Wednesday, December 13, 2017

HE'S A PIG

NY senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks out against Trump -- and he attacks her in the most vulgar and offensive way possible

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/940567812053053441
[Trump] "Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump."

More: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/trump-gillibrand/548201/
A President Who Feels No Shame 

Gillibrand responds

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gillibrand-trump-tweet-about-me-is-a-sexist-smear
Gillibrand Calls Trump’s Tweet About Her ‘A Sexist Smear’

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-gillibrand-tweet-56cdfd065353
“You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office,” she wrote.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/12/16766466/donald-trump-kirsten-gillibrand
“I think in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump, and a very different conversation about allegations against him,” she said. 

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/12/donald-trumps-gillibrand-tweet-explained/
I’ve long been a proponent of the theory that Trump’s tweets are designed primarily (solely?) to create an alternate universe for his fans. They aren’t meant for the rest of us. But I’m now edging toward accepting a different theory: they are meant to keep Trump’s name in the news because he really likes it when CNN talks about him. As the New York Times put it, “One former top adviser said Mr. Trump grew uncomfortable after two or three days of peace and could not handle watching the news without seeing himself on it.”  Trump has real talent at self-promotion, and a sort of animal cunning about what kinds of insinuations will get everyone talking. The obvious insinuation here is that Gillibrand did something sexual, but Trump didn’t actually say that and can self-righteously deny it if anyone mentions it. 

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/remember-when-republicans-used-to.html
Remember when Republicans used to lecture Democrats about family values and honor and dignity?

USA Today

https://politicalwire.com/2017/12/12/will-trumps-lows-ever-hit-rock-bottom/
With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office. Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low. A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush. [read on]

Colonel Sanders really earns her pay today 

https://thinkprogress.org/sarah-sanders-trump-gillibrand-tweet-9898570d8758/
When pressed on whether Trump was planning to apologize to Gillibrand for what some perceived as sexually-coded language, Sanders pushed back. “I think only if your mind was in the gutter would you have read it that way, so no, [he won’t apologize],” she said. 

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/sanders-responds-to-trump-innuendos

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/12/12/1723647/-White-House-spokesperson-s-big-fat-lie-We-ve-been-very-hard-on-Russia-from-the-beginning
White House spokesperson's big fat lie: 'We've been very hard on Russia from the beginning'

Oh, yes, very hard

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-objects-to-defense-laws-anti-russia-provisions
President Donald Trump Tuesday night signaled his reluctance to enforce congressionally-passed restrictions on Russia. . . . 

Team Trump's aggressive pushback on accusations of sexual harassment

https://politicalwire.com/2017/12/12/trump-says-sexual-misconduct-accusations-fabricated/ 
Trump Says Sexual Misconduct Accusations Are Made Up 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-claims-he-never-met-women-who-accused-him-misconduct
Trump claims he ‘never met’ women who accused him of misconduct

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/white-house-eyewitnesses-trump-accusers
The WH Provided Three ‘Eyewitnesses’ To Disprove Trump Accusers. They Don’t.

https://thinkprogress.org/eyewitnesses-white-house-exonerate-trump-ce8792f64364/
This is the list of ‘eyewitnesses’ the White House says exonerate Trump

How Fox World "covered" the issue

https://crooksandliars.com/2017/12/here-s-how-fox-covered-press-conference

DOUG JONES DEFEATS ROY MOORE IN ALABAMA. This is a massive repudiation of Trump, Bannon, and the values-free cynicism that drove Republicans to back a child molester in the first place. The GOP has a one vote smaller majority for trying to pass things without Dem support, and a greater chance of losing the majority next year

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/12/16766892/alabama-senate-election-2017-doug-jones-wins
Doug Jones’s win just vastly improved Democrats’ chances of retaking the Senate in 2018 

https://www.vox.com/2017/12/12/16766516/alabama-senate-election-2017-roy-moore-doug-jones
3 winners and 2 losers in the Alabama Senate race

https://politicalwire.com/2017/12/13/humiliating-defeat-trump/
A Humiliating Defeat for Trump  

More: https://twitter.com/HolmesJosh/status/940754883451514880
"Before we get the results, I'd just like to thank Steve Bannon for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the union and Governor Ivey for the opportunity to make this national embarrassment a reality"

https://www.thedailybeast.com/i-think-bannon-made-an-ass-of-himself-republicans-rejoice-in-breitbart-chiefs-alabama-humiliation
‘I Think Bannon Made an Ass of Himself’: Republicans Rejoice in Breitbart Chief’s Alabama Humiliation

https://www.vox.com/2017/12/12/16770678/roy-moore-loses-steve-bannon
Steve Bannon's Republican critics are gleefully dunking on him for Roy Moore's shocking loss  

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/alabama-delivers-wake-call-trumps-republican-party
Alabama delivers a wake-up call to Trump’s Republican Party

Moore won't concede

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/12/roy-moore-wont-concede-tells-supporters-to-wait-on-god.html
Roy Moore Won’t Concede, Tells Supporters to ‘Wait on God’  

GOP Senate campaign chair says Jones should switch parties now

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/12/12/1723757/-Hahah-Pathetic-Republican-Senate-honcho-desperately-begging-Doug-Jones-to-switch-parties
Pathetic

What happened?

https://twitter.com/Redistrict/status/940778153533992961
Amazing: turnout is at 72%-77% of '16 presidential race in heavily black counties, but just 55%-60% in rural white counties. Black voters punching above their weight tonight & giving Jones a chance.

