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James Carville Chortles At Trump's Latest Pardonpalooza Scandal

1/18/21 7:50am
James Carville Chortles At Trump's Latest Pardonpalooza Scandal
"Does anybody really think Trump is not getting his cut?" Carville said.
By Susie Madrak
1 hour ago by Susie Madrak

The latest Trump pardon scandal is that lawyers are making big bank to lobby Trump for pardons for their very wealthy criminal clients. (Filling the swamp!)

"I mean, the fact that you're taking money for it, it's just -- it goes against everything that we know. But it's Trump. So here we are," Michael Steele said.

" I want to get your thoughts. This is not a surprise that the president is doing."

"It's not a surprise that we're outraged. But without me even looking at Twitter, I'm absolutely sure my feed is flooded right now with 'hate the game, not the player. Trump's doing what everybody else has done. Don't you remember Marc Rich?' What do we say to those who say this is business as usual?"

"First of all, the Marc Rich story has been investigated. Move on here," Carville said.

"Does anybody really think Trump is not getting his cut? Does anybody really believe that all these lawyers are making all this money and he's sitting there say, 'Okay that's fine'? It is so fitting that this thing is going down in a flame of criminality, of criminals everywhere, of money flowing everywhere. It's a fitting end. it's -- he came into this thing like this, he's leaving like this. This is the perfect, perfect ending, just bribe as many people as you can, take your cut, get your rate. But this is just wonderful. I cannot get enough of this story.

"But at the bottom of this, does anybody think the lawyers are getting all this money? Come down to Louisiana, I've got 100 million acres of water I can sell you in the Gulf of Mexico."


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jan 18, 2021, 12:02 PM (1 replies)

The Coming Republican Amnesia


The Coming Republican Amnesia
How will the GOP recover from the Trump era? Pretend it never happened.


As Donald Trump lurches through the disastrous final days of his presidency, Republicans are just beginning to survey the wreckage of his reign. Their party has been gutted, their leader is reviled, and after four years of excusing every presidential affront to ‘conservative values,’ their credibility is shot. How will the GOP recover from the complicity and corruption of the Trump era? To many Republicans, the answer is simple: Pretend it never happened.

The plan might seem implausible, but I’ve heard it floated repeatedly in recent days by Republican strategists who are counting down the minutes of the Trump presidency. The hardcore MAGA crowd will stay loyal, of course, and those few who have consistently opposed Trump will escape with their reputations intact. But for the majority of GOP officials, apparatchiks, and commentators who sacrificed their dignity at the altar of Trump, a collective case of amnesia seems destined to set in the moment he leaves office.

People who spent years coddling the president will recast themselves as voices of conscience, or whitewash their relationship with Trump altogether. Policy makers who abandoned their dedication to “fiscal responsibility” and “limited government” will rediscover a passion for these timeless conservative principles. Some may dress up their revisionism in the rhetoric of “healing” and “moving forward,” but the strategy will be clear—to escape accountability by taking advantage of America’s notoriously short political memory.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jan 18, 2021, 11:24 AM (2 replies)

Eric Boehlert: Banning Trump is already working -- Twitter should've done it years ago


Banning Trump is already working — Twitter should've done it years ago
Incalculable damage
Eric Boehlert
3 hr ago


The clear and present danger Trump presented became glaringly obvious following his election loss when he used Twitter to launch a vicious, sustained attack against free and fair elections in this country. Climbing onto his authoritarian throne, Trump thundered about the "stolen" election, and spent months spreading the Big Lie about how his landslide victory was taken from him by "corrupt" Democrats, and even some disloyal Republicans.

"I hope Democrats, and even more importantly, the weak and ineffective RINO section of the Republican Party, are looking at the thousands of people pouring into D.C.," Trump tweeted on the eve of the murderous January riot. "They won't stand for a landslide election to be stolen."

Still hiding behind a faux-libertarian ethos of "free speech," Twitter did nothing as the specter of political violence grew. Foolishly positioning itself as a personal outlet for Trump and arguing that because he was President of the United States, Twitter was in no position to police him, the company refused to act in the nation's best interest.

Only after Trump returned to Twitter following the January 6 mob attack and again seemed to incite his followers, did Twitter finally ban him permanently.

Can you imagine the state of the nation if Trump had been allowed to use Twitter over the last 10 days and whipped his followers into an anti-inauguration frenzy, demanding they once again descend on the nation's capital to do battle in the streets to stop Biden's swearing in? The threat posed by Trump's radical followers isn't going away. But we can say the national temperature has dropped since the mob attack. Following Trump’s ban from social media platforms, there have been no bouts of political violence or mass gatherings.

