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This Is What an Unleashed Trump Looks Like

The president is bestowing favor on his loyal defenders, and visiting revenge on those he feels have betrayed him.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/02/what-unleashed-trump-looks-like/606421/

The Senate’s acquittal of Donald Trump elicited predictions that the president would now be “unleashed,” freed to do as he pleased. His actions over the past few days offer a first glimpse of what that might look like. With the threat of accountability gone, or at least diminished, Trump is bestowing favor on his loyal defenders, and visiting revenge on those he feels have betrayed him.

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who testified in the impeachment hearings, was sacked from his post on the National Security Council, in what presidential aides made very clear was revenge. For good measure, so was his twin brother, a lawyer at the NSC and a fellow Army officer. Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, was asked to resign, and when he refused, he was fired Friday night. Elaine McCusker, who had been tapped to be Pentagon comptroller but clashed with the White House over freezing military aid to Ukraine, will have her nomination withdrawn, according to the New York Post.

And today, a day after prosecutors requested seven to nine years in prison for Roger Stone, the Justice Department suddenly intervened and announced that it would withdraw the recommendation in favor of a lighter sentence, a highly irregular move. Stone was convicted in November on seven counts, including witness tampering and making false statements, in a case that grew out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. Trump also tweeted angrily about the proposed sentence. “This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” he wrote. “The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” Later, at the White House, Trump asserted an “absolute right” to intervene.

The intervention led to a mass resignation from the case in protest by prosecutors. First Aaron Zelinsky, a former Mueller aide, resigned from the case. (Zelinsky remains an assistant U.S. attorney, a career position, in Maryland.) Two others, Adam Jed and Mike Marando, also dropped off the case. A fourth, Jonathan Kravis, resigned from DOJ altogether in protest.

Can we get a class-action F U to the main orchestrators of Twitler's deep and rancid swamp??

https://twitter.com/RoigFranzia/status/1227363932781924352

Something you need to understand about Roger Stone and Donald Trump. They go waaaay back. Trump was Stone's big client in the 1980s when Stone was a name partner in a heavy-duty Washington political lobbying firm. https://wapo.st/2TT2GRc

Paul Manafort, FUCK YOU!

Roger Stone, FUCK YOU, TOO. SIDEWAYS. WITH A RUSTY SAW



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THE SWAMP
BUILDERS
How Stone and Manafort helped create the mess Trump promised to clean up
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/politics/paul-manafort-roger-stone/
None of them knew it then, but that one conversation, a chat among three ambitious young Reaganites — Stone was just 28 and Black only 33 — would have a transformative effect on the capital, nudging Washington into a generation-long evolution. Their business would morph into a then-unheard-of hybrid, a bipartisan firm that would help elect politicians — sometimes hedging by playing both sides in the same race — then lobby those same politicians. Radical, disruptive and frequently criticized as ethically unsavory at the time, the mix is de rigueur now.

“I don’t think they invented the swamp,” said John Donaldson, a veteran Washington strategist who was an early employee of the firm. “They invented an innovative way to navigate the swamp.”

One of the first clients of the firm they christened Black, Manafort & Stone was a New York developer named Donald J. Trump, brought into their portfolio by Stone, who’d met him through the notorious Gotham lawyer Roy Cohn.

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By the time their business was born, they were already expert navigators of loopholes — Black and Stone, along with GOP operative John T. “Terry” Dolan, had founded the National Conservative Political Action Committee, best known as Nick-Pac, five years earlier. The hyperaggressive group was one of the first to bundle contributions to circumvent limits on individual campaign contributions, and was a precursor to the rise of super PACs, which candidate Trump lambasted four decades later as prime examples of Washington’s swamp problem.

trump says he has an "absolute right" to tell the Justice Department what to do

https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1227352806992072704


Aaron Rupar

@atrupar
Asked about Roger Stone, Trump says he has an “absolute right” to tell the Justice Department what to do


The HELL he does!!




His comment on the stone trial:

“It was a horrible aberrition”


Aberrition???

Amy McGrath (KY) ad falling flat with progressives

https://twitter.com/joesonka/status/1227264420306440193
New @AmyMcGrathKY ad features the jet and her opposition to free college and Medicare for All. #kysen https://twitter.com/MediumBuying/status/1227248030677639169


The comments down thread indicate she’s running as a GOP-lite candidate

(Moved from primaries)

Our "grandhorse"

Our youngest daughter put on quite the sales pitch a few months ago

The previous horse she was training (was up to 2’ 9” jumps), while a total sweetheart, wasn’t going to make it in shows. An OTTB who was rescued before we got her, now living a life of luxury up in Ocala.

This goofball is another OTTB but he didn’t race very long at all. He has much potential and my daughter is in love.

https://twitter.com/Scr0dman/status/1227058602520850433

That's a LOT of "headaches"!!

Over 100 US troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following Iran strike
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/02/10/politics/traumatic-brain-injuries-iran-strike/index.html

Over 100 US service members have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries in the wake of the January 8 Iranian missile attack on the al Asad military base in Iraq, according to a US official with knowledge of the latest information.

That's an increase of at least 36 cases from the end of January when the Pentagon said 64 service members had been diagnosed with injuries.

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"All of those people were screened and we have got a certain number and the number is growing, in this particular case TBI -- that manifests, it takes some time to manifest itself, it's not an immediate thing necessarily -- some cases it is, some cases it's not. So we continue to screen," Milley said. "Some of them have been evacuated to Europe, some have been evacuated back to the United States so there is a layered approach to this, we'll continue to do that with our medical professionals."

Last month, Trump said he does not consider potential brain injuries to be as serious as physical combat wounds, downplaying the severity of the injuries suffered in Iraq.


But he’s a patriot and supports the troops!

Is this the start of something new at Amazon?

In Amazon’s Bookstore, No Second Chances for the Third Reich
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/09/technology/amazon-bookstore-nazis.html
SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon is quietly canceling its Nazis.

Over the past 18 months, the retailer has removed two books by David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as several titles by George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party. Amazon has also prohibited volumes like “The Ruling Elite: The Zionist Seizure of World Power” and “A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind.”

While few may lament the disappearance of these hate-filled books, the increasing number of banished titles has set off concern among some of the third-party booksellers who stock Amazon’s vast virtual shelves. Amazon, they said, seems to operate under vague or nonexistent rules.

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Now Amazon is becoming increasingly proactive in removing Nazi material. It even allowed its own Nazi-themed show, “The Man in the High Castle,” to be cleaned up for a tribute book. The series, which began in 2015 and concluded in November, is set in a parallel United States where the Germans and the Japanese won World War II.


Not holding my breath, esp since Bezos recently hosted a lavish party where Barbie trump and Jared “25 books” Mideast Peace were invited

Oohhh... what a poetic tweet

https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1226692197845696513

Walter Shaub

@waltshaub
And you may find yourself reading Trump's shotgun tweets. And you may find yourself watching Graham applaud witness retaliation. And you may find yourself hearing Grassley and Johnson are investigating Trump's political rival. And you may ask yourself, well, how did we get here?

Susan Collins' eventual epitaph....

Succumbed to the Concernavirus

TraitorGOP members really DID try to stop Twitler from recalling Sondland. Proof!!



See??
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