached.

    it would definitely be a last tweet. Though probably not as intended.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Barbara:

    Only the most ardent Trump supporters will be motivated to support him if there are credible allegations he committed a crime or actually colluded with or enabled interference by Russia.

    The problem is that’s pretty much all that’s left now.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    And where is Mike Pence in all of this? Has he given a statement? Aren’t he and Manafort best of buds?

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    trollhattan says:

    @Jeffro:
    That’s not mere burying the lede, that’s burying it then layering several yards of concrete atop the corpse.

    Speaking of corpses, this will surprise roughly zero people.

    Dallas police have been accused of smear tactics after court documents revealed marijuana was found in a man’s flat where he was shot dead by an off-duty police officer.

    Lawyers for 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean said police were trying to “criminalise the victim”. Officer Amber Guyger, who shot him, says she mistook his apartment for her own and thought he was an intruder. She has been charged with manslaughter and has been released on bail.

    A search was conducted at Mr Jean’s apartment after the deadly shooting. Court documents released on Thursday showed that police had found a small amount of marijuana at the property, along with other items such as a lunch box and laptop. Lawyer Lee Merritt, who represents the family of Botham Jean, said this showed investigators were trying to discredit the victim.

    “They immediately began looking to smear him,” he said.

    The Devil’s weed? Merciful heavens, that would explain everything. When do the seven stolen assault rifles suddenly appear in his hall closet?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Manafort is losing a lot of money in his deal with Mueller. Good.

    P.S. I thought Rudy had claimed that it was illegal for Mueller to continue with the investigation within 60 days of an election. LOL.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    which his lawyers are not stupid enough to accept as payment for services.

    I dunno, we keep stumbling over a who’s who of amazingly stupid lawyers on their side time and again.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Barbara: Or they thought they’d bought a juror who in the end didn’t stay bought.

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    @The Midnight Lurker: Manafort recommended Pence for the VP job.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @The Midnight Lurker:

    Aren’t he and Manafort best of buds?

    Pence claims he was only drinking a lot of coffee.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @raven:

    Me too. A person at the Hartford Courant when I called to complain about a “political” cartoon that showed Mueller cooking up false charges on Trump, when I said RM was a man of lifelong integrity, said, “Well, that’s what we thought about the NY Attorney General a little while ago!”

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    TriassicSands says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Well, there would be some pleasure in seeing him lose his license (being disbarred would be even better), but it would also be great to see him keep giving incompetent legal advice to The Victim-in-Chief. Given the inequities of the legal system, there is some weird justice in seeing a rich person represented by an utterly inept lawyer.

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    Keith P. says:

    @trollhattan: IIRC Dallas adopted cite-and-release (almost decriminalization) some time last year.

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    TriassicSands says:

    @trollhattan:
    You mean they haven’t found a Koran. That’s not possible.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Smedley Darlington Mingobat (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):

    Hoping you can come! Bring the kidz to the SPX, although I think some may be for mature audiences!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @raven: Has anyone ever figured out if fish get stressed by hurricanes? Or do they just know to stay in deeper water?

    Are the shorebirds back yet?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @TriassicSands:

    You mean they haven’t found a Koran. That’s not possible.

    Considering he was a devout Christian, that would be good for a laugh.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Manafort teamed up with Jared and Ivanka to ankle out Chris Christie, IIRC, and all three were big Flynn boosters, too. Curious, that.

    Someone on my TeeVee was saying the other day that Jared and his business dealings are a real sore spot with trump. Not surprising, but interesting. Was it Rachel Maddow and Old Man Woodward?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Has anyone ever figured out if fish get stressed by hurricanes?

    The smart ones flee to deeper waters.

    The Darwin awards wash up to someone’s front door.

