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Does anyone remember that Trump was involved with the Iran Contra Scandal?

Anyone else remember that trump was involved in some way in the Iran Contra Scandal? I've tried googling it, but with all the current Iran news I can't find anything. I don't remember how he was connected exactly...something financially. I remember seeing a newspaper article with info on it, but can't find anything in my files.

Anyone else feeling just disgusted and fed up? Today especially?

I feel today like I felt 11/9/16. I know what a sham the House investigation was. I do. But damn if the trumpers and faux news haven't just been given a bunch of red meat today. I'm so sick of watching this traitor and his merry band of traitor-tots, day after day after day, getting away with almost everything.

Donating design experience for 2018 candidates

I've donated money, called for candidates, collected signatures, hosted campaign fundraisers, called, faxed and emailed every single rep I can think of for every single issue that has come up and I'm still wracking my brain how I can contribute for the upcoming Blue Wave.

I used to do graphic design for a living, and I was thinking that I could donate my services to candidates. Is that something I can just contact candidates and offer, or do I have to have a business or non-profit set up to be able to do that? Anyone know?

Is anyone else freaking out?

I really need someone to talk me down from getting my tickets to Mexico. Seriously.

Lisa Bloom on Kate Snow on MSNBC re: Trump defending O'Reilly

She lambasted Trump defending O'Reilly, and scoffed at Trumps comments that he thought O'Reilly shouldn't have settled all the suits.

But I thought she said that Trump settled with one of her clients 20 years ago?!? I couldn't rewind to see if I'd heard her correctly and what name she said. Anyone catch it?

Why aren't independent investigations the norm?

It doesn't seem like anyone who has a dog in the fight should be involved in the investigations period.

Additionally, you have people who, while educated or informed on lots of topics or issues, are probably not anywhere nearly qualified enough to understand the intricacies these cases entail.

Flynn willing to testify in exchange for immunity!!!

Just broke on MSNBC!!!

Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity

Former national security adviser tells FBI, the House and Senate intelligence committees he’s willing to be interviewed in exchange for deal, officials say...


I'm not subscribed so that's all I can get from the link.

I edited the title to reflect that he's willing to testify. Thanks for the updates down thread!

Today was 1st day I cried from something other than despondency since Nov 8th!

I don't know what is going to come from the Russian hearings or how soon any action will happen once the dots are all eventually connected. But today was the first day I felt like there was actually some hope. Rethugs are going to try and hinder, distract and deflect in all manners of ways. But once the shit hits the fan, even they won't be able to stop it. I cried at Schiff's opening remarks, out of pure relief, just because I felt like all the things we've all been talking about for months are finally getting out there into the open. And I don't feel so crazy.

Then after spending all those hours watching the hearings, I got on the fax and started contacting committee members. I do this lots anyways regarding all kinds of issues, but today I actually felt good while doing it. Most other days, if I'm not spitting mad about something or other, I'm despondent at best. I know it's early, and I honestly have no idea who is going to get caught in this net (although I have hopes it goes all the way to the damn top), but man....I feel better today than I have in months.

I faxed all the Dems on the committee and said "thank you" for today's hearing. Thank you for looking out for all of us. Here's a list of them if anyone else wants to contact them:
Adam Schiff (202) 225-5828
Jim Himes (202) 225-9629
Terri Sewell (202) 226-9567
André Carson 202-225-5633
Jackie Speier (202) 226-4183
Mike Quigley (202) 225-5603
Eric Swalwell - left message, they don't have a fax I could find (202) 225-5065
Joaquin Castro 202-225-1915
Denny Heck 202-225-0129

Then I faxed all the thugs and said, among other things depending on who I faxed "do your job...country before party". Here they are if you want to too:
Devin Nunes (202) 225-3404
Mike Conaway (202) 225-1783
Peter King (202) 226-2279
Frank LoBiondo (202) 225-3318
Rick Crawford (202) 225-5602
Trey Gowdy (202) 226-1177
Tom Rooney (202) 225-3132
Will Hurd (202) 225-2237
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (202) 225-5620
Mike Turner (202) 225-6754
Brad Wenstrup (202) 225-1992
Chris Stewart 801-364-5551
Elise Stefanik (518) 743-1391

(On my fax to Nunes I added that he should do the ethical thing and remove himself from this investigation and anything else having to do with any investigation of Trump considering his involvement in the campaign, but that's just my opinion.)

In the words of the veritable Ice Cube...It was a Good Day!!!

Trump budget will slash Meals on Wheels

Report: Trump budget will slash the EPA, State Department, Amtrak, Meals on Wheels grants

President Trump's first budget blueprint would make deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department, and slash smaller but well-known programs like Amtrak and community grants, while increasing defense spending and immigration enforcement, according to a report by the New York Times's Glenn Thrush and Coral Davenport.

This matches reporting from the end of February, when news of deep cuts to EPA and State and a major increase in defense spending was first leaked. At that time, budget director Mick Mulvaney publicly stated there would be a $54 billion defense hike and hinted that major cuts to State and to foreign aid spending were forthcoming. The defense hike is really more like $18 billion when compared with Obama’s last budget, which has raised the ire of defense hawks such as Sen. John McCain who are demanding still more funding.

But Thrush and Davenport and other reporters are now offering more details about the budget outline to come, including some deep cuts:

The EPA's budget would fall from $8.2 billion down to $5.7 billion under Trump’s plan, a 31 percent cut that would put funding at "its lowest level in 40 years, adjusted for inflation.” This is reportedly against the requests of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — no fan of the agency before taking office — who requested a $7 billion budget.

The State Department would be cut between 28 percent and 31 percent. Originally Trump wanted cuts of 37 percent but faced resistance from Congress and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The Food for Peace Program, a State Department program that distributes food assistance in emergencies such as famine and natural disaster, and does some non-emergency food relief, will face “drastic reductions.” It currently gets between $1 billion and $2 billion a year.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will be cut 97 percent, according to CNN. Other cuts will hit the EPA’s environmental justice program (which helps communities affected by pollution) and Global Change Research, a George H.W. Bush–started interagency program conducting research on “human-induced and natural processes of global change.”

Other areas that would be cut, according to Thrush and Davenport, include Amtrak, public education, the Essential Air Service program keeping small rural airports in operation, and the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program, which is housed in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and funds Meals on Wheels and community infrastructure programs.

The $3 billion in annual foreign aid funding for Israel will be left untouched, according to Thrush and Davenport, despite the other huge cuts to foreign aid.

The budget outline, which will be released on Thursday at 7 am, will according to Reuters not include any details on “mandatory” spending programs like Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, and focus exclusively on “discretionary” spending such as on federal agencies, defense, and other assorted programs. Thrush and Davenport write that it’s “more of a broad political statement than a detailed plan for spending and taxation.”

That leaves a lot of uncertainty remaining, and Congress will undoubtedly fight specific proposals hard. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said the State Department cuts are “dead on arrival.” The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is hugely popular among representatives from neighboring states, and CNN’s Stephen Collinson reports that Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is already fighting to keep it fully funded. The Community Development Block Grant has historically enjoyed wide, bipartisan support.

But successful or not, Trump’s attempt to slash State, EPA, and various non-defense discretionary funding while boosting defense is a clear statement of his administration’s priorities, and an indication of what fights on the budget Trump will attempt to wage in coming years.


Good thing no one needs or uses this program.....

I got a heart!

Thank you kind DU'er!!!
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