Friday Night Fights Open Thread: No Such Thing As Slow-News Weekends Any More…

The conversations deeply concerned US intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn, who was tapped to become Trump’s national security adviser, current and former governments officials said.

“This was a five-alarm fire from early on,” one former Obama administration official said, “the way the Russians were talking about him.” Another former administration official said Flynn was viewed as a potential national security problem.

The conversations picked up by US intelligence officials indicated the Russians regarded Flynn as an ally, sources said. That relationship developed throughout 2016, months before Flynn was caught on an intercepted call in December speaking with Russia’s ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak. That call, and Flynn’s changing story about it, ultimately led to his firing as Trump’s first national security adviser…

Trump angrily denied any collusion with Russia this week and denounced the newest investigation — now in the hands of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III — as “a witch hunt.”

And he has remained steadfast in his loyalty to Flynn, even as the scrutiny surrounding his fired aide continues to weigh down his presidency. Trump urged then-FBI Director James Comey in February to drop the bureau’s investigation into Flynn and “let this go,” according to a memo Comey wrote at the time. The conversation, first reported by The New York Times earlier this week, has opened the President up to charges from critics of obstruction of justice.

Trump’s obvious bond with Flynn, like his relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other top advisers, appears rooted in the fact that they supported his then-longshot presidential campaign last year at a time when most Republicans were ostracizing him.

Trump (or his handlers) going for the “too dumb to be in criminal collusion” defense, I guess. YES PUPPET! YOU’RE A PUPPET!

I repeat: Thanks, Republicans!

Friday Morning Open Thread: TGIF


And who could blame her, given the last few days?…

And yet…


What else is on the agenda, as we prepare to wrap up the week?

Open Thread: Mockery of A Sham of A Mockery

Ms. Bartiromo sure understands how to draw out an aging narcissist. You could subtitle this exchange “When Granpa Bought a Second-Hand Convertible for the Part-Time Hooker Down At the VFW”.

I will never forgive the Republican Party for “gifting” us, and the world, with this grifting clown.

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Fly the “Friendly” Skies!


Stuff like this is why I make it a policy to leave home as seldom as possible. But, hey, I hear Orbitz is making it easy for users to filter all searches by “Never ever United”…

Apart from fighting back as best we can, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Mr. Comey, In Some Difficulty


He digged a pit, and hollowed it out, and is fallen into the hole that he made…

Open Thread: Goddess Bless the ACLU

Life comes at you fast. Some are more prepared than others to stand up for truth, justice, and the American way…

(ETA: Click on the tweet above for suggestions.)

Saturday Morning Open Thread: Good Thing Trump’s So Prolific!

(Mike Luckovich via

With the aid of his trusted lieutenants, he’ll gin up new truckloads of bullshit in no time!

Apart from reminding everybody this is Not Normal, what’s on the agenda for the day?