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Even Fox News Is Now Saying That Trump Is Committing Crimes

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/19/fox-news-trump-crimes.html

Posted on Tue, Feb 19th, 2019 by Jason Easley
Even Fox News Is Now Saying That Trump Is Committing Crimes
It has become so obvious that even Trump’s favorite cable news network, Fox News is saying that he is committing crimes.

Fox News is talking about Trump committing crimes

Judge Andrew Napolitano and Shep Smith had this exchange on Fox News:

Napolitano: President Trump, if “The New York Times” is correct, wanted his ally to be in charge of both of those investigations. Matt Whitaker, to his credit, apparently did not execute that command.

Smith: But that — that phone call, you said that’s evidence of corrupt intent.

Napolitano: On the part of the president because he’s making a —

Smith: Would that be obstruction?

Napolitano: Yes. It would be attempted obstruction. It would only be obstruction if it succeeded. If you try to interfere with a criminal prosecution that may knock at your own door by putting your ally in there, that is clearly an attempt to obstruct justice.


https://twitter.com/politicususa/status/1097982050550902792

Talk of Trump obstruction of justice is everywhere

Attempting to obstruct justice is a crime. Obstructing justice is a crime. Trump replied to The New York Times story about his ongoing and extensive campaign to attack law enforcement and obstruct justice as “fake news,” but even Fox News is talking about how Trump is engaging in criminal activity. The discussion has reached the point where it is assumed even among the president’s own defenders that he has engaged in criminal activity.

Trump watches Fox News religiously, watching Fox is the only thing that Trump does religiously, and even his favorite TV channel is talking about how he is breaking the law. The situation has gotten so bad for Trump and the Republican Party that even parts of Fox News can no longer deny the dire reality that is the future for Trump and the GOP.


Fox News can no longer save Donald Trump.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 07:21 PM (13 replies)

60% of Americans Want Trump Sued For 'National Emergency'

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/19/trump-disapprove-emergency.html

Posted on Tue, Feb 19th, 2019 by Jason Easley
60% of Americans Want Trump Sued For ‘National Emergency’
Americans overwhelmingly disagree with Trump’s fake national emergency, and they want him sued for his actions.

Americans Hate The Wall and Trump’s ‘National Emergency’

According to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll:
–61 percent disapprove, 36 percent approve Trump declaring a national emergency to build a wall along the U.S.- Mexico border. (85 percent of Republicans approve, 84 percent of Democrats disapprove, 63 percent of independents disapprove)

–60 percent think his decision should be challenged in the courts, including 60 percent of independents

–58 percent do not think there is a national emergency at the border. (84 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Trump supporters think there is. Democrats and independents don’t.)

–57 percent think Trump is misusing his presidential power. (89 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents think he is, while 80 percent of Republicans don’t).


The ‘National Emergency’ Is All About Trump’s Base

Trump said during his rambling Rose Garden announcement on February 15 that the declaration of a ‘national emergency’ to get his wall had nothing to do with keeping a campaign promise to his supporters, but the poll shows that decision was all about pleasing his base. Donald Trump is really bad at electoral math because instead of taking actions that could expand the pool of voters who might support him in 2020, this president has chosen to appeal only to the 36%-38% of the electorate that makes up his base of support.

In a two-candidate 2020 general election, Trump won’t be able to win with 36% of the vote.

Republicans have been warning Trump about this reality, but he refuses to listen.

The NPR/PBS/Marist poll says it all. 60% is against this president. Every action he takes only serves to dig the hole deeper. By appealing only to his base, Trump is losing ground for 2020, as a president who governs for only some of the people is destined to fail.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 07:03 PM (4 replies)

Man Gets 12 Years in Prison for Starting California Wildfire

https://www.thedailybeast.com/man-gets-12-years-in-prison-for-starting-california-wildfire?ref=home

Man Gets 12 Years in Prison for Starting California Wildfire

The man who admitted to igniting a Southern California wildfire that tore through 13,000 acres and forced 7,000 to evacuate has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. Brandon McGlover changed his plea last Thursday, admitting he was guilty of starting the Cranston Fire in July 2018. A preliminary hearing in November revealed evidence that he used a barbecue lighter and a can of WD-40 to start the nine fires that raged through Idyllwild, Anza, and Sage in Riverside County. He pleaded guilty to two charges of arson of wildland and one enhancement of multiple destroyed structures. On top of his prison sentence, McGlover will be required to register as an arsonist for the rest of his life and must pay restitution to victims. McGlover, 33, was arrested on the same afternoon the fires broke out and had been held on $3.5 million bail since that time.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 09:16 AM (2 replies)

Klobuchar Runs to the Center

https://politicalwire.com/2019/02/19/klobuchar-runs-to-the-center/

Klobuchar Runs to the Center
February 19, 2019 at 6:36 am EST By Taegan Goddard


Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) “placed herself firmly in the center lane of the Democratic primary on Monday, calling popular progressive policy platforms ‘aspirational,’ and declining to fully commit to them,” Politico reports.