Since Twitter banned Trump, with Facebook, Snapchat and others quickly following, there's been a welcome decline in lies and political misinformation found online. Not only was there a 78 percent drop in election fraud misinformation online, but the amount of discussion around the topic plummeted following Trump's forced exit. "Mentions of the hashtag #FightforTrump, which was widely deployed across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media services in the week before the rally, dropped 95 percent," the Washington Post reported. "#HoldTheLine and the term ‘March for Trump’ also fell more than 95 percent."

Our long national Trump Twitter nightmare is over — several years too late.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jan 18, 2021, 10:13 AM (2 replies)

Mike Pence Has Nowhere to Go

womp womp


Mike Pence Has Nowhere to Go
January 18, 2021 at 9:24 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Peter Nicholas: “The vice president’s swift journey from acolyte to outcast was head-spinning. This is someone who would pause after mentioning Donald Trump’s name during an address so that the audience had time to clap—and who would then stand silently at the lectern when it didn’t. Editing Pence’s speeches, aides would cut references to Trump when they didn’t believe there was any reason to mention him. Reviewing the changes, Pence would take his Sharpie and add Trump’s name back in, a former Trump-administration official told me.”

“But Pence will see no reward for his fealty, or for his actions on January 6, when he resisted pressure from Trump to toss out the election results. The springboard to the Oval Office that so many vice presidents have used is gone. Not only has Trump’s base turned on him, but Pence is complicit in the Trump administration’s most egregious actions.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jan 18, 2021, 09:56 AM (43 replies)

Biden readies sweeping rollback of Trump-era abortion crackdown

Biden readies sweeping rollback of Trump-era abortion crackdown
"We have a ton of work to do to undo the harm over the last four years," said Planned Parenthood President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson.
Jan. 18, 2021, 6:07 AM EST
By Chloe Atkins

President-elect Joe Biden is poised to roll back several of the Trump administration's most restrictive sexual and reproductive health policies, including limits on abortion.

Reproductive rights advocates expect Biden to quickly overturn Trump-era rules, like banning federal funds for foreign and national health organizations that promote and provide abortion and giving employers more freedom to deny free contraceptive coverage for their workers.

"We have a ton of work to do to undo the harm over the last four years, but knowing we have champions there who understand what needs to happen in the first 100 days is tremendously exciting," said Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood.


Biden is a devout Roman Catholic, and his position on abortion has evolved throughout his career. Most recently, in 2019, he dropped his long-standing support of the Hyde Amendment, a decades-old policy restricting federal funding for abortions, after having faced mounting criticism. He has also vowed to codify Roe v. Wade and to fight state-level policies limiting access to abortion.

Here are some of the ways Biden has indicated he will restore and improve access to reproductive care:


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jan 18, 2021, 08:17 AM (11 replies)

Impeachment Manager Ted Lieu Says They Have A Mountain Of Evidence To Convict Trump


Posted on Sun, Jan 17th, 2021 by Jason Easley
Impeachment Manager Ted Lieu Says They Have A Mountain Of Evidence To Convict Trump

Impeachment manager Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) would not discuss specifics but did say that there is a mountain of evidence to convict Trump.
Rep. Lieu said on MSNBC, “I’m not going to disclose trial strategy. All I’m going to say is there is a mountain of evidence that the American public saw in broad daylight. With every passing day we get additional videos, additional incriminating statements. And the department of justice when you look at how they are charging people, they use terms like insurrectionists. They’re essentially viewing this case the same way we are and most American people are. This was an armed insurrection, a violent attack on our nation’s capitol to stop congress from formalizing Donald Trump’s defeat and it resulted in multiple deaths.”

The new videos that emerge daily not only help to make the case against Donald Trump but also serve as evidence against others who helped incite the insurrection, like Sen. Ted Cruz.

The evidence is vast, and it starts with Trump telling his supporters to go to the Capitol in a long speech where he claimed to “make his case” that the election was stolen from him.

The vote to convict Trump is likely to pick up more Senate Republican votes than the lone vote on a single article by Sen. Mitt Romney during Trump’s first impeachment.

Republicans have no reason not to convict Trump, and if Mitch McConnell really wants the former president purged from the GOP conviction is more likely to happen.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Jan 17, 2021, 06:26 PM (14 replies)

Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up

Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up
Implications for public record and legal proceedings after administration seized or destroyed papers, notes and other information
Sat 16 Jan 2021 22.24 EST
Last modified on Sat 16 Jan 2021 22.25 EST

The public will not see Donald Trump’s White House records for years, but there is growing concern the collection will never be complete – leaving a hole in the history of one of America’s most tumultuous presidencies.

