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Does Russia Already Have a Favorite for 2020?


Does Russia Already Have a Favorite for 2020?
February 2, 2019 at 7:19 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat who earlier this month declared her intention to run for president in 2020,” NBC News reports.

An NBC News analysis of the main English-language news sites employed by Russia in its 2016 election meddling shows Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is set to make her formal announcement Saturday, has become a favorite of the sites Moscow used when it interfered in 2016.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Feb 2, 2019, 09:18 AM (3 replies)

Sherrod Brown Says Howard Schultz Is a 'Total Idiot'


Sherrod Brown Says Howard Schultz Is a ‘Total Idiot’
February 1, 2019 at 9:29 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) dismissed a possible independent presidential campaign from Howard Schultz, calling the billionaire former Starbucks CEO a “total idiot,” CNN reports.

“While talking with voters in Iowa’s Dallas County after a farmers’ roundtable, the Ohio Democrat, who’s also considering a presidential bid, introduced himself to a voter who expressed concern about dark money in politics.”

Said Brown: “Yeah, I mean you got this idiot Schultz running, maybe. He’s an idiot. I mean, he’s a total idiot.”
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Feb 2, 2019, 07:12 AM (5 replies)

The Great American Heist

The Great American Heist
A new Cabinet has coalesced around Donald Trump entering Year Three of his presidency, one that seems poised to pull the United States further—and more efficiently—towards kleptocracy.
By Jack Holmes
Jan 30, 2019

A defense contractor running the Department of Defense. A self-styled tycoon who allegedly stole $120 million from his business partners. A coal lobbyist regulating coal. A senior Commerce Department official who once lobbied for whale hunters. Ivanka.

Donald Trump’s improbable ascension to the American presidency was a Bat Signal to some of the most accomplished grifters and scoundrels this fine country has to offer. They jumped on the nearest airplane—preferably private, and paid for by someone else—and jetted off to Washington, D.C., to carve out their piece of the action. The United States and its territories have always been home to some of history’s great scammers, fraudsters, confidence men, and snake-oil salesmen. It is a relentless feature of the national character in a country built by people trying to make a buck, however they could, on the ragged edge of civilization. It’s just the very greasiest operators don’t often pry their way into the Cabinet of the United States president. More rarely, still, do they capture it—and the Executive Branch of government.

“This is the Teapot Dome scandal on steroids,” Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University and a CNN contributor, told me. He’s referring to the orgy of bribery and crony capitalism that devoured the presidency of Warren G. Harding in the 1920s. Harding’s crew, known as the Ohio Gang, featured oil-industry insiders who proceeded to operate in public office on behalf of their old friends in the business. For Brinkley, the 45th president has a similar recruiting strategy.

“Donald Trump understands people that are greedy,” he said. “When he’s dealing with the public lands and the environment, he wants people that are into making cash out of resources, not preservation. He doesn't trust preservation. It's because they have ethics. He trusts people who see that there's gold in them there hills.”

And it seems he’s found them. As we embark on a third year of The Trump Era, a new group has filtered in to populate the most senior levels of his government. The Class of 2019 is different in kind to the right-wing oddballs and ravenous feeders at the public trough that went barreling into the administration in January 2017. Often, those characters flamed out early, and now they’ve been replaced.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 1, 2019, 07:32 PM (0 replies)

Jane Goodall has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize


Jane Goodall has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!
Myron Shekelle
Bellingham, WA, United States

Jan 31, 2019 —

To ALL of the supporters of this process,

CONGRATULATIONS! A short while ago our team nominated Jane Goodall for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Step One is now complete. Now it is time to let the Norwegian Nobel Institute do their work. In the meanwhile, our team will begin releasing translations of our documents into additional languages.


Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:16 AM

Subject: Nomination successfully submitted

Your nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019 has been successfully submitted. The Norwegian Nobel Committee appreciate your effort in making this nomination.

Kind regards,
The Norwegian Nobel Institute

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 1, 2019, 05:44 PM (22 replies)

Inside Trump's Reality


Inside Trump’s Reality
February 1, 2019 at 12:51 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

Susan Glasser: “It’s hardly surprising that, in the days since his shutdown humiliation, Trump has retreated into the virtual seclusion of Twitter, holed up watching cable news and tweeting his alternative reality as America struggles with an actual deep freeze. For Trump, the fake world is much better than the real one. There is no extreme weather in his White House; in fact, climate change does not exist inside its walls. Trump’s policy has decreed it.”

“He’s avoiding more than just the frigid air outside; in the cocoon of the Oval Office, there are only invited guests and staff who, while they may be secretly leaking unflattering accounts, at least have the good sense to be nice to Trump’s face. In recent days, the Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has compared Trump to a petulant toddler and openly wondered what Russia has on him. Why would Trump want to spend his time negotiating with her?”

“Much better, from Trump’s point of view, to simply announce, as he did to reporters on Thursday, that ‘Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall,’ and spend the day with his own press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who this week told an interviewer that God ‘wanted Donald Trump to become President.’”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 1, 2019, 05:34 PM (5 replies)

Eugene Robinson: The tweeting of a crackpot

Eugene Robinson: The tweeting of a crackpot
By Eugene Robinson | The Washington Post
· Published: 14 hours ago

Washington • Of all the crackpots on social media, is any more untethered to reality than the president of the United States?

Seriously, there are tinfoil-hatted lunatics yelling on street corners who make more sense than President Trump’s increasingly loopy Twitter feed. Think about it: Most mornings, and some evenings as well, the most powerful man in the world rants and raves like someone you’d urgently tell the gate agent about if you were waiting to board the same airplane. This is not normal. This is alarming.

