This Will End Well

Via The Washington Post we learn that former Trump aide and Mueller invitee will not go gently into that dark grand jury room:

Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg said Monday that he has been subpoenaed to appear in front of a federal grand jury investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 but that he will refuse to go….

 

This is the subpoena folks have been talking about over the weekend:

Among those the subpoena requests information about are departing White House communications director Hope Hicks, former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and adviser Roger Stone.

Nunberg is deeply offended by the idea (a) that he should comply with a federal subpoena, or that anyone would think Donald Trump and the Russians had anything to do with one another.  On the one hand, he has a point:

“The Russians and Trump did not collude,” Nunberg said. “Putin is too smart to collude with Donald Trump.”

On the other, he’s kinda saying “trust me” when, if I may be so bold, I don’t.

In  any event, Nunberg is in full “Hell No I Won’t Go” mode, and that, I have to believe, won’t end well.

Nunberg said he does not plan to comply with the subpoena, including either testimony or providing documents.

“Let him arrest me,” Nunberg said. “Mr. Mueller should understand I am not going in on Friday.”

Here’s my question: do you think orange is his color?

Special Snowflakes Are Special open thread.

Image: Francisco de Goya, A Prison Scene, either 1810-14 or 1793-4.



Even a Blind Pig Finds an Ear of Corn Once in a While

Andrew Cuomo, king of the blind pigs:

In response, Cuomo said his proposal, the “New York State Taxpayer Protection Act,” would eliminate the state income tax on wage earners. Instead, the state would levy a wage tax on the employer. By doing so, the tax burden would shift from workers — who face new limits on their ability to deduct state income taxes — to employers, who could still take full deductions for such payroll taxes. The legislation would spell out which kinds of companies would be eligible for this treatment.

“It may actually reduce the liability because it may bring the worker down to a lower income bracket,” Cuomo said.

The plan would apply only to wage earners. For other sources of income — including investment gains — the state would continue to run its personal income tax system, Cuomo said. The state Department of Taxation will spell out more details Wednesday, he said.
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The governor also proposed deferring tax credits for companies that receive $2 million or more in credits for one year, which would raise $300 million in state revenue, he said. The federal tax changes — which cut the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent — will more than make up for that change, he said.

“They weren’t expecting the tax cut; they got the tax cut,” Cuomo said. “It’ll more than offset the deferral of our credits.”

Who knows if this will work and, really, who cares. To me, the interesting fact is that the current Republican Congress brings out the best in the worst. I don’t understand the details of this baroque proposal, but the basic idea is that Cuomo’s plan will try to keep W-2 workers from getting shafted by Trump’s tax proposal. Everyone else – by which I mean the dwindling Republican base in New York – will still get fucked. There’s many a slip twixt cup and lip, but so far, I like what I’m hearing from Albany.

Unlike California, New York’s Republicans have a lot more power than they should, and Cuomo aids and abets them for a variety of strange reasons. But when it comes down to something as key as taxes, even a sleeping dolt like Cuomo wakes up and does the right thing.



We’re sacred and bound to suffer this heatwave

This is a scary time politically. Trump may fire Mueller and if he does, it’s unlikely that Republicans in Congress will do anything about it. I think this would hurt Republicans a lot politically, but it would also be a major setback for the rule of law, and that would be bad. So I half wish a motherfucker would fire Mueller and half wish a motherfucker wouldn’t.

The best thing would be is if Republicans were scared out of blindly backing Trump by brutal electoral realities. A lot of places have odd-year local elections coming up a week from Tuesday. If you have one, please vote in it. Vote Democrat down the line even if your local Democrats are awful. I don’t normally recommend this, to the contrary I think party politics are very different at the local level, but in this case, we need as much evidence as possible of a looming Democratic tidal wave to send a message to Republicans in Congress.

Giving money to Dems running for federal races helps too. You can donate here to a fund that is distributed equally to the eventual Democratic nominee in House districts currently held by Republicans.

Goal Thermometer

And you know what would really scare Republicans? A victory for Doug Jones in Alabama. You can give him money here.

Goal Thermometer



Late-Night Speculation Open Thread

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My personal favorite rumor is that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III will be the first target, on the grounds there’s no way he can claim he had no idea colluding with a foreign government to steal an election just might be against the law. As a devout Cynic, I’m prepared for the morning’s news to be anything from “nothingburger” to “opening the door to my worst fears”… but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised!


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Saturday Evening Open Thread: Sucker Bets


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If Young Jared doesn’t beat them to the front page…



Roger That, Take One Out

I’m in an airport and CNN’s Sunday Show, State of the Union with Jake Tapper, is blaring. Some middle-aged, pasty, pudgy white guy is saying that Trump needs to “take out” a Senator to show the Senate that he’s serious. Apparently he means with an election, not a gun. I can only imagine that he will head home and masturbate furiously, repeating the phrase “take him out, yeahh baby” over and over, while his face forms a grim rictus as his emission approaches.

I don’t know who this guy is, but I hope that he and others like will help Trump turn their masturbatory fantasies into reality.  And I would prefer that chickenshit Jeff Flake is “taken out” in the primary so Kyrsten Sinema or another good candidate can paste Chemtrail Kelli Ward in the general.  Because this:



Thursday Morning Open Thread: He’s Losing the Media, Too


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Apart from cheering on the HATERZ & LUZERS, what’s on the agenda for the day?
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Nothing so concentrates the journalistic mind as the prospect…


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