“The Minnesota Democrat called the Green New Deal ‘aspirational’ and said that Medicare-for-all is ‘something we can look to in the future,’ during a CNN town hall hosted in Manchester, N.H., on Monday night. On free four-year college, Klobuchar said: ‘No, I am not for four-year college for all.’”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 08:23 AM (82 replies)

Why Is CNN Paying John Kasich to Seemingly Trial-Balloon a 2020 Run?


Why Is CNN Paying John Kasich to Seemingly Trial-Balloon a 2020 Run?

Experts say CNN paying Ohio’s ex-governor for his punditry could cause ethical ‘chaos,’ but neither network brass nor Kasich’s camp seem all that worried.
Maxwell Tani
02.19.19
5:09 AM ET


CNN’s political news reporters have found themselves in a bizarre, murky position: One of their newest colleagues may very likely run for president.

Before and since joining CNN a month ago as a paid on-air contributor, John Kasich has made no secret that he could run for president again. In fact, ever since the 2016 election, a consistent feature of political coverage has been headlines about the Republican ex-governor of Ohio “mulling” or “considering” a primary or third-party challenge against President Trump.

And when he appears on CNN, he sounds like he’s on the stump.

Often asked to react to other candidates’ presidential aspirations and campaign moves, Kasich falls back on the messaging he tried out as a GOP primary candidate in 2016.

“You must communicate to people in this country that we understand your struggles: health care, the fact that you’re not getting ahead with your income, the fact that your kind can’t get a job,” Kasich said on CNN last month. “That’s what people I believe want to hear. And we’ll see who can articulate that.”

Media critics knocked CNN for signing Kasich knowing he may still run for president, saying the network is effectively giving him a paid platform to build momentum for a future campaign.

“I do believe CNN runs an ethical risk paying a potential candidate,” Steven Roberts, a professor of media ethics at George Washington University, told The Daily Beast. “The mixture of journalists/pundits/consultants/political operatives on CNN and other platforms is already confusing enough to viewers. Adding potential candidates as paid contributors crosses a line into chaos.”


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https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-is-cnn-paying-john-kasich-to-seemingly-trial-balloon-a-2020-run?ref=home
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 07:12 AM (7 replies)

Trump Confidant Says Dan Coats Could Be Fired


https://politicalwire.com/2019/02/18/trump-confidant-says-dan-coats-could-be-fired/

Trump Confidant Says Dan Coats Could Be Fired
February 18, 2019 at 6:17 pm EST By Taegan Goddard


Chris Ruddy, the founder of the conservative outlet Newsmax and a confidant of President Trump’s, told CNN that — based on what he’s been told by White House sources — he believes Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats could be fired for attacking the administration’s stance on North Korea.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 06:57 AM (4 replies)

'What's The Point Of Congress?': Katy Tur Rips GOP For Turning Blind Eye To Trump's Power Grab

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/18/congress-katy-tur-gop-blind-eye-trumps-power-grab.html

Posted on Mon, Feb 18th, 2019 by Sean Colarossi
‘What’s The Point Of Congress?’: Katy Tur Rips GOP For Turning Blind Eye To Trump’s Power Grab


MSNBC’s Katy Tur said Republicans are essentially turning Congress into an irrelevant branch of government by going along with Donald Trump’s fake emergency declaration.

If Republicans in Congress leave it up to the courts and they ultimately uphold Trump’s abuse of power, then “they do stand to lose a lot of congressional authority,” the MSNBC host said.

“If this goes to the courts and the courts uphold it, what’s the point of Congress?” Tur asked.
https://twitter.com/politicususa/status/1097652731672756224
Tur said:
They do stand to lose a lot of congressional authority. If this goes to the courts and the courts uphold it, what’s the point of Congress? You have the president who can declare whatever he wants, he or she wants.


Republicans have abdicated their responsibility

In the Trump era, Republicans in Congress have refused to act as a co-equal branch of government. They have willingly given up their constitutional powers in order to appease and protect the president.

As Katy Tur added on Monday, “Why would someone like Mitch McConnell or anybody else be so willing to give up congressional authority – their own power – to support anyone – Democratic, Republican or Independent?”

“That doesn’t make any sense,” she added.

A measure to block Trump’s fake emergency declaration may very well pass both chambers of Congress as a key number of Republicans have publicly expressed their concerns, but the president is likely to veto it.

If Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, refuse to override that potential veto and prevent a blatant abuse of power by Trump, they are once again abdicating their responsibilities and making Congress an irrelevant branch of government.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 10:43 PM (6 replies)

At Least 13 States Will Join Lawsuit Challenging Trump's Emergency Declaration

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/02/states-join-lawsuit-trump-emergency-declaration.html

At Least 13 States Will Join Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Emergency Declaration
By Daniel Politi
Feb 18, 2019
4:07 PM


California and at least a dozen other states will be joining a lawsuit to challenge President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday. “The president admitted that there’s not a basis for the declaration, he admitted there’s no crisis at the border, he’s now trying to rob funds that were allocated by Congress legally to the various states and people of our states,” Becerra told MSNBC. “The separation of powers is being violated, we’re going to go out there and make sure that Donald Trump cannot steal money from the states and people who need them, since we paid the taxpayer dollars to Washington, D.C. to get those services.”

