Late-Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Someone Should Tell Sec. Nielsen Where the Word ‘Quisling’ Came From

Nielsen’s Norwegian ancestors would second Mr. Rauchway’s rebuttal.

Just red meat for The Base, before the big lie, per the NYTimes:

what was said
“I haven’t seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party. I think what we’ve seen on the foreign influence side is they were attempting to intervene and cause chaos on both sides.”
— Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday

the facts
This is misleading.

Ms. Nielsen’s claim contradicts an assessment from the intelligence community and was later reaffirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee — as she knows, since her spokesman had to walk back similar comments she made in May.

But she had plenty more ‘jests’ for the crowd…

I bow to no one in my lust for delicious pork products, but asking who doesn’t love bacon? right after defending, y’know, NAZIS, seems a little too on-the-nose.

It’s almost as if there were some kind of pattern



GOP Projection Open Thread: Which Hunt?

I know GOP voters have been carefully trained to believe what Fox News tells them over the evidence of their own lyin’ eyes, but I still think today’s hearing was, among other things, a gift to Andrew Janz’s campaign ad writers:

When California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes sat before a committee Wednesday to testify on a bill, Democrats tried to use the opportunity to question the House Intelligence Committee chairman on his investigation of Russian meddling and the 2016 presidential race.

But the Republican chairman of the House Rules Committee — Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas — allowed Nunes to leave the hearing before Democrats could fire off their questions, prompting criticism from Democrats…

Rep. Norma Torres, a California Democrat, started asking a question about Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and a statement he previously made to the House Intelligence Committee.

Sessions interrupted her and abruptly broke up the committee for a five-minute recess to discuss the questioning with the top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Jim McGovern.

They resumed the hearing 18 minutes later, and Sessions dismissed Nunes from the witness table before Democrats could ask him more questions.

Democrats took issue with Sessions’ dismissal of the House intelligence chairman.

“In all my years on the Rules Committee, I don’t ever recall an instance where any member was prevented from asking questions of a witness,” McGovern said in a statement. “What is Chairman Nunes trying to hide?”…



Time-Killer Open Thread: Hey, Jim Jordan’s Gonna Be Looking for A New Job… “


 
… It doesn’t say anywhere that a SCOTUS judge has to be a good lawyer… “



The Trump Administration Negotiates

Since before I joined Balloon Juice, since the 2016 campaign, I’ve said that Donald Trump stinks as a negotiator.

Most of us have some experience negotiating. One of my mentors said that every encounter is a negotiation. Some of our valued commenters are lawyers, whose jobs are mostly negotiation. We’ve bought cars or rented apartments. There are some basics that you learn just by living, unless you’ve lived an utterly protected life.

This thread is by an Obama administration official. I know that Twitter threads can be hard to read, but this one has some good links and visuals. And it’s not too long.



Lazy Sunday Open Thread: Hey Trumpskies — Let’s You & Him Fight!

TBH, there is “no cohesive political core” to Trump, either. Apparently crow-mobbing the Clintons just isn’t as much fun any more (now that they’re getting actual pushback) so the Media Villagers have decided to try poking the Trump Regents to see if they’ll bite. Fun read, if you’re a cynic, or a Democrat:

President Trump is privately rejecting the growing consensus among Republican leaders that they may lose the House and possibly the Senate in November, leaving party officials and the president’s advisers nervous that he does not grasp the gravity of the threat they face in the midterm elections.

Congressional and party leaders and even some Trump aides are concerned that the president’s boundless self-assurance about politics will cause him to ignore or undermine their midterm strategy. In battleground states like Arizona, Florida and Nevada, Mr. Trump’s proclivity to be a loose cannon could endanger the Republican incumbents and challengers who are already facing ferocious Democratic headwinds.

Republicans in Washington and Trump aides have largely given up assuming the president will ever stick to a teleprompter, but they have joined together to impress upon him just how bruising this November could be for Republicans — and how high the stakes are for Mr. Trump personally, given that a Democratic-controlled Congress could pursue aggressive investigations and even impeachment.

The disconnect between the president — a political novice whose confidence in his instincts was grandly rewarded in 2016 — and more traditional party leaders demonstrates the depth of the Republicans’ challenges in what is likely to be a punishing campaign year.

Mr. Trump is as impulsive as ever, fixated on personal loyalty, cultivating a winner’s image and privately prodding Republican candidates to demonstrate their affection for him — while complaining bitterly when he campaigns for those who lose. His preoccupation with the ongoing Russia investigation adds to the unpredictability, spurring Mr. Trump to fume aloud in ways that divide the G.O.P. and raising the prospect of legal confrontations amid the campaign. And despite projecting confidence, he polls nearly all those who enter the Oval Office about how they view the climate of the midterms.

According to advisers, the president plans to hold a fund-raiser a week in the months to come and hopes to schedule regular rallies with candidates starting this summer. But there is not yet any coordinated effort about where to deploy Mr. Trump, and there are divisions within his ever-fractious circle of advisers about how to approach the elections.
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Monday Evening Russiagate Open Thread: Trump’d


 
If you didn’t have a chance over the weekend to read Adam Davidson’s “Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency” in the New Yorker, it drew a lot of comment on social media. Here’s some of his response:


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Open Thread: “Wag the Prague” — Early Reviews


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