I know, there's a school of thought that says Trump's tweets are nothing but weapons of mass distraction and should be ignored. But if you want to know the administration's policy on just about anything, what other reliable source is there? Surely not press secretary Sarah Sanders and the other White House mouthpieces, whose main job is to invent "evidence" to back up Trump's misstatements, distortions and pants-on-fire lies.

And surely not Trump’s own high-level appointees. After Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress this week that North Korea is unlikely ever to give up its nuclear weapons, Trump tweeted that there is a “decent chance of Denuclearization ... Progress being made — big difference.” After CIA chief Gina Haspel said that Iran is abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal that Trump renounced, the president used a tweet to slap her down: “The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong! ... Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”

Take a moment to absorb how crazy this is. The informed assessments of Trump's intelligence chiefs disagree with Trump's uninformed or misinformed prejudgments — so he attacks and belittles his own handpicked team.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:22 AM (10 replies)

WH Cancels Trump's Daily Intelligence Briefing Amid His Anger At Intel Chiefs

It's not like he listens to them anyway.


WH Cancels Trump’s Daily Intelligence Briefing Amid His Anger At Intel Chiefs
By Kate Riga
February 1, 2019 7:37 am

The White House abruptly cancelled President Donald Trump’s daily intelligence briefing with his chiefs Wednesday, a day after CIA Director Gina Haspel and DNI Dan Coats gave Congress a yearly threat assessment during which they contradicted many of Trump’s favorite talking points.

According to a Thursday Daily Beast report, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave no specific reason as to why the briefing was cancelled: “It was moved,” she said.

After spending Wednesday criticizing his own intelligence officers on Twitter, Trump changed his stance and began blaming the media for making it “appear” that the chiefs undermined many of his claims.

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 1, 2019, 10:04 AM (15 replies)

Joe Conason: My Last Cup Of Starbucks


Joe Conason
My Last Cup Of Starbucks
February 1, 2019 2:54 am


Now that Schultz plans to participate in politics — and go straight to the top — he might be expected to tell Americans why they should elect him and what he wants to do. Whenever he is asked to offer a rationale for his candidacy, his responses sound vacuous — as weak and lukewarm as a bad cup of brew with an unpleasant hint of bitterness. If he has any fresh ideas, he isn’t pouring them.

Only one policy issue truly appears to animate Schultz: the progressive Democrats’ call for billionaires to pay higher taxes, which makes him angry. At the same time, he complains about the country’s ballooning deficits and national debt as if he doesn’t understand the math. Everyone else knows that tax cuts for the rich, imposed by Republican regimes, have depleted the Treasury and starved public services.

The most troubling aspect of Schultz’s vanity campaign is, of course, the possibility that he will spend enough money to become a spoiler, and thus, help re-elect Trump. Evidently, a few self-serving political consultants have persuaded the rather dull Schultz that he is compelling enough to win on a third-party line. They know very well that he is far more likely to join the ranks of Ralph Nader and Jill Stein, third-party losers who drew just enough votes to elect George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

It was ominous to watch the “progressive” Stein blathering on Fox News Channel this week with white nationalist host Tucker Carlson, both thrilled by a candidacy that could destroy Democratic hopes. All the Trump sycophants on Fox are urging Schultz forward with their usual subtlety. Let’s hope he is smart enough to take that hint — and cancel this asinine project.

Until then, I’ve tasted my last cup of Starbucks.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 1, 2019, 09:34 AM (66 replies)

U.S. Suspends Nuclear Treaty with Russia


U.S. Suspends Nuclear Treaty with Russia
February 1, 2019 at 8:44 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“The United States is suspending one of the last major nuclear arms control treaties with Russia after heated conversations between the two powers recently failed to resolve a long-running accusation that Moscow is violating the Reagan-era treaty,” the New York Times reports.

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision on Friday as the Trump administration maintained that the Russian government has been unwilling to admit that a missile it has deployed near European borders violates the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Mr. Pompeo and his deputies have insisted that Moscow destroy the missile.”

Washington Post: “The demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty raises fears of a new nuclear arms race, although U.S. officials discount the risk.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 1, 2019, 08:57 AM (5 replies)

Rick Scott wants Trump to bypass Congress for a wall and DACA using illegal executive orders

How I despise this guy.

Rick Scott wants Trump to bypass Congress for a wall and DACA using illegal executive orders
The new senator from Florida dismissed President Barack Obama's power to protect DREAMers back in 2013.
Josh Israel
Jan 31, 2019, 4:49 pm

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) has only been in office since January 8 and already he has given up on Washington, D.C. Having decided, based on his many days of experience, that compromise is impossible, he proclaimed on Thursday that President Donald Trump should simply ignore Congress and unilaterally act, not just to build his vaunted wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — but also to permanently protect young undocumented immigrants who were protected under President Barack Obama’s deferred action (DACA) program and other immigrants with temporary protected status (TPS).

Unfortunately for Scott, a prominent Republican lawmaker delivered an impassioned argument in 2013 for why the president of the United States does not have the authority to “include a permanent solution for DACA and TPS” in an executive order: it was Rick Scott, in a veto memorandum he authored while governor of Florida .

Scott tweeted a statement on Thursday afternoon urging Trump to stop trying to negotiate with Congressional Democrats and instead take unprecedented executive action to illegally solve the immigration debate. “Washington is far beyond broken – it’s full of actors who just want to play politics,” the former Florida governor opined. Should the other party “continue to refuse to work with him, then the President needs to use his emergency powers to fund border security and include a permanent solution for DACA and TPS.”
This, of course, is illegal. While some conservative legal scholars have embraced the notion that Trump can just declare an emergency and spend billions of taxpayer dollars to build the wall he vowed would be fully funded by Mexico, many others on the left and right dispute this. With a Trump-friendly judiciary, it is possible that he could get away with such a power grab nonetheless.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 31, 2019, 08:02 PM (14 replies)
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