Speaking on CNN, Becerra said the lawsuit is imminent. “We should be filing sometime today,” Becerra said. “We’re going to try to halt the President from violating the Constitution, the separation of powers, from stealing money from Americans and states that has been allocated by Congress, lawfully.”


This marks the latest effort to challenge Trump’s emergency declaration in the courts. Earlier, three environmental and advocacy groups joined a lawsuit against the emergency declaration. The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit over the weekend arguing that the White House doesn’t have the authority to use emergency funds to build a wall along the Mexico border. “The only emergency here is Trump’s assault on the Constitution,” said Brian Segee, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement. “Separation of powers is at the heart of our democracy and the power of the purse is a critical check on the president. Trump’s authoritarian attempt to build his destructive border wall is a flagrant abuse of that constitutional structure. If he gets his way, it’ll be a disaster for communities and wildlife along the border, including some of our country’s most endangered species.” This came after the advocacy group Public Citizen also filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Texas landowners and an environmental group. The American Civil Liberties Union also said it was preparing a lawsuit claiming that Trump doesn’t have the authority to redirect taxpayer money to build a wall.

All the lawsuits shouldn’t come as a surprise to the White House. In fact, Trump said he fully expected the be sued when he announced the emergency declaration Friday but he was confident his administration would eventually come out on top of any legal challenge. “And I’ll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office. And we will have a national emergency, and then we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the Ninth Circuit, even though it shouldn’t be there,” Trump said. “And we will possibly get a bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling. And then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court, and hopefully we’ll get a fair shake. And we’ll win in the Supreme Court, just like the ban.”

Challenge to the emergency declaration could also come from Congress, where lawmakers could put forth a joint resolution to terminate it. But White House adviser Stephen Miller hinted Trump wouldn’t hesitate to cast the first veto of his presidency if lawmakers tried to undo his emergency declaration. “Obviously the president is going to protect his national emergency declaration,” Miller said on Fox News Sunday.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 05:38 PM (0 replies)

Kellyanne Conway's Husband Thinks We Should Be Worried About Donald Trump's Mental Stability

I think we're all worried.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/02/kellyanne-conway-husband-trump-obama-north-korea-world-war/

Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Thinks We Should Be Worried About Donald Trump’s Mental Stability
The latest data point? The president’s comments about how close Obama was to starting a war with North Korea.
Jamilah King
February 17, 2019 2:23 PM

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“I believe he would have gone to war with North Korea,” Trump said about Obama on Friday. “That was going to be a war that could have been a World War III, to be honest with you,” Trump added later.

Obama was famously reluctant about engaging in direct military intervention, and his former deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes, tweeted that it didn’t happen.
https://twitter.com/brhodes/status/1096467354723274752
Conway saw the news as another sign of the president’s supposed instability. “We should highly question that mental stability of a president of the United States who would lie about whether the United States had been on the verge of starting ‘World War III’ with another state possessing nuclear weapons,” he tweeted on Saturday.
https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1096865616349270018
Conway, a proud Democrat, has previously called the Trump administration “a dumpster fire,” questioned the president’s fitness for office, and taunted him about the Russia investigation. Trump has dismissed Conway’s criticism as just an attempt to drum up publicity for himself, but it’s clearly never a good look for someone so close to his administration to so openly question his sanity.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 05:31 PM (3 replies)

The White House Is Worried Mueller Will Bust Trump For Obstruction Of Justice

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/18/the-white-house-is-worried-mueller-will-bust-trump-for-obstruction-of-justice.html


Posted on Mon, Feb 18th, 2019 by Jason Easley
The White House Is Worried Mueller Will Bust Trump For Obstruction Of Justice


The White House doesn’t know what Mueller has, but they are worrying that he is going to bust Trump for obstruction of justice.

The White House is worried about obstruction of justice

The Washington Post‘s Robert Costa told MSNBC, “The mindset on the Russia collusion front is pretty vague because they’re not really sure inside of this White House what Robert Mueller has found along with his investigators. What they’re more cognizant about is the obstruction side of the investigation, and they know so many White House aides and administration officials have been pulled before Robert Mueller‘s team to talk about the president’s conduct, and that’s where some of the worry is among my top sources. What’s going to be detailed about obstruction of justice, alleged obstruction of justice in this Mueller report? Could that really be something beyond the Russia questions that threatens this presidency?”

https://twitter.com/politicususa/status/1097563277398294536

Mueller finding that Trump obstructed justice would form the basis for impeachment

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https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/18/the-white-house-is-worried-mueller-will-bust-trump-for-obstruction-of-justice.html
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 03:50 PM (26 replies)
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