Trump has been cavalier about the law requiring that records be preserved. He has a habit of ripping up documents before tossing them out, forcing White House workers to spend hours taping them back together.

White House staff quickly learned about Trump’s disregard for documents as they witnessed him tearing them up and discarding them. “My director came up to me and said, ‘You have to tape these together,’” said Solomon Lartey, a former White House records analyst.

The first document he taped back together was a letter from Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, about a government shutdown. “They told [Trump] to stop doing it. He didn’t want to stop.”
If Trump looks like a fascist and acts like a fascist, then maybe he is one

Lartey said the White House chief of staff’s office told the president that the documents were considered presidential records and needed to be preserved by law. About 10 records staff ended up on Scotch tape duty, starting with Trump’s first days in the White House through at least mid-2018.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Jan 17, 2021, 08:59 AM (5 replies)

Doesn't this symbol

mean asshole?

Is that an OK sign? A white power symbol? Or just a right-wing troll?

From its adoption first by white nationalists, and then by 4chan trolls intent on ‘triggering the libs,’ the well-known hand signal’s use points to deeper concerns.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jan 16, 2021, 10:25 PM (13 replies)

Biden's plan could cut child poverty in half in 2021


Biden's plan could cut child poverty in half in 2021
Joan McCarter for Daily Kos
Daily Kos Staff
Saturday January 16, 2021 · 10:00 AM EST

Scholars at Columbia University's Center on Poverty and Social Policy did a quick analysis of President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic relief plan, and are enthusiastic, saying the proposal "has the potential to cut child poverty in half."

"We find that a relief package containing enhanced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, unemployment benefits, family tax credits, and direct cash payments could cut child poverty in half in 2021," the researchers write. That would mean an estimated 5 million children would rise above the poverty line. The analysts point to these elements of Biden's package as alleviating poverty for families with children:

Extension of SNAP benefit increases through the end of 2021
One-time direct payment at a value of $1,400 per eligible adult and child recipient
Extension of current unemployment insurance expansions through September 30, 2021
(with a $400 per week national supplement)
A fully refundable Child Tax Credit valued at $3,000 (ages 6-17) and $3,600 (under 6)
An expanded Earned Income Tax Credit for workers without children

They add that the additional measures included in Biden's proposal—"an increased minimum wage, child care assistance, rental assistance, and more"—would also reduce poverty for families with children, but only had information available to evaluate the emergency assistance measures above. The tax credit expansion is big for young families, up from $2,000 per child under age 17 currently. Biden wants to make that tax credit fully refundable.

In the world of people who care about low-income children, this is really big news,” Elaine Maag, principal research associate at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, told CNBC after the Biden team released his plan Thursday. The National Association of Counties is extremely enthusiastic. "County governments play a critical role in combatting child poverty, partnering with state and federal governments to administer social safety net services and using local dollars to support innovative programs that help children thrive and promote intergenerational economic mobility," they write. They've called on the federal government to cut child poverty in half in 10 years, so the accelerated timeline of Biden's plan—if elements could be made permanent post-pandemic—would be huge.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jan 16, 2021, 04:11 PM (1 replies)

Text messages capture heartbreaking goodbyes of COVID-19 victims


Text messages capture heartbreaking goodbyes of COVID-19 victims
Daughter: “Just wish I could see you in person.” Mother: “I wish that more than anything in the world right now.”
Sisters Dana Cobbs (on left) and Darcey Cobbs-Lomax lost their father and paternal grandmother to COVID-19 last spring, the deaths occurring only a week apart.
By Katie Sanders
Photographs by Celeste Sloman
PUBLISHED January 13, 2021

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 375,000 American families know firsthand the grief of losing a loved one, many in conditions that restrict bedside goodbyes. These circumstances—piled on top of the many unknowns of COVID-19—layer enormous pain, guilt, and grief on top of the already-traumatic process of saying goodbye to someone we love.

“We expect that we’re going to be able to communicate with our loved ones, to be there in times of tragedy,” says clinical psychologist Therese Rando, founder and director of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss in Rhode Island.

The experience of being with someone in their dying moments deeply impacts the way people process trauma, Rando says. What does it mean to say goodbye from a distance—through a hazmat suit, via Zoom, or by text message? Six families that lost relatives to COVID-19 in 2020 share their stories, along with some of the text messages they exchanged in the final days of their loved ones’ lives.




CNN’s Brianna Keilar Overcome With Emotion Reading Final Texts From COVID-19 Victims
“Each one of these numbers is a story, it is a loved one,” the “Newsroom” host said as the U.S. endures its “deadliest” stage of the coronavirus pandemic so far.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jan 16, 2021, 09:56 AM (0 replies)
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