Puerto Rico: Hard Blows / Blowhards

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Thursday Morning Open Thread: Possibly Hopeful Prediction…

Since Spicer exited the White House, his representatives have been holding individual conversations about the possibility of President Donald Trump’s former flack joining one of the major TV networks, which include CBS News, CNN, Fox News, ABC News and NBC News.

But “they won’t touch him,” said a media industry executive familiar with those conversations.

“The news organizations might use him on roundtables, but [a paid exclusive contributor job] is not happening,” the executive added.

A number of network insiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect their business relationships said none of the networks were interested in hiring Spicer because of a “lack of credibility.” …

This guy, however…

Bharara was known for his media savvy on the job in Manhattan, and since leaving office in March has amassed nearly 440,000 Twitter followers. He also recently launched a podcast, “Stay Tuned With Preet.” On Wednesday’s episode, Bharara recalled how Trump initially requested he stay on as U.S. attorney shortly after the presidential election, and he also described his growing unease as the president-elect — and later president — broke with protocol by calling him directly on the phone.

“Had I not been fired, and had Donald Trump continued to cultivate a direct personal relationship with me, it’s my strong belief at some point, given the history, the president of the United States would’ve asked me to do something inappropriate,” Bharara said on the podcast. “And I would’ve resigned then. I don’t know for a fact, but that’s my strong belief.”

In addition to Bharara, CNN has also named Walter Shaub, the former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, as a contributor. Upon resigning in July, Shaub said the U.S. government was now “pretty close to a laughingstock” when it came to ethics, a slide that could have global implications…

CNN will probably mine the expertise of both Bharara and Shaub to comment on major investigations and ethical concerns in the Trump administration.


Here’s hoping their professional expertise will be much in demand!

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Disingenuity

Lots of Repubs deliberately not getting the point…

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: “Family” Value(s) for Money



President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be “workmanlike,” and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president’s residence in Washington.

But nothing has yet gone to charity.

What is left from the massive fundraising is a mystery, clouded by messy and, at times, budget-busting management of a private fund that requires little public disclosure. The Associated Press spoke with eight people — vendors, donors and Trump associates — involved in planning and political fundraising for the celebration, an event that provides an early look at the new president’s management style and priorities. The people described a chaotic process marked by last-minute decisions, staffing turnover and little financial oversight…

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Speaking of assholes

Fuck Paul Ryan (give to Iron Stache below):

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And fuck all the Republicans in the House (give to the eventual Democratic nominees in all districts currently held by Republicans):

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In Oklahoma, not Arizona, what does it matter?

Democrats may soon get tired of all the winning:

Democrat Jacob Rosecrants, a teacher with a passion for public education, won this special election to the Oklahoma state House 60-40 percent, becoming the first Democrat to win this district since 2012. He’ll replace Scott Martin, an Oklahoma Republican who actually didn’t resign because of a scandal (unlike several of his colleagues already this year). Trump won this district 52-41 percent last fall, making this win a 31-point swing toward the Democrat. What’s more, Rosecrants himself ran for this same seat and lost in 2016 … by the same 60-40 margin he won by on Tuesday.

In the special elections for Congress and Statehouses, Dems are up an average of 13% since 2016. We need to go up by about 9% to take the House of Representatives. We need to run everywhere.

Why not give some money that is spread equally among all the eventual Democratic nominees in all House districts currently held by Republicans?

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Late Night Open Thread: Every Little Grift & Cranny…

Of course aspiring Chinese parents have been working this “loophole” for a while now — guess Donald thought it only fair that his personal crime family get to pry a few more rubles out of Russian citizens who hold American citizenship higher than he ever did…