More: https://www.salon.com/2017/12/13/doug-jones-alabama-miracle-it-all-came-down-to-turnout/

https://thinkprogress.org/back-vote-alabama-jones-8da18c1d8d7a/

In Fox World

https://crooksandliars.com/2017/12/fox-news-talking-point-doug-jones-lame
Fox News Talking Point: Doug Jones Is A Lame Duck Senator 

Trump backs Luther Strange, and he loses. He switches to Roy Moore, saying it was a mistake to back Strange (his stupid advisors made him do it), then Moore lost. Now he says he wanted Strange all along

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-i-endorsed-strange-moore-loss
"The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!"

[NB: Trump: "I was right!"]

Hmmm . . . .

https://www.thedailybeast.com/exclusive-rex-tillerson-in-meeting-with-us-diplomats-says-russia-interfered-in-election
Beleaguered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged in a closed-door meeting with U.S. diplomats on Tuesday that Russia “interfered in democratic processes here,” something President Trump still describes as “fake news” intended to delegitimize his presidency. . . .

Mueller's three big questions

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/12/16762704/trump-obstruction-michael-flynn-lied-fbi

Be glad that Trump's lawyers are so bad

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/12/12/1723620/-Trump-s-legal-team-is-no-match-for-Mueller-s-killers
Trump's legal team is no match for Mueller's 'killers'

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/12/12/16743124/trump-mueller-dowd-sekulow-mcgahn-lawyers
“They’re not on the same team”: why Trump’s lawyers keep clashing over the Russia probe

The Republicans have figured out how to fix the tax bill: even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy!

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/12/republicans-reportedly-add-even-bigger-tax-cut-for-the-rich.html

Why the Trump Tax Cuts Might Jack Up the Deficit More Than Anybody Expects

Rex Tillerson is killing the State Dept. Then he'll quit


https://www.salon.com/2017/12/12/crisis-of-confidence-in-foggy-bottom-state-department-morale-in-ruins/

You might think that after being investigated once, you would try extra hard to avoid the same mistakes. And then there's Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, who's already being investigated AGAIN

https://thinkprogress.org/epa-investigates-pruitt-booth-fd36f815012c/

The worst judge to be confirmed in quite a while -- and that's saying something



How we are making the voting system MORE susceptible to fraud


Women running for Congress in record numbers

In Minnesota

https://politicalwire.com/2017/12/13/dayton-will-appoint-smith-replace-franken/
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) will appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) to replace Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) as Minnesota’s next U.S. senator until a special election is held next year . . .

Jake!

Jake Tapper slams Trump’s “fake news” hypocrisy in must-see video
Bonus item: Trump word cloud

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/put-this-on-t-shirt.html

Extra bonus item: Trump wins another award!

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1723597
Trump's claim that Russian election meddling is a 'hoax' is the 2017 Lie of the Year

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

WHAT, ME WORRY?

Trump thinks he has nothing to worry about from the Mueller investigation. The people around him know better

https://www.salon.com/2017/12/11/white-house-staffers-are-cracking-under-the-pressure-of-the-mueller-probe-report_partner/

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/12/report-suggests-trump-told-michael-flynn-to-lie-to-the-fbi.html
Report Suggests Trump Told Flynn to Lie to the FBI

Trump never fails to tweet immediately about any terror attack, pumping up public fear and using it to promote his anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies. But following the bombing in NYC this vain and obsessively media oriented president had something else he had to get off his chest first

https://www.salon.com/2017/12/11/a-terrorist-tried-to-bomb-the-new-york-subway-and-trump-isnt-talking-about-it/
"Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day - Wrong!"

The GOP tax bill is the most unpopular piece of legislation in 30 years

https://www.salon.com/2017/12/11/the-republican-tax-plan-is-the-most-unpopular-bill-in-30-years/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/12/11/how-did-republicans-make-their-tax-bill-so-darn-unpopular/  

Now this: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/12/the-missing-treasury-analysis-of-the-republican-tax-plan-has-finally-been-released/
Good news! Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has promised repeatedly that the Republican tax plan would pay for itself and that he has hundreds of analysts “working around the clock on running scenarios for us.” Naysayers scoffed, wondering where this analysis was. Well scoff no more. He released it today. Here’s the first page . . . Wait. Did I say “first page”? What I meant was “whole thing.” That’s right: it’s seven paragraphs long and contains no original analysis at all. . . . Seriously. That’s it. I included the entire plan above so you could check to make sure I’m not exaggerating.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-treasury-dept-embarrasses-itself-one-page-analysis
Trump’s Treasury Dept embarrasses itself

https://politicalwire.com/2017/12/11/treasury-admits-tax-plan-wont-pay/
“The administration’s analysis claims, basically, that the tax cuts would pay for themselves if and only if they are paired with a bunch of other ideas congress already rejected.”  