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    jonas says:

    @TriassicSands: I don’t think Giuliani is a “legal adviser” in the sense that he gives Trump actual, professional legal advice. His job is to go on Fox and other networks and spew a Gish Gallop of bullshit discrediting the Mueller probe so that when Mueller finally issues his report, Trump’s fan base feels safe disregarding it as a bunch of “fake news” and the House — if it’s still in GOP hands, feels safe not having to take up impeachment because there “are so many questions out there” about the legitimacy of the special counsel’s report.

    *That’s* his job.

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    Jeffro says:

    @The Midnight Lurker: yeah, where is Pence? Please let him be “shocked, shocked that there’s gambling treason going on in this establishment!”

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    TriassicSands says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Yeah, well, if someone else who was once considered honest turns out not to be, then the obvious thing to do is to consider every honest person a crook until such time as they can prove they’re not crooks. That makes sensen’t.

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    Mandalay says:

    @rikyrah:

    THIS MUTHAPHUCKA!!

    Muthaphucka Rollins has a track record of racism going back a long way. From 1994:

    Like a sinner to the altar, Ed Rollins returned to New Jersey today, seeking forgiveness from the same black ministers he once boasted that he had bought.

    The Republican campaign consultant stood before the Black Ministers Council in a church basement here and apologized for claiming last November that he had helped Gov. Christine Todd Whitman win election by suppressing black voter turnout.

    At the time, Mr. Rollins told reporters that the Whitman campaign had paid black ministers not to encourage their congregations to vote for then Gov. Jim Florio. He quickly recanted, and a Federal inquiry found no evidence of such payments.

    “My behavior was inexcusable, and I do come here with deep remorse,” Mr. Rollins said, his voice steady, his hands slightly trembling. “I regret what I said. It wasn’t true.”

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    Jeffro says:

    @trollhattan: the blowback on this smear campaign should be quite intense and rightfully so. Who. The Fuck. Cares. if the guy had any weed anywhere in his own place? He was in his own place!

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    TriassicSands says:

    @jonas:

    You’re probably right. The guy is so loathesome, I don’t pay any attention to him at all. I keep hoping for an alien abduction or a rogue meteorite. Or something.

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    raven says:

    @Elizabelle: There are birds on the pier. Don’t mention Plovers to old timers on the OBX!

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: I smell Putin! Didn’t Tillerson get the nod as SoS instead of Romney because of a bunch of Russian bots?

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    p.a. says:

    @JWL:

    If I were Trump, at this point I’d just lawyer up and spend the rest of my life on a golf course, trusting I could run out the clock before spending a day in prison. My last tweet would definitely read: “Thee-a-thee-a-thee-a, THAT’S ALL, SUCKERS”, with a graphic of a smiling Porky Pig attached.

    Can one self-nominate for the 25th Amendment?

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    TriassicSands says:

    @TenguPhule:

    It’s a well-known fact that Muslims (you know, like Obama) often use Christianity as a front. I thought everyone knew that.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    @TenguPhule: ‘Mother’ lets Mike drink coffee? I don’t think so.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @raven: Who’s having a problem with plovers? LOL.

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    raven says:

    During a hurricane, fast-swimming fish, such as sharks, usually escape harm, as they can detect small pressure changes in the water, prompting them to swim deeper or farther away, according to a blog written by Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. [Images: Sharks & Whales from Above]

    But slower swimming or territorial fish, as well as crabs, sea turtles and oysters, typically fare poorly during hurricanes. Not only because they get smashed around by the waves but because there’s less dissolved oxygen in the water and rapid salinity changes as the ocean’s deep and shallow waters mix, McNoldy wrote.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @The Midnight Lurker:

    ‘Mother’ lets Mike drink coffee? I don’t think so.

    Decaf, two sugars, no cream.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @p.a.:

    Can one self-nominate for the 25th Amendment?

    Or Self-select for a Darwin Award.

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    raven says:

    @Elizabelle: They are no native to the OBX but they have this program where they shut the ramps (cuts in the dunes for vehicles) and close the beach if there is any sign of a nest. Most of the OBX were given to the Feds by the local people and they do not cotton to that shit.

