I realized that with African American people, where we've been blocked from being all that God meant for us to be, I don't have time to be patient. – Elijah Cummings, Rest in Power pic.twitter.com/cHRPVLMcuL
Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become the powerful chairman of a House committee that investigated President Trump, has died at age 68. Cummings was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor. https://t.co/CV6sJffWHn
"200 to 300 years from now, people will look back on this moment and they will ask the question, what did you do? … I may be dancing with the angels when all of this is corrected, but I've got to tell you, we must fight for our democracy." pic.twitter.com/6Mk1OWnbni
I want to tell you – and I want you to believe me – that you just do not know what a powerful loss this is for us all. The leadership #ElijahCummings practiced was remarkable and special. In these times, especially, we must really pause & respect the passing of great people.
The House has lost our North Star. Chairman Elijah Cummings was a leader of towering character & integrity. His wisdom, his warm friendship and his great humanity will be deeply missed. Rest in peace, my friend. https://t.co/WP0830KCkVpic.twitter.com/Hx8RFIWFPC
“There is no work being done in this administration. Everybody waits around to see what the latest tweet is. . . That’s how policy is being made, & we are going to pay a really big price for that in the years ahead.” ??????
Everything Hillary said in 2016 has come to fruition so why do reporters still act so goddamn arrogant & dismissive of her. Compare to the latitude & deference given to Pompeo or Tillerson. If nothing else, you’d think some of these folks would at least try harder to hide sexism.
Hillary, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. https://t.co/WnWBFqqjKM
Literally the @nytimes and @maggieNYT specifically should do a written assessment of how and why they reported what they did. And what they’ve learned from the mistakes that they specifically made. https://t.co/TNKkTEHtCh
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2019-10-21 04:28:172019-10-21 04:11:13Monday Morning Open Thread: Speaking Truth
For an administration that prides itself on its macho attitude, this is the biggest bunch of unmanly whiners and snowflakes I've ever seen. I've taught high-school kids who don't complain this much. https://t.co/qbmT08Ly9J
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has become increasingly frustrated in recent weeks by the departure of top State Department officials and claims that he failed to defend the former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, from a smear campaign against her, according to three sources familiar with the situation.
One of the sources tell CNN that Pompeo was alerted to internal and external concerns about Giuliani’s effort to push out Yovanovitch, but Pompeo failed to act — he was wary of getting too deeply involved over fears of derailing US-Ukraine policy and potentially sharing the fate of his former colleague John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser who was fired for not being aligned with the President…
Pompeo’s apparent choice not to put guardrails between State officials and Giuliani has come under scrutiny by House Democrats who are bent on learning as much as they can about what exactly Pompeo knew of Giuliani’s dealings. In recent interviews, Pompeo has declined to answer questions about Giuliani’s entanglement in the administration’s Ukraine policy.
He was however aware of it. In March, Pompeo received a packet from Giuliani containing unfounded claims about Yovanovitch, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter regarding their dealings in Ukraine…
As the State Department has stopped working with Congress due to orders from the White House, Pompeo himself continues to defend Trump. He has called the Ukraine impeachment inquiry a conspiracy theory to take down the President.
But there will be new questions about conversations regarding quid pro quo in the coming days given the pronouncement by acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney in a news conference Thursday that the US withheld military aid from Ukraine in hopes of securing a promise that the foreign government would look into the possible presence of the physical Democratic National Committee server hacked by the Russians in 2016.
Pompeo, whose department oversees a hefty amount of that assistance to Ukraine, was also asked last month if it would be a problem if there were a quid pro quo arrangement. Pompeo said it is his job to be sure that foreign assistance is “completely appropriate” and that “American taxpayer dollars are used appropriately.”
Interviewer: You have a gap here on your resume. Where were you working from 2017 through 2019?
Former Trump Official: Meth binge. Just one, big, long meth binge.
There's a multi-billion dollar industry that can only exist if the 2020 race looks like a dead heat. They make their money convincing the press that elections are decided by the constant sturm and drang of ad buys, even when all evidence shows one candidate floundering.
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We had 50 people signed up for testing, and 30 people have participated in testing so far. About 10 other people have let John or myself know that they are unable to test this weekend but would welcome the opportunity to test the site, so we decided to extend the test period through Tuesday night.
We are putting out a call for at least one person to test the new site with a screen reader, so if you might be willing and able to do that, please speak up here and/or send email to my nym at balloon-juice.com
What an amazing group of testers! Every single one has been working diligently, with many people testing on multiple devices. Kudos to all of you!