Next up, Trump wants to pursue "welfare reform." Like other "reforms" he has pursued (health care reform, tax reform), it means demolishing social programs and making society more unequal

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/11/trump-welfare-reform-safety-net-288623

It really is amazing how, in an ordinary speech, Trump simply asserts as fact one thing after another that are Just. Simply. Not. True

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/ap-fact-check-trump-off-black-homeownership-trade-51691170
"Look at these guys, 'blacks for Trump.' I love you. I love you. By the way, now that you bring it up, black homeownership just hit the highest level it has ever been in the history of our country. Congratulations." [read on]

The "Trump economy" -- not such a big deal, actually

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/11/16763314/trump-fixed-the-economy

One of Trump's bragging points is the number of regulations he has eliminated -- but here too his claims are full of exaggerations and lies

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-accusers-press-conference-monday

Watch: https://crooksandliars.com/2017/12/watch-live-trumps-accusers-speak-out-his

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/11/16761946/trump-metoo-megyn-kelly-accusers

The White House lies (again): https://thinkprogress.org/the-white-houses-audacious-new-lie-about-the-women-accusing-the-president-of-sexual-abuse-fe7187f24282/ 

https://www.salon.com/2017/12/11/trump-thinks-the-metoo-movement-is-spinning-out-of-control/
Trump thinks the #MeToo movement is “spinning out of control” 

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/11/democratic-senators-trump-resign-misconduct-allegations-290500
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called on President Donald Trump to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct on Monday, the latest of four lawmakers in the chamber to do so. . . .

Oh, uh, by the way. Somebody's not happy with Haley's comment. Not one bit

https://apnews.com/e3b50b28fa73426799e6ac63839057fb
The president’s advisers were stunned Sunday when one of the highest-ranking women in the Trump administration broke with the White House line and said the accusers’ voices ‘should be heard,' . . . Haley’s comments infuriated the president, according to two people who are familiar with his views but who spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. Trump has grown increasingly angry in recent days that the accusations against him have resurfaced, telling associates that the charges are false and drawing parallels to the accusations facing Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

[NB: Yes, Trump: draw parallels with Roy Moore. Please!] 

The Army will not follow Trump's ban on transgender enlistments

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/12/pentagon-ignores-trump-will-allow-transgender-enlistments/

More: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/11/16763178/trump-transgender-military-ban  

Russia, Russia, Russia

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/putins-game/546548/
What Putin Really Wants

https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/547940/how-russia-hacked-america/
How Russia Hacked America—And Why It Will Happen Again

As the evidence stacks up against them, Trump's lawyers and other defenders want to investigate the investigators instead

https://politicalwire.com/2017/12/12/trump-lawyers-want-second-special-counsel/

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/12/justice-mueller-ethics-waiver-russia-291707

Not quite sure I like this strategy: if Trump is going to point to anti-Trump partisans in the FBI, Dems will point to the copious evidence that other folks in the FBI were out to get Hillary

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/11/democrast-anti-clinton-bias-fbi-290475

Trump keeps nominating unqualified judges -- and the Republicans keep confirming them 

https://www.salon.com/2017/12/11/the-gop-cant-stand-that-the-american-bar-association-finds-trumps-judges-unqualified/

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/10/trump-judicial-nominees-republicans-287911

As I like to say here, there is Good Lindsey and Bad Lindsey. Today we get the bad one

https://thinkprogress.org/lets-talk-about-lindsey-graham-c1ee7772bcf4/

Sean Hannity called on Roy Moore to disprove the accusations against him or drop out of the race. The Trump admin's first response to the disclosures was to call them "troubling." Now Fox World is fully on board and Trump is actively campaigning for him. What changed?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-king-of-bullshit-mountain
Steve Bannon 

Sick

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/a-trump-super-pac-has-12-year-old-girl.html
A Trump Super PAC has a 12 year old girl interview Roy Moore

Roy Moore, Constitutional scholar, wants to eliminate all the amendments apart from the Bill of Rights (including the Thirteenth, which abolished slavery, and the Nineteenth, which gave women the vote)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/moore-nixing-amendments-bill-rights-eliminate-problems

https://thinkprogress.org/roy-moore-constitutional-amendments-e710276f1a5a/

Colonel Sanders is losing it a little bit -- and her biggest problems still lie ahead

https://crooksandliars.com/2017/12/sarah-sanders-barks-jim-acosta-over-her

https://www.salon.com/2017/12/11/sarah-huckabee-sanders-battles-reporters-over-fake-news-im-not-done/

Katy!

https://politicalwire.com/2017/12/11/katy-tur-slams-white-house-credibility/
Katy Tur Slams White House Over Credibility

Bonus item: Well, I'm convinced

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/roy-moore-wife-kayla-says-one-of-our-attorneys-is-a-jew
Roy Moore’s Wife Says They Aren’t Anti-Semites: ‘One Of Our Attorneys Is A Jew’

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