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    NotMax says:

    @TenguPhule

    Sanka on holidays, otherwise Postum.

    ;)

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    Elizabelle says:

    @raven: Oh no. Save the sea turtles. Like they don’t have enough problems, with oceans full of plastic.

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    Zinsky says:

    Weighing in late here, but I have to commend Mr. Cole for this post – Bravo! If my count is accurate – including the very pregnant, prefatory “Oh:” – in 28 words you have made the definitive commentary on Paul Manafort’s turnabout in defending the vile Mr. Trump. The title line is precious too…

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    raven says:

    @Elizabelle: Turtles I get.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Dallas police have been accused of smear tactics after court documents revealed marijuana was found in a man’s flat where he was shot dead by an off-duty police officer.

    Lawyers for 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean said police were trying to “criminalise the victim”. Officer Amber Guyger, who shot him, says she mistook his apartment for her own and thought he was an intruder. She has been charged with manslaughter and has been released on bail.

    A search was conducted at Mr Jean’s apartment after the deadly shooting. Court documents released on Thursday showed that police had found a small amount of marijuana at the property, along with other items such as a lunch box and laptop. Lawyer Lee Merritt, who represents the family of Botham Jean, said this showed investigators were trying to discredit the victim.

    “They immediately began looking to smear him,” he said.

    @trollhattan: They also imaged his computer, claiming it would help them establish who he was going to meet – because he left his door open, you see. I used to do that work. It is not cheap. They are pulling out all the stops to protect this cop and you really gotta wonder why.

    They are looking for anything to smear the shit out of this guy with, because the reality of the situation is that there are only two possibilities: she was walking, talking, blackout drunk, or she didn’t want anyone to know she was hooking up with a black dude and terminated that relationship with extreme prejudice. I personally am going with “wasted cop” because of her mugshot – no one in their twenties should look that bad, but that she parked her car on his floor and not hers lends credence to option two.

    Regardless, dude should not be dead and she straight up fucking murdered him. No matter what the cops find on him or what her condition or situation was. The rest is actually kind of beside the point.

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    trollhattan says:

    Republicans evidently aren’t burning their Nike stuff sufficiently fast.

    Nike’s decision to tap ousted NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick for the company’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, resulted in promised boycotts of the brand and consumers burning their Nike shoes or cutting off the Nike logo in viral photos and videos on social media. It was the latest iteration in the ongoing debates over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, a tactic Kaepernick started two years ago and was allegedly blackballed from the NFL because of it.

    “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” the ad read, with the words printed across a close up of Kaepernick’s face.

    However, despite all the backlash, on Thursday, Nike’s stock closed at an all-time high of $83.47.

    The markets have spoken and we’ve been assured they cannot fail.

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    Mandalay says:

    Jeb! has a complete meltdown, and savages Trump on Twitter with all the ferocity of a wet paper towel:

    Incredibly disheartening comments from our President

    There are many things to loathe about Trump, but one thing he did really well was to skewer Jeb! as privileged, spineless wimp.

    Meanwhile, Jeb! is getting ready to chair a dinner ($10,000 per person minimum) for the racist Ron DeSantis.

    Trump is dangerous and incompetent, and he is screwing things up on a massive scale, but every cloud has a silver lining: at least he fucked up Jeb! very badly, and left him cowering and blubbering on the floor with a big piss stain around his crotch.

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    @Jeffro:

    New York Times admits creating ‘unfair impression’ about Nikki Haley’s $52K drapes in her Manhattan apartment

    Man, they really had to dig deep for that one. Sucks to be a chyron editor for the propagandists.

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    Shana says:

    @Amir Khalid: Although the character she played in The Manchurian Candidate would probably have deserved some punishment.

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    @Cheryl Rofer:

    …made palatable only by the utterly horrific array of alternatives available to him.

    Polonium tea? Of just disappearing completely one day on the way home? I’m thinking the former, the bad guys in this venture seems to like leaving the bodies out in the open for others to find.