How has testing been going?
It’s much more important to know what you guys think about the site than it is to hear what I think, so I’m going to invite the testers to chime in here and let you all know how the testing has been going and what they think of the site.
So testers, jump in and share your thoughts, if you so desire.
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Mr. McConnell sees the proceedings as necessary to protect a half a dozen moderates in states like Maine, Colorado and North Carolina who face re-election next year and must show voters they are giving the House impeachment charges a serious review.
But none of this will come to fruition unless we get the House to vote for impeachment. Let’s raise some more money for the seventeen most vulnerable Democratic House incumbents (you can divide the money among them however you like):
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So the ride there was fun. We tied up to a rickety-ass dock that is a lawsuit in waiting, and as we walked toward the establishment, I saw a HUGE motherfucking snakeskin in the grass. I stopped and took a picture:
And no sooner had I snapped that photo with my phone, the former wearer of that skin came shooting through the grass in my general direction. I ran like the hounds of hell were on my heels, screaming my head off, as one does when pursued by a giant snake.
My husband thought that was funny. It was not. The snake was a big honking water moccasin, which is not the sort of snake one wants to encounter since they are venomous.
When we got inside the pub, we warned fellow patrons and the barkeep and reported the snake’s last known coordinates. On the way back to the boat, we gave that area a wide berth.
Jesus, I hate snakes. My husband always chides me for my long-standing snake hatred and expounds on the many ways snakes are beneficial. He should save his breath because I don’t want them to go extinct, and I don’t do anything to physically harm them.
I’m not arguing against the idea of snakes; I just want them to stay away from me. I don’t want to see them, even the “harmless” ones, because there’s no such thing: I’ve harmed myself fleeing snakes many times, including running face-first into a glass door when some asshole brought a pet boa constrictor into a convenience store and got in line behind me.
Anyway, that was my excitement for the weekend. How’s your Sunday going?
WATCH: Washington Post political reporter David Farenthold says Doral is not an ideal place to host the G7 summit. #mtpdaily@Fahrenthold: "If your list was a campground at the top of Mount McKinley, and a Chuck E. Cheese's, and Doral, then Doral was the best place." pic.twitter.com/ld7IuqsclM
A group of world leaders show up in a Florida resort with no preparation for a meeting hosted by a complete idiot: This is a pitch for "Mar-A-Lago Is Down" that Hollywood rejected because it was too improbably stupid even for an action flick. https://t.co/TqjEXmJSeP
In October 2016, a former State Dept employee was sentenced to 50 months in prison for his role in steering the sole-sourcing of $2M in USG contracts to a company in which his son had a 50% interest. Trump just steered the G7 meeting directly to himself. https://t.co/soCTpAqBWqhttps://t.co/mLJUF4schd
JUST IN: The House is teeing up a vote on a resolution to condemn holding the G7 at Trump's Doral resort and "rejecting his practice of accepting foreign government Emoluments without obtaining Congress’ affirmative consent"
If you’re in a paranoid mood (remember, even paranoids have real enemies!): It has been widely assumed that Trump’s ‘special guest nation’ at this G7 would be… Russia. What price a scenario where Putin rejects his puppet’s down-at-heels hotel, and tells him he’d prefer to introduce his own ‘security arrangements’ at Camp David?
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2019-10-19 23:17:212019-10-19 23:17:21G7 Open Thread: Good News (If We Can Keep Him to It)
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MPs have inflicted a humiliating defeat on Boris Johnson by passing a backbench amendment withholding their support from his Brexit deal.
Instead of giving Johnson their backing for his Brexit deal in a “meaningful vote”, MPs passed an amendment tabled by a cross-party group of MPs led by Oliver Letwin by 322 votes to 306 – a majority of 16.
The prime minister will be legally obliged to request a Brexit delay at 11pm under the terms of the rebel Benn act, after the government lost the critical vote.
What does it mean? Fuckifino. Maybe a UK-based jackal will be kind enough to explain it to us dumb Yanks.
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We’re searching for additional artifacts that tell the story of @BarackObama and @MichelleObama for possible inclusion in the Obama Presidential Center Museum. Have something you’d like us to consider? Tell us about it here: https://t.co/5AHpo319ej
This is the only news concerning @HillaryClinton that I give a shit about today. We spent an entire election on this inane story four years ago because a lot of otherwise intelligent people deemed it important. Many of them still run media outlets today. https://t.co/00hAIiZBEN
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2019-10-18 22:31:502019-10-18 22:31:50Late Night Open Thread: Ben Shapiro Mode