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    @BruceFromOhio: They seem to be into nervous system poisons lately.

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    Spaniel says:

    What does Andrew McCarthy going to say now?

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    hueyplong says:

    Maybe I am conflating Angela Lansbury and Pence, but wasn’t the control agent in The Manchurian Candidate called “Mother?”

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    jl says:

    Wonder how bad the state charges are, for which Manafort cannot be pardoned by Trump, plays into thie mysterious and mostly hidden dance we’ve seen between Mueller, FBI, NY State. And I read that Mueller and Trump still have some kind of mutual defense agreement. Which might be an obstacle, or an interesting problems to be solved and turned against both Mueller and Trump for the various agencies trying to bring them to justice.
    Will be interesting to read the real story some day.
    IANAL, but maybe an IAAL can give some insight.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @jl:

    And I read that Mueller and Trump still have some kind of mutual defense agreement.

    Manafort.

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    What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us? says:

    Et tu Paulie? Et tu? LOL!

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    jl says:

    @TenguPhule: The Netherlands has played a quiet but crucial role in international IC against Russia. I happened to get in touch with a Dutch computer security expert, on statistics end of it, that I used to work with. He told me the that the Netherlands feels it has some huge scores to settle with Russia on the plane Russia helped shoot down over Ukraine, or nearby. That killed a score of very important Dutch officials and scientists. He said they got a whole cyber warfare effort to to make Vald pay and pay and pay and… I guess that is why they were totally up the Russian cyber warfare effort to point of intercepting keystrokes in real time, and controlling security cameras to ID everyone involved, and intercepting emails the moment they were sent.

    I don’t know how much he really knows and how much is BSing, but interesting story if true.

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    jl says:

    @TenguPhule: Yes, thanks for catching the typo. Manafort and Trump has some kind of mutual defense agreement still in force.

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    Keith P. says:

    @TenguPhule: Or Mueller…I can hear Seth Meyers’ Giuliani impersonation in my head “Ohhhhh, Rudy, you screwed up big this time. Ohhhhhhh!!!”

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    ruemara says:

    @Victor Matheson: It’s accurate. McConnell knew what was stolen. The information was disseminated down into other races. It’s not a conspiracy theory.

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    Formerly disgruntled in Oregon says:

    @TenguPhule: But cream makes it whiter!

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    smedley the uncertain says:

    @NotMax: …stays underwater.

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    Ruckus says:

    @это курам на смех:
    Could they even find a jury? How many dems would want to sit on that jury for months, what with all the attempts at delay and then have to consider the shitgibbon as not guilty? How many repubs would give any consideration at a guilty plea?
    It’s a political trial if there ever is one and given both the stakes and the possibilities I’d imagine that it’s not actually worth it to try him in a court of law. Impeachment or just wait for 2 yrs seems to be the only obvious roads to me. And impeachment is sort of worthless without 2/3 of the senate, and is it like we are going to learn anything new in a trial?

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    Ruckus says:

    @NotMax:
    Well let’s review here.
    Mueller is a republican. I know this because for the first 1000 times his name has been mentioned the word republican either just preceded it or just followed.
    Mueller has several prominent republicans balls in his pliers. And they know it.
    I’d bet they don’t really want to fuck with him a whole lot because he appears to be not easily swayed by anything but facts. Bullshit isn’t part of his thinking. Every time one of them gets caught up in his net, and remember that a number have pled guilty, seemingly without a second thought, that tells them that he knows far more than any one of them does. Even most idiots know not to fuck with some animals. There does however always seem to be a few, and I’d bet they are wondering why they are having a difficult time to find someone to hold their beer.
    Normally the guy at the top might be circling the wagons, but that guy is having a harder and harder time finding people who will listen to him and have even a remote possibility of helping him in any way. The stench in DC is getting to be very bad and it only looks like it has one way to go, and that is far worse. If it wasn’t so horrifying from a life standpoint for the rest of us, it would be fun watching the whole